Sunday, January 7, 2018

Books 23-25

This is the last of the books I read in 2017.  One less than last year!  I'm going to have to pick up the pace if I plan to even read half of my books in my lifetime,lol

4 Blondes by Candace Bushnell
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Four Blondes tells the stories of four women caught at crossroads in their lives, facing choices and realizations that will redefine them forever.  A beautiful B-list model finagles renfree summerhouses in the Hamptons from her wealthy lovers, until she discovers that she can get a man for the summer but she can't get what she wants.  A high-powered magazine columnist's floundering marriage to a literary journalist is thrown into crisis when her husband spends a wild night on the town with his movie star friend.  A self-styled Cinderella whose royal husband was one of the world's most eligible bachelors records her descent into paranoia as she attempts to re-create herself and her world.  A writer who fears her time for finding a husband is running out travels to London in search of the kind of love and devotion she can't find in Manhattan-and gets far more than she bargained for.
When I saw this book in the store I thought this might be okay because it was by the author of Sex in the City, which was a huge success.  I didn't watch Sex in the City but there is no doubt. it was very popular.  Started reading the book and thought 'why did I buy this' , further on I thought 'why am I reading this'.  When I finished the book I thought 'why did I finish this'.  Total and absolute crap!!!

The Daughter she used to Be by Rosalind Noonan
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The daughter of a career cop, Bernadette Sullivan grew up with blue uniforms hanging in the laundry room and cops laughing around the dinner table.  Her brothers joined New York's finest, her sister married a cop, and Bernie is an assistant District Attorney.  Collaring criminals, putting them away-is what they do.  And though lately Bernie feels a growing desire for a family of her own, she's never questioned her choices.  Then a shooter targets a local coffee shop, and tragedy strikes the Sullivan family.
Anger follows grief-and Bernis realizes that her father's idea of retribution is very different from her own.  All her life, she's inhabited a clear-cut world of right and wrong, of morality and corruption.  As Bernie struggles to protect the people she loves, she must also decide what it means to see justice served.  And in her darkest hour, she will find out just what it means o be her father's daughter.
I had mixed feelings about this book.  In the beginning it what difficult to sort out all the characters and remember who everyone was.  The family was portrayed as stereotypical Irish, Catholic NYC cops.  As I got into the book it became more interesting.  I found Bernie, the main character a little annoying and naive.  The other main character, Peyton, was intriguing and there was an interesting twist at the end.  I felt the end of the story was a bit rushed as if the author had run out of time to finish the book.

I Let You Go by Clare MacKintosh
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On a rainy afternoon, a mother's life is shattered as her son slips from her grip and runs into the street...
I Let You Go follows Jenna Gray as she moves to a ramshackle cottage on the remote Welsh coast, trying to escape the memory of the car accident that plays again and again in her mind, desperate to heal from the loss of her child and the rest of her painful past.
At the same time, the novel tracks the pair of Bristol police investigators trying to get to the bottom of this hit-and-run.  As they chase down one hopeless lead after another, they find themselves as drawn to each other as they are to the frustrating, twist filled case before them.
I really liked this book.  There are plot twists that made me say 'WHAT' and made me stop and think about what I had read, up to that point.  I don't want to say too much about the book because it would give away so much of what happens.  I would definitely recommend this book and I hope she writes more.

Well, that's all of them.  Over the year, some good, not so good, and real page turners.  That definitely applies to the last one I read.  Hope I find some good ones for 2018!


  1. I am almost ashamed to say that I have read precisely 3 fiction books this year. I usually read that number in a week, I have read several kitting and sewing books, probably 20. I have a trilogy waiting to be started and 3 more coming from Amazon next week. I do not think that I will manage more than 1 a week, and only that if I push myself.

    1. If I didn't spend so much time on this laptop I'd get a LOT more reading done!!

  2. I Let You Go sounds like a story I would enjoy. I lost my reading Mojo last year. I'm hoping that I'm going to find my grove again as January settles into a routine. Jx

  3. I only read in bed at night. I've been sleeping poorly for a long time so I'm tired at night and haven't been reading as long as I normally would.

  4. I enjoyed your disgust with the first book, and with yourself for buying and finishing it. I do that too, and what a waste of time! We must be optimists.

  5. Yesterday I counted how many books I read in 2017 and picked out my favorites which will be in a future blog post. I haven't read the books you review here and have about 300 books waiting to be read. Yikes.

  6. Thank you for visiting, where on earth did you find my blog? (I have been reading yours in the background)
    I was a serial reader but life got on the way, I'm at the moment fighting my way through The Silmarillion (been reading that for few months now! and I read last part ot the trilogy of Rings in two days when I was twelve...)
    But you just can't not read the book - only book I have EVER left unfinished was Jack London's Sea-Wolf. Read maybe ten pages and hated it. Don't know why, it's still on my bookself.

  7. Janice, Wow, you are a reading machine! I envy that and wish I could be more disciplined. Although I'm a book club member at our local library, I still find it can be a chore, unless I'm reading John LeCarre' or Alan Furst. Thanks for your blog and your recent comment on mine.

  8. I like the sound of the last book. I managed to read the number i set myself on the Goodreads challenge last year. Are you on Goodreads? This year I've read 2! I'm havibg trouble finding the time.