- Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
- Pub. Date: September 15, 2009
- ISBN-13: 9781400067749
- Sales Rank: 8,065
Mitchard returns to the Cappadoras from The Deep End of the Ocean (Oprah’s first book club pick), proving that, sometimes, sequels work. In this harrowing outing, set 13 years after the events of Ocean, the oldest Cappadora son, Vincent, 29, has become a filmmaker, and with the help of his brother, Ben (who was kidnapped in the first book), and sister, Kerry, makes a documentary about child abduction. When the film is nominated for an Academy Award, the family is pushed into the scrutinizing eye of the public, and then tragedy strikes with the disappearance of Ben’s daughter, plunging the family into a riveting ordeal that takes them from Hollywood to a grim, middle-of-nowhere confrontation. Along the way, family bonds are stretched to the breaking point, and Mitchard charts a tormented family dynamic with shocking ease. This action-packed and emotionally rich drama is every bit as satisfying as its predecessor.
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Ally Giordano’s beloved grandmother actually believes that she’s living in her favorite romance novel in Regency England and Ally doesn’t have the heart to set her straight. But now Granny Donny’s last wish is for a retreat to the country and Ally can’t refuse her…until she demands that Sam Carson accompany them. And though his smiles turn her knees into jelly, Ally knows better than to trust a playboy…and she definitely knows better than to try to change one. Or does she?
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Granny Donny wants to spend time at her home in the country outside of London – well, Long Island will have to do. AND she thinks Sam is the perfect suitor for her granddaughter Ally so he must accompany them to the country.
Ally has big trust issues so she refuses to consider a serious relationship with “rogue-ish” Sam. He has a wall around his true feelings – there’s no way he will consider a committed relationship ever again. Ally and Sam agree to pretend for Granny Donny’s sake. Let the fun begin!
I enjoyed reading this book. I found myself laughing out loud many times and caring about all of the characters. I loved the pace of the story and wasn’t ready for it to end when I turned the last page. I’ll be looking for more books by Diana Holquist.
Thanks to Hachette Book Group for the review copy – gave to a giveaway winner
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Mia King sent me a copy of her new book
Table Manners to give away to one of you.
40 people entered the contest and Random.org picked
I now have Sue’s address and the book will go in the mail today.
Thanks to all who entered the contest.
Thanks to Mia King and Penguin Group (USA).
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Angel Lane by Sheila Roberts – ARC from the author
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Thank you Hachette Book Group!
Synopsis from Goodreads: Thirty years ago, on their Cape Cod honeymoon, Jack and Joy Griffin made a plan for their future that has largely been fulfilled. He left Los Angeles behind for the sort of New England college his parents had aspired to, and now the two of them are back on the Cape—where he’d also spent his childhood vacations—to celebrate the marriage of their daughter Laura’s best friend. Sure, Jack’s been driving around with his father’s ashes in the trunk, though his mother’s very much alive and often on his cell phone. Laura’s boyfriend seems promising, but be careful what you pray for, especially if it happens to come true. A year later, at her wedding, Jack has another urn in the car, and both he and Joy have brought new dates. Full of every family feeling imaginable, wonderfully comic and profoundly involving, That Old Cape Magic is surprising, uplifting and unlike anything this Pulitzer Prize winner has ever written.
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My thoughts: Jack Griffin was raised by two incredibly cynical and judgmental people. He spends his life trying to forget, or get past the fact, that they are his parents. That Old Cape Magic is about a year in Jack’s life – a year of upheaval. He’s in his 50s and things have come undone. After carrying his parents’ ashes around in the trunk of his car for months, he is faced with having to get rid of them – both from his trunk and his life – or, at the very least, come to terms with them. Easier said than done.
Richard Russo takes us along for the ride and what a ride it is. Readers of a certain age will probably identify with Jack at some point. As we follow him over the course of a year, we learn a lot about his upbringing. I don’t know how he made it out of childhood intact. Well, I guess he made it – but not intact. Good grief! Eventually he met and married Joy and set out to live life far away from his parents (but near her family). More than thirty years later Jack is forced into making decisions about his future while pondering his past. You’ll have to find out yourself how it all plays out. In the end, it was the novel I’ve come to expect from Russo.
I recently reviewed Table Manners by Mia King here. Ms. King sent an extra copy for me to give to one lucky reader. Here are the rules:
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As usual, this giveaway is limited to US and Canada – no PO Boxes. I’ll use Random.org to select the winner. Giveaway closes at 11pm (EDT), Monday, Aug. 24. Winner will be announced here on Tuesday, Aug. 25.
Contest has closed
- Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
- Pub. Date: October 06, 2009
- ISBN-13: 9780307386502
- Sales Rank: 256,296
Nel Everett, a young American woman, is touring Italy with her famous musician husband when, in a moment of fury, she pulls down her luggage and gets off the train. As her life speeds away down the tracks, Nel is marooned and on her own for the first time in eight years.
Bewildered, Nel returns to Venice where she encounters a tiny dog who leads her to a enigmatic stranger, a contessa, and a decaying Gothic palazzo. She is soon drawn into a world of charismatic characters, centuries of Venetian history, and the mystery of a lost masterpiece. What begins as a tale of loneliness and heartbreak opens into a dazzling, enchanting story of secrets and self-discovery in a magical city.
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