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January 2014

One Hundred Names-4 Stars

” The new novel from the bestselling author. Journalist Kitty Logan’s career is being destroyed by scandal – and now she faces losing the woman who guided and taught her everything she knew. At her terminally ill friend’s bedside, Kitty asks – what is the one story she always wanted to write? The answer lies in a file buried in Constance’s office: a list of one hundred names. There is no synopsis, nothing to explain what the story is or who these people are. The list is simply a mystery. But before Kitty can talk to her friend, it is too late. With everything to prove, Kitty is assigned the most important task of her life: to write the story her mentor never had the opportunity to. Kitty not only has to track down and meet the people on the list, but find out what connects them. And, in the process of hearing ordinary people’s stories, she starts to understand her own.” 

Summary from Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18505788-one-hundred-names

 

 

I won this galley copy from a Goodreads giveaway. I finished this book last night and decided I would sleep on it and write my review in the morning because I really have no idea what I actually think of this novel! I’ve never read a book by Cecelia Ahern, but I am familiar with the movie adaptation of her novel P.S. I Love You. When I first started reading, I was instantly intrigued, because apparently Kitty ruined her image and that of another on her show, Thirty Minutes. At this point, you don’t yet know what horrific thing she did, so I was curious and wanted to keep reading. But then I started to get bored. Kitty was very whiny, but I imagine I would be too if I came home to a vandalized flat every night…

Anyway, Kitty asks Constance what would be the one story she would write but never did? She is sent to collect a list of names from Constance’s place, but never has a chance to ask what it all means. There are 100 names on this piece of paper, and that is it. Kitty has never heard of them, but she wants to finish Constance’s last story so she pours her all into this story, meeting with as many “names” as she can.  I loved Birdie, Eva, and Ambrose’s stories the most.  I was bored with Jedreck’s story; I felt it didn’t have as much depth as the others. The reason I am not positive if I loved this novel or simply liked it is because I skimmed pages at times due to boredom, yet I couldn’t toss it aside. I wanted to finish it to see how Kitty connected the names behind the stories. I shed a tear or two when Birdie returned home and finally received what was rightfully hers, and also when Eva, the perfect gift giver, received the perfect gift from George. I’m liked how the book ended because  I felt in finding a connection with these names, Kitty finally found her story, and realized it’s not just about her writing, her name to the story in print, but whom she’s writing about.

http://www.amazon.com/One-Hundred-Names-Cecelia-Ahern-ebook/dp/B00FJ351G6/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1391186267&sr=8-2&keywords=one+hundred+names+cecelia+ahern

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Fear Has A Name-5 Stars

I received this book via NetGalley.

I started this book just yesterday evening and finished it an hour ago. From the very first paragraph I was hooked. This book has two stories kind of going on at the same time, which left me wondering when they will intersect and the book make sense as a whole.

Pamela is at home one day with her two girls, Faye and Rebecca, when a strange man starts banging on the door wanting to come in. He actually breaks into the house, inches from them, but Pam is able to escape out the back door to a neighbor’s house. Meanwhile, Jack, a newspaper reporter, has been given an order from his boss to write a story on a local pastor’s suspected suicide. The story with the missing pastor unfolds as the stalker continues to terrorize Pam and her family. Eventually the stories come together in a climax so moving I had to stop reading for a minute. The  underlying message of this novel was that every. single. one of us are guilty, deserving judgement, whether we are criminals or not, but SOMEONE chose to show us love and mercy on a cross…Christ. No matter how far we fall, what we do, he chose to make a way for us. I did not want to put this book down because it was so fascinating.

Fear Has  Name (The Crittendon Files)  by Preston Mapes

978078140816

448 Pages

Publisher: David C Cook

http://www.amazon.com/Fear-Has-Name-Novel-Crittendon/dp/0781408164/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1390359353&sr=8-1

A January Bride 4.5 Stars

I received this ebook via NetGalley.

This was a very sweet novel about a woman named Maddie who moves from New York to Kansas in order to finish a writing deadline. Once in Kansas though, the home is continuously being renovating, making it impossible for Maddie to get any work done on her book. Her elderly but very sweet neighbor Ginny suggests Maddie do her writing from  an inn her friend Art owns. Not to give too much away, but basically Maddie and Art exchange notes to each other in the inn without ever running into one another, leading to lots of misunderstandings but eventual romance! I enjoyed this book because it was very sweet and entertaining, but I felt the chemistry between Art and Maddie was a little odd.

  •  A January Bride: A Year of Weddings Novella #2
  • Author: Deborah Raney
  • Publisher: Zondervan Fiction

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18168267-a-january-bride

http://www.amazon.com/January-Bride-Year-Weddings-Novella-ebook/dp/B00DL10HDA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1389886243&sr=8-1&keywords=a+january+bride

 

The Long Quiche Goodbye 4.5 Stars

I just started a new cozy mystery series  (See previous post to find out what this is!) called “A Cheese Shop Mystery.” The first book is called “The Long Quiche Goodbye.” The book features a cheese shop in Ohio called Fromagerie Bessette. Charlotte and her cousin Matthew recently acquired the shop from their grandfather and are attempting to modernize it. Not long after a special sampling party, Charlotte finds a prominent member of the community murdered with her olive-wood handled knife! Charlotte decides to take matters in her own hands to figure out who the real killer is.

It took me a while to finish this book. I felt it was dragging quite a bit, but finally got exciting! I went back and forth between saying “oh I know who the killer is…nope just kidding I don’t!” At the end I was a little shocked to discover the murderer! Now I LOVE culinary cozies, but this one seemed forced. Charlotte and her family LITERALLY ate a form of cheese for every meal. I don’t know if the author was just trying to name-drop every brand of cheese or what. All in all, I did enjoy it!

The Long Quiche Goodbye
By Avery Aames
Pub July 2010 by Berkley

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/long-quiche-goodbye-avery-aames/1100203672?ean=9780425235522

http://www.amazon.com/Long-Quiche-Goodbye-Cheese-Mystery-ebook/dp/B003NX7OD2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1389832278&sr=8-1&keywords=the+long+quiche+goodbye

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7094598-the-long-quiche-goodbye

Cozy Mysteries

If you’re unsure what a cozy mystery is, let me explain! Basically, its a mystery novel that isn’t gory. It’s typically focused in a small town, and the main character who takes on the sleuthing job is usually an amateur. The characters seem like normal, girl/boy next door types, not the usual psychopathic or sadistic killers in other mystery thrillers.  There’s humor and romance involved too. Cozies have become one of my favorite mysteries. I typically lean toward culinary cozy mysteries, but there are plenty other themes! My next post will focus on a new culinary cozy I just finished, part of a series called “A Cheese Shop Mystery”. Stay tuned! 🙂

First Post!

So, this is my very first blog post on my very first blog. How exciting! I basically want this to be something fun where I can post about what’s going on in my life, what I’m reading, cooking, doing… Hopefully it will be something constructive for me and fun for others! Please leave me any comments on how to be successful if you’re a blogger too!

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