Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
If you are guilty, you should expect to pay Rudd big bucks, if you have been railroaded, Rudd just might defend you for free. Sebastian doesn't have much of a personal life, but he has a 7 year-old son that his ex-wife barely allows him to see. He is also involved in the local cage-fighting scene, where he is a financial backer of an up and coming fighter. Life is complicated.
The book starts out feeling like it will be a collection of short stories, but after the first story and part, the rest of the book's stories are related and flow. This is not John Grisham's finest,but it was still enjoyable and kept my interest throughout the story. The book ended in a way that left the door wide open for us to hear more from Sebastian Rudd.
Friday, December 18, 2015
Wow, this is a great book! Full of secrets, mystery, love, hate and the sacrifices mothers will make for their children.
The story takes place in England and the tale switches back and forth from 1933 to 2003. Eleanor and Anthony Edevane are deeply in love and deeply devoted to each other. They live on an idyllic estate in Cornwall with their 3 daughters and 11 month old son, Theo. On the night of their annual grand summer party, Theo disappears. Seventy years later, Detective Constable Sadie Sparrow is on forced leave from her position in London when she stumbles upon the abandoned Edevane mansion. Her natural curiosity is piqued when she hears of the cold case. But how much will her intervention cost her? DC Sparrow has her own secrets, her own set of demons.
This book takes a lot of twists and turns. It is filled with eccentric, interesting and romantic characters. A great read and a satisfying ending!
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
He is a resident at a crappy hospital and walks into the room of a terminally ill mobster and they, of course, recognize each other. Oops.
This is a book club book and I am expecting to be chastised for making the book club read a book that mentions the "f" word in about every other sentence. However, I'll just blame Shirley for picking this one.
Author Josh Bazell has a BA in writing from Brown University and an MD from Columbia. What a wicked and lovely combination. And after reading this, I am going to do my best to stay OUT of the hospital.
I don't know if the subject is just intriguing to me, or if he just knows how to tell a great story, but he always makes history come alive in his accounts.
In "Double Cross" he tells the story of the spies, and their spy masters, who double crossed Germany and helped the Allies make the Normandy landings on D-Day a success. What a time and what a story!
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
This is not the sort of book I would normally read but it was a book club selection so I started early in case I had to force myself. What a wonderful surprise to discover that not only did I want to keep reading but I that I was enjoying myself immensely.
After a night of Vodka and Austen, Courtney—a present day, modern woman—wakes up in Regency England in the body of another woman where she has to pretend, at the risk of being sent to an asylum, that she is Jane Mansfield and not Courtney. And if that isn’t bad enough she has to contend with an angry, bitter mother who wants to marry her off, a fall off her horse that requires bloodletting as the cure, and a world where bathrooms, let alone toilets have yet to be invented.
This is a funny, inventive, and highly entertaining read. But a note of caution. You should probably read this one without expectations and with the knowledge that not all your questions will be met with answers. But not to worry. I heard just recently that a sequel exists that could tie up the loose ends.