***I received this ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my HONEST review.***
I don't want to give away to many details on the book so I will share with you the description from Gallery Books.
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Art of Running in Heels comes “a compassionate, poignant, often humorous story of the complicated relationship between a mother and daughter” (Mariah Stewart, New York Times bestselling author) as they attempt to the rediscover the past before it disappears forever.
Lou Ann Hunter’s mother has always had a passionate nature, which explains why she’s been married five times and spooned enough male patients to be ousted from three elderly care facilities. She also has Alzheimer’s, which is why she wants to spend the rest of her life surrounded by childhood memories at Sutton Hall, her family’s decrepit plantation home in Louisiana.
Lou Ann, a.k.a. Lulu the Love Guru, has built an empire preaching sex, love, and relationship advice to the women of America—mostly by defying the example her mother has set for her. But with her mom suddenly in need of a fulltime caretaker, Lou Ann reluctantly agrees to step out of the spotlight and indulge her mother’s wishes.
Upon her arrival at Sutton Hall, Lou Ann discovers that very little functions as it should—least of all her mother’s mind. And as she adjusts to this new and inevitably temporary dynamic with the help of a local handyman and a live-in nurse, she is forced to confront the reality that neither her nor her mother’s future is going according to plan.
“Fans of Sophie Kinsella and Jane Graves will love Rachel Gibson’s How Lulu Lost Her Mind, an endearing, funny, and heart-tugging story from the first page to the last” (Karen Hawkins, New York Times bestselling author).
First of all I LOVED the cover. I can't even explain to you what exactly it was about it but I just did. Truth be told, I have absolutely been that person who overlooked a book just because the cover was not eye catching. I know....I am ashamed of myself too.
I found the plot to be not only unique but also wildly entertaining. I mean I was hooked from the first page all the way through. If I could have read it all in one sitting I would have but pesky things like getting up early for work or family bonding kept getting in the way 😆. It reminded me of that series Hart of Dixie in all the best possible ways. If you don't know what this show is then take thyself to Netflix post right now!
This book had it all. It had humor, family drama, and everything in between plus a HEA. I give this 5 stars and highly recommend it.
I just have to start by saying a huge thank you to BookishFirst and Minotaur Books for giving me the chance to read this book ahead of today's publishing date. I had read the book jacket description and was so excited to find out more and this book DID NOT disappoint.
I was literally hooked from the very first page when Emily Proudman is having what can only be described as the worst couple of days of her life.She runs late getting back to her temp agency position after an audition and then she gets fired. She has not had much luck in the acting world or as a temp. She is trying to decide what her next step should be when "fate" intervenes in the form of an amazing nanny/personal assistant position from her very attractive ex-boss. She arrives at his French countryside estate, Querencia, and falls in love with the beauty that surrounds her. Her boss Scott's wife and daughter, Aurelia begin helping her feel like part of the family until she starts noticing some pretty odd things. The more Emily digs the stranger and darker things get.
This was a total page turner for me and was the perfect read to kick off the Summer season.
**Thanks to HarperOne Books/HarperCollins Publisher and NetGalley for granting me access to an ARC of this book.***
I have read quite a few memoirs over the years but nothing has been as immediately enjoyable to me as this one. I have, of course, been a fan of Hilarie Burton Morgan's since her days as Peyton on OTH and more recently on the Lethal Weapon series. I saw she had written a book about her life on with her husband Jeffrey Dean Morgan and since I love them both I had to read the book. I was blown away.
1. The best thing about it is the conversational style of writing. It feels just like Hilarie herself invited you in for a cup of tea and some chit chat. The book covers everything from her MTV VJ days to One Tree Hill to all the acting roles she's done since but it's so much more than that. She has personal stories from her childhood sprinkled throughout just like she does with some of her favorite recipes. She talks about how she met her now husband and the difficulties of having children. Her family bought a farm in the Hudson River Valley and just like that her life on Mischief Farm begins.
2. The loving way she talks about her new hometown and all the friends she's made along the way is a testament to all small towns in America, especially the farming communities. She has planted roots in Rhinebeck, NY that will certainly last for generations to come. She helped preserve a beloved candy store and she helped take a very outdated children's institution from sad and dreary to a place of bright colors and love. She is so caring and creative that it made me want to grow up and be just like her! I just loved every moment of this book.
3. Last but not least, the recipes. Oh, those recipes. I didn't expect her to include these lovely little gems in her memoir but I'm SOOO here for it. I legit bookmarked each one so I could copy it to my own personal collection. I'm making my first batch of the Sweet Hot Corn Cakes this weekend.
The only thing left to say is that I will be ordering a hard copy of this book to keep in a special place on my shelf because it's simply that beautiful inside an out and also.....thank you to Hilarie Burton Morgan for the awesome gardening tips!
My Thoughts: I literally will read anything that Mimi Jean has or will ever write. She has such a gift for writing entertaining stories. I have yet to be disappointed and this newest stand alone book just proves my point. So without further ado....I give you my top 3 reasons for loving this book! #1. I love, love, love that she puts a modern spin on the classic "Genie in the bottle" tale. The characters of Ginnie Angelico and "Mr. Wish" are easy to relate to and their chemistry is off the charts. #2. It's wildly entertaining! I devoured this book in 1 shot and have been wondering every since just exactly what MY one wish would be if I had the same chance as Ginnie! #3. It gives you a few hours to escape from reality. I read the Kindle version but the print version is about 308 pages give or take. This is the perfect thing to read to take your mind off of all that is happening in the world during this difficult time.
MIMI JEAN PAMFILOFF is a New York Times bestselling author who’s sold over one million books around the world. Although she obtained her MBA and worked for more than fifteen years in the corporate world, she believes that it’s never too late to come out of the romance closet and follow your dreams.
Mimi lives with her Latin lover hubby, two pirates-in-training (their boys), and their three spunky dragons (really, just very tiny dogs with big attitudes) Snowy, Mini, and Mack, in the vampire-unfriendly state of Arizona.
She hopes to make you laugh when you need it most and continues to pray daily that leather pants will make a big comeback for men.
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • When a single mom becomes an empty nester, she spreads her wings to rediscover herself—and her passions—in this heartwarming novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber. Jenna Boltz’s life is at a crossroads. After a messy divorce from her surgeon husband nearly twenty years ago, she raised her two children on her own, juggling motherhood with her beloved job as a Seattle intensive-care nurse. Now that Paul and Allie have gone to college and moved out, Jenna can’t help but wonder what her future holds.
Her best friend, Maureen, is excited for Jenna’s newfound independence. Now is the perfect time to finally book the trip to Paris they’ve been dreaming of since their college days. But when it comes to life’s other great adventure—dating—Jenna still isn’t sure she’s ready to let love in . . . until an unexpected encounter begins to change her mind.
When Jenna’s elderly mother breaks her hip, Dr. Rowan Lancaster saves the day. Despite his silent, stoic exterior, Rowan is immediately smitten with Jenna. And even though Jenna is hesitant about becoming involved with another surgeon, she has to admit that she’s more than a little intrigued. But when Jenna’s children approach her with shocking news, she realizes that she needs to have faith in love and embrace the unexpected—before the life she has always dreamed of passes her by.
*Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the ARC of this novel. All reviews are my own honest opinions of this selection.*
I have been a fan of Debbie Macomber every since I picked up my first Cedar Cove story. I was very excited to get a chance to receive this ARC for review purposes. I honestly really, really enjoyed this book. The writing is engaging, the story flows so smoothly, and I can relate to the Jenna character more than I would like to admit in certain aspects. The friendship that Maureen and Jenna have is one of the most important relationships in this book. They have each other's back through all the ups and downs life has thrown at them including learning to let their guards down and believe in love again. They each finally meet a man worth taking a chance on after being single moms for so long, Jenna struggles the most because she had a horrible husband and so the emotional baggage she carries with her always gets in the way. I don't want to go into too much detail and drop some spoilers but by the end of the book everyone has the HEA. I especially enjoyed the final chapter which is set 5 years in the future. Such a great idea!
The only thing that prevented me from giving this a 5 star rating is that from time to time I actually found the Jenna and Allie characters a little bit annoying in how they respond to each other and various situations.
THE GOD GAME dives into our current obsession with the virtual world that games and technology provide and asks the question: what if your virtual life could affect your real life? And what if you can't escape it?
In the vein of Ready Player One and Black Mirror, THE GOD GAME is a chilling page-turner that will leave you questioning your own sense of right and wrong at the end.
"Smart, propulsive and gripping, THE GOD GAME is an ambitious thriller and a terrifying examination of what could--and probably already is--happening in the world of artificial intelligence."—Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Run Away
A technological thriller with an all-too-believable premise, award-winning author Danny Tobey's The God Game follows five teenagers obsessed with an online video game that connects them to their worst impulses and most dangerous desires.
They call themselves the Vindicators. Targeted by bullies and pressured by parents, these geeks and gamers rule the computer lab at Turner High School. Wealthy bad boy Peter makes and breaks rules. Vanhi is a punk bassist at odds with her heritage. Kenny's creativity is stifled by a religious home life. Insecure and temperamental, Alex is an outcast among the outcasts. And Charlie, the leader they all depend on, is reeling from the death of his mother, consumed with reckless fury.
They each receive an invitation to play The God Game. Created by dark-web coders and maintained by underground hackers, the video game is controlled by a mysterious artificial intelligence that believes it is God. Obey the almighty A.I. and be rewarded. Defiance is punished. Through their phone screens and high-tech glasses, Charlie and his friends see and interact with a fantasy world superimposed over reality. The quests they undertake on behalf of "God" seem harmless at first, but soon the tasks have them questioning and sacrificing their own morality.
High school tormentors get their comeuppance. Parents and teachers are exposed as hypocrites. And the Vindicators' behavior becomes more selfish and self-destructive as they compete against one another for prizes each believes will rescue them from their adolescent existence. But everything they do is being recorded. Hooded and masked thugs are stalking and attacking them. "God" threatens to expose their secrets if they attempt to quit the game. And losing the game means losing their lives.
You don't play the Game. The Game plays you....
***Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the ARC. All reviews posted to this site are my own, honest thoughts on the subject matter.***
I typically go through a few types of genre binges in the course of a year. I noticed that the last few months I have been pretty interested in Sci-Fi, Techy type things. I've even been watching shows on TV that fall in these categories a lot lately. I read the description of this book and was so intrigued that I had to get my hands on a copy. I really enjoyed this book despite my 3 star rating. Why only 3 stars? This is why:
1. I found the main characters, collectively known as "The Vindicators" to be pretty interesting but sometimes a little too much. All the kids have some pretty heavy stuff happening in their home lives and being super into coding and computer tech is their main source of bonding and escape. I just found the language is a little heavy on the technical terms for me. I know next to nothing about coding or computer programming so the references in different spots lost me.
2. Each chapter has it's own title but sometimes I felt like it was more distracting trying to figure out the relevance to the chapter than helpful.
3. I actually didn't like the ending. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't a bad one but it was not what I was expecting. Although, I think a lot of readers may find the ending to be perfect. I am used to reading some of these books where the characters go on this journey to Hell and back and then everything works out to a sort of HEA ending. This did not. The individual endings for each character was a pretty realistic one. They learned from their experience playing "The Game"and were living with their consequences. This part was absolutely fine for me with the exception that it leaves it open for the possibility of a series. This makes me mad because in order for the story to continue it will mess with more unsuspecting people and Charlie in particular.
I do think overall that the writing was pretty solid and the story line was unique.
I know it's been a while since I posted about what I have been binge watching on Netflix or Hulu or even what I've gone to the theater to watch but this series got me. I will admit I was late to The Vampire Diaries series but have probably watched it all from beginning to end at least 3 times by now.
So....let's talk about how amazing and also just a bit scary this new Netflix original series is. I HIGHLY recommend watching this is you are a fan of anything science fiction. I was determined to watch this show as soon as I heard about it a year ago because....IAN freaking SOMMERHALDER! I will be honest and say that I really didn't know too much about the show premise other than he was the star and there would be vampires. The second he trailers went live I was already hooked. This show is not based in the supernatural realm and that makes it very different than I had anticipated. I think it's worth mentioning that Sommerhalder's real life wife Nikki Reed (think Rosalie in Twilight) stars in the show as his ex-wife and mother to his son Desmond. I also liked that Laura Vandervoort and Greg Bryk are both in this series together since I became fans of them when they were 2 of the main characters on the series Bitten.
Dr. Luther Swann (Ian Sommerhalder) is one of the world's top scientist in the study of viruses. He has spent his life studying climate change and the impact of ice caps melting and exposing us to viruses that have never existed in modern times. His worst nightmare comes true when 2 of his team members in the Arctic go missing without a trace. He calls his best friend Michael (Adrian Holmes) to go with him to check out the site and hopefully come up with some answers. They end up being exposed to an unknown virus that causes them to be placed in quarantine. They both respond very differently to the illness as it runs it's course. It seems like Michael was unaffected but the truth is the illness causes him to gain some super scary strength and cravings for blood among other things.
The virus spreads rapidly and as society breaks down and restructures itself into the Vampire and Non-Vampire factions, Luther finds himself rushing to develop a cure before he loses everyone he loves.