Bess enjoyed Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen. This is the first in a series by a Danish author. There are two plots going at the same time, which keeps it interesting, while some of the names and places are hard to pronounce.
Linda finished The Guests on South Battery by Karen White. This is the fifth book in the Tradd St. series. She read the last chapter as slow as she could, because she didn't want the book to end.
Fran finished Sting by Sandra Brown. She really enjoys Sandra Browns new mystery style and this book was very good.
Nicole just finished Hidden by James Patterson. This is a Bookshot story meaning it is a short novella. It is the first in a new Detective series and Nicole enjoyed being able to read a fast-paced mystery, while waiting for appointments.
We hope the beginning of 2017 is treating you well and that you are enjoying a lot of great books. One sure fire way to jump start your reading goals is to increase your exposure to books.
Here is what we are reading this week, including audiobooks and a children's book:
Bess just finished Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Franklin. As the title suggests it does take place in Mississippi. & it’s during the 70’s after integration but blacks are still treated terrible. During this time in the rural south, there was the mix of relationships between the whites & black, so the book kept her guessing.
Fran is listening to Blood Test by Tami Hoag.
Joyce is reading Cha Cha Chimps to her grandchildren. This book makes you want to dance!
Nicole is reading a book club book, The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell.
A new year equals a fresh start and a brand new set of reading days!!! Here's what we are currently reading:
Fran- How to be a Proper Lady by Catherine Ashe.
Bess just finished Lowcountry Book Club by Susan Boyer and she really enjoyed it. A light-hearted read that will keep you guessing until the end. She is currently reading Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter.
Nicole is starting the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge, today. She will be reading 1984 by George Orwell this week.
What books are you looking forward to reading in 2017?
Artist Rebecca Simms turns to Pawleys Island as a sanctuary from her tumultuous past. In this quaint town, she finds a cast of characters who are desperate to know her past and help her have a better future. Abigail Thurmond left the drama of the courtroom behind, when she retired to Pawleys Island to begin a new career as an author. However, when she meets Rebecca, Abigail knows she must dive back into her old career, to fight for Rebecca.
Dorothea Benton Frank’s writing is a bit predictable, and light-hearted, which makes for a good beach read. Though this is the fifth book in the series, it works well as a standalone. The setting of Pawleys Island makes this a great vacation for one’s mind.
Similar to Ann B. Ross, Cassandra King and Mary Kay Andrews
Virginia Ross’ life has been turned upside down. Now living on her beloved Chaucer, she is determined to document all of her husband’s assets in order to have a fair divorce settlement. (It is the least she deserves after discovering his affair.) However, when she returns home to her boat she is greeted by the shocking news of her soon-to-be-ex’s death. Now under suspicion as a person of interest, Virginia must learn to balance out her new life with the help of her old friends. Along the way, she stumbles across some horrifying details that may connect her husband’s case to some unsolved mysteries. As she tries to make sense of everything, Virginia’s own life becomes hazardous and she must put her own safety, first.
Waterline gives readers of every genre something to appreciate. There’s the suspense with the murder plot, there’s the details of boat life, some romance, and even a feisty, adorable cat. Huntsinger weaves multiple incidents and storylines into one fascinating page turner. Readers who enjoy suspense stories, with a hint of romance will enjoy this book. The story seamlessly envelops the beautiful South Carolina coast and the rich history of its culture, in a contemporary mystery. Right from the start with the unique quotes that foreshadow Virginia’s twisted life, this book flows quickly. Readers will be swept up in the author’s passion about boats, South Carolina and historical reenactments.
Elizabeth “Lizzie” Long has recently been informed by her husband that he is moving on, and she also learned the news about her beloved Uncle’s passing. Lizzie packs up her dogs and moves back home to McClellanville, South Carolina, to soak up the healing vibes of the low country. With the help of her Aunt, and old friends, Lizzie realizes all that she has been missing in life and what she truly wants for her future. As Lizzie makes peace with her present, will she allow her past pain to control her chance at happiness?
Julie Allan delivers a quaint, low country romance story that provides a delightful set-up to a series. Fans of wholesome, second chance romances, will appreciate this debut novel. The beautiful South Carolina coastline sets the scene for this book. Readers will chuckle at Lizzie’s predicaments and they will be anxious to find out how her life plays out in the end.
Mary DiNunzio is a successful attorney and a partner at the Rosato & DiNunzio firm. Her schedule has gotten complicated, due to her wedding being a few weeks away. However, when an elderly man named Edward comes in for a free consultation, Mary’s world is turned upside down. Edward’s grandson, Patrick, is being sued by a teacher’s aide for assault. Sadly, it is this shy, dyslexic boy who bares the markings of abuse. As Mary becomes more involved in finding out the truth, she becomes the only chance Patrick has at surviving and leading a healthy life. Is Mary going to lose everything she has, in order to protect Patrick or will the evidence prove Mary wrong?
Lisa Scottoline packs a powerful punch in this novel. Despite it being the fourth in a series, the plot works well as a stand-alone story. Readers, like Mary, will be drawn in right from the moment they meet Patrick and they will be kept guessing as they try to figure out the truth through all the multiple twists and intense secondary storylines. Damaged is a book that weaves its way into readers’ hearts. The author does an excellent job at showing the current struggles children with learning disorders face on a daily basis. Filled with a large family, human emotions, and one dramatic courtroom scene, readers of literature and mysteries will devour this book.
Today is Monday, and we are starting out with a fresh stack of books to read this week. Here's what we are currently reading:
Bess - The Drafter by Kim Harrison, a fantasy suspense. Silent Night by Bill Noel: a folly beach mystery. An easy light mystery on the beach. The surfer dudes are helping find the missing baby Jesus statue & some surfboards that were delivered & stolen off the front porch.
Linda - Guests on South Battery by Karen White. (Yes, your favorite Tradd Street series is continuing. The fifth book will be released in January.)
Joyce - Just finished The 13th Gift by Joanne Huist Smith. (This is one of Nicole's favorites.) She is also reading After You by JoJo Moyes. (This is the sequel to Me Before You!)
Nicole - The Polaris Protocol by Brad Taylor. (This is the 5th book in his Special Forces series.) She is also reading Life is Short, So Pack Your Bags Now by Ann Ipock. (This is the newest book by Ann Ipock.)
Tell us what books you are looking forward to reading this week! We'd love to hear your recommendations.
These cold, dreary, rainy days are perfect for reading. Here's what we are currently reading:
Bess- Just finished Turbo Twenty Three by Janet Evanovich. Which she found funny & easy to read. Now she is reading the Bricklayer by Noah Boyd. This is an FBI thriller, with no place to stop when it is time to go to sleep!
Fran- Currently reading Storm Clouds Rolling In by Ginny Dye. This is the first in the Bregdan Chronicles, a Civil War saga series.
Pat- Loves Amish books and started a new-to-her author. Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo.
Nicole- Finishing Interference by Amelie Antoine, a Reading Group Selection. She recently finished and loved The Magician's Lie by Greer Macallister, which she would recommend to all Reading Groups.