Category: Reviews



[Review] Love And Other Things by Christina C. Jones

[Review] Love And Other Things by Christina C. Jones

I may be biased, since I enjoy all of Christina’s work, but an author that gets me to read short stories is a darn good author. I forced myself to read Twelve Tribes of Hattie, which is also a short story collection where the stories are intertwined. Maybe it was the length of this book, maybe it was the subject matter or the author or that I have……..grown……since Twelve Tribes, but I enjoyed this novel and I’m still working my way through Christina’s backlist.

Pick this one up if you like funny, romantic, sexy reads featuring black characters.





[Review]: Normal by Graeme Cameron

[Review]:  Normal by Graeme Cameron

I flipflopped on whether I wanted to read this book because while I enjoy thrillers and mysteries and a book about serial killers is my TOTAL crack laced catnip, I’ve also read enough of the genre (or subgenre, some might say) that I know what makes a good one, or one that’s going to keep my attention.

I know I need a story line that SCREAMS… it can’t lollygag along. I don’t have the patience and the suspense doesn’t hold up if the author meanders his/her way through the plot.

I know that I need a compelling main character who is decidedly not normal but SEEMS normal and that’s what’s so frightening.

I need that main character to have a clear reason for doing what he’s doing– no matter how twisted that reason might be, no matter how vehemently this character believes in it, it must be a clear impetus for his actions.

Lastly, I need the story to build to a crescendo and an almost impossible– yet plausible– ending.



[Review] Inside The O’Briens by Lisa Genova

[Review] Inside The O’Briens by Lisa Genova

I have read everything Ms. Genova has published and I continue to be both entertained and educated by her poignant, moving portrayals of people who could be you or me or my next door neighbor, going through a journey that some would describe as horrific. Genova has written about Alzheimer’s Disease, traumatic brain injuries and autism. Now she is back to bring us into the world of Huntington’s Disease by introducing us to the OBrien’s.
Joe is a Boston Cop, Blue to the core and proud of it. His son, JJ is a firefighter; son Patrick runs a bar, daughters Meghan and Katie are both artistic. He calls his wife Rosie his bride and he’s looking forward to retiring from the police force and enjoying life with her and his kids nearby. As in her previous books, small instances become frequent occurrences and incidental behaviors become noticeable, until Joe is being accused of abusing alcohol or taking drugs.

Muscle spasms, involuntary movement, mood swings, decreased motor function– Joe thinks it’s all because he’s getting older, and that one time he messed up his knee. A trip to the doctor begins an avalanche of specialist appointments and exams until the unexpected diagnosis is confirmed: Huntington’s Disease.

Prognosis: Fatal.

Also, hereditary. Joe has four children that he’d stand in front of a moving train to protect. Has he given them all a death sentence?




[Review] – The Memory House by Linda Goodnight

[Review] – The Memory House by Linda Goodnight

I really enjoyed reading this book and watching the relationship between Eli and Julia develop. The pacing was perfect–not slow, sort of a peaceful meander that fit the small southern town feel. I ADORED the Sweat Sisters and their contributions to learning about the history of the Inn. The Memory House was extremely easy to read with complex characters and just enough sub-stories to keep things interesting.

An absolutely enjoyable Saturday read… couldn’t put it down!



Review: The Wednesday Group by Sylvia True

Review: The Wednesday Group by Sylvia True

Title: The Wednesday Group Author: Sylvia True Genre: Women's Fiction Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin Release Date: March 3, 2015 Format: eBook Pages: 288 Gail. Hannah. Bridget. Lizzy. Flavia. Each of them has a shameful secret, and each is about to find out that she is not alone… Gail, a prominent Boston judge, keeps receiving letters from her husband’s latest girlfriend, while her husband, a theology professor, claims he’s nine-months sober from sex with grad students. Hannah, a homemaker, catches her husband having sex with a male prostitute in a public restroom. Bridget, a psychiatric nurse at a state hospital, is sure she has a loving, doting spouse, until she learns […]