Monthly Archives: July 2017

The Heirs

I loved Susan Rieger’s The Divorce Papers. I like epistolary novels and that one was really good. So I was excited to get The Heirs. It’s a book about five sons and their mother and what happens when their father dies.

I would love to tell you more about the book. But, I didn’t finish it. It just wasn’t my cup of tea. Whereas The Divorce Papers was easy to read and funny,  The Heirs was stilted and too stuffy for me. I very rarely put books down before I finish them, but this one, I just could not finish.

I got this book from Blogging for Books and received no other compensation in exchange for this review. The opinions expressed herein are mine and mine alone.

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How to Fall in Love With Anyone

Ugh. I am so on the fence about this book. It falls into the same category for me as “Eat, Pray, Love” and “Wild”. While I had my own issues with those two books (really, who can afford to disappear for an extended period of time to get their shit together?), this one was a bit different.

Mandy Len Catron writes about love in a series of essays. That is the first difference. This book isn’t meant as one continuous discussion of a particular time. She bounces around to different points in her life, but the organization is still linear. I suppose I’m on the fence about this book for two reasons. First has everything to do with the author’s tone. The second has to do with me.

Catron’s tone throughout the book strives to be academic, but I couldn’t help but feel at times it was a bit whining and needy. I did find interesting her reactions to love and to dating. She, like a lot of modern women, myself included, reacted to love and dating the way she thought everyone expected her to and not in a way that was genuine to who she was. We have spent so much time being told how to act and what to expect that we conform our thoughts to outside forces and don’t allow that inside, we might feel differently. Most importantly, even if we do recognize that we feel differently about marriage, love commitment, etc., we do not feel comfortable or that it is ok with society that we show anything different than what is expected.

And that is why this book bothered me. It made me think about my own feelings and expectations. The difference is that I am not a thirty-something year old woman. So some of what she says I find useful for women who are younger and in that phase of life. Overall, this book was okay. I would recommend it to people who are trying to figure out their version of love and relationships.

I won this book from Goodreads and received no compensation in exchange for my review. The opinions contained herein, confusing as they are, are mine and mine alone.

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The Rules of Love and Grammar

I loved this book. Grace Hamilton lost her job, her boyfriend, and her apartment (temporarily) at the same time. She goes home to Dorset. Connecticut to stay with her parents. During her stay in Dorset, she deals with her sister’s death, her best friend/almost boyfriend from high school, who is now a famous movie director – in town making a movie, her female best friend, and Mitch, the son of the bike shop owner.

I liked this book because I liked Grace. She’s flawed and goofy and smart and insecure. Grace is also a planner. She likes to know what’s going to happen before it happens. Her mother tells her, “Let life unfold, or you’ll miss the chance to be surprised.” Probably the once scene I loved the most was when Mitch and Grace go for a bike ride and they have a conversation about knowing to remember something because it’s special.

I liked this book because it wasn’t predictable and tells a good story. I could relate to Grace and her life and how she feels about it. Mary Simses wrote a really good book. A lot of people will probably call this “chick lit” and if they judge it based on that description, they are missing a really wonderful story.

I loved this book. I recommend it. I won this book from Goodreads and received no other compensation for this review. The opinions contained herein are mine and mine alone.

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Pink Slips

I am not going to talk much about the plot of this book. If I do, it will give things away I think you should discover from reading. Betsy Ryan has a stalker. She lives in suburban Chicago and someone seems to watch her and know everything about her. Complicating the matter? Betsy is eight months pregnant and her husband is away on business…..

Pink Slips has an interesting hook that I thought was odd at first, but then really enjoyed. Along with her neighbor and friend, Misty, and her parents, Betsy’s best friend is Barney, her canine companion. The book is a thriller, but it’s also about love and family and friendship.

It will definitely not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it is well-written and I really enjoyed it. I won this book from Goodreads and received no other compensation for this review. The opinions contained herein are mine and mine alone. (

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