Weekend Reading

Since I loved Phaedra Patrick’s first novel, The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, I had a feeling I’d like Rise & Shine Benedict Stone and guess what? It’s fantastic! Such a brilliant combination of a sweet plot, quirky characters, lots of heart and a fast read!
Set in a small town, the story is about Benedict Stone, an overweight, set-in-his- ways jeweler whose wife Estelle has left him due to their inability to have children and the rift that’s caused between them. He’s depressed and wants to win her back.
Out of the blue, Benedict’s spunky sixteen-year-old niece lands on his doorstep. Benedict has lost touch with his estranged brother and doesn’t know how to get in touch with him regarding Gemma who insists her father knows where she is and everything’s fine. Gemma finds an old gemstone journal and takes an interest in learning about gems (this part is actually pretty fascinating). As Gemma and Benedict begin to bond, Benedict slowly changes his ways.
Gemma finds an old gemstone journal and takes an interest in learning about gems (this part is actually pretty fascinating) and their various meanings and healing abilities. As Gemma and Benedict begin to bond, Benedict slowly changes his ways.
This book is so sweet and well written, it needs to be put on your To Read pile immediately!
After a sweet book like Rise & Shine Benedict Stone, I am looking for something dark and suspenseful and Not A Sound by Heather Gudenkauf is exactly what I want. I became a fan of this author after reading her novel, Missing Pieces. SO GOOD.
Here’s the synopsis which intrigued me immediately:
When a tragic accident leaves nurse Amelia Winn deaf, she spirals into a depression that ultimately causes her to lose everything that matters–her job, her husband, David, and her stepdaughter, Nora. Now, two years later and with the help of her hearing dog, Stitch, she is finally getting back on her feet. But when she discovers the body of a fellow nurse in the dense bush by the river, deep in the woods near her cabin, she is plunged into a disturbing mystery that could shatter the carefully reconstructed pieces of her life all over again.
As clues begin to surface, Amelia finds herself swept into an investigation that hits all too close to home. But how much is she willing to risk in order to uncover the truth and bring a killer to justice?
I adore the cover of this one! The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Huge by Taylor Jenkins Reid reminds me a little of a book I wrote about Marilyn Monroe and a cynical writer which I can’t wait to share with you!
I am intrigued by anything centering around old Hollywood and glamor, I love it! The author does an incredible job of creating these characters and I loved everything about this book.
Here’s what you need to know:
Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?
Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.
Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds through the decades—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

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