Tuesday, July 2, 2013

June Book Report

It's been some time since I posted a monthly book report, but this is a good one to start with.  My approach is to post a monthly summary report and save individual posts for books that speak to me in that special way that some books do.  The titles all link to Goodreads.  Enjoy!

Aunt Dimity and the Lost Prince by Nancy Atherton
Series:  Aunt Dimity #18
Rating:  4/5 (Mystery)
Delightful fairy tale of a mystery and proof positive that a mystery need not always involve murder.

Big Sky Summer by Linda Lael Miller
Series:  Parable, MT #4
Rating:  3/5 (Romance)
Not as good as first three in the series.  The hook of the story was very one note and repetitive.

Tapestry of Fortunes by Elizabeth Berg
Rating:  5/5 (Fiction)
She's back!!!  This is the Elizabeth Berg I love.  I wanted to live in this book.

This Heart of Mine by Suzanne Hayes
Rating:  3.5/5 (Fiction)
A prequel and very nice set-up for I'll Be Seeing You.

Ladies' Night by Mary Kay Andrews
Rating:  4/5 (Fiction)
It was long, but it was oh so good.  I found Chapter 31 hilarious!

Robert B. Parker's Wonderland by Ace Atkins
Rating: 2/5 (Mystery)
It's time to let this series go.  Spenser was always tough, but never crass. Boston was always a presence, but never a travelogue. The franchise may be playing out under the pen of Atkins, but the heart and soul will always belong to Robert B. Parker.

The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister
Rating: 5/5 (Fiction)
Just as good, if not better, the second time around (first read in April 2009)
Book Love edited by James Charlton
Rating:  4/5 (Nonfiction)
This charming little book of quotes sits on my desk. I've been dipping in and out of it from time to time but finally read it all the way through this month.

The Last Original Wife by Dorothea Benton Frank
Rating:  4/5 (Fiction)
Les has reached the straw and camel's back point of her 30-plus years of marriage to Wes who, after all these years, still hasn't got a clue.  Can this marriage be saved?  More importantly, should this marriage be saved?

Time Flies by Claire Cook
Rating:  3.5/5 (Fiction)
Claire Cook has a knack for giving us a yearly beach read with lots of humor backed up with some thoughtful undertones.  As I approach my 50th class reunion, the pre-reunion anxieties rang true as did the friendship, family, and Who Am I themes.

Don't Cry for Me (Rebel Ridge #2) by Sharon Sala
Series:  Rebel Ridge #2
Rating:  3/5 (Romance)
June selection for my f2f romance readers group.  Good, fast moving story--a little on the violent side for this wimpy reader, but ultimately I felt safe knowing that it was, after all, a romance and nothing too bad would ever happen to our hero, heroine, their families, and dog.  This was #2 in the Rebel Ridge series, but the author did a very good job of supplying the necessary details of the first book (Next of Kin), so I never felt that I had missed anything.

1 comment:

Nan said...

I'm not a fan of someone carrying on an author's work. I don't see the point except as a way of making money. It makes me sad in a way.