Beach House No. 9 by Christie Ridgway Romance (Contemporary) Source: My Own Bookshelf Format: Kindle Rating: 2.5/5 Didn't connect with the major characters because there did not seem to be any depth to their stories. Enjoyed the subplot involving our hero's sister and her husband more than the main characters' story. This was the August selection for the Barnes & Noble (Burlington, MA) Romance Readers. The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan
Fiction Source: Library Format: Hardcover Rating: DNF I loved Sullivan's Maine, but The Engagements just wasn't doing it for me. Not sure why--maybe the format of jumping from couple to couple through various years without seeing the continuity? I will say, though, the touchstone among the stories--the story of Frances Gerety, penner of the "A Diamond Is Forever" slogan--was wonderful, and I might have thoroughly enjoyed a book telling her unique story.
The Summer Girls by Mary Alice Monroe Fiction Source: Library Format: Hardcover Rating: 4.5/5 Usually when I finish a Mary Alice Monroe book, Post-Its are flying out from all corners of the book. Not so with The Summer Girls--not because there was nothing to mark, but because I was so engrossed in the story of the reunion of these three sisters that I just kept reading. And once again, Monroe reveals through the story about human families, love, and forgiveness a glimpse of the natural world around us, this time introducing us to the fascinating and complex world of the Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. Wonderful summer reading.
Naughty in Nice by Rhys Bowen Mystery Series: Her Royal Spyness #5 Source: Library Format: Kindle Rating: 4/5 The fifth in Bowen's Royal Spyness series finds Georgie heading to Nice to retrieve one of the Queen's snuff boxes. Things get complicated, of course, and the unraveling of the mystery and murder is helped along by none other than Coco Chanel. An Inspector Clouseau-like chief inspector adds to the fun and intrigue on the Riviera.
The American Heiress by Dorothy Eden Romance (Historical) Source: Library Format: Kindle Rating: 3.5/5 It is spring of 1915. Spoiled twenty-one-year-old Clemency Jervis and her Fifth Avenue entourage board the Lusitania, bound for England, where Clemency is to marry the dashing Lord Hugo Hazzard of Loburn. Who survives and what she does is told in The American Heiress, originally published in 1980. I think I will read more from this author because I found the contrast to the frenetic, fast-paced romances written today most enjoyable.
Open and Shut by David Rosenfelt Mystery Series: Andy Carpenter #1 Source: Library Format: Kindle Rating: 4/5 I was drawn to this series because of the mention of a golden retriever. What's not to like about a book that includes a golden? But then I find our lead character, Andy Carpenter, to be not only a smart aleck but (horrors) also a devout New York Yankees and Giants fan. How could I ever warm up to this character? Well, I did and will start down the trail of yet another series....
The Lemon Orchard by Luanne Rice Fiction Source: Library Format: Hardcover Rating: 3/5 Themes of loss, love, and sacrifice are central to the The Lemon Orchard, and Luanne Rice makes you think about an issue about which some may have strong opinions. A good story and interest in the main characters kept me reading.
The Widow Waltz by Sally Koslow Fiction Source: Library Format: Hardcover Rating: 3/5 Yet another story about a widow who finds that her recently (and suddenly) deceased husband had a whole other life she never knew about. This version had some good mother-daughter interaction which I found better than the widow's story. The ribbon-wrapped explanation came too quickly and smoothly to be believable. I also read some knitting related books in August. I will mark a knitting book (or magazine) "read" when I have gone through it cover to cover, made notes in my knitting notebook, and flagged with Post-Its patterns I may want to try. I appreciate, too, the great number of knitting books available through the library in both hardcover and Kindle format.
Knit Bright Scarves, Hats, Booties and More by Kristin SpurklandSource: My Own Bookshelf Format: Soft Cover There are a lot of bright, stripe-y patterns in this book. Color choices aside, all of the patterns are fairly basic--no frills--just what you need to knit up a bunch of mittens and hats for kids (...and adults, too!).
At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Source: Library Format: Kindle Remember years ago when in a Family Circle or Woman's Day magazine you would read that Isabel Homemaker would be receiving $10 for sending in her household hint and that when you read the hint, you recognized it as something you did all the time? Well, this book reminded me of that. At Knit's End has lots of thoughts and tidbits about knitting and yarn--all of which knitters have probably thought at one time or another. Difference is, Pearl-McPhee wrote them down and published a book.