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The Real Deal by Lucy Monroe
 
Fun Romance -- But not sure it's suitable for book clubs... More for personal enjoyment!

I'm giving this one a perfect 10! One of my new personal favorites...

I can't believe how quickly I read (devoured) this book! I'm usually not one to stay up late reading, or get up early, just to continue reading a book... but this one had me from page 1.

I don't know, maybe it's because I, like Amanda, see myself through other people's eyes, and it's always easier to believe the negative, rather than the positive impressions others have of me. It was easy to relate to both Amanda and Simon, both had a hard time believing they were worthy of love. Even after 38 years of marriage to the same wonderful man, it's hard for me to believe he thinks I'm beautiful.

I'm looking forward to reading more books by Lucy Monroe

 
Interesting, Dark
Best thing about this book was the lovely book jacket!

Well... I finished it and now I'm MAD! I don't know why I ever thought I would enjoy reading this book... The whole story was depressing... Henry Dees is every Mother's worse nightmare!

Henry Dees (the 1st person character) was trying to make the himself appear sympathetic... explain how/why things happened the way they did.. instead he just came off as pathetic! I wanted to wring his scrawny neck. He kept talking about loving Katie as the daughter he never had.... bahhhhhhhh... he didn't know parental love or he never would have let things go that far... He was too worried about what he would say to her parents and what everyone would think of him instead of taking care of and protecting Katie.... He was a selfish, selfish, man!

arrrgggghhhh.... I was just mad at the world in general when I finished this book...
I'll take my old mushy romances or a good sci-fi any day over a depressing read like this.
Even a good murder mystery... as long as it doesn't involve harm to children.

I may have been swayed by the catchy title and the beautiful book jacket. (and the fact that it was a free book) so Thanks to Pauline and bookmovement.com for the opportunity to read this one. I will pass it own with notes inside to check out this website. And I will be more careful about which books I sign up to win~~~

I read for pleasure, and I like happy endings...
If I want to read about kidnapping and child abuse, I'll pick up the daily news...
and get mad over that!

I can't wait until our next bookclub meetup to find out how everyone else feels about this book!

The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell
 
I feel like I've spent the past week at Princeton....

I picked up this book because everyone was comparing it to Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" While I can see some similarities, I don't think it was as well written. I had trouble getting trough the first half... I kept thinking "is this all there is, these four boys struggling through Princeton?" The first half consists of a lot of character development and even more location development. But after the murder, things pick up and the book is hard to put down.

I would have like to have read more about Francesco Colonna and his trials and tribulations... I had never heard of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili and this book certainly peaked my interest. Now I'll have to find a copy of the English translation and see what all the hoopla is about.

I would highly recommend this book for book clubs... great discussion material and I think it would appeal to a broad range of readers.

 
Dramatic, Unconvincing, Interesting
Fascinating look at a way of life that most of us would not or could not endure...

I was unsure about this book when we received it from BookMovement.com, but after the last page, I was very glad to have read it.

The character developement and seeing the events unfold from each individual's point of view was very enlightening. It made me want to know these people better... to read more about their thoughts and get into their lives.

I would recommend this one for any book club discussion.

 
Unconvincing, Insightful, Interesting
Best thing about this book were the island descriptions....

As far as the storyline goes, I didn't enjoy this one at all... The whole falling in love with the monk turned me off from the beginning... and I'm not even Catholic.

Jessie and Whit not only were cheating on husband and God, but I believe they were cheating each other too. I think the sneaking around to meet one another was a dead give-away that what they were doing was wrong. I agree with some of the other readers who rated this book.. poor choices was the theme of this book.

I would like to visit the east coast islands after reading some of the descriptions of island wildlife...

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Romantic, Optimistic
Another Nora Roberts success....

If you like Nora Roberts,you'll love this series... four long-time friends sharing life and love by helping others celebrate one of the most important days of their lives.

Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips
 
Poorly Written, Slow, Pointless
Dissappointed.....

I was really disappointed in this one... the tag lines and blurb on the back caught my attention and I thought it would be a fun read for my book club, but it was rather disappointing on the whole... I guess I expected better from the gods, but they seemed very shallow... or maybe I was confusing gods with heroes....
Anyway, I do not recommend this book at all...

Night Road: A Novel by Kristin Hannah
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Interesting
Night Road

WOW!
What an emotional roller-coaster ride!

I cried, then I laughed. smiled, giggled, and then I cried my eyes out!
The emotional highs were very high and the lows were in the pits!
I stayed up late and then got up early to finish this book.

Very richly written characters.
I fell in love with Lexi from the first... who wouldn't.
She was such a lost little girl.

I could empathize with Jude as a 'helicopter' Mother.
I took me a few minutes to get that, but I too hovered over our boys.
Not quite to her extent, but probably more than I should have.

I will be looking for more of Kristin Hannah's books.
I think I already have 'Firefly Lane' somewhere on my bookshelves.
Now I must go FIND it.

 
Book Club Recommended
Ghosts??

Interesting interaction with ghost/spirit... but the relationship that made the most impression on me was the one between Zoe and her Grandmother, Upsie.... Dealing with Upsie's vascular dementia and all the complications of getting a home ready for an elderly relative that is in a slow decline was, on a personal level, more interesting than the several romantic relationships in this story.

 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Dark, Interesting
Looking forward to the movie

This was a very interesting story and very well written...
I very much enjoyed the characters and their relationships....
very nice twist at the ending.
(I won\\\'t spoil it for you here)

Looking forward to reading the next two books in this triolgy.

The Language of Flowers: A Novel by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Beautiful, Interesting
Careful what you plant ....

The story was interesting... I've never really given much thought to what happens to children in foster care when they turn 18 and if this book is true to life, we are certainly not doing a very good job of taking care of these young people... just because a person turns 18 does not mean they are ready to face the world on their own, without any type of support group.

 
Books WAY better than that hedious movie!

I read this whole series years ago and fell in love with John Carter... Of course, the story is wonderfully told and full of action and adventure. The female characters are strong.
Please, please, don't let the movie influence you. The books are infinitely better! I bought this kindle edition as my books have all been given away and I wanted to revisit Barsoom.

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