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The Travelers: A Novel
The Travelers: A Novel
by Chris Pavone
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.39
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable if unrealistic spy thriller, June 25, 2016
This review is from: The Travelers: A Novel (Hardcover)
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This latest from Chris Pavone was a delightful read. Fun characters, enjoyable travel writer premise, lovely descriptions of travel. Why only four stars? Because the big "surprise" wasn't a surprise and made me think Will was a bit thick for not figuring out what was going on a lot sooner. Regardless, a great vacation read!


Technomarine Women's 'Cruise Star' Quartz Stainless Steel Casual Watch (Model: TM-115033)
Technomarine Women's 'Cruise Star' Quartz Stainless Steel Casual Watch (Model: TM-115033)
Price: $302.38
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4.0 out of 5 stars great watch especially if you are regularly around liquids, May 20, 2016
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This lovely watch looks like a dress watch but functions like a sport watch. The rose gold color is very on trend, and looks very rich on the bezel. The swappable straps add function and both are comfortable to wear. This watch is perfect for anyone who wants a dressy watch but needs the functionality of a heavy-duty waterproof watch- it is perfect for example for a bartender or waitress constantly under threat of getting splashed or needing to frequently submerge hands and wrists in water. The watch was actually a little smaller and daintier than I anticipated based on the photo, but then I do like a hefty watch. All is all a great example of a heavy-duty watch that manages to look delicate and professional.


A Simple Game
A Simple Game
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fast-paced and surprisingly philosophical thriller, May 17, 2016
This review is from: A Simple Game (Kindle Edition)
In today's world of high-stakes sports global conflict, it certainly seems like just a matter of time before the two intersect as they do in this complex debut novel. The book is billed as a thriller, and its hero Rory does rocket around the globe at breakneck speed hoping to solve the mystery of the Sporting Murders in time to collect the $20 million reward. Of course, Rory does find the time to rescue a damsel in distress along the way, though reader beware- her motivations are no more clear than his own at times. The pace of the story is sometimes exhausting, building toward a finale that hits the reader like a tailhook landing (150mph to 0mph in about 2 seconds). That said, this book is more Kurt Vonnegut than Robert Ludlum, as the author delivers a stinging look at the state of conflict (and the role of conflict resolution) in the modern world. A surprisingly philosophical, and trenchant, read- highly recommended!


The Marriage Pact: A Novel
The Marriage Pact: A Novel
by M.J. Pullen
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.65
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3.0 out of 5 stars decent premise quickly undermined by lackluster heroine determined not to own her life choices, May 17, 2016
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This should really be a 2.5 star review which is rather disappointing. Though this book was well-written, the heroine was just to unlikable to carry the story. Marci was stuck in a dead end job and a dead end relationship with her boss, and yet somehow just thought everything would somehow resolve itself without any work on her part. Then an old friend swoops in to carry her away and she seemingly falls into another relationship without actually making any attempt to address the problems in her life? I found her too frustrating to wish her well, and didn't like that she saw herself as a victim rather than an active participant in her life. It wasn't until the very end that I found anything redeemable in Marci, and that was just too late. I never understood the attraction to Doug, and I thought Jake deserved better than his relationship with Marci, but again it seemed like he had put no real thought into that either. All in all, a rather aggravating read for me.


Letting Go: A Novel (Thatch)
Letting Go: A Novel (Thatch)
by Molly McAdams
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.53
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2.0 out of 5 stars a disappointing read about characters who seemed too juvenile to carry the weight of the story, April 22, 2016
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From the opening pages, I knew I as going to have trouble liking this book, but I had some hope. As I continued reading however, that hope was lost. I have to say, I did think that McAdams did justice to the overwhelming feelings of loss involved with the death of a loved one; that part of the novel rang true. Unfortunately, most of the rest of it did not. To me, all of these folks were way too young for their single-minded devotion to getting married and living happily ever after. The way that Grey gushed about her love made me think she had a lot of growing up to do, while Jagger on the other hand seemed remarkably (and unrealistically) mature about her ongoing feelings of guilt about their relationship. The stalker was an unnecessary added element- it was also clear from the get-go exactly who it was. And the whole sub-plot about Jagger's mother? I find it unrealistic that folks who have been so close for so long had absolutely no idea she was an evil manipulative monster. I think this book tried to do too much and so had no real substance to the story. Sadly, a disappointing read.


Cuisinart CNFB-433 Non-Stick Fish Basket
Cuisinart CNFB-433 Non-Stick Fish Basket
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4.0 out of 5 stars makes grilling fish a breeze, April 22, 2016
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Got this got my husband who loves to fish and loves to grill- perfect way to help him kick off the season. He loves it- thinks the size is great for holding a fillet and the structure helps keep the fish from falling apart on the grill. The removable handle is key because it allows for the grill lid to close, but he did say it can be a bit awkward trying to get the handle reattached to remove the fish basket from the grill. I had hoped it would work for vegetables as well but the slots are too big to make that a functional option. A great choice for anyone who likes to grill fish!


Anything for You (The Blue Heron Series)
Anything for You (The Blue Heron Series)
by Kristan Higgins
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $6.79
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3.0 out of 5 stars lovely main couple but disturbing revelations about the character of the town that is the main setting for this series, March 15, 2016
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I actually read a couple of books in this series before, but didn't realize they were connected until part-way through this one, so I think the book works as a stand-alone and not just as part of a series. I like the two main characters here very much, and the way they deal with the reality of Jessica's life as her brother's care-giver. What I didn't like was the way the town of people I am supposed to like were portrayed- folks were concerned enough about the dog to call animal control, but no one was concerned enough about Jess and her brother to call child protective services? No one noticed that Jessica's behavior in high school was designed to protect her brother? I was left with a sour feeling about all the adults and most of Jessica's peers which certainly makes me love the whole Blue Heron setting a lot less. I also thought the sub-plot with the back-stabbing at the winery was unnecessary and didn't add much to the story.


Journey to Munich: A Maisie Dobbs Novel
Journey to Munich: A Maisie Dobbs Novel
by Jacqueline Winspear
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.38
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful return for Maisie Dobbs and a chilling look at 1938 Germany under Hitler, March 12, 2016
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After the overwhelming tragedy of the last book, I was delighted to see Maisie Dobbs back and closer to her normal form. The historical look at 1938 Munich was chilling; as always, Winspear paints an accurate and insightful picture of the past. The mystery here was less important than the fact the it gave Maisie the chance to fin her way back to herself. I was glad to see some characters from the past return to Maisie's life, and can't wait to read her next adventure.


The Beach Hut
The Beach Hut
by Cassandra Parkin
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.95
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5.0 out of 5 stars beautifully written, imaginative tale of love and loss, February 18, 2016
This review is from: The Beach Hut (Paperback)
This lyrical novel traces all manner of love and loss, and the complicated ties that bind us to family. From the moment I started reading, I couldn't put it down. The characters were wonderfully drawn- fragile and full of life, wrestling with the realities of life and death decisions. Donald's anger at the world was almost painful, as was Alicia's desperate effort to find love and acceptance in the wake of her mother's death. Finn and Ava were quirky and wonderful, yet they soon revealed their own demons through the sad tale of their past. The building tension was palpable as the story built to a powerful conclusion. I confess I never saw the twist in Donald's story coming, yet once I read it, I knew how true to the story it was. Highly recommended!


The Summer Before the War: A Novel
The Summer Before the War: A Novel
by Helen Simonson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $17.19
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lyrical novel of the last days of a bygone era, February 18, 2016
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This novel is a beautifully written look at life in rural England just before the onset of WWI. Coming as it does during the centenary remembrances of the war to end all wars, this story is a haunting look at an English town that would be forever changed by the events to come. Simonson's sensitive prose and deft character portraits are in keeping with the tone of the period, and remind me again of how heartbreaking the memory of that last summer must have been for those who lived through it. I've been reading a lot of WWI literature of late, and this is one of the standouts- highly recommended.


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