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The House on Tradd Street
The House on Tradd Street
by Karen White
Edition: Paperback
Price: $10.48
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 1st installment in the Tradd Street series, December 29, 2013
I will start this review by saying that I'm a huge Karen White fan. I was introduced to Karen's work by a local Atlanta area indie bookstore and have been devouring all of books ever since! I decided to read the Tradd St. series since her fourth novel 'Return to Tradd Street' is being released in January. The House on Tradd Street is fantastic! The book takes place in Charleston, SC and centers around real estate agent named Melanie Middleton. Her specialty is selling historic houses, although she prefers to live in a modern, minimalist condo. An appointment with an elderly gentleman to discuss listing his old house on Tradd Street turns Melanie's world upside down. When he passes, the seller leaves his home to Melanie and that is when things start to get interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have already started reading the follow-up, 'The Girl on Legare Street'.


Midnight Clear: A Novel (Callahan Garrity)
Midnight Clear: A Novel (Callahan Garrity)
by Mary Kay Andrews
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.25
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3.0 out of 5 stars Another solid installment in the Callahan Garrity series, December 29, 2013
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Midnight Clear is the latest recently re-released book in the Callahan Garrity series from the '90s. This book has all the ingredients of the other novels in the series that make it easily digested- a murder occurs that hits close to home for Callahan. When her brother's estranged wife turns up dead, all fingers point to Callahan's brother. Even Callahan has her doubts about his involvement, but ultimately she believes he had nothing to do with it and starts investigating the circumstances and evidence surrounding her late sister-in-law's death. Midnight Clear is another terrific installment in the series. I would have given it 4 stars instead of 3; but being a new mom, I had trouble reading some of the themes surrounding the neglect and maltreatment of Callahan's young niece.


The Theory of Opposites: A Novel
The Theory of Opposites: A Novel
by Allison Winn Scotch
Edition: MP3 CD
Price: $14.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars One woman's journey to put together all the pieces when the unthinkable happens and upends her life., December 29, 2013
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This book was selected by Jen Lancaster for her facebook 'book club'. Since I have a great admiration for Jen's writing style and humor, I decided to join in on the action and read The Theory of Opposites. I was not disappointed! This book is very well written and takes on the complexities of family and relationships through the perspective of the main character, Willa. Willa's life is pretty normal- she has a husband, parents who are still married, a brother, a sister and works full-time at a job that is challenging, but one that she enjoys. One by one, all of the seemingly constants in her life begin to change. Willa is challenged by her best friend to do the 'opposite' of what her normal reaction to these changes would be. It takes her on a painful and enlightening journey. Readers will enjoy being along for the ride.


The Tao of Martha: My Year of LIVING; Or, Why I'm Never Getting All That Glitter Off of the Dog
The Tao of Martha: My Year of LIVING; Or, Why I'm Never Getting All That Glitter Off of the Dog
by Jen Lancaster
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Who knew living like Marta Stewart would be so comical, October 18, 2013
In the Tao of Martha, Jen Lancaster tries to live her life according to the edict of Martha Stewart. She wants to discover if instituting some of Martha's tips for cooking, party planning, gardening and organization will make her life easier. The results are fun to read about. I love Jen's sense of humor and the fact that she can poke fun of herself in the oddest situations. She is not afraid to lay it all out on the page for reader consumption. I laughed out loud several times while reading this book and was also inspired to start organizing some things in my own life. You know it's a good read when you are laughing and moved to action!


After the Rain
After the Rain
by Karen White
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.85
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4.0 out of 5 stars Continuation of Falling Home set in the fictional town of Walton, GA, October 18, 2013
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After the Rain picks up where the novel Falling Home ends. In this book, a stranger named Suzanne Paris arrives in the town of Walton, GA. Suzanne has a mysterious past and doesn't disclose much to the inhabitants of Walton- a town where everyone knows one another and is always ready to lend a helping hand. Suzanne, who has moved around a lot and doesn't have many personal connections in life, struggles with the overabundance of hospitality from total strangers but slowly begins to embrace the people of Walton. Will it be enough for her to let her guard down and stay in town for a while? You'll have to read it to find out, and you'll be glad you did. This is another great novel by Ms. White. Be sure to read Falling Home before After the Rain to understand the background story of some of the main characters from Walton.


Such a Pretty Fat: One Narcissist's Quest to Discover If Her Life Makes Her Ass Look Big, or Why Pie Is Not the Answer
Such a Pretty Fat: One Narcissist's Quest to Discover If Her Life Makes Her Ass Look Big, or Why Pie Is Not the Answer
by Jen Lancaster
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.78
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3.0 out of 5 stars The good, the bad, the fit, the fat, and the hilarity., October 18, 2013
I really, truly wanted to like Such a Pretty Fat as much as some of Ms. Lancaster's other books. Especially since the premise hits close to home for me and so many other women who struggle with their weight. In this book, Jen has decided it's high time to lose weight and write about her experiences. The good, the bad, the fat & the fit. Although the book is entertaining, the author spends more than half of the book setting up the scene for her to get the book deal to write Such a Pretty Fat and writes about things that are happening in her life. Once she actually starts putting pen to paper about her weight loss journey, the book gets more interesting. She actively participates in Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, training sessions, etc. and her take on the whole experience is easy to relate to. As per her tone in this book, it's very Jen, opinionated and narcissistic- which is at times hilarious and at other times, hard to read. All that being said, it was not my favorite book of hers. If you're looking for a terrific Jen Lancaster read- pick up Bitter is the New Black.


Momzillas: It's a jungle out there on Park Avenue, baby!
Momzillas: It's a jungle out there on Park Avenue, baby!
by Jill Kargman
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.58
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3.0 out of 5 stars Moms in Manhattan- they are a different breed indeed!, September 23, 2013
It took a while to get invested in Momzillas because the author tried to throw out a lot of abbreviations early in the book, i.e. situation = sitch, neighborhood= neighb, etc. I think this was in an effort to show that her main characters in the book are young and hip moms. Regardless, Momzillas is a fun read that revolves around a woman named Hannah. Hannah's a displaced San Franciscan mom who moves with her husband to Manhattan. She is immediately thrown into a lifestyles of the rich & famous type scenario while trying to make friends with women who have nannies, chauffeurs, and designer brand duds. The atmosphere is completely different to the laid back lifestyle Hannah was used to and trying to understand the natives and try to fit in is a daunting task. As a new mom myself, it was fun for me to read the fictional frictions and competitiveness Hannah deals with in her new life. This book made me glad that I'm not living on the Upper East Side and that my friends are all down to earth and loving vs. competitive!


Happy Never After (Callahan Garrity)
Happy Never After (Callahan Garrity)
by Mary Kay Andrews
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.56
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4.0 out of 5 stars Callahan's investigative work turns into a murder investigation again!, September 23, 2013
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Happy Never After was rereleased this year and is the 4th book in the Callahan Garrity series. In this book from the series, Callahan is tasked with finding the third member of a now defunct girl group from the 60s called the Velvet Teens. The other two members of the group, her cousin and sister, have not seen her for 20 years. The search is on as a movie producer wants to use some of the Velvet Teens' old songs in a movie and possibly record new tracks with the group. Unfortunately along the way someone gets murdered and Callahan's investigative work changes from looking for a missing band member to trying to figure out whodunit. This book is a fun read; just remember as you are investing time in the book that it was written in the 90s. Things like the internet weren't around. The author references looking people up in the yellow pages and paying extraordinary sums for calls made on a car phone. It's a trip down a technological memory lane as well as a great mystery. I'm looking forward to the next books in the series that are schedule to be rereleased in October 2013.


101 Things to do Before You Turn 40
101 Things to do Before You Turn 40
by Kristin McCracken
Edition: Paperback
Price: $15.00
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3.0 out of 5 stars Some great tips for things to knock off your pre-40 bucket list, September 11, 2013
This book could really be title 101 things you've probably already done prior to turning 40! I picked this book up at the local used bookstore. Being that I'm 36yrs old, I thought it would be a fun read. The good points of this book- you can finish it in one sitting & there are several suggestions that I will take to heart and act on in the next few years leading up to the big 4-0. The points of this book include the fact that it was written in 2007, so some of the tips are really outdated. For instance, right after this book came out, the housing market went caput. So the tip that buying real estate and even a second 'vacation' home are good investments that can only increase in value- well, we now know that is not the case. Also, a lot of the tips are more geared towards single women. My husband picked the book up, looked at the cover, and said I HOPE you're not taking the tip 'make out with the best man' as something you need to do. LOL! All that aside, it is a fun, if opinionated, quick read.


Daddy's Girl
Daddy's Girl
by Lisa Scottoline
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $7.19
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4.0 out of 5 stars Full of twists to the very last page!, September 11, 2013
I'll start by saying that I've never read any of Lisa Scottoline's books. My mom loaned me her copy of Daddy's Girl since she is a fan of Ms. Scottoline's and thought that I would enjoy it. I have to say that at the beginning of this book, I struggled to become invested in the characters or the story. The plot centers around a law professor, Natalie Greco, who plays it safe and has a pretty cookie cutter life until she agrees to teach a class at the local prison with one of her counterparts. A prison riot ensues the day she is teaching and through a crazy turn of events- she is attacked and witnesses a man's final moments on earth. His final words to her- "Tell my wife it's under the floor" leads Natalie on a crazy adventure trying to solve the mystery of why there was a riot and why inmates and a correctional officer were murdered. It appears to Natalie that it wasn't a random occurrence. After the riot, I became very intrigued with the book and how everything would play out. I enjoyed Daddy's Girl and plan to read more of this author's works in the future!


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