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Blueprints: A Novel Hardcover – June 9, 2015
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“Delinsky's moving story is filled with love, loss, betrayal and passion. Readers will share the highs and lows experienced by the characters. This is a story for mothers and daughters everywhere.” ―RT Book Reviews
“About the complicated dynamics of a family, the novelty of love no matter when in life you find it, and the importance of a good home makeover.” ―Pop Sugar
"Delinsky effortlessly brings the components together – romance, career shifts, changes in parent-child relationships . . . A likable beach read with just a touch of gravitas." ―Kirkus
“With grace and dignity Sweet Salt Air reveals the fragility of human nature while intimating at the healing powers of forgiveness.” ―New York Journal of Books on Sweet Salt Air
“Delinsky captures the magic of coastal Maine in this beautifully written book about friendship and redemption...The drama of betrayal, the tension of risk and the triumph of friendship play out in a setting that is a character in itself...a fantastic summer read!” ―RT Book Reviews, "Top Pick" on Sweet Salt Air
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The network's decision drives a wedge between mother and daughter and the fallout serves as a catalyst for both of them to reevaluate their relationship and the directions their lives are taking.
I'm a little torn on this one. Overall I enjoyed it, but I had a few issues (but we'll get to that later). First, let's start with the good stuff:
I like Caroline; it's refreshing to have a 50+ female character take on a major role in a novel. The author brings up issues that many women of a certain age can relate to, like being marginalized professionally and learning to negotiate the tricky terrain of mid-life romance. Well done.
I thought the author did an interesting job of exploring the complexities of the mother/daughter relationship. To me, Caroline and Jamie's relationship wasn't "close" as much as stifling. It's mentioned several times that Jamie has no friends and doesn't feel the need for any as Caroline is her BFF. I actually thought their post-riff relationship was healthier - adults treating each other as equals. I'd be curious to know how others viewed it.
As for the writing itself, Barbara Delinsky has been very successful for a long time, and there's a reason for that: she's a professional and it shows! From the technical things like sentence structure, grammar and dialog to the ability to execute a well thought out storyline, there's little here to quibble about. It's always a pleasure to read smooth and professional writing.Read more ›
Jamie thought her career was the driving force in her life along with her fiancé but the show and her job came way before a wedding which was on her to do list not a get done next list. She was the architectural brains behind McAfee Homes, a family business who produced one of a kind quality homes. Being the co-host on the show with her mom had been exciting and pushed her toward new heights but taking over was never a consideration and the fact that her mother believes she was working behind the scenes to boot her out was heartbreaking. Then everything takes a back burner to her half-brother, now orphaned as a result of the tragic death of her father and step mother. Taddy is two years old and needs someone there for him right now, and while she has always adored him mothering him is way out of her comfort zone.Read more ›
I thought I would enjoy this one since it was based on a family business that had a television show not unlike that of the PBS "This Old House" or the HGTV show "Rehab Addict". However, the book dealt with very little about the family business and was so overloaded with everybody talking about their feelings that I was just bored to tears. However, I persevered and completed it up to the very end where the last few pages dealt with one of the family members dealing with very big issues. And that issue was the making of cole slaw. Yep you got it - cole slaw.
I found one discrepancy that the editors missed and these little things bug me when reading. On one page the color and the cut of a woman's blouse was the main focus and that color was brown. A few pages later, the color was navy. It is a small thing but I hate mistakes like this.
Save your reading time for much better books. In fact, read one of Delinsky's older books, "A Woman Betrayed". Now that is a good book but not this one.
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Another great Delinsky book. Definitely a book to read when it's too hot to do anything else!Published 9 hours ago by T. Burdick
Four stars from me. Great characters and some surprising turns to their lives and the plot. I never felt the need to skim ahead and skip anything. Good summer read.Published 1 day ago by JemmaJolie
A riveting story with good plot, realistic problems and a happy ending...can't ask for more!Published 4 days ago by tess
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