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Review: The Couple Next Door

August 30, 2016

The Couple Next Door

When Anne and Marco leave their baby at home alone to attend a dinner party next door, they figure everything will be fine. The two houses are attached so they’re not that far away plus they’ve brought the baby monitor with them. The couple take turns running home to check on the baby and when they return home together at the end of the evening, they encounter a parent’s worst nightmare – the front door is ajar and their baby is missing.

No one is totally innocent so everyone’s a suspect in The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena. The book started out with a bang for me. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough and just had to know what was going on. It seemed everyone had some dirty secret they didn’t want revealed. There was plenty of tension and twists to keep me invested in the story the whole time but the ending felt a little complicated and rushed to me. The book was a quick read and, overall, it was satisfying for me. I liked it a lot but wouldn’t say I loved it.  I’ll definitely be on the lookout for more from this author.

Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.  I am an Indiebound Affliate.

Mailbox Monday

August 29, 2016

Mailbox Monday August 29

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, a meme started by Marcia and now hosted on its own blog.    I’m back from my mom’s and still playing catch-up.  This will be a busy week because I’ll be filling in for Vance all week.  I found these goodies in my mailbox last week:




What did you find in your mailbox last week?

Review: 101 Reasons Why I’m Not Taking a Bath

August 26, 2016

101 Reasons

When a young boy is told it’s time to take a bath, he balks and comes up with lots of reasons to stay out of the tub.  Of course, once the little guy gets in the tub and starts having fun, he doesn’t want to get out and suggests he can give you 102 reasons why he should stay in the bath.

101 Reasons Why I’m Not Taking a Bath by Stacy McAnulty is just what it sounds like – a list of reasons to stay out of the bathtub.  Some of the reasons are just what you’d expect – “I’m not dirty” – and others are clever, funny, and sure to produce giggles from little ones.  I think both parents and kids will be able to relate to this cute book.  Joy Ang‘s colorful illustrations add to this story about a typical kid.  Pick this book up to share a laugh with your little one.

Ikid konnection new will link this up to Booking Mama’s Saturday feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site.

Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.  I am an Indiebound Affliate.

Review: Jonathan Unleashed

August 25, 2016

Jonathan Unleashed

Jonathan is living what he thought was the dream – he’s landed a job in advertising in New York City.  There are a couple catches, though – he hates his job, his apartment is questionable, and his relationship with his girlfriend is strained.  Jonathan’s brother asks him to take care of his two dogs while he’s out of the country and, with the help of the two dogs, Jonathan discovers what he truly wants in life.

Jonathan Unleashed by Meg Rosoff is a cute, chick lit book about growing up and moving on.  Jonathan is an amiable young man – riding the wave of life and pretty much going along with what everyone else wants.  A friend gets him his job, his brother dumps his dogs on him, and his girlfriends presses him to get married when her magazine offers to foot the bill.

Jonathan’s not particularly happy but figures that’s the way life’s supposed to be.  He projects his unhappiness upon the dogs and becomes a regular at the local vet’s office.  It’s a good thing the dog’s are around because they sense what’s going on and lead Jonathan in the right direction.

I picked up Jonathan Unleashed after Jill said she and her husband enjoyed it and laughed out loud as they read it.  I enjoyed the book too – it’s smart, clever, and fun, even when it’s somewhat predictable.  It’s not necessary to love dogs to enjoy this book but I think animal lovers will like it more.  Qwerty Films has bought the movie options for Jonathan Unleashed and I think it will make a cute movie.  Pick this book up when you’re in the mood for something light and fun!

Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.  I am an Indiebound Affliate.


Wondrous Words Wednesday

August 24, 2016

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered or spotlight words you love.  Feel free to get creative!   If you want to play along, grab the button, write a post and come back and add your link to Mr. Linky!

I found one word in 9 ½ Narrow by Patricia Morrisroe.

1. mohel – “A nearsighted mohel?”

A mohel is a person who performs the Jewish rite of circumcision.


This word came from Come Rain or Come Shine by Jan Karon.

2. thurible – “Somewhere in there, he had conducted a house blessing and a clinic blessing, replete with thurible.”

A thurible is a metal censer suspended from chains, in which incense is burned during worship services.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

Review: The One That Got Away

August 23, 2016

The One That Got Away

Married mother of two, Abbey Lahey feels overwhelmed more often than not.  She and her husband work hard but he’s struggling in his landscaping business.  They’re so busy, they never seem to have time to talk and connect anymore.  Abbey dreams about what her life would be like if she’d gone out with the handsome man who worked in the same building she did.

Abbey buys a purse that’s much too expensive and falls on an escalator, hitting her head, when she goes to return it.  She wakes up in an alternate life, married to that handsome man, who just happens to be running for Congress, and finds the life with him isn’t as wonderful as she thought it would be.

The One That Got Away by Leigh Himes is a new twist on an old story – experiencing a different life in order to appreciate the one you’re living.  As you’d expect, it was pretty predictable.  I enjoyed it and thought it was cute but also thought it was just a tad too long.  For me it was light, fluffy, and thought provoking, just as it was meant to be.

The audio version of The One That Got Away is narrated by Kristin Kalbli and I thought she did a terrific job.  She kept me invested in the story even when it grew repetitious.

I am an Indiebound Affiliate.

Mailbox Monday

August 22, 2016

Mailbox Monday August 22

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, a meme started by Marcia and now hosted on its own blog.   I’m visiting my mom this week so won’t be around much.  I found these goodies in my mailbox last week:



What did you find in your mailbox last week?


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