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The Week in Review: 08.04.2017

August 4, 2017


Between the Covers

Finished last week:

SNAKES! by James Buckley, Jr, Book 4 in the Amazing Animal Facts series by Animal Planet, is a great way to introduce early readers to serpents.  I readily admit to having ophidiophobia so I thought this book might be too much for me but I’m happy to say it wasn’t.  This book is full of interesting facts about what snakes eat, how they motivate, their life cycle, and so much more.  It includes lots of interesting facts and tons of full color photographs.  Being informed about snakes is a great way to dispel fear of them so I think this is a fabulous book to share with early readers.  It should especially appeal to male readers.  (Review copy provided by Blue Slip Media.)

I loved A CERTAIN AGE by Beatriz Williams when I read it a couple years ago so I was excited to pick up COCOA BEACH.  This book features Virginia Fortescue Fitzwilliam, a minor character from the former book.  Virginia went to Europe to drive ambulances during World War II and while there, met her husband, Dr. Simon Fitzwilliam.  They were crazy in love but, because of the war, they didn’t get to see each other as much as they wanted to.  When Simon’s twin brother, Samuel, approaches Virginia with lots of crazy accusations, she doesn’t know what to think and she wonders how well she really knows her husband and she heads home.  Several years (and a baby) later, she receives word that Simon has died in a fire so she heads to Cocoa Beach to claim his estate and finds herself in the midst of a tangled web of lies and deceptions.

I wanted to love this book but, in the end, I didn’t.  Virginia’s story is told in three time periods – her childhood, her time in Europe during the war, and her time in Cocoa Beach and the transitions weren’t always smooth.  I also found the language, especially the dialogue, to be a little bit too flowery and formal, and it didn’t seem to fit the story to me.  I’m in the minority on this one, though, so give it a try if it appeals to you.  (Review copy provided by Harper Collins.)

HER EVERY FEAR by Peter Swanson is the story of Kate, a young British woman who agrees to swap apartments with Corbin, her American cousin, for six months.  Kate survived an attack by a former boyfriend so she’s somewhat fragile and anxious and Corbin has a secret in his past.  Just before Kate arrives in Boston, Corbin’s next door neighbor has been murdered.  The police question Kate about her cousin but she doesn’t know much.  She begins to suspect him and everyone else she meets.

Even though this book is brutal in parts, I could not put it down and found myself thinking about it when I wasn’t reading it.  It’s told from multiple points of view so readers know who’s guilty about halfway through the book but there’s still plenty of tension to keep you flipping the pages.  I’ve read two of Swanson’s books and am anxious to read the one I’ve missed plus anything else he writes.  (Review copy provided by Harper Collins.)

Currently reading:

On the Screen

Not a thing.

Off the blog

  • Vance turned 30 on Saturday and came over for a celebration dinner on Sunday.  I can’t believe my baby is 30!!
  • Carl and I went to check out a new brewery that opened about 45 minutes from us.
  • I walked at least three miles every morning and averaged almost 18,500 Fitbit steps a day.

What’s going on in your corner of the world?

22 Comments leave one →
  1. August 4, 2017 4:42 am

    Those were some good walks 🙂

  2. Sarah's Book Shelves permalink
    August 4, 2017 7:41 am

    Sorry Coca Beach didn’t work for you. I loved A Hundred Summers and liked Violet Grant and Tiny Little Things well enough. But, didn’t like Infinite Seas at all for many of the reasons you mentioned above. This was about the time she started publishing a book a year. Hmm…

  3. August 4, 2017 7:54 am

    Too bad about Cocoa Beach. A Hundred Summers is still a favorite beach read, but I’ve yet to reacher other books. Violet Grant is on my shelf though. Happy Birthday to Vance!

  4. Beth F permalink
    August 4, 2017 8:39 am

    Her Every Fear sound great! Happy birthday to Vance. I think I’ll skip Cocoa Beach beach, though I did like her last book.

  5. August 4, 2017 8:42 am

    Williams’ books have been hit or miss for me. I’ll add the Swanson title to my list. Sounds good! My baby turned 31 last week. Good thing we’re not aging that fast, ha.

  6. August 4, 2017 9:58 am

    As you know, I LOVED The Best of Us…and I have heard great things about Her Every Fear.

    I know what you mean about being astonished at the age of your youngest. My baby is now 40! Which means, obviously, that I’m way older than I think I am sometimes. LOL.

  7. August 4, 2017 10:08 am

    My baby is 32. So I get what you’re feeling. I’ve got my 50th high school reunion tomorrow night. I’m hoping that everybody will be wearing a name tag!

  8. August 4, 2017 1:11 pm

    I could not get Cocoa Beach and now dont feel all that sorry!!!! I know I cant believe I have a daughter who is 34!! time does fly and now she is teaching me parenting….

  9. August 4, 2017 2:26 pm

    All the books you read last week sound good. My oldest is 39. Wow!

  10. August 4, 2017 2:29 pm

    I’m having a hard enough time with my first born starting his senior year of high school! I can’t imagine 30! I’m hoping I can get through the Snakes book without being too creeped out!

  11. August 4, 2017 2:38 pm

    Congratulations on reaching 30 years as a mother. It’s a great accomplishment. Sorry about Cocoa Beach. I’ll stay away from it. Have a great week ahead, Kathy.

  12. The Cue Card permalink
    August 4, 2017 3:05 pm

    Thx for the tip on Peter Swanson; I’d like to check his books out. Congrats on your baby being 30, wow! How time flies. Look forward to your thoughts on the Maynard book & Fierce Kingdom. Enjoy your week.

  13. August 4, 2017 3:06 pm

    Happy Birthday to Vance! We have had so many customers come into the shop and ask for Peter Swason lately, I think my sisters would like this one.

  14. August 4, 2017 3:50 pm

    Nice post, Kathy.

    I enjoyed Cocoa Beach but it was a bit confusing.

    Thanks for sharing.

  15. Patty permalink
    August 4, 2017 3:55 pm

    Peter Swanson is the nephew of one of my teacher friends. He rented an incredible house in London so his family could be with him while he toured. My friend is Peter’s mom’s twin sister and they all had an incredible time. I have not read any of his books yet!

  16. August 4, 2017 4:46 pm

    I wasn’t sure about Her Every Fear but you made me consider it again. It is Cup Match time in Bermuda. Do you remember that holiday, did you ever go? I looks like Somerset will win. I can’t keep up on my reviews and coming to the blog, my new job has taken over and very tired nights. Hope you are well.

  17. August 5, 2017 10:33 am

    Her Every Fear sounds really good; I’m currently watching Criminal Minds on Netflix and they sound similar. Creepy, but good.

  18. August 5, 2017 3:59 pm

    I looooved Swanson’s The Kind Worth Killing but haven’t read any of his other books. I added this one to my TBR for sure!

  19. August 6, 2017 5:08 pm

    Happy Birthday to Vance!

  20. August 8, 2017 10:43 am

    Happy birthday to Vance. I cannot believe how much you walk per day. If I only had the time. I probably walk maybe half that in a day on average. I’m sorry Cocoa Beach wasn’t all you wanted it to be. That’s on my vacation read list for this month.

  21. bookingmama permalink
    August 9, 2017 5:30 pm

    I totally agree with you about HER EVERY FEAR. I think Mr. Swanson is awesome! I, too, didn’t love COCOA BEACH like I hoped.

  22. August 13, 2017 1:47 pm

    I thought Her Every Fear was a winner, too. I’m eager to try his other book, which I hear is even better.

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