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The Week in Review: 08.16.2019

August 16, 2019


Between the Covers

Finished last week:

WINDOW ON THE BAY by Debbie Macomber is the story of two old friends, Jenna and Maureen, who’ve always dreamed of going to Paris together but something always gets in the way.  They’re both divorced and their children have all left home so it seems like the perfect time.  But things don’t go exactly as they planned.

The story alternates between the two women and I found both of them just a little bit irritating.  They’ve worked hard and raised their children without much help from their ex-husbands so I was surprised that they were both somewhat elitist. I thought the characters were pretty vanilla and the storyline to be predictable.  Tavia Gilbert, Erin Bennett, and Karissa Vacker did a great job narrating the audio version so it was a pleasant way to spend a few hours but, for me, the book was just okay – not Macomber’s best effort.  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)


Claire’s mother and grandmother are psychics and she works in the business as well but she doesn’t have “the gift”.  She’s just learned to really focus on her clients and tell them what they want or need to hear.  Rena is the mom to Stephanie, a four year old girl with serious health problems that doctors can’t figure out.  The two meet in a chance encounter on an airplane and their lives become further entangled when Rena visits Claire for a reading.

THE PERFECT FRAUD by Ellen LaCorte has one of the most unique storyline I’ve read and I was drawn in from the beginning.  The point of view switches between Claire and Rena and I was hooked on both their stories.  I flew through this book, at first curious to see how the characters’ stories were going to entwine, and then to see how things were going to work out.  LaCorte has written some great characters and story with plenty of tension to keep readers flipping the pages.  The ending leaves things open for a sequel which I would love to read.  Pick this book up!  (Review copy provided by Harper Collins.)


MAYBE HE JUST LIKES YOU by Barbara Dee is the story of a seventh grade girl named Mila.  Mila’s not the most popular but she has a solid set of friends.  As the school year starts, the boys in her class start to touch her inappropriately and harass or bully her with unsuitable comments.  Mila doesn’t know who to turn to – her single mom has her hands full with problems at work and the assistant principal coaches all of the boys in basketball.  Mila starts retreating into a shell until things come to a head one day and she finds help where she least expects it.

This is such an important and timely book for middle grade readers!  It addresses bullying and sexual harassment and shows how harmful both can be.  Mila begins to find some power when she starts taking karate but it’s not enough – she needs adult help with this problem.  This compelling book has a great storyline, wonderful characters, and plenty of tensionb.  It belongs in every school and classroom library.  (Review copy provided by Media Masters Publicity.)

Currently reading:

On the Screen

Not much of anything.

Off the blog

  • Carl have been casually car shopping for quite a few weeks now and finally made the plunge this week and purchased a new one.
  • One of Vance’s college roommates and his fiancée (!!) are visiting and, since Vance’s apartment is so small, they’re all staying with us.
  • We walked at least three miles every morning and I averaged just over 16,850 Fitbit steps a day.

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

23 Comments leave one →
  1. Diane permalink
    August 16, 2019 6:56 am

    The Perfect Fraud sounds great! Enjoy your weekend.

  2. August 16, 2019 7:11 am

    The Perfect Fraud sounds like a fabulous read! Enjoy the houseguests and have a great weekend.

  3. August 16, 2019 8:07 am

    The Perfect Fraud looks very tempting.

    Enjoy your house guests! Thanks for sharing.

  4. August 16, 2019 8:33 am

    A new car and a house guests – sounds like a great week. Enjoy your weekend!!

  5. Lloyd Russell permalink
    August 16, 2019 9:22 am

    Debbie Macomber is another one of those prolific authors that I have never read. It’s crazy how many of those there are.

    Lloyd (408) 348-4849

    On Fri, Aug 16, 2019 at 1:01 AM Bermudaonion’s Weblog wrote:

    > BermudaOnion posted: ” Between the Covers Finished last week: WINDOW ON > THE BAY by Debbie Macomber is the story of two old friends, Jenna and > Maureen, who’ve always dreamed of going to Paris together but something > always gets in the way. They’re both divorced and their c” >

  6. August 16, 2019 11:36 am

    Of course, I’m curious about your new car. What did you get? We just bought one this week, as well. My stepmom was selling her 2013 Smart, so we decided to buy it from her. We drove it home from Seattle a couple of days ago and it’s pretty darned cute!

  7. August 16, 2019 11:43 am

    I enjoyed THE PERFECT FRAUD too. Enjoy your new car and your house guests.

  8. August 16, 2019 12:13 pm

    This is the best time to buy. I bought mine this time a couple years back and there was zero percent financing everywhere. What did you get???

  9. August 16, 2019 1:01 pm

    Maybe He Just Likes You sounds so good. It’s going on my TBR list then I’ll donate it to a local middle school.

  10. Literary Feline permalink
    August 16, 2019 2:56 pm

    I’m sorry Window on the Bay wasn’t better. The Perfect Fraud does sound good, however, and is one I would like to read, especially after reading your review. Maybe He Just Likes You does sound good too. Very relevant. Seventh grade was around the time I began being bullied by two of my peers. Both boys, and some of it qualifies as sexual harassment. It went on through my sophomore year in high school. I often heard the refrain that they “just like me”. It was clear to me that wasn’t the case. Nothing I said or did deterred them.

    I am glad Carl found a car he likes! Enjoy your company–or rather Vance’s company.

    Have a great weekend, Kathy!

  11. August 16, 2019 2:57 pm

    The LaCorte book sounds really good, I’ll see if my library has it.

  12. August 16, 2019 3:15 pm

    Have a great new week!

  13. August 16, 2019 9:04 pm

    Have a great weekend!

  14. August 17, 2019 10:16 am

    The blurb for Window on the Bay sounds so good; I’m sad it was a bit of a letdown. On the other hand, The Perfect Fraud, with its novel storyline, turned out to be a happy surprise, so that’s lovely.

    I hope you have a great week!

  15. August 17, 2019 10:36 am

    Oh gosh, I’m definitely telling our school librarian to get that book. Sounds like an important read for girls AND boys! Enjoy your weekend!

  16. August 17, 2019 11:57 am

    Wow, Maybe He Just Likes You sounds fantastic!

  17. August 18, 2019 10:30 am

    Kathy, Maybe He Just Likes You sounds like a valuable book for young adults, educators, and parents. Congrats on the car purchase, and to Vance!!

  18. August 18, 2019 11:05 am

    I’ve read Debbie Macomber just one time and I wasn’t too impressed, but I may try her books again. The Perfect Fraud sounds good. Congrats on the new car!

  19. August 18, 2019 11:21 am

    The Perfect Fraud sounds like a great read… and might be a welcome diversion for me right now! Hope you’re enjoying Grocery. I liked the audio version and wanted to take a trip to Ohio to see one of the stores, even though I’m a Wegmans loyalist 😉

  20. August 18, 2019 5:25 pm

    You convinced me, I’m going to read The Perfect Fraud.

  21. The Cue Card permalink
    August 20, 2019 7:40 am

    Congrats on the new car. I always love it when you get a new one! The Perfect Fraud has me wondering what happens. I will look for it.

  22. Beth F permalink
    August 20, 2019 1:15 pm

    Yay on the new car. And Now I’m adding The Perfect Fraud to my list.

  23. August 30, 2019 11:43 pm

    I’m not a Macomber fan for the reasons you mentioned. How nice that Vance’s friends stayed!

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