I love a good novel that keeps me engaged from page one and has me hooked all the way until the last page. And in The Assistants, Camille Perri manages to do just that while infusing humor and pop culture references throughout. A+ job on this novel! I typically do my reading in the evenings and I couldn’t wait to pick this back up after a long day.
Tina Fontana is an assistant to a super wealthy media mogul who spends more on his luxurious lunches than she earns in a week. She’s worked for years catering to his largely extravagant needs while she struggles to get by with rent and student loans.
After noticing a technical error in her boss’s expense reports, she realizes that can pay off her college loans and be debt free with the extra money. So she does just that. Soon word gets out and she’s approached by someone else who needs a favor paying something off and it just keeps going. It reminded me of a modern day Robin Hood. What Tina is doing isn’t that bad because she’s helping people, right?
While Tina has remorse for stealing funds from the company, she feels worse knowing the assistants to the bigwigs of the Titan Corporation are blowing through enormous amounts of money on things like trips and wine while their assistants can barely pay their bills. But of course everything spirals out of control and this is where the author does a deft job of keeping things interesting and believable.
Excellent book! I need to find more like it. Check it out here on Goodreads.com!
Almost Missed You by Jessica Strawser sounds gripping and intense thanks to the idea that a woman’s husband just up and leaves with no obvious reason. WHY? What did he do? What did she do? Surely there were clues and hints that he was going to do something. I immediately want to know more.
What appealed to me about this one is that it offers a bit of suspense wrapped in an intriguing idea for a plot.
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Violet and Finn were “meant to be,” said everyone, always. They ended up together by the hands of fate aligning things just so. Three years into their marriage, they have a wonderful little boy, and as the three of them embark on their first vacation as a family, Violet can’t help thinking that she can’t believe her luck. Life is good.
So no one is more surprised than she when Finn leaves her at the beach—just packs up the hotel room and disappears. And takes their son with him. Violet is suddenly in her own worst nightmare, and faced with the knowledge that the man she’s shared her life with, she never really knew at all.
Caitlin and Finn have been best friends since way back when, but when Finn shows up on Caitlin’s doorstep with the son he’s wanted for kidnapping, demands that she hide them from the authorities, and threatens to reveal a secret that could destroy her own family if she doesn’t, Caitlin faces an impossible choice.
Told through alternating viewpoints of Violet, Finn and Caitlin, Almost Missed You is a powerful story of a mother’s love, a husband’s betrayal, connections that maybe should have been missed, secrets that perhaps shouldn’t have been kept, and spaces between what’s meant to be and what might have been.
I like the idea of multiple viewpoints and I look forward to reading this.
I love a good road trip story and the bid on an abandoned storage unit reminded me of my friend Gayle’s excellent novel, Self Storage, so instantly I wanted to find out more about Traveling Light by Lynne Branard.
It all starts when Alissa impulsively puts a bid on an abandoned storage unit, only to become the proud new owner of Roger Hart’s remains. Two weeks later, she jumps in her car and heads west, thinking that returning the ashes of a dead man might be the first step on her way to a new life. She isn’t wrong.
Especially when Blossom, who just graduated from high school, hitches a ride with her to Texas, and Alissa has to get used to letting someone else take the wheel. Posting about their road trip on Facebook, complete with photos of Roger at every stop, Blossom opens Alissa’s eyes to the road in front of her and to how sometimes the best things in life are the ones you never see coming.
This has great potential and I am envisioning it as a movie too! Due out in January.
I’ve long been a fan of Lorna Landvik’s writing dating back to her first novel, Patty Jane’s House of Curl. I was thrilled to see that she’s written a new novel and its due out in 2017. Pre-order, add to your Goodreads list, write it down but do not forget.
I love her humor and how each book, typically based in the Minnesota area, is so charming and fun.
Here’s what you need to know:
Set adrift when her mother sells the salon which has been a neighborhood institution for decades, Nora Rolvaag takes a camping trip, intending to do nothing more taxing than roast marshmallows over an open fire and under a starry sky. Two chance encounters, however, will have enormous consequences and her get-a-way turns out to be more of a retreat from her daily life than she ever imagined. But Nora is the do-or-die-trying daughter of Patty Jane, who now must embrace the House of Curl’s slogan: ‘Expect the Unexpected.’
With her trademark wit and warmth Lorna Landvik follows Nora and an ever-growing cast of characters between city and wooded retreat, Minnesota and Norway, a past that’s secret and a future that’s promising, but uncertain. Responding to a mysterious letter with a Norwegian postmark, Nora’s grandmother Ione travels to her native land to tend to a dying cousin and her husband–two people who played a painful, pivotal role in her past. Nora, accompanying her, is surprised by her grandmother’s long-ago love story—but even more surprised by the beginning of her own.
I cannot wait to get my hands on this!