Weekend Reading

I was absolutely dying to get my hands on Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney much like I am antsy with anticipation over the newest Ruth Ware book. I was so excited and grateful to get a sneak peek of the suspenseful book and read it quickly, staying up past my bedtime to see how it was going to end.
A very interesting premise to have to main character in a coma, reliving the events that put her in the hospital and listening to people talk around her. I give the author an A+ for this because the reader felt the main characters frustration as she could not answer her husband and sister as they spoke about her.
I read this one very fast, a good story will keep you in suspense from beginning to end. I was a little confused at the very end, when you read it, you’ll see as other people have made similar comments. But all in all, it was a fantastic book and one you will want to read!
I have been enjoying every book that Jo Piazza has written! I loved The Knockoff and Fitness Junkie I really enjoyed Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win. Politics are a hot topic and Jo crafted a good story centering about Charlotte Walsh, a woman running for senate.

Charlotte Walsh is running for Senate in the most important race in the country during a midterm election that will decide the balance of power in Congress. Still reeling from a presidential election that shocked and divided the country and inspired by the chance to make a difference, she’s left behind her high-powered job in Silicon Valley and returned, with her husband Max and their three young daughters, to her downtrodden Pennsylvania hometown to run in the Rust Belt state.
Once the campaign gets underway, Charlotte is blindsided by just how dirty her opponent is willing to fight, how harshly she is judged by the press and her peers, and how exhausting it becomes to navigate a marriage with an increasingly ambivalent and often resentful husband. When the opposition uncovers a secret that could threaten not just her campaign but everything Charlotte holds dear, she has to decide just how badly she wants to win and at what cost.

This is a smartly written novel with some humor in the pages.  This is due out in July so mark your Goodreads list or preorder from Amazon!

Marilyn Simon Rothstein has a great sense of humor and an excellent sense of pacing. Husbands and Other Sharp Objects had me hooked from page one and I enjoyed her witty and clever writing. The words flowed, the pages turned, the story moved forward, what’s not to love?
I liked that the main character was not in her twenties and grappling with men and a job, but she was a women with grown children, stuck in a midlife crisis, but she wasn’t a “poor me” type. And I am always going to enjoy a main character with a wicked sense of humor.
Here’s the synopsis:

After a lifetime of marriage, Marcy Hammer is ready to get herself unhitched—just as everyone else in her life is looking for a commitment. Her new boyfriend, Jon, wants to get serious, and her soon-to-be ex-husband, Harvey, is desperate to get back together. When her headstrong daughter announces a secret engagement to Harvey’s attorney, Marcy finds herself planning her daughter’s wedding as she plans her own divorce.
Now with two huge events on the horizon, the indomitable Marcy soon realizes that there’s nothing like a wedding to bring out the worst in everybody. From petty skirmishes over an ever-growing guest list to awkward confrontations with her sticky-fingered new in-laws, pulling off the wedding is going to be a challenge; seeing her divorce through is going to be a trial. And trying to make everyone happy might prove to be impossible—because in the end, Marcy alone must make a choice between something old and something new.

Every chapter had something funny happening, a little crisis to put Marcy in peril. Now I’m going to have to read Lift and Separate, the first book about this character! Id say this is a great beach read because its light and funny but really, a heartwarming story can be enjoyed any time of year!

I do love a good biography and they are actually hard to come by. Two of my very favorites that stand out are The Man in the Rockefeller Suit: The Astonishing Rise and Spectacular Fall of a Serial Impostor and The Phantom of Fifth Avenue: The Mysterious Life and Scandalous Death of Heiress Huguette Clark, I highly recommend both of these books as they are gripping, interesting, and so well written!
This book promises to be another incredible read, A Dangerous Woman by Susan Ronald. I’ve never heard of Florence Gould and am intrigued. Take a look:

Born in turn-of-the-century San Francisco to French parents, Florence moved to Paris, aged eleven. Believing that only money brought respectability and happiness, she became the third wife of Frank Jay Gould, son of the railway millionaire Jay Gould. She guided Frank’s millions into hotels and casinos, creating a luxury hotel and casino empire. She entertained Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald, Pablo Picasso, Joseph Kennedy, and many Hollywood stars, like Charlie Chaplin, who became her lover. While the party ended for most Americans after the Crash of 1929, Frank and Florence refused to go home. During the Occupation, Florence took several German lovers and hosted a controversial salon. As the Allies closed in, the unscrupulous Florence became embroiled in a notorious money laundering operation for fleeing high-ranking Nazis.
Yet after the war, not only did she avoid prosecution, but her vast fortune bought her respectability as a significant contributor to the Metropolitan Museum and New York University, among many others. It also earned her friends like Estee Lauder who obligingly looked the other way. A seductive and utterly amoral woman who loved to say “money doesn’t care who owns it,” Florence’s life proved a strong argument that perhaps money can buy happiness after all.

I so admire a writer who can take on a life story such as this and produce a book about a very complex woman! This is on my To-Read list and I cannot wait to sit down with it.