Friday, January 6, 2012

Book Club

This week I read 3 books:

Nadia Knows Best by Jill Mansell

When Nadia Kinsella meets Jay Tiernan, she's tempted, of course she is. Stranded together in a remote Cotswold pub while a snowstorm rages outside... let's face it, who would ever know? But Nadia's already met The One. She and Laurie have been together for years – they're practically childhood sweethearts and she still gets butterflies in her stomach at the sight of him. Okay, so maybe she doesn't see that much of him these days, but that's not Laurie's fault. She can't betray him. Besides, when you belong to a family like the Kinsellas – bewitchingly glamorous grandmother Miriam, feckless mother Leonie, stop-at-nothing sister Clare – well, someone has to exercise a bit of self-control, don't they? I mean, you wouldn't want to do something that you might later regret...
(from her website)

I liked this novel (I have been a Jill Mansell fan for a long time) and it is such a fun and light story. Simple and interesting characters and this book had me smiling and freaking out with the characters. I give it a solid A.

Still Missing by Chevy Stevens
Product Details

On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a thirty-two year old Realtor, had three goals—sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever- patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor of the day pulls up in a van as she's about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all.
Interwoven with the story of the year Annie spent captive of a sadistic psychopath in a remote mountain cabin, which unfolds through sessions with her psychiatrist, is a second narrative recounting events following her escape—her struggle to piece her shattered spirit back together and the ongoing police investigation into the identity of her captor.
The truth doesn’t always set you free
(from her website)

Heads up because this book is  DARK and DISTURBING yet I couldn't put it down!! So intense, scary, moving, pivotal, sad,triumphant, and heart melting. Had me guessing til the end. What a strong main character, I don't know if I could have survived what she went through. Such a powerful yet harsh plot and story. Makes you grateful for the family you have though :) I give it a B/A because it has rather vivid and violent details in the first half.

Always Something There to Remind Me by Beth Harbison
Always Something There to Remind Me

Two decades ago, Erin Edwards was sure she’d already found the love of her life: Nate Lawson. Her first love. The one with whom she shared everything--dreams of the future, of children, plans for forever. The one she thought she would spend the rest of her life with. Until one terrible night when Erin made a mistake Nate could not forgive and left her to mourn the relationship she could never forget or get over. Today, Erin is contentedly involved with a phenomenal guy, maneuvering a successful and exciting career, and raising a great daughter all on her own. So why would the name “Nate Lawson” be the first thing to enter her mind when her boyfriend asks her to marry him? In the wake of the proposal, Erin finds herself coming unraveled over the past, and the love she never forgot. The more she tries to ignore it and move on, the more it haunts her.

Another sweet and light chick-lit novel. I like Beth's different and funny characters and stories. (Although I do think she goes over-board on the intimate details/scenes.)I liked that this main character is truly confused yet she knows what she has to do,it seems like a real-life scenario actually. I am always a sucker for romance and true love and this story delivers. I give it a B.

What have you been reading?

Happy Reading!!


  1. I love Jill Mansell! I'm going to buy this book now since they're so cheap at the moment. :)

  2. I hadnt heard of this Jill Mansell book (I have several on my list to read.) And the second book sounds very captivating. I just cant imagine what some people go through.


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