Friday, March 16, 2012

book club!

Happy glorious Friday!!

Jennifer Close's Girls in White Dresses
Girls in White Dresses
Isabella, Mary, and Lauren feel like everyone they know is getting married. On Sunday after Sunday, at bridal shower after bridal shower, they coo over toasters, collect ribbons and wrapping paper, eat minuscule sandwiches and doll-sized cakes. They wear pastel dresses and drink champagne by the case, but amid the celebration these women have their own lives to contend with: Isabella is working at a mailing-list company, dizzy with the mixed signals of a boss who claims she’s on a diet but has Isabella file all morning if she forgets to bring her a chocolate muffin. Mary thinks she might cry with happiness when she finally meets a nice guy who loves his mother, only to realize he’ll never love Mary quite as much. And Lauren, a waitress at a Midtown bar, swears up and down she won’t fall for the sleazy bartender—a promise that his dirty blond curls and perfect vodka sodas make hard to keep.

I will admit that I started enjoying this book from page one, but then it became a little dull towards the end. I felt like Jennifer threw in a couple more characters that were not that necessary at the end,it was just confusing trying to figure out the point of their personal stories. However,there were funny parts in this book and I liked that it is a relate able set of women and their issues with "growing up" and seeing everyone around them marrying and having families while they are still single and figuring out their lives. I give this a C/B.

Sophie Kinsella's newest one, I've Got Your Number
Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier.  She is about to marry the ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her 'happy ever after' begins to fall apart.  Not only has she lost her engagement ring but in the panic that followed, she has now lost her phone. As she paces shakily round the hotel foyer she spots an abandoned phone in a bin. Finders keepers!  Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfect!
Well, perfect except the phone's owner, businessman Sam Roxton doesn't agree.  He wants his phone back and doesn't appreciate Poppy reading all his messages and wading into his personal life. 
What ensues is a hilarious and unpredictable turn of events as Poppy and Sam increasingly upend each other's lives through emails and text messages.  As Poppy juggles wedding preparations, mysterious phone calls and hiding her left hand from Magnus and his parents... she soon realises that she is in for the biggest surprise of her life.

(thanks to her website)

I really enjoyed this book; a fun, light, enjoyable, romantic read. Had me laughing out loud and shaking my head in frustration. Sweet characters and such a unique plot line for today's day and age of technology. I liked that Poppy is much less of an annoying/doesn't-learn-that-fast character compared to Sophie's Shopaholic character so I was pleased with that. Definitely one of my favorites of hers! I give this book a solid A.

I'd Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman
I’d Know You Anywhere
Suburban wife and mother Eliza Benedict’s peaceful world falls off its axis when a letter arrives from Walter Bowman. In the summer of 1985, when Eliza was fifteen, she was kidnapped by this man and held hostage for almost six weeks. Now he’s on death row in Virginia for the rape and murder of his final victim, and Eliza wants nothing to do with him. Walter, however, is unpredictable when ignored—as Eliza knows only too well—and to shelter her children from the nightmare of her past, she’ll see him one last time.
But Walter is after something more than forgiveness: He wants Eliza to save his life . . . and he wants her to remember the truth about that long-ago summer and release the terrible secret she’s keeping buried inside.
(thanks to her website)

I liked this book, it wasn't as scary/disturbing as I thought it would be. I mean, yes, it is about a serial rapist/killer coming back into the life of the victim "he let go" but I liked that it is mainly told from HER side of the story. A neat twist at the end, a good showcase of how someone can use their awful experience and turn it into something better that doesn't define their life. Strong woman character who will do what she has to in order to protect her kids, yet she isn't dumb and naive. I give this an A.

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Have a lovely March weekend!


  1. I've Got Your Number sounds like one I need to add to my list! Thanks for sharing all of these books!

  2. I'd Know You Anywhere is a great book. I completely agree with you. It wasnt as disturbing as I was expecting and she was a very strong female character.

  3. Yeah, I really need to read "I've Got Your Number," but my to-read list is getting out of control!! Haha!


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