At first, the story seemed so confusing for me. There were so many parents, and an investigation – a murder investigation at that. So from me not caring to anyone of the characters and by half of the book I was starting to worry at who has been murdered and by whom? Whenever I would read about Madeleine, Celeste or Jane – I would go, please not her, not them. Then finally everything fell into place and all I can say is Wow! As the story unraveled and wrapped up, there were so many levels that became clear as to how deep being a wife, a mother, a step mother, a daughter, a friend meant. I love how Lian Moriarty was able to create such characters. Oh and especially that one character whom I disliked so much (without giving much) and I am glad how that turned out. This sure is one compelling read.
About the book:
Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads:
Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).
Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.
New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.
Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.
Before going on about my list, here’s a cool factoid I recently discovered (not sure if I am the last person to know this) is if you are an amazon prime member – you get 2 kindle first books FREE!!!! How awesome is that! Amazon Prime
My first Trimester of 2015 Book List:
1. The TimeKeeper by Mitch Albom
In a cave is a bearded man who can hear the woes of people on Earth begging for time. Now Father Time has a mission – to go back to Earth and save 2 people, one who wants less time and another who wants a lot more time. The story is simple yet thought provoking.
2. The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins
This seems like a very good read and I heard it is similar to Gone Girl. I tried to loan the kindle ebook version in our local library but I am the 324th person on hold for 100 kindle copies and this is not available in the prime member library. Oh the suspense on when I will get a hold of this book.
3. The Mermaid’s Sister by Carrie Ann Noble
Her sister is a mermaid. Need I say more?
4. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
This seems like a sweet story.
5. Hot Blooded by Lisa Jackson I’ve been a huge fan of the suspense/thriller novels of Lisa Jackson and I know this is another fun read.
6. Things You Don’t Say by Sarah Pekkanen
Her latest novel which I know I will love!
7. Before I Go by Coleen Oakley
Her cancer is back and this time to help appease herself, she is struck by the idea of finding her husband another wife when the time comes that she passes away…How can I not want to read this?
8. No Ordinary Billionaire by J.S. Scott
My guilty pleasure. He is a cop and a billionaire. J.S. Scott always manages to create such amazing characters – alpha males and their women with such great chemistry from the get go.
9. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
After staying up all night reading Night Road. I can’t wait to read her latest novel.
10. The One That Got Away by Simon Wood
This is not your typical love story. Well, it is not a love story but more of a murder, thriller type.
Recommended Short Stories: True Fodder, Shelf Life, Drawing Heart by S.L. Dearing
I am looking forward to an inspiring book written by a dear friend:
A Little Red Wagon Full of Hope: Tips and Inspiration From A Loving Caregiver by Kathy Scanlon Opie
Jason Sutherland is a billionaire investor who has it all: good looks,
billions of dollars, and every expensive toy a man could ever want. What
he doesn’t have is the one thing he wants the most: Hope Sinclair.
Unfortunately Hope, the little sister of his best friend, was off
limits. But when he finds out that she’s getting married, he decides
that he’s staking his claim before it’s too late, and it will take more
than a little deception and risk to accomplish his goal. Hope could end
up hating his guts, but after spending one forbidden night with her that
he can’t forget, he knows he has to try to make her his forever.
Hope Sinclair was born into money, but being rich has never made her
happy. The one thing she wants is a man to care about her and not her
bank account. The closest thing she’s ever found to real happiness was
the magical, passionate night she’d spent in the arms of Jason
Sutherland…until that night turned into heartbreak. So when he
unexpectedly comes back into her life in the strangest of ways, Hope is
determined to resist her attraction to him.
Thrown together by Jason’s deception and with their passion still
burning hot, can the two of them survive after the billionaire is
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Lara Bailey isn’t in Rocky Springs for the hot springs, the resort activities or the fabulous skiing. She has come to Colorado for one reason and one reason only: to find and get close to Marcus Colter, the eldest Colter brother. Unfortunately, trouble finds her in the form of Tate Colter rather than Marcus. The youngest Colter brother is arrogant, cocky, smart, and tenacious in his attempts to find out why she wants to find Marcus even though she’s never met him. Lara isn’t willing to divulge that information, and Tate is determined to uncover her motives. It makes Tate one hot, wickedly sexy, adorably dimpled, alpha male pain in her backside.
Lara is really confused when Tate helps her out of a difficult and potentially dangerous situation. It leaves Lara wondering if he really is the cocky, arrogant jerk that he pretends to be, or if there isn’t much more to Tate Colter than she’d initially thought.
Tate Colter wants Lara Bailey in his bed…badly. When she completely blows him off and ignores him when they meet, he’s even more determined to find out her secrets and get her to submit to the molten desire that radiates between the two of them. The fact that she’s one tough female, a woman who can give back exactly what he dishes out, makes her even more intriguing to him.
Sparks fly as Tate and Lara become involved in a battle of wits and wills that will ignite flames of passion and desire like neither one of them have ever experienced. But when deception is discovered and a betrayal takes place, can these two adversaries who are so much alike work together without letting the white-hot passion burning between them incinerate them both?
About The Author
Scott is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of steamy
romance. She’s an avid reader of all types of books and literature.
Writing what she loves to read, J.S. Scott writes both contemporary
erotic romance stories and paranormal romance erotics. They almost
always feature an Alpha Male and have a happily ever after because she
just can’t seem to write them any other way!
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A few interesting facts about Author J.S. Scott
Author J.S.Scott trained and worked for years as a Registered Respiratory Therapist before becoming an Author.
self published in April 2012 with no experience at all. “I put together
my own bad covers and edited the stories myself. (Big
mistake!) I used KDP Select when I first started and offered up the
stories for free, alternating the freebies. To my surprise… I actually
started selling some books.” Then she really hit it when she started
working on a serial romance trilogy that readers started to follow
enthusiastically — The Billionaire’s Obsession,
she eventually packaged into a “complete set” last February, selling
the lot for one very low price. “I was lucky enough to have the book
sell very well… well enough to hit the USA Today and NYT Bestsellers.
Since then, I’ve written complete novels that have also done well.”
the books that she writes almost always feature an Alpha Male and have a
happily ever after because she just can’t seem to write them any other
Your Life is A Book: How To Craft & Publish Your Memoir is truly a helpful guide in writing. I was quite apprehensive in reviewing a book on how to write. But this proved to be truly helpful. I found myself thinking in a different way with their ideas, tips and exercises. There is a wealth of information in this book, they even provided publishing tips, sample letters to editors, Q & A’s, tips on how to handle rejection, indie publishing and a lot more.
While reading this novel I kept on making mental notes on how I would adjust (or add to) the novel the I am currently working on. I came to the realization of why I felt stuck. I even marked the pages of the writing prompts I plan to work on and made notes on the other ideas I wanted to try. I felt was that this book applied to what I was working on which meant that it went beyond memoir writing. If you are planning to write and are unsure of where or how to begin, then Your Life Is A Book would be a helpful guide.
In addition, here is the link to where Oprah talked about Your Life Is A Book. Click Here
Drawing Heart, Shelf Life and True Fodder are short stories by Shannon Dearing, they were equally engaging and had very different plots. My sole complain, if I have any is that the stories were too short. haha! Honestly, I loved them especially True Fodder. All the stories had a solid starting point that got me hooked from the beginning and I wanted to read more until the very end. They were short yet very satisfying.
Drawing Heart was haunting. Shelf Life was set in a dystopian future, I think that like the lead character I too was waiting and looking for the zombies but there weren’t any – it was something else, something bizarre…And my favorite was True Fodder. Seriously, in the end of True Fodder, I went…”oh gosh!” Then I emailed Shannon asking if there was another story connected to True Fodder. You really have to read it to know what I mean.
If in case you are in search of a very interesting read but feel that you don’t have much time, you will definitely enjoy Shannon’s short stories.