The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian

Loved this book!   Russian bodyguards, bachelor party-gone-wrong, escorts, dead people, girls fleeing…. all taking place in the Westchester home of the Chapmans (YES- all this inJacket.aspx just the first few chapters!!)  The author creates a very likeable character – Richard Chapman- whose life changes in the matter of a night.  Mainly told from the perspective of Richard and Alexandra, the “dark-haired girl”,  we piece together the “what” and “why” in this crime thriller and fall  in love with each character along the way.  Underneath the fast-paced drama, the author touches upon human trafficking, as well as the meaning of  family, love, and relationships.

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Newsletter November/December 2016

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Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology by Leah Remini

remini   Fascinating story.  It is not just about Scientology.  What I have always liked about Leah Remini is that she owns up to who she is (negative and positive aspects), such as being annoying and having a big mouth…two of the things that earn her the title “troublemaker”.  This well written book will take a hold of you, especially if you are a fan of the actress, or just want to know if Scientology is the cult you thought it was (my opinion at least).  She shares her experiences growing up in Hollywood, while entering Scientology as a kid.  This viewpoint holds its own appeal, because she isn’t one of the many celebrities who joined Scientology as an adult when it seemed to be “trending”. Don’t judge 🙂 and pick up this book if you are remotely interested, because you won’t be disappointed!

 

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Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg

Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg was named a Best Book of the Year by just about every reputable source.  It is a New York Times bestseller and long listed for some of the top literary awards.  June’s world is shattered with one tragic accident.  On the night before her daughter’s wedding, a disaster takes the lives of her daughter, her daughter’s fiance, her ex-husband, and her boyfriend Luke.  The aftermath of the tragedy, brings in a web of character connections, tied together by heartbreak.  With the introduction of each character, you can feel the emotion and how the unexpected affects them all.  Through all the heartbreak, the love, forgiveness and hope makes this novel a great, inspiring read.

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Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand

winter streetFirst time reader of Elin Hilderbrand !  Often, I have seen her books: in the hands of friends, on the beach, and the library.   Winter Street seemed a light read, and  the holiday coincided with real life at the time (Christmas)… so why not?  Also, the much anticipated sequel was released in the Fall of 2015, Winter Stroll. 

The verdict: a humorous,  light read about the Quinn family consisting of all kinds of family drama.  Kelly Quinn owns the Nantucket Inn, and his annual Christmas party is off to a disastrous start when he walks in on Mitzie (his 2nd wife) kissing Santa Claus!  Throw into the mix  four adult children ( one who is a Marine and unreachable in Afghanistan) with their own secrets and turmoil, an ex-wife, and dive into the Quinn family’s Christmas.

The book was fun, yet the ending seemed to leave me ….. like it wasn’t much of an ending.  I guess that’s why there is a sequel.  The characters could have been developed a bit more.  I say that because the “Quinn family” is quite likable,  and would have liked to know more about them.  So of course I had to go read the sequel- Winter Stroll.  Stay tuned for that review!

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The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz

Continuing with Larsson’s  series, Lagercrantz’s novel will draw out all Lisbeth Salander fans.   At first I felt the beginning was a bit slow, yet soon realized I was doing what the author anticipated- wondering when Salander was going to make her entrance.  When she does you might welcome her with a smile as I did.  As our favorite journalist, Blomkvist, becomes part of an investigation (and witness) to a murder that is more than what it seems, it becomes evident the United States is in danger.  Who else would Blomkvist try to find when he needs the mind of a brilliant  hacker? Lisbeth of course!  The duo reunite in this novel, and the thrill continues on as in the last three books!

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