Wednesday, July 31, 2019

The Chelsea Girls by Fiona Davis

What a fun, interesting place The Chelsea Hotel must have been.

Hazel was in a family of performers, but Hazel wasn’t a performer.  Hazel was a playwrite.

We meet Hazel when she was on tour with the USO during the war.  Hazel met many actors and became friends with them.

We follow Hazel as she moves out of her childhood home and into The Chelsea Hotel during the McCarthy Era. When her friend, Maxine, from the USO, moves in too their friendship is renewed.

The description of the hotel's decorations, the secret places and passages in it, and the furnishings was fascinating.  The impeccable research Ms. Davis had to do definitely shows.  I had do a bit of googling of the hotel myself.  :)

History buffs and theater goers will again be treated to a very descriptive story line that has Ms. Davis taking you back in time.

I do have to say THE CHELSEA GIRLS was a bit tedious to read for me, but I loved the history of the hotel and its inhabitants. 
The characters in the book were believable and most were likable. 

The ending was satisfying and nicely wrapped up the story line..  4/5

This book was given to me by the publisher via NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson

A secret from her past and someone who happens to show up that may ruin everything.

During their regular, monthly book club meeting a knock on the door brings a new member who as the evening wears on definitely isn't welcome.

Roux knows something about Amy and innocently suggests they play a game called Never Have I Ever.

What dark secret could Amy be hiding, how does Roux know about it, and how did Roux find Amy?  

Roux demanded money, and Amy had it. 

Who would have thought after all this time someone would find out and take the time to look into what Amy did as a fifteen-year old?

Roux did just that, and she was pretty clever, but Amy was pretty clever too so the game gets intense for both of them, but who has the most to lose?

Both women are strong and determined.  Both know how to play games, but will the winner take all or will both players lose? 

A tiny bit on the slow side at first, but not for long.   Ms. Jackson took a nightmarish incident that could very well happen and turned it into a story line that will grab you and will have you wondering how someone would even think about doing something like this to someone and how they were able to acquire the information they found or how they even found the person.

You will be on the edge of your seat as you turn the pages and anxiously await how this game goes.


This book was given to me as an ARC by the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Books Read in July

How about these GORGEOUS covers?

Have you read any of these books?

REVIEW DATES are indicated on the book's cover.

It's Monday!! What Are YOU Reading? - 7/29/2019
I hope you had a great reading week.  
This is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn at BOOK DATE!

Post the books completed, the books you are currently reading, and the books you hope to finish at some point.
Books Completed:

SEABREEZE INN by Jan Moran - review will be on August 1 - finished on July 25.

A delightful read.

MIDNIGHT AT THE BLACKBIRD CAFE by Heather Webber - review will be on August 8 - finished on July 21.

A sweet, loving read.

THE WINEMAKER'S WIFE by Kristin Harmel - review will be on August 13 - finished on July 16.

LOVED it!! 

THE WOMEN OF THE COPPER COUNTRY by Mary Doria Russell - review will be on August 6 - finished on July 10.
BECAUSE YOU'RE MINE by Rea Frey - review will be on August 5 - finished July 4.

THE CHELSEA GIRLS by Fiona Davis - review will be on July 31 - finished on July 1.

A STRANGER ON THE BEACH by Michelle Campbell - review is in the book's title.

NEVER HAVE I EVER by Joshilyn Jackson - review will be on July 30 - finished on April 2.

Book Currently Reading:

THE PERFECT SON by Lauren North - review will be on August 19.

Books Up Next:

THE OYSTERVILLE SEWING CIRCLE by Susan  Wiggs - review will be on August 20.

THIS TENDER LAND by William Kent Krueger - review will be on September 3.
TODAY WE GO HOME by Kelli Estes - review will on September 4.
29 SECONDS by T. M. Logan - review will be on September 10.

THE LAST TRAIN TO LONDON by Meg Waite Clayton - review will be on September 11.

THE MURDER LIST by Hank Phillippi Ryan - review will be on September 12.
RED SKY IN THE MORNING by J. Walter Ring - review will be on September 26.

COLD WOODS by Karen Katchur - review will be on October 1.
TAHOE DEEP by Todd Borg - review will be on October 9.

HOUSE OF BRIDES by - review will be on October 22.

NOTHING TO SEE HERE by Kevin Wilson - review will be on November 4.

I hear this was THE BUZZ at the Book Expo.

HOW QUICKLY SHE DISAPPEARS by Raymond Fleischmann - review will be on January 14, 2020.

THE FAMILY UPSTAIRS by Lisa Jewell - review will be on October 29.

REPUTATION by Sara Shepard - review will be on December 3.  Not a fan of this cover.