What a great week we had last week. I worked two days and then had the rest of the week off. It was a nice chunk of time off and I really did spend the majority of it relaxing. Having said that, I'm so behind on reviews that I want to toss my hands in the air and give up! I've decided to just own up to the fact that I've entered one of the busiest times in my life. Between teaching school and online classes, taking an online course for professional development, and various other organizations I'm involved with, I'm always feeling like I'm spread pretty thin. (Okay. I'm not "thin"--geesh, I wish!) My time and energy is spread thin, but life is really good. Honest. I'm just especially thankful for any and all time off that I get!
With all that's going on, I've made reading my greatest escape. Because of that, I need to get a bunch of reviews published! Here are some of what I've read in the last several months:
Although an interesting read to pick back up with Nan and Grayer's lives, I will admit to being pretty frustrated this time. Before, we laughed at some of what happened to Nan because it felt like a horror story of a young woman. Now, the story is of tragedy and loss, and the responsibility of these two kids feels way too daunting. More than anything, I loved Nan's relationship with her husband, so dragging this past craziness into her marriage made me sad and overwhelmed. The story was definitely engaging, but really weighty, considering how the past read felt. I would have liked to have more of Nan's husband in this, and a bit more resolution. Overall, not a bad read, but just different from the first book and one that felt more serious than I expected.
Some have critiqued the writing and layout/styling of the book as "frothy" or nothing new. I didn't find any of that to really take away from the foundation, which was his story. Honestly, I thought that his personal voice came through very well, which made the story candid and true to who he is as a person. I also thought the styling fit him, with its bright colors and funny pictures, and matched what he had experienced. For me, it was an interesting life story and one that I thought was inspiring and made me like and understand Brad a bit better.
Truth, Beauty, Freedom, and Books, I was pushed in the direction of this romance. I don't always have good luck with a decent romance that doesn't make me roll my eyes from annoyance, so I'm happy to say that Tasha led me in a good direction. This was one of those romances that tore my heart out and kept me turning pages as fast as I could!
Lady Hawskworth's husband has supposedly been lost at sea. That's what she believes until her husband, that she had no love lost with before he left, has returned. With the return of her supposed husband, everyone is left scrambling to figure out if he really is Earl Hawksworth or just some convincing swindler?
This was a really romantic mystery at the heart of it. Is he her husband or is he not? Was Lady Hawksworth so starved for real love that she just overlooked the real identity of this man now that he appears to value her more than before? All of these questions are a constant throughout the story, so between these unknowns and the growing love between the characters, I couldn't stop reading this book. Yes, it's a romance, so be prepared for some sex scenes, but it's not the crux of the story--thankfully. Overall, I really got into this romance and was on an emotional roller coaster through a huge portion of the novel.
Thanks Tasha! This was a great read and I need to ask for more suggestions! :)
Well, thanks for sticking with me through a slew of reviews. I'm still awfully wordy and could have made these individual posts, but it's nice to get them all out of the way! Now, off to a crazy week ahead.