I’m going to try my best not to give to much away here for those of you that are fans of the series. Mab has lent out Harry and his services to help break into a vault. That is all I will say about the plot, but rest assured this book will not let you down. It has all the action you’d expect, plenty of questions are raised and some are answered and we see many of our favorite characters. I read it in one day but it took most of the day. I will warn you that you may find once you read to a certain point it is very hard or not possible to stop reading until you are done.
I Love You More is a murder mystery but it is also about friendship and families and love. I know that may seem like a stretch. Oliver Lane is happily married to three different women. He is also a father in all three cases. When his wives find out about each other they begin meeting first out of curiosity but then they truly become friends. When Oliver is gunned down on his beach vacation with his wife Diana and his daughter Picaso life as everyone knows it comes to an end, but for detective Kyle Kennedy the case will bring more questions than answers. The story is told from Picaso’s view, the view of the wives, and from the view of the detectives on the case. I liked the alternating view points and the way you get different pieces of information from each person. I found the idea of this novel intriguing and the style and layout of the novel kept me reading.
While this is a story of growing up and creating the life one truly wants, it has a great feel to it. Kara is in her late 20’s and while she is done college she is still in that life could be whatever I want it to be period and you can almost feel how fun and light her life is. She spends lots of time with her best friend Bobby Ebadi and his family, often pretending to be more girlfriend than best friend, and life with Bobby does have it’s perks, free rent, designer castoffs from his mother Leila, a great deal on a car from his father Hossein who owns a car dealership, the perks are many. But as life moves on Kara must decide what she really wants and how she wants to get there. A moving and fun story about life being what you make it.
I loved Josie from the first page. She has a quirky sense of humor and wit. Josie is busy navigating high school and college at the age of fifteen, and as if life isn’t hard enough her sister Kate gets engaged to Geoff whom Josie has issues with and the voyage from Kate’s engagement to her wedding day will test the sisters relationship and Josie’s thoughts on love in ways neither of them could have predicted. To Josie her interactions with each person in her life happen though her language with them. So Josie speaks Josie and her friend Stu speaks Stu. Most of her friends in high school speak “Ohmig*d” and the college kids speak” Ohmig*d 2.0″. Josie does her best to deal with Jeffrey and Kate’s increasing stress and wedding issues as best she can, but sometimes her efforts fall flat. The events that lead Josie through her exploration of Love help her find a way to deal with her sister and the world in a new and possibly better way. I found this book touching and heartwarming, and although Josie is young and so are her friends I thought the book easily crossed the divide between young adult and adult readers.
I really enjoyed this book. I found Nichole’s narrative touching and funny and honest to a fault. Nichole is diagnosed with n college and she slowly changes the way she lives her life as the disease evolves. It does not stop her in the least from finding love and happiness and having a full life, not one bit, I was silently cheering her on as she tackled foreign travel and parenting which terrifies her since she is afraid of her illness limiting her parenting skills and putting her children in harms way. As someone who does not have the greatest vision in the world I could identify with her fears on some level. I found this story uplifting and heatwarming even with it’s heavier moments. A great read.
I do read health and fitness books from time to time. I studied healthy lifestyles in college so books like this catch my attention from time to time. I liked some things about this book. First it takes a big picture approach, second it applies the principles to “Eric” so that you can see real life applications of the information and have a better idea how to use them, and last but not least it is packed with useful charts and other tools to help you find your answers and make changes. Notice i said find your answers, not use the answers. This approach deals with stress and stress management in a much more personal way and I found the whole big picture approach an intriguing change from other books of this kind that I had read. If you have an interest in managing your stress with a new approach or if you think this book might be helpful for someone else you know check out the information and or share it.
The Summer Wind is the second book in the Lowcountry Summer Trilogy, and I really enjoyed it. Seems like it would be a great book for the beach or the lake, not that I get to those places much in the summer. I also have to admit that I often spend a week of the winter in Charleston so I could easily see the area in my mind while I was reading which was kind of cool. This summer Mamaw is selling Sea Breeze, her home on Sullivan’s island, and she has asked her son’s three daughters to spend one last summer with her there as they did when they were young girls. All the girls are half sisters and as such as never been terribly close. The summer finds Dora dealing with a divorce that has turned her life upside down and left her unsure what her next step should be, Carson will face her own problems by the end of the summer, but by stepping in and helping Dora she is better prepared to follow her heart, and Harper the youngest of the group spends the summer unemployed and wondering what to do next. Together they will find strength to help each other and themselves while creating memories that will last them a life time. I missed the first book in this series so I am adding it to my TBR list.