I finished this book in less than four days, however it has taken me two weeks to compose my thoughts for this review. I just wasn’t sure where to begin, what to include or what to leave to out. Let me first start by admitting that Be Careful What You Pray for is the first book I have read from the Curtis Black series. It’s book number nine of 10. So YES! I have some MAJOR catching up to do.
Prestige, greed, deception, and divine intervention untangle the web of lies that makes a mega church pastor’s daughter learn the importance of being careful what you pray for. It’s worth the few hours to breeze through this read.
I can’t recall why I decided to read this book, but I do remember it was on a list with other books I had previously read and thoroughly enjoyed.
Two stories more than a century apart intersect in Conklin’s House Girl. A story of a “house girl” slave, Josephine, in the 1800s and her relationship with her mistress. Josephine’s story is one of a passion and artistry skill she and her mistress have and the illustrations they have created. While modern-day Lina, a litigation attorney, is brought aboard a reparations of slaver case in which art and generational lineage unfolds as she digs to find the truth behind some valuable and historical illustrations created in the 1800s.
With little romance, House Girl reveals a story of hope, heart breaks, lies, failings and triumphs as the stories of the past put together the puzzle of the present. As I closed the cover of the book, I was glad I did pick up House Girl to read!
Where shall I start….Looking for a leisure read, this is the book for you. How easy a New Year’s Eve dinner turns into a monthly gathering of friends. Some of the best unexpected events happen as turn each page. Gaskell’s characters, their conversations and their relationships are relatable. And I have to admit that I literally laughed out loud during some of this book (in a good way, of course). The seven include two couples and three singles, with one of the singles being an elder gentleman with much wisdom to share. The story will simmer. A Table for Seven proves that things are not always what they seem. A group of friends, good food, good wine, and a story not only of friendship, but the continuation of living beyond mishaps. Let us not forget, with these dinner club meetings come some extraordinary and savory menus.The only thing missing were a list of the recipes in the back.
After reading The Friday Night Knitting Club a couple of months ago, and left in complete shock at it’s ending–I thought I had been left completely hanging. But someone soon informed me that their was a Knit Two-a sequel. While Knit Two picks up five years later, Jacobs does an outstanding job making you feel as though haven’t missed a beat. It’s just an ordinary day catching up with friends. And this time much of the catching up doesn’t take place Walker and Daughter. The ladies have grown closer amid continuous life changes, helping one another, encouraging each other, and nonetheless supporting the club members in their endeavors. Knit Two comes full, and unlike the first book, I was left with a smile in my heart. Yet, it is still amazing how one person can bring a group together, even when they passed on.
Lederman introduces likability by posing the “tried and true” question, “Who doesn’t want to be liked?” In some manner, in some fashion or way, we all want to be liked at some point or another. Michelle provides an insightful and practical take on being authentic to build positive self knowledge of one’s self; and the attitudes and social skills that help you understand and relate to others. Although, many of the supporting facts for the 11 Laws are common sense, we all could use a little reinforcement from time to time. Through the 11 Laws of Likability you learn the importance of being likable (not liked), liking yourself, and liking the people we meet. The biggest takeaway I shall forever remember is that “the world is a mirror.” So what do you see?
Gain a pound with every page! I mean really… the cucpakes described in this book will leave you wanting the real thing. Aside for that, the story of two friends who grew up together, fell apart, to only come back together and reconcile is one most girl (woman) may be able to relate to. Donahue shows us that despite what differences may have caused us to unfriend that one bestie, no one can or will replace that person–they know so much about you without you having to saying anything. But in the meantime, it is a good light read that will take you through the discovery of a secrets and building a business venture. So, why not indulge in a sweet or two while you peruse the pages of this cupcakery.
First I have to ask myself, “Why is this first book I read by Mary Kay Andrews?” Her Summer Rental was light, easy, one day read. Three best friends, since childhood, experience a variety of events all in one month from romance to detective duty, problem solver to friend comforter. What more could you ask for? These middle age women find themselves questioning the choices they’ve made in their lives and what, if anything, they can do to give new meaning and direction to their future. Sand, secrecy, and summer romance awaits you in this page turner.