Sunday, June 23, 2013

Review Roundup: Sea Glass Island, Looking for La La and Almost Always

Sea Glass Island (Ocean Breeze, #3)

About the Book:
Under summer skies, New York Times bestselling author Sherryl Woods evokes family, friendship and heartfelt emotion

With her two younger sisters heading for the altar, will Samantha Castle exchange old dreams for new ones? Lately she'd rather be on the North Carolina coast with family than in New York with agents and actors. Though she vows not to let her teenage crush on Ethan Cole influence her decision, it's hard to ignore her feelings for the local war hero.

Ethan lost more than his leg in Afghanistan. He lost his belief in love. Even being surrounded by couples intent on capturing happily-ever-after won't open this jaded doctor's heart. It's going to take a sexy, determined woman-one who won't take no for an answer.

My Review:
What a lovely conclusion to the Ocean Breeze Trilogy.  In the last book of the series we are brought into the life of Samantha.  We are taken along to witness the love story that is Samantha and Ethan.  The ups and downs and the finally conclusion are as warming and lovely as the first two books.  With the tone, cadence and heart warming romance that Woods is so known for, this book ties up the story of the Castle family in a nice bow.  I just loved getting to know the girls and loved being with them throughout the three books! 
 This series is a must for the Summer! 4 stars.

(Read my reviews for Sand Castle Bay and Wind Chime Point HERE)

Looking for La La

About the Book:
In a recent survey 65% of mothers admitted feeling undervalued, over-criticised and constantly tired.

Cathy is no exception. Her dull, uneventful days as a stay at home, mother of two, are radically transformed however with the arrival of a heavily lipsticked postcard addressed to husband, Declan. Who is the mysterious La La? Could Declan really be having an affair? And is Cathy actually being stalked?

Whatever – it will definitely prove riveting gossip for the Tuesday Twice Monthlies, Cathy’s 'Mothers Restaurant Research’ group where scandal flows as recklessly as the wine. But what starts as a light-hearted investigation with best friend Raz, soon turns into something much more sinister.

With a possible murderer on the scene, a sexy admirer igniting long-forgotten sparks, and all her friends hiding secrets, it’s not only Cathy’s marriage that’s in jeopardy. Add in the scheming antics of Declan’s new assistant, the stress of organising the school Save The Toilet’s dance and the stage is set for a dangerous showdown and some very unsettling, possibly deadly, revelations.

My Review:
Who the heck is La La and why on earth is she making  Cathy's life hellishly unbearable?  Go on an amazingly funny, brilliant and entertaining ride with Cathy (the neurotic and humorous main character) and her crazy cast of friends and neighbors!  Looking for La La is so much more than British Romantic Comedy at it's best, but also a story about the fractures of marriage,  facing ones own insecurities and learning to  find happiness within one's life!   I really enjoyed this book and cannot wait to read  When Good Friends Go Bad and How To Survive Your Sisters.  I recommend this book and rate it 4 stars!         

Almost Always

About the Book:
Here’s the way Eva sees it: if John is so concerned about her butting into strangers' lives, he shouldn’t leave her sitting at a table in Bob Evans with nothing to occupy her time . . .

Enter Cecelia—a pregnant teenager who needs a family for her baby. Fate has placed her at the table behind Eva and John.

Now Eva has a chance—a chance to give her daughter, Shelly, the one thing Shelly desperately wants. 

But nothing is ever as easy as it seems.

Because sometimes daughters are not born to us—they are gifted by desperate teenagers—or seated behind us at Bob Evans . . .

My Review:
Life is full of twists and turns that we don't expect.  Twists and turns that take us places we never thought we were to go.  In Almost Always we are taken on a journey with some amazing characters, in circumstances so real that you are drawn into the story.   There is meaning in all things and sometimes things have a way of revealing themselves, and ultimately revealing who we really are in the process.  I really enjoyed this book and  rate it 4 stars. 


1 comment:

  1. Hi Emily,
    Thank you so much for taking the time to review Looking for La La. So pleased that you liked it so much. Lorraine and I had a ball writing this, so it's great to hear that people seem to be enjoying it. Great website
    Ellie Campbell


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