I've finally had a chance to pick up a couple of the books in the last few weeks that I've been excited to read. I thought I'd share some vague thoughts on them and included links in the event that you'd want to read themselves. These are Amazon affiliate links. Anytime I buy books, I buy them used and have never had an issue with quality buying this way. It also saves a ton of money.
The Guests on South Battery is the fifth book in Karen White's Tradd Street series and I have to say, it's probably my least favorite of the series. It took me a while to get into it and I just wasn't as crazy about it. I've really liked every other book in this series, which chronicles Melanie and Jack Trenholm's adventures helping ghosts solve mysteries and crossover. I generally love story lines that involve supernatural occurances. The reasons I didn't like this one as much as the others is mainly the way the main character Melanie is portrayed. Honestly, she got on my nerves in this book and I feel like her behaviors were over-exaggerated and not very believable. I'm still glad I read the book, and will read any others that may follow in this series as Karen White is one of my favorite authors. The book is well written, as are all of hers I've read, it just wasn't easy for me to get into it. I'm glad I read it, but if I'd read this one alone, I probably wouldn't want to read any others in the series (which I love as a whole).
This book by Kim Gatlin was made into a series for television a few years ago. does anyone else remember it? I watched (and loved) it because it had Kristen Chenowith and I just thought the concept was funny. The show was canceled after one season if I remember correctly. Well, I just recently picked up the book from Amazon and read it while I was on vacation. It was better than I'd anticipated it to be and I would definitely recommend it. The title may be a bit off-putting to some, but after reading the book, you understand it completely. I always try never to reveal too much of the plot lines when I post about books, but I really did like this one. It follows the journey of the main character, Amanda Vaughn, as she moves back to her hometown in Texas after a messy divorce. Without giving too much away, the people who she thinks are her friends are working behind the scenes to ruin her. We've all known people like that so I'd say lots of ladies can relate to this book. In short, I'd recommend it.
I just started this book over the weekend and I have been stealing every chance I get to read another chapter. I'm only about a quarter of the way into it, but I'm LOVING it so far. Thus far, the story is about three sisters returning to their mother's home to live with her for an indefinite time period. Each one is returning under different circumstances; one as a result of a cheating spouse, one whose husband is deployed with the military and one to film a movie in the area. I read Lies and Other Acts of Love by this same author a few months ago and knew I wanted to read anything else she put out because I loved that book. I'll be sure to report back here once I finish this one to let y'all know what I think.
Next up to be ordered and hopefully read this summer is Beach House for Rent by Mary Alice Monroe and Same Beach, Next Year by Dorthea Benton Frank. Has anyone read these yet? What are your thoughts? And what is everyone else reading right now?