Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Let's Have a Retirement Party!

After 15 great years of reviewing fabulous stories (okay, some not so fabulous...) and hanging out with all the cool kids (aka authors and book sellers), the Dew is tired.  It's been a great run, but it's time to move on.   Please feel free to stroll through the pages and find some gems in the midst that might not be brand new, but still worthy of a good read. 

Thank you for your support for all these years!

Idgie

Friday, December 13, 2019

Last Couple Standing - Review

Idgie Says:
This is a book where you decide by the end of Chapter 2 that the main characters are making a very bad decision.  But their decision making process amuses the hell out of you. You know it'll be a train wreck, but you can't wait to stay on for the ride and see how it all plays out. 

Their interactions with their friends are amusing.  Their secret meetings in the kitchen over Golden Oreos are amusing. It all amuses, until they step out of their (and quite possibly your) comfort zone.

When you take a relationship that has no rough spots, and decide to fix what's not broken so it won't ever be broken,  things can sometimes go sideways.  The question is - if it does - can you get it back on track?

I tore through this book and loved all the snark and humor, but there were times it also made me uncomfortable.  

With so many feels going on, I definitely need to give it a strong recommendation.  I will say though, if you have extremely firm beliefs about how a marriage needs to be, the subject matter might overrun the humor for you.

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A couple determined not to end up like their divorced friends try a radical experiment—and get in way over their heads—in this hilarious, heartfelt novel from the author of We’re All Damaged.

The Core Four have been friends since college: four men, four women, four couples. They got married around the same time, had kids around the same time, and now, fifteen years later, they’ve started getting divorced around the same time, too. With three of the Core Four unions crumbling to dust around them, Jessica and Mitch Butler take a long, hard look at their own marriage. Can it be saved? Or is divorce, like some fortysomething zombie virus, simply inescapable?

To maximize their chance at immunity, Jessica and Mitch try something radical. Their friends’ divorces mostly had to do with sex—having it, not having it, wanting to have it with other people—so they decide to relax a few things. Terms are discussed, conditions are made, and together the Butlers embark on the great experiment of taking their otherwise happy, functional marriage and breaking some very serious rules.

Jessica and Mitch are convinced they’ve hit upon the next evolution of marriage. But as lines are crossed and hot bartenders pursued, they each start to wonder if they’ve made a huge mistake. What follows is sexy, fun, painful, messy, and completely surprising to them both. Because sometimes doing something bad is the only way to get to the heart of what’s really good.

Ballantine
March 20, 2020
Genre: Literary Satire

Big Lies in a Small Town - Spotlight

North Carolina, 2018: Morgan Christopher's life has been derailed. Taking the fall for a crime she did not commit, she finds herself serving a three-year stint in the North Carolina Women's Correctional Center. Her dream of a career in art is put on hold―until a mysterious visitor makes her an offer that will see her released immediately. Her assignment: restore an old post office mural in a sleepy southern town. Morgan knows nothing about art restoration, but desperate to leave prison, she accepts. What she finds under the layers of grime is a painting that tells the story of madness, violence, and a conspiracy of small town secrets.

North Carolina, 1940: Anna Dale, an artist from New Jersey, wins a national contest to paint a mural for the post office in Edenton, North Carolina. Alone in the world and desperate for work, she accepts. But what she doesn't expect is to find herself immersed in a town where prejudices run deep, where people are hiding secrets behind closed doors, and where the price of being different might just end in murder.

What happened to Anna Dale? Are the clues hidden in the decrepit mural? Can Morgan overcome her own demons to discover what exists beneath the layers of lies?
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (January 14, 2020)

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

The Old Success - Review

Idgie Says:

This looked to be a fun mystery, but unfortunately it reminded me of too many other stories.  The plot, actions and even some of the characters reminded me of many other books.  

There were also times when the story wandered off, offering too much unneeded detail, padding the pages. 


Not a winner for me, but again please remember, a reviewer's opinion is just that.  

If you're a fan of Martha's writing, this may be a great read to you.

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Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press (November 5, 2019)

When the body of a French woman washes up on a wild inlet off the Cornish coast, Brian Macalvie, divisional commander with the Devon-Cornwall police is called in. Who could have killed this beautiful tourist, the only visible footprints nearby belonging to the two little girls who found her?

While Macalvie stands in the Scilly Islands, inspector Richard Jury–twenty miles away on Land’s End―is at The Old Success pub, sharing a drink with the legendary former CID detective Tom Brownell, a man renowned for solving every case he undertook. Except one.

In the days following the mysterious slaying of the Parisian tourist, two other murders take place: first, a man is shot on a Northhamptonshire estate, then a holy duster turns up murdered at Exeter Cathedral in Devon. Macalvie, Jury and Bronwell set out to discover whether these three killings, though very different in execution, are connected.

Watch What You Say - Review

Idgie Says:
My first thought when I started reading this book is that it must be exhausting to see colors/images with every word you hear - talk about over stimulation of the senses! 

But when someone from Bo's past kidnaps her husband with plans to publicly humiliate and ruin her life, this particular life skill comes in handy.  She knows when her madman is telling the truth or when her words start to send him closer to the edge of reason. Then the torture of her husband starts....

Very twisty book, and at almost 400 pages, you get to experience a lot of them!


ABOUT THE BOOK:

To what lengths will a woman go to save her family? Web-radio personality Bo Riccardi is pushed beyond her mental and physical limits when her husband, Oscar, is kidnapped by a man from her dark past. The abductor commands her to interview him live on her show, with Oscar’s life on the line.

Giving in, though, creates an endless nightmare for Bo, as Oscar’s captor begins to destroy her career and alienate everybody she loves.

Bo’s secret asset is chromesthesia, seeing colorful shapes that reveal the intentions behind anyone’s speech. She can literally watch what they say. But relying too much on this gift renders her vulnerable to the madman’s purpose, making her even less likely to rescue Oscar—and escape the guilt and shame that binds her to the kidnapper.

Available on November 5, 2019 in print, ebook, and audiobook formats. Ebook pre-ordering available now.

SFK Press