Category: Family Relationships

Cover of "Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bon...

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Title: Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons

Author: Lorna Landvik

I know the rule is to never judge a book by its cover, but I couldn’t help but grab this one off the shelf right after I read the title. I do believe I laughed out loud in the middle of the book store. After my skeptical reading of the first chapter in the aisle, I knew I had to buy it.

If you are an avid reader and like having a list of books to read on hand this book is perfect. Each chapter has the title of a different book. This book was also awesome because although it is fiction it is congruent to life and the issues we face everyday.

I believe this book is the proof that with a few good friends and a good book you can make it through anything.

Cover of "A Secret Kept"

Cover of A Secret Kept

Title: A Secret Kept

Author: Tatiana de Rosnay

A Secret Kept is about the discovery of the past of two adult children’s deceased mother. The discovery comes on a birthday weekend when the older brother chooses to surprise his sister on her 40th birthday and take her to a place they used to visit in the summer with their grandparents. As the trip draws to a close and the siblings are on their way back to reality, the sister remembers something that changes both of their views of their mother.

I love that I opened up Tatiana de Rosnay’s Sarah’s Key and that this novel left me just as satisfied. The world she creates is full of normalcy and whimsy. The characters are so vivid you can almost feel like you want to have them over for tea.

Cover of "A Reliable Wife"

Cover of A Reliable Wife

Title: A Reliable Wife

Author: Robert Goolrick

This book was not what I expected it to be. The characters were boring, one-dimensional and unlikable.You think you may get something fresh and witty when you start with an old man with a fortune waiting at a train station waiting on his bride whom he found in the penny saver. The bride (a middle-aged woman) plans to poison him and take his wealth and find a young lover to live out her days with. The old man used her to reconnect with a child his late wife had with her Italian lover.

This book was such a waste of time. I was so glad when it was over.

Title: Sarah’s Key

Cover of "Sarah's Key"

Cover of Sarah's KeyTitle: Sarah's Key

Author: Tatiana de Rosnay


Sarah’s Key is one of the best historical fiction novels I have read where the story takes place in present day but tells the story of a Jewish girl during the French roundup. This novel would be the perfect addition to any avid reader’s book shelf. Full of secrets, lies and a family’s burden Sarah’s Key is sure to leave the reader turning page after page to find out what happens next. I sure was.  The movie looks like it is true to the novel which makes me very happy. Check out the trailer below and feel free to leave a comment!


Cover of "Playing Botticelli"

Cover of Playing Botticelli

Title: Playing Botticelli

Author: Liza Nelson

This story takes place in Florida and takes the reader on a journey as Dylan runs away from home to find the man in a photo she presumes to be her father. Dylan’s mother, Godiva Blue, struggles with the fact her daughter is growing up. On Dylan’s quest she runs into some interesting people who leave her with some precious cargo.

Now you want to know more, don’t you? 🙂

This was a great book and a steal since I bought it for a dollar years ago.  It’s refreshing to find a book that can make you mad one page and relieved the next. When an author can make you think about the alternate world they have created, it makes the world seem a little bit bigger.

“Playing Botticelli is one of those wonderful novels that treat the mother-daughter relationship for what it is: part mine field, part love nest.”                     – Pat Conroy author of Beach Music