“I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review,” from Choosybookworm
[Spoiler] This review contains SPOILERS
This novel is an enjoyable romp and a fun light read where eight women friends spend a weekend away from home and fall into a whole heap of trouble.
The group is blissfully unaware that they’re the victims of a hoax. The writer interweaves and missteps the reader as to the identity of the real wrong-doer.
This is a great set-up for a series where hopefully we can get a better hold on the many different characters in subsequent novels.
That said, there were several telling lines which captured the essence of a character such as Marvin Levin: “He thought it was one of his best smiles, and he’d worked hard to perfect it.” It is through his eyes that we’ve given a thorough snapshot introduction to all the women. While this is an obvious literary device, I found it justifiable given the large cast of characters, and helped the reader know who was who.
The denouement swifter than I prefer but the happy ever after ending made for a satisfying conclusion.
Unfortunately, due to an administrative snafu, I received an earlier draft rather than the fully edited manuscript, so my review does not address or reflect these shortcomings.
This novel starts with a great premise, a modern young woman in peril. Her life-style and the limitations placed upon her, deceive the reader, but draw to a satisfying and uplifting conclusion. A great read with fully developed characters, engaging plot, and credible threats.
Young Adult Romantic Suspense genre, but the dilemmas of the young translate to the [much] older.
I read this during the holiday season while nursing a cold but Vera’s humor lifted me out of my self-imposed misery. Recovery, my own as well as the rest of my family of seven in sequential doses meant it has taken me longer than planned to write my review.
First up, I must confess to my mistake. I thought this was a book of cartoons, which it isn’t. Instead, this is a collection of previously published humorous short stories. I received a free copy.
My ipad tells me, “You have 9 highlighted passages,” but I’ll only share three of my favorites.
In, “Call me Sometime,” Vera describes the frustration experienced by us all from cold callers, and an original method of avoiding further contact.
She also expanded my limited language by explaining the concept of ‘pre-need.’
“Namely Speaking,” provides us with some useful tips on how to discover someone’s name at a social occasion when you’ve forgotten who they are.
Lastly, here’s a direct quote and a motto for the year ahead.
“Anyway, the days of my life don’t flow smoothly like the sand in that hourglass. Nope, not at all. If my time were the sand in an hourglass, it would be full of lumps—or extra fine, fast running.”
This is a great, short, slick read, and a quick educational tour for townies.
Here are three of my favorite quotes:-
“That’s when you decided you had hindsight squatter’s rights.”
“Seth was a watcher, someone who liked his excitement secondhand.”
“… James’ drew his boning knife like an extension of his forefinger from the top of a thigh down the bone,”
I have a quick question for Wenda, for ignoramuses, like myself—what’s, ‘Ponsole?’
And lastly, spoiler alert, there’s recipe too!