Weekend Book Recommendation: Swimming At Night

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My weekend book recommendation is Swimming At Night by Lucy Clarke. This is Clarke’s debut novel and I can’t wait to see what other novels she comes up with. This is the story of two sisters unbreakable bond. Although they are opposite in many ways their love in uncompromising.

The travel aspect of this book is one of the best that I have seen. Through her sisters travel journal, Katie sets on a journey to go to the last places that he sister Mia visited. Clarke’s description of these places makes you feel as if you are traveling also.

I listened to this book on audiobook and you can really see the contrast with the two sisters this way. The characters in this book are complex and all dealing with some issue.

This is a great weekend read to see the bond between siblings and how one of them never gave up hope until she reached her final destination. It is a read that you will be invested in from the first page.

Swimming At Night is available on Amazon.

Happy Reading and Writing,

Chineka

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Book Review: The Last Original Wife

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Author: Dorothea Benton Frank

Pages: 373

Publisher: William Morrow

Release Date: June 11, 2013

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Synopsis (From Amazon)

Leslie Anne Greene Carter is The Last Original Wife among her husband Wesley’s wildly successful Atlanta social set. His cronies have all traded in the mothers of their children they promised to love and cherish—’til death did them part—for tanned and toned young Barbie brides.

If losing the social life and close friends she adored wasn’t painful enough, a series of setbacks shake Les’s world and push her to the edge. She’s had enough of playing the good wife to a husband who thinks he’s doing her a favor by keeping her around. She’s not going to waste another minute on people she doesn’t care to know. Now, she’s going to take some time for herself—in the familiar comforts and stunning beauty of Charleston, her beloved hometown. In her brother’s stately historic home, she’s going to reclaim the carefree girl who spent lazy summers sharing steamy kisses with her first love on Sullivans Island. Along Charleston’s live oak- and palmetto-lined cobblestone streets, under the Lowcountry’s dazzling blue sky, Les will indulge herself with icy cocktails, warm laughter, divine temptation and bittersweet memories. Daring to listen to her inner voice, she will realize what she wants . . . and find the life of which she’s always dreamed.

Told in the alternating voices of Les and Wes, The Last Original Wife is classic Dorothea Benton Frank: an intoxicating tale of family, friendship, self-discovery, and love, that is as salty as a Lowcountry breeze and as invigorating as a dip in Carolina waters on a sizzling summer day.

Review

The Last Original Wife by Dorothea Benton Frank is a novel that I recommend every woman read. I listened to this book as a audiobook and I’m glad that I did. The narrators really captured the southern spirit of the characters. The language has a poetic quality to it that is genuine. The Southern aspect of this novel is authentic.

The main character has a southern drawl that is comical. Throughout the book Les starts to realize her worth and the value in who she is. This is something that I think every woman should have. Wes, the husband realizes all that she contributes to the marriage and household.

Les becomes more sure of herself and begins speaking up to Wes about her feelings and how she wants things to be. She begins to gain her independence. I love how Les begins to make decisions for herself and vows not to let anyone tell her what to do ever again.

Their children also begin to see the changes in Les and also see that their father Wes doesn’t like to give up control.

While the book progressed I cheered on Les in gaining her independence and getting her own things such as a BMW and a house that she got to decorate how she wanted.

Les in finally enjoying life the way that she always envisioned. She has no regrets about her decisions to live her own life minus Wes.

I love the southern charm of Les and I admire how she saw the error in putting her husbands and kids needs before her own for thirty years. She had forgot about her own needs, but that was no more.

This book was a page turner. I wanted Les to get stronger by each page and endure until the end.

Happy Reading and Writing,

Chineka

Book Review: Where We Belong

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Author: Emily Giffin

384 Pages

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Release Date: April 16, 2013

Genre- Romance, Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit

Synopsis (From Amazon)

From the author of six New York Times bestselling novels, Emily Giffin, comes the unforgettable story of one powerful secret, its effect on two families, and the life-altering journey that follows…

Marian Caldwell is a thirty-six-year-old television producer living her dream in New York City. With a fulfilling career and picture-perfect relationship, she has convinced everyone, including herself, that her life is just as she wants it to be. But one night, Marian answers a knock on the door . . . only to find Kirby Rose, an eighteen-year-old girl with a key to a past that Marian thought she had locked away forever.

From the moment Kirby appears on her doorstep, Marian’s meticulously constructed world will be shaken to its core, resurrecting memories of a passionate young love affair that threaten everything that has come to define her. For the precocious and headstrong Kirby, the encounter will spur a process of discovery that ushers her across the threshold of adulthood, forcing her to reevaluate her family and future in a wise and bittersweet light.

As Marian and Kirby embark on a quest to find the one thing missing in their lives, each will come to recognize that where we belong is often where we least expect to find ourselves. A place that we may have willed ourselves to forget, but that the heart remembers forever.

Review

Where We Belong by Emily Giffin drew me in with the dynamic relationships of friendship, relationships, and adoption throughout the book.  I have always loved her writing style. This is the second book of hers that I have read.

Giffin writes in her signature descriptive and warm prose throughout the book. She shows the regrets that Marian has and how the choices that she has made effect many lives. She also shows the emotions that someone who has been adopted goes through.

Marian leads a life that it totally different from the world that Kirby knows. Through the hard choices that she makes to find her adoptive parents Kirby grows a great deal throughout this book.

Giffin does a great job of showing both sides of the situation from Marian, the mother who gave her child up for adoption and Kirby, the adoptee. She also shows the hesitation of Kirby’s adoptive mom, not wanting to be overshadowed by Marian.

Some heavy topics are brought up in this book, but Emily Giffin makes them realistic and brings up true emotions in each character involved. These topics aren’t easy to talk about, much less write about. Giffin makes the topics easy to relate to.

You won’t want to put this book down once you have started reading it. You will become connected to the characters and the point of view that each of them have.

Where We Belong is available in many formats on Amazon.

Happy Reading and Writing,

Chineka

Weekend Book Recommendation: Disappearing Acts

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Disappearing Acts by Terry McMillan is a book that I would recommend anyone to read. It is a great weekend read because McMillan takes you through a relationship that isn’t perfect, but is full of love. At times in the book the reader will want to be Zora or Franklin.

McMillans’ writing style in this book has an almost poetic quality to it when she is describing certain things. It is in perfect McMillan fashion as far as character development is concerned. Her characters are flawed, but that is what makes them so real.

I read this book once a year and I always take away something new from it.  This book is available in many formats on Amazon.

Happy Reading and Writing,

Chineka

Book Review: Dancing Naked In Dixie

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Author: Lauren Clark

322 Pages

Publisher: Monterey Press

Release Date: May 15, 2012

Genre- Romance, Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit

Synopsis (From Amazon)

Travel writer Julia Sullivan lives life in fast-forward. She jet sets to Europe and the Caribbean with barely a moment to blink or sleep. But too many mishaps and missed deadlines have Julia on the verge of being fired.

With a stern warning, and unemployment looming, she’s offered one last chance to rescue her career. Julia embarks on an unlikely journey to the ‘Heart of Dixie’—Eufaula, Alabama—home to magnificent mansions, sweet tea, and the annual Pilgrimage.

Julia arrives, soon charmed by the lovely city and her handsome host, but her stay is marred by a shocking discovery. Can Julia’s story save her career, Eufaula, and the annual Pilgrimage?

Review

This book  has a light feel to it. The words spill effortlessly page after page. This is a really hard book to put down. Julia, a travel writer, is a character that you begin to like quickly. Through Lauren Clark’s writing you can almost see Julia becoming charmed by the small town in Alabama.

I can relate to Julia being a former Journalist and with the pain of losing a parent. Lauren Clark gets the feel of the deep south down in the book. From syrupy sweet tea to biscuits and gravy.

Julia really grows throughout the book and starts to see that she isn’t the city girl that she thought she was. She also begins to see that her and her father have a lot more in common than she thought.

The book progresses at a good pace and the supporting characters all bring something to the book in a different way. Shug is a good example of what a southern gentleman is and Aubie is a good example of how the choices we make in life affect us greater than we realize.

I loved all of the dynamic relationships in this book from parent-child to meaningful friendships.

Dancing Naked In Dixie is available on Amazon.

Happy Reading and Writing,

Chineka