The First Phone Call From Heaven

From Lisa Lando

Title:  The First Phone Call From Heaven

Author:  Mitch Albom

This is about people in a small town who start to receive brief phone calls from one of there deceased family members. When the public gets hold of it, it splits the town into believers & people who want to debunk it.  I have mixed feelings about this story.  I liked the premise, but w/o giving to much away, I wish it would have stayed the course.

Shopaholic & Baby

From  Elaine Pasquali

Title:  Shopaholic & Baby

Author:  Sophie Kinsella

Pregnant shopaholic Becky is egocentric and shallow.  She even witches obstetricians so that she may be delivered by the obstetrician to the stars, only to find out that the OB is her husband’s old girlfriend.  But when superficial Becky is confronted with personal, professional and financial crises, she  galvanizes into action and displays loyalty, initiative and logical thinking.  The first two thirds of this book were slow-going and repetitious.  I was about to put it down when it came alive.  I’m glad I finished the book, although I doubt that I will read another book in the Shopaholic series.

The devil wears Prada

From  vendula schonfeldova

Title:  The devil wears Prada

Author:  Lauren Weisberger

A young Andrea becomes an assistant to Miranda (amazingly successful editor of a magazine). Andrea gets tested each and every day. The only advantage coming from being hold every late night and working all day long is a recommendation from Miranda that will get Andrea a top job at any magazine of her choosing. She eventually realizes that maybe this job is not worthy of giving up her life and mainly her soul and needs to decide if she rather takes off or let kill herself being employed for any longer. Even thought She quits, she will get her recommendation she has dream of.

Chestnut Street

From Margaret Mezzacapo

Chestnut Street by Maeve Binchy

When I reviewed A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy, I noted that it was the last book she wrote before her death. Turns out, not quite . . . Chestnut Street is a collection of short stories published posthumously. The common thread is that all of the characters live on the same street, albeit with different lives and circumstances, and serve as proof that appearances can be deceiving. People can differ significantly from the images they project (although you’ve never met such a large cast of philandering husbands and deserting fathers in any of Binchy’s prior works). The stories seem a little disjointed at times, yet you’ll still hear the lilt of the characters’ accents as you read along, and you’ll still wish that there would be more Maeve Binchy books to come.

I’ll Walk Alone

From Elaine Pasquali

Title:  I’ll Walk Alone

Author:  Mary Higgins Clark

I have yet to read a Mary Higgins Clark mystery that was not engaging.  This one went beyond engaging.  It was compelling reading.  A child, Matthew, is abducted and his mother, Zan, is  falsely implicated in the crime.  Although the reader may suspect from the beginning, who the culprits are, it remains a page-turner.  Those endearing amateur sleuths, Alvirah and Willy, become involved in solving the case.  Truly, we’re all connected by six degrees of separation.