Adult Summer Reading Club reviews

From Paulette Aspesi
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Rubbed Out by Riley Adams
Part of the Memphis Mystery series.
Lulu Taylor owns Aunt Pat’s BBQ place, an iconic Memphis eatery. The Rock & Ribs Festival is on and she is helping out her friends who have entered the contest. Murder and mayhem follow & it is Lulu who is largely responsible for finding out who the culprit is.
Very poorly written. As I was reading it I wanted to edit it. The only reason I finished the book was because I always finish a book, but I definitely would not recommend it.
How many stars does the book deserve? 

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Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout 
I did not like this book and it probably will be the last Strout book I read.
The short story concept using many of the same characters whose lives intertwine is very confusing- please at least date each story. Jumping around all over the place leaves a lot to be desired. Also, this book was quite depressing. Too many people lead very pathetic and sad lives with horrible childhoods.
How many stars does the book deserve?☆☆

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Jane Austen’s England by Roy & Lesley Adkins

On the whole though this book told you a lot about life at that time, you had to plow through it to get to the interesting info. Much more of a scholarly work than a pleasant summer read. Though the info on being able to legally sell your wife; the stench that surrounded life in general; the lack of hygiene; the incredibly bad working conditions; see-thru clothes of the upper classes; and, little knowledge of how people took care of going to the bathroom when away from their homes, and how women handled menstruation, was all eye-openers..
How many stars does the book deserve? ☆☆☆

Title/Author
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles 
In 1922 30 year old Count Alexander Rostov is sentenced to house arrest at the Hotel Metropol in Moscow because of his unrepentant attitude. He is not killed because before the success of the revolution he had written a poem highly in favor of it that had been very popular. He is assigned to one small room but makes the best of it. In the years that follow he meets kindred souls.
I loved this book and especially the character of the Count.
The ending was not exactly what I would have liked but nothing is perfect.
A great read.

How many stars does the book deserve?
☆☆☆☆

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Adult Summer Reading Club reviews

From ADELE GRESSER

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MANHUNT SANDRA BROWN

VES HER EXECUTIVE POSITION TO JUST GET AWAY FROM EVERYBODY SHE KNOWS. SHE SELLS HER FANCY CONDO IN MANHATTAN AND PURCHASES A CABIN IN THE WOODS OF ALASKA. SHE IS SEEKING EACE, WUIET AND HOPEFULLY A MAN. THE RUN DOWN CABIN IS COLD. THE ISOLATIO N PROVES .O BE UNBEARABLE. SHE MEETS HER SEXY NEIGHBOR WHO IS VERY HELPFUL BUT A CONFIRMED BACHELOR. WHAT HAPPENS SO READ.
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DIE AGAIN TESS GERRITSON

R9IZZOLI, A BOSTON HOMICIDE DETECTIVE AND HER COWORKER, MAURA ISLES. A MEDICAL EXAMINER, ARE CALLED IN TO THEIR OFFICE TO INVESTIGATE THE GREUSOME DEATH OF A TAXIDERMIST, LEON GOTT. WHEN THEY GO TO GOTT’S HOME THEY SEE ITS ADORNED WIYH ANIMAL HEADS THAT HE HAD KILLED. THE 2 INVESTIGATORS LEARNED THAT A GROUP OF TOURISTS WERE MURDERED WHILE ON SAFARI IN BOTSWANA, AFRICA. AS BATE TO CATCH THE MURDERER, ONE OF THE SURVIVORS WERE ASKED TO TRY TO CATCH THE KILLER.

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THE LOST WIFE ALYSON RICHMAN

OPENING STORY; LENKA AND JOSEPH MEET AY A WEDDING OF HER DAUGHTER AND JOSEPH’SSON. JOSEPH SEEMS TO REMEMBER LENKA AND FEELS SHE IS HIS LOST WIFE OF OVER 50 YEARS AGO. TJHE NOVEL TAKES US THROUGH THEIR MEETING. THEIR MARRIAGE AND THEN TO JOSEPH’S NEW LIFE IN ENGLAND BEFORE GOING TO ENGLAND A WAR BROJE OUT WITH RUSSIA INVADING CHECOSLAVAKIA. THE JEWISH PEOPLE WERE ROUNDED UP TOSSED INTO CATTLE CARS WHICH WERE SO PACKED THE PEOPLE COULD HARDLY BREATHE. THEY WERE SHIPPED TO TERREZIN, A WORK CONCENTRATION CAMP. JOSEPH TRIES TO GET PERMISSION FOR HIS AND LENKA’S FAMILY TO LEAVE BUT AUTHORITIES WOOULD NOT ALLOW LENKA’S FAMILY TO GO SO SHE DECIDED TO STAY BCK WITH HER FAMILY. THE CHARACHTERS LOSE TRACK OF EACH OTHER AND EVENTUALLY MARRY OTHERS. JOSEPH’S NEW WIFE DIES BUT HIS AND LENKA’A LOVE IS NEVER FORGOTTEN.WONDERFUL HEARTFELT STORY.

How many stars does the book deserve?
☆☆☆☆

Adult Summer Reading Club reviews

From Claire Spencer

Title/Author
A Little Life

The jury is still out on this one. A friend wholeheartedly recommended it and I will need to sit down and discuss the story with her.

Four males becomes friends while in college and this is their story as they make there way in the world.

I will say it is a beautiful story of friendship and love! How many stars does the book deserve?
☆☆☆

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Moonflower Vine 
Takes place early 1900s in Missouri. Mathew and Callie Soames raising four daughters on a farm while he is also a schoolteacher. Good story about life on the farm, family relationships and parent/child conflicts.
How many stars does the book deserve?
☆☆☆