Adult Summer Reading Club reviews

From Paulette Aspesi
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? 

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?☆☆

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? ☆☆☆

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.

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