Adult Summer Reading Club reviews

From Kitty Craig

Title/Author
The Ultimatum/Karen Robards

This was a very intriguing novel which kept you on the edge of your seat to determine the outcome. The plot twist starts with a young girl witnessing her mother’s death. The next chapter brings into present day where she Bianca is working along with her father.

Throughout the book, there are unexpected twists and turns so that you are trying to determine who the good guys are vs. the bad guys. Very interesting ending!
How many stars does the book deserve?
☆☆☆☆
Title/Author
First Sight/Daniel Steel

You can never go wrong with a Danielle Steel book. I have been reading her books for over 30 years. This latest book takes us into the fashion world in Paris. Ms. Steel’s descriptions of Paris make the reader feel like they’re sitting in a café while reading her book.

Her books always have a happy ending – this one does not fail. Love is in the air despite life’s adversities.

Another good addition to Ms. Steel’s collection of novels!
How many stars does the book deserve?
☆☆☆

Adult Summer Reading Club review

From Donna Southard

Title/Author
Elon Musk/Ashlee Vance

This book is about the life and accomplishments of Elon Musk. I found it interesting to learn how he developed his entrepreneurial achievements and of his financial involvement with Pay Pal and Tesla. The author covered a lot of material and often was repetitive in certain events and points. Overall, I found the book to be very informative and engaging. How many stars does the book deserve?
☆☆☆

Adult Summer Reading Club reviews

From Paulette Aspesi

Title/Author
Murder on the Half Shelf by Lorna Barrett

Sixth book in the Booktown Mystery series.
Tricia Miles owns the haven’t Got a Clue Bookstore & it seems like murder just follows wherever she goes.
Mainly like the characters, but this time the murderer really came out of nowhere. Last sentence of book prepares you for next in the series.
Easy summer reading.
How many stars does the book deserve?
☆☆☆
Title/Author
Killer in Crinolines by Duffy Brown

Second in the series of Consignment Shop Mysteries. Good enough so that you should start with the first, Iced Chiffon.
Reagan Summerside is out to get her friend Chantilly off the hook for a murder she did not commit.
On the way she gets help from her zany aunt & lawyer Walker Boone who is a character I really love.
Nicely written and well worth an easy read.
How many stars does the book deserve?
☆☆☆☆
Title/Author
Shore Excursion by Marie Moore
Nicely written with intriguing characters.
I particularly liked this book because it is about a tour escort taking a group of mainly seniors to Europe on a cruise ship & I am a tour operator- so the theme was very close to home.
Murder & mayhem follow the group & the ending was a real & very believable one. ‘Cant wait for the next book in this new series to come out.
How many stars does the book deserve?☆☆☆

Title/Author
Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shandhag

A young man, whose name we never know, is part of a close family of 5. They are very poor. His uncle starts a spice company that makes it & they move to a great house & money is plentiful. Then the young man through an arranged marriage brings his new wife, Anita, into the fold & the dynamics of everything changes. What the uncle is doing is not totally legal- he even has henchmen making sure that people toe the line. Anita does not think this is right & even hints that she might go to the police. She leaves to go visit her parents for a week & at the end of this story is a few days late coming back & the young man fears that his uncle has taken care of her.
“Ghachar ghochar” is a nonsense phrase uttered by one meaning something tangled beyond repair, a knot that can’t be untied. It had been made up by Anita’s family.
This is the story of a young man who just goes with the flow. Unambitious, undirected, easily led- he always takes the easy way out. At the end of the book he is faced with the dilemma of possibly his wife having been killed by his uncle & he probably will end up doing nothing about it, but also be eaten up with guilt because of it.
Liked this book a lot. Interesting info on the Indian culture.
How many stars does the book deserve?
☆☆☆☆

 

 

Adult Summer Reading Club review

From Margaret Mezzacapo

Title/Author
Private Life/Jane Smiley

This novel is by the author of “A Thousand Acres.”
This is the story of Margaret Mayfield, a turn-of-the-century Missouri old maid who is watching her life languish away. In swoops brilliant astronomer and physicist Captain Andrew Early, who marries her and moves her out to California with him. What seem to be the endearing quirks of a genius turn into dark, potentially dangerous behaviors. Throughout everything, Margaret remains calm and unflappable, and develops an ever-stronger sense of self. Although the story is a little dry at times, it’s suitable for all audiences.
How many stars does the book deserve?
☆☆☆