The story picks up after ONLY KILLERS AND THIEVES and takes us back to the Australian Outback in the late 1800's. Brothers McBride are still reeling from the violence in their past and the loss of their family years before. They have been witness to atrocities against the native population which they are powerless to correct. Life in the Outback is hard, times are violent and if you keep your head down if you don't want to be hunted yourself. One brother runs from the law after an accident and the other stays to start up life again on their dilapidated homestead after falling in love with his boss's widow.
Neither of them can forget or forgive themselves for what happened and the man responsible. Because of this they will be on the run or looking over their shoulder forever. For fans of classic westerns - regardless if they are the American West or Australian Outback. 4 stars
After coming home from war Dave is trying to get through his PTSD so he can be there for his young daughter Bella. Unable to deal with pressures of being home and debt he packs up a bit of their belongings and he and Bella hike up into the Cascades to an ancient cave that will be their home. They live off the land where Bella's education consists of her father's knowledge and library books from infrequent trips made back to town. Life is ok but soon the world will come to them with a plea to send Bella back to town. The secondary story is that of another parent and child who lived in the cave back in the Ice Age. This is a love story to nature and the act of living simply in the rugged Cascades as well as a look at parent/child relationships. This book will appeal to a wide variety of readers from CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR ancient history to outdoor adventure in THE RIVER to families living off the grid like THE GREAT ALONE. 4 stars
In a hospital in Glasgow live two patients, one a teen and one much older but both are dying.
They share 100 years between them and to celebrate this both begin an art project to chronicle their lives. The problem is that Lenni is only 17 and hasn't had the chance to make the memories that Margot has so Margot shares her stories and a bit of her life for Lenni. This delightful "Odd Couple" pair, along with the hospital chaplain and a gaggle of well meaning staff, help Lenni live her best life through Margot's stories and show Margot what really is important in the time they have left. Lenni and Margot worm their way into your heart from the first few pages. I won't lie to you, dear reader. Have extra tissues handy. For readers who love a story of multiple generations teaching each other about life and quirky but extremely lovable characters. 5 stars
The next generation after DAISY JONES AND THE SIX. Welcome to the wild world of Mick Riva's kids and the life they have built in Malibu 1983. Nina Riva's famous party is about to happen but the surf beckons as if it were any other day. If they only knew that their lives were about to get much more complicated and be changed forever. It is the story of failed relationships, life in a goldfish bowl with paparazzi, sibling bonds and the sins of the father repeating themselves. This book reads like a standalone but is much more enjoyable if you have read DAISY JONES AND THE SIX. I would have enjoyed a few more days getting to know the Riva siblings. 4 stars
Sammie is left to pretty much raise their difficult son due to her wife traveling and she resents it. She also resents the abuse from their son Samson and that her life is passing her by. She never really does anything to change the situation though and seems to react only after something happens. Their marriage is falling apart and Sammie's expectation of motherhood vs. the hard realities of raising a distant and violent son are taking their toll. A sad portrait of a messed up family. 3 1/2 stars
Two sisters with very different backgrounds deal with a bad situation and learn a bit about themselves in the process. Peyton is very successful Morning talk show host with a great husband and teen daughter who is leaving the nest for college. Skye is super mom working on every committee, room mom, Girl Scout Leader and about to open a house for underprivileged city girls once she has the last bit of funding. She is also happily married and has a precocious daughter and supportive of her niece.
Peyton does the unthinkable and pays a bribe to get her daughter into Princeton. Her husband takes the fall to keep Peyton's career intact but soon it along with her marriage is in free fall. Skye is keeping a secret or two of her own. A summer of discovery, complicated family relationships and a madcap romp to fix what she broke - this story will resonate with fans of her other books and WHERE 'D YOU GO BERNADETTE. 4 stars
Coming from a conservative Brady Bunch household where her mom cooks every meal and church is attended in Sunday best every week, Mary Jane wasn't prepared for the chaos of the Cone's household.
She is hired to be their five year old's summer nanny but ends up managing all their lives. In return the Cones and their secret patient guests open up her world and fill it with laughter, music and freedom. For some this is a sweet trip down the memory lane of our childhoods and for others it is insight into a time that left little room between the conservative middle class and the free thinking, rock loving, fight for your rights liberals. My favorite character (which was difficult because they are all perfect cast) is Izzy whose innocent take on the adults around her is infectious. Pick up the groovy book, get out your 70's vinyl and get ready for a wild trip. This is the perfect read for anyone who loved the zany antics in NOTHING TO SEE HERE or enjoy coming of age stories served with a healthy dose of humor and compassion. A Lead Read for good reason - this will be big. 5 Tiger Beat stars
Daniel is slowly losing his life to a degenerative disease called SMA. He needs help to do most things we take for granted and it is only going to get worse but in spite of this he is one of the most optimistic and positive people on Earth. Working from home on the computer as a Customer Service Rep for an airline with one of the worst records, he is used to a steady dose of abuse. His days are going to get worse as soon as he sees a young woman get into a car - a woman who is now missing. He does whatever he can to find her or her captor and in the process begins a dangerous journey. This book starts off funny and uplifting and then smacks you in the head. An empowering book for anyone with challenges and a great reminder to the rest of us not to let the disability get in the way of seeing the person behind it. It is also a love letter to the Southern college football way of life. Will Leitch has created characters and a story that is sort of a love match between Pat Conroy and Fredrik Backman. 4 1/2 stars
If I only read one RomCom a year it will be a book by Emily Henry. She offers us a complicated relationship full of hiccups and lovable characters who seem like they are never going to get what the reader already knows - that they are perfect for each other. Poppy and Alex are two sides of the same coin. Best friends when they were younger and vacation buddies for years. Poppy works for a travel magazine so their trips are to exciting places and on the company card but this year is different. She books a trip to where Alex's brother is getting married and is secretly paying for it. What could possibly go wrong in Palm Springs at the height of summer? Fun, lighthearted and a refreshing spin on When Harry Met Sally and My Best Friend's Wedding.
4 1/2 stars
Antonia (Toni) has a boatload of talent and a desire to make it big as a rock star without the help of her famous parents. Her big break is right around the corner in a temp gig filling in for a band member on hiatus in a hot new band and a chance to partner in a recording studio. It comes with a cost - her ex boyfriend works with the band and she needs to raise a bunch of money to buy into the studio. This is a romcom with a distinct rock soul and lots of paparazzi. There is much to delight lovers of DAISY JONES AND THE SIX as well as romance readers looking for an edgy story. It will also hit the right notes with the young adult audience. 4 stars
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