I’m thankful for my daughter’s cell phone

Things I am thankful for – my daughter’s cell phone!

phones3To my continual horror and amazement, I am the mother of a teenager. She is the source of laughter and frustration, joy and exasperation, worry and pride. With the teenage years, comes hormonal mood swings, later bedtimes, the growing importance of friends and the bizarre world of social media. Her cell phone is her life line. We’ve had many talks about her constant need to be in touch with people, how streaks in Snapchat are soooo important and reminding her that what she shares on-line is forever.

I’m sure my parents had issues to deal with when I was teenager, but nothing like this. And we haven’t even got to boys yet!

Anyway, I used to view K’s cell phone with a mixture of disgust and wariness. Yes, I like my phone and yes, I use social media but never to the extent that she does. I’m actually thinking of putting her in charge of my Instagram account! But to be honest, when she got the cell phone, I viewed as one more way I was losing my little girl.

Sidenote:

My husband and I are unusual in our neighbourhood – we made K responsible for her phone. She picked out the phone she wanted, pays the bills with her babysitting money. When her screen broke a few months ago, it was up to her to deal with whether to replace or repair. I’m sure not all everyone agrees with this (I’m sure K doesn’t, especially when her friends seem to get new phones every time someone sneezes on it) but we’re hoping it will teach her responsibility. I don’t want one of those kids who think they’re entitled to everything.

K is in high school, yet another way I feel I’m losing her. But thanks to her cellphone, we’ve found a new way to communicate. I’m happy that we’ve always been close, and proud that my daughter still tells me everything. (Sure, sure, you say, but I believe it’s true. Plus, nothing that exciting has happened that she would feel the need to keep from me.I’m sure this phase won’t last forever so I’m enjoying it while it lasts.) Lately, I’ve discovered a new-found appreciation for her cell phone.

It does the basics:

  • what time she’ll be home
  • lets her ask permission to do things with her friends
  • double check schedule

A handy fixture is the ability for me to double check anything I might be buying her because she rarely agrees with my sense of fashion. When she does, it’s usually joined by anger that I bought something similar to something she already has!

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But my favourite thing about the phone is that K texts me during the day. Sometimes she does it in class, but only when she wants to share a grade with me, or something that happened. She keeps me informed of her day and lets me be a part of it. I don’t have to wait until we’re home for the one-word answers teenagers are famous for. I have a string of texts from her – some funny and light-hearted, some proud, some disappointed.I get to share it all with her.

My son is starting high school next year and I’m not sure I’ll have the same experience. But I’ll do my best to keep up with his day, like I do with K. I’m very thankful for her phone and how it helps with our communication, because I think that’s so important for kids and parents. I’m thankful for her, too. All of my kids!

Happy thanksgiving weekend!

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WWW Wednesday – What I’m Reading – Smut!

What I Read This Week? Some Smut

For me, Jilly Cooper is a classic example of smut, similar to Jackie Collins. Not exactly romance, but not erotica and definitely not to be classed under women’s fiction!

I checked for the definition of smut:

  • small flake of soot or other dirt; all those black smuts from the engine or a fungal disease of grains in which parts of ear change to black powder
Not exactly what I was looking for, so I checked urban dictionary, which said smut is:
  • ‘A writing style that is sexually explicit and generally associated with females.Basically porn aimed towards women.The difference between porn and smut:Porn: Usually has very little plot line and is extremely sexually explicit. Mostly watched or ‘read’ for the pictures. Aimed towards men.Smut: Highly developed stories with love lines and other things that appeal to women that also include alot of sexually explicit scenes. Can be in comic form, or in written form (as in romance books)’
That sounds like Jilly Cooper. Also Emma Chase, another book I read. I do think calling it porn is a little too much, however. I don’t read it all the time, but once in a while smut is good if you just want some mindless entertainment.
On to the meme!

WWW Wednesday – What I’m Reading…

 WWW WednesdayThis meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. A similar meme, This Week in Books is hosted by Lipsyy Lost and Found.

Why not join in? Just answer the following three questions about what you’re reading in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:

  1. WHAT I’M READING

  2. WHAT I FINISHED READING

  3. WHAT WILL I READ NEXT

 What I’m Reading…

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Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all—a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora, but one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents, but the truth is a much more complicated story.

Inside the curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they’ve kept for years.

What follows is the nerve-racking unraveling of a family, a chilling tale of deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness that will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist.

Started it Monday night and already over halfway finished! I wouldn’t call it a thriller yet, but I’m looking forward to the twist. So far, much better (imo) than Girl on the Train.

What I Read…

royally-screwed-by-emma-chaseNicholas Arthur Frederick Edward Pembrook, Crowned Prince of Wessco, aka His Royal Hotness, is wickedly charming, devastatingly handsome, and unabashedly arrogant; hard not to be when people are constantly bowing down to you.

Then, one snowy night in Manhattan, the prince meets a dark haired beauty who doesn’t bow down. Instead, she throws a pie in his face.

Nicholas wants to find out if she tastes as good as her pie, and this heir apparent is used to getting what he wants.

Dating a prince isn’t what waitress Olivia Hammond ever imagined it would be.

There’s a disapproving queen, a wildly inappropriate spare heir, relentless paparazzi, and brutal public scrutiny. While they’ve traded in horse drawn carriages for Rolls Royces, and haven’t chopped anyone’s head off lately, the royals are far from accepting of this commoner.

But to Olivia, Nicholas is worth it.

Nicholas grew up with the whole world watching, and now Marriage Watch is in full force. In the end, Nicholas has to decide who he is and, more importantly, who he wants to be: a King… or the man who gets to love Olivia forever.

Smutty book # 1.

The main thing I didn’t like about this book was the title. I had to keep the cover hidden from my kids. Luckily, it only took me a couple of days to read it!

Sweet, sexy and entirely predictable. I get that New Adult books need some conflict but I wish they would stop with making the guy such an ass that it’s upsetting that the girl would forgive him. The book had a couple of those moments, but ended on a happy note, setting up for the next in the series. A good light and fluffy read.

Smutty book #2

mountBlurb – Rupert is consumed by one obsession: that Love Rat, his adored grey horse, be proclaimed champion stallion. He longs to trounce Roberto’s Revenge, the stallion owned by his detested rival Cosmo Rannaldini, which means abandoning his racing empire at Penscombe and his darling wife Taggie, and chasing winners in the richest races worldwide, from Dubai to Los Angeles to Melbourne.

Luckily, the fort at home is held by Rupert’s assistant Gav, a genius with horses, fancied by every stable lass, but damaged by alcoholism and a vile wife. When Gala, a grieving but ravishing Zimbabwean widow moves to Penscombe as carer for Rupert’s wayward father, it is not just Gav who is attracted to her: a returning Rupert finds himself dangerously tempted.

Gala adores horses, and when she switches to working in the yard, her carer’s job is taken by a devastatingly handsome South African man who claims to be gay but seems far keener on caring for the angelic Taggie. And as increasingly sinister acts of sabotage strike at Penscombe, the game of musical loose boxes gathers apace . . .

Mount is classic Jilly Cooper. Not her best (that was Rivals) but pretty darn good. If you like a sexy romp in the wilds of Cotchester, this is the book for you. If you don’t like smut, don’t bother with it!!

What I’ll Read Next…

I have no idea. I’ve got a pretty big pile of TBR books that I need to get through before Christmas, when it will get even bigger! 🙂

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I wrote another book.

Actually, it’s a novella – it’s a prequel to The Secret Life of Charlotte Dodd. 

The Missing Files of Charlotte Dodd.

It was so fun to write! More action, more spy stuff. More Charlotte Dodd.

This is the first book I’ve released that I haven’t done any promotion for it. I was going to start that today, for a publication date in December, but I decided, no. It’s coming out today!

So here it is!

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Before Charlotte Dodd had a secret life…

A novella; prequel to The Secret Life of Charlotte Dodd

Before she lost her memories, Charlotte Dodd still has a secret life, but at least she could remember it. She was an agent for NIIA, happy in her new found love for Hamilton Short, and dealing with usual missions like saving the world from killer viruses (why are they always named after animals, like swine and elephant? Gives the animals a bad rap).

But then her brother bursts into her life with a secret for her. After being told her mother died years ago, Seamus tells Charlotte she is still alive and being held against her will.

No proof or anything. Just a sketchy plan to rescue her.

Of course Charlotte heads off with Seamus, going against the NIIA and Ham to find out what really happened to her mother.

Sometimes missing things are better off not being found.

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A Little Extra Nostalgia – E.T. was on T.V on Sunday

When’s the last time you watched E.T?

On Friday I posted about my confusion about country music. UPDATE – I actually had to go and download several country songs Friday afternoon. The horror! I’ll try and work through it.

On Sunday, I had a few free moments (which doesn’t normally happen on a weekend, so I took advantage of it because I can’t seem to shake this silly cold I’ve had all week) and actually had the television to myself for a short time. I found E.T. – The Extra-Terrestrial was playing on one of the movie channels, with only a half hour to go, so I turned it on.

It was an emotional roller-coaster.

When was the last time you watched this movie? It has been years for me – so long that my children can’t remember ever watching it with me. And they need to watch it. In 101 Movies To See Before You Grow Up, E.T. is number 10 on the list.

For those of you who don’t remember, or might have been living under a rock for theet-heart last few decades, E.T. is about a little boy (Elliot) who finds an alien stranded on Earth and living in his shed. He lures him into the house using Reese’s Pieces and Elliot’s brother and sister help hide the alien from their mother. E.T. and Elliot soon begin to share a strange connection as the kids help E.T. build a device that will let him contact his people. They both get sick, E.T. actually ‘dies’ but both recover and with help from kids on the street race to get away from the authorities in an epic bike chase. You know the one.

et-gertieThe short time I spent watching the movie brought back a ton of memories of my childhood. It came out in 1982; the iconic catchphrases still exist for many. ‘E.T. phone home.’ When E.T. touches his heart and the finger glows. ‘Ouuuch.’ Reese’s Pieces became famous from that movie. I had a stuffed E.T. and everyone wanted a little sister like Gertie. Even after 30+ years, there are so many moments from the movie that are embedded in our pop culture.

et-sickI started watching just before E.T. dies and started crying right away. I have been known to cry while watching movies, but this was a bit much, especially when I just tuned in. I chalk the waterworks up to how many times I’ve watched the movie, the love I have for it, and the nostalgia it brought while watching it.

Spoilers ahead…

I cried when he died, I cried when E.T.’s heart started to glow again. I laughed when the brother was trying to drive the van with the scientists still in the giant tube attached. I made 2 of the kids watch the bike chase with me. S was at first concerned and then amazed to find me crying, tears that would not stop!

et-movie-poster2I cried when the bikes lifted into the air and that iconic scene of the kids against the setting sun. I cried when they got into the woods and the glow of the incoming spacecraft appeared. And I was practically bawling as as they took turns saying good-bye to the beloved little alien. It was bad. Maybe it was hormonal or because I’ve been sick, but I ugly-cry-facewatched 30 minutes of that movie Sunday afternoon, and I cried during 26 of them. I was spent, exhausted… but so happy I had the experience of watching it again, and especially that 2 of my kids watched some of it with me. They made fun of me crying, once they figured out I wasn’t upset, but it nice watching it with them. We’ll watch the entire movie as a family sometime soon, and I’ll make sure I have lots of Kleenex.

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This is an awesome book if you have kids and like watching movies with them!  It’s full of little tidbits that are interesting for all.

Why is Dolly Parton singing in my head? I don’t like country music!

Maybe the title should be – Why am I writing about country music?

I don’t listen to country music. Ever. I only like Taylor Swift when she’s pop, not country. The only thing that interests me about Keith Urban is that he’s married to Nicole Kidman. (wouldn’t it be cool if he was related to Karl Urban – Bones on new Star Trek?) And Blake Shelton may be a handsome devil but his music doesn’t move me in the slightest.

My country past

conway-twittyAnd I do have one. I admit, there was a time I used to listen to country music. My childhood was spent in the country, growing up on a farm, with parents who did their best to share their love for artists like Charley Pride and Conway Twitty with their daughters. This was the time before iTunes, so unless you had your own stereo in your room, with your own supply of LPs (vinyl records for those of you millennials) you listened to the same music as your parents. Country music was in the car, with my mother singing along to Skeeter Davis’ End of the World. (thanks Kristi for coming up with the song!) Country music was always in the house. I think it might have been in the barn as well.

My first record was Kenny Roger’s Greatest Hits and to this day, I still know every word of  Coward of the County. My sister and I went to country dances at the Community Centre in Roseneath, doing our version of the two-step to the George Brothers’ band, Family Tradition. (Drummer Teddy was always my favourite!)

But as soon as I was able to trade in Kenny Rogers for Michael Jackson’s Thriller, I dukesbegan to shun country music. Cyndi Lauper took over from Waylon Jennings’ as my most listened to record (The theme from Dukes of Hazard if you must know.) I began to travel down my own music path, as far away from country as I could go. The screaming of 80s metal has nothing to do with the wailings of Tammy Wynette and was much more to my liking.

And this is where I find myself – more interested in listening to alternative pop than the grandpop of country, Hank Williams Jr. Yes, I admit I have the odd country ditty on my iTunes playlist (Kenny Rogers still has a place in my heart, as does Alabama’s Roll on Eighteen Wheeler) but the list is pretty country clean.

But then this happened…

My parents had a dance for their 50th wedding anniversary. I found myself dancing to country music. Singing along. Knowing EVERY WORD.

john-denverI chalked it up to a one-night lapse in judgement and even though I was left with the earworm Thank God I’m a Country Boy, I thought it would go away.

And then…

I started seeing commercials for the 50th CMA Awards. (Country Music Awards)

Here’s the link that’s causing all my kerfluffle. It’s got the Forever Country video, a mix of new and old artists singing a few classics, including Dolly’s I Will Always Love You. Because I watched that (I’m not telling how many times), I then had to watch the highlights of the show, including medley of hits the show started with. I knew who most of the performers were! I knew all of the songs! Because that’s what I had grown up listening to. And the tribute to Dolly Parton…wow.  I don’t know if it’s all included in the clip but watch it if you can. Amazing.

I thought I had shaken the country off my city boots, but now I’m not sure. I’m going tojolene go listen to some Green Day now, or I might find myself scrolling through Dolly’s Greatest Hits on iTunes, looking to download Jolene. Wish me luck!

 

WWW Wednesday – Mount! I’m enjoying the ride

WWW WednesdayWWW- Wednesday – What I’m Reading…

Jilly Cooper’s new book is out!!!

This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. A similar meme, This Week in Books is hosted by Lipsyy Lost and Found.

Why not join in? Just answer the following three questions about what you’re reading in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:

  1. WHAT I’M READING

  2. WHAT I FINISHED READING

  3. WHAT WILL I READ NEXT

What I’m Reading…

mountBlurb – Rupert is consumed by one obsession: that Love Rat, his adored grey horse, be proclaimed champion stallion. He longs to trounce Roberto’s Revenge, the stallion owned by his detested rival Cosmo Rannaldini, which means abandoning his racing empire at Penscombe and his darling wife Taggie, and chasing winners in the richest races worldwide, from Dubai to Los Angeles to Melbourne.

Luckily, the fort at home is held by Rupert’s assistant Gav, a genius with horses, fancied by every stable lass, but damaged by alcoholism and a vile wife. When Gala, a grieving but ravishing Zimbabwean widow moves to Penscombe as carer for Rupert’s wayward father, it is not just Gav who is attracted to her: a returning Rupert finds himself dangerously tempted.

Gala adores horses, and when she switches to working in the yard, her carer’s job is taken by a devastatingly handsome South African man who claims to be gay but seems far keener on caring for the angelic Taggie. And as increasingly sinister acts of sabotage strike at Penscombe, the game of musical loose boxes gathers apace . . .

Why I love Jilly Cooper:

It’s been six long years since Jilly Cooper put out a new book and I was very excited to get my hands on a copy. I’ve been in love with her Rutshire Chronicles for over twenty years, after finding dog eared copies of Riders, Rivals and Polo at a yard sale. These books are smut, plain and simple, full of adultery and betrayals set in the British world of horse racing and for those who enjoy those kind of books, there is nothing like them. Cooper writes from her own experiences, crafting multiple story lines and large case of memorable characters, including the infamous Rupert Campbell -Black. Other than fantasy novels, I’ve never been so immersed in an author’s world before.

Her last novel, Jump! was published in 2010. Six years is a long time between books but understandable when you consider Jilly is 79 years old, recently recovered from a stroke and her books are 600 pages long! She writes however she wants to – with multiple POVs often changing mid-page and colourful descriptions of gardens and dinner tables. I think it’s a JK Rowling thing – no one wants to edit her! For those who have never experienced the joy of following the antics of Rupert Campbell -Black, I don’t suggest starting at this book. Go back from the beginning and read Riders. And the series isn’t for everyone – the sex is raunchy, the comments sexist with plenty of despicable characters and changing the POV like she does is kind of jarring. But it’s a wild ride and I, for one, am thoroughly enjoying it!

What I Read…

finding-frazerSometimes searching for true love can be a little…Outlandish.

I met Jamie Fraser when I was nineteen years old. He was tall, red-headed, and at our first meeting at least, a virgin. I fell in love hard, fast and completely. He knew how to ride a horse, wield a sword and stitch a wound. He was, in fact, the perfect man.

That he was fictional hardly entered into it.

At 29, Emma Sheridan’s life is a disaster and she’s tired of waiting for the perfect boyfriend to step from the pages of her favorite book. There’s only one place to look, and it means selling everything and leaving her world behind. With an unexpected collection of allies along the way, can Emma face down a naked fishmonger, a randy gnome, a perfidious thief, and even her own abdominal muscles on the journey to find her Fraser?

I had such high hopes but this book proved to be a disappointment. Here’s my Goodreads review:

There was so much potential to this book – great premise, fun way to connect Outlander, talks about my favourite book boyfriend Jamie Fraser, wonderful to explore Scotland. The main thing that didn’t work was the main character. Emma was…just stupid. There’s no nice way to put it. At 29 years old, she hasn’t got her life together, or even attempts to. Instead she runs off the Scotland to find her ‘Jamie’. Sometimes I don’t think she realizes Jamie Fraser is an actual fictional character. The character of Emma is why chicklit gets a bad name – she’s every one of the stereotypes of flaky, annoying characters so focused on finding a man that she can’t see what’s in front of her. It’s too bad because this book does have a lot going for it, including a plug from Diana Gabaldon herself.

It received 2 stars. 🙁

What I’ll Read Next…

couple-next-door Unless I find something exciting at the library during my next visit. But it will take me a while to finish Mount, so I’ll return to WWW Wednesday when I do!!

 

The Writing Process – NaNoWriMo a no go for me

I Really Want to Participate in NaNoWriMo this Year.

nanovwrimo-2016NaNoWriMo is coming up fast. But I’m not taking part this year. 🙁

At least not officially.

NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month – a month of blissful creativity where you write a novel in a month. Of course your book isn’t ready to be published at the end of November, but if you manage to keep up the pace, you will have a first draft of a novel, roughly around 50, 000 words completed. It’s fun, it’s challenging and you need to do some prep work, like have an idea what you’re writing about. I always get my character studies finished before hand as well. I’ll miss not doing it this year.

To ‘win’ NaNoWriMo – which is what they call it when you meet the word count on nanowrimo-300x280November 30 – is incredibly satisfying as a writer. At least it was to me. It also means you have to turn off your other writing projects, which is why I’m not participating this year. At least not officially. I have two other projects on the go, so I’ll use the inspiration of thousands of people around the world frantically typing (or writing) word after word to finish my projects. I don’t think I’ll need 50,000 words, but I need to finish the draft of Best Worst Date and ready it for my editor. The Missing Files of Charlotte Dodd will be finished by the end of the week and ready for the next step. I also have a side project I need to complete. And I promised the kids a new Dragon book.

Sound like fun? It is, and I look forward to crossing these projects off my to-do list. What is frustrating about the lack of time for NaNoWriMo, is that I have the best idea for a new project!

It came to me in a dream

snoopy-darkIt was a weird dream, mind you, involving Sheldon from Big Bang, LEGO and a airplane crash. But I got an idea out of a novel from it – one that I’d love to write!

But it will have to wait.

Because I look at my writing as a business, I business-planhave a plan that includes when books will be published. I have deadlines, just like any other job. So as much as I want to work on this new idea (tentative title – Seating Assignments) it will have to wait because Charlotte needs to come first. I have a publishing plan for Best Worst First Date, that already includes a signing in a local library. (More details on this to follow). I’ve found that I have a tendency to take on too many projects at once, so this time I’m learning from my mistakes.But I’ll be pretending to do NaNoWriMo with the rest of you, because the sooner Date is done, I get to start on the new project!

Good luck to all who are participating in NaNoWriMo!  I’ll be cheering you on!!!

 

WWW Wednesday – What I’m Reading…

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I finally got through The Girl on the Train! What did I think? Keep reading…

This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. A similar meme, This Week in Books is hosted by Lipsyy Lost and Found.

Why not join in? Just answer the following three questions about what you’re reading in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:

  1. WHAT I’M READING

  2. WHAT I FINISHED READING

  3. WHAT WILL I READ NEXT

What I’m Reading…

finding-frazerSometimes searching for true love can be a little…Outlandish.

I met Jamie Fraser when I was nineteen years old. He was tall, red-headed, and at our first meeting at least, a virgin. I fell in love hard, fast and completely. He knew how to ride a horse, wield a sword and stitch a wound. He was, in fact, the perfect man.

That he was fictional hardly entered into it.

At 29, Emma Sheridan’s life is a disaster and she’s tired of waiting for the perfect boyfriend to step from the pages of her favorite book. There’s only one place to look, and it means selling everything and leaving her world behind. With an unexpected collection of allies along the way, can Emma face down a naked fishmonger, a randy gnome, a perfidious thief, and even her own abdominal muscles on the journey to find her Fraser?

What I’ve Read…

girl on the trainBlurb – EVERY DAY THE SAME
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

UNTIL TODAY
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

I gave this three stars on Goodreads but couldn’t decide what to say about it. It was okay. Meh. It had some moments, but I figured out whodunit from the get go. I’m sure I’ll watch the movie and compare the two. What this book really taught me is that I need to like the main character to be able to enjoy the book. Rachel got a bit better near the end and I found myself enjoying it more, rather than feeling obligated to pick it up. I know most of the world loved this book, but I’m not one of them.

roman-crazyBlurb – Avery Bardot steps off the plane in Rome, looking for a fresh start. She’s left behind a soon-to-be ex-husband in Boston and plans to spend the summer with her best friend Daisy, licking her wounds—and perhaps a gelato or two. But when her American-expat friend throws her a welcome party on her first night, Avery’s thrown for a loop when she sees a man she never thought she’d see again: Italian architect Marcello Bianchi.

Marcello was the man—the one who got away. And now her past is colliding with her present, a present where she should be mourning the loss of her marriage and—hey, that fettuccine is delicious! And so is Marcello…

Slipping easily into the good life of summertime in Rome, Avery spends her days exploring a city that makes art historians swoon, and her nights swooning over her unexpected what was old is new again romance. It’s heady, it’s fevered, it’s wanton, and it’s crazy. But could this really be her new life? Or is it just a temporary reprieve before returning to the land of twin-set cardigans and crustless sandwiches?

A celebration of great friendship, passionate romance, and wonderful food, Roman Crazy is a lighthearted story of second chances and living life to the fullest.

What I told Goodreads: “There is so much good about this book. It’s sweet, heart-warming, funny and makes you fall in love with Rome. But one little thing spoiled it for me. SPOILER SORRY* If you lost a baby like Avery did, it would affect you. You would talk about it. You would think about it every day, every time you saw children. Avery’s loss was only addressed once, and all too briefly. Alice Clayton (who I love) and Nina Bocci should have left this aspect out of the story if they were unable or unwilling to continue with it. Once I realized Avery could forget about such a thing, it ruined the story for me.
Also, Marcello was too perfect.”

It’s too bad when one little thing about a book can spoil it for you. But as a mother I couldn’t abide with Avery’s reaction – or non-reaction – to losing her child. Too bad. It still makes me want to wander around Rome, though. But not with a Marcello.

What I’ll Read Next…
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I love Jilly Cooper and I’ve already pre-ordered her latest. It’s out next week, so whatever I pick up after I finish with Finding Fraser will be short so I can start this as soon it’s delivered to my door.  Can’t wait!!

What about you? Are you reading anything good? Are you excited about a new release?