WWW- Wednesday – What I’m Reading…
I finally got through The Girl on the Train! What did I think? Keep reading…
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WHAT I’M READING
WHAT I FINISHED READING
WHAT WILL I READ NEXT
What I’m Reading…
Sometimes 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…
Blurb – 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.
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.
Blurb – 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…
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!!