5 12, 2017

Review: ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL by Sarah Vaughan

By | Tuesday, December 5, 2017|4 kisses, Contemporary, Crime, Mystery, reviews|0 Comments

This story fits it’s title. ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL takes place in the UK. It is about a Junior Minister who is being accused of raping a young parliamentary researcher that he works closely with. This story includes points of view from the wife of the accused, the prosecutor of the accused, and […]

31 10, 2017

Review: THE EMPRESS by S.J. Kincaid

By | Tuesday, October 31, 2017|4 kisses, Fantasy, reviews, Science Fiction, YA|3 Comments

I read THE DIABOLIC last year around this time and really loved it. At the time, I thought it was going to be a standalone. Obviously, with the publication of THE EMPRESS I learned that this is actually going to be a trilogy. Now that I shared that with you, let’s talk about […]

15 08, 2017

Review: MASK OF SHADOWS by Linsey Miller

By | Tuesday, August 15, 2017|4 kisses, Adventure, Fantasy, LGBT, reviews, YA|8 Comments

MASK OF SHADOWS was such a nice surprise. The assassin in this story is gender fluid. In fact, no where does it say whether Sal Leon is a male or female. Now that I have explained that, let me try to use the proper pronouns in this review. Sal’s homeland of Nacea was massacred […]

3 02, 2017

Review: THE GIRL BEFORE by J. P. Delaney

By | Friday, February 3, 2017|3 kisses, Mystery, Psycological, reviews, Thriller|4 Comments

I wanted to love THE GIRL BEFORE. I definitely did at first, even when I realized it sounded like a book I read last year. The only things that kept me determined to finish this book was 1) what actually happened to Emma, and 2) I wanted to learn more about the house […]

16 01, 2017

Blog Tour: TWO DAYS GONE by Randall Silvis

By | Monday, January 16, 2017|4 kisses, Contests, Crime, Mystery, reviews, Thriller|5 Comments

I have to start off by telling you that I am not a big fan of police procedural stories. I picked up this TWO DAYS GONE knowing it was such, but gave the first few pages a read anyways. This story was so much more than just an investigation. The investigation was impressively […]

4 01, 2017

Review: DIE YOUNG WITH ME by Rob Rufus

By | Wednesday, January 4, 2017|5 kisses, Medical, Memoir, Non-Fiction, reviews|6 Comments

I just want to start off with my admiration for an author who tells it like it is. Rob is the victim but he also makes major mistakes. He is no saint. He takes his frustration out on people who support him. He is a real person and his character was so appreciated. […]

9 12, 2016

Review: MISCHLING by Affinity Konar

By | Friday, December 9, 2016|5 kisses, Coming of age, Historical Fiction, reviews|4 Comments

MISCHLING is a deeply moving story of twin girls who live to tell their story of Auschwitz. The twins, Pearl and Stasha, are chosen early for Josef Mengele’s evil experiments on twins. Mischling is the term used during the Third Reich to characterize those who have both Aryan and Jewish blood. The twins […]

7 12, 2016

Review: THE FORGETTING by Sharon Cameron

By | Wednesday, December 7, 2016|4 kisses, Dystopian, reviews, Romance, Science Fiction, YA|5 Comments

What if you were the only one who remembered what happened? That’s the basic premise for THE FORGETTING by Sharon Cameron. The main character is a girl named Nadia who isn’t afflicted by the the forgetting that happens every 12 years where she lives. In the last forgetting Nadia was 5, but she […]

5 12, 2016

Review: COMMONWEALTH by Ann Patchett

By | Monday, December 5, 2016|4 kisses, Coming of age, Historical Fiction, reviews|5 Comments

Review: COMMONWEALTH by Ann PatchettCommonwealth by Ann Patchett
Published by HarperCollins on September 13th 2016
Pages: 230
Genres: Fiction, Family Life, Coming of Age, Literary
Also by this author: State of Wonder
ARC provided by BEA 2016, HarperCollins

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#1 New York Times Bestseller
The acclaimed, bestselling author—winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize—tells the enthralling story of how an unexpected romantic encounter irrevocably changes two families’ lives.

One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating’s christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny’s mother, Beverly—thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families.

Spanning five decades, Commonwealth explores how this chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved. Spending summers together in Virginia, the Keating and Cousins children forge a lasting bond that is based on a shared disillusionment with their parents and the strange and genuine affection that grows up between them.

When, in her twenties, Franny begins an affair with the legendary author Leon Posen and tells him about her family, the story of her siblings is no longer hers to control. Their childhood becomes the basis for his wildly successful book, ultimately forcing them to come to terms with their losses, their guilt, and the deeply loyal connection they feel for one another.
Told with equal measures of humor and heartbreak, Commonwealth is a meditation on inspiration, interpretation, and the ownership of stories. It is a brilliant and tender tale of the far-reaching ties of love and responsibility that bind us together.

This story follows an epic family that has their story accidentally go public. COMMONWEALTH starts at the christening party for Franny. Bert invites himself to this party and kisses the mother, who is married to his cop colleague Fix. This act destroys two marriages but unites two families. Six kids grow up sharing […]

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