The Bookshelf: Summer Secrets (Book Review)

Summer Secrets Jane Green

I was so excited that Jane Green was coming out with a new book just in time for enjoying poolside. Summer Secrets is the perfect beach read. Drama, drama, drama! I devoured it. I was dragged right in with the first chapter.

The story focuses on Cat, a journalist living in London. Cat is a recovering alcoholic trying to make amends with her past and create a life of real and true happiness. Each chapter had me either cheering her on, or saying “Good God woman what are you doing!?” It was a downward spiral and an uphill climb, and another spiral or two. Cat journeys to Nantucket in 1998 to meet family she never knew she had. It’s there where she makes a tremendous mistake in a drunken haze. One that haunts her for a very long time.

Fast forward sixteen years; one marriage, one child, one divorce, and newly sober, it’s time for Cat to make amends with her past and free herself from the secrets of that one summer on Nantucket. She has no idea how it is all going to play out, but she knows that it’s something that she MUST do, not only for herself and her sobriety, but for her daughter as well.

I loved it! Cat’s witty friend Sam had me laughing amongst all the drama going on. I enjoyed having him on my cheering squad for Cat. This novel was full of drama, laughter, love, and forgiveness. It was a great reminder that no one is perfect and family isn’t always about the blood that runs through your veins.  Some wrongs can never be made right, but there is acceptance and there is forgiveness. You won’t want to put this book down until you find them.

The Bookshelf: The Cake Therapist (Book Review)

The Cake Therapist

I was thrilled to receive Judith Fertig’s The Cake Therapist to review. First, I was completely grabbed by the title. Food and feelings just go together, right? This story has grief, hope, healing, and mystery all in one. Just the right ingredients for a great novel.

The story focuses around Claire, who has just returned to her hometown to start her dream business, and get away from her philandering husband. While Claire is on her journey of self discovery and healing, she helps others with her tasty intuition. Claire has a gift for figuring out someone’s “flavor” and helping them along in their own journey of self discovery, healing, and finding hope. But there is also another storyline in the mixture. You’re taken back to the World War II era to follow the journey of two sisters. Fertig does a beautiful job of going back and forth between the eras and creating a mystery. As each scene unfolds you’re yearning to figure out more and how all of these characters fall into the same cake.

Now I’m one for detail when I’m reading. I think every little detail is some type of foreshadowing, so I was piecing this story and the characters together morsel by morsel as I read. When the book ended I was stuck with a missing ingredient. I really thought there was more. Another character we needed to discover and add to the cake. Luckily, I realized that there is a second book in the works which will explain it. I think my hunch is right and I can’t wait to devour the next installment.

The Bookshelf – The Three Ninjas Pigs

The Three Ninja Pigs by Corey Rosen Schwartz

Wow, it’s been quite a while since I did a bookshelf post. I use to do them every week because we would read so much, but now the kids are onto chapter books so we really don’t get as much “together” reading time in. However, Deacon insisted on getting this book from the book fair, even though it’s not in his age group. He loves any variation of the three little pig stories for some reason. Maybe it has to do with being one of three brothers or something like that. Whatever the reason, it was a must get.

The Three Ninja Pigs by Corey Rosen Schwartz. The story was adorable and taught a very good lesson. You see the three pigs are sick of that bully of wolf and they decide to train and become great fighters so they can finally defeat the big bad wolf. They each pick a different martial arts style to perfect. However, the first two pigs end up quitting. They never master their moves. It’s the sister’s persistence in her training that saves the day. Being out-numbered in a house of boys, this made me fall in LOVE with this book. Leave it to the girl to have the discipline, strength, and perseverance. It was a great little lesson for my guys who think they’re so tough. They shouldn’t underestimate the power of a girl! Anyone who truly puts their mind to something and practices hard, can accomplish great things.

Go check it out! I’m sure your little ones will get a chuckle out of it.