Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Review: How Hard Can It Be

How Hard Can It Be?

How Hard Can It Be
Allison Pearson

Kate Redding is almost 50 and she hasn't quite come to terms with it yet. Instead she is struggling with family, career and just about everything life throws at her in the witty and laugh out loud story. Her teenage daughter Emily is distraught over a social media faux pas when this story opens. Kate isn't quite sure how to handle the problem since her own social media experience is limited. Compounding problems at home her husband has decided to retrain as a counselor, meaning he will be without an income for the next two years. Having purchased a fixer-upper which is turning into a money pit, Kate decides its time to get back into the job market. After a seven-year absence from the world of finance, this may not be as easy as it seems. Kate will just have to do what it takes to find a job in the city of London, even if that means lying about her age.

As if that is not enough there is the onset of menopause to worry about, aging parents that need to be looked after, by Kate of course and a marital relationship that has seen better days. All of which will be tested with the appearance of an old boyfriend and Kate's determination to face life head-on. It was not hard to laugh out loud and marvel at the observations made in this book.

Thanks to St. Martin's Press for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Review: Zen Camera

Zen Camera: Creative Awakening with a Daily Practice in Photography

Zen Camera
David Ulrich

Zen Camera aims to help you gain a new perspective on what you see and hopefully translate that into more interesting and unique photographs. The book is divided into six lessons and designed so that it can be followed like a course. Each chapter contains an overview of the topic being covered and is followed by exercises and tips. You don't need any prior knowledge of photography, or zen for that matter but, you will need to invest a little time, patience and daily practice to see with your minds' eye.

I like the unique concept and the fact that it aims to raise awareness and creativity by finding and seeing something within, with or without a camera in hand. This is an interesting book for anyone who wants to try and create photos with more personal meaning. It doesn't require any special equipment, any camera or cell phone camera will work. This one is all about getting to know yourself and how to let the knowledge you gain shine through in your work. Hopefully, it will inspire you to see something from a totally new angle.

Thanks to Blogging for Books for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Review: Sunday Silence

Sunday Silence (Frieda Klein, #7)

Sunday Silence
Nicci French

Freida Klein, prominent London psychologist is sure that the serial killer Dan Reeves is not dead. Despite the fact that no one believes her, especially the police, she knows for sure that he is alive and sending her messages. When a dead body is found in her home, the police finally start to believe her. But as soon as Freida's friends and family are targeted she is no longer sure it's the work of Dan Reeves. Could there be another killer on the loose? If there is he or she must be close at hand in order to know so much about Freida's life and work.

This gripping, fast moving tale is one that I really enjoyed. If your looking for mystery and suspense this is one not to be missed.

Thanks to William Morrow for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Review: Follow the Money

Follow the Money: A Month in the Life of a Ten-Dollar Bill

Follow the Money
Steve Boggan

One day freelance journalist Steve Boggan had the idea of following a 10 dollar bill across America as it changed hands, in order to get a glimpse of the country and it's people. Clearly not a journey most of us would think of undertaking. But starting in Lebanon Kansas (for reasons the author will explain) he travels across numerous states, along the way meeting a host of interesting characters. Whether he found himself at a truck stop, a bar, deer hunting or chatting with Amish farmers, he was always ready to drop everything and follow the money, wherever it led.

This memorable road trip across the United States was both endearing and entertaining and maybe just a little crazy.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Review: L'appart

L'Appart: The Delights and Disasters of Making My Paris Home
David Lebovitz

l'appart is a charming and witty account of a Paris renovation by a chef, blogger, and lover of most things French, with the possible exceptions of real estate agents and contractors. Loving most things French, as he did, he decided to pull up stakes in the U.S. And move to the city of lights. After renting an apartment for years, he finally decided it was time to strike out on his own. Of course, this was all easier said than done. After spending nearly a year in the search for the right abode, he finally found a place he wanted to call home. But then came the challenge of renovation. What he had expected to take two months or so, turned into a marathon ordeal. And, “ordeal” is the key word here. Personally, I cannot imagine how anyone could cope with such a cauchemar but, Mr. Lebovitz managed to come out the other end in one piece.

Just in case perils of renovation get you down while reading this account, don't fret because the author has provided numerous tasty recipes that will cheer you up no end. My personal favorite was the Lemon Yogurt Cake. And if after reading this book you still feel inclined to dive into your own French renovation, I'd like to wish you Bon Courage; you will most likely need it.

Thanks to Crown Publishing for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Review: Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions

Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions
Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions
Mario Giordano

When Isolde Oberrieter, better known as Poldi moves from her native Bavaria to Sicily, the homeland of her former husband Peppe, her in-laws think it might be due to depression. They also think that she might intend to settle in her apartment with a view and drink herself into oblivion.

When Poldi's handyman Valentino goes missing and eventually turns up dead, she suddenly has
more on her mind than alcohol. She decides that she will find the killer before the police. Of course, that may be easier said than done. But then again larger than life, Poldi isn't one to give up once she gets her teeth into something.

I loved this book. The fact that the story was told by Poldi's nephew, a struggling writer, meant that I got a fascinating glimpse into Poldi's character and lifestyle. The descriptions were fabulous and after this adventure I'm hooked. I'm hoping that Poldi will have another case soon, so that I can get lost in Sicily once again. I certainly felt this one would make a fantastic movie.

Thanks to Netgalley for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Review: Death of an Honest Man

Death of an Honest Man (Hamish Macbeth #33)

Death of an Honest Man
MC Beaton

There's a new man in town. Paul English has retired to the highlands after leaving his banking job in Stirling. He has a reputation for giving his honest opinion. Unfortunately, many find it his “honest opinions” simply rude and intolerable. After insulting almost everyone imaginable, it's no surprise that when his body is found on the moor, Sergeant Hamish Macbeth and his ever changing cast of police assistants have a number of suspects to consider.

Hamish has his eye on one suspect in particular but, Detective Chief Inspector Blair, who is no fan of Hamish is set on sabotaging anything and everything he does. In some ways, Hamish doesn't mind if he doesn't get all the credit for his detective work, especially if it means he can continue working in his cherished village of Lochdubh. He couldn't image living anywhere else.

Death of an Honest Man was a joy to read. The characters are fun, lovable and always entertaining. I can't seem to get enough of Hamish and his own brand of highland justice. I can't wait to read more.

Thanks to Netgalley and Grand Central Publishing for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review.