Sunday, March 26, 2017

“The Fifth Letter” by Nicola Moriarty is a chick lit page-turner. You really have to keep reading till 3am to find out what happened. The style is different to that of Liane Moriarty, though fans will recognise some of the themes.


Four friends . . .

Joni, Deb, Eden, and Trina have been best friends since high school, sharing a bond that has seen them through their teenage years and into adulthood. But now, time and circumstance is starting to pull them apart as careers, husbands, and babies get in the way. As their yearly vacation becomes less of a priority—at least for three of the women—how can Joni find a way to draw the four of them back together?

Four secrets . . .

During a laughter and wine-filled night, the women dare one another to write anonymous letters, spilling their deepest, darkest secrets. But the fun game turns devastating, exposing cracks in their lives and the friendships they share. Each letter is a dark confession revealing shocking information. A troubled marriage? A substance abuse problem? A secret pregnancy? A heartbreaking diagnosis?

Five letters . . .

Late on one of their last nights together, after the other three have gone to bed, Joni notices something in the fireplace—a burnt, crumpled, nearly destroyed, sheet of paper that holds the most shattering revelation of all. It is a fifth letter—a hate-filled rant that exposes a vicious, deeply hidden grudge that has festered for decades. But who wrote it? Which one of them has seethed with resentment all these years? What should Joni do?

Best friends are supposed to keep your darkest secrets. But the revelations Joni, Deb, Eden and Trina have shared will ripple through their lives with unforeseen consequences . . . and things will never be the same.

Monday, February 20, 2017

My not so perfect life - Sophie Kinsella

"My not so perfect life" by Sophie Kinsella is a fun, fun, fun read. The heroine's voice pulls you right in, from the first sentence. Katie/Cat Brenner has a dream: to live and work in London. Katie's widowed father also has a dream: for Katie to stay on their farm in Somerset.

This is not an "issues" book, but if you go looking, there is substance. You get the father-daughter motif, but also the female boss mentor or tormentor question. You get the "what's real" of social media, and the eternal romance question: do you go for the dependable and boring, or for the exhilarating and heart-breaking?

Because, most of all, this is a love story.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Last Will

"When you get to the point where you know the worst thing about someone you love,
you know the truth about yourself."

Last Will by Bryn Greenwood is a beautiful love story with a lot of substance. Following the death of his grandfather, Bernie Raleigh is now rich. Super-mega rich. The problem is, he doesn't know how to handle the public life and the obligations that come with his vast fortune. Enter his quirky housekeeper, Meda Amos, a single mother and a beauty queen. She's tough and wise, and exactly what Bernie needs.

Two broken people helping each other get fixed.

Friday, February 3, 2017

New TV series?

So with LOST long finished, Bones having lost all appeal once Zack was gone, and being up to date with the Black List, I'm at a loss what to watch:

  • Elementary is a no started after Sherlock
  • Oz seems too dark - I lasted 15 minutes 
  • Motive has a good premise, but I'm not addicted after Episode 1

Friday, December 30, 2016

Star Wars 3.5 - Rogue One

Yes, Star Wars can also be a love story. Who can forget the famous "I love you / I know" dialogue in Empire Strikes Back?

Rogue One is probably the best of all the "new" Star Wars, reminiscent in charm to the original three. In timeline, it's the prequel to the original sequel trilogy, and a sequel to the subsequent prequel trilogy (you got that, right?).

It's a war movie. It's a space fantasy. It's got spiritual bits. And it's a love story.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The curious charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick

The curious charms of Arthur Pepper is a love story, no doubt about it. And yet it's so much more. Soul-searching, heart-warming and charming.

Go read the book, not my review.