What I’ve Been Reading

Armed with a new counseling degree, Patience Price is eager to move back home to Chincoteague Island to help folks with their problems. But she finds the streets awash in more than East Coast charm. There’s been a murder, and Adrian Davis, the town golden boy who once stomped her heart into a zillion pieces, is the main suspect. Now he’s on the run, claiming he’s innocent. Patience finds this…poetic. Not that she holds a grudge.

Adrian’s mom is sure that with her FBI background Patience can find the truth. Yes, she was at the FBI–in human resources. Still, she looks into it, but not everyone is happy with her snooping. Either that, or the welcome wagon has some bold new policies involving drive-by shootings.

Things really heat up when a hunky former coworker, an actual FBI agent, arrives to help. But he may be too late; the quaint island harbors deadly secrets–and Patience is running out of time.

My Opinion:
In the interest of full disclosure, I won my copy via a Twitter contest.  That doesn’t change my opinion of this book however.  It was really good!  Setting, characters, plot, and mystery were top notch.  However, the love triangle, probably because it was well done, drove me a bit batty and took some enjoyment away.

4 out of 5

4 out of 5

When Jane Bennet’s illness at Netherfield ends up not being just a trifling cold, but an epidemic that sweeps through Hertfordshire, the lives at Longbourn are turned upside down. Elizabeth Bennet finds herself lost without a cherished loved one and the interferences of one Fitzwilliam Darcy most aggravating. Combating the bombastic behavior of Mr. Collins, Elizabeth runs to London for the protection of her aunt and uncle. But acquaintances and introductions bring Mr. Darcy back into her life and Elizabeth discovers he might just mend her broken heart.

A sweetheart romantic novella, A Winter Wrong is the first in a series of seasonal episodes following the Bennet family after the loss of their patriarch It is the start of a twenty novella planned series reimagining Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Winter explores the feelings of grief and loss we all have experienced while still retaining a silver lining for that dark cloud.

My Opinion:
My addiction to PRIDE AND PREJUDICE lives!!!  And this fed it oh, so wonderfully well!  I will admit to having a bit of trouble settling in at first.  But, as I got used to they rhythm of words and the changes, I found myself enjoying this variation.  Of all the characters, I have a particular love (to hate) for Mr. Collins.  He’s no longer so much a fool as an evil (which I always felt had been hiding in him).

4 out of 5

4 out of 5

At Ever After High, an enchanting boarding school, the children of fairytale legends prepare themselves to fulfill their destinies as the next generation of Snow Whites, Prince Charmings and Evil Queens…whether they want to or not. Each year on Legacy Day, students sign the Storybook of Legends to seal their scripted fates. For generations, the Village of Book End has whispered that refusing to sign means The End-both for a story and for a life.

As the daughter of the Evil Queen, Raven Queen’s destiny is to follow in her mother’s wicked footsteps, but evil is so not Raven’s style. She’s starting to wonder, what if she rewrote her own story? The royal Apple White, daughter of the Fairest of Them All, has a happy ever after planned for herself, but it depends upon Raven feeding her a poison apple in their future.

What if Raven doesn’t sign the Storybook of Legends? It could mean a happily never after for them both.

My Opinion:
I stole this off my daughter’s shelf for a bit of light reading.  Now, just because it is aimed at kids and based off a toy line (which has its own cartoon on the web/Netflix and some cartoon specials on Nickelodeon), don’t think this is drivel.  There is lots of smart and witty play on words (based on stories and books), for starters.  The setting is beautifully described and the characters aren’t carbon copies of their parents and multidimensional.  Now, if only Apple could figure out that she’s being a hypocrite (let’s talk about selfishness, Miss White) and stop being one.  Rebel for life!

4 out of 5

4 out of 5

What have you been reading?

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