Weekend Warriors Fern Michaels,

Weekend Warriors - Fern Michaels

Book 1 Weekend Warriors  Fern  Michaels, Series 



Life isn't fair. Most women know it. But what can you do about it? Plenty . . . if you're part of the Sisterhood. On the surface, these seven women are as different as can be - but each has had her share of bad luck, from cheating husbands to sexist colleagues to a legal system that often doesn't do its job. Now, drawn together by tragedy, they're forging a bond that will help them right the wrongs committed against them and discover an inner strength they didn't know they had. Growing bolder with each act of justice, the Sisterhood is learning that when bad things happen, you can roll over and play dead . . . or you can get up fighting . . . 

In the tradition of The First Wives' Club, WEEKEND WARRIORS is a slam-bang, take-no-prisoners tale of survival, sweet revenge, and the healing power of friendship.

"Readers who grow weary of seeing the bad guys get away with their crimes will enjoy seeing what happens when well-funded, very angry women take the law into their own hands." 



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Mrs. Poe - Lynn Cullen

Mrs. Poe

A vivid and compelling novel about a woman who becomes entangled in an affair with Edgar Allan Poe—at the same time she becomes the unwilling confidante of his much-younger wife.

It is 1845, and Frances Osgood is desperately trying to make a living as a writer in New York; not an easy task for a woman—especially one with two children and a philandering portrait painter as her husband. As Frances tries to sell her work, she finds that editors are only interested in writing similar to that of the new renegade literary sensation Edgar Allan Poe, whose poem, “The Raven” has struck a public nerve.

She meets the handsome and mysterious Poe at a literary party, and the two have an immediate connection. Poe wants Frances to meet with his wife since she claims to be an admirer of her poems, and Frances is curious to see the woman whom Edgar married.

As Frances spends more and more time with the intriguing couple, her intense attraction for Edgar brings her into dangerous territory. And Mrs. Poe, who acts like an innocent child, is actually more manipulative and threatening than she appears. As Frances and Edgar’s passionate affair escalates, Frances must decide whether she can walk away before it’s too late...

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Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune - Paul Clark Newell Jr., Bill Dedman

  Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune


When Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist Bill Dedman noticed in 2009 a grand home for sale, unoccupied for nearly sixty years, he stumbled through a surprising portal into American history. Empty Mansions is a rich mystery of wealth and loss, connecting the Gilded Age opulence of the nineteenth century with a twenty-first-century battle over a $300 million inheritance. At its heart is a reclusive heiress named Huguette Clark, a woman so secretive that, at the time of her death at age 104, no new photograph of her had been seen in decades. Though she owned palatial homes in California, New York, and Connecticut, why had she lived for twenty years in a simple hospital room, despite being in excellent health? Why were her valuables being sold off? Was she in control of her fortune, or controlled by those managing her money?

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All Moved In
All Moved In
Prospect Park West - Amy Sohn Brooklyn's famed neighborhood of Park Slope has it all: the sprawling, majestic Prospect Park; acclaimed public schools; historic brownstones; and progressive values. The more upwardly mobile New Yorkers discover its virtues, the more that claiming a stake in Park Slope becomes a competitive sport.In the park, the coffee shops, and the playgrounds of the neighborhood, four women's lives collide one long, hot Brooklyn summer. Melora Leigh, a two-time Oscar-winning actress, frustrated with her career and the pressures of raising her adoptive toddler, feels the seductive pull of kleptomania; Rebecca Rose, missing the robust sex life of her pre-motherhood days, begins a dangerous flirtation with a handsome local celebrity; Lizzie O'Donnell, a former lesbian (or "hasbian"), wonders why she is still drawn to women in spite of her sexy husband and adorable son; and Karen Bryan Shapiro finds herself split between two powerful obsessions: her four-year-old son's well-being and snagging the ultimate three-bedroom apartment in a well-maintained P.S. 321-zoned co-op building. As the women's paths intertwine (and sometimes crash), each must struggle to keep her man, her sanity, and her play dates.
The Butterfly Sister: A Novel - Amy Gail Hansen This is one of the better debuts I have read this year.I could not put the book down I started it yesterday morning and finished it early this morning.It was dark but not overly dark, it also had a gothic feel to it and major twist at the end that kept me reading. add in the way she used Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath and Charlotte Perkins with the main character Ruby and you have the makings of a good book. She kind of lost me at the end and I am wondering how she will feel about it after she has written a few more books. 4 stars for the book and 5 stars for a debut author that will be worth watching and reading in the future.

The Winter Lodge (The Lakeshore Chronicles)

The Winter Lodge - Susan Wiggs Book 2 of Lakeshore Chronicles Jenny and Rourke's storywith a little of Daisy's story

A White Room

A White Room - Stephanie  Carroll review to come

Beautiful Day: A Novel

Beautiful Day - Elin Hilderbrand This was good and quick. I kept thinking that this would make a great TV movie for Lifetime.The characters are all flawed in some way, put a wedding in the mix and those flaws are always going to come out.The notebook The brides mom wrote was a fun touch, What daughter can argue with a notebook her mom wrote on her death bed! I know I told my mother and mother in law' NO' several times, and I am not sure if I could have done it if she did it on her death bed. In some ways I do think the mother manipulated the situation to get what she wanted but lets face it some mothers of the bride are like that.Putting a wedding together changes three main people more often then notThe Bride The Mother of the Brideand The Mother of the Groom (especially if she has all sons)Those three people just do things they normally would not do.I was going to give this 3 stars this morning but the more I think about it the funnier and true to life the whole thing is.
Sand Castle Bay - Sherryl Woods Very predictable story line except for the way Boone dealt with the last issue with his mother-in-law.or any of the issues with her. I feel that a main character can only be a doormat for so long to a lesser character in a book. I have to say by the end of the book Boone came off looking like a wimpand Emily was I don't know...This book did leave a lot of unanswered questions that I will read the rest of the series and hopefully get.

The Wisdom of Hair

The Wisdom of Hair - Kim  Boykin


“The problem with cutting your own hair is that once you start, you just keep cutting, trying to fix it, and the truth is, some things can never be fixed. The day of my daddy’s funeral, I cut my bangs until they were the length of those little paintbrushes that come with dime

-store watercolor sets. I was nine years old. People asked me why I did it, but I was too young then to know I was changing my hair because I wanted to change my life.”


In 1983, on her nineteenth birthday, Zora Adams finally says goodbye to her alcoholic mother and their tiny town in the mountains of South Carolina. Living with a woman who dresses like Judy Garland and brings home a different man each night is not a pretty existence, and Zora is ready for life to be beautiful.


With the help of a beloved teacher, she moves to a coastal town and enrolls in the Davenport School of Beauty. Un

der the tutelage of Mrs. Cathcart, she learns the art of fixing hair, and becomes fast friends with the lively Sara Jane Farquhar, a natural hair stylist. She also falls hard for handsome youn

g widower Winston Sawyer, who is drowning his grief in bourbon. She couldn’t save Mama, but maybe she can save him.


As Zora practices finger waves, updos, and spit curls, she also comes to learn that few things are permane


in this life—except real love, lasting friendship, and, ultimately… forgiveness.









Kim  Boykin




It’s a very simple observation, one that you innately know, but when the idea is verbalized, you’re amaze

d at how brilliant it is. I’m not saying I’m brilliant, although my Mom would disagree, what

 I am saying is people, particularly women believe if they can change, they can change their lives.

Growing up in a tiny one stop light town in SC, I remember seeing women come into my mom’s little beauty shop, dog tired, some just happy to be there, some with all kinds of problems. My mom listened to them and made them beautiful. There were a lot of elderly women who didn’t drive in our town and she’d lock up the shop and go pick them up so they could have their hair done. Most of those homebound women were so lonely. They were grateful to get out of the house, to be around a bunch of women to talk, gossip a little, laugh a lot. I don’t care what anybody says about the outside of a woman not making a difference, I saw it then and I see it in today in my friends and in myself.




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I loved the book cover and the Book trailer.I am also glad that I was told that this reads more as a YA or NA book then Women's Fiction.She did keep me interested the whole time I was reading I wish it had been more about Zora and Sara Jane at Beauty School, Zora's first job, and what the hair dressers really feel about all the gossip they hear.less about her personal life.Kim Boykin has a new fan if she can do this well with her first book I can't wait to see what the next one will be about, hint Zora in her 40's?












Don't believe the Hype

The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Cafe - Mary Simses

A high-powered Manhattan attorney finds love, purpose, and the promise of a simpler life in her grandmother's hometown. 

Ellen Branford is going to fulfill her grandmother's dying wish--to find the hometown boy she once loved, and give him her last letter. Ellen leaves Manhattan and her Kennedy-esque fiance for Beacon, Maine. What should be a one-day trip is quickly complicated when she almost drowns in the chilly bay and is saved by a local carpenter. The rescue turns Ellen into something of a local celebrity, which may or may not help her unravel the past her grandmother labored to keep hidden. As she learns about her grandmother and herself, it becomes clear that a 24-hour visit to Beacon may never be enough. THE IRRESISTIBLE BLUEBERRY BAKESHOP & CAFE is a warm and delicious debut about the power of a simpler life



This was a great example of why sometimes I need to put a book down and then get back to it in a few days. It almost was a DNF.


It is also a great example of "Don't believe the hype'


It started off slow, and I found that I did not like Ellen very much. I am  happy I kept reading after the first 20% of  the book it started to turn into an OK  debut novel and Ellen was not as self-centered as I felt she was in the beginning. I would consider this women's lit or romance and not a foodie book at all. It has no recipes and very little mention of food. 


I may read a few more of Mary Simses books in the future. to see how she is coming along as a writer.


Side note 

I don't know why James Patterson said: 


"If you liked The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, or the Nicholas Sparks novels, you will devour THE IRRESISTIBLE BLUEBERRY BAKESHOP & CAFE. Mary Simses can write evocative detail that puts you right in the scene, with dialogue that always rings true." (James Patterson)


I did not devour this book it also did not remind me at all of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.





Joy of BakingBlueberry Streusel Muffins


2 large eggs

1 cup (240 ml) milk (full or reduced fat)

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

3 cups (390 grams) all purpose flour

1 cup (200 grams) granulated white sugar

2 1/2 teaspoons (10 grams) baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)

1/2 cup (113 grams) cold unsalted butter, cut into small chunks

2 cups (one dry pint) (275 grams) fresh or frozen blueberries (if using frozen blueberries, do not thaw)

1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest (outer yellow skin)

2 tablespoons (28 grams) unsalted butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).

Place rack in center of oven.

Line 14 - 16 muffin cups with paper liners or lightly butter the muffin cups or spray them with a non stick vegetable spray

In a bowl whisk the eggs with the milk and vanilla extract.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk the flour with the sugar, baking powder, salt, and ground cinnamon. Cut the butter into the flour mixture with a pastry blender, your fingertips, or two knives. (The mixture should look like coarse crumbs.)

Remove one cup (150 grams) of the mixture and set aside in a separate bowl to make the streusel topping.

To the remaining muffin batter, gently fold in the blueberries and lemon zest.

Add the milk and egg mixture to the flour mixture. Stir just until combined. (Do not over mix this mixture or the muffins will be tough when baked.) Fill each muffin cup about 3/4 full with the batter, using two spoons or an ice cream scoop.


Streusel Topping: Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons (28 grams) butter and stir into the reserved one cup (150 grams) of flour mixture until it is crumbly and looks like coarse meal. Sprinkle about 1 tablespoon of the streusel on top of each muffin. Bake the muffins for about 18 - 23 minutes or until firm and a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool before serving. These muffins are at their best the day they're made, but they can be covered and stored at room temperature for about 2 days. They can also be frozen.joyofbaking.comRead more: http://www.joyofbaking.com/muffins/BlueberryStreuselMuffins.htmlMakes about 14 - 16 muffins.http://dianne1964.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-irresistible-blueberry-bakeshop.html

The Likeness: A Novel

The Likeness  - Tana French I liked this one a lot better then her first one.