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Heir to the Everlasting

Family means something different to every person. The strings that bind us to others vary in strength, length, and color, but they pull us to some extent, nonetheless. In pullitzer nominated author Janice Daughtery’s Heir To the Everlasting, we see the ties between the strong women of the Alexander family throughout their century long reign. Through marriages, deaths, births, trials, and triumphs, the women at Big Eddy continue on with a love and strength that not only allows them to continue on through life but to also stand for what they believe despite what society or the men in the family say. While the second half of the book meandered and dragged a bit, the beautifully rich characters and story in the first half carried teh book through to the end.

Disclaimer: A copy of the book was provided by the publisher.

Previously published at Living Peacefully with Children.

The Fallback Plan

 

Esther has just finished college and moved back in with her parents. Recognizing that her childhood is now over, she realizes that the next stage in her life is ready to begin. Unfortunately, she doesn’t know what that next step is. Pushed into a babysitting job by her mother in an attempt for her to do something other than eat cereal in her pajamas, she spends a good portion of her time imagining that she is the mother of her charge and the lover of her charge’s father. The rest is spent smoking pot with some friends and sleeping with the guy she is attracted to but doesn’t like.

Leigh Stein’s The Fallback Plan is nothing if not consistent. Mirroring the main character’s aimlessness, the book drifts along without any real purpose. Perhaps those in a similar situation would find the book enjoyable, but it is hard to rally for characters who are apathetic about their own selves.

Disclaimer: A copy of this book was provided by the publisher.

Previously published at Living Peacefully with Children.

Hidden Paradise

Lou Connelly is a young widow and Jane Austen scholar. Having lived alone in her despair for the past year, two dear friends ask her to come review their new period vacation retreat…one in which guests are encouraged to find pleasures where they may. Forced to choose between living in the past or living in the present, whatever the decision, Lou will never be the same.

Janet Mullany’s Hidden Paradise is an intriguing mix of historical fiction and erotica. Without being hard core, the sex scenes are definitely hot and steamy with switching partners and even a brief male/male experience. The decent plot holds a driving book full of orgasms and humor.

Disclaimer: A copy of this book was provided by the publisher.