Feels Like Family~

Feels Like Family

Book three of the Sweet Magnolia’s Trilogy

I have not read book one or two, but did enjoy a break from my usual blood and guts gorefest.

Feels like family introduced me to Helen, a high-powered divorce attorney who at 42 hears her biological clock ticking. She takes in a couple of kids for a short while and that solidifies her decision that she is ready to become a mother. At her age, there isn’t much time to wait around and try to do things in their natural order….like find a man, marry him and do it the way she had dreamed. So she schemes and gets her wish….but what she didn’t plan on was life getting in the way….actually love got in the way….

A quick read…a little contrived…a feeling of deja vu as I read it…but overall an okay read.

Secrets of the mind~ not mine

So I was watching a dvr’d program that will be a four parter, first part is Secrets of the Mind – Love.

Why do we do what we do?

Breaking up?

Giving up?

½ of marriages end in divorce. Marriage is the number one cause of divorce.

How do we fall in love? From there the experts go on to say that there are three stages of love.

1. Intense Sexual Desire    2. Romantic Love    3. Attachment Love

Along the way while they filmed this show they spoke to regular people and took these quotes from them, what their thoughts were on love and all that jazz…

The harder the leash is pulled the more the dog wants to run away.

Love is allowing someone to be themselves.

There is no Mr. Right, no Ying to the Yang.

Marry the right person.

Love endures.

Marry the right person (said more than once by different people)

Love is like cocaine.

So what did I get out of this? Wel I can agree with the “regular folk” anytime anyone has tried pulling my leash, I tend to want to run further away, and I have. It is key to allow someone to be themselves and marrying the right person may put a couple in the half that stays married. Next week will be something about “Evil”, and I can probably relate to that topic so I will be sure to tune in.



PS…off to start another book, this will take me a while to read, there are an additional 200 pages, her regular books are around 350 pages..night

Stillwater Trilogy or duology~

Just finished 2 more Brenda Novak books from the Stillwater Trilogy, missing the first, but here is a review of the two I read. Will have to find the first one….sigh.

Dead Giveaway~

After a painful divorce, detective Allie McCormick comes back to her childhood town of Stillwater to start a new life with her six-year old daughter. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that her father happens to be the chief of police and offers her a job. Immediately, Allie begins to work on a cold case–the strange disappearance of Reverend Lee Barker nineteen years ago. But the time factor is not the problem. The main problem is the chief suspect, handsome and brooding Clay Montgomery, who everybody in the town hates and believes to have murdered the Reverend.

As the investigation unfolds, and Allie falls deeper into her relationship with Clay, she realizes the man she has fallen in love with could not be capable of murder. She decides to help him to the end, even if that means putting herself in danger and fighting the whole town and its most important family. Will she succeed? And what if the famous Reverend, who everyone respected to much, turns out to be the most despicable of criminals?

Surprising twists and turns and a couple of interesting sub-plots keep the story moving at a fast pace until the very startling ending. Novak has a keen gift for combining suspense and romance, as well as for creating real, sympathetic heroines and darkly mysterious heroes that beautifully stand out from the typical stereotypes of the genre. The way Allie `solves’ the case at the end is smart and unexpected.

Dead Right~

Novak’s last Stillwater novel revisits the small Mississippi town, where journalist/newspaper owner Madeline Barker is still seeking closure two decades after the disappearance of her father, a town minister. When police find her missing father’s Cadillac submerged in a quarry outside of town, Maddy is determined to discover, finally, what really happened. Maddy hires L.A. private eye Hunter Solozano to solve the case, but neither expects to find romance: Hunter is an embittered divorcé, and Maddy recently broke up with a domineering boyfriend. While their relationship simmers, Hunter discovers some disturbing truths about Maddy’s father and his domestic life; before long, a series of sinister phone calls and a botched robbery raise the stakes.

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