Right Under Your Nose Review

Right Under Your Nose Review

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Picture from Goodreads.com

I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. 3/5 stars! Right Under Your Nose is a sweet, holiday novella. Ariadne recently walked in on her boyfriend cheating on her and in her anger, she has decided not to celebrate Christmas. She just can’t see anything worth celebrating. Meanwhile, Ariadne’s best friend from childhood, Jess, has a new girlfriend who she doesn’t believe is good news for him. When it’s revealed that Jess’s girlfriend is friend’s with Ariadne’s ex’s mistress, she becomes even more suspicious. Throughout all this, Jess and Ariadne discover a little bookstore called Right Under Your Nose that has all sorts of sweet surprises.

I liked that this book helped me to get into the holiday spirit. I thought Jess and Ariadne had a very sweet friendship. I liked Ariadne’s family and her conversations with them could be hilarious. I loved the owner of Right Under Your Nose and thought he was a very sweet old man. There was a little bit of mystery to this story as Ariadne thinks Jess’s girlfriend is purposely messing with her and you’re left to wonder if Ariadne is right or going crazy. There is also a mystery as to the bookstore, which Jess and Ariadne have never noticed before.

At times, Ariadne did annoy me because she couldn’t see what was going on “right under her nose!” (See what I did there?) However, that was the whole point of the story. I really loved the ending to this book. It was very warm-hearted and sweet. Overall, I would recommend this story for those who love holiday novellas!

 

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Mystery Parties Continued

Mystery Parties Continued

Earlier, I posted about a mystery party I put on through www.nightofmystery.com. Last year, I threw another party from their website called “Ho-Ho-Homicide.” This combined two of my favorite things- mysteries and Christmas! Check out the photos!

The complete "Clause" family.
The complete “Clause” family.
Veggie Christmas tree
Veggie Christmas tree
We had a gingerbread decorating party!
We had a gingerbread decorating party!
Christmas snacks
Christmas snacks
One of the awesome gingerbread houses
One of the awesome gingerbread houses
Little doggie clause- Not an official party character. :P
Little doggie clause- Not an official party character. :P

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Murder Mystery Parties

Murder Mystery Parties

Hey book lovers! As you know, I am a fan of mystery books! I love trying to figure out “who dunnit” before the book reveals it. What I love even more than reading a good mystery is living a good mystery (without the danger, of course). This is why I love hosting or attending murder mystery parties! I have thrown two mystery parties using party guides from www.nightofmystery.com and they have been gone very well! I’m going to highlight the first one I threw today. This was for my 20th birthday party and there were tons of guests because I was living on-campus in college. Lots of girls to invite! If you are interested in this party, it’s titled “Killing for the Crown.” Check out the pictures:

Blowing out the candles
Blowing out the candles
Uh-oh, someone's been killed! Reading the instructions.
Uh-oh, someone’s been killed! Reading the instructions.
All of the girls
All of the girls
My friends surprised me by having another friend come and do a magic show for us!
My friends surprised me by having another friend come and do a magic show for us!

 

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Come Home Book Review

Come Home Book Review

By: Lisa Scottoline

Genre: Suspense, Thriller, Mystery, Women’s Fiction

I really, really love Lisa Scottoline’s books! In this one, Jill has finally put the past of her ex-husband behind her and has a new fiance named Sam. Her ex-stepdaughter, Abby, shows up at her door one night saying her father is dead and she believes he has been murdered. Jill knows some dark secrets about Abby’s father, but she has never stopped loving Abby and her sister, Victoria. Sam advises Jill not to get involved and to focus on her own daughter, Meghan, but Jill’s inquisitive nature and desire to help her “other” daughters can’t be stopped.

I found the question of whether or not there is such thing as an “ex-stepdaughter” very interesting. For years, Jill was a mother of three daughters. Abby and Victoria’s mother died when they were young so Jill was basically the other mother that they knew. All of a sudden, their father’s true side is revealed to Jill and they are no longer a family anymore. Jill tried to keep up a relationship with the girls, but their father wouldn’t let them. I can’t imagine loving two little girls as my own and then not seeing them for years. I completely understood Jill’s desire to help them, whatever it required.

I also enjoyed the mystery of what really happened to the girls’ father. The reveal was unpredictable, but believable. I found one part a bit far-fetched, but it didn’t bother me. Although Jill’s job as a pediatrician didn’t have much to do with the main story, I liked the subplot about what was going on with one of her patients and I found it interesting to step into the shoes of what a doctor does everyday. I enjoyed this book so much that I immediately went to my bookshelf and pulled another of her books down!

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The Language of Flowers

Image Credit : Amazon
Image Credit : Amazon

 

I read The Language of Flowers when I was in a really weird place in my life.

 

It was around three months ago, not long after losing my papa to a sudden heart attack, and then two weeks later starting a completely new job. I was not in a good emotional place. I was depressed, filled with anxiety, unable to sleep well, and just generally distant from everyone around me. Maybe that’s why I enjoyed this book so much, and why the main character, Victoria, resonated with me so well.

 

Back in Victorian times, flowers were used to convey messages- friendship, distrust, passion, hope, etc. For this woman who grew up in a series of foster homes, the language of flowers becomes her undoing and then her redemption.

 

This is not a book for the weak of heart, nor is it a novel for the fast pace, action lover. If you enjoy beautifully written settings, excellent dialogue, superb character arches, and deep emotions, then this tale is perfect for you.

 

It made me want to pick up an encyclopedia on flower meanings. It made me want to go back and right wrongs from my past. And most of all, it made me want to become a foster parent and possibly adopt a beautiful, tragic, suspicious, bright, and flawed little kid. I’m not lying when I say that while reading this book, I turned to my husband and asked him if we could someday foster. I don’t know what God has in store for my life, but I DO know that this book is moving.

 

Go out and read this lesser known novel. Bring a box ofKleenex. And prepare to have your heart changed. Five out of five chickadees singing.

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