Invisible Women

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We are excited to be featuring Sarah Long’s Invisible Women book today and have a blog post from the author herself!

Invisible Women Summary

(from Goodreads) Isn’t it about time we talked about YOU?

Tessa, Sandra and Harriet have been best friends through first crushes, careers, marriage and the trials of motherhood. After twenty years of taking care of everyone else’s every need, they’ve found themselves hitting the big 5-0 and suddenly asking themselves: ‘what about me?!’

Sandra has a sordid secret, and Harriet is landed with her ailing mother-in-law. Tessa is looking for something to fill the gaping hole left by her youngest daughter’s departure for uni, where it seems she’s now engaged in all sorts of unsavoury activities, if Tessa’s obsessive late-night Facebook stalking is anything to go by.

When Tessa impulsively responds to an online message from an old flame, she soon finds herself waiting at Heathrow Airport for The One That Got Away. 

But what will the plane from New York bring her? The man of her dreams, or a whole heap of trouble? 

And could this be the long-awaited moment for Tessa to seize her life, for herself, with both hands?

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Do women invest too much time and worry into bringing up their children?

 Post by Sarah Long

It often seems to me that bringing up children consists of lurching from one crisis to another. There’s always something to worry about. It must have been marvellous in the old days to hand them over to nanny to live in a separate wing if you were rich, or let them look after each other if you were poor. It was enough if they survived childhood, which was an achievement in itself in the pre-antibiotic era.

 

Instead of which, we are encouraged to worry about everything. Polishing their little CVs from infancy to ensure their cognitive and social skills are fully sharpened for the battle ahead. Violin practice, basketball tournaments, Mandarin lessons, the timetable is packed with must-have bolt-ons.

 

This is very annoying for the averagely lazy mother. We have fond memories of making mud pies in the garden and burning  holes in planks of wood – and the occasional ant – with a magnifying glass (how they’d scream about that nowadays). It was enough for us. Read a book if you’re bored. Just don’t expect me to ferry you to mini-Karate and junior chess tournaments.

 

At least if you go out to work you are partially off the hook. The real brunt of all this ‘add-on’ stuff falls on that martyred creature, the Full-Time Mother, whose achievements are measured through the prism of her child’s accomplishments. Getting up at dawn to take little Johnny to a fencing competition, ensuring he has an imaginvative birthday party to raise the bar for other parents, prepping him for his entrance exams. And when he doesn’t get into the school you’d hoped for, it will be you, not him, who feels wretched. You suspect it’s your fault, if you’d been more successful in your career as a full-time mother, then little Johnny would be blithely set on his path to adult fulfilment.

 

The three mothers in my novel INVISIBLE WOMEN all gave up their careers to become full-time mothers and are now wondering what to do with themselves now the children have grown up. They all agree they wouldn’t change anything, they loved their years at home with their families. But they do wonder at how ‘the few years off while they are young’ morphed into two decades. After all that time putting their children first, it’s time to think about themselves. Reinvention comes in different ways for each of them, but one thing’s for sure – this time, it’s all about them.

INVISIBLE WOMEN by Sarah Long is published by Bonnier Zaffre

Author Sarah Long

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*Images and blog post provided to me as part of the blog tour

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Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore Review

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

By Robin Sloan

Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Contemporary, Fantasy

3 out of 5 chickadees singing! I can see why so many people liked this book, but it has everything I’m not interested in. Lol. If I were a different person, I would have liked this book a lot more. Clay gets a job at Mr. Penumbra’s 24 hours bookstore. He notices that the back of the store has a bunch of books that seem to be written in a different language, or a code. Mysterious patrons come in showing membership cards to return books and get new ones. Other than that, the business doesn’t get many customers. Clay becomes more and more curious about the bookstore. When Mr. Penumbra disappears, Clay has to call on the help of his technology genius friends to find out what’s really going on.

This book was part fantasy and part sci fi with a lot of talk about Google, coding, software, etc. I like very few fantasy books, rarely read sci fi, and don’t work in technology. There were a lot of aspects of this story I wasn’t interested in and some of them that I couldn’t fully understand. I love bookstores and I love mysteries, so I did want to know what was really going on at the store. I liked the idea of combining the ideas of ancient mysteries with current technologies. The book definitely had a creative plot.

I would recommend this book if you are interested in fantasy and technology. I think this book would be perfect for you. I feel like others could take it or leave it.

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Child of Mine Review

Child of Mine

By Beverly Lewis

Genre: Christian contemporary fiction

4 out of 5 stars! I haven’t read a Beverly Lewis book in a very long time. I loved them when I was in Jr. High. I was pleased to find that I still enjoy her work. I listened to this one on Audible. I wasn’t a huge fan of the narrator, but I liked the book itself.

This book starts with Kelly Mains, a woman whose daughter was kidnapped as an infant 9 years ago. Kelly has dedicated her life to finding her daughter, even when it means stealing possible matches’ DNA. Kelly works a low level job so she can have the flexibility to fly as needed to investigate these possible matches. She’s cut off nearly everyone in her “old” life, only associating with the couple who helps to finance her search and her private investigator.

The novel switches to the story of Jack Livingston, a pilot who adopted his niece, Natalie (or Natty), after his brother in sister-in-law died about 5 years ago. Natty was adopted by her first parents. Jack employs a nanny that Natty has had even before her parents died. Her nanny is Laura, an Amish woman who was shunned from her old community and now lives with cousins who are beachy Amish (less strict rule). Beverly Lewis loves writing about the Amish and I had to laugh to see that she inserted her favorite topic even into this story. It did add an interesting extra storyline, though. Most recently, Natty has been obsessed with the idea of a mother, pushing Jack to ask out her favorite nanny.

Kelly meets Jack when Natty comes up on her list of possible matches. Is Natty really her kidnapped daughter? Kelly meets Jack under false pretenses and can’t figure out how to tell him the truth, especially when they begin dating and she comes to care for him and Natty.

There are a lot of twists and turns in this story. I figured them out before the characters and it was annoying at times to watch the slow characters finally catch up to certain realizations. However, the twists and turns definitely weren’t obvious at the beginning of the story. It was not predictable and I loved that. Sometimes Natty seemed bratty and annoying to me, but that may have been the narrator’s little girl voice. All of the adult characters showed a lot of development. It was easy to care about and want the best for them. The story moved at a good pace and definitely kept my interest. There were some beautiful messages in the novel about sacrifice and trusting God. It is a Christian novel, but not preachy at all, and I think anyone would enjoy it, regardless of beliefs. This book certainly made me want to find more novels of Beverly Lewis that I haven’t read yet. I would highly recommend this to fans of Christian fiction or just fiction in general.

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Totlandia Series… thus far

Review of the Totlandia Series… thus far

Hey Chick Lit Chickadees! I just discovered this crazy new series called, “Totlandia” by Josie Brown. This series has tons of drama, drama, drama! Right now, there are four books out, but the series isn’t over. Considering that the playgroup featured in the book goes up to Fivesies, there could be up to 20 books in the series! The four books out chronicle the lives of four wanna-be members of the prestigious PHM&TC playgroup. They also show the secret life of the club’s founder, Bettina. Each of the wanna-be members has a secret that, if revealed, would probably prevent them from joining the club. You see, the club has many unwritten rules from Bettina- no overweight moms, no working moms, no single moms, etc.

Bettina’s life is the club. She wants the club to keep its prestigious social standing and continue to be feared and revered by the other moms. However, Bettina’s personal life is not nearly as perfect as it looks on the outside. Her husband, Art, isn’t handling their finances well (among other secrets that I can’t give away, but you will find out later!)

Jade has a scandalous past and is being paid by her ex-husband to play mommy to her son, Oliver, to keep him in the club. Jade’s ex wants nothing to do with her, except for using her to get their son in the club. But Jade is determined to win him back.

Lorna is Bettina’s sister-in-law and they’re constantly in competition for Bettina’s mother’s attention and doting. Lorna loves her son, but is worried that he is developing more slowly than the other babies. She’s trying to hide his slow development from the others, especially Bettina, who she believes would use any excuse to get them kicked out.

Jillian is mom to twin girls, who finds out her husband is cheating on her and wants to leave her for “the other woman.” Jillian is in a huge financial mess due to this situation, but has to act like she is still married to a successful man to stay in the club. She struggles to pay the mortgage, but is expected to finance club events and charities.

Ally’s story was most interesting to me. Her gay guy friend, Barry, donated sperm to make her daughter, Zoe. He and his partner are Zoe’s godparents, but for the purposes of the club, Ally acts like she’s married to Barry. Ally and Jade’s ex-husband have a mutual attraction to each other that Ally tries to fight.

I loved getting to be inside each person’s story. I loved how they were all different, but had some things in common- each wanted an exclusive spot and had something to hide! It was crazy and funny to read about the Mom and Tots Club events and how particular Bettina was about everything. The parents all want the best for their children and truly want to find friends, so they were likeable. I thought a book about wealthy, high-class parents fighting for exclusive spots would make me HATE the characters, but they were much more likeable than I expected. 

Each book chronicles a season in the lives of the “onesies.” Secrets eventually come out as the books continue and drama ensues, but friendships also develop. Each of the books made me immediately purchase and download the next book because I was so sucked into each person’s story. The stories are shorter than most e-books.

Mature reader warning: There are some S & M scenes as the book series goes on. I found those easy to skip, since they are only part of one character’s story, and it’s easy to see where the next character’s story starts.

Overall, this is an enjoyable, engaging, easy-to-read story series. I’m definitely going to continue reading it as new books come out! 4 out of 5 chickadees singing.

 

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Say the Word Review

Save the Word

 

Have you ever had a book completely surprise you? This one certainly did!

A perfect mixture of romance and mystery, Johnson produced a story that sucked me in right away.

First off, it is set in New York City. WINNING! Secondly, the main character reminded me of actress Kate Hudson in the movie “How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days” – she’s a gutsy investigative journalist stuck in a job at a glamorous magazine, but dying to write about something more meaningful than juice diets or sex positions. MORE POINTS! Add in the backstory of first love, and the courage of a twin battling fatal cancer, and I was SWOONING! Not to mention the whole attempt at bringing down a shady sex trafficking organization? HOOKED!

Was the writing perfect? No. There were plenty of cliches. Plenty of overused metaphors. Plenty of over the top, dramatic inner dialogue.

But you know what? I DIDN’T CARE.

The plotline and the story was so good, all of the things that normally irritate me didn’t seem to matter so much.

Looking for a great weekend read? Look no further. Say the Word is the one.

 

Purchase the book HERE!

 

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