June 23, 2016

Behind Closed Doors

Behind Closed Doors
author  B. A. Paris
publisher  St. Martin's Press
to be published August 9, 2016
source  NetGalley

reflections:   Doesn't every family have secrets behind their closed doors?   What secrets would be the most horrifying?

I was glued to Behind Closed Doors from the very beginning.    I knew from reading on-line that Jack is a successful attorney for domestic violence victims.  Jack and Grace host a dinner party;  the reader goes through several disturbing foreboding moments.   There's a new guest in the house who asks several questions.    After the guests leave, we finally find out what actually goes on Behind Closed Doors.   

Best read so far in 2016,  thanks to NetGalley.
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October 6, 2015

Elle and Coach

Elle and Coach
author Stefany Shaheen with Mark Dagostino
published August 2015
source:  purchased

Reflections:    A friend of a former co-worker on Facebook has a preschooler with Type 1 diabetes.  They got a medical alert dog Jubilee who alerts highs or lows.    She shares photos on Facebook.  When I heard about this book, I had to buy it.

Summary:  Elle (pronounced Ellie) was diagnosed barely in time with Type 1 diabetes.   The disease impacts the whole family, adding extra worries.  When Elle's mother learns about  medic-alert dogs, she brushes this information off.  Poo-pooh, dogs are too much trouble.   But.....  eventually Elle and her dad fly to Kansas to meet a possible dog.

My perspective:   A super read.  So amazing how science is able to lasso the highly-skilled scent abilities of dogs to work better for humankind!   I contacted this friend of a friend,  and am mailing the book to her.  

August 23, 2015

All the Difference


All the Difference
author Leah Ferguson
publisher  Berkley
to be published September 2015
source publisher

reflections:   Many times in our lives we struggle with decisions.  I've spent hours on-line trying to decide which motel to stay in on vacation.  That should have been a quick and easy decision.   On harder decisions,  we often wonder "What if I'd decided something else..."

On New Year's Eve, Molly says "you've got to be kidding me" when her pregnancy test shows positive.   By the end of the evening, her on-again-off-again boyfriend proposes.  Now what?

The cover of the book says it all:  accept the marriage proposal or not?   The reading is a delight, because it tells us "what if."   The chapters alternate with "If She'd Said No" and "If She'd Said Yes"

My perspective: A fun read;  Molly ponders on how she'll break the baby news to her  parents and to her BFF who is struggling with infertility.   Her boyfriend's mother is all gaga about the pregnancy.  There were some obnoxious characters too.  Some good quotes:
...that's the thing about being a grown-up:
I just feel like no matter which way I turn, I'm going to feel guilty about something.