February 28, 2014

The Husband's Secret

The Husband's Secret  

Liane Moriarty
Publisher:  Putnam's, Penguin Group
source: publisher

What would you do if you run across an envelope that says, "Do not open until the event of my death"?   What if the person who wrote the envelope is still living?  Would you open the envelope, despite the warnings from the story of Pandora's Box?

This is the very beginning of The Husband's Secret.  Cecilia tells her husband that she found the envelope.  He is another continent away.  He asks her not to open it.

Temptation strikes.  She succumbs to it.  Envelope opened.

Fortunately we do not have to read the whole book before we find out what the husband's secret was. The rest of the book then tells how Cecilia, her husband, and other people cope with the event that surround the secret.

The novel is set in Australia, so at times I would do a double-take at reading about Easter during a beautiful autumn day.

Do you ever wonder "what if....?"    The epilogue was the best part of the book -- it brought the book from a regular chick-lit novel up to an "ohhhhhhh my word!"  

February 26, 2014

Inherit the Dead

Inherit the Dead
authors:  Lee Child, CJ Box, Charlaine Harris and others
publisher:  Touchstone Hardback from Simon and Schuster
source:  Publisher

Inherit the Dead is a serial novel with twenty  best-selling crime authors contributing a chapter.  Different writing styles and voices tell the story of one murder.

Plot from publisher's website and Goodread:  Pericles "Perry" Christo is a PI with a past; a former cop, who lost his badge and his family when a corruption scandal left him broke and disgraced. When wealthy Upper East Side matron Julia Drusilla summons him one cold February night, he grabs what seems to be a straightforward (and lucrative) case.   The socialite is looking for her beautiful, aimless daughter, Angelina, who is about to become a very wealthy young woman.   

I had a difficult time reading this book because of the varied voices.  I really wanted to like this book, however the plot and characters  were not interesting to me.  YMMV - your mileage may vary.  

February 1, 2014

Big Bear Hugs - OWH

reflection:  One of my earliest memories is petting a stuffed black bear when I was three years old while vacationing in the Great Smoky Mountains with my parents.  They took a picture of me petting the "bear".  What I never told anyone, but still remember to this day is that there was a wad of chewing gum in the bear's open mouth.   Ewww.

Today's Operation Write Home challenge which goes hand-in-hand with Our Daily Bread February Challenge is to make a brown card.  I adore using brown on my cards -- espresso ink, chocolate paper,  anything and everything java-colored.

What you can't feel while looking at this card is the fuzz on the polar bear's fur and the glossy accents on the koala and panda's noses.

stamp and sentiment: Unitycard stock and woodgrain: Stampin' Up!twine:  Maya Roadbuttons: a cute little quilt shop