Book Review: The Good Wife

Normally I share a months worth of reading in one post but my ipad is on holiday (being repaired) which means goodreads isn't updated.

Darn technology!

I have been thinking about books though, specifically... what makes a good book club book. I'm reading a book now that will create good discussion, and there's a series my friends and I keep talking about... Jane Porter's latest collection: The Good Woman, The Good Daughter, and The Good Wife.

These books are full of life moments, from infidelity to illness, motherhood to family order, judgement to learning to forgive.  Jane has a way of writing that draws the reader into the story.

If you haven't read them yet, add them to your list!  The Good Wife is the last book in the series, released just last week.

Synopsis: Sarah’s love for her husband, professional baseball player Boone Walker, is bottomless—so much so that her sisters say it will end up hurting her.  Living apart most of the time makes life difficult, especially since Sarah often wonders whether Boone is sharing his bed with other women on the road, even though he swears he’s been true to her since his infidelity three years ago.  Now, with Boone facing yet another career change, tension rises between the two, and the emotionally exhausted Sarah must choose whether to break free from the past and forgive Boone completely, or leave him behind and start anew. 

Rating: 4 stars and discussion worthy!
Source: personal copy

Books I can't wait to read!

It's book season! Crisp weather, snuggling by a crackling fire with a blanket, and a good book.

Just last night a few neighbors were sitting on the deck, covered with blankets, enjoying a glass of wine... chatting about summer, the first day of school (today), fall, and reading.  Our discussion moved to Jane Porter's latest series which focuses on the Brennan sisters.  I ended up passed along book three to my neighbor, books one/two to her friend visiting from Germany. They are heading to the Cape, with the series.

My books have been on a global book tour, causing an attachment in knowing how many people are enjoying them. They have been read in Ireland, London, Canada, Thailand, Japan, Turkey, Tanzania, and now they are heading on vacation to Cape Cod! This is a good sign for a book series - good, smart, entertaining novels that invite discussion.  Books worth traveling with. 

Here's a list of books I can't wait to read!
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The Good Wife (published last week): Sarah’s love for her husband, professional baseball player Boone Walker, is bottomless—so much so that her sisters say it will end up hurting her.  Living apart most of the time makes life difficult, especially since Sarah often wonders whether Boone is sharing his bed with other women on the road, even though he swears he’s been true to her since his infidelity three years ago.  Now, with Boone facing yet another career change, tension rises between the two, and the emotionally exhausted Sarah must choose whether to break free from the past and forgive Boone completely, or leave him behind and start anew.  
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The Lowland (publishes Sep 24):  From the Pulitzer Prize-winning, best-selling author of The Namesake comes an extraordinary new novel, set in both India and America, that expands the scope and range of one of our most dazzling storytellers: a tale of two brothers bound by tragedy, a fiercely brilliant woman haunted by her past, a country torn by revolution, and a love that lasts long past death.

Masterly suspenseful, sweeping, piercingly intimate, The Lowland is a work of great beauty and complex emotion; an engrossing family saga and a story steeped in history that spans generations and geographies with seamless authenticity.

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In The Signature of All Things (publishes Oct 1)An enthralling story of love, adventure and discovery. Exquisitely researched and told at a galloping pace, The Signature of All Things soars across the globe—from London to Peru to Philadelphia to Tahiti to Amsterdam, and beyond. 

Along the way, the story is peopled with unforgettable characters: missionaries, abolitionists, adventurers, astronomers, sea captains, geniuses, and the quite mad. But most memorable of all, it is the story of Alma Whittaker, who—born in the Age of Enlightenment, but living well into the Industrial Revolution—bears witness to that extraordinary moment in human history when all the old assumptions about science, religion, commerce, and class were exploding into dangerous new ideas. 

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Looking ahead... I can't wait to read Linda Ronstadt's memoir!

Publishing Sept 17:
- The Longest Ride
- Simple Dreams

Bridget Jones: Mad about the Boy (Oct 15)

Have I missed any wonderful reads?  What are you looking forward to reading this fall?

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