Friday, June 30, 2017

Review: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3445 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press (June 13 2017)
  • Sold by: Simon & Schuster Canada, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01M5IJM2U

Atria | ISBN: 9781501139239 | On sale: June 13, 2017 | 400 pages | $26.00
Atria eBook | ISBN: 9781501139246 | On sale: June 13, 2017 | 400 pages | $11.99

Book Description

Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

Written with Reid’s signature talent for “creating complex, likable characters” (Real Simple), this is a fascinating journey through the splendor of Old Hollywood into the harsh realities of the present day as two women struggle with what it means—and what it takes—to face the truth.


About the Author

Taylor Jenkins Reid lives in Los Angeles and is the acclaimed author of One True LovesMaybe in Another LifeAfter I Do, and Forever, Interrupted. Her books have been named a “Best Book of Summer” by People, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, InStyle, Good Housekeeping, USA TODAYRedbookUs Weekly, Parade, PopSugar, Buzzfeed, Bustle, Brit+Co, Goodreads, and others.

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My Review

 The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is the first book by Taylor Jenkins Reid that I have read and I loved it.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is a fascinating tale of an aging Hollywood bombshell. She was married seven times. And you that is a lot of husbands. But as you read the tale, each marriage makes perfect sense in Evelyn's intriguing life story.

Monique Grant is a writer for a popular New York based magazine. She is still climbing the ladder so everyone is surprised when Evelyn requests Monique to write her biography. Monique is fascinated as Evelyn's tale unfolds and she learns a lot about life from Evelyn. But at the end, Evelyn has a quite the surprise for Monique. Can Monique deal with the news enough that she can properly write Evelyn's story?

You will love this book! I highly recommend The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Review: Knife Creek (Mike Bowditch #8) by Paul Doiron

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1388 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (June 13 2017)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01NA925N2

Book Description

 When Maine game warden Mike Bowditch is tasked with shooting wild boars that are tearing up the forest and farms in his district, he makes a horrific discovery—the body of a baby buried in a shallow grave. Even more disturbing: DNA tests link the infant to a young woman who has been missing and presumed dead after she disappeared from a group rafting trip four years earlier.

As he assists the reopened investigation, Bowditch begins to suspect that some of his neighbors aren’t who they seem to be. When violence strikes close to home, he realizes that his unknown enemies will stop at nothing to keep their terrible secrets. Mike Bowditch has bucked the odds his whole career, but this time the intrepid warden may have finally followed his hunches one step too far.

About the Author

 Paul Doiron is the author of the Mike Bowditch series of crime novels, including The Poacher's Son, which won the the Barry Award and the Strand Critics Award for Best First Novel and was nominated for an Edgar Award, an Anthony Award, a Macavity Award, and a Thriller Award for Best First Novel, and the Maine Literary Award for "Best Fiction of 2010." PopMatters named it to its Best Fiction of 2010 list.

His second book, Trespasser, won the Maine Literary Award, was an American Booksellers Association Indie Bestseller, and has been called a "masterpiece of high-octane narrative" by Booklist. The third novel, Bad Little Falls, was a Bookscan Bestseller and a nominee for the RT Reviewers Choice Award and the Maine Literary Award. Massacre Pond, the fourth in the series, was an Indie Next pick and an Indie Favorite, as well as Bookscan Bestseller, and Maine Literary Award finalist. The Bone Orchard received a Best of Maine award from Down East. The Precipice was a LibraryReads selection and a RT Top Pick. The seventh Mike Bowditch novel, Widowmaker, will be published on June 14, 2016.

Paul is Editor Emeritus of Down East: The Magazine of Maine, having served as Editor in Chief from 2005 to 2013, before stepping down to write full time. A native of Maine, he attended Yale University, where he graduated with a degree in English, and he holds an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College. He is a former member of the Maine Arts Commission and a current member of the Maine Humanities Council. He is also a Registered Maine Guide specializing in fly fishing and lives on a trout stream in coastal Maine.

His novels have been translated into 10 languages: German, Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Polish, Romanian, Slovenian, Hungarian, and Czech. The UK editions of his books are published by Constable & Robinson.

My Review

 Knife Creek is the eighth Mike Bowditch by Paul Doiron. I have read all of the previous books in this series. Knife Creek is an excellent addition to the series.

I have enjoyed watching Mike Bowditch grow and mature in this series, from a young hot head to an inquisitive young man who enjoys his career in the Maine Warden Series. His relationship with Stacey Stevens also grows and changes in Knife Creek.

Paul Doiron is an excellent writer and storyteller. His knowledge of the State of Maine is undeniable. I enjoy all the interesting places in the state that the author has taken us to. I knew nothing about the Saco River before and now I am anxious to see it! Doiron is a great ambassador for the state.

I really enjoy this series. The mystery component of this tale was well laid out and I didn't figure it out the killer until it was revealed. Lots of action and some twists.

Highly recommend Knife Creek. I read a copy through my library's ebook request system.