Windfall – Book Review

Author : Jennifer E Smith

Publisher : Pan Macmillan UK

Pub Date: 04 May 2017

Source : Own copy

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Book Blurb :

Let luck find you.

Alice doesn’t believe in luck—at least, not the good kind. But she does believe in love, and for some time now, she’s been pining for her best friend, Teddy. On his eighteenth birthday—just when it seems they might be on the brink of something—she buys him a lottery ticket on a lark. To their astonishment, he wins $140 million, and in an instant, everything changes.

At first, it seems like a dream come true, especially since the two of them are no strangers to misfortune. As a kid, Alice won the worst kind of lottery possible when her parents died just over a year apart from each other. And Teddy’s father abandoned his family not long after that, leaving them to grapple with his gambling debts. Through it all, Teddy and Alice have leaned on each other. But now, as they negotiate the ripple effects of Teddy’s newfound wealth, a gulf opens between them. And soon, the money starts to feel like more of a curse than a windfall.

As they try to find their way back to each other, Alice learns more about herself than she ever could have imagined…and about the unexpected ways in which luck and love sometimes intersect.

My Thoughts

This book is about finding luck during the unlikeliest of times and how that turn of good fortune affects relationships.

Alice has always been in love with Teddy, but he remains oblivious  of this fact as she fears it will wreck their friendship. She mourns her parents death and has not mentally accepted Leo’s family as her own, especially Leo’s father, her uncle, who is also mourning his brother’s death. She is showered with enough love in her present living situation but she always feels like an outsider, an orphan. I did not like this side of her because she is wasting away her days (years!!) mourning for people who aren’t there and losing the ones who love her.

Coming to Teddy, when you’re a teen and all of a sudden you win millions in a lottery, you are bound to go overboard. That’s what Teddy does when his luck soars on his birthday, when his birthday gift from Alice makes him a millionaire. But his shopping spree and unwanted vacations annoy Alice as she expects him to spend it in a good way, like charity. *eyeroll*

I agree to a certain extent with Alice, but Teddy isn’t a 30-year old, he’s just had a twist in fortune and is allowed to go gaga over his riches. At least for some time. I couldn’t understand why Alice was such a goody-goody.

Some YA books, portray teens in a very intolerant way, and some like this one show characters like Alice as mature beyond their age. I liked Leo’s parents, they were sensible and knew their way around kids, especially the not-handling-Leo-like-a-glass-doll because he’s gay  was super cool.

The book was a tad disappointing with the main characters, and I felt that like this isn’t Jen E Smith’s BEST!.

My rating is 3/5.

Bridges: A Daphne White Novel- Book Review

Author: Maria Murnane

Publisher: Amazon Publishing, Kindle Press

Pub Date: 04 Apr 2017

Source: Netgalley

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Book blurb

It’s a piece of news Daphne never expected to hear: Her globe-trotting friend Skylar, who vowed never to get married, is engaged! Time to celebrate in Manhattan—Skylar’s treat, of course. After years scaling the corporate ladder, she can more than afford it.

Daphne arrives in NYC with news of her own—the novel she’s finally finished appears to be going nowhere but the trash bin of every publishing house around. She’s devastated but plans to keep her disappointment under wraps, something that becomes trickier when she sees Skylar’s spectacular apartment. Could her life have been like this if she’d chosen a different path?What Daphne doesn’t know is she’s not the only one with a secret. Skylar and their friend KC are also holding something back, but what? As the trip unfolds, the truth about each woman emerges, along with tears.And laughter. And love.

The fun-loving trio readers fell for in Wait for the Rain is together once more. Here’s to the power of friendship!

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This book is about three best friends, thick as thieves, in their mid-forties, meeting for a weekend together to celebrate on of their own’s engagement.

Daphne is divorced, mother of a high school teenager and a writer trying to publish her first novel. Skylar, her successful career oriented best friend is getting married finally in New York and Daphne is beyond thrilled to visit NYC to celebrate her engagement. KC, the third musketeer, who is happily married to Max and a fitness freak, is the step mother to Max’s kids and decides she will not have kids for herself. She is surprised by the fact she is pregnant at 40, when she is already a step-grandmother.

All three friends get together after their beach reunion years ago and each have their own share of news to tell. Daphne about her book and the number of rejections she has received from publishers, KC about her pregnancy and her absurd fear that her fitness regime will affect the baby, and Skylar on her impending marriage and the not-so bonding step daughter.

Daphne gets a little jealous of how Skylar’s life has turned out, but eventually they two make up and talk freely about it. The three of them help each other outgrow their fears and try to make light of every situation they are in.

This is an easy-breezy read, with no major plot twists. Everything goes good, a little too much good for everyone to believe, i guess. Other than that, there’s nothing wrong or right about it. There could have been some interesting elements or surprises to make one get hooked to the book. Maybe, the intended audience are the middle aged.  Nevertheless, i rate it 3/5.

Favorite quote:

Love is random.. there’s no rhyme nor reason whatsoever to where we’ll find it or how. We’ll drive ourselves crazy if we keep trying to figure it out, because when it comes down to it, its all about timing, chemistry and luck – good or bad


The Last of August – Book review

The Last of August is Brittany Cavallaro’s second book in the Charlotte Holmes series. I read the first one although i haven’t written a review on it. The series is about the great great great grandchildren of Sherlock Holmes (Charlotte Holmes) and John Watson (Jamie Watson). Instead of a book blurb, presenting to you, the book trailer by EpicReads.

Honestly speaking, I’m still running the story in my mind. It’s a complete whirlwind of events and my short circuited brain is not able to process all that at once. From what I understood, Charlotte’s uncle Leander Holmes is kidnapped and she and Jamie are trying to piece the events that happened before and after he goes missing. They seek Milo, Charlotte’s brother who is also a spy master for help and also because its isn’t safe for them to stay in Sussex in her home where her mother is poisoned. They are sent to Milo’s place in Berlin where they figure out Leander’s undercover operation and the connection it has with the Moriartys. And yes, August Moriarty, the only good guy from the bad side, whose death was faked (all that history is in the first book) is with Milo and Jamie is uncomfortable with him being close to Charlotte, given the history.

There’s so much I’m still unable to follow and i’m confused. Ok, cliffhanger endings are good, but what was that?!!

I still don’t get how almighty and powerful a 15 year old can be even though her last name is Holmes. Why can’t it be like Nancy drew mysteries, hmmpphhhh.. They say their family is running out of money, but it doesn’t seem like that. Another confusing point throughout the book was, which  i didn’t get until the end, is whether August Moriarty is evil or good :O

And the relationship between Jamie and Charlotte – its still like the first book, and is very messed up like Charlotte herself.Whether she wants or does not want a relationship is still a question to me and i think I’m done with her playing mind games on poor sweet Jamie.

Yes, I’ll read the next book *hides face* despite the shortcomings I wanna know what happens. I still ship Jamie and Holmes. But I also do feel he is better off without her

My rating is 3/5.