What I Read in March

Monday, March 27, 2017

The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

Plot: In this gripping page-turner, an ex-agent on the run from her former employers must take one more case to clear her name and save her life. 

She used to work for the U.S. government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn't even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they cam for her without warning. 

Now, she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They've killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon. 

When her former handler offers her a way out, she realizes it's her only chance to erase the giant target on her back. But it means taking one last job for her ex-employers. To her horror, the information she acquires only makes her situation more dangerous. 

Resolving to meet the threat head-on, she prepares for the toughest fight of her life but finds herself falling for a man who can only complicate her likelihood of survival. As she sees her choices being rapidly whittled down, she must apply her unique talents in ways she never dreamed of. - Via Goodreads

What I thought: I liked this one a lot. At times it was a little longand certain parts were a little drawn out for me but the story kept my attention. I found the characters to be likable and the relationships between them to be at times funny, at times sad, but overall good.

Do I think you should you read it? If you've ever read and liked any of Stephenie Meyer's other books than I'd say yes you should read this one as well. Her writing style is pretty similar in this one as it is in her other stories, and she stays true to herself as an author. My biggest criticism was that I kept finding myself waiting for the next big thing to happen rather than just enjoying the story but I don't know if that says more about me as a reader or about the story itself. Give it a try and get back to me on that one.

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Plot: Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a "wonderful" husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical, most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker or a late-arriver. 

Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don's Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie, and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper. 

The Rosie Project is a moving and hilarious novel for anyone who has ever tenaciously gone after life or love in the face of overwhelming challenges. - Via Goodreads

What I thought: Loved, loved, loved this book. It was so adorable. The story came from the point of view of one of the most interesting narrators that I've read in awhile. It was light hearted and at times had me laughing out loud. It was a quick read and had me wishing there was more by the time I got to the end, which is why I immediately went and put the second book on hold at the library.

Do I think you should you read it? Yes! Right away!

Here's To Us by Elin Hilderbrand 

Plot: Laurel Thorpe, Belinda Rowe, and Scarlett Oliver share only two things; a love for the man they all married, Deacon Thorpe -- a celebrity chef with an insatiable appetite for life -- and a passionate dislike of one another. All three are remarkable, spirited women, but they couldn't be more different. Laurel: Deacon's high school sweetheart and an effortlessly beautiful social worker; Belinda: a high-maintenance Hollywood diva; and Scarlett: a sexy southern belle floating by on her family money and her fabulous looks. They've established a delicate understanding over the years -- they avoid each other at all costs. 

But their fragile detente threatens to come crashing down after Deacon's tragic death on his favorite place on earth: a ramshackle Nantucket summer cottage. Deacon's final wish was for his makeshift family to assemble on his beloved Nantucket to say good-bye. Begrudgingly, Laurel, Belinda, and Scarlett gather on the island as once again, as in each of their marriages, they're left to pick up Deacon's mess. Now they're trapped in the crowded cottage where they all made their own memories -- a house that they now share in more ways than one -- along with the children they raised with Deacon, and his best friend. Laurel, Belinda, and Scarlett each had an unbreakable bond with Deacon -- and they all have secrets to hide. 

Before the weekend is over, there are enough accusations, lies, tears, and drama to turn even the best of friends -- let alone three women who married the same man -- into adversaries. As his unlikely family says good-bye to the man who brought them together -- for better or worse -- will they be able to put aside their differences long enough to raise a glass in Deacon's honor? - Via Goodreads

What I thought: This was my first Elin Hilderbrand novel. I picked it up randomly after it seemed like just about everyone and their mother's were recommending her books.

I'll be honest about it, at first I found myself getting slightly annoyed with some of the main characters. All three women who were married to Deacon seem to give him free passes for literally anything and everything that he did wrong in their marriages, and even after he was gone they justified the way he hurt them, and why.

However, each woman became increasingly likable as the story went on. It's overall a good read that reminds you that no one is perfect and there are things that everyone can do to try and better themselves. It's a book about love, and forgiveness and family. And it takes place on Nantucket which kind of sounds like one of the most swoon-worthy places to vacation. Also, it has recipes. Really delicious sounding, but also kind of difficult recipes that would be worth trying if you are at all good at cooking.

Do I think you should you read it? The setting of this book reminded me of Summer time and as we keep hinting at warmer days, I am so desperate for anything that makes me feel that way. If you're in the same boat, or if you're just looking for a generally easy read I'd say to give this one a try. It wasn't the greatest book I've read by any means, but it had a lot of good qualities and the author did a great job of giving each character something that the reader could connect to.

What have you been reading lately? 

1 comment

  1. I've heard good things about The Chemist, I do enjoy her writing style.


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