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This book, like her others, is hysterical.  Poppy Wyatt is about to be married.  She and her friends are out at a fashion lunch and, after letting her friends try on her engagement ring, she loses it.  She, not surprisingly, freaks out.  While she is trying to find it, her purse is stolen and with it, her phone.  Luckily, she finds a phone in the garbage.  That is when the fun starts as the phone belongs to the assistant to a hot shot executive.  She quit and tossed the phone in the garbage where Poppy finds it.  Poppy refuses to give up the phone and what ensues is a witty exchange of texts, emails, phone calls, and an in person meeting between Poppy and the exec.  She won’t give the phone up because of the ring, but promises to pass on all information.  I laughed so much when I read this book.  Kinsella has a way of making the most unlikely of scenarios delightful and engaging.  If you enjoy chick lit, you’ve got to check this one out.

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I hate to call it this, but this is a Da Vinci Code type of book.  I think it rather unfair that we compare books of this nature to Da Vinci code since I felt it was rather poorly written, but there you have it.  In The Breath of God, we meet Grant Michaels, a PhD student who is looking for a tale of a saint named Issa.  We soon discover that what he is looking for is the story of Jesus’s lost years.  He finds the tales in a Buddhist monastery in Bhutan.  He and journalist Kristin Misaki record them and plan to announce ti to the world.  However, the pictures are stolen from his laptop and her camera.  They end up on a quest to bring the books back to the states to be studied.  What is truly fascinating about this book is not the thriller type aspects, but that it also delves deeply into the meaning of religion and what it means to be spiritual.  I really enjoyed some of the koans that were in the story as well as the parallels drawn between Jesus’s life and the life of other prophets.  It is an engrossing tale.

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Melissa has just been fired…again.  She has skills, but doesn’t seem to be able to keep a job.  So, she decides to start her own agency, the Little Lady Agency.  Using an later ego with more pizzazz than she feels she has, she reinvents herself as Honey.  She helps men with everything from shopping to dates.  No hanky panky mind you.  Her agency is a life management business that helps people.  This is something that Melissa is incredibly good at.  But, things start to unravel when she starts to fall in love with one of her clients.  This reminds me of a chick lit book with a surprising twist.  Utterly captivating and loads of fun.  Melissa and her family and friends are such a hoot.

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First off, I want to just say that I have been waiting for several months now for Allen’s new book.  I was so excited when I got it a few days ago.  Now, I am a huge Allen fan.  The first time I read Garden Spells, I was absolutely blown away.  She is such a gifted writer.  Not many can do the whole magical realism thing, but she not only does it, but excels at it.  Ok, that being said, I was a little disappointed.  The Peach Keeper was good, but it wasn’t nearly as layered as her previous novels have been.  I enjoyed the story, but there was not much depth.

So what is the story  ask?   It is the story of a little town in North Carolina called Walls of Water and the people who live there. Willa and Paxton are the granddaughters of the two women who started the Women’s Society Club, but they couldn’t be more different.  When odd things start to happen and a skeleton is dug up, the secrets start to unravel.  And though there is magic in the story, it never really comes to the fore the way one would expect.  You’ll have to read it to see what I mean.  That being said, it is a sweet novel that I enjoyed even if I was not as enamored of this one as I was of her others.

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Ahern is a superb writer.  For some reason, I always put off reading her books, but once I do they are all equally fabulous.  This book is no different.  Sandy is a private detective who has made it her life’s work to track down missing people and items.  Since the disappearance of a childhood neighbor, Sandy has been obsessed with finding lost things.  But, when she literally jogs into the place of Lost Things, she cannot believe it.  It turns out that she was right and there is a place where all lost things go.  Sandy realizes that she has a mission to fulfill, but before long she realizes that though she has always run from it, now she desperately wants to go home.  Of course, she has to figure out how to do that first.  A moving captivating tale.  They remind me a lot of Sarah Addison Allen’s books in terms of the magical realism.

 

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I always forget how much I enjoy her books.  Ahern once again crafts a tale of joy and sorrow with just a hint of magic.  Tamara has just lost her father and so she and her mother must go live with her aunt and uncle.  But things are not as they seem and Tamara is determined to uncover the secrets her aunt and uncle are intent on keeping.  She receives a blank book that appears to be a diary, but it is like no diary that she has ever seen.  It writes, in her own hand, what will happen to her tomorrow.  At first Tamara doesn’t believe it, but all too soon she realizes how true it is.  But will changing the things written in the diary be good or bad?  Only time will tell.  A wonderful, engrossing read.

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Cotton Malone is back, but not better than ever I have to admit.  I listened to this one on audio and thought that it would be great, but I was left feeling unsatisfied.  Cotton is called in to help his friend Cassiopeia Vitt when she is kidnapped.  Soon they are traveling to the Orient to save a little boy and discover the secret of the 1st Chinese Emperor’s Tomb.  Except that it all rings a bit false.  I just was not interested.  Maybe it was the narrator, but I think it was the story line.  It didn’t grip me the way the others in the series have.  Maybe it was due to the fact that it was set in China, which I did not really know much about.  I just don’t know.  Hopefully the next will be better.

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