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Dear Authors: The reviews in this blog are only personal opinions. I have absolutely no background in literature, writing or reviewing. I am a Librarian (actually a Library Technician for those who care OR know the difference) with a love for a good story. The opinions in the reviews are ONLY my OPINIONS. I am not commenting on the writers ability since well -- I am not a writer and never will be. If you are the author of any of the books reviewed here, my opinion is just that and not a judgment against you!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Two Beach Reads: Mini Book Reviews

Countess of Scandal
by Laurel McKee
Hachette Book Group
ISBN: 978-0-446-54478-8

Description: As children, Eliza Blacknall and William Denton ran wild over the fields of southern Ireland and swore they would be friends forever. Then fate took Will away to England, while Eliza stayed behind to become a proper Irish countess. Years later, Will finally makes his way home-as an English soldier sent to crush the Irish uprising. When he spies the lovely Eliza, he is captivated by the passionate woman she has become. But Eliza's passions have led her to join the Irish rebel cause, and Will and Eliza now find themselves on opposite sides of a dangerous conflict. When Ireland explodes in bloody rebellion, Will's regiment is ordered to the front lines, and he is forced to choose between his duty to the English king and his love for Eliza and their Irish homeland.

Review: A lovely beach read with interesting characters and a fast paced storyline. I'm hoping that there will be a story about Eliza's sister as there is a hint of something interesting about her. Would have liked to have been given more information on the historical conflict and the plot was a little too predictable, but still a good read overall. Going to be passing this one on to my Irish neighbor, who will really enjoy. 
Rating: 3 Dewey's
I won this from a blog and just wanted to put up a quick review (Plus it is part of my challenge)

by Nicole Richie (yup the one you are thinking of)
Atria Books (Division of Simon and Schuster)
ISBN: 978-1-4391-9690-8

Description: Meet Charlotte Williams…Rich, gorgeous, blonde and a talented singer, she has everything going for her. Spoiled and indulged, her life has always revolved around fashion, gossip, partying and men.When Charlotte’s father – her only family since her mother’s tragic death years ago – is arrested on fraud charges, her glittering world shatters around her. Alone and penniless, she must make her own way for the very first time. Harassed by paparazzi and the outraged victims of her father’s crimes, Charlotte flees to New Orleans to escape the scandal. But what happens when a Park Avenue Princess is forced to fend for herself? How will she adapt to the Big Easy’s bohemian lifestyle? And in the face of anonymous death threats, can she keep herself out of danger? From the stylish avenues of Manhattan and dark clubs of the French Quarter to the bright lights of Los Angeles, Nicole Richie’s scintillating tale shows that the very life you run from is the one that won’t let you hide

Review: Natasha lent me this one.  When I made the face when she told me who wrote it, she said to  trust her, she wasn't expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised.  Well, I have to tell you I was also pleasantly surprised.  Nicole puts together a nice story about a young privileged girl who out of the blue has to grow up and learn to do things for herself. The story is well written and Charlotte develops nicely from a spoiled little rich thing to a likable and strong women.  I'll be honest at times I was irritated by how quickly she got on her feet and the mentions of clothes and places that I will never be able to afford.  But than again this is the world Nicole is from, I shouldn't expect for her to understand what us lower middle class women live like.  Nicole definitely has some potential writing in the chick lit genre. I applaud her efforts and I have a feeling that she also tells her child some lovely bedtime stories.

Rating: 3 Dewey's
Natasha lent me this one and I didn't have to review it, but I just felt like it


  1. I like historicals and I love the purple cover. I'll have to chekc it out.

  2. Hey Stacy

    It will be one I will be giving away next year, so keep an eye out for the contest