Monday, February 28, 2011

who is my shelter?

I received "Who is my Shelter?" by Neta Jackson from  Shelter is the 4th book in the  House of Hope series, which is a spin-off series of the Yada Yada Prayer Group books.  The main character of the series is Gabby Fairbanks, a niave and wealthy woman from Virginia who moves with her "old money" husband to Chicago.  Her husband starts a business there, while she starts to work for a homeless shelter as an activity director.  In the first book her husband takes the children back to Virginia without telling her and kicks Gabby and her mother out of the house, putting them in said homeless shelter.  This fourth book is about Gabby and Philip, her husband, and her choices.  Gabby has also, during this series, been putting together the House of Hope.  A type of half-way house for homeless single moms and their children.  This book covers the bringing up of that home. 
My opinion......well for starters I'd like to say that I am totally in love with the Yada Yada Prayer Group series.  It does top the House of Hope series by far and I couldn't wait to get the next one.  The House of Hope series is good.  Really good.  Just not as good.  The problem is that I don't like Gabby very much.  She's kinda spoiled and sometimes I just can't figure out how she keeps on living.  But as the series grows, so does Gabby.  This is the best book of the series.  She has come into her own.  She also has some tough choices to make in this book; ones that I know I wouldn't want to have to make.  Well worth the read.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

lady in waiting book review

Now this is a good book.  A really good book. Lady in Waiting by Susan Meissner  follows two Janes and tells two different stories that tie together because of a ring.  The first Jane is in modern day Manhattan.  She is an antique dealer with pushy parents and a husband who has left her to "find himself".  She has allowed everyone to make all of her decisions for her throughout her life.    The second Jane is from the 1550's England.  She is of noble birth, with pushy parents and her husband will be chosen for what he can provide for her parents.  She has had all her decisions made for her throughout her life as well, tho not entirely willingly.  The ring is originally owned by the 1550 Jane and tells the story of how she got the ring and what happened to her.  The ring is bought by the Manhattan Jane and tells the story of what she will do with her wayward husband and the rest of her life.  Both women decide to make their own decisions and deal with the consiquences.
This is one of those books that you don't want to go to bed at night because that means you will have to stop reading.  It is well written, it is not far fetched.  Tho fiction it is a work of "what if".  This book will make you reconcider antiques and the story behind them. This book was free to me from