Me: Well you're not the first to say so young lady, nor do I doubt you'll be the last. What can I say? I was busy. Plus I had to recap the whole reading year of 2011 first....
Lemon Drop: Yeah, and don't think I didn't notice I was mentioned, like, nowhere in those posts ::pout::
Me: Sweetie, you shouldn't pout. Smart girls looking pretty in pink shouldn't pout.
Lemon Drop: ::mollified:: Well, I might be able to spare a few moments before Mommy takes me sledding.....
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All Fall Down by Megan Hart, Contemporary general fiction, Mira, 2011, Grade = B+
- Thought-provoking fiction from Hart featuring a young woman, with three babies, who escapes a religious cult on the eve of them committing mass suicide. I love how Hart takes ordinary people and puts them in extraordinary circumstances. Excellent choice for book clubs.
- My aborted TBR Challenge read. I was looking for angst in a story about a woman who hires the hero to track down her scumbag ex so their little girl won't be disappointed again at Christmas. Instead, the "heartbroken" little girl is a mischievous imp who gets up in everybody's business and the author shoots for farcical humor by having the hero try to man-up the scumbag ex into being a suitable husband and father. Yeah, so not what I wanted.
- Vintage Da Costa, with a lovely playfulness to the erotic shenanigans. Also, a heroine in her 40s. Sign me up!
- Super thin historical back-drop not aided by an equally thin suspense subplot. I'm telling you though, there's something about Maxwell's writing that reels me in. It's like drinking liquid candy.
- A short story with surprising depth and a whole lot of plot. Connected to a series, but stands alone well. Says me.
- A picture book for grown-ups (scrapbook), that tells the story of a young woman in the early 1920s. Great stuff for social history nuts and crafty types.
- A sexy story with a nice historical feel about a rakish Duke and a gently-born heroine down on a her luck. Had my issues, but really appreciated the slow, sensual feel to the love scenes.
- This one breaks my heart because I normally like McCabe's Undones. Hero pining for his BFF's widow comes off as distasteful in this short format.
- Uber-lusty heroine paired with a hero who could set a world record in stamina. Yeah, it's pretty much all about the sex here. But you know what? That's not always a bad thing.
Lemon Drop: Yeah, yeah, yeah - that's nice Auntie Wendy. Now, where's Mommy with my sled?
Me: I'm lucky she stood still this long....