Wednesday, July 1, 2009


Usually I watch online for the next book by my favorite authors, but somehow this one caught me by surprise and I was so glad to find it in the store and find it was a new release. ( It always frustrates me to buy a book that has been reissued that I've read before).

It was such a good read, with great characters and some good twists and turns. It's about 4 women who are neighbors and despite their huge differences, they are brought together to give service. I love it when I find a good author who I can share with my daughters. I read on Emilie Richard's facebook page that she is currently writing the sequel, and I love a series!
I loved Shannon Hale's AUSTENLAND, and this is her latest novel just out in hardcover, THE ACTOR AND THE HOUSWIFE. At first I wasn't sure I would like it because one of the characters is a Mormon housewife, but it is very, very good and she represents the church well. (Shannon Hale is a member). The writing just sucks you in and I couldn't put it down. I ended up loving this book. It's not at all predictable.

I definitely think one of my happiness keys is all the great books that come out for summer reading! Janet Evanovich#15 was great and I can't wait to tackle the new books by Mary Alice Monroe, Nora Roberts, Rebecca Wells and Dorothy Benton Frank! Yippee! But for now, I've put myself on reading restriction until I make a dent in my list of chores. At least now I can cross off catching up on my blog!


Holley said...

Oooh, I'm excited that Shannon Hale came out with a new book! I just finished reading River Secrets, and I think every book I read by her is one that I cannot put down. (I have to spread them out so I can get other things done.) Austenland was hilarious. I love her fantasy books too, but it's fun to read present day stuff, especially when it's so hard to find good clean books that are written well. Thanks for sharing!

steveronna said...

Hi Lissa, I just checked an old email and found a link to your blog. How beautiful is that new baby. Oh, what hair! Today is our Grandson's 1st birthday and he is still a little bald bundle of joy.
It always amazes me how much your daughters look like you. Your family is great!]
xoxo Ronna