The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards

“On a winter night in 1964, Dr. David Henry is forced by a blizzard to deliver his own twins. His son, born first, is perfectly healthy. Yet when his daughter is born, he sees immediately that she has Down’s Syndrome. Rationalizing it as a need to protect Norah, his wife, he makes a split-second decision that will alter all of their lives forever. He asks his nurse to take the baby away to an institution and never to reveal the secret. But Caroline, the nurse, cannot leave the infant. Instead, she disappears into another city to raise the child herself. So begins this story that unfolds over a quarter of a century – in which these two families, ignorant of each other, are yet bound by the fateful decision made that long-ago winter night. Norah Henry, who knows only that her daughter died at birth, remains inconsolable; her grief weighs heavily on their marriage. And Paul, their son, raises himself as best he can, in a house grown cold with mourning. Meanwhile, Phoebe, the lost daughter, grows from a sunny child to a vibrant young woman whose mother loves her as fiercely as if she were her own.”


I liked parts of The Memory Keeper’s Daughter. But other parts not so much. It took about 250ish pages for me to actually get into (the only reason I pushed myself was because it was signed). And even though I’m glad I pushed myself to read it I think in a way if it didn’t have a lot of the earlier part of the book in it I would have liked it more. Like if had started how it did but after David get’s rid of his daughter then maybe a flash forward x amount of years…


3.5 stars.

Read on September 17, 2013.

Received a copy at ALAMW 2012.


Light on Snow by Anita Shreve

“What makes a family? That’s what twelve-year-old Nicky Dillon wonders after she and her widowed father discover a wailing abandoned baby in the snow-filled woods near their New Hampshire home. Through the days that follow, the Dillons and an unexpected visitor who soon turns up at their door-a young woman evidently haunted by her own terrible choices-face a thicket of decisions, each seeming to carry equal possibilities of heartbreak and redemption. Writing with all the emotional resonance that has drawn millions of readers around the world to her fiction, Anita Shreve unfolds in Light on Snow a tender and surprising novel about love and its consequences.”


Light on Snow is another one of those books I felt could have been really good, but just didn’t like it.

Even though there could have been a good story in it, the characters just felt to fake at times, and a bit naive.


2 stars.

Read on September 16, 2013.


Panic by Sharon M. Draper

This gripping and chillingly realistic novel from New York Times bestselling author Sharon Draper shows that all it takes is one bad decision for everything to change.

Diamond knows not to get into a car with a stranger.

But what if the stranger is well-dressed and handsome? On his way to meet his wife and daughter? And casting a movie that very night—a movie in need of a star dancer? What then?

Then Diamond might make the wrong decision.

It’s a nightmare come true: Diamond Landers has been kidnapped. She was at the mall with a friend, alone for only a few brief minutes—and now she’s being held captive, forced to endure horrors beyond what she ever could have dreamed, while her family and friends experience their own torments and wait desperately for any bit of news.

From New York Times bestselling author Sharon Draper, this is a riveting exploration of power: how quickly we can lose it—and how we can take it back.”

I think Panic could have been really good. But feel completely flat for me.

I think just too much was forced into this book. If it had been focused solely on Diamond it would have been better but it felt like the book dealt with her friends problems more than her plot (and going into it you would think it would completely focus on the kidnapping….). It just got really annoying very fast…

1.5 stars.

Read on September 16, 2013.


Million Dollar Wife by Margaret O’Neil

“When a tangle of frustrations and responsibilities prompts movie heartthrob, Bryce Courtland, to turn his back on the Hollywood singles scene and hire a mother for his precocious twins, he finds the perfect candidate in his sister’s best friend, Marja: a small town college professor whose long-ago teenage crush on him still brings a blush to her cheeks.

Responding to Bryce’s immediate need for childcare, and as a favor for her best friend, Marja Lindstrom accepts a temporary assignment as tutor/nanny. Bryce has a more permanent arrangement in mind and stuns Marja with a marriage proposal — a marriage proposal with a twist.

Will a million dollar salary convince her to take a chance, change careers — and open her heart?”


Overall really liked it, though close to the ending got a tad odd… Didn’t feel like it flowed that well.


3.5 stars.

Read on September 15, 2013.