Out With A Bang Update

Good Morning Everyone! 
Just a quick update here for the Out With A Bang Read-a-thon.  I was very impressed with myself that even though I worked 6 hours yesterday I completed 2 books and posted reviews for both.
Life, Love, and a Polar Bear Tattoo by Heather Wardell: NOOKbook Cover
The Pirate Queen by Patricia Hickman: Book Cover
I am working today until at least noon so we will see what I get though today.  I am about 90 pages into
Side Jobs by Jim Butcher: Book Cover
I am so glad that I decided to do this even though I am working.  I really enjoyed just sitting down and reading yesterday. 

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Review: Life Love and a Polar Bear Tattoo

Life, Love, and a Polar Bear Tattoo by Heather Wardell: NOOKbook Cover

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: November 2009
  • Publisher: Heather Wardell
  • Format: NOOKbook (eBook)
  • Sales Rank: 1,025


When Candice’s in-laws died in a car accident eight months ago, she lost her husband Ian too. After only two years of marriage their guilt and pain have left them living together but apart. During Ian’s month-long trip overseas, Candice plans to decide if her marriage can be saved, but when the first man she ever loved is the new client at work, she wonders what she truly wants from life and love.

My Review:

As a 30 something married woman, I felt very connected to Candice and her situation.  After the death of her in-laws die in a car crash at Christmas while they are out getting her Christmas gift, her life and relationship with her husband completely change and she begins to question what she wants.  She has a cancer scare and opts not to tell her husband about it as he is leaving for an overseas trip for a month.  She is an assistant to an interior designer and she feels pretty content in her work, until her boss asks for her assistance on an upcoming job, the client happens to be her ex-boyfriend that broke her heart.  There seems to be heat between them from the beginning but she decides she must work though it.

This book explores Candice coming into herself and learning about herself and what she wants out of life.  She is faced with the biggest decision does she stay with her husband even though he has told her that he blames her for his parents death or does she risk everything and return to her ex, Keagan.  You will have to read to find out. 

I am very impressed with Heather Wardell’s writing style.  Everything about this book could truly happen in real life and that is what I loved about it.  I am going to be checking out more of her books.  5/5 stars for this book.

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Review: The Pirate Queen

The Pirate Queen by Patricia Hickman: Book Cover

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: August 2010
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Format: Paperback , 352pp
  • Sales Rank: 218,216

Treasure is found in the most unlikely places.
The envy of all her friends, wife and mother Saphora Warren is the model of southern gentility and accomplishment. She lives in a beautiful Lake Norman home, and has raised three capable adult children. Her husband is a successful plastic surgeon—and a philanderer. It is for that reason that, after hosting a garden party for Southern Living magazine, Saphora packs her bags to escape the trappings of the picturesque-but-vacant life.
Saphora’s departure is interrupted by her husband Bender’s early arrival home, and his words that change her life forever: I’m dying.
Against her desires, Saphora agrees to take care of Bender as he fights his illness. They relocate, at his insistance, to their coastal home in Oriental—the same house she had chosen for her private getaway. When her idyllic retreat is overrun by her grown children, grandchildren, townspeople, relatives, and a precocious neighbor child, Saphora’s escape to paradise is anything but the life she had imagined. As she gropes for evidence of God’s presence amid the turmoil, can she discover that the richest treasures come in surprising packages?

My Review:

First, let me say that this cover totally drew me in from the moment I saw it.  Now, on to the book, which I must say was not at all what I expected.   I knew that it was going to be an emotional roller coaster just from reading the back of the book.  What is more touching that a husband with cancer?

Saphora Warren seems to have it all.  Three grown children, a home that is being featured in Southern Living Magazine and a husband who is plastic surgeon.  The problem being that her husband has had relations with many of the women in the community and Saphora is done with it.  Just as she is ready to leave, her husband Bender arrives home in the middle of the day to announce that he has brain cancer.  Saphora drops her plans to leave and cares for her ailing husband at their vacation home in Oriental where they take their grandson, Eddie, along as his father cannot find childcare for him.  Bender insists that their first stop be at the beach where they meet Tobias, a young boy Eddie’s age, who they will come to find has AIDS.  There are challenges for both Bender and Tobias, as far as health goes, and finding the true meaning of existence.  There are more challenges for Saphora to find her place in all of this.

This is the touching story of the Warren family and is all about what true love really is.  It is extremely well written and while I normally would not pick up a book this heavy I am so glad that I did.  By far this is probably the best book I have read this month and most of the year.  Maybe just that is so out side of my normal reading or that it is just that emotional touching.  I would highly recommend this book with 5 stars.  Please check this book out.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.