Turn My World Upside Down

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Why I Read It: 3rd in the Marconi sisters series.

From the Back Cover: Jo Marconi has her hands full working hard at the family business and struggling to get her belated college degree. The last thing she needs is a ten-year-old boy to look after. But that’s exactly what she gets when her stepbrother comes to live with her. It’s clear Jack needs a father figure. But why must he seek out Cash Hunter-the one man Jo can’t stop thinking about! Cash has a reputation as being the sexiest man in town, and Jo refuses to become another notch in his belt. At least, that’s what she tells herself…

Cash Hunter has risked his heart in the past, and he’s not about to make the same mistake again. He vows to keep the irresistible Jo at arm’s length-until the attraction between them gets too hot to handle. And when Jo reveals a secret from her past, Cash knows it’s time to step up to the plate. Jo is the woman he wants, and he’ll find a way to show her once and for all-even if it means losing her forever…Filled with Maureen Child’s trademark wit, sassy heroines, devastatingly sexy heroes, and deep sensuality, TURN MY WORLD UPSDIDE DOWN will remain with you long after the last page is turned.

My Thoughts: This book was the whole reason I read this series. I wanted to read this book, but I have to read a series in order. It’s my thing. Well, I just don’t know what to say. Cash and Jo have been bickering at each other throughout the whole series. I was looking forward to their story. They both have secrets ~ and I pretty much knew what their secrets were before I finished chapter one. I think it’s a no-brainer. So, there was no mystery there for me. No drama. No angst. So this read was disappointing to me. I thought it would be more than it was. Jo and Cash do have chemistry. I did enjoy their interactions. I enjoyed Cash’s relationship with Jo’s younger brother. I also enjoyed catching up on Mike and Lucas, and Sam and Jeff. I loved Nana ~ the short, Italian grandmother from Nebraska who comes to visit. She’s the stereotypical Italian grandma.

All in all, I’d say the book was Okay. I don’t think I’ll keep the series. I’m loaning it to a friend and then I’ll probably donate it to the Friends of the Library.

And Then Came You

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Recommended by: I can’t remember. I think initially I wanted to read a different sister’s story and knew I’d have to start with this one.

From the Back Cover: Nine years ago, Samantha Marconi was swept away in a whirlwind wedding…even though she’d only known her new husband for a month. When Jeff left her just weeks after the wedding-she found out she was pregnant and had nowhere to turn. So Sam did the only thing she thought she could do. She placed her daughter up for adoption and tried to forget the past-until her past came knocking on her door…

Jeff never received Sam’s letters, nor did he know she had their child-until after the little girl was put up for adoption. Jeff managed to find their daughter, Emma, and lovingly raised her on his own. He’s about to remarry-but his divorce from Sam never went through. Jeff needs Sam’s help to get “unmarried,” and quick. Yet when Jeff shows up on Sam’s doorstep, he’s shocked to find the sparks that once flew between them are still burning strong. Can he let Sam go again? Especially when the truth about what really happened nine years ago is finally revealed…

My Thoughts: I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve been in a reading slump, but I had a hard time focusing on this book. There were some tender moments, there were moments that made me cry and there were some funny moments. I enjoyed Emma (the daughter) she was cute and never stopped talking! I didn’t quite understand Sam and Jeff’s relationship or why they broke up in the first place. My understanding was that they had a passionate love affair and they fought all the time. One day he left and never came back. But I never really understood why. I’d say this was Okay ~ not something I’d read again, but since it’s part of a series I’m not sure if I’ll get rid of it yet or not.

While I Was Gone…………..

My niece and I listened to “Elsewhere” by Gabrielle Zevin on the drive to Minnesota. It is such a haunting story and I’d highly recommend it to anyone. This book haunts me still, days after I’ve read it. Imagine being 15, and dead. Never having a 16th birthday. Just learning how to drive, and never having a license. Finding out that your aging will now be reversed, until you are again a baby, and again ready to go back to earth. And then imagine falling in love for the first time………..

This was a wonderful story. Definitely one worth revisiting. I’d rate it an A+. My only warning is that there is a tiny speck of language, but only a smidge.

After finishing DOY, I read “Suddenly You” by Lisa Kleypas. Now, I love Ms. Kleypas’ stories and hardly ever find fault with one. This story, I’d maybe rate a C ~ not bad, but not one I’d necessarily read again. This is the story of Amanda and Jack. Amanda is a successful author; Jack is a publicist. Amanda meets Jack through unusual circumstances ~ their matchmaker, a local madam who is acquainted with both of them. The book started out sizzling, but I started getting bored to toward the middle. Like I said, not bad ~ but not one of my favorites.