Wrong Place, Right Time

Wrong Place Right TimeJenny was stressed beyond belief and it was only getting worse, but then she will get a break with a new job. Jenny was hesitant but she was taking a chance and one with a new man in her life. Dev will have Jenny wanting more and will have her believing that she can handle whatever is thrown into her life.

Wrong Place, Right Time is the second book to the series Bourbon Street Boys by Elle Casey. I liked the novel but I have to say not as much as the first story. This novel was definitely much slower to get through. In fact I just wanted to skim some parts of the novel, but I stuck with it and I was happy towards the end.

I guess what threw me was the characters. In the first novel Dev’s character was fun and a little wacky with his sneak attacks but in this one he was much more moody. Now I understand as with his situation with his child is a little sad, but he was a really good dad, just more private with that side of his life. I just wish there was more of Dev from the first book. He does show that side of him but it takes some time. I was also a little annoyed by how he played hot and cold with Jenny. It was like a yo yo with how he was acting with her. Things will get settled but it takes over half the novel to get there. Now with Jenny’s character she was the frantic mom who was over stressed and over worked. I think her character worked but she was a little on the crazy side at times. I do love her interaction with her youngest Sammy. That kid with his lisp is too precious and Sammy’s interaction with Dev’s kid is adorable.

There were some definite good things and some annoying things but overall this was an enjoyable book. I am reading the third book next.

The Story of Beautiful Girl

The Story of Beautiful GirlThe Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon was beautifully written and a story I couldn’t put down.

The plot of this story is about this young woman Lynnie who was put in this institution when she was young for people who have mental disabilities. She escapes with a deaf African American man named Homan as Lynnie is pregnant and about to have her baby. They hide at a house of an older woman when the police finds them. They take them back but the baby remains hidden and in the care of this older woman named Martha. You travel through forty years between the lives of Lynnie, Homan, Martha, Kate, and Julia.

This was a choice from my book club which lately has been on depressing stories. Now this story was sad as with what happened to those in the plot but it was all necessary for you to connect with the story. All the characters are defined perfectly throughout the story. There is also a time period of forty years which was transitioned well throughout the book making it easy to follow and kept the book moving with a flow.

Within the story there was plenty of struggle and heartache that comes from the school and the parents of Lynnie. I truly disliked the parents for doing that to their child but that was the way back then. There is also the part of how Lynnie came to be pregnant. Reading the book you knew what was going to come. The story was heartbreaking when you heard what had happened in the room with her and Smokes who worked at the school. She survived and was able to move on and become stronger which made her a wonderful heroine.  In the story there is also simple triumph that created such happiness especially at the ending. Simon gives us a finish for the book and I liked that it was not a reunion for everyone. You are left knowing what is to come so the book gives you hope.

Rainwater by Sandra Brown

Sandra Brown is one of the authors that I have been reading and was one of my first romance author I started to read.  Her latest book is “Rainwater”.  I was excited to pick up the book and read it since she always has interesting plots but as I started to read the book I knew that it was going to be a tear-jerker.  Finishing up the book I was crying, I was happy but still sad.  It was not a perfect ending but an ending that lead to the characters future in a way.

“The year is 1934.  With the country in the stranglehold of drought and economic boardinghouse with an efficiency that ensures her life will be kept in balance.  Between chores of cooking and cleaning for her residents, she cares for her ten-year-old son, Solly, a sweet but challenging child whose misunderstood behavior finds Ella on the receiving end of pity, derision, and suspicion.

When David Rainwater arrives at the house looking for lodging, he comes recommended by a trusted friend as “a man of impeccable character.” But Ella senses that admitting Mr. Rainwater will bring about unsettling changes.

However, times are hard, and in order to make ends meet, Ella’s house must remain on hundred percent occupied.  So Mr. Rainwater moves into her house…and impacts her life in ways Ella could have forseen.

The changes are echoed by the turbulence beyond the house walls.  Friends and neighbors who’ve thus far maintained a tenuous grip on their meager livelihoods now face foreclosure and financial ruin.  In an effort to save their families from homeless and hunger, farmers and cattlemen are forced to make choices that come with heartaching consequences.

The climate of desperation creates a fertile atmosphere for racial tensions and social unrest.  Conrad Ellis, privileged and spoiled and Ella’s nemesis since childhood, steps into this area of teeming hostility to exact his vengeance and demonstrate the extent of his blind hatred and unlimited cruelty.  He and his gang of hoodlums come to embody the rule of law, and no one in Gilead, Texas, is safe.  Particularly Ella and Solly.

In this hotbed of uncertainty, Ella finds Mr. Rainwater a calming presence.  She is moved by the kindness he shows other boarders, Solly…and Ella herself.  Slowly, she begins to rely on his soft-spoken, his restraint, and the steely resolve of his convictions.

And on the hottest, most violent night of the summer, those principles will be put to the ultimate test.”

In the very beginning I knew what was going to happen.  I had a sense of it but still at the end I was a little surprised and ended up crying a little but crying happy.  The characters of Mr. Rainwater and Ella were delightful to read about.  There story should have been a happy one under different circumstances but for what they had it was true.

This book was another enjoyable romance book to read with feeling, true characters with problems, heartache, friendship, finding love and a story behind them.