Reviewer: Liz Grace Davis
Price: $10.99 Kindle
Review Date: November 14, 2013
Tracey Garvis Graves, the New York Times bestselling author of On the Island, returns.
What if the life you wanted, and the woman you fell in love with, belonged to someone else?
Chris and Claire Canton’s marriage is on life support. Downsized during the recession and out of work for a year, Chris copes by retreating to a dark place where no one can reach him, not even Claire. When he’s offered a position that will keep him away from home four nights a week, he dismisses Claire’s concern that time apart could be the one thing their fragile union can’t weather. Their suburban life may look idyllic on the outside, but Claire has never felt so disconnected from Chris, or so lonely.
Local police officer Daniel Rush used to have it all, but now he goes home to an empty house every night. He pulls Claire over during a routine traffic stop and runs into her again at the 4th of July parade. When Claire is hired to do some graphic design work for the police department, her friendship with Daniel grows, and soon they’re spending hours together.
Claire loves the way Daniel makes her feel, and the way his face lights up when she walks into the room. Daniel knows that Claire’s marital status means their relationship will never be anything other than platonic. But it doesn’t take long before Claire and Daniel are in way over their heads, and skating close to the line that Claire has sworn she’ll never cross.
ALL FALL DOWN by Jennifer Weiner (cover image unavailable)
Reviewer: Ashley Mackler-Paternostro
Price: $12.99 (pre-order for Kindle)
Review Date: April 3, 2014
Sub-genre: Contemporary Fiction
From Jennifer Weiner, one of America’s most celebrated and beloved writers, comes a new novel that takes on the controversial topic of women and addiction and proves to be her most absorbing and timely story yet.
Gillian Weiss has a great job…a gorgeous husband…an adorable daughter…and a secret.
On the outside, Gillian is a normal suburban mother—until a website she develops takes off, giving her more money than she ever dreamed of, and her life starts falling apart. Suddenly, her husband’s becoming distant, her daughter’s acting spoiled, her father is dealing with early Alzheimer’s, and her mother’s barely dealing at all. As she struggles to be a good daughter, a good mother, and a good wife, to run her business and serve as Class Mother in her daughter’s snooty private school (and maybe get to the gym every once in a while), Gillian finds that the prescription painkillers she took for a back injury help her deal with more than just physical pain—they give her energy, help her feel calm, and let her get through her increasingly hectic days.
When her use gets to the point that she can no longer control it—or hide it—Gillian ends up in a world she never thought she’d experience outside of a movie theater: rehab. Amid the teenage heroin addicts, the alcoholic grandmothers, the barely trained “recovery coaches” and the overwhelmed counselors, Gillian struggles to get sober and ultimately rebuild a life where she can be a mother, a daughter, a friend, a professional success…and a woman in recovery.
With a sparkling comedic touch and tender, true-to-life characterizations, All Fall Down is another classic Jennifer Weiner tale of empowerment and redemption that will leave readers laughing and crying to the end.
Price: $8.89 Kindle
Review Date: December 19, 2013
Back in the beloved fictional town of Three Rivers, Connecticut, Wally Lamb takes his readers straight into the halls of St. Aloysius Gonzaga Parochial School. But grammar and arithmetic move to the back burner this holiday season with the sudden arrivals of substitute teacher Madame Frechette and feisty Russian student Zhenya Kabakova. While Felix learns the meaning of French kissing, cultural misunderstanding, and tableaux vivants, Wishin’ and Hopin’ barrels toward one outrageous Christmas.
A vivid slice of 1960s life, Wishin’ and Hopin’ is a wise and witty holiday tale that celebrates where we’ve been-and how far we’ve come.