Synopsis: The Last Summer of the Camperdowns, from the best-selling author of Apologize, Apologize!, introduces Riddle James Camperdown, the twelve-year-old daughter of the idealistic Camp and his manicured, razor-sharp wife, Greer. It’s 1972, and Riddle’s father is running for office from the family compound in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. Between Camp’s desire to toughen her up and Greer’s demand for glamour, Riddle has her hands full juggling her eccentric parents. When she accidentally witnesses a crime close to home, her confusion and fear keep her silent. As the summer unfolds, the consequences of her silence multiply. Another mysterious and powerful family, the Devlins, slowly emerges as the keepers of astonishing secrets that could shatter the Camperdowns. As an old love triangle, bitter war wounds, and the struggle for status spiral out of control, Riddle can only watch, hoping for the courage to reveal the truth.
I have just finished this book and my mind is still racing from the conclusion of this wonderful book. I had noticed that it hasn’t gotten the best of reviews on Goodreads before I started reading it but after finishing it I can’t understand why. I think this is a wonderful story with many layers to it. The writer does use a lot of words that aren’t common for a normal 12 year old but for a child like Riddle raised by eccentric parents it works very well.
For a young girl to witness such a horrible tragedy and then stay silent while the secret eats her alive is unimaginable. Then as you delve deeper into the book and peel back the layers you begin to understand more about the deeper issus at hand. You are also left wanting to know more, who is being truthful and who is lying to protect themselves. Sadly there is no happy ending to this book but by the end you have the answers you are looking for and some of the answers aren’t so easy to understand or digest just like life its self.
On a scale of 1 don’t bother to a 5 what are you waiting for I give this a 4. Definitely worth the read and possible putting off other books to read it first. I know I will be thinking about this book for awhile and some parts will stick with me, something that I feel makes a good book and worth the read.
Here is what is in my bag and on my nightstand to read this week:
The Last Summer of the Camperdowns by Elizabeth Kelly
Hard Choices by Hillary Clinton
What are you reading this week?
Synopsis: When a medical procedure goes horribly wrong and famous actor Ralph Meier winds up dead, Dr. Marc Schlosser needs to come up with some answers. After all, reputation is everything in this business. Personally, he’s not exactly upset that Ralph is gone, but as a high profile doctor to the stars, Marc can’t hide from the truth forever.
It all started the previous summer. Marc, his wife, and their two beautiful teenage daughters agreed to spend a week at the Meier’s extravagant summer home on the Mediterranean. Joined by Ralph and his striking wife Judith, her mother, and film director Stanley Forbes and his much younger girlfriend, the large group settles in for days of sunshine, wine tasting, and trips to the beach. But when a violent incident disrupts the idyll, darker motivations are revealed, and suddenly no one can be trusted. As the ultimate holiday soon turns into a nightmare, the circumstances surrounding Ralph’s later death begin to reveal the disturbing reality behind that summer’s tragedy.
I was given an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book to do a review on. I had been wanting to read this book since it sounded intriquing. I got about 100 pages into it and couldn’t keep going. Marc is an annoying person who I just couldn’t like and wouldn’t care if he would get murdered. Normally I try to stick with books but I just couldn’t do it. Marc is full of himself and what is good enough for him is not good enough for someone else. I couldn’t find one single character to like and that is very hard for me since I can at least find one character to root for in a book. On a scale of 1 to 5 I give this a one, don’t waste your time. Between the flash backs of his days in medical school which for a non medical person like me I found extremely boring to his double standards towards others I just was left disappointed. When I read a book I want to have trouble putting it down and look forward to having time to pick it again and find out what happens next.
I loved going to the library as a child especially when it was story time. I have fond memories of passing my love of story time onto my son when he was younger. Now that he is a teenager he is beyond the days of story time but his love of reading rivals mine these days. Now that I have my daughter who is turning 3 I get to share story time once again. Now that school is out we go each week and look at books along with participate in story time. She enjoys the songs, books, and the craft that they do each week. We are lucky to have an amazing children's librarian who is passionate about books and children. I know we will miss story time when school starts up in the fall but for now its one of our favorite summer activities.
It is my goal that once I complete my Masters in Library Science that I work in a school library with younger children. I firmly believe that children need a firm foundation of reading in the early years to help them throughout their school years. If I am not lucky to find a school to work at then I will search for a public library in need of a children's librarian. I see just how important the work they do for the community by not just working in a library right now but also participating in the activities with my children when I am not working.
Do you have a great children's librarian at your local library or even school library? Were you blessed to have a great children's librarian when you were a child?
“Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift.” — Kate DiCamillo
1872 – Woman’s Suffrage Convention held at Merchantile Liberty Hall
1873 – Susan B Anthony fined $100 for voting for President
1928 – Amelia Earhart becomes 1st female to fly across Atlantic Ocean
1983 – Sally Ride becomes the first U.S. woman astronaut in space
“A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.”
Synopsis: Suzanne, Toni, and Petra lost their husbands but found in each other a life raft of support, inspiration, fresh baked goods, and their own business. But when the Cackleberry Club cafe opened its doors in the town of Kindred, who’d have guessed that the cozy oasis would become the scene of a crime? Suzanne’s lawyer is found in his car behind the cafe with egg on his face and blood on the dash. She takes the crime personally-the murder revels a scandal in her late husband’s past, and may put Suzanne’s life on the line.
I have just finished reading Eggs in Purgatory by Laura Childs. I love mysteries especially cozy mysteries that are a quick fun read. Eggs in Purgatory is book one in the Crackleberry Club series. In the first book you are introduced to three women who are in different stages of life in regards to their husbands. They all work together at the local cafe known as the Crackleberry Club that also has a book shop and yarn shop included. The mystery starts off fairly quickly in the book with different events happening within that effect the main character Suzanne along with the other two women.
I loved this book, it was fun and left you wanting to know more as the story unfolded. Once I work through my summer reading pile I will definitly be adding the rest of the series to my to be read pile this fall. A nice bonus is there are recipes included that are mentioned in the book.
On a scale of one to five with one being don’t waste your time to a five being what are you waiting on already I give this book a four, definitely worth the time to read it but there are other books out there that might be worth reading first. If you are needing to clense your pallet after a hard read then this is the perfect sorbet to do it with
Welcome to my blog! I have tried this blogging thing before but it never quite stuck but I now know why. I wasn't writing what I was most passionate about. I was trying to fill a mold that wasn't made for me. This time I found what mold fits me, what I want to share with the internet world. I love history and I love books! I am currently working on my bachelor's in history before I move on to getting my master's in library science. I am also a wife and a mother to two wonderful children, Master M and Princess K. Along with that I am also working part time at the reference desk at my publlic library. I still find time to read and oh how I love to read. This love of reading started at a young age and has continued to grow over the years. I have passed this love of books onto my children and they love books just as much if not more than me. I read all kinds of books but my favoritess are mystery and historical fiction. So on my blog I might share something historical or what the latest book is that I am reading. I might even go off course and talk about my day at the library, it's never boring there. I hope you enjoy what you read and if there is anything you want me to share or answer please feel free to ask. Happy Reading!