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Review: Never Have I Ever

Never Have I Ever

Never Have I Ever
By Joshilyn Jackson
William Morrow, 9780062855312, July 2019, 352pp.

The Short of It:

I love a good secret and this book has many.

The Rest of It:

Amy Whey is a Florida housewife with a past. A past that she’s kept well-hidden until a short-term neighbor makes an appearance at her book club and plays her version of the game Never Have I Ever. Amy immediately notes that something is amiss. This stranger knows something about her past and she has to find out what or risk losing everything she has; two beautiful kids, a loving husband and a beautiful home in a great neighborhood not to mention her best friend, Charlotte.

This neighborhood has no idea what it’s in for with its picture-perfect inhabitants, manicured hedges, and this one new addition who is up to no good but it makes for excellent reading. From page one, I was hooked and surprisingly, it’s not predictable. There were some surprises thrown in which I always appreciate.

I think this author is typically known for southern fiction but this reads like a mystery and I enjoyed it very much. Jackson’s depiction of women in this demographic is pretty spot-on too but I can tell she had a little fun with it as well.

Overall, it’s a solid, entertaining read.

Source: Review copy provided by the publisher.
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Review: The Bar Harbor Retirement Home for Famous Writers and Their Muses

The Bar Harbor Retirement Hone for Famous Writers and Their Muses

The Bar Harbor Retirement Home for Famous Writers and Their Muses
By Terri-Lynne DeFino
William Morrow Paperbacks, 9780062742674, June 2018, 336pp.

The Short of It:

I’m a sucker for stories about writers.

The Rest of It:

The Bar Harbor Retirement Home is home to a group of retired writers and what a group they are! Some have had relationships with one  another, others have collaborated with each other, and some are still collaborating as they live out their final days.

What makes this story entertaining is that there is a story within a story as Alfonse Carducci, writes what could be his final story, and this new work of his is inspired by his caregiver, Cecibel. Cecibel, although much younger than Alfonse cannot help but be smitten with him. As a fan, she finds his work thrilling. There is just something about his charm and wit that hold her captive.

Usually, I am not a fan of the “story within a story” device but in this case, I didn’t mind it. Carducci writes what is essentially a love story and again, not something I’d typically enjoy but I did find myself wanting to know how that story would end.

The ending didn’t go the way I expected it to but all in all, it was an enjoyable read.

Source: Review copy provided by the publisher.
Disclosure: This post contains Indiebound affiliate links.