Category Archives: Contemporary

Knit the Season by Kate Jacobs

Reviewed by L.D.Y Trade, 324 pages, 2009 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: I picked up the first book of this series, Friday Night Knitting Club, about a year ago (reading and knitting are two of my favourite things). I wasn’t having much success with knitting while reading (yes, I’ve tried), so decided reading a novel […]

The Island by Elin Hilderbrand

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover, 407 pages, 2010 Rating: 10/10 Reason for Reading: I enjoyed two of Hilderbrand’s previous novels, Barefoot and A Summer Affair. Synopsis: Birdie Cousins is busy planning a show-stopper wedding for her daughter, Chess, when she calls off the whole thing. Before anyone can even react, a tragedy strikes, further rocking Chess’ […]

Heart and Soul by Maeve Binchy

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Trade (available in mass market), 452 pages, 2008 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: My mom started collecting Maeve Binchy novels; when it got to half a dozen I figured I better actually read one and see why. Synopsis: Clara Casey agrees to work the new cardiac care clinic for one year to […]

Got You Back by Jane Fallon

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Trade, 408 pages, 2008 Rating: 9/10 Look Inside: A peek at the first dozen chapters Reason for Reading: Chick lit? I’m probably there. British chick lit? I’m all yours. Synopsis: Stephanie lives a wonderful life with her husband and son in London, while Katie lives a great life in the country with […]

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Trade, 357 pages, 2009 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: I occasionally like to check out teen books just to see what’s out there. Synopsis: Brittany Ellis appears to have it all – a perfect boyfriend, rich parents, popularity; whereas Alex Fuentes seems to be well down a dark path – he’s a […]

Simple Wishes by Lisa Dale

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Mass market, 374 pages, 2009 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: Looking for a light read to check out during my exam week…we’ll see how choosing a novel over textbooks pans out in a few weeks. Synopsis: Adele Martin didn’t have a happy childhood, but at least she always had the thought of […]

The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover, 425 pages, 200 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: Connelly is the man for busting out of reading slumps. Always good. Synopsis: Mickey Haller (who we first met in The Lincoln Lawyer) is a criminal defence lawyer who defends the lowest of the low – as long as they can pay. When […]

The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover, 341 pages, 2009 Rating: 10/10 Reason for Reading: I love a good book about society’s ‘outsiders.’ Synopsis: Truly Plaice stretched her mother to epic proportions during her pregnancy before giving birth killed her, and she was five when someone first declared that she was a ‘giant.’ Next to her dainty and […]

Rock Bottom by Michael Shilling

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Trade, 400 pages, 2009 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: The whole ‘fallen rock stars’ thing seemed like it would make a great story. Synopsis: The Blood Orphans had it all: a contract that paid them lots of money to play their songs all over the world, and all the sex and drugs […]