Category Archives: Contemporary

Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Trade, 305 pages, 2007 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: I loved Greek mythology when I was younger – and I guess I still do! Synopsis: The Greek gods of ancient times are alive and…living in London? Athena, … Continue reading

Love and Other Natural Disasters by Holly Shumas

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Trade, 341 pages, 2009 Rating: 8/10 Reason for Reading: My love of chick-lit; I liked the title. Synopsis: Eight months pregnant, Eve is shattered to discover that her husband, Jonathon, has been having an affair. But not … Continue reading

Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover, 168 pages, 1997, 2008 Rating: 8/10 Reason for Reading: Sedaris is good for my inner cynic. Synopsis: Sedaris has added to his 1997 collection of holiday-themed essays and humorous pieces with a few works that were … Continue reading

Your Roots are Showing by Elise Chidley

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Trade, 384 pages, 2008 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: Just treating myself to a little chick-lit. Synopsis: Lizzie Buckley should have been living the ideal life – a loving husband, adorable twin kids – but her postpartum … Continue reading

Testimony by Anita Shreve

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover, 305 pages, 2008 Rating: 10/10 Reason for Reading: I’ve read about half of Shreve’s novels and I’ve enjoyed them all so far. Synopsis: A private school erupts in scandal when a sex tape is discovered, featuring … Continue reading

The Pirate’s Daughter by Margaret Cezair-Thompson

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover, 394 pages, 2007 Rating: 10/10 Reason for Reading: I love old movies, so a story with (a fictionalized) Errol Flynn, star of movies like ‘The Adventures of Robin Hood’ and ‘Captain Blood,’ living in Jamaica sounded … Continue reading

The Gifted Gabald&#243n Sisters by Lorraine L&#243pez

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Trade, 326 pages, 2008 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: The cover just looked so vivacious that I knew these sisters were characters that I’d like to meet. Synopsis: Before the Gabald&#243n sisters’ live-in-maid, Fermina, dies, she promises … Continue reading

In Hovering Flight by Joyce Hinnefeld

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover, 288 pages, 2008 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: I’ve heard good things about it. Synopsis: When Scarlet’s mother dies, she looks back over her life – which includes birdwatching, meeting the love of her life, environmental … Continue reading

Barefoot by Elin Hilderbrand

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Trade, 406 pages, 2007 Rating: 8/10 Reason for Reading: The cover made it seem like a no-brainer for a good summer read. Synopsis: Three women arrive in Nantucket looking to escape their everyday lives – Brenda has … Continue reading