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, Apollo, Artemis and a select assortment of the other gods live in a decrepit flat, […]

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 a physical one: an emotional one, an affair that left Eve lonely and wondering why […]

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 originally published elsewhere since that time, and one entirely new piece. The topics range from […]

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 depression prompts her to write a frustrated email to her sister – or so she […]

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 a fourteen-year-old girl, three male students eighteen and older, and an unknown cameraperson. The story […]

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 too good to resist. Synopsis: When movie-star Errol Flynn washes up on the shores of […]

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 the four girls a gift, something she is giving to each of them because their […]

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 activism, art, and two life-long friends – comparing and contrasting the life of her mother […]

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 just left her job after a scandal and has little hope of finding another one; […]