The Love Wars
Author: L. Alison Heller
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: NAL Trade (May 7, 2013)
Even though Molly Grant has only a handful of relationships behind her, she’s already been through more divorces than she can count.
At the premier Manhattan law firm where she’s a matrimonial attorney, the hours are long, the bosses tyrannical, and the bonuses stratospheric. Her clients are rich, famous, and used to getting their way. Molly’s job—and primary concern in life—is to work as hard as possible to make sure they do. Until she meets the client who changes everything….
Fern Walker is the desperate former wife of a ruthless media mogul. Her powerful ex is slowly pushing her out of her young children’s lives, and she fears losing them forever. Molly—haunted by an incident from her own past—finds herself unable to walk away from Fern and sets out to help her. She just needs to do it without her bosses finding out.
Now, as complications both professional and personal stack up, Molly can only hope that her own wits, heart, and instincts are enough—both in and out of court.
The book description states that it's in the vein of The Devil Wears Prada and that's very true. It's the same type of corporate hell climbing to get to where you "think" you want to be until one day you remember your humanity and decide maybe there's more to life than the corporate office.
Some of the divorce scenes are in your face making fun of the rich and their ridiculous demands, and other scenes are truly sad reflections of marriages gone wrong.
Molly spends a good part of the book kissing butt to her superiors in an attempt to make that climb to the top, but slowly the thrill of becoming a rising star in the firm fades as she realizes real lives are at stake.
A good look at the inside shenanigans of a corporate law firm and the serious side of "Bridget Jones".
Author: Charles Martin
Publisher: Center Street
Hardcover: 320 pages
An actress running from her past finds escape with a man hiding from his future. When someone wants to be lost, a home tucked among the Ten Thousand Islands off the Florida coast is a good place to live. A couple decent boats, and a deep knowledge of fishing and a man can get by without ever having to talk to another soul. It's a nice enough existence, until the one person who ties him to the world of the living, the reason he's still among them even if only on the fringes, asks him for help.
He will show her an alternate escape, a way to write a new life. But Katie still must confront her past before she can find peace. Ultimately, he will need to leave his secluded home and sacrifice the serenity he's found to help her. From the Florida coast, they will travel to the French countryside where they will discover the unwritten story of both their pasts and their future.
The first chapter intrigues, the second grips and doesn't let go!
The story line is interesting, but it's Charles' style of writing and wordplay that really sustains the story and pulls you deeper. His words wrap around you with a hypnotic charm.
Some authors write good stories. Some write words that are magic. Not taking away from the storyline itself, which involves characters with many deep layers that the novel slowly unpeels as you delve deeper into it, but when an author writes magic, any story spectacular.
The story is fascinating and gripping, the characters alive (the Priest is my favorite) and Charles has hit gold with his writing once again.
Prepare yourself though, the tears will come. The children will bring them.
In the Marietta, Ga area on the 17th of May? Charles will be at the Book Exchange with Patti Callahan Henry!
Idgie loves a good Space Novel so much that she's giving her thoughts before the description for a change!
I love John Scalzi books. The reason? Simple - he keeps it real. You take some good old fashioned space sci -fi (my fave!), throw in human relations, politics, everyday events, aliens, spies and you have a great, readable and relate-able story. Not only that, but there's humor. All stories are better with a little humor thrown in. Episode Seven - with Tuffy the dog - priceless.
John has done a great job of reminding people why Sci-Fi is so popular. If done properly, you can imagine it's existence.... you can imagine the future. Not the unimaginable, but the complete opposite.
I compare him to another "real" sci-fi writer - Jack McDevitt. His Omega series was similar in it's "humanly realistic" readability.
I was so excited when I saw this serial story coming out - I immediately bought the first three installments before making myself stop and wait for the entire book. There's certainly no reason for you to do so, I just felt as a reviewer it's what I needed to do. I was so torn watching each week's installments coming out!
You will love the installments, and then if you follow through to the book you'll get extra bonus material making it well worth your wait.
Bonus - at the end of this post - there's some exciting news for us all!
The Human Division
Author: John Scalzi
Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (May 14, 2013)
Following the events of The Last Colony, John Scalzi tells the story of the fight to maintain the unity of the human race.
The people of Earth now know that the human Colonial Union has kept them ignorant of the dangerous universe around them. For generations the CU had defended humanity against hostile aliens, deliberately keeping Earth an ignorant backwater and a source of military recruits. Now the CU’s secrets are known to all. Other alien races have come on the scene and formed a new alliance—an alliance against the Colonial Union. And they’ve invited the people of Earth to join them. For a shaken and betrayed Earth, the choice isn't obvious or easy.
Against such possibilities, managing the survival of the Colonial Union won’t be easy, either. It will take diplomatic finesse, political cunning…and a brilliant “B Team,” centered on the resourceful Lieutenant Harry Wilson, that can be deployed to deal with the unpredictable and unexpected things the universe throws at you when you’re struggling to preserve the unity of the human race.
First published online from January to April 2013 as a three-month digital serial, The Human Division now appears as a full-length novel of the Old Man’s War universe, plus—for the first time in print—the first tale of Lieutenant Harry Wilson, and a coda that wasn’t part of the digital serialization.
Fantastic News Here!
Now that we’ve come to the end of the 13 episode serialization of John Scalzi’s The Human Division, it can be told: A second season has been commissioned!
Author John Scalzi broke the news this past Tuesday, revealing that the story of the Old Man’s War universe will continue for at least one more season. The story, still in its very early stages, will be collected in a novel in a manner similar to The Human Division, which will hit shelves on May 14th, containing two extra stories set in the Old Man’s War universe.