2017 27: The Secret Wife

By Gill Paul

Rating 4 out of 5

This is my book club selection for the month.  It is a very well-written imagining of what may have happened if one of the Romanov Grand duchesses had survived and led a secret life.

The front of the book has this standard legal boilerplate:

This novel is entirely a work of fiction.  The names, characters and incidents portrayed in it are the work of the author’s imagination.  Any resemblance to actual persons living or dead, events or localities is entirely coincidental.

This is not true.  The story is very obviously based on the lives of real people and takes place in real locations.


2017 26. Eighteen Acres

By Nicolle Wallace

Rating 3.5 out of 5

This is well-written and a fast read for me.  I didn’t care for the storyline about the president’s husband having an affair with a reporter.

2017 25. Gift from the Sea

By Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Rating 4 out of 5

This book was very interesting to me.  It was written in 1955 and has a follow-up chapter, written in 1975.

The subject matter surprised me.  It talks of minimalism, feminism, and relationships.  It was just a surprise to me to get this perspective from someone writing in 1955.  I really liked it.

2017 23. 16th Seduction

By James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

Rating 2 out of 5

I’m not finished yet, but I have to put down some of the really terrible, sloppy writing in this book.  The whole book is sloppy with cheesy, bad writing.  In chapter 70, the medical examiner comes into the squad room (from another building) wearing bloody scrubs.  I’m pretty sure that wouldn’t happen and isn’t allowed. In chapter 72, some people go into an interview, and the two parties are said to have pushed the play buttons on their recorders.  I’m fairly certain they pushed the record buttons.

2017 22. The More of Less

By Joshua Becker

Rating 3.5 out of 5

This is just a refresher for me.  It is about minimizing possessions to live a fuller, less stressful life.  This is a well-written, fast read for me.

I’ve been a collector of things.  I started getting rid of stuff a couple years ago, but this got me back on the kick again.  I plan to move in to a 35 foot bus in a couple of years, so I have to let stuff go.