Unpopular Opinion Time

IMG_6249Murder on the Orient Express. Written by the Queen of mystery.  Classic whodunit fiction.  Cult favorite and one of the most read mystery novel writers of all time.

And I did not like it.  It was dry. It was drawn out.  I was bored and I didn’t feel that the solution was all that Earth shattering.  I’m sorry Queen Christie, I’m willing to give you another try, but not any time soon.

Do you read Agatha Christie?  Is there another one of her books I should try before I write her off completely?  What do you think?


Lies Jane Austen Told Me: a Review

IMG_0094Lies Jane Austen Told Me

Julie Wright

312 pages

Shadow Mountain Publishing.  November 2017

Book given to me from Shadow Mountain in exchange for an honest review.


I read.  I love a lot of different books and I don’t live under a rock.  However, I am not very fluent in Jane Austen.  Have I read anything by her?  Yes. Have I read enough, recent enough to catch little Austen-isms in the book?  No.  Did I still love Lies Jane Austen Told Me?  ABSOLUTELY!

This is one of those romance stories that is slightly predictable, slightly in the “this wouldn’t happen” form, but it was so fun to read!

In true proper romance form, it was an entertaining love story without all of the smut.  The plot just focuses on creating likable characters and building a great love story.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a little love.

Thank you Shadow Mountain Publishing for sending this book my way!


Goodreads Synopsis:

Ever since Emma read Pride and Prejudice, she’s been in love with Mr. Darcy and has regarded Jane Austen as the expert on all things romantic. So naturally when Emma falls for Blake Hampton and he invites her home to meet his parents, she is positive an engagement is in her future. After all, Blake is a single man in possession of a good fortune, and thus must be in want of a wife.

But when it turns out that what Blake actually wants is more of a hook-up than a honeymoon, Emma is hurt, betrayed, and furious. She throws herself deeper into her work as CMO of Kinetics, the fastest growing gym franchise in the nation. She loves her work, and she’s good at it, which is why she bristles when her boss brings in a consultant to help her spearhead the new facilities on the East Coast. Her frustration turns to shock when that consultant turns out to be Blake’s younger brother, Lucas.

Emma is determined not to fall for Lucas, but as she gets to know him, she realizes that Lucas is nothing like his brother. He is kind and attentive and spends his time and money caring for the less fortunate.

What she can’t understand is why Lucas continues to try to push her back into Blake’s arms when he so clearly has fallen as hard for her as she has fallen for him. It isn’t until Lucas reveals to Emma that he was adopted into the Hampton family that she begins to understand his loyalty to Blake as well as his devotion to the child April-she is Lucas’s biological niece.

Emma opens up to Lucas about the feelings of abandonment she has harbored ever since she was a child and her mother left the family. As she helps Lucas deal with his past demons, she is able to exorcise some of her own.

Realizing that her love life is as complicated as anything Jane Austen could have dreamed up, Emma must find a way to let Blake know that it’s time for him to let her go and to let Lucas know it’s time for him to love her back.