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Paris on my mind:

I loved waking up to this view.


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Review: Mercury and Me

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Mercury and Me by Jim Hutton
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Of all the Freddie Mercury books to choose from, I had to go and choose this one. Big mistake! Although it purports to be an in depth look at Jim's life with Freddie and an up-close-and-personal never-before-reported look at Freddie, it seemed more like a great big middle finger to Mary Austin saying, "Ha ha. I gave him something you couldn't."

Also, the writing was terrible (I don't know how the narrator managed to get through it.) and, Jim seemed to be more in love with himself than he was with Freddie.

Disappointing on many levels.

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Review: The Masterpiece

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The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love historical fiction, especially when the main character (in both the 1920s and 1970s) is a strong woman. In this story, one is an artist; one is learning who she is after a divorce and other traumatic events.

One of the underlying themes is how women are treated differently. It was so blatant in the '20s that people "in the know" in the art world didn't think a woman artist's work would sell -- despite the fact she was a successful illustrator for Vogue magazine and designer for Studebaker.

In the 1970s portion, the woman learns Grand Central Terminal is in danger of having a skyscraper built on top of it and she wants to help (along with Jackie Onassis) stop that.

Grand Central -- and the Grand Central School of Art -- are where the two parts of the story come together.

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Review: Keep You Close

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Keep You Close by Karen Cleveland
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

FBI agent Steph Maddox realizes she doesn't know her teenage son as well as she thinks she does and he may be involved in something nefarious. She has to figure out if he's a willing participant in a plot or if he's being used, because the plot is bigger than anything a high school senior could plan on his own and involves the US intelligence community, members of Congress, and more.

This is a fast-paced thriller with suspense on every page and a plot that doesn't fully unfold until the very last line.

(view spoiler)[This made me think about what would happen if Putin picked smart people in the US to do his dirty work. (hide spoiler)]

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1st Quarter Books 2019

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These are the books I read from January through the end of March:

Review: The Summer We Lost Her

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The Summer We Lost Her by Tish Cohen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This is a compelling family drama that shows what can happen when a husband and wife lose their way, and how tragedy can either break them or make them stronger.

Matt, a 50-something lawyer, and Elise, a 30-something Olympic-caliber equestrian, are in the Adirondacks to sell Matt's deceased grandfather's house. The trip started out badly when Matt and their 8-year-old daughter with cerebral palsy, Gracie, left NYC without Elise because she was having a problem getting her horse back from Florida and, because of that, she missed Gracie's first-ever school play.

It gets even more tense as Matt reconnects with the woman next door who he lost his virginity to when they were teenagers. Matt eventually learns some things about his grandfather (who raised him after his parents died) that would mean he was not the revered and phil…