Monthly Archives: March 2017

Book Review: Lift and Separate

Lift and Separate: A NovelLift and Separate: A Novel by Marilyn Simon Rothstein
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book! It was fun and fast paced.

Marcy is surprised that her husband moves out after 33 years of marriage after telling her of an affair he’d had with a fitting model at his lingerie factory. She was absolutely crushed and over a few weeks, when Harvey wanted to come back, she was actually considering it when he told her that the model was pregnant with his child.

That was enough for March and she began to start her own life. I loved how her friendship grew with Candy as they went through the tough spots in their lives. I love how she finally began to realize what she wanted instead of what anyone else wanted after so many years of doing for others.

This book was frantic in parts but laughing out loud funny in other parts. I highly recommend this book!

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Book Review: At First Blush

At First BlushAt First Blush by Beth Ellyn Summer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book! It was so cute.

Lacey is a 17 year old YouTuber who’s channel is about make-up and called LaceyBlushes. She is chosen as an intern for On Trend Magazine for the summer along with two other YouTubers who have more followers than she does. She wants so badly to do a good enough job to get a contract with Glass Cube and be a professional Youtuber with sponsors and a production staff. There will also be a guest editor and she’s hoping it will be someone involved in make-up or fashion but it ends up being a rock star who’s left a band and is starting a solo career.

Things go along well. Lacey loves being in the make-up room at the magazine and trying all the available products. Then she gets a sponsor who makes inferior products that she has to feature in her videos. She also gets involve with Tyler, the rock star guest editor. Her fans, who have finally gone over the million mark and have started recognizing her in public rebel. She is the subject of nasty gossip on a gossip site and eventually, she has to fight to have her YouTube channel reinstated when it’s deleted due to terms and conditions violations.

This is a cute story of a girl who gets everything she didn’t know she wanted. I loved it!

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Book Review: The Hollywood Daughter

The Hollywood DaughterThe Hollywood Daughter by Kate Alcott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love this book about old Hollywood.

Set in the 1950’s, Jesse’s dad is a PR man at a Hollywood studio and one of his stars is Ingrid Bergman who Jesse hero worships for most of her life. The best part of her childhood was in the carpool when they stopped to pick up Ingrid’s daughter, Pia, and she would get a chance to see her idol.

With the suspicions that there were communists among the movie industry, Jesse’s mother wanted her to switch schools and she began attending a convent school. The more her dad was involved in his day to day life, her mom sunk into her Catholic faith and there was much stress in the house. Jesse is a smart student and awarded the title of Valedictorian for her class. When she gave an award winning speech against the Catholic church and Hollywood, this title was taken away from her and angered her parents. By the time she graduated, she was so ready to leave her life behind and move to New York.

After college and several years working for Newsweek, she receives an invite to the Academy Awards. Having left that life behind she wasn’t sure she wanted to go but after speaking with her lifelong best friend, Kathleen, who still lived in Hollywood, she decides to make the trip.

The story goes through Jesse reflecting and sorting out her life and it ends on a happy note. Excellent book. I didn’t want it to end! 🙂

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