Tag: Lisa Scottoline

I See Life Through Rosé-Colored Glasses


Authors: Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella
To Be Published: Tomorrow, July 10, 2018
352 pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: June 28-July 1, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:
In I See Life Through Rosé Colored-Glasses, the bestselling mother/daughter pair is back with another hilarious and heartfelt collection of essays about the possibilities and pitfalls of everyday life.

Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella’s delightful essays are sure to strike a chord with every woman. Their nine book series is among the best reviewed humor books published today, and has been compared to the late greats Erma Bombeck and Nora Ephron.

Jessica’s Review:
I See Life Through Rosé-Colored Glasses is the ninth collaboration between mother/ daughter team Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella. In these collaborations they share about the hilariousness that is their everyday life. We get both hilarious perspectives of life from the ‘younger generation’ and the ‘older generation’.

Through these essays you get to know both Lisa and Francesca. If you have read all the collaborations you know them and their family very well. They come from a big Italian family and we get to see first-hand what that is like.This is the first collaboration I have read and I would love to read more! I am a big Scottoline fan, so I feel I now know her more as a person. Francesca writes a column every Sunday in The Philadelphia Inquirer.

There are lots of laughs and a little sadness in the essays they share with us. Every mother and daughter will enjoy this collection of essays. You can see Lisa and Francesca have a very special relationship: They are each other’s number one fan. Go ahead and start reading these books now, you won’t regret it! Bring this with you to the beach, it is a perfect beach read!

Thank you St Martin’s Press for granting me an arc copy via NetGalley!

Pre-Order Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

Exposed

Author: Lisa Scottoline
Published: August 15, 2017
AUDIOBOOK

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: August 22- September 2, 2017
Jessica’s Rating: 3.5 Stars

Book Description from Amazon:

A BATTLE FOR JUSTICE PITS PARTNER AGAINST PARTNER…

Mary DiNunzio wants to represent her old friend Simon Pensiera, a sales rep who was wrongly fired by his company, but her partner Bennie Rosato represents the parent company. When she confronts Mary, explaining this is a conflict of interest, an epic battle of wills and legal strategy between the two ensues—ripping the law firm apart, forcing everyone to take sides and turning friend against friend.

SOMETIMES LOYALTY CAN BE LETHAL.

Jessica’s Review:

Exposed is the fifth book in the Rosato & DiNunzio series. They can be read as standalones and you not miss much with the backstories or even read out of order.  I have been reading them out of order as I won Damaged (the fourth in the series, my review is here) in a Goodreads giveaway not knowing it is a series. My local library has them all in audio, so I plan to listen to the other two that I have not listened to yet.

Mary is again the main lawyer featured in Exposed.  Bennie is featured some as well.  In the previous books of the series Mary’s family is around a lot; in Exposed they have a smaller role. I kind of missed them as her family tends to be the comic relief in these books.

Mary wants to represent her friend Simon. He feels he was fired from his job because his child is very sick and his employer did not want to pay for the high medical bills.  Of course his employer says that is not the reason, it was his job performance.  There becomes a conflict of interest issue with Mary against Bennie since Bennie represents the parent company that Simon works for.  Exposed never dragged for me, but most of the novel focuses on this issue and it was too much ‘legal talk’ that did not interest me at all. Scottoline could have condensed that more to focus on the excitement of the last portion of the novel.  Exposed becomes so much more than a case about Simon and his job. It picked up for me in the last two discs.  I never thought about stopping the book as I wanted to know what was going to happen.

Scottoline ends the novel with optimism and a promising future.  I really enjoyed the ending and look forward to the next in the series.  I can’t wait to see where Rosato and DiNunzio go next!

Exposed is recommended.

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First Line Friday #34

I read today’s First Line Friday earlier this year and reviewed it here. I enjoy Lisa Scottoline’s novels and was sent this one by the publisher St. Martin’s Press.  This is a novel you start out thinking one thing, but the reality is a complete 180! And from the first line you know you are in for a roller coaster of a ride:

Chris Brennan was applying for a teaching job at Central Valley High School, but he was a fraud.

On paper, Chris Brennan looks perfect. He’s applying for a job as a high school government teacher, he’s ready to step in as an assistant baseball coach, and his references are impeccable.

But everything about Chris Brennan is a lie.

Susan Sematov is proud of her son Raz, a high school pitcher so athletically talented that he’s being recruited for a full-ride scholarship to a Division I college, with a future in major-league baseball. But Raz’s father died only a few months ago, leaving her son in a vulnerable place where any new father figure might influence him for good, or evil.

Heather Larkin is a struggling single mother who lives for her son Jordan’s baseball games. But Jordan is shy, and Heather fears he is being lured down a dark path by one of his teammates, a young man from an affluent family whose fun-loving manner might possibly conceal his violent plans.

Mindy Kostis succumbs to the pressure of being a surgeon’s wife by filling her days with social events and too many gin and tonics. But she doesn’t know that her husband and her son, Evan, are keeping secrets from her – secrets that might destroy all of them.

At the center of all of them is Chris Brennan. Why is he there? What does he want? And what is he willing to do to get it?

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