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Book Review: My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

My Lovely Wife
Author: Samantha Downing

Published:  March 26, 2019
Audiobook

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: December 10-18, 2020
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars

Book Description:

A couple’s fifteen-year marriage has finally gotten too interesting…

Our love story is simple. I met a gorgeous woman. We fell in love. We had kids. We moved to the suburbs. We told each other our biggest dreams, and our darkest secrets. And then we got bored.

We look like a normal couple. We’re your neighbors, the parents of your kid’s friend, the acquaintances you keep meaning to get dinner with.

We all have secrets to keeping a marriage alive.

Ours just happens to be getting away with murder.

Jessica’s Review:

OMG, this was a perfect thriller for me: And just look at the cover for this one!!  It is PERFECT!   My Lovely Wife is about a couple who decide to spice up their 15 year marriage… by adding murder to the mix.  And not just that, getting it blamed on a serial killer who previously got away. 

Our narrator is the unnamed husband and oh wow:  For being both our protagonist AND antagonist, I was fully invested in this story from the start!  To root for our unnamed narrator or hope he and his wife Millicent get caught… You’ll feel both emotions in this intense cat and mouse game.  There is a twist I figured out but it is still is quite the roller coaster of a thriller. I have had some issues with sub-par thrillers this year and this one has made up for the other reads I had issues with. 

My Lovely Wife is one that the further you get into it while reading, the quicker you will want to read to get to the ending to see what ultimately happens, and… what an ending it is! 

I listened to the audiobook and the narrator projected well with the husband but I had issues when he changed his voice around for female characters.  I did not like it, but was so intently listening to the story that it did not really take much away for me.  

I very highly recommend this one.  Go ahead and get on this wild ride of a debut novel from Samantha Downing!

Purchase Links:
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Children’s Picture Book Review: ABC: What Can I Be? You Can Be Anything You Want to Be, From A to Z

ABC What Can I Be?
You Can Be Anything You Want to Be, From A to Z
Series:
ABC For Me
Author/Illustrator: Jessie Ford

Published: September 1, 2020
32 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: November 28, 2020
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars

Book Description:

ABC What Can I Be? presents a wonderful world full of career possibilities—from Astronomer to Zoo Keeper and everything in between. Representing kids of all kinds, this book shows that there are no limits to what a kid can pursue.

Whether they are fascinated by animals, trains, flowers, teaching, or any other thing, kids can grow up to be whatever they want! ABC What Can I Be? presents a whole alphabet full of exciting, thoughtful, and wonderful things children can do.

Pairing a career with each letter of the alphabet, ABC What Can I Be? features colorful illustrations and fascinating careers to get kids thinking about all the possibilities for their future. Each page introduces a letter of the alphabet with bright artwork and highlights a career that is fun, challenging, and makes a big impact in its own way. These 26 careers—which include Dentist, Floral Designer, Meteorologist, Robotics Engineer, Train Conductor, and Wildlife Conservationist—are just some of the things a kid can become! A fun read for the whole family,ABC What Can I Be? is not only perfect for teaching toddlers their ABCs, but also for encouraging them to consider all the careers available to them when they grow up.

With endearing illustrations and mindful concepts, the ABC for Me series pairs each letter of the alphabet with words that promote big dreams and healthy living. Other books in this series include:

  • ABC What Can She Be? (2018)
  • ABC What Can He Be? (2019)
  • ABC Let’s Celebrate You & Me (2021)
  • ABC Everyday Heroes Like Me (2021)

Jessica’s Review:

This is a 5 star children’s picture book that helps children learn their ABCs and also shows them that they can grow up to be anything they want! 

The illustrations are very colorful and bright and also showcase the diversity in people. This includes diversity in disability and religion which does show young children that anyone can become anything they want to be. They just have to reach for it and go! 

There is one letter per page which showcases an occupation with an illustration. There is also one sentence that explains the selected occupation. There are a variety of occupations showcased (some with bigger words that might need some explanation from mom or dad): Emergency Medical Technician, Paleontologist (is this an occupation that still exists???) to more advanced occupations as our technology continuously expands: Game Developer/ Quantitative Analyst, and Robotic Engineer).

This is an alphabet book I highly recommend for children.

I received a copy from the publisher via Amazon Vine to review. 

Purchase Links:
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Book Review: Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin

Rosemary’s Baby
Series: Book One of Rosemary’s Baby

Author: Ira Levin
Published: March 12, 1967
218 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 5 stars

Book Description:

Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse were delighted at the chance to move into Bramford, one of Manhattan’s oldest and most celebrated apartment houses. Their friend Hutch urged them not to; he knew of too many shadows in the Bramford’s past – unsavory tenants like Adrian Marcato, who had practiced witchcraft, and the monstrous Trench sisters. But Rosemary and Guy were clear-thinking and not at all superstitious. They dismissed Hutch’s warnings and moved in. At first, they were completely happy. Rosemary hung curtains and planned a nursery for the baby she hoped to have some day. Guy pursued his career as a stage and television actor. They met their neighbors who were friendly and unintrusive. But then, one day when Rosemary was down in the basement laundry room, a girl her own ago came in … Quietly and with a compelling matter-of-factness. Ira Levin tells a story of mounting terror and icy climactic shock in a book that manages to be wildly entertaining as well.

Kim’s Review:

What a great book! Of course, we’ve all seen the movie, but I once I found out it was based on a book . . . so I read it and I love it so much! I’m not sure I’d even call this horror. I’d classify it more as suspense with a slight horror twist. The Bramford is a great setting and Levin did a superb job of building up the tension slowly and subtly, until the twist just pounces and you’re left speechless. The only other author who is this successful at a slow burn is Shirley Jackson, and even she wasn’t this subtle.

Rosemary is an excellent character who both conforms to and breaks the 60’s housewife stereotypes. You also get a great look into the decade and feel like you’re actually living it. Even if you don’t like horror, I would still recommend this book because it’s such a awesome story! It’s easy to read and quick to get through!

Purchase Links:
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