Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Reading Wednesday - February 2016

For Reading Wednesday this month, I have two new books to share with you. I had planned to read "Room" but didn't get a chance to before this post was due to go live. I had requested Nicholas Spark's "See Me" from our library and my copy finally came through this month so "Room" was pushed to the back burner. It is now my personal pick for March. But before I get ahead of myself, let's talk books. Here are my February books and reviews.
My Personal Pick
See Me by Nicholas Sparks
Colin Hancock is giving his second chance his best shot. With a history of violence and bad decisions behind him and the threat of prison dogging his every step, he's determined to walk a straight line. To Colin, that means applying himself single-mindedly toward his teaching degree and avoiding everything that proved destructive in his earlier life. Reminding himself daily of his hard-earned lessons, the last thing he is looking for is a serious relationship.

Maria Sanchez, the hardworking daughter of Mexican immigrants, is the picture of conventional success. With a degree from Duke Law School and a job at a prestigious firm in Wilmington, she is a dark-haired beauty with a seemingly flawless professional track record. And yet Maria has a traumatic history of her own, one that compelled her to return to her hometown and left her questioning so much of what she once believed.

A chance encounter on a rain-swept road will alter the course of both Colin and Maria's lives, challenging deeply held assumptions about each other and ultimately, themselves. As love unexpectedly takes hold between them, they dare to envision what a future together could possibly look like . . . until menacing reminders of events in Maria's past begin to surface.

As a series of threatening incidents wreaks chaos in Maria's life, Maria and Colin will be tested in increasingly terrifying ways. Will demons from their past destroy the tenuous relationship they've begun to build, or will their love protect them, even in the darkest hour?

Rich in emotion and fueled with suspense, SEE ME reminds us that love is sometimes forged in the crises that threaten to shatter us . . . and that those who see us for who we truly are may not always be the ones easiest to recognize.

My Review
I remember the first Sparks book I read and I instantly fell in love with the characters, causing Nicholas Sparks to be an author I will always read (Emily Griffin, VC Andrews, Jojo Moyes are others to just name a few). I enjoyed this book and gave it 4 our of 5 stars on Goodreads. There were moments that drug on, leaving me glazing over parts that were too detailed. The story itself, about redeeming love, was something I connected with and related to on a personal level. It's a bit of a lengthy read but if you are a fan of Sparks, you'll like this. I will tell you that it's not his typical love story so that's a fun change for him.

My Book Club Pick
Before I Go by Colleen Oakley
A heart-wrenching debut novel in the bestselling tradition of P.S. I Love You about a young woman with breast cancer who undertakes a mission to find a new wife for her husband before she passes away. Twenty-seven-year-old Daisy already beat breast cancer three years ago. How can this be happening to her again?

On the eve of what was supposed to be a triumphant “Cancerversary” with her husband Jack to celebrate three years of being cancer-free, Daisy suffers a devastating blow: her doctor tells her that the cancer is back, but this time it’s an aggressive stage four diagnosis. She may have as few as four months left to live. Death is a frightening prospect—but not because she’s afraid for herself. She’s terrified of what will happen to her brilliant but otherwise charmingly helpless husband when she’s no longer there to take care of him. It’s this fear that keeps her up at night, until she stumbles on the solution: she has to find him another wife.

With a singular determination, Daisy scouts local parks and coffee shops and online dating sites looking for Jack’s perfect match. But the further she gets on her quest, the more she questions the sanity of her plan. As the thought of her husband with another woman becomes all too real, Daisy’s forced to decide what’s more important in the short amount of time she has left: her husband’s happiness—or her own?

My Review
I loved this book. There was nothing about it that I didn't like. Daisy's character was so charming, that you truly just love her not to mention truly sadden that she is dealt with such a horrible blow yet again. I found humor throughout the book but will tell you, the last chapter will break your heart. Not in the obvious way it seems either. I'm not one to cry much when reading but this book made me have an ugly cry. A well worth it ugly cry.  

For March, I will be reading The Room by Emma Donoghue (Personal Pick)
and To Know You by Shannon Ethridge (Book Club Pick).

Now it's your turn to share what you've been reading. Add our button to your book themed post and linkup your book reviews and list. You have until March 29 to add your February reads to this linkup.

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