Weekly Mash-Up #126

Well, the week-long readathon that I’ve been participating in is just a few hours away from ending.  Not a bad week with 964 pages read and three books completed (see below).  I still have some time left so I’m going to try to hit the 1,000 page mark…stay tuned!

The Week in Books

The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave — 5 out of 5 stars!

I absolutely loved this story, a novel based on events that happened in 1617 where a storm killed the men of a small community, leaving the women to fend for themselves, with later allegations of witchcraft surfacing.  This beautifully written story tells of love, loss, friendship, and betrayal, and I can’t recommend it enough.

Vivid by Jana Jones — 3.5/4 out of 5 stars

Rounding up to 4 stars for NetGalley and Goodreads.  Based on a true story, mother of three Sheri Calloway brings her young children to Baltimore looking for a better life.  A chance for their own home leads to health issues, a demand for answers, and changes in the system.  While the ongoing nightmare stemming from the offer of affordable housing is a main component, the real focus of this story is the importance of family and friendship.  A promising debut, I look forward to reading more from Ms. Jones in the future.

Candle in the Wind by George Bernau — 2 out of 5 stars

If Sidney Sheldon and Jackie Collins had a love child, then made that love child write a cheesy soap opera, it would probably be better than Candle in the Wind.  The premise sounded good (especially back in the early 1990’s at the height of my Marilyn Monroe mania):  what if Marilyn had survived her overdose?  This novel follows “Marilyn Lane” and a variety of characters that will be familiar to anyone with the slightest knowledge of those who surrounded the real Monroe in her life, from the wealthy political Kerrigan family (Kennedys),  to a Joe DiMaggio figure who is always there for Marilyn (yeah, I’ve already forgotten his name, that’s how much this book stuck with me!).  The writing is dated, the plotline cliche, the sex scenes laughable.  But I’ve read worse so I’ll bump this up to two stars.

Stay safe and Happy Reading!

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