Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Book Review - "The Underwriting" by Michelle Miller (#39 - 2015)

The Underwriting by Michelle Miller

Strange book, not in a bad way, more in a does-this-stuff-really-happen? way.  It's about a group of bankers who have been recruited to do a 14 billion dollar IPO for a hugely popular app. It's a dating app (much like Tinder) that has over 500 million users.  The characters involved are interesting (to say the least and also I'm being nice) and the stakes are high for each of them that this IPO needs to be successful.  A murder happens and the aftermath may just destroy them all.  The book is being touted as a thrilling/humorous satire.  Satire? Yes.  Humorous/thrilling?  Nope.  And then it ends in sort of a cliffhanger/set up for the next part coming in 2016 (eye roll).  Bottom line, is it worth reading? Sure, it's a solid story and I read the whole thing in a day, but be aware there will be a sequel and the author is a bit heavy handed in her point of view (which was a bit of a turn off for me).

Monday, October 5, 2015

Book Review - "Porch Lights" by Dorothea Benton Frank (#38 - 2015)

Porch Lights by Dorothea Benton Frank

I always enjoy a Dorothea Benton Frank novel. She's the best at capturing the spirit of the SC lowcountry.  This story focuses on Jackie, a returning vet and nurse, whose husband (a NYC firefighter) who was killed while on the job.  She and her young son head down to her Mom's house on Sullivan's Island to get away and regroup.  Her still-married-but-living-separately parents are a hoot, the handsome doctor next door and his dogs help her son out mentally, the cast of characters is strong.  Is the story predictable?  Sure.  Is it a fun, easy read?  You betcha!  So for mindless, beachy, fluffy reading, pick this one up!
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