Roundtable Reviews features little more than book reviews and book news. We don't just stick to one genre. We have varying tastes and may be after a heartwarming romance one day, a new adult novel the next, and a creepy horror the day after that. Our book reviews always take one thought into consideration -- Would I pay the asking price for this book?
Jessica Mayhew should know better than to get personally involved
with her patients, but her personal life hasn’t been going well
recently so Jessica crosses the line. Now, hopefully, she will live
long enough to untangle the mess she has stumbled into.
soap star Gwydion Morgan has an odd fear of buttons, of all things,
and he’s sought Jessica help in dealing with this phobia. In their
talk about the problem Gwydion mentions a strange dream he keeps
having. Believing the dream holds the key to her patient’s bizarre
button aversion, Jessica agrees to visit Gwydion’s family home and
meet his parents.
this encounter with Mr. and Mrs. Morgan is enlightening, Jessica
finds that the story Mrs. Morgan shares about the long-ago death of
the family’s au pair far more revealing. Sensing a link between the
girl’s death and her client’s present problems, Jessica decides
to play detective and do some digging into the girl’s past.
psychological thriller with its flawed characters and foreboding,
moody setting is a throwback to the Gothic novels of yesteryear.
Charlotte Williams has been mentioned in the same breath as Daphne
DuMaurier and Jessica Mayhew is, in many ways, reminiscent of someone
who would perhaps be more comfortable in an earlier time period.
cliffside setting of Craigfa House is the ideal backdrop for this
British thriller. Readers who have a hankering for a solid Gothic
thriller/romance won’t be disappointed by The House on the
Since childhood, Keiko Furukura has been different. She thinks differently. She can be blunt. It's what causes her parents to worry that she'll never fit in with the normal world. When she takes a job at a convenience store while in college, they're happy enough. They're not as happy that she's now in her 30s and still working for that store.
Keiko is actually quite happy. She has a routine. There's a precise order to the things she must do each day. When a new employee comes in and starts to question why things must be so precise, he starts to make Keiko wonder if she's really where she should be.
I wasn't sure what I'd think of Convenience Store Woman. It was addicting. I was instantly drawn into Keiko's world. I loved the descriptions of her job and her life. She may not be your average person, but that's what made her so much fun.
The convenience store itself was appealing. What I wouldn't give to be able…
Bread making is a soothing activity that I've always enjoyed. Judith Fertig's 200 Fast & Easy Artisan Breads: No-Knead, One Bowl appealed to me because using only one bowl obviously cuts down on dishes. The question became just how effective are these recipes.
I invested in a KitchenAid years ago because kneading is not something I always enjoy. If I have stress I want to burn off, kneading is a wonderful action. If I simply want to fill the house with the scent of freshly baked bread, kneading is a time consuming pain. All recipes in 200 Fast & Easy Artisan Breads require no kneading. Simply beat the dough with a wooden spoon and you're done.
I'm going to work my way through the book one recipe at a time. Using the very first recipe, I measured and mixed the flour, yeast, salt and water and got started. The entire process took less than ten minutes and that's including the time it took to open a new bag…
"Neanderthal" is really Cliff Hubbard. At 6' 6" and 250 pounds, his classmates would rather call him Neanderthal and make his life miserable. It only seemed to get worse after his older brother killed himself. Cliff is simply trying to make it through each and every day without the support of friends or even his parents, who have only gotten worse since his brother died.
After getting suspended for beating up one of the popular jocks who never stopped teasing Cliff, he returns to school ready to get right back into it. Only that jock isn't in school. It turns out he was in an accident. When he returns, he approaches Cliff. He had a near-death experience and God told him he needed to complete a list of tasks that he must complete wit…