#BookReview: The Widow of Wall Street by Randy Susan Meyers

widowofwallstreetSummary:

A provocative new novel by bestselling author Randy Susan Meyers about the seemingly blind love of a wife for her husband as he conquers Wall Street, and her extraordinary, perhaps foolish, loyalty during his precipitous fall.

Phoebe recognizes fire in Jake Pierce’s belly from the moment they meet as teenagers. As he creates a financial dynasty, she trusts him without hesitation—unaware his hunger for success hides a dark talent for deception.

When Phoebe learns her husband’s triumph and vast reach rests on an elaborate Ponzi scheme her world unravels. As Jake’s crime is uncovered, the world obsesses about Phoebe. Did she know her life was fabricated by fraud? Was she his accomplice?

While Jake is trapped in the web of his deceit, Phoebe is caught in an unbearable choice. Her children refuse to see her if she remains at their father’s side, but abandoning him feels cruel and impossible.

From penthouse to prison, with tragic consequences rippling well beyond Wall Street, Randy Susan Meyers’s latest novel exposes a woman struggling to survive and then redefine her life as her world crumbles.

Review:

Oh boy oh boy. This novel was quite the intriguing, thought-provoking and intense read. We got to really know both Phoebe and Jake extremely well, be privy to their inner most thoughts, and watch them grow from children really to adults. This book was long and took me several days to finish even when I would have marathon sessions with it, and is probably my only critique of this story. There were a handful of scenes that maybe could have been cut or condensed so the story wasn’t to the length it was, but while it was something that bothered me, it was slight. It was quite interesting to get to know two characters so well and watch how they lived their lives, what made them tick, their mistakes, their triumphs. There is a lot of finance talk, investments, stocks, etc, that I don’t know a lot about myself, but never once during those scenes did I feel lost or bored. I feel like I have so much I could say in this book review because again, we got quite the story here that carries us through decades, but overall, I would say read this book. It was too interesting to put down my Kindle after just reading a chapter…or two. It had me telling my friends “well, listen to what I’m reading about!” and us discussing how we would handle certain situations. And even though I finished this story five days ago, I’m still thinking about Phoebe. About Jake. And about The Widow of Wall Street.

4.5 stars

#BookReview: Are You There Krishna? by Rachel Khona

are you there krishnaSummary:

Rachel knew even as a young child that she wasn’t like the rest of her Indian family. While her parents were plotting how she could make it into med school with her mediocre grades in chemistry and biology, she had other things on her mind, including such gems as:

· Why can’t she go to the temple on her period?
· Why don’t her Indian cousins like her?
· Why was it OK to be sexualized at a beauty pageant but not for herself?
· How can she straddle two cultures while retaining her sense of self?
· Why are women considered sluts and men considered studs?
· Why do people keep asking her if she was born in India?
· Should she wax down there?
· Why does she have crazy eyes?

After leaving home, Rachel got high in Amsterdam, met her pop singer idol in a bathroom, argued with a ghost, and got lost in the Pyrenees. But that didn’t stop her from questioning while men still tell her to smile. ‘Are You There Krishna? It’s Me, Reshma. Or Rachel. Or Whatever.’ weaves stories of Rachel’s life with observations on race, class, sex, feminism, and culture with humor and candor.

Review:

I have been gravitating more toward these types of books lately – a bit memoir, fun, adventurous, and just a good all-around story. And that is what I got! Not only did I get plenty of laughs, felt like I made a new friend in Rachel Khona, and re-told a few stories to friends, but I took a lot away too. There was great insight, moments that made me ask myself questions, and this a very well-rounded read. I thought the writing style was great and easy to get immersed in. Highly recommend!

4 stars

rachel khonaAuthor Bio

Once upon a time in an exotic land called New Jersey, Rachel used to dream of one day playing tambourine in an all-girl rock band. That never happened.

Instead she became a writer. She has written for The New York TimesThe Washington PostPlayboy, Penthouse, Maxim, and Cosmopolitan among others.

When she’s not writing or designing, she is busy drinking wine and singing off key, bike riding, pretending she’s friends with Mindy Kaling and Amy Poehler, eating absurd amounts of cheese, or listening to rock music at an appallingly loud volume. Sometimes all at once.

Check out her book at bit.ly/areyoutherekrishnabook 

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#BookReview: Royally Roma by Teri Wilson

royally romaSummary:

In this enchanting retelling of the classic Audrey Hepburn film Roman Holiday, a royal prince tries to escape his hectic and rigid life and ends up leading a young graduate student on a chase through the Eternal City.

Julia Costa is too busy trying to complete her PhD while also holding down a full-time job as a private tour guide in Rome to keep up with celebrity gossip. So when she crosses paths with a real, actual prince, she mistakes him for a client and takes him on a daylong tour of the city.

Intrigued by the idea of spending time with someone who obviously has no idea who he is, and delighted at the prospect of a day free of royal obligations, Niccolo La Torre, Crown Prince of Lazaretto, acts on impulse and assumes the role of Julia’s client. He swears to himself that he’ll return to his royal duties after only half a day…but he’s having the time of his life.

Until Julia presents him with the bill. Since he snuck out of the hotel without so much as a dime, he tries to escape, only to discover that she won’t let him out of her sight until he can pay her back. She’s determined to get her money…and perhaps more from the handsome stranger she’s fallen for.

Review:

As a huge travel fan, I could not pass up to read a book set in Rome with our main character as a tour guide. Of course, there is much more to this story than just learning about the Eternal City and its history, but a wonderful romance is told as well. I’m also a big fan of the royals, so to read about a prince that decides to go off the grid for a day and ends up falling for his tour guide – yes, this book reeled me in! The romance is definitely scorching and had its blush-worthy moments, and there was a great theme of love throughout. Sometimes the romance lingo was a bit much for me, but overall this was a fantastic read and one that left me with a smile on my face.

4 stars