The Pub Across the Pub by Mary Carter follows Carlene Rivers, a reliable young woman living in Cleveland, Ohio. Her mother passed away at a young age, and Carlene helps watch over her father – who is living with an obsessive-compulsive disorder. Carlene is someone definitely in need of a break, and that break comes when Carlene wins a raffle – and the prize is a pub on the west coast of Ireland! Carlene packs her bags and hops on the plane, nervous and excited for this new chapter in her life. While in Ireland she meets Ronan McBride, the black sheep of the McBride family who owned the pub Carlene has just won. Ronan places too many gambling bets, and one caused him to lose the pub. Carlene and Ronan try to fight the romance brewing between them, and Carlene tries desperately to fit in with the Irish community.
The Pub Across the Pond wasn’t my favorite book. The prologue had me a bit baffled, and I thought it was a pretty typical romance novel with no real surprises along the way. A decent read, but nothing really popped out at me. Besides the bizarre fact of how Carlene wins a pub – in Ireland. I think I was drawn more to the supporting cast then to Carlene or Ronan, but I did like the bit of mystery that was thrown in. I don’t think this is a bad book, just nothing that really sparked my interest and made me want to keep reading. If you like a sweet romance novel, then I would recommend this book.
In My Mailbox: Week of September 11
Author: Nicky Wells
Received: From Nicky Wells
Synopsis: This honest, funny and sometimes bitter-sweet novel tells the story of one woman’s entanglement with a rock star.
Slapper. Slut. Adulteress. These are hardly words that Sophie Penhalligan would normally use to describe herself. And yet this is exactly how she is behaving, all things considered, even if she isn’t quite married to Tim yet. Aged nineteen, she travelled halfway across the country to honour an invitation by her favourite rock band, Tusk, to join them for the last gig of their tour. And now her past is coming to tempt her… How could Tim ever stand a chance against Dan, the charming, handsome lead-singer? How could she?
Sophie, now twenty-eight and a budding newspaper journalist, is happily embroiled in a relationship with Tim, her boyfriend of two years. Until recently, she was confident that Tim would eventually propose—probably as soon as he could get his act together. But just as Tim’s persistent inaction is beginning to cast a cloud over their relationship, Dan’s sudden reappearance turns Sophie’s world upside down. Thus unfolds a roller-coaster of events including an ill-fated trip to Paris with Tim, a night of unfulfilled romance with Dan, Sophie and Tim’s engagement party gate-crashed by Dan, and Sophie’s professional secondment to accompany Dan’s band on their revival tour—at Dan’s special request and very much against her will.
And then, one fine day in Paris, Sophie suddenly finds herself engaged to Dan while her erstwhile fiancé Tim is… well, doing whatever it is Tim does back in London. What is she to do now? Who wouldn’t give anything to meet their favourite star, let alone marry him?
Find out how Sophie gets into this impossible situation, and how she turns it around, in Sophie’s Turn, a modern romantic fairy tale.
Author: Mary Carter
Received: From Kensington Books
Synopsis: When Carlene Rivers wins a raffle at an Ohio fair, her prize is a pub in Ireland. There she finally has the freedom to find her own voice. And in her flirtation with the pub’s charming former owner, she may learn to trust her heart—and luck—for the first time.
Author: Elizabeth Gilbert
Received: From a friend
Synopsis: Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned thirty, she went through an early- onslaught midlife crisis. She had everything an educated, ambitious American woman was supposed to want-a husband, a house, a successful career. But instead of feeling happy and fulfilled, she was consumed with panic, grief, and confusion. She went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love, and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be.
To recover from all this, Gilbert took a radical step. In order to give herself the time and space to find out who she really was and what she really wanted, she got rid of her belongings, quit her job, and undertook a yearlong journey around the world-all alone. Eat, Pray, Love is the absorbing chronicle of that year. Her aim was to visit three places where she could examine one aspect of her own nature set against the backdrop of a culture that has traditionally done that one thing very well. In Rome, she studied the art of pleasure, learning to speak Italian and gaining the twenty-three happiest pounds of her life. India was for the art of devotion, and with the help of a native guru and a surprisingly wise cowboy from Texas, she embarked on four uninterrupted months of spiritual exploration. In Bali, she studied the art of balance between worldly enjoyment and divine transcendence. She became the pupil of an elderly medicine man and also fell in love the best way-unexpectedly.
An intensely articulate and moving memoir of self-discovery, Eat, Pray, Love is about what can happen when you claim responsibility for your own contentment and stop trying to live in imitation of society’s ideals. It is certain to touch anyone who has ever woken up to the unrelenting need for change.
Author: Kathy Love
Synopsis: Annie Lou Riddle had a plan: Move to New York City. Break into the fashion industry. Work her way to the top. Nowhere in that scenario did she expect to accidentally sell her soul in exchange for a job at Hot! Magazine. Oops. Demons, it seems, aren’t big on letting mortals off the hook. Now Annie is stuck working as assistant/personal slave to Finola White – diva extraordinaire, and glamorous she-devil. Whatever Finola wants, she gets, and she wants Annie to match her up with Nick Rossi, the gorgeous detective investigating shady doings at Hot! Frankly, Annie sees the appeal. Nick is effortlessly sexy, rugged, charming – and the one man Annie should definitely not be flirting with, or kissing, or…Oops. But some loves are too devilishly hot to resist…