Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Grocery Store Literature


You might not find the latest titles, but when you need a break from deciding on cereal or that watermelon...you might find yourself looking at the magazines which might be next to the paperbacks. Before you know it, you might be picking one up. Either for yourself or that birthday for a co-worker. 

THAT SUMMER: While Daisy tries to identify the root of her dissatisfaction, she’s also receiving misdirected emails meant for a woman named Diana Starling, whose email address is just one punctuation mark away from her own. While Daisy’s driving carpools, Diana is chairing meetings. While Daisy’s making dinner, Diana’s making plans to reorganize corporations. Diana’s glamorous, sophisticated, single-lady life is miles away from Daisy’s simpler existence. When an apology leads to an invitation, the two women meet and become friends. But, as they get closer, we learn that their connection was not completely accidental. Who IS this other woman, and what does she want with Daisy?

FEELS LIKE FALLING: It's summertime on the North Carolina coast and the livin' is easy. Unless, that is, you've just lost your mother to cancer, your sister to her extremist husband, and your husband to his executive assistant. Meet Gray Howard. Right when Gray could use a serious infusion of good karma in her life, she inadvertently gets a stranger, Diana Harrington, fired from her job at the local pharmacy. Diana Harrington's summer isn't off to the greatest start either: Hours before losing her job, she broke up with her boyfriend and moved out of their shared house with only a worn-out Impala for a bed. Lucky for her, Gray has an empty guest house and a very guilty conscience. With Gray's kindness, Diana's tide begins to turn. But when her first love returns, every secret from her past seems to resurface all at once. And, as Gray begins to blaze a new trail, she discovers, with Diana's help, that what she envisioned as her perfect life may not be what she wants at all.

THE GIRLS IN THE GARDEN: 'The Girls' is set in a terrace of houses and flats in London, and they share one of those picturesque communal walled gardens. Whilst providing lots of freedom for the kids who live there, it also has a claustrophobic feel about it - it's a place of secrets, whisperings and past misdeeds.
When Grace is found unconscious in the gardens on her 13th birthday, it opens a can of worms for the residents. Mysteries from the past are brought to light, along with many questions that need to be answered. There are lots of clues and misdirections as to who is responsible, but I couldn't have guessed how it was going to end. This was a gripping tale from Lisa Jewell, an author I'm not familiar with, but I would certainly read more from her.

[A side note: You might notice a good many of the titles are geared toward women. Although, a handy Patterson is in the mix! Usually, at the grocery store]


  1. I really liked The Girls in the Garden, it's my favorite of the Lisa Jewell books I've read.

  2. Back when I still went to the grocery store, I used to love to check out the paperbacks. Sometimes I even bought one instead of ordering it for cheaper on Amazon. It felt so decadent, especially when I was supposed to be buying broccoli. So thanks for the happy memory! And for this cool book selection. I loved That Summer. And the other two sound good too!

  3. Gracias por l as reseñas. Te mando un beso.


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