Sunday, January 22, 2017

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney

There was a time in the 1930s when her name was synonymous with success. She penned catchy, witty ads for R. H. Macy's, soared to new heights as the country's highest-paid female copywriter in advertising, and became a published poet.

But that was then; Lillian is now an eighty-four-year-old elderly woman (or maybe eighty-five, a woman has the prerogative to lie about her age, after all.) She prepares to celebrate New Year's Eve, 1984, with a friend, but first it's time to take a walk down memory lane, stopping by the old haunts that defined her life, now forgotten, in New York City. Probably not a wise decision with the recent violent crime, but then Lillian has never backed away from a challenge, and she's not about to begin now. So she dons a fedora, paints her lips with her trademark Orange Fire, and steps back in time to venture out on perhaps what will be her most memorable journey of all.

 The author found inspiration to write about the real Margaret Fishback (who we know as Lillian Boxfish) after impeccable research of her personal papers. Truly a pioneer in the advertising world during the years of the Great Depression, Fishback's extraordinary fictional life began to take shape over time, and the result is quite captivating.

Told with compassion, humor, and a deep understanding of growing old, I highly recommend taking a walk with glad I did.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

The Marriage Lie

The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle

A devoted wife discovers the extraordinary, calculated deviousness of the man she married....

It's been seven years since Iris Griffith committed her love and allegiance to husband, Will.  He still makes her heart flutter each time their eyes meet, and if luck is on their side, a child may soon add to their happiness.

The tranquility of life is abruptly shattered when Iris learns that Will has perished in a tragic plane crash outside of Seattle. Distressing, yes, except for the fact that Will couldn't possibly have been on that flight. He was headed to Orlando for a business conference that day. She even has the shiny brochure highlighting his credentials as the keynote speaker, right next to the photo of his handsome face. Panic gives way to fear as Iris is about to learn where the truth ends and the stunning lies begin.

Written with the precision that suspense lovers long for, this thriller's unexpected twists and turns make Belle's newest release a must read. Decipher the clues and enjoy one tantalizing tale.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Small Admissions

Small Admissions by Amy Poeppel

It's that time of year again, when anxious parents play the waiting game to hear if their precious darlings are accepted into Hudson Day School, one of Manhattan's finest private educational institutions.

Kate Pearson didn't exactly envision herself in the admissions department of an elite New York school, but when your world is shattered by the likes of a charming French lover, and your sister is hovering over your every move, a steady paycheck is most appealing. So she begins the tedious interviews with a selection of twelve-year-olds; some worthy of entering the hallowed halls of Hudson, and others who are the offspring of overbearing, obnoxious, status-seeking parents who need to satisfy their own egos with an acceptance letter.

Surprisingly amidst this chaos, Kate's life begins to change. While dodging the drama ( and secrets) surrounding her best friends, and heeding the advice of her misunderstood, bohemian parents, Kate discovers she has the talent, the heart, and the drive to make a difference.

The author's experience as an admissions counselor adds to the realistic view of this particular world of academia. Refreshing, enlightening, and often uproariously funny, this new release ushers in the New Year with a little bit of levity.