Review: Women in Sunlight by Frances Mayes

Review: Women in Sunlight by Frances MayesTitle: Women in Sunlight
Author: Frances Mayes
Publisher: Crown Publishing
Genres: Contemporary
Publication Date: April 3rd 2018
Rating: three-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

The new novel from the mega bestselling author of Under the Tuscan Sun about four American expats and strangers who become unexpected friends during one magical Italian autumn

Three American women--new friends, all older single women--have taken a lease on a stone manse in Tuscany. They are escaping, reinventing, reevaluating, the fates expected of them as aging women in America. They are novices in a foreign culture, figuring out the day to day, but what they share is a gusto for life and a sturdy if indefinite determination to thrive. Released from their former lives, encouraging each other, and finding a lot of "why not" courage, each woman becomes more than she'd dreamed she'd be. Though there are serious setbacks because of cultural misunderstandings, jealous locals, and tensions from home, their trajectories throughout the novel are big affirmations of late-life possibilities.

The novel is narrated by Kit Raine, an American expat living in Italy, whose current project is a biography of her friend, novelist Margaret Merrill. Her work is waylaid by the arrival of the three women in her small town, who force Kit to question what such arrivals (and departures) mean for expats like her. The women's life stories begin to intrigue her as their trajectories veer in unexpected directions.

Readers of Under the Tuscan Sun will relish this return to Frances's trademark warmth and heart, as well as more delicious descriptions of Tuscany's food, wine and culture to savor. This novel is for anyone who dreams of an escape to Italy or a second chance at happiness.

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Review: Women in Sunlight by Frances Mayes

Women in Sunlight by Frances Mayes is a book that will appeal to those who enjoy travel and learning about other cultures. The story has some wonderful elements that describe life in Tuscany and the concept is quite interesting. Unfortunately, there are just too many characters to keep track of in the novel, which distracts the reader from the main plot. Continue reading

Review: The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor

Review: The Chalk Man by C.J. TudorTitle: The Chalk Man
Author: C.J. Tudor
Publisher: Crown Publishing
Genres: Thriller
Publication Date: January 9, 2018
Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

In 1986, Eddie and his friends are just kids on the verge of adolescence. They spend their days biking around their sleepy English village and looking for any taste of excitement they can get. The chalk men are their secret code: little chalk stick figures they leave for one another as messages only they can understand. But then a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, and nothing is ever the same.

In 2016, Eddie is fully grown, and thinks he's put his past behind him. But then he gets a letter in the mail, containing a single chalk stick figure. When it turns out that his friends got the same message, they think it could be a prank . . . until one of them turns up dead.

That's when Eddie realizes that saving himself means finally figuring out what really happened all those years ago.

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Review: The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor

The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor is a dark thriller that has quite a few intriguing characters that the reader will instantly relate to. When a book stays with you long after you have read it, you know it is one that has merit. Told through a dual timeline, the story is one that will keep you guessing right to the end. Continue reading