Monday, November 30, 2015

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The Admissions by Meg Mitchell Moore

What They Say....The Hawthorne family has it all. Great jobs, a beautiful house in one of the most affluent areas of northern California, and three charming kids with perfectly straight teeth. And then comes their eldest daughter's senior year of high school . . .
Firstborn Angela Hawthorne is a straight-A student and star athlete, with extracurricular activities coming out of her ears and a college application that's not going to write itself. She's set her sights on Harvard, her father's alma mater, and like a dog with a chew toy, Angela won't let up until she's basking in crimson-colored glory. Except her class rank as valedictorian is under attack, she's suddenly losing her edge at cross-country, and she can't help but daydream about the cute baseball player in English class. Of course Angela knows the time put into her schoolgirl crush would be better spent coming up with a subject for her term paper—which, along with her college essay and community service hours has a rapidly approaching deadline. 
Angela's mother, Nora, is similarly stretched to the limit, juggling parent-teacher meetings, carpool, and a real-estate career where she caters to the mega rich and super-picky buyers and sellers of the Bay Area. The youngest daughter, Maya, still can't read at the age of eight; the middle-child, Cecily, is no longer the happy-go-lucky kid she once was; and the dad, Gabe, seems oblivious to the mounting pressures at home because a devastating secret of his own might be exposed. A few ill-advised moves put the Hawthorne family on a heedless collision course that's equal parts achingly real and delightfully screwball.
Sharp and topical, The Admissions shows that if you pull at a loose thread, even the sturdiest of lives start to unravel at the seams of high achievement.

What I Say....My youngest just turned 18, so in some ways I feel like this book illustrates how different raising kids has gotten even from 5-10 years ago.  It's crazy the amount of pressure that we put on kids to achieve, perform, pick one sport, and the how personally some parents take it if their child is having trouble in any area, whether it's academic, sports or friends.

The Hawthorne family is probably that family that we all know via Facebook work or a friend of a friend.  They seem to have it all, high paying jobs, beautiful house, perfect kids.  But the reality of what it takes to get them (and keep them) there isn't hidden too far below.   

Every member of the family (except Maya) seems to be harboring some secret that they can't even share with each other.  Even in their own family, the pressure to be perfect keeps them all awake at night, prowling the house, taking Adderall, or hiking mountains in their office clothes.  

The pressure keeps mounting for all of them.....who will crack......and will it be fatal?

The book was a quick read and would probably be a great book club book, it might force people to take a closer look at what kind of pressure they are placing on their own families to maintain a perfect appearance for outsiders.

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Weekly Book Haul....November 29, 2015

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer, Showcase Sunday is hosted by Books, Biscuits and Tea, Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's ReviewsThe Sunday Salon is a new facebook group I've joined and Monday Mailbox is hosted by Marcia to be Continued.

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend!  Mine has been fabulous, which means I did a whole lot of what I love to do.  Reading, light shopping, drinking tea in front of the fireplace, watching movies.  It was everything I dreamed.

I'm getting excited for my upcoming vacation.  I'm headed out to St. Maarten with some of my best friends for a much needed week off of work, kids, responsibilities.  We went to Hawaii last year, and it was so amazing that we knew we had to do it again this year.  The four of us all like to do the same things, which is to say swim, reading on the beach and shopping.  So November and December are looking to be pretty great months for me after a long, hard year.

I'm pretty excited about the new Menna van Praag book I received this week. 
I loved her last book, The Dress Shop of Dreams.


The Word Game by Steena Holmes......For overprotective parent Alyson
Ward, any time her daughter, Lyla, is out of sight is reason to panic. So it’s a big step for her when she lets Lyla attend a sleepover at her cousin’s house. Comforted by the knowledge that her sister, Tricia, is the chaperone, Alyson does the one thing she never thought possible: she lets go and trusts that her daughter will be safe.
But Alyson’s sense of peace is short lived. When Lyla comes home the next morning, she reveals something that could tear apart not only their family but also the entire community. Now, Alyson and Tricia must confront their painful shared past as they come together to help a little girl who they fear might be harboring terrible secrets similar to their own. Will the sisters be strong enough to face their demons in order to protect the child, even if it means telling their most private truths?

The Witches of Cambridge by Menna van Praag....Be careful what you wish
for. If you're a witch, you might just get it. 

Amandine Bisset has always had the power to feel the emotions of those around her. It's a secret she can share only with her friends—all professors, all witches—when they gather for the Cambridge University Society of Literature and Witchcraft. Amandine treasures these meetings but lately senses the ties among her colleagues beginning to unravel. If only she had her student Noa's power to hear the innermost thoughts of others, she might know how to patch things up. Unfortunately, Noa regards her gift as a curse. So when a seductive artist claims he can cure her, Noa jumps at the chance, no matter the cost.

Noa's not the only witch in over her head. Mathematics professor Kat has a serious case of unrequited love but refuses to cast spells to win anyone's heart. Her sister, Cosima, is not above using magic to get what she wants, sprinkling pastries in her bakery with equal parts sugar and enchantment. But when Cosima sets her sights on Kat's crush, she conjures up a dangerous love triangle.

As romance and longing swirl through every picturesque side street, the witches of Cambridge find their lives unexpectedly upended and changed in ways sometimes extraordinary, sometimes heartbreaking, but always enchanting.

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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Christmas at Lilac Cottage by Holly Martin

What They Say.....Welcome to the charming seaside town of White Cliff Bay, where Christmas is magical and love is in the air…

Penny Meadows loves her home – a cosy cottage decorated with pretty twinkling fairy lights and stunning views over the town of White Cliff Bay. She also loves her job as an ice-carver, creating breathtaking sculptures. Yet her personal life seems frozen. 

When Henry and daughter Daisy arrive at the cottage to rent the annex, Penny is determined to make them feel welcome. But while Daisy is friendly, Henry seems guarded. 

As Penny gets to know Henry, she realises there is more to him than meets the eye. And the connection between them is too strong to ignore… 

While the spirit of the season sprinkles its magic over the seaside town and preparations for the ice sculpting competition and Christmas eve ball are in full swing, can Penny melt the ice and allow love in her heart? And will this finally be the perfect Christmas she’s been dreaming of? 

Like a creamy hot chocolate with marshmallows, you won’t want to put this deliciously heartwarming novel down. 

Spend the perfect Christmas in White Cliff Bay this year. Snowflakes on Silver Cove coming very soon.

What I Say....I've been saving Christmas at Lilac Cottage for the long Thanksgiving weekend and  I have to pat myself on the back, because it was the right choice!

I always love Holly Martin's books.  They are my favorite kind of chick lit.  Perfect, uncomplicated, romantic fun.  The best part is that it would be the dream romance, the perfect guy moves in next door, and within a few days you are completely in love.  No awkward dates, weird online profiles, or wishing you could just be home in your pajamas.  It could be that my favorite type of books are spoiling me for any  real human contact! LOL

I finished this book on the couch in front of a crackling fire with a cup of tea beside me.  And I was thinking this weekend was pretty close to perfect.

So if you are looking for a relaxing, Christmas read, look no further!  I've actually loved all of Holly Martin's books, so she's a go to author for me.

Current Goodreads Rating 4.12

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

My Very Best Friend by Cathy Lamb

What They Say.....From a childhood friendship sustained over years and distance, to a journey of discovery, Cathy Lamb’s poignant novel tells of two women whose paths converge with unforeseen results—and reveals the gift of connection, and the challenges that can change everything for the better…
Charlotte Mackintosh is an internationally known bestselling romance writer who has no romance, and remains a mystery to her fans. In fact, she has little in her life besides her work, her pampered cats, and her secluded home off the coast of Washington. And then there is her very best friend, Bridget, who lives in Scotland, where Charlotte lived until she was fifteen. Bridget, whom Charlotte hasn’t seen in twenty years, but continues to write to—though the replies have stopped. Hurt by the silence, an opportunity arises to find answers—and maybe much more.
Charlotte must finally return to Scotland to sell her late father’s cottage. It was his tragic death when Charlotte was fifteen that began her growing isolation, and the task is fraught with memories. But her plans are slowed when she’s confronted with the beautiful but neglected house, the irresistible garden—and Toran, Bridget’s brother. Capable and kind, Toran has the answers Charlotte seeks. And as she is drawn deeper into the community she thought she’d left behind, Charlotte learns not only more about her dear friend, but about herself—and discovers a new and unexpected path.

What I Say....This book was a first for me.  I didn't make myself finish it.  Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Cathy Lamb, and I have always enjoyed her books.  But this one was just not for me.  It was the dialogue.  Charlotte is a super uptight science lover who writes romance novels?  And her thought process is super uptight mixed with a lot of weird sex thoughts.  I don't mean weird sex thoughts.   I just mean weird, random sex thoughts that didn't fit the storyline.

I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving!  I'm super thankful for all the great books I've received this year.  I hope everyone has a great turkey day surrounded by family and friends!

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Preschooled by Anna Lefler

What They Say.....Behind the toddler-proof gate of Santa Monica’s exclusive Garden of Happiness, it’s the grown-ups who are getting schooled.

When new preschool parent Justine discovers that the man who broke her heart back in grad school is a dad in her daughter’s class, she tells herself she’s immune to the superficial charms of the ex she calls “the crapwizard.” But when his presence opens a time tunnel of potent memories from her life before motherhood, she must find a way to defuse her old attraction to him before it undermines her marriage.

Then there’s Ruben, rookie stay-at-home dad and standup comic who quits his day job to pursue his TV-writing dream on his wife’s condition that he take her place among the “power mommies” on the school committees.

And ruling the sand box with an iron fist is Margaret, whose ongoing divorce from her dentist-turned-New Age-surfer husband forces her to rely on her dubious people skills in order to keep the school that has become the cornerstone of her identity.

When the new school year kicks off with a flight-risk rabbit named Ozone, a school secretary in desperate need of a social filter, and some double-barreled committee recruiting tactics, it’s not all juice and cookies for Justine, Ruben, and Margaret as they struggle to play nice.

What I Say.....This book.  Man, this book.  It was okay, but for some reason I got stuck in it and I couldn't get out.   It wasn't a bad book, but it definitely wasn't setting me on fire.  

For a book about rich parents, half of them didn't seem very rich, and the kids were just scenery in the book.  I didn't get drawn into caring about any of the parents or the kids.

The owner of the preschool, Margaret, seemed to be based on an Oliver Kitteredge type character, but not strongly enough to really seem like an "iron fist".  

The characters all seemed cardboard to me, I didn't find myself believing that they were real people with real stories that I wanted to know about.
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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Weekly Book Haul......November 22, 2015

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer, Showcase Sunday is hosted by Books, Biscuits and Tea, Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's ReviewsThe Sunday Salon is a new facebook group I've joined and Monday Mailbox is hosted by Marcia to be Continued.

So I've spent the last week forcing myself to finish a book.  It wasn't a bad book, but it just wasn't that gripping to me.  And then I started another ARC earlier this week that WAS bad.  I mean, awful.  The dialogue was so stilted and awkward.  I was about 17% through it and taking a deep breath, when I had an epiphany.  I don't have to finish a book that I'm not enjoying.  Even if it is an ARC.  This blog was started as a hobby, for fun, I'm not making one cent on it.  

So my early New Year's Resolution is to not force myself to finish books I'm not enjoying.  I have too many great books waiting for me to read things I'm not enjoying.  This is a big step for me because I'm definitely one who needs to wrap things up.  Leaving things unfinished causes me great stress, but I'm determined to start reading only books that I enjoy.

I didn't request any ARC's over the last few weeks, as I keep trying to catch up, but I got a few physical copies in the mail from Booksparks this week.  I'm always excited to come home to books on the porch - best welcome home ever!


The Black Velvet Coat by Jill G. Hall....Twenty-eight-year-old struggling
SanFrancisco artist Anne McFarland is determined to get a one-woman show, even though no one, including herself, believes she can do it. But when she buys a coat at a thrift shop with a key in its pocket, strange, even magical, occurrences begin to unfold, and she is inspired to create her best work ever. Fifty years before, the coat’s original owner, young heiress Sylvia Van Dam, is headed toward a disastrous marriage with a scoundrel. In a split-second reaction, she does the unimaginable, which propels her destiny out of alignment and forces her on a trip of self-discovery to nature-filled Northern Arizona. 

When Anne and Sylvia’s lives intersect, they are both forced to face their fears―and in the process, they realize their true potential.

Go Clean, Sexy You by Lisa Consiglio Ryan.....Go Clean, Sexy You" not only
serves up a collection of delicious recipes, but offers a holistic approach on how to live a healthier life putting whole foods into your body, detoxing every season to regularly cleanse your system, associating with those who fuel you not bring you down, and managing stress with activities that bring you back to balance. 

A certified health and nutrition coach, author Lisa Consiglio Ryan provides straightforward guidance on how to overcome the obstacles that keep you from losing those last ten pounds, make you feel exhausted every afternoon, and compel you to indulge in unhealthy habits. 

Spending years struggling with a growing arsenal of health-destroying conditions that ranged from fibromyalgia, hypothyroidism, candida and rosacea to cystitis and tons of allergies, Lisa decided to turn to nutrition and lifestyle to reclaim her health. Then pursuing her education with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, she turned her personal quest into her vocation with the launch of Whole Health Designs. 

As a nationally acclaimed wellness expert, Lisa has worked with thousands in her detox programs. Her approach incorporates easy-to-adopt eating habits, free from counting calories and fat grams. As you navigate through the seasons with Lisa s whole food based detox plans, you ll be tapping into your body s wisdom, forming sustainable habits, and developing loving, respectful relationship with your body. Not only will you feel better, you ll look better too!

The Good Neighbor by A. J. Banner.....Shadow Cove, Washington, is the kind of town everyone dreams about—quaint streets, lush forests, good neighbors. That’s what Sarah thinks as she settles into life with her new husband, Dr. Johnny McDonald. But all too soon she discovers an undercurrent of deception. And one October evening when Johnny is away, sudden tragedy destroys Sarah’s happiness.
Dazed and stricken with grief, she and Johnny begin to rebuild their shattered lives. As she picks up the pieces of her broken home, Sarah discovers a shocking secret that forces her to doubt everything she thought was true—about her neighbors, her friends, and even her marriage. With each stunning revelation, Sarah must ask herself, Can we ever really know the ones we love?

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Weekly Book Haul......November 15, 2015

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer, Showcase Sunday is hosted by Books, Biscuits and Tea, Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's ReviewsThe Sunday Salon is a new facebook group I've joined and Monday Mailbox is hosted by Marcia to be Continued.

I've been stuck for a few weeks now.  I'm reading Preschooler by Anna Lefler and it's just dragging me down.  It's not a bad book, but it feels like work.  The weight of my TBR pile is weighing down on me.  I remember when I was searching bookstores looking for something new to read.  I sure don't have that problem, my Kindle is overflowing with great books.

I'm gearing up for my annual girl's vacation the first week of December, so I'm looking forward to some beach reading time.  Last year, I read Marisa de los Santos's The Precious One on the plane flying to Hawaii, and it was awesome.  I thought that book would be much bigger.  Plus I dragged the Liane Moriarty's giant hardback, Big Little Lies all the way to every Kauai beach there was.  Happily, I foisted it on a friend once i finished it.  Let her drag it home.

This year - it will be all Kindle.


Dear Thing by Julie Cohen.....Claire and Ben are the perfect couple. But
behind the glossy fa├žade, they’ve been desperately trying – and failing – to have a baby for years. Now, the stress and feelings of loss are taking their toll on their marriage. Claire’s ready to give up hope and get on with her life, but Ben is not. And then Ben’s best friend, Romily, offers to conceive via artificial insemination and carry the baby for them.

Romily acts in good faith, believing it will be easy to be a surrogate. She’s already a single mother, and has no desire for any more children. Except that being pregnant with Ben’s child stirs up all sorts of emotions in her, including one she’s kept hidden for a very long time: Ben’s the only man she’s ever loved.
Two mothers—and one baby who belongs to both of them, and which only one of them can keep.

Willful Disregard by Lena Anderson....Winner of the August Prize, Sweden's
most prestigious literary award: a novel about a perfectly reasonable woman's descent into the delusions of unrequited love Ester Nilsson is a sensible person in a sensible relationship. Until the day she is asked to give a lecture on famous artist Hugo Rask. The man himself is in the audience, intrigued and clearly delighted by her fascination with him. When the two meet afterward, she is spellbound.
Ester's life is then intrinsically linked to this meeting and the chain of events that unfolds. She leaves her boyfriend and throws herself into an imaginary relationship with Hugo. She falls deeply in love, and he consumes her thoughts. Indeed, in her own mind she's sure that she and Hugo are a couple.Slowly and painfully Ester comes to realize that her perception of the relationship is different from his. She's a woman who prides herself on having a rational and analytical mind, but in the face of her overpowering feelings for Hugo, she is too clever and too honest for her own good. Bitingly funny and darkly fascinating, Willful Disregard is a story about total and desperate devotion, and how willingly we betray ourselves in the pursuit of love.

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Monday, November 9, 2015

The Good Neighbor by Amy Sue Nathan

What They Say.....Things are a little rough for Izzy Lane. Still reeling from the break-up of her marriage, the newly single mom moves back to the Philadelphia home she grew up in, five-year-old Noah in tow. The transition is difficult, but with the help of her best friends—and her elderly neighbor, Mrs. Feldman—

Izzy feels like she’s stepping closer to her new normal. Until her ex-husband shows up with his girlfriend. That’s when Izzy invents a boyfriend of her own. And that’s when life gets complicated.

Blogging about her “new guy” provides Izzy with something to do when Noah’s asleep. What’s the harm in a few made-up stories? Then, her blog soars in popularity and she’s given the opportunity to moonlight as an online dating expert. How can she turn it down? But when her friends want to meet the mysterious “Mac,” someone online suspects Izzy’s a fraud, and a guy in-real-life catches her eye, Izzy realizes just how high the stakes are. That’s when Mrs. Feldman steps in, determined to show her neighbor the havoc that lies can wreak. If Izzy’s honest, she could lose everything, and everyone. Is the truth worth any cost?

What I Say.....I finished this a week or so ago, but haven't written my review until today.  Mostly because I didn't care too much.  The book was just a "meh" for me.  It wasn't great, it wasn't horrible, it was just there.

It started off okay, it seemed like Izzy was still pining for her ex, although he didn't seem interested at all.  But when the book moved into her inventing the online boyfriend, I just didn't think it was that big of deal.  And the big reveal lacked some serious oomph.

I don't like to give bad reviews, and this wasn't a bad book, it was just an average book.  It didn't incite any feeling in me either way.

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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Weekly Book Haul......November 1, 2015

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer, Showcase Sunday is hosted by Books, Biscuits and Tea, Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's ReviewsThe Sunday Salon is a new facebook group I've joined and Monday Mailbox is hosted by Marcia to be Continued.

I took a week off from blogging (actually closer to two).  Not sure why.  I finished The Good Neighbor by Amy Sue Nathan, and I'll write a review later - it was eh.  But I'm not sure if it was eh, or I was just feeling eh, so I gave myself a week off to try to rediscover the joy of reading.

Sometimes when you write a blog, it seems like reading gets to be more like work.  You are kind of directed towards what to read next by the publish date, and if you've been fortunate enough to get ARC's, you feel like you should read those before you start anything you bought just for yourself.  Maybe it's just my Catholic guilt, who knows.

Yesterday, I went and saw the Book of Mormon with some great friends, and it was so good!  Great cast, funny and great singing.  I have a few Mormon friends and they seemed to be divided on whether it was offensive or not.  I loved Monty Python's The Life of Brian and Mel Brooks "The History of the World Part I", and I didn't get offended by their attack on Catholics or Christianity.  I know what I believe and having a bit of a laugh at something doesn't make my beliefs any less valuable.

So onto reading for enjoyment!!


What Was Mine by Helen Klein Ross.....Simply told but deeply affecting, in
the bestselling tradition of Alice McDermott and Tom Perrotta, this urgent novel unravels the heartrending yet unsentimental tale of a woman who kidnaps a baby in a superstore—and gets away with it for twenty-one years.

Lucy Wakefield is a seemingly ordinary woman who does something extraordinary in a desperate moment: she takes a baby girl from a shopping cart and raises her as her own. It’s a secret she manages to keep for over two decades—from her daughter, the babysitter who helped raise her, family, coworkers, and friends.

When Lucy’s now-grown daughter Mia discovers the devastating truth of her origins, she is overwhelmed by confusion and anger and determines not to speak again to the mother who raised her. She reaches out to her birth mother for a tearful reunion, and Lucy is forced to flee to China to avoid prosecution. What follows is a ripple effect that alters the lives of many and challenges our understanding of the very meaning of motherhood.

Author Helen Klein Ross, whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, weaves a powerful story of upheaval and resilience told from the alternating perspectives of Lucy, Mia, Mia’s birth mother, and others intimately involved in the kidnapping. What Was Mine is a compelling tale of motherhood and loss, of grief and hope, and the life-shattering effects of a single, irrevocable moment.

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout....A new book by Pulitzer Prize
winner Elizabeth Strout is cause for celebration. Her bestselling novels, including Olive Kitteridge and The Burgess Boys, have illuminated our most tender relationships. Now, in My Name Is Lucy Barton, this extraordinary writer shows how a simple hospital visit becomes a portal to the most tender relationship of all—the one between mother and daughter.
Lucy Barton is recovering slowly from what should have been a simple operation. Her mother, to whom she hasn't spoken for many years, comes to see her. Gentle gossip about people from Lucy's childhood in Amgash, Illinois, seems to reconnect them, but just below the surface lie the tension and longing that have informed every aspect of Lucy's life: her escape from her troubled family, her desire to become a writer, her marriage, her love for her two daughters. Knitting this powerful narrative together is the brilliant storytelling voice of Lucy herself: keenly observant, deeply human, and truly unforgettable. EEK! I loved Olive Kitteridge - I'm so excited to read this.

I Bought 

The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon....Once the thriving attraction of rural
Vermont, the Tower Motel now stands in disrepair, alive only in the memories of Amy, Piper, and Piper's kid sister, Margot. The three played there as girls until the day that their games uncovered something dark and twisted in the motel's past, something that ruined their friendship forever.

Now adult, Piper and Margot have tried to forget what they found that fateful summer, but their lives are upended when Piper receives a panicked midnight call from Margot, with news of a horrific crime for which Amy stands accused. Suddenly, Margot and Piper are forced to relive the time that they found the suitcase that once belonged to Silvie Slater, the aunt that Amy claimed had run away to Hollywood to live out her dream of becoming Hitchcock's next blonde bombshell leading lady. As Margot and Piper investigate, a cleverly woven plot unfolds—revealing the story of Sylvie and Rose, two other sisters who lived at the motel during its 1950s heyday. Each believed the other to be something truly monstrous, but only one carries the secret that would haunt the generations to come.  I love Jennifer McMahon - I'm always so glad to see her new books.

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill.....NOS4A2 is a spine-tingling novel of supernatural
suspense from master of horror Joe Hill, the New York Times bestselling author of Heart-Shaped Box and Horns.

Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. On her Raleigh Tuff Burner bike, she makes her way to a rickety covered bridge that, within moments, takes her wherever she needs to go, whether it’s across Massachusetts or across the country.

Charles Talent Manx has a way with children. He likes to take them for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the NOS4A2 vanity plate. With his old car, he can slip right out of the everyday world, and onto the hidden roads that transport them to an astonishing – and terrifying – playground of amusements he calls “Christmasland.”
Then, one day, Vic goes looking for trouble—and finds Manx. That was a lifetime ago. Now Vic, the only kid to ever escape Manx’s unmitigated evil, is all grown up and desperate to forget. But Charlie Manx never stopped thinking about Victoria McQueen. He’s on the road again and he’s picked up a new passenger: Vic’s own son.  Why do I do this to myself?  I bought Heart Shaped Box and never finished it because I was too scared.  But I can't resist.

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