Forgive Me Leonard Peacock

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Forgive Me Leonard Peacock

Matthew Quick
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN 9780316221337
Genre: Young Adults

Description of the book:

In addition to the P-38, there are four gifts, one for each of my friends. I want to say good-bye to them properly. I want to give them each something to remember me by. To let them know I really cared about them and I’m sorry I couldn’t be more than I was–that I couldn’t stick around–and that what’s going to happen today isn’t their fault.

Today is Leonard Peacock’s birthday. It is also the day he hides a gun in his backpack. Because today is the day he will kill his former best friend, and then himself, with his grandfather’s P-38 pistol.

But first he must say good-bye to the four people who matter most to him: his Humphrey Bogart-obsessed next-door neighbor, Walt; his classmate Baback, a violin virtuoso; Lauren, the Christian homeschooler he has a crush on; and Herr Silverman, who teaches the high school’s class on the Holocaust. Speaking to each in turn, Leonard slowly reveals his secrets as the hours tick by and the moment of truth approaches.
In this riveting book, acclaimed author Matthew Quick unflinchingly examines the impossible choices that must be made–and the light in us all that never goes out.

About the author:

Matthew Quick is the New York Times bestselling author of several novels, including THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, which was made into an Oscar-winning film. His work has been translated into thirty languages and has received a PEN/Hemingway Award Honorable Mention, among other accolades.

My views:

Told in the first person, we get an insight into Leonard’s thoughts and insights. I didn’t take to Leonard’s character at first, finding him arrogant and condescending. But then I started to realize that he was like any young person who does not get the required attention of his parents. In Leonard’s case, he feels abandoned by his father who is a drunkard and neglected by his mother who is obsessed with her career.

While Leonard’s life seems hopeless to him, his teacher, Herr Silverman, sees through his tough exterior and encourages him to discover more of his inner dreams.

I was totally drawn into the story and kept hoping that Leonard would find hope to live.

I am not going to tell you the story  – do read it yourself! Totally worth it!  A great coming of age story.


I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest interview.





Delectable: Big Sky Pie #1

Adrianne Lee
Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
ISBN 9781455574414

Description of book:
Montana real estate agent Quint McCoy will tell you that the most important thing is location, location, location. It’s a lesson he learns all too well when he goes incommunicado for a four-week fishing trip to Alaska. While he’s away, his mother Molly turns his office into the pie shop she has always dreamed of, Big Sky Pie. But that’s not the only surprise in store for him.

On her way out of town, Callee McCoy only wants to say a fond farewell to her beloved mother-in-law. But Molly soon persuades Callee to stay and lend a hand at the new shop, even if it means heating up the kitchen with her soon-to-be ex. As Callee and Quint rediscover their recipe for love, they realize that some couples are so sinfully good together that one delectable taste is never enough . . .

My views:

While this had all the makes of a cute story – re-discovering love gone wrong, etc, there was just something about the characters of Callee and Quint and his mother that didn’t make me like them. Both of them seemed juvenile and impatient. He upped and left on a 4 week fishing trip – to deal with his father’s death, and not keeping in touch with either his wife or mother. His mother went and summarily turned his office into a pie shop! And Callee decides to leave Quint and town. Believe me, the story wore thin quite fast and the explicit romantic scenes didn’t help.
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


PS: I hope you enjoyed my review of Love, Lies and Lemon Cake yesterday.

Love Lies And Lemon Cake

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Love Lies And Lemon Cake
By Sue Watson
ISBN: 9781909490437
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Published by Bookouture 

Faye Dobson has lost her sparkle. Living on film star fantasies and vague memories of a marriage that once was, she can’t help feeling that life is passing her by. She dreams of being whisked to Paris for dinner, making three wishes at the Trevi fountain and having sex under the stars. But the wrinkles are multiplying, her husband’s passion is for plumbing, and the nearest she’ll get to Rome is a take-away pizza.

So when Faye meets Dan the gorgeous Australian surfer guy working in the local deli she can’t help but wonder what it would be like to see the world. He is blonde, tanned, ten years younger and bakes the most amazing lemon cake. Unlike her husband Dan actually listens to Faye, his smile makes her feel fizzy inside, and when he smiles… Oh. My. God.

But is Faye being silly? What would Dan see in someone like her? Even if he did have feelings for her, could she give everything up to be with him?

A laugh-out-loud, bittersweet comedy about taking your life back before it’s too late.

Neglect is often the slow poison in a relationship. And Faye Dobson feels the neglect of her husband. After her daughter moves to University, Faye finds herself questioning what her life has become and longing to live out the dreams she had abandoned. Faye pulls out her ‘Living List’ and starts to dream again.

Love, Lies and Lemon Cake is full of interesting and believable characters, this is a light-hearted read and yet will resonate with a lot of us going through midlife. I liked the pacing, the humour and the theme that it’s never too late to go after our dreams.

I would certainly like to read more of Sue Watson’s writing.

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Connect with Sue Watson on Twitter and her website.
Sample Chapter One here.


PS : I hope you caught my review of Love You More yesterday?

A Good Year for the Roses

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A Good Year for the Roses

Published by Hachette

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Gil McNeil is the author of The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club, Needles and Pearls, and Knit One Pearl One. She lives in Kent, England, with her son.

Life hasn’t been a bed of roses for Londoner Molly Taylor lately. Newly divorced and struggling to find a new home and a way to support her three boys, she’s stunned when her beloved Aunt Helena dies and leaves her Harrington Hall, a three-hundred-year-old manor house on the Devon coast, where Molly grew up. But does Molly really want to run a bed-and-breakfast in an old house where the only thing that doesn’t need urgent attention is Aunt Helena’s beautiful rose garden? Or care for Uncle Bertie, an eccentric former navy officer with a cliff-top cannon? Or Betty, his rude parrot that bites whomever annoys it? Yet Molly’s best friend Lola is all for the plan. “My heart bleeds. Your very own beach, the beautiful house, and Helena’s garden. All you have to do is grill a bit of bacon.”

But with Molly’s conniving brother running the family hotel nearby, the return of a high school flame with ulterior motives, and three sons whose idea of a new country life seems to involve vast quantities of mud, this is not going to be easy. And then Harrington Hall begins to work its magic, and the roses start to bloom…

Warm, witty, and chock-full of quintessential British charm, A Good Year for the Roses is a story for anyone who has ever dreamed of starting over…with or without bacon.


My views:

This book is full of interesting characters that include a retired British Admiral that needs no excuse to shoot off his cannon, a parrot that uses the most foul language and bites when riled, plenty of farm animals. Newly-divorced Molly Taylor who has inherited them all and has to make a home for herself and her three boys, while attempting to make a living from keeping house guests. And then there are the roses, details of them cleverly interspersed with the story telling a tale of Aunt Helena’s love affair with them. I loved the quirky characters, the very real struggles of Molly to make sure everyone is happy and how she finds love unexpectedly!

A lovely light-hearted read with that wonderful British humour! Just what I wanted to read on a rainy day! 🙂

I received a copy of the book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


I’m looking forward to a month of reviews here – enjoyed doing this for the A to Z Challenge earlier this year.

Books From A to Z – Happiness The Art of Living With Peace Confidence and Joy

I’m reviewing Happiness The Art of Living With Peace, Confidence and Joy for NetGalley. I received the book in exchange for an honest review.

In the midst of a successful business career, Doug Smith received life-altering news that set him on an entirely new journey to understand what leads to truly joyful, meaningful living—-in other words, what leads to happiness. Through research and study he begins to understand what the most joyful among us have in common is that they remember the past with peace, anticipate the future with confidence and live in the present with joy and exuberance. He further discovers that what gives them this perspective is a set of skills that they consistently, even if subconsciously, practice. He also realizes that he is not particularly good at several of these skills. In Happiness: The Art of Living with Peace, Confidence and Joy the author recounts, with insight and humor his journey to better understand and practice the skills of happiness with the goal of helping others on their own paths to joyful, meaningful living.

My views:  This is definitely the kind of book I like to read – writing that comes from the author’s experience, which he then turns into a learning/teaching opportunity for others. Happiness is a subject close to my heart and I have a read a lot on it. What set this book apart for me, is how Douglas Smith talked about ‘skills that lead to happiness’. Now that was something new for me. To see things like forgiveness and faith as skills makes it easier for me to see them as ‘things I can acquire/ do’. Though the whole book deals with how he worked on his own ‘skills’ to be happier, the skills summary at the end is something I could keep going back to.





We’re taking part in the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge.