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I like cozy mysteries for the most part, but this one was too draggy by far. I think it's because the author decided to throw in a part of Rose's past that involved her parents and that took a while to get sorted out in the story. There are some romance scenes between Rose and Joe, but they were tepid in my opinion. When the big losing her virginity scene with Rose happens it is just referred to off scene so to speak. And of course, no pain, because you know, first times are always super awesome.
The setting of this small southern town really didn't work. I didn't get a sense of the place or other characters in this story. At times Rose acts like it's so small and nothing is there, but yet she can rent a corvette there.
The ending left me kind of appalled because there is a last sentence in this book from Joe spoken to Rose, and I hope she punches the guy in the face. I was actually kind of appalled by it just because of the whole thing they went through about not telling each other the truth.
I felt like this was a bad Lifetime movie of a book. After seeing the star reviews I decided to give it a read. So, I started it about a week ago but couldn't finish it so I came back to it today. I just couldn't get into the story that much and didn't feel really believable at points. I felt the heroine was always too quick to forgive and trust even when knowing something wasn't wright with the man she liked. I did in fact enjoy Rose getting Miffy, I want a miffy who'll protect me like that.
This is my first read by Denise Grover Swank, maybe it was a wrong choice but it won't put me off of reading another one of hers, I'll definitely be trying some of her other books. View all 6 comments. No spoilers Loved it, loved it, loved it. Okay, what did I love about it? The story was fast paced, and didn't stop until the last page.
I loved the evolution of the main characters, and how the story started out nice and slowly, explaining everything in order as it went, building to a crescendo. The writing was smooth, and you forgot you were reading a book - it sucked you in from the beginning. The only reason I stopped reading it at 4. Dang old age! I haven't found a new favorite author for awhile, but this young lady has definitely ticked all of the right boxes for me.
In fact, I've just decided I'm going to create a new shelf in Goodreads called 'Favorites' which will make it easier for me to find and reread. Because I will read this one again. There were only two things I didn't like about this book.
Must search for more of Ms. View all 5 comments. We had this local author in for a signing at the indy bookstore where I work and so I decided give one of her books a try. This book sucked me in from the first page. It's laugh out loud funny in parts but it has it's poignant moments too.
Told in first person POV, it's narrator is a small town girl who everyone thinks is crazy so she doesn't have any friends and she has lived her whole life under her mother's thumb. When her mother is murdered she busts out of her shell. There is a romance here We had this local author in for a signing at the indy bookstore where I work and so I decided give one of her books a try.
There is a romance here too and it's a pretty nice one. There were a couple of things with the police procedures that I was a bit skeptical about but I let them slide because that was really not the gist of the story.
The narrator's voice is superb. I loved her.
Talking to her dog on the way to rescue the hero: We're surely goin' to hell now. Can't wait to get in to work today to pick up book 2. Apr 22, Cheryl rated it really liked it. I laughed, I cried, then I laughed some more. I almost wet my pants with a giggling fit at the poor Muffy poop scene. Great read. Nov 05, Abbie rated it really liked it. Actual rating - 3. This was a decent enough read. It felt a bit long at times though, and my interest dipped now and again because of it, but it wasn't anything major.
Overall, A generous 3. Nov 16, Christy rated it really liked it Shelves: I picked this book up quite by chance, as it was free on site Kindle.
I read the premise and thought "Why not? I enjoyed it more than I'd anticipated. Rose is a well-written, believable except for perhaps exclamations like "crappy doodles! It's I picked this book up quite by chance, as it was free on site Kindle. It's a shame her freedom has been gained not by her moving out and telling her mother where to put her insults and demands, but from her mother's violent death.
It's even more a shame that she's the prime suspect! Hunk next door, Joe, is a big help, and seems to be the kind of man any damsel in distress would need, and just what the doctor ordered for a woman who's never even kissed a man before. For a little bit I was worried that Rose was just going to swoon into his arms and go from being controlled by mum to being overpowered by the first man who comes along, but I was pleased to see her holding her own, finally gaining confidence in her independence.
The part I am not usually a fan of - her supernatural psychic visions - was still tastefully written and despite being a major part of the book, wasn't overwhelming or over done, especially since for the most part, her visions are completely innocuous and very amusing.
Despite the serious nature of murder and crime, the book was overall light-hearted and very funny as it focused more on Rose trying to live her life and do the things she's always wanted to do, even if those things are as silly as download a cellphone, watch Cable TV and dance in the rain. Even though the main character is a 24 year old girl, I'd still call it a bit of a coming-of-age novel since emotionally she's like a teenager getting their first taste of adult independence, stunted by her mother's cruelty and control.
On the downside as the end approached it became clear that this book was free in order to reel you in to downloading the rest of the series; a tactic that I understand from a business perspective, but tends to leave me feeling unfulfilled and frustrated when the book doesn't have a solid ending. I'm on the fence as to whether I will continue to download this series, but overall I found this a decent read. Everyone it is a great Mystery Romance with some Paranormal!! I read this book a few weeks ago and wanted to do a review, only I wasn't sure how.
I have wrote and re wrote this review. I still don't think what I have to say gives this book justice but, I want people, readers to know how much I loved in this book. I was warned that I would get anything done.
So knowing the reader I am-I get totally lost in my books especially great ones-I cleaned, had laundry caught up, as much as one can, and dinner made early. I even gave the kids their baths and put them I read this book a few weeks ago and wanted to do a review, only I wasn't sure how. I even gave the kids their baths and put them down early. I was prepared to start the book. Somewhere around 2 or 3 in the morning, when I my husband woke up and realised I wasn't in bed and came to see why I was still up, and several gripping chapters into I went to bed.
I often dream about the characters I read about. I was glad to dream about Rose and Joe. The next day I woke up early to read and did so until breakfast and continued through lunch. I did stop and feed my kids and then sat right back down with out eating. And I thought about them for the next day or week. About the book.
I my opinion it was greatly written and very captivating. The personalities of the characters were intertwined into the story. Everything Rose did you knew was something Rose would do. There were no wavers in their personalities or plot.
I never found myself thinking, "now that doesn't seem like Rose or MaMa. Everything tied together and plot twist was revealed. And let me tell you, there where some twist! Denise kept the mystery through out the book and touch of paranormal was perfect. Rose and her visions were central to the story but not always correct.
They sometimes showed her things that made no sense and sometimes showed her things that happened very differently. I don't want to say to much about these visions and give anything away. Rose and Joe's relationship is a rocky one and has as many twists as the plot its self.
I know I will be picking this book up again soon. Actually I'm needing something to read right now!
I think I'll read it again. And if you haven't read it. Kindle freebie!! I'm going in blind on this one. No checking out reviews or blurbs.
I'm going to embrace the mystery of not knowing and let myself get surprised and swept along by Ms Swank. Posao i petak? Rose naime ima vizije. Bar do tog petka i trenutka kada se susrela sa Danielom Posao i petak? Bar do tog petka i trenutka kada se susrela sa Danielom Crockerom. Jer njene vizije se uvijek ostvare- ali ovaj puta ne onako kako je ona zamislila.
Mislili ste da je to kraj? Jan 08, Grace rated it it was ok Shelves: Lo and behold, after charging my kindle up, I found this book that I must have gotten off site at some point waiting for me. Surprisingly, for a freebie, this one started out pretty well.
Too good, in fact, and at every turn, I kept expecting it to go downhill. Written in first person of the most Southern persuasion possible her inner s Lo and behold, after charging my kindle up, I found this book that I must have gotten off site at some point waiting for me. Written in first person of the most Southern persuasion possible her inner swear words are Crappy Doodle , Rose was the most downtrodden, persuadable person alive with occasional "visions" that she's been convinced are the work of the devil, until she sees her own death and faints, knocking herself out at the DMV.
From then on, she decides to turn a new leaf, which is somehow tied to the sudden murder of her meaner-than-heck momma, and the new good-looking?? The mystery behind Rose's mean ol' momma was pretty cool.
The mystery behind her next-door neighbor -- less than cool. Rose is pretty naive, and the blurb had her as so, but surely there's a line between naivete which can be cute and annoying and stupid just plain annoying. Things Rose should have been more on the ball about: Sure, after a downtrodden life of 24 years in a pretty crappy, backwater from what I can see down with nosy, mean-spirited, and prejudiced neighbors is a good thing, but still, your momma was just whacked to bits on your sofa - not reporting subsequent break-ins there were so many that I stopped counting, but at least 3 to your murder-scene of a house to the police because -- oh, there just wasn't a good reason to do it - not reporting that your next-door neighbor whom you just kissy-faced hid a gun in your shed.
Being super shocked when you are framed for a murder with that same gun. I mean, come ON, at least leave her a freakin' clue as to your suspects! Okay, so I guess there were a whole lot of plot holes in this book.
I did kind of enjoy the backwater southern dialect. Most wouldn't. OK, idemo: Feb 01, Einav rated it it was amazing. She had grown up all her life with her mother, who raised her with a stiff way.
Rose works for the Interior Ministry, and one day, when she gives her services to a client, she gets caught up in a vision in which she sees herself dead lying on the sofa in her living room with a bullet in her head. This vision leads to a series of rocky events and Rose finds herself in the middle of a crime Plot, with her mysterious neighbor, Joe, coming to her aid and trying to help her figure out what the hell is going on.
A charming book! Detective, with the atmosphere of a small and crowded town and full of great romance! Feb 06, Meital rated it it was amazing. Rose Gardner lives with her abusive mother in southern town and nosy neighbors. One day a strange man walks into her work and Rose had a vision Where she lies dead on the sofa in her living room with a hole in her Rose Gardner lives with her abusive mother in southern town and nosy neighbors.
One day a strange man walks into her work and Rose had a vision Where she lies dead on the sofa in her living room with a hole in her head. This vision makes her change the perspective of her life. She makes a list of 28 things she never done. In one dramatic evening, her life changes with events like roller coaster and suspense story.
The attraction between them is hot. Then one Friday afternoon she has a vision of her own death, and her life becomes a mad house. Her mother is murdered and she is the main suspect; gangsters are gunning for her; the police are about to arrest her; and her sexy neighbor seems intent on imposing himself on her in the biblical sense.
If you look at my books, you'll see a lot of interesting female characters. It's one of the things I look for in a book. In that long list, Rose Gardner is something a little more than most. She's kind of a top shelf heroine. I'll definitely be looking for more of this series. View all 4 comments. Nov 05, Sarah rated it liked it Shelves: Downloaded for free from site. I did like her though, and I felt quite sorry for her with everything that was going on.
We then had a neighbour who helped Rose, more Downloaded for free from site. We then had a neighbour who helped Rose, more visions, and quite a bit of mystery over what was going on and who was after Rose. The ending to this was a bit of a cliff-hanger. This book is hugely popular by most reviews I've read but sadly I found the book whilst light hearted also impossible to believe, it was a bit too much on the sickly sweet side, I think when the words "crappy doodle" were spoken before my eyes, printed in text I knew then it was time to cut my losses and go.
It does have some humour and I can imagine fans of slightly offbeat southern romantic chick lit would love this, I decided not to finish with half a book to go, each to their own.
Twenty-eight and a half wishes Gag me with This book is hugely popular by most reviews I've read but sadly I found the book whilst light hearted also impossible to believe, it was a bit too much on the sickly sweet side, I think when the words "crappy doodle" were spoken before my eyes, printed in text I knew then it was time to cut my losses and go.
Gag me with a spoon. I was one of the few folks who had the opportunity to review this book as an ARC. Not being familiar with Sookie Sackhouse or any of the southern mystery genre I knew it might be a stretch for me to get into this novel and character.
However, Denise Grover Swank hooked me right into the story from the first sentence! I think the first time I read it I read the whole thing in one sitting. The quirky southern heroin has just the right mixture of everything! Seriously, she is funny, heartwarming, a I was one of the few folks who had the opportunity to review this book as an ARC. I find myself picking up this book more then once a week and reading chapters all over again.
Just to visit Rose and her crazy Mamma. I love a great mystery!! And Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes was just that. Rose was instantly likable. She was quirky, nieve and sheltered - with a crazy mom. What does one do with a character like that? Have her think she's going to die. Instantly I was pulled into the world. All the characters were unique and had their own quirks. Rose's character grew through the story and was believable.
She reminded me a little of Janet Evanovich's character, Stephanie Plum, the way she had c I love a great mystery!! She reminded me a little of Janet Evanovich's character, Stephanie Plum, the way she had crazy stuff happen to her, her reactions, her penchant for getting into trouble, her humor. Can't forget Joe ;o Lots of twists and turns and "oh no she didn't's" in this story. Enough to keep me turning the --pushing the page button on my Kindle.
Swank's writing is superb. I love her voice. Read this one, folks!!!! Apr 21, Jacob Proffitt rated it liked it Shelves: This was a really tough read for me. Rose is 24, but she has been sheltered more than a first edition Star Wars action figure still in the original packaging.
The story starts when the wrapping comes off and we get to see her make lots of poor choices. Only not the ones you'd expect for someone so sheltered first exploring the world. She doesn't go on a wild bender, trashing hotels and scaring small children.
I was just a freak. I kept to myself and everyone in my town of Henryetta liked it that way. While my grandma saw helpful information such as droughts and locust infestations, I was cursed with seeing useless and mundane things like Mrs. White's toilet overflow or the ear infection in Jenny Baxter's baby. None of that would be so bad if I kept what I saw to myself, but my visions didn't work that way.
Without any volition of my own, whatever I saw just blurted right out of my mouth. Most of the people who knew me thought I was a snoop or a gossip, the only rational explanation to reason away my knowledge. But Momma had another opinion. She declared me demon-possessed. But in my twenty-four years, I'd never had a vision about me, so seeing myself dead was quite the shock. I scrunched my eyes, trying to remember what I'd seen. I was leaning back on Momma's sofa. Blood spread out behind my head, blending with the pink cabbage roses and seeping into the ivory background.
My open eyes had a dull, glazed stare. All I could think was how angry Momma was going to be about all that blood on her favorite sofa. I didn't think there was enough hydrogen peroxide in the entire state of Arkansas to get out that stain. A crowd of people had gathered around, watching to see if I'd pass out again. After I considered Momma's impending outrage, it was a definite possibility.
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