Saturday, May 19, 2012

This Book Room

After bidding good-bye to New York's brightest star, Elizabeth Holland, rumors continue to fly about her untimely demise. All eyes are on those closest to the dearly departed: her mischievous sister, Diana, now the family's only hope for redemption; New York's most notorious cad, Henry Schoon-maker, the flame Elizabeth never extinguished; the seductive Penelope Hayes, poised to claim all that her best friend left behind--including Henry; even Elizabeth's scheming former maid, Lina Broud, who discovers that while money matters and breeding counts, gossip is the new currency. As old friends become rivals, Manhattan's most dazzling socialites find their futures threatened by whispers from the past. In this delicious sequel to "The Luxe," nothing is more dangerous than a scandal . . . or more precious than a secret.

Additional notes: This is the second book in the Luxe series. There are four books in this series and all have been released. You can read my review of the first book here.

My thoughts: This series is like Gossip girl... set in 1899. I love it! This book is incredibly scandalous and at times, shocking - in a good way, of course! The characters are love-them-but-hate-them types, except for perhaps, the Holland sisters. You'll have to read the series to see exactly what I mean.

From New York Times bestselling author Kimberla Lawson Roby comes the ninth installment in her award-winning Reverend Curtis Black series. It's been months since Reverend Curtis learned that his wife Charlotte had affairs with two different men, and for now, he continues to be cordial and respectful to her. But he's also made it clear that once their son Matthew graduates high school, he will be filing for divorce. Charlotte, on the other hand, continues to do everything possible to make amends in hopes of saving their marriage. Unfortunately, Curtis is ready to move on and is being propositioned by a woman who desperately wants to become the next Mrs. Curtis Black. When the situation heads down a path that is frighteningly shocking, could it be the final blow to this once blessed union?

Additional notes: This is the ninth book in the Reverend Curtis Black series. As far as I know, this series is ongoing. You can read my review of the second book here, the third book here, the fourth book here, the fifth book here, the sixth book here and the seventh book here. I don't know what happened with the eighth book review, as I read the book, but apparently did not review it on here! My apologies.

My thoughts: I feel like Curtis grew so much as a character in this book, which was certainly refreshing. I really, really hope Kimberla features Matthew in the next book - it's really fun {and scary!} to see how Curtis' children are growing up and becoming their own person.

Jon Acuff's hilarious thoughts on all things "Dave Ramsey." Perfect for the Dave fan who has everything, or the person who wants to laugh about money while on their journey to financial peace.

* Do your former credit card companies stalk you like a deranged ex-girlfriend? Page 45.
* Do you need to baby-proof your home against 27-year-old kids trying to move into your basement? Page 19.
* Have you ever made the basket walk of shame? Page 173.
* Was your biggest question throughout Financial Peace University “How many blue shirts does Dave actually own?” Page 13.

My thoughts: We recently had the pleasure of attending a Total Money Makeover live event hosted by Dave Ramsey. Jon Acuff was a speaker there during the breaks and before the event began. He was so spot on in his observations of people and life - both Jason and I had to get our hands on his books {from the library, of course!}. We both thoroughly enjoyed this book and laughed out loud several times. If you're a Dave fan, this book is definitely for you. And if you ever wanted to know if you're really a free spirit or a nerd, quizzes are included {both Jason and I came out exactly the way we thought - free spirits and nerds!}.

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