An enjoyable, family-focused contemporary romance and a satisfying continuation of the series.

MUST BE CRAZY

From the Darling Cove series , Vol. 3

The relationship between an architect and an attorney is tested by a court case and painful secrets from the past.

Skye Mallory enjoys a successful law practice in her hometown of Darling Cove, a hamlet on the North Fork of Long Island. A case involving her police officer father, Martin, is challenging, but she’ll help him any way she can. When her former boyfriend, musician Miles Benjamin, asks for her legal services in his dispute with a builder, she reluctantly agrees because she could use the money. Edward Mendelsohn, an architect and fire chief of the Darling Cove Volunteer Fire Department, is attracted to Skye, but he’s worried about making the first move. A single father to Julian, a 7-year-old boy, he hasn’t been in a relationship since Julian’s mother, Lauren, left three years earlier. After Edward rescues Skye from a fire at her home, they begin dating and discover a connection that is as immediate as it is passionate. But a legal conflict of interest and a surprise visitor from Edward’s past could potentially derail their chance for true and lasting love. The third installment of Garland’s (Must Have Faith, 2018, etc.) Darling Cove series successfully builds on characters and storylines introduced in the first two novels while maintaining the focus on the connection between Skye and Edward. Initially introduced as a supporting character in Must Love Fashion (2017), Skye emerges as a strong protagonist who must balance her ethical and legal duties to Miles with her desire to follow her heart and pursue a future with Edward. Her bond with Edward develops quickly, bolstered by scenes that are both tender and playful. A subplot involving a health crisis Skye experienced after graduating from law school is sensitively handled. Lead characters from the first two novels, including Gwendolyn Mallory and Faith Copeland, continue to play active roles in the series.

An enjoyable, family-focused contemporary romance and a satisfying continuation of the series.

Pub Date: Oct. 22, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-72905-472-7

Page Count: 264

Publisher: Time Tunnel Media

Review Posted Online: Nov. 5, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15, 2018

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ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF IVAN DENISOVICH

While a few weeks ago it seemed as if Praeger would have a two month lead over Dutton in their presentation of this Soviet best seller, both the "authorized" edition (Dutton's) and the "unauthorized" (Praeger's) will appear almost simultaneously. There has been considerable advance attention on what appears to be as much of a publishing cause celebre here as the original appearance of the book in Russia. Without entering into the scrimmage, or dismissing it as a plague on both your houses, we will limit ourselves to a few facts. Royalties from the "unauthorized" edition will go to the International Rescue Committee; Dutton with their contracted edition is adhering to copyright conventions. The Praeger edition has two translators and one of them is the translator of Doctor Zhivago Dutton's translator, Ralph Parker, has been stigmatized by Praeger as "an apologist for the Soviet regime". To the untutored eye, the Dutton translation seems a little more literary, the Praeger perhaps closer to the rather primitive style of the original. The book itself is an account of one day in the three thousand six hundred and fifty three days of the sentence to be served by a carpenter, Ivan Denisovich Shukhov. (Solzhenitsyn was a political prisoner.) From the unrelenting cold without, to the conditions within, from the bathhouse to the latrine to the cells where survival for more than two weeks is impossible, this records the hopeless facts of existence as faced by thousands who went on "living like this, with your eyes on the ground". The Dutton edition has an excellent introduction providing an orientation on the political background to its appearance in Russia by Marvin Kalb. All involved in its publication (translators, introducers, etc.) claim for it great "artistic" values which we cannot share, although there is no question of its importance as a political and human document and as significant and tangible evidence of the de-Stalinization program.

Pub Date: June 15, 1963

ISBN: 0451228146

Page Count: 181

Publisher: Praeger

Review Posted Online: Oct. 5, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1963

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A LITTLE LIFE

Four men who meet as college roommates move to New York and spend the next three decades gaining renown in their professions—as an architect, painter, actor and lawyer—and struggling with demons in their intertwined personal lives.

Yanagihara (The People in the Trees, 2013) takes the still-bold leap of writing about characters who don’t share her background; in addition to being male, JB is African-American, Malcolm has a black father and white mother, Willem is white, and “Jude’s race was undetermined”—deserted at birth, he was raised in a monastery and had an unspeakably traumatic childhood that’s revealed slowly over the course of the book. Two of them are gay, one straight and one bisexual. There isn’t a single significant female character, and for a long novel, there isn’t much plot. There aren’t even many markers of what’s happening in the outside world; Jude moves to a loft in SoHo as a young man, but we don’t see the neighborhood change from gritty artists’ enclave to glitzy tourist destination. What we get instead is an intensely interior look at the friends’ psyches and relationships, and it’s utterly enthralling. The four men think about work and creativity and success and failure; they cook for each other, compete with each other and jostle for each other’s affection. JB bases his entire artistic career on painting portraits of his friends, while Malcolm takes care of them by designing their apartments and houses. When Jude, as an adult, is adopted by his favorite Harvard law professor, his friends join him for Thanksgiving in Cambridge every year. And when Willem becomes a movie star, they all bask in his glow. Eventually, the tone darkens and the story narrows to focus on Jude as the pain of his past cuts deep into his carefully constructed life.  

The phrase “tour de force” could have been invented for this audacious novel.

Pub Date: March 10, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-385-53925-8

Page Count: 720

Publisher: Doubleday

Review Posted Online: Dec. 22, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2015

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