Saturday, November 5, 2011

The Other Woman by Joy Fielding

Another Joy Fielding book; like I said, I went to the library and saw Joy Fielding books and Sandra Brown books. I couldn't resist either. Especially these ones because it feels like there are so many I haven't read.

This one didn't disappoint. It was frustrating at times because you could see this completely strong woman who was in a bad situation, and it really seemed like she was doing nothing to make it better. In other words, I was basically waiting for the end of the book. The part where she realises she has to take care of herself first.

I'm sure you can guess what this book was about by the title, but it's sometimes unclear who The Other Woman is referring to. The main character was married to a man that she has basically taken from another woman. She broke up a marriage and a family. After years of marriage, she meets a younger woman who wants the same thing -to break up her marriage. This seemed like only a tiny part of the plot, which is good because there was so much to the story. It does basically go with the theme of 'once a cheater, always a cheater.' I don't know if that's true, and frankly, hope I never have to be in that sort of situation to find out.


Mad River Road by Joy Fielding

I love books by Joy Fielding. Her books are definitely meant for females, and they are always about strong females. Sometimes the woman in her books don't realise how strong they are. I love that moment of clarity in the books.

That being said -I didn't really enjoy this one. It was darker than most. There were moments that would have been incredibly hard to write, and of course, she wrote them like a pro. I guess I was just waiting for the inspiration I get when I read her books, and I didn't get it. It isn't that it wasn't a great book, but I was expecting more. It left me feeling sad. Possibly because I wanted more. If I had seen the woman in this novel pick up the pieces of their lives and move on to bigger and better, I may have had a little more peace.

I'm not going to write the plot out. I obviously follow no sort of book review points when I write these. It depends what the book was, and then I decide what I want to write. Whether it be about the plot or the author, or about something I learned from the book.

One more book to write about today, and then I'm going to work on my own book.

White Hot by Sandra Brown

If anybody has read Sandra Brown, you already have an idea what this book is about. I have a soft spot for Sandra Brown because she was the first romance novel I read. To be perfectly honest, I probably  learned quite a bit about sex from her books (not from the health classes at school). Her earlier books were strictly romance and sex. Maybe that's one of the other reasons I enjoy reading her books. I've seen her go from romance to mystery. Maybe drama... I'm not sure what her books are considered. There's always a certain amount of mystery, romance, and intrigue. They're what I consider to be easy reads. That's not a put down of her writing. It's like when you put a movie in that you've watched a hundred times, you love the movie, you might know it by heart, and it's a nice break from reality.

This particular book was about a woman going back to her hometown after her brother dies. Going back after many years away. She, of course, needs to deal with the reasons she's been gone for so long. She has to solve the problems of the past to be able to move forward. I'm pretty sure I've read this book before, but it's been so long that I forgot key parts. Which is good because they surprised me.

I've gotten myself a library card -which is one of the reasons I've been reading my 'easy reads'. They're already in the library, and I already know I like them. I love the library.

Anyway, that's all. I'm behind: of course. So I have two more library books I've read and need to comment on.