Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Book Club Pick

My book club pick for last month was "The Pilot's Wife"

Imagine hearing knocking in the middle of the night. You think it's a dream, but it's not. You think it's your child. Your husband. Your neighbor. A car accident.

Suddenly you wake up and realize your worst fear. Your child is in bed. Your husband is flying in from London, due home in a few hours. That knocking is at your door. It's not your neighbor, and to a pilot's wife it can only mean one thing.

She flipped on the back-door light and saw, beyond the small panes set into the top of the door, a man.

As she reached for the knob, she thought, Not a burglar, not a rapist. Definitely not a rapist. She opened the door.

"Mrs. Lyons?" he asked.

And then she knew.

This is Kathryn Lyons' story. She opens the door to find she is a widow. Jack, her husband, was the pilot of a plane that went down off the coast of Ireland. One hundred and three lives were lost. There were no survivors.

There's barely any time to grieve. This is a national story and very shortly, reporters will descend on the property looking for any details they can find.

The man at the door is Robert. He is from the pilot's union. His job is to be with the family, handle the press and ask questions. He is a source of comfort, as Kathryn must find the strength to tell her 15 year-old daughter that Jack has died. Mattie doesn't take it well, naturally.

Just as the news of Jack's death sinks in, Kathryn receives horrible news. Based on the cockpit voice recordings, initial investigators think Jack committed suicide, bringing a bomb on the plane that killed everyone on board. Kathryn is forced to evaluate her relationship with Jack. She's adamant that he didn't kill himself and all those aboard, but there are still nagging questions. Mysterious notes, poetry on scraps of paper, highly unusual behavior from a man she thought she knew.

At a time when Kathryn should be rebuilding her life with her daughter, she is forced to find the answers to questions she doesn't want to know. She embarks on a transcontinental journey to find the truth about her husband, her marriage, her life.

The Pilot's Wife ponders the question How well can we ever really know another person?

This is a story of tragedy, love, betrayal and healing. However, it is Kathryn's story alone. We follow her as she learns of her husband's death at the beginning of the story all the way to the interesting conclusion. The events are there, but we learn of them as Kathryn experiences them, not before she does. This makes readers feel the tragedy of death and the healing process as well.

The Pilot's Wife is a compelling tale, despite the depressing subject matter. Kathryn is a bright character. She's intelligent and trusting, which lets the reader accept the fact that she didn't know there was a problem with her marriage. Even Mattie, the daughter, has realistic reactions to the events and Shreve is to be commended for these portrayals.

. That being said, don't be afraid to read The Pilot's Wife. Yes, I know I said the subject matter is depressing, but it is interesting as well. The characters are genuine, and that's hard to find in many of today's books. So read it and be thankful there are still some authors out there that write intelligent novels. Anita Shreve is one of those writers. Enjoy!

What would you do if you find out after your husband is dead that he lives another life, he had another family in which you were oblivious to this?



For My Pregnant Moms

Fashiongirls, baby favorite pick of the week.

The Polly Swing

Ity has an innovative remote control operation featuring RC controls swing speed, music genre (play tunes or relaxing lullabies) and nature sounds. Also has an adjustable toy bar with detachable soft toys that squeak, rattle, and crinkle

The I-Feel

The contemporary design features aluminum tubing, curved wood, a thickly-padded seat, an MP3 player hook-up and Chromatically changing LED lights with built-in melodies and nature sounds. Folds flat.



Celebs Out & About

Celebs Out & About



Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Beautiful Pregnant Tia Mowry


As part of "embracing the sexuality" of her pregnancy, The Game actress recently posed for a glammed-up (and revealing!) belly photo. "I know that there are people out there who say that there is nothing sexy about being pregnant," says the first-time mom, who is expecting a baby boy on July 3. "[But] I feel empowered; I feel sexy."



I am Back

Sorry my lovies, I know I have been MIA in the past Month or two,I have been very busy working on all new projects in which I will be sharing very soon. I am here and back now, ready to start blogging once again.