THURSDAY SPARKS: THEMES — FRIENDS — MAY 24

Welcome to Thursday Sparks, where we celebrate bookish events.  Today, let’s shout out about the friendship theme, as we join Kavya, Reading Between Pages, for Theme Thursdays.

Theme Thursdays is a fun weekly event that will be open from one Thursday to the next. Anyone can participate in it. The rules are simple:

  • A theme will be posted each week (on Thursday’s)
  • Select a conversation/snippet/sentence from the current book you are reading
  • Mention the author and the title of the book along with your post
  • It is important that the theme is conveyed in the sentence (you don’t necessarily need to have the word)
    Ex: If the theme is KISS; your sentence can have “They kissed so gently” or “Their lips touched each other” or “The smooch was so passionate”

This will give us a wonderful opportunity to explore and understand different writing styles and descriptive approaches adopted by authors.

FRIEND , Buddy, confidant, comrade etc.

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I’ve grabbed a book from next week’s stack:  Ocean Beach, by Wendy Wax, the story of women who become accidental friends in the first book (Ten Beach Road) and now are putting on a reality show about do-overs.  My copy of the book is an ARC, so the final print may be slightly different.

Wendy Wax, author of the “warm [and] wry” (St. Petersburg TimesTen Beach Road, returns with a novel of three women in need of a second chance…or is it a third?

Unlikely friends Madeline, Avery and Nicole have hit some speed bumps in their lives, but when they arrive in Miami’s South Beach neighborhood, they are all hoping for a do-over. Literally. They’ve been hired to bring a once-grand historic house back to its former glory on a new television show called Do-Over. If they can just get this show off the ground, Nikki would get back on her feet financially, Avery could restart her ruined career, and Maddie would have a shot at keeping her family together.

At least, that’s the plan – until the women realize that having their work broadcast is one thing, having their personal lives play out on TV is another thing entirely. Soon they are struggling to hold themselves, and the project, together. With a decades-old mystery—and the hurricane season—looming, the women are forced to figure out just how they’ll weather life’s storms…

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In this snippet, Nicole is enjoying a luxurious bath and thinking about what lies ahead:

Burrowing deeper into the warm water, Nicole reached for the waiting loofah.  Tomorrow she’d meet up with the women who’d so unexpectedly become her friends.  Together they’d do their best to make Do Over a success.  p. 8

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Now I’m off to see what the rest of you have found!  Happy Thursday!

A QUEST FOR OLD CONNECTIONS — A REVIEW

In this sequel to Life After Forty, Christine is approaching her forty-fourth birthday. Her career is going well: she works for a publishing company and has several regular columns for magazines. She enjoys her life in Hamburg, with amiable friendships.

But in a conversation with one of these friends, Dorothea, she seems a bit jaded about friendships lasting.

From this discussion, Dorothea has an idea and enlists the help of Christine’s sister and a few other friends to put together a surprise birthday party for Christine that will include friendships of Christine’s from the distant past.

The quest is lengthy and described in detail; there are questionnaires to include with letters to the individuals.

From this point on, we are shown glimpses of some of the friends in their current lives, with occasional peeks into Christine’s life, and her tedious relationship with Richard.

I liked the premise of the story, but as it continued, I thought it soon lost its luster. Or maybe something was lost in translation. At any rate, the story plodded along and I no longer connected with any of the characters. In fact, sometimes I got confused, as many of them had similar names. I felt like a passenger adrift in the sea, and just wanted to get to shore. The most I can give Inseparable is three stars.