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BRIDGES: A Daphne White Novel ~Maria Murnane

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

BRIDGES is a continuing story of the “Three Musketeers” we discovered in WAIT FOR THE RAIN.  Those wonderful friends were reunited to celebrate another milestone in their lives.  KC, Skylar, and Daphne met 21 years ago at Northwestern University and became fast friends.   In the RAIN book they came together to celebrate their 20-year friendship and their 40th birthdays.  In BRIDGES they are supporting and celebrating Skylar in her big life change.

The reader goes with Daphne to New York City to connect with the threesome and spend a long weekend together.  The story includes a wonderful spa trip, some shopping, running, and a Broadway Play. Wouldn’t you enjoy doing all those things in the Big Apple?  Skylar’s lovely apartment is quite enchanting and a grand place to have those deep conversations, conflict, and work things out that need to be said.  Lots of emotions are expressed and the dialogue reflects a lot of problem-solving skills and good communications skills.  It is not a silly story but a real story about what could be and how one reassesses their life choices and adventures to move forward.   There is a happiness factor within the story that makes reading delightful.

I once again greatly appreciated the inner dialogue of Daphne, which was shared in the story.  I believe it was refreshing to know that she was having those emotions and thoughts and then finding that she could change her mind and own those feelings and make new decisions.   Daphne has written her first novel and submitted the manuscript to agents and has her fingers-crossed in anticipation of success.  Her friends are supportive when the secret is let out of the bag.

Murnane sent me a copy of both her books for review and I enjoyed curling up and reading them cover-to-cover.  I thought about reconnecting with one of my friends from college and wondered how we got so separated with out busy lives.

“Maria Murnane is a former PR Executive who abandoned a successful career to pursue a more fulfilling life.  She is the bestselling author of CASSIDY LANE, KATWALK, PERFECT ON PAPER; IT’S A WAVERLY LIFE, HONEY ON YOUR MIND, and CHOCOLATE FOR TWO, which garnered a stared review in PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.  Originally from California, she now lives in Brooklyn. “ (Book cover)

Maria Murnane Web
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I would give this book ‘lots of stars’ for being delightful and for having characters that are capable of good dialogue and making constructive changes in their lives.  We could all enjoy this story and learn from this friendship.

Related:

Wait For the Rain
Another Brooklyn
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BRIDGES: A Daphne White Novel ~Maria Murnane

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

BRIDGES is a continuing story of the “Three Musketeers” we discovered in WAIT FOR THE RAIN.  Those wonderful friends were reunited to celebrate another milestone in their lives.  KC, Skylar, and Daphne met 21 years ago at Northwestern University and became fast friends.   In the RAIN book they came together to celebrate their 20-year friendship and their 40th birthdays.  In BRIDGES they are supporting and celebrating Skylar in her big life change.

The reader goes with Daphne to New York City to connect with the threesome and spend a long weekend together.  The story includes a wonderful spa trip, some shopping, running, and a Broadway Play. Wouldn’t you enjoy doing all those things in the Big Apple?  Skylar’s lovely apartment is quite enchanting and a grand place to have those deep conversations, conflict, and work things out that need to be said.  Lots of emotions are expressed and the dialogue reflects a lot of problem-solving skills and good communications skills.  It is not a silly story but a real story about what could be and how one reassesses their life choices and adventures to move forward. There is a happiness factor within the story that makes reading delightful.

I once again greatly appreciated the inner dialogue of Daphne, which was shared in the story.  I believe it was refreshing to know that she was having those emotions and thoughts and then finding that she could change her mind and own those feelings and make new decisions.   Daphne has written her first novel and submitted the manuscript to agents and has her fingers-crossed in anticipation of success.  Her friends are supportive when the secret is let out of the bag.

Murnane sent me a copy of both her books for review and I enjoyed curling up and reading them cover-to-cover.  I thought about reconnecting with one of my friends from college and wondered how we got so separated with out busy lives.

“Maria Murnane is a former PR Executive who abandoned a successful career to pursue a more fulfilling life.  She is the bestselling author of CASSIDY LANE, KATWALK, PERFECT ON PAPER; IT’S A WAVERLY LIFE, HONEY ON YOUR MIND, and CHOCOLATE FOR TWO, which garnered a stared review in PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.  Originally from California, she now lives in Brooklyn. “ (Book cover)

Maria Murnane Web
Maria Murnane Facebook

I would give this book ‘lots of stars’ for being delightful and for having characters that are capable of good dialogue and making constructive changes in their lives. We could all enjoy this story and learn from this friendship.

Related:
Wait For the Rain
Another Brooklyn
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THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS: A NOVEL ~M.L.STEDMAN

Monday, September 16th, 2013


THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS is a delicate, beautifully written love story and very difficult to imagine that it is M.L. Stedman’s debut novel.   This story is a fine tuned piece of literature.  It has been on the New York Times Best Seller list for an extended period of time and is one of the big books on Oprah’s book club schedule.

I am sharing this book from a recent book group discussion, because our group just enjoyed this book from start to finish even though there was a great deal of sadness in the telling of the tale.  The premise of the story is unusual and after reaching the last page the book lingers with one for a number of days and comes back to mind often.  All 12 participants thought the book a marvelous read, even with all the different thoughts about it; there was really no correct answer to the dilemma.

The author “poses an impossible dilemma and makes us question the judgments of all involved.” Lianne Koliren: Daily Express (UK)

The location of the story is significant and it takes place out on a rocky island which has a light house and a keeper who are stationed there for a year at a time.  The light is in an area of heavy currents between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific and is 100 miles from the point of land that is home base.  The men are coming home from France and the war, attempting to adjust to their lives and find work.  There are rough passages to navigate all round.

The member of our group who chose this book had journeyed to Tasmania and while there had visited a lighthouse and saw a tiny grave for a baby on the bluff beside the light. She was curious.  She set her search on finding a book or story about just such an experience listing Australia, baby, and lighthouse as her search words and that is how she found this story for us to read.

As one begins reading and then is taken through the back stories of the characters, it is amazing how fragile this group is and how they found each other.  They all had such hopes and yet had to proceed in new directions; maybe one could say they needed to recover from their individual hopes in order to find themselves – live forward.

How can we right the wrongs of father’s sins and mother’s silence?  How can we protect those we love and make amends for those who were lost in war?  What is the right choice or the moral choice?  How does the context of a life change its progression?  We are all searching for love, are we able to find it?

The writing is not frenzied or hurried, it is a waltz surrounded in our own arms and thoughts. The brassy, glass housing lights the beyond and not the below, it is for others and not for the self no matter the storm or wind.

This is a book from my own collection because I have just read three other books for review and I do not wish to tell you about any of them.  THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS is a good read and I agree that it is worthwhile literature.

If you purchase anything from Amazon or Powell’s from this site link, I will receive a few blossoms in my bouquet.  I can purchase more books to review! Donations also welcomed

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