The Book Mark

Books that make the grade.

Two Thumbs Down

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a review.  Life has kept me busy the past several weeks and there hasn’t been enough time for reading.  So you can imagine how unhappy I was that when I did find some reading time, I didn’t enjoy what I read.


I was excited to find Yes, Chef (C) by Marcus Samuelson at my library but was quickly disappointed that I had. I was interested to learn more about one of America’s favorite Chefs. His recipe for this memoir lacked the wow factor.  Of the 315 pages, I found only Part One held my interest. His strength obviously lies in cooking not writing.




Book two is my book club selection for November, Come Home (C) by Lisa Scottoline.  Pediatrician Jill Farrow has a full life.  She is newly engaged to Sam. Sam will be her third husband.  She and Sam live together with Megan, her daughter from her first marriage.  Their peaceful life is interrupted one day by Abby, Jill’s stepdaughter from her second marriage.  Abby has “come home” to Jill after the death of her father to enlists Jill’s help in proving that he was murdered.

While trying to help Abby, Jill takes on super woman status as she finds herself trying to save her relationship with Sam, keeping up with her daughter Megan and monitoring a very sick patient. I thought that Scottoline tried to incorporate too many scenarios in one mystery. It was way too much and hardly believable.  I don’t think any of us has ever met a super sleuth pediatrician.


A good book is my reward at the end of a stressful day. For me, it’s like a calming drug.  Unfortunately, neither of these books were the least bit rewarding. While some books are full of promise; some are just full of words.



2 responses to “Two Thumbs Down

  1. susanbright October 25, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Although I have not read Come Home, I usually find Lisa Scottoline’s books entertaining. Thanks for the heads up on this one!

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