First of all, I've got some news reports for you. I will follow that up with 3 very short reviews.
1. Warner Brothers has purchased the rights to The Alice Network. We know that buying the rights doesn't always mean that the project will come to the big or little screen. But it sure is a good story, and it would be great to see it produced.
2. Reese Witherspoon's production company is bringing Where the Crawdads Sing to the big screen. This is one of the few books I've read in recent years that has gotten a thumbs up from everybody I know who has read it.
3. Kerry Lonsdale's book, Side Trip, has a pretty unique surprise in it. She is going to have a meeting designed to give readers a chance to ask questions...and they/we WILL have questions! The event is called Kerry's Tiki Bar, and is scheduled for October 1, 4:00PST. You can go on her website to get the link.
And now 3 mini-reviews:
1. The Dutch House, by Ann Patchett. I have liked a lot of Patchett's books (especially Bel Canto) but haven't been crazy about the most recent ones. TDH has gotten a ton of high ratings. I liked it well enough but didn't love it. Interestingly enough, Joni and I started listening to the audiobook (narrated by Tom Hanks) quite a few months ago. We liked it but turned it in because we wanted to listen to Ronan Farrow's Catch and Kill (which we couldn't get through). We never went back to the audiobook, but I decided to read it based on some glowing reviews from friends of mine. The best I can say is that I'm not sorry I read it.
2. Charming Falls Apart, by Angela Terry. This is a debut novel for Angela. And I liked it a lot. I definitely recommend it and look forward to her next one, whenever that hits the circuit.
3. The Light in the Hallway, by Amanda Prowse. This is an author that I had never heard of until recently. And she's written almost 30 novels and novellas! I discovered her on a FB book group page. I saw several members raving about her books. I went back and forth with them and finally decided I would read one of her books and make up my own mind. I picked this one based on recommendations and Goodreads ratings. Anyway, although this was a very long-winded explanation, the bottom line is that I definitely liked it. I would probably read others by her but don't feel the need to run out and do that.