book club thursday- reading challenge


Thanks for stopping by. My name is Cyndi and each week, myself and my two best book friends forever Ann and Karen jointly blog together on Book Club Thursday (BCT). To learn all about BCT please click here

If you're a regular reader, you are going to see some fresh changes to each of our BCT blogs for 2017. We are very excited and hope you will participate in our events. 

This week we have: 

In summary, Reading Challenges, "challenge" each of us to read a book from one of our pre-picked lists. 

This month I picked from this list:


Read a book published before 2010
Read a book with a wedding
Read a book published in the month (not year) you were born
Working Girls  
Read a book set in your home state
Read a book that includes nature on the cover
Read a book with a cover that you really don’t like (ugly)
Read a book you once gave up on
Read a book with a clever title
Read a book that takes place in Winter
Read a book that includes a Holiday
Read a book set in/around New Orleans
Read a book with a “Food” word in the title
Read a book that includes a food item on the cover
Read a book with a seasonal word in the title

My exact pick: 

read a book that includes nature on the cover

The riveting new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Liar.
“She stood in the deep, dark woods, breath shallow and cold prickling over her skin despite the hot, heavy air. She took a step back, then two, as the urge to run fell over her.” 
Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father’s crimes and made him infamous. No matter how close she gets to happiness, she can’t outrun the sins of Thomas David Bowes.
Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, a rambling old house in need of repair, thousands of miles away from everything she’s ever known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but the kindly residents of Sunrise Cove keep forcing her to open up—especially the determined Xander Keaton. 
Naomi can feel her defenses failing, and knows that the connection her new life offers is something she’s always secretly craved. But the sins of her father can become an obsession, and, as she’s learned time and again, her past is never more than a nightmare away.

I have a confession to make. 

Ms. Roberts writes romance but with a foot planted in many different genres. 

I gave up on much of her writing for various reasons: 

Too far behind in the JD Robb titles

Suspense titles, bored me

Touch of paranormal titles, some of which just plain bizarre

A shame because she was one of my favorite authors for so many reasons. To be honest, there's at least one of her titles that would end up on my favorite books ever list. But I've gone up topic. 

I'm going to start by saying that The Obsession reminded of Carolina Moon (one of my favorites by her, and now The Obsession too).

The moody, brooding cover fits the book perfectly. Perhaps, I stretched my "challenge" a bit, but I will say the book includes plenty of nature, including a dog (I won't give more away).

This book is WHY I feel in love with her books all those years ago. 

Maybe I feel so strongly because I haven't read a suspense title of hers in years. But I loved it enough that I decided to cough up the bucks and pre-ordered her upcoming title. 

Again- off topic. 

Obsession although predictable, is well written and atmospheric. I loved the setting and wish I could live in Naomi's house. There's a subtle creepiness and this book, once started, is hard to put down. It's also brilliantly paced. 

Naomi is a strong heroine that has been through much in her life. Xander is a perfect hero for her (and I seriously have a book crush on him). 

The supporting case of characters are also well developed, and I really enjoyed all of the attention to details and descriptions in this book!

If you've never read Ms. Roberts or if it has been awhile, I highly recommend The Obsession. 

May 4th- Remember When 

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