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Split Ends—by Kristin Billerbeck

Sarah Claire Winowski dreams of being a hair stylist in a top name salon. She also wants to find a man that fulfils her Cary Grant fantasies and live in a town where people won’t look down on her because she’s the “illegitimate” daughter of an alcoholic woman. There seems to be a lot on Sarah Claire’s plate, but it all looks with in reach when her personal stylist cousin gets her a job with Yoshi—LA’s top hair stylist to the stars.
But when she gets to LA, not only does she not fit in as much as she hoped, she doesn’t even get the job she though she was getting.
But on the high end of things, she meets a guy named Dane, who is not only a cute Christian, but wears a fedora and is the new millennium’s Cary Grant—she must be dreaming.
It’s then the voices of the towns people back home ring in her head, “Men don’t marry Winowski women”. Not to mention her cousin Scott seems to know a secret of Dane’s he doesn’t think Sarah Claire is ready to handle. Then Sarah Claire’s only friend of the senior church circle unloads a secret of her own—and it’s a dilly.
Will Sarah Clair get the stylist chair AND the man, or just head home with her tail between her legs?

I like this book by Billerbeck very much, and I would suggest it highly. Like all of Billerbeck’s novels there’s a happy ending—in which there’s a From Here to Eternity comment I though was romantic.
I must say, though, I still the think the Ashley Stockingdale series is unbeatable in hilarity—but that’s just my opinion. I still liked this one, and give 4 ½ stars.

Savannah from Savannah—by Denise Hildreth

Savannah Phillips went to college with hopes of being an author of novels, but when she thinks her overachieving mother may have tainted a contest she won, she throws what could have been a big break away to go home and found out the truth.
But of course, God sometimes has a plan we aren’t aware of, and Savannah gets a job at the paper, and finds out more secrets then she thought to uncover. Through it all, Savannah’s opinion of her mother’s obsessions with Miss American Pageants and a Miss-America-wanna-be that’s following her mom around is all but good. But when Savannah finds out the details of what happened when her mother won her pageant crown, it proves to be intriguing.

I like this very much, I was caking like there was no tomorrow—especially about the dog taking a “dump” in the pool—and reading with bated breath.
This is great summer (or spring in the South) read to sit back and enjoy along with a cool breeze and cold Coke. (Which is Savannah’s drink addiction.) I give it 5 stars.

Sushi for One?—by Camy Tang

Lex Sakai is a sporty Asian-American girl that, much to her dismay, is the OSFC—Oldest Single Female Cousin. Which to her grandmother means time to meddle in her love life. Lex won’t here of it, but when her grandmother threatens to stop funding her girl’s volleyball team if she doesn’t find a boyfriend by her cousin’s wedding, Lex is in a fix.
Not only is she trying to get used to her new job and coach the ball team, she has a secret in her soul that has her leery of men.
To add to the confusing, Lex gets an injury that forgoes her chance to find a loophole in her grandmother’s plan.
What’s Lex to do?

I like this book; the humor was great and had me cackling. When Camy said that “sometimes romance needs a kick of wasbi” she didn’t disappoint. The story also deals with things everybody has. Fear, love, new begging’s, uncertainties, and crazy family that try to run and control your life!
I enjoyed this book, and give it 4 stars.

Savannah Comes Undone—by Denise Hildreth

Savannah has finally found out the truth about the contest—both her’s and her mother’s—but now there’s even MORE to absorb when she finds her mother, Vicky, as she calls her in her mind, has chained herself to a stone slab of the Ten Commandments in protest to taking them down. What’s “Vicky” going to do next? And once more, how is Savannah going to live it down?

This book literally picks up where the other left off, and I really like how Hildreth did that. It makes you REALLY want to read this one if you’ve read the first. Once again, a great summer/spring read that teaches that some things—and people— aren’t what they seem, and even when we disagree with are family members, we still love them.
I give it 5 stars.

Murder by Mushrooms—by Virginia Smith

Jackie Hoffner just wanted to impress the church ladies—that’s all. But when she made a pasta dish for the church potluck so the ladies wouldn’t tease her about bring chips AGAIN, she didn’t know it would end up deadly.
It’s seems the regular mushrooms weren’t the only kind in church busybody Alice Farmer’s Tupperware. Though she was a heartless gossip, Jackie feels terrible that her food seemed to send Alice to her Maker—who wouldn’t.
Now Jackie must clear her own name, and to make it clear she had nothing to do with it she starts solving the case. But as she searches for clues, Jackie finds herself falling for the cop on the case.
Jackie starts uncovering just how dangerous and detrimental Alice Farmer REALLY was, and finds more people have motive to get rid of the old woman than she thought.
But near the end of the case, will dark secrets, a teen getting run down by a car, and church go-er that never read “thou shalt not kill” prove too much for her to handle?

I enjoy this book very much, and couldn’t but it down. It’s not mystery on the CSI level, it’s a little more light hearted—but still intriguing, which I prefer. The story shows us that all of us need God’s grace, and that just because one goes to church all the time, doesn’t make you Godly—you have to live the faith, not just claim it.
I give this book 4 stars.

Book I’m reading now:

The Will of Wisteria—by Denise Hildreth

Clayton Wilcott is one of the richest men in Charleston, SC and when he dies, his four kids are counting on the money he leaves behind.
There’s Elizabeth who is a overachieving business woman, her brother Jeff—the ego maniac doctor with a lust for money—and woman, Mary Catherine, a free spirit that seems to be the only one missing her father, and the youngest, Will, a beer guzzling frat boy who’s too lazy to scratch his own behind; they all wait to see what their father’s will leaves them
But in a bizarre will reading they learn there’s a catch to getting the money—a big, annoying catch.
But what they don’t know is that their father planned for them to get more then just money from the experience this “catch” gives.
I’m not done with this one yet, so I don’t how it ends, but I like it so far. The characters or so real that they seem like your watching their life go by—I can’t put it down. So far it looks like a 5 star read.

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