Book Review: The Farm

Imagine spending some time at a fancy resort where everything is free. Anything you need is provided to you quickly and cheerfully, and you get to stay for nine months. The only catch? You are a surrogate, and after you give birth, you’ll be sent on your way-richer and yet emptier.

The three main characters are Jane, an immigrant already has a young daughter and works low wage domestic jobs when she can find them. Reagan is a stereotypical white girl who has nothing better to do and signs up just for the cash. And Mae, the tiger mom like Asian-American woman who runs the facility where Jane and Reagan end up. There isn’t much Mae won’t do to ensure a positive outcome for her clients. We also get to see how unprepared Jane is for this kind of situation, where her background and experience only make her more vulnerable. None of the characters are completely good or bad, and it definitely makes you think about our society today.

“….in America you only need to know how to make money. Money buys everything else.”

Isn’t that the truth. This isn’t a Handmaids Tale scenario, it isn’t romance, or even women’s fiction exactly. I’d almost call it horror-lite.

I was waiting for a shocking twist that didn’t appear. After I let the book sit with me a few days I started thinking about the premise and how the fact that this seems plausible and legal is maybe the most dystopian ending of all.

I think it would make an excellent book club read.

The Farm by Joanne Ramos May 7, 2019

Book Review: The East End

The East End is a book you could pick up now if you’ve got a Mother’s Day gift card burning a hole in your pocket. Hint, hint. It’s the kind of caper where the main character has it all figured out. Nothing can go wrong with his plan- so of course, everything goes wrong with his plan. LOL. Corey lives in the Hamptons year-round like he’s a townie, not someone who owns one of those huge houses there. But, he does house-sit in them. The plot stands out for me in that it is such a good example of class assumptions in this country. Being rich does not mean everything is great or that you’ve got your act together. Although Corey is apt to break the law, he feels justified, and you don’t hate him for it for which I give Jason Allen full credit. It isn’t easy building a character that lives within the gray area of society. One night he decides to go over to Sheffield’s when he thinks no one will be home and ends up seeing some things he shouldn’t. It all wraps up, but not in the way I expected, which is always nice! The entire twisty story takes just three days and you’ll want to read it that fast as well. A warning that it contains a lot of swearing, and adult situations. The East End by Jason Allen

ARC Review: Crashing the A List

Grown Up Books for Summer Reading a series all week long right here while I wish that I was going to have a Summer full of lounge chairs instead of drywall…

Loved this- it's only the second romance novel I've read this year, and I am getting more and more positive That I'll be reading more. 
The whole premise of regular gal ending up with a celebrity because of unusual circumstances- pulled me right in. Add in the fact that she worked in publishing and it was right up my alley. Clara loses her job in as a book editor, has to move in with her brother and ends up taking a job cleaning out storage units- yuck. 
A series of events lead her to a famous guy, and she ends up "fake dating" him- which turns into real dating- which made me laugh out loud. This is hilarious and real and perfect for reading at the beach this summer. July, 2019  
Crashing The A List by Summer Heacock