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Book review

For anyone who hasn’t found Library Thing yet I recommend you to have a look. It is a great resource for me in various ways – will maybe post about that another day.

I’ve been short on blogs of late but hope to become regular again soon. I’ve a few book reviews to post – here is one. You can find Jimmy’s girl on Amazon and reviews by others as well.

Jimmy’s Girl

By Stephanie Gertler

ISTORIA BOOKS

ISBN: 978-0988472570

Publication date: July 2013

I received this book free as an advance copy through Library Thing.

This story uncovers the vulnerabilities of youth, first love, the pain of separation and the potency of family ties. Although circumstances move the lives of young Jimmy and Emily in different directions their memories of each other remain strong.

Jimmy is scarred by his time in Vietnam as a Marine. On his return he marries and they later adopt a daughter. Meantime Emily has married and her life is tied up with children, domesticity and her art.

The story is interesting and represents the real experiences and choices of many couples who meet up again in later life. Whilst I found the writing style distracting, with long narrative sections and occasional instances of having to backtrack to clarify whose point of view it was, I believe many will enjoy the authenticity of family situations and resolutions. A good read.  (3 stars)

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Book Review

Falling off the Fast Track

By Gail Hewitt

Published by ArbeitenZeit Media

ISBN Kindle Edition 978-0-9882712-0-3

ISBN Trade Paperback Edition 978-0-9882712-2-7

I received this book as a free copy through Library Thing. Falling off the Fast Track is a diverting and salutary read about corporate skulduggery set in New York and other parts of North America.

Samantha Susan Hudnutt likes men and men like her but experience has fortified an early cynicism about their motives in relationships.

Recently released from a high powered, well-paid corporate position and ruined expectations of a continuing future with the company, Sam struggles to subsist on the erratic freelancing consultancies she is able to attract. Her life revolves around a nuisance and needy male friend, constant resort to her email inbox in the hope of work offers, her iPad, trusty Kindle, her spartan loft accommodation, and Patricia, a wealthy friend and sometime confidante.

Although suspicious about an urgent call from her previous corporate boss to undertake a covert consultancy, her dire financial position and a genuine interest in the project entices her to accept. Determined to protect her interests she negotiates a solid contract that she believes covers all bases. Her in-house experience stands her in good stead but she soon realises that nothing much has changed in the organisation as she hurtles through the roller-coaster experience of an off-and-on project, unwelcome contact with a previous competitor and secretive support from a trusted mentor.

Between phases of the project she undertakes different consultancies and is disappointed to find that her happy detour into the refreshing arena of fashion and advertising has a downside. Amongst various disappointments Sam has some fascinating and positive work experiences, is blind-sided by a personal proposition and becomes irritated at a developing liking for an erstwhile colleague.

The story takes readers on an entertaining romp through troublesome insights and the common experiences of both women and men in high-end business environments, and the suspicions and competition for recognition that prevent people getting to know about the real values and philosophies of their colleagues.

This is a well-written story with humour and twists, reference to recent real incidents, and a satisfying outcome with all getting their just deserts. It will appeal to those who know similar work environments, those who guess what they are like and those who are thinking of taking a step in that direction. I certainly intend to read other books by this author.

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