The Bargain by Stephanie Reed

I really liked this book. This was a different take on the Amish. This is the first book I have read where the Amish parents leave the church and not the children. I keep wondering if Betsie will end up with Charley Yoder or the Englisher named Michael. I look forward to the next book in this series.

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If Jack Had by Steven Rappaport

This seemed to be an odd story. I had trouble at times keeping up with the back and forth between past and present. I wasn’t sure if I would like it but I had a hard time putting the book down once I got in to it. Jack is a reporter who has a second job as an assassin. The book goes through a few of his extra jobs and what he wants to do now that he is very old and his wife is dead. Many types of people will love this story. I received an advance copy of the book from Black Rose Writing for a fair and honest opinion. 

 Overview

This dark, ironic, tale of duality and dying, is a story of fathers and sons. If you love Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, and Elmore Leonard, this book will resonate. Jack is a New York Times journalist with a second job as a contract killer for the Russian Mob. “What’s the difference between a serial killer and an assassin? A pay check.” The events occur mainly in Manhattan, Miami, Tel Aviv, and Greece. The book begins at the end, with the protagonist preparing to kill his final victim; himself. It finishes where it began. In between there is sex, laughs, deaths. . . and a bit of incontinence.About the Author:

 

Steven Rappaport, age 68, has been a stock trader, pot dealer, itinerant hippie peddler, cab driver, retailer, and is currently a successful commercial real estate salesperson in Manhattan. He offers a simple rationale for his first novel: “My eldest son, Jack, died at forty from a progressively debilitating, unknown neurological disorder. This brilliant boy, a Vassar grad, never got to live the life he deserved. I’ve infused him with one.”

 

If Jack Had [Black Rose Writing] is available via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and in brick-and-mortar bookstores nationwide as of June 4, 2015.

 

Find If Jack Had on Goodreads and at http://ifjackhad.com

After a Fashion by Jen Turano

This was fantastic as always. There is always such wit and humor. Then you get romance and a little suspense. I love Harriet Peabody and Oliver Addleshaw. They work so well together. It was so much fun to read. I received a copy of this book from the author and from the Book Club Network. I so look forward to her next book. 

 After years of working in a millinery shop, Miss Harriet Peabody dreams of the day when she’ll open up her own shop and sell re-fashioned gowns to independent working women like herself. When a delivery errand goes sadly awry, her job–and her chance at saving enough for her shop–is at stake all due to a rather unfortunate misunderstanding with a customer.

Mr. Oliver Addleshaw enjoys a certain position in society, but his real aim is to follow in the footsteps of men like Cornelius Vanderbilt. On the verge of his biggest business deal yet, he learns his potential partner prefers to deal with men who are settled down and respectably married. As matters stand, Oliver’s ex not-quite-fiance recently became unhinged and lost a poor shop girl her job. Oliver feels bad for the hapless Harriet and, hoping to kill two birds with one stone, asks for her help in making a good impression in his business deal.Jen Turano, author of five books, is a graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in clothing and textiles. She is a member of ACFW and lives in a suburb of Denver, Colorado. Visit her website at http://www.jenturano.com.