Friday, July 14, 2017

"Rewriting History" by Vera Dodge

About this book:

  “Mary’s Mystery Bookshop is hosting a very special guest: beloved mystery author Addison Hartley. Hartley gives an intimate reading to the fans gathered in the story, but Mary’s eyes are drawn not to the famous author but to a familiar face in the crowd. Could it be Mary’s best friend from childhood, Claire Wilkes? As soon as Mary moves to greet her old friend, the woman disappears. Mary is certain it was Claire, but no one else seems to have recognized her and Mary begins to doubt herself. But when Mary reads Hartley’s new novel, she finds eerie parallels to her own history. And when terrible rumors surface around town about a secret relationship between Claire and Mary’s husband John, Mary is more determined than ever to track down Claire. What brought her to Mary’s store? When did she run away? What was her connection to the best-selling novel? And, more importantly, were the rumors about Claire and Mary’s husband true?”

Series: Book #2 in the “Secrets of Mary’s Bookshop” series. Review of Book #1 Here!

Spiritual Content- Scriptures are remembered, mentioned, quoted, & prayed; Many Prayers & Blessings over food; Prayer Groups/Meetings; Church going; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Many mentions of churches, church going, a pastor, & prayer groups/meetings; Mentions of God; Mentions of prayers, praying, & blessings over food; Mentions of faiths; A few mentions of those & events in the Bible; A few mentions of blessings.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘dumb’, a ‘oh my gosh’, and a ‘stupid’; Many mentions of gossip, rumors, lies, & lying; Mentions of threats; Mentions of a married couple separating; A couple mentions of World War II;
*Note: A mention of an actor (Sean Connery).

Sexual Content- Mentions of boyfriends, girlfriends, dating, boys, betrayal, jealousy, & drama; A few mentions of kisses & kissing (barely-above-not-detailed); A few mentions of embraces & touches;
            *Note: A couple mentions of a cat butting its head against its owner.

-Mary Fisher, age 62
                                        P.O.V. of Mary
                                                        247 pages

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My personal Rating-

My first book on my Summer Reading List is done! I have to say, though, I enjoyed this book more than the previous book in the series. Even as it dealt with gossip and rumors mainly, Miss Mary’s faith was wonderful to read about. I loved all the Spiritual Content! I’m really looking forward now to reading the latter books in this series written by Vera Dodge.
Ivy Bay definitely has vibes of Cabot Cove from Murder, She Wrote. While not necessarily aimed for teens, the mystery/trouble started when Mary was a teen. I’m not sure why, but all Mary’s google searching had me giggling. Since I think we’ve all looked up old friends on the internet one time or more, it seemed like a likely way she would find hints.
However, Ashley took the book over. She is so cute! Such a cute and knowledgeable lil’ reader! I hope to see more of her and her personality in the future books. :)

See y’all on Monday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

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