Monthly Wrap Up

May 2011 Monthly Wrap-Up

Well, I have definitely had a whirlwind May 🙂 Our trip to Alaska was amazing, we had absolutely GORGEOUS weather the entire time that we were there! In addition to the things we saw, I caught a rare rockfish, I walked on a glacier, I zip lined, and I went whitewater rafting. Talk about knocking some pretty awesome stuff off my bucket list! Anyways, I will write a more detailed post on our trip (with pictures) a little later on – I only have 996 pictures to go through and pick out the best ones … that should keep me busy for a while! (Note to self: never let my husband have the camera on vacation again, I wouldn’t have taken half the pictures he did) For now, I’m just going to do my monthly reading wrap-up. Here goes:



  • Books Read: 5
  • Pages Read: 1,974
  • Rating Breakdown:
    • 5/5 – 0
    • 4.5/5 – 1
    • 4/5 – 3
    • 3/5 – 1
  • New Authors: 2
  • Fiction: 5
  • Non-Fiction: 0
  • Favorite For the Month: The Shadow of Your Smile by Mary Higgins Clark
  • Least Favorite For the Month: The Last Suppers by Diane Mott Davidson
  • Number of Books I Acquired This Month: 8
  • Number of Books I Sent to New Homes This Month: 5
4/5, AUTHOR, Book Review, C, Fiction, RATING, Read in 2011

2011.26 REVIEW – The Shadow of Your Smile by Mary Higgins Clark

The Shadow of Your Smile
by Mary Higgins Clark

Copyright: 2010
Pages: 384
Rating: 4/5
Read: May 20– 29, 2011
Challenge:  No challenge
Yearly Count: 26
Format: Print

First Line: On Monday morning, Olivia Morrow sat quietly across the desk from her longtime friend Clay Hadley, absorbing the death sentence he had just pronounced.

Blurb: At age eighty-two and in failing health, Olivia Morrow faces a momentous choice: expose a devastating family secret, or take it with her to her grave. Olivia has in her possession letters from her deceased cousin Catherine, a nun now being considered for beatification by the Catholic Church. The letters are evidence that Catherine gave birth at age seventeen to a son she gave up for adoption. The young man who fathered Catherine’s child, Alex Gannon, went on to become a world-famous doctor and scientist. Now, thirty-one-year-old pediatrician Dr. Monica Farrell, their granddaughter, stands as the rightful heir to what remains of Gannon’s fortune. But to silence Olivia and prevent Monica from learning the secret, those who are exploiting the inheritance will stop at nothing – even murder.

Review: This was a highly enjoyable read. I am never disappointed by Mary Higgins Clark. It’s truly amazing how she keeps producing quality books year after year. This book read quickly (when I was able to actually sit down and read). My only complaint is that there were a lot of storylines. And while they all came together in the end, I think one or two of them could have been cut out completely. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants a good suspenseful mystery.