I started this blog with one daughter, kept it up with the other, to spend time together doing something we enjoyed.
However, things change and people evolve. My daughters are older, busier, and not as interested in writing.
From now on this blog will be mostly mom with occasional contributions from my daughters and maybe even my husband.
Nothing else will change. We'll still focus on sharing fun places to go, fun things to do, and more, and we would  still love to hear your views too

Monday, September 8, 2014

In Woolen Bikinis by Catherine Dougherty

Me- In Woolen Bikinis, wow! In Woolen Bikinis is the sequel to In Polyester Pajamas. However, you don't have to have read one to read and enjoy the other.  Both of the books are the stories of best friends, Jean and Rosie. They are complete opposites.  Jean is kind of pessimistic, and I am pretty sure she has anger issues. She gets annoyed really easily and often. Rosie is optimistic, upbeat and positive. She always manages to find a silver lining and be hopeful and happy. I enjoyed In Polyester Pajamas.  I liked In Woolen Bikinis better. It was more dramatic and more eventful. The other book was told from Jean's point of view. This book was told from Rosie's point of view. I liked this one better because it is much better to read a book told from a happy viewpoint. I also liked the plot of this book better. I don't like when a book ends on a cliffhanger likes this one and the previous one. However, it does make me look forward to the next book.

Mom - In Woolen Bikinis by Catherine Dougherty is the second book of a trilogy that started with In Polyester Pajamas. The books are the stories of  best friends, Jean and Rosie. The first book focused more on Jean and was narrated by her.  This book is  focused more on Rosie and is narrated by Rosie. I enjoyed this book more than the first one because Rosie is a much more optimistic character than Jean. Also, there were more surprises in the plot and it moved along quicker. The first book was mostly about the development of the relationship between Jean  and Rosie. It was also about Jean repairing her fractured relationship with her mother and whether or not she was going to be with her ex; Bob, the father of her two grown sons; Jacob, a man she met while visiting her mother; or a policeman she knew from way back when. Things moved along somewhat slowly in the first book. The ending to the book was not very satisfying. For more about In Polyester Pajamas, see our previous post http://saysmesaysmom.blogspot.com/2014/01/in-polyester-pajamas-by-catherine.html. Jean's story was covered a little more in this book, and there is hope that since there is one more book to go in the trilogy that there is still time to bring a satisfactory conclusion to Jean's story or at least some kind of a conclusion. At the end of this book, her story is still unresolved.She clearly is not going not going to be with at least two of the three men. However, it is not clear that she is going to be with the other one either. This story, however is mostly Rosie's story. She is busy trying to get the closeness back with her husband that they have lost after his medical scare, and also trying to adjust to her soon to be empty nest as her younger son gets ready to go off the college. That is not all that Rosie has to deal with as a few other issues pop up as the story moves along, such as, a couple of possibly long lost children and even more medical issues. Although most of the plot points] raised in the book are resolved by the end of the book, not all of them are. In fact, the book ends rather abruptly and definitely leaves you eager to read the next book in the series.

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