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He offers to help her get some answers and after a few days they are involved in a whirlwind romance. Fun fantasy? This was a fast, fun read with an enjoyable setting in a small town. While the plot was a little unbelievable, this is a book to be read for entertainment, not reality. Recommended for readers who like romantic mysteries or anyone looking for a light read. Feb 09, Book of Secrets rated it it was ok. I can't resist a story full of dark secrets.

After finishing this book, I'm left with mixed feelings about it. The protagonist Sophie Shepard travels to a small Virginia town at the request of a dying man she doesn't know. He has something important to tell her, and Sophie assumes it has to do with her birth parents. She was adopted as a baby and doesn't know who her biological parents are.

Unfortunately, the man dies before she arrives, but Sophie finds out he's left her something significant in his will. There must be a good reason why a stranger would write her into his will, and Sophie believes if she finds out the answer, she'll uncover clues to her mysterious past.

It took a long time for me to get into this story. The first half of the book moved slowly, and I had a hard time connecting with the characters. I also struggled with the writing style, maybe the dialogue between characters was awkward? A lot of their interactions felt forced. However, in the second half, the plot picks up speed and things really get exciting. Some interesting twists popped up, and when the secrets were finally revealed, I was very surprised.

I was hoping the thing Sophie inherited would become significant to the mystery, but it really didn't. Though the book as a whole didn't grab me, I was pleased with how Sophie's story concluded. Apr 04, Laura de Leon rated it really liked it Shelves: chick-lit , fiction , review-copy , mystery. Mystery meets chick lit? There's something odd about this book, that gets a little odder the more I think about it. It's a mismatch between the tone and the events in the book. The thing is, I like sweet, good-natured women's fiction. I mentioned this in my recent review of Robyn Carr's The Wanderer.

And this book out-nices Carr in many ways, particularly the sweet Kindergarten teacher of a main character. She's never been curious about her birth parents, because she loves her adoptive pa 3. She's never been curious about her birth parents, because she loves her adoptive parents so much. And now she's in a small town where everyone knows one another, and she's making friends fast.

Then there's the mystery, which starts out much like a cozy mystery-- the bad stuff happens off-screen, with vague threats impinging on our heroine's activities. I like cozy mysteries, so this is good as well.

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The book is a little more about the character and less about the who-dunnit, and Sophie isn't all that involved in trying to find the bad guy or guys. But then the last section of the book happens, and it gets grittier, with more details on unpleasant occurrences. And that's fine with me as well, but it seems out of place compared to the rest of the book. Overall, I liked the characters, even if they all seemed a little cartoonish. I thought the plot was well constructed.

I enjoyed reading Something About Sophie. Mar 26, Tia Bach rated it liked it. Sophie Shepard's past is a mystery, and the key to solving it dies before she has a chance to speak with him. Before she gives up and leaves town, she decides to follow a few leads. What comes next is a race against secrets and someone willing to kill to keep them buried. While searching for answers, Sophie shares some intimate moments with Dr.

Drew McCarren and feelings start to brew. Too bad their first date ends before it even begins when they find a dead body. More violence ensues, and Sophie Sophie Shepard's past is a mystery, and the key to solving it dies before she has a chance to speak with him. More violence ensues, and Sophie is right at the center of it. Will she get answers before something bad happens to her? Sophie is an interesting main character, possessing a strong sense of self I like in female protagonists. The cast of characters, especially with the backdrop of an intriguing small town, is eclectic and entertaining.

Although the story starts off a bit slow, it gears up for a fast-paced ride to a gut-wrenching revelation about Sophie's birth mother. Maybe because I was caught up in the mystery of Sophie's past, I found the romance lacking. There was so much potential with Sophie and Drew, but it fell flat.

Still, if you are looking for a book with a good build-up to a surprising ending, pick this one up. The twists and turns won't disappoint. Note: I received a complimentary copy for review purposes. A positive review was not requested or guaranteed; the opinions expressed are my own. May 15, Cheryl rated it did not like it. Sophie Shepard receives a letter from an Arthur Cubeck.

He wants to tell her about her. This intrigues Sophie as she did not know her or why she gave Sophie up. When Sophie arrives, she is too late. Arthur has dead. Sophie decides to stay a few days before heading back. However they are hiding a secret from Sophie. One that they do not want her to know. Something about Sophie is another book that gra Sophie Shepard receives a letter from an Arthur Cubeck. Something about Sophie is another book that grabbed me.

I liked the premise of the story. I started this book and got to chapter six then I put it down and walked away from it for an extremely long time. When I came back to the book I read about two more chapters and decided to give up on this book. The characters did not jump off the pages for me.

For this type of story I need that in order for me to stick with the story. Otherwise if this does not happen like it did for me then I will give it up and not worry about what the deep, dark secret is at the end. I am sad as this book sounded good and had promise. Jan 31, Maria Kiguthi rated it it was amazing. Sophie a wonderful life as a Kindergarten teacher. She has no interest in finding her birth parents. Then out of the blue she receives a letter from a man she's never met. He wants her to come visit him because he has something to tell her.

The man has died right before she arrives. He feels so guilty about something that he has left her his family home, BelleEllen. Sophie doesn't want the home and assumes that he is her birth father. Then bad things happen around her. Sophie is convinced that a Sophie a wonderful life as a Kindergarten teacher. Sophie is convinced that all these things are somehow tied to her — tied to who her birth parents were. I thought I had the perpetrator figured out several times, only to revise my thoughts. This is a great blend of romance and mystery.

I enjoyed the characters and the setting very much. I received a copy through Goodreads First Reads. May 23, Gia Scott rated it it was amazing. If you are looking for something deep and literary, you are not likely to like this. With that said, it's a great summer read. It's entertaining. Some of the reviewers thought it was "too slow". The first half did move a bit slow sometimes, but it did pick up a lot in the second half. I did not find the story predictable and there were some completely unexpected twists in the plot during the last half.

The main character is an adopted kindergarten teacher. She seems to be a bit "too nice" and mat If you are looking for something deep and literary, you are not likely to like this. She seems to be a bit "too nice" and mature for her age sometimes--I know I wasn't ever that mature at that age! Even with that, it's great for entertainment.

It's light reading for great entertainment. I'd call it a romantic mystery. Great chick-lit. Not too cerebral, but plenty on the light entertaining side. May 15, Monica rated it really liked it Shelves: er-arc , in , yearly-challenge , romance , er-win , fiction. My ER book from LT. I won this in January and I finally got around to reading it.

As soon as I started reading Something About Sophie I couldn't stop without thinking about what was going to happen next. Sophie receives a letter from a man she has never met who is on his deathbed. The story starts with us getting a glimpse into this man. He feels responsible for Something about Sophie and is talking to a friend about it. We don't discover what it is until the end. The writing was splendid and moved at a good pace. I was also able to stop in the middle of a chapter and not feel lost when I started again. The ending of the story surprised me. I was not expecting someone to die.

I did tear up at the end because I was both happy and sad for Sophie. I am glad that I won this book. Apr 20, Kelly Hager rated it it was ok. This is a book that I should've absolutely loved, but it fell flat for me. Part of the problem is that I didn't connect with Sophie at all. And part of THAT is that I find it hard to believe when grownups have the "infatuation at first sight" thing that she has with Drew. And there's also the fact that even the big mystery who are Sophie's parents?

I can overcome one of those things, but not both. It almost read like Mary Higgins Clark as written b This is a book that I should've absolutely loved, but it fell flat for me. And I don't mean that as a slamthose are two wildly successful authors, and I'm sure that this book will do quite well with its intended audience. As for whether you are that audience depends on your feelings for those authors.

Feb 05, Coleen rated it liked it. Sophie, adopted as an infant, is summoned to the bedside of a dying man -- a man she's never heard of or met before. Thus begins her search for answers in a small town where everyone knows everyone else's business. The writing was mediocre. There were some good ideas in this story, but the overall execution just didn't do it for me.

Feb 06, Kristin Kritters Ramblings rated it liked it Shelves: kritter-reviewed Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A big mystery in a small town that is wrapped up in this unknowing young woman's past - if only she knew. She knew she was adopted and ended up in the home of two loving parents; recently her mother passed away and she was contacted by a pastor who is living his last days and has some information he wants to share with her.

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Before she arrives in town he has passed away and from there the pieces begin to unravel and finally at the very end the full t Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A big mystery in a small town that is wrapped up in this unknowing young woman's past - if only she knew. Before she arrives in town he has passed away and from there the pieces begin to unravel and finally at the very end the full truth comes out. Jun 01, Anne rated it liked it. This one was definitely a page-turner.

I really appreciate that about a book, which makes up for the fact that I could have more easily just watched an episode of CSI. The plot was interesting and creative, but the awkward romance was not believable nor was the gentle-character-turned-violent. Lifetime movie network: this is your next big hit! Sep 17, Janice Stonehouse rated it it was amazing. This was an excellent book. I didn't want to put it down.

I read 6 chapters last night and the remaining 10 today. Kept me on the edge of my seat, and I loved the characters. Just a really good, enjoyable, easy read. I will definitely want to read more of her books. Mar 05, Amanda rated it liked it Shelves: owned , first-reads. An interesting story about an adopted girl. Plenty of twists in the plot and throw in a bit of romance and it ends up being a nice, light read.

I only hope that the verb tense and sentence structure issues are edited before the book is released. This ARC had the most problems I've seen. Sep 18, Tanya rated it did not like it. I didn't enjoy this book at all. It was a bit of a struggle to even finish it. The characters were boring and lacked substance. There really was no mystery The ending was cheesy and the plot lacked depth. Oct 09, Kristin rated it liked it. Good book but didn't not answer the question on who was the birth father or how did the last death happened.

Nov 19, Erin Sullivan rated it it was ok. Somewhat of an interesting whodunit story but just too cheesy and corny for me.

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Couldn't finish it. May 11, Andrea rated it really liked it. The story telling was quite vivid. But the story line took a weird turn towards then and the ending was pretty unpredictable. Aug 31, Marie rated it liked it. In Something About Sophie , Sophie is summoned to the death bed of a man she doesn't know. However, she arrives too late and doesn't hear the secret he needed to tell her.

Drew McCarren, she digs into her past and uncovers secrets that could destroy the whole town. I mostly enjoyed this book, but something didn't click for me. I thought parts of it were really good, but other parts were just okay. The story was definitely suspenseful and that was good. The long buried secrets In Something About Sophie , Sophie is summoned to the death bed of a man she doesn't know. The long buried secrets kept me turning the pages until the ever end. I really wanted to know what the fuss was about.

I also liked the relationship between Sophie and Jesse and the budding romance between Sophie and Drew. However, the touching softer parts didn't seem to jive with the harsh murders and violence in the rest of the story. One of them was too extreme, but I'm not sure which. One thing I really disliked was the author's use the dreaded "z" instead of an "s" in some spellings when Sophie was talking to Mike, the teenage character.

Example: skillz, page 39 I understand that it's the "in" thing, but I don't understand using it in conversation. I could understand it if she was leaving him a note, but how would he know that she was using a "z" instead of an "s" when speaking? I'm confuzed. I really didn't like Sophie that much. She jumped to conclusions wrong ones at that so often it got annoying. While I liked the romance part of the story, I didn't get the love-at-first-sight thing.

I just don't think it happens like that. Of the other characters, I really liked Drew, Jesse and Mike.

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I don't often like teenage characters, but Mike was cool. He was so wise beyond his years. I don't often comment about the cover of books. However, I can't help wondering about this one. While the cover is likeable, I can't figure out what it has to do with the story. There was some descriptions and discussions about the rivers, but I don't remember them or any body of water being a key element.

I'd probably still recommend this one even though there were things about the story I didn't like. There's a quote from Nora Roberts on the front of this edition. Perhaps her fans would like this type of book. This edition of the book contains a P. It's definitely worth the read. For more information about this book, please visit the HarperCollins website. For more information about the author and her other works, please visit Mary Kay McComas's website.

ISBN Trade paperback , p. This review is also available on my blog, Daisy's Book Journal. Sophie is your typical small-town girl from your typical small-town. The only difference is, she's adopted. She's never really cared about her birth parents, though, so this doesn't really affect her.

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Until she is called to another small town by someone who claims to know something about her birth mother. But by the time she gets there, he's already dead. And that's when things get dirty This book was interesting in that all of the things that I liked about it were also things I didn't like. I Sophie is your typical small-town girl from your typical small-town. I find that often in books, characters are purposefully made to overreact to everything so that the drama can continue continue continue.

In Something About Sophie, it's almost as if the opposite is true - the drama is able to continue on in large part because the main character doesn't react. She seems perfectly at peace with herself about everything and yet bad things just keep happening. I liked this.

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