The Sock Wars by Maia Sapp

The Sock Wars title came up as one of those Amazon recommendations after I became interested in another book. I tend to enjoy stories about people rehabbing houses because (big surprise) I am in the process of renovating. It sounded like the perfect book for the HGTV addict that I am.
Anyway, the book opens as the main character finds out that her only relative has died suddenly, and has left her a Victorian brownstone in Brooklyn. There is a lot of back and forth about whether the house warrants rehabbing. We find that the main character and her boyfriend have different ideas about lifestyle and comfort. The sock wars title is in reference to the constant battle with each other over clean socks. In the end, the brownstone is finally renovated, but along with the renovation process there are some realizations that impact the next chapter in the lives of this couple.
This is a debut novel. There are places in the story that are not drawn out well, and it may annoy you (as it did me) that the main character spends an inordinate amount of chapter time incessantly whining. Other than that, I liked it well enough- I did not love it.

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A Storm Too Soon by Michael Tougias

This is a true story of three men who attempt to sail from Florida to France, but they get caught in a storm that was not forecasted. It also focuses on the people who do the rescues. A Storm Too Soon gets its title from the fact that the horrendous storm came before hurricane season. Waves reached 70 feet high, and tore the sailboat apart. The sailors had to use the raft. The book begins by introducing the characters that are to sail on the Sean Seamour II – a 42 foot sailboat. Jean Pierre (JP) is the owner of the boat, and he hired Rudy, a 62 year-old Canadian from Ottawa, and Ben, a 32 year-old Englishman, to help him. After the main characters are introduced, the last sentence of the first chapter lets the reader know of impending trouble. They have to leave one day later than planned due to still needed to get the boat ready to sail. The last sentence reads, “This one-day delay will have significant consequences.” It’s an exciting read that I highly recommend.

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