The Things I Do For You

The Things I Do For You

by Mary Carter
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The Things I Do for You 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
thewriterslife More than 1 year ago
The Things I Do For You is one of the best Mary Carter’s books I have ever read. I loved her writing style and it was one of those books you wanted to savor every word. Well defined characters, wonderfully constructed plot and I loved the little twist at the end. Definitely one of the best books I have read coming from Kensington Books.
THESELF-TAUGHTCOOK More than 1 year ago
When Brad was clinically dead for thirteen minutes, his life wasn't the only one forever changed. The effect this had on his wife Bailey and his marriage was unimaginable. One moment she was about to be a successful Manhattan realtor, and the next moment, she was married to a man who had "been to the light". A man with secrets, and a man who apparently wanted to go back to the light, literally. The secrets Brad is keeping and the changes in his behavior threaten to tear apart the fabric of their marriage. Bailey must decide whether or not to fight to save her marriage, or just go back to her old life. So many books are being written today regarding paranormal experiences, both fiction and non-fiction, that this should be a bestseller. Brad has the quintessential near-death experience with the tunnel of light, the out-of-body experience, the whole shebang. Combine that with Aunt Olivia who may or may not need help crossing over, a melancholy/mischievous ghost, a cast of memorable characters, romance, and a bit of mystery, and you have something for everyone. The feature I liked most was the setting. While I have never dreamed of owning a cute little B&B, the idea of a lighthouse just grabbed me from the beginning. And I must warn you: if you read in bed, or for that matter, in public, there are some laugh-out-loud moments in the book. I won't go into detail for fear of a commiting a "spoiler", but in Chapter 4, at the end of the chapter, the conversation Bailey had with the nurse caused me to laugh so loud that I awakened my husband. I volunteer here and now to review any and all future novels by Ms. Carter. 4 stars
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
Bailey and Brad Jordan have tried and failed at several business. They now live in NYC and Bailey is selling real estate to support them. While she is about to show a penthouse and make a big commission, she gets a frantic call. Brad has been in a fatal accident along with his Aunt Olivia. While his Aunt does not make it...Brad who was clinically dead for 13 minutes, is brought back to life. Brad has had a near death experience. His personality has changed and Bailey is worried that she will not get HIM back. Aunt Olivia has left everything to Brad....a thrifty odd individual...she was a closet gambler. Brad ends up with a Jaguar, they didn't even know she had, and a half a million dollars. What he does with the money without even consulting Bailey...he goes to an auction and spends everything and buys a Light House on the Hudson River! Bailey begins to come around, and they move forward and plan to change the Light House into a B&B. She is just so happy to have her Brad back. Pretty soon unexplained things start to happen, and there is a rumor that someone hanged them self in the attic. You will love the things that go on...Brad not wanting to get rid of Old Aunt Olivia's ashes...some really different clients that come to visit the B&B. A lot of surprises are ahead!! and I love that there was an epilogue! I received this book through Pump Your Book Virtual Tours, and the Author Mary Carter, and was not required to give a positive review.
Celticlady1953 More than 1 year ago
Last year I read The Pub Across The Pond by Mary Carter and fell in love with the book. So when I saw the author had another book out I jumped at the chance to read and review it. The story starts with a horrible accident that changes the lives of Brad and Bailey Jordan forever. They have known each other since they were ten and stayed close friends all the way through college. They then married and started their life with a few adventures. They traveled all over and started various endeavors such as a surf shop, a sweater store and a cafe. It seems that Brad has all these great ideas but soon gets bored. After his life altering experience and seeing "the light", he purchases a lighthouse on the Hudson River with an inheritance from a beloved aunt. Bailey wants to have children but it has not happened so far as she is determined to do whatever makes Brad happy. The Jordans renovate the lighthouse and start their business as Bed and Breakfast owners. This is when to me the story got exciting, I love lighthouses and the descriptions of their progress in the renovations and then when they actually have guests were fun to read. There are some really quirky guests that come to the lighthouse, both paying and non paying. This is a story of love, faith and what a marriage means and how secrets can destroy relationships. Told with lots of humor and a hint of the otherworld, as we all know lighthouses are haunted, this novel will draw you in until its ending. I highly recommend it.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Bailey Jordan is finally on the fast track in her life with her husband Brad. After following his whimsical dreams to open a surfboard shop in California, a sweater shop in Seattle and finally a coffee shop with none of them lasting long enough to be a success, she finally is making enough money so they can stay in New York in hopes of beginning a family. However on the day of making what could be the biggest sale of her life, she gets a strange premonition that something isn't right about the day. Not knowing what she is feeling or why she tries to push away the feelings. Brad doesn't know what he is feeling except free. Funny how seeing the accident doesn't inspire him to want to help but all he knows is that looking at the body of the man in front of the electronics store is that he isn't going to make it but he really does have nice shoes. He wonders what his wife Bailey would think if he just took them, after all it's apparent the man on the ground in front of him doesn't need them anymore. Suddenly he sees a bright light and a voice tells him he has a choice, he can follow the light or he can return. He remembers Bailey but thinks he needs to go back for those shoes cause they sure do look comfortable. In the novel, The Things I Do For You by Mary Carter, the reader is in for quite a surprise when these paragraphs introduce you to the Jordan's, Brad and Bailey. What Bailey doesn't expect is how one phone call can completely change your life and make you rethink what your priorities are. When she learns that her husband Brad has been in a serious car accident and that he has been dead for thirteen minutes, she rushes to the hospital. Hoping that she will be able to see Brad one final time, makes her realize how important he is to her. However, when Brad recovers he simply isn't the same anymore feeling he's been given a second chance at life, and feels grasping the brass ring in front of him is something he has to do. The man that comes back simply isn't the same Brad that she married and things are going to be interesting as Brad feels compelled to share his feelings and experiences with a Near Death Experience group filled with all sorts of odd characters, you will love. I received The Things I Do For You compliments of Mary Carter and Pump Up Your Book Tours for my honest review and have to say I really enjoyed it. I actually had to stop at some parts and read it out loud to my husband because of the strange stuff Brad does and wonder how Bailey was able to deal with him. It's kinda tragic in some ways but keeps you entertained in a wide range of emotions all through the book. Some of my readers may be warned of strong language that is found within the pages but overall makes for an exceptional read by the mainstream audiences. For that reason I rate this one a 4 out of 5 stars based on my personal rating system.
jbarr5 More than 1 year ago
The Things I Do For You by Mary Carter Bailey Jordan has worked while her husband, Brad stayed home, til the day his aunt came and they went for a drive. The accident killed the aunt and left him in a coma for weeks. Upon recuperating he learned he was to inherit half a million and got her jaguar. He spent his time online and bought a lighthouse and now wants to turn it into a bed and breakfast. He thinks his wife can commute, it's only 2 hours one way. She just wants to get pregnant and stay in the city and sell real estate. Fascinating to learn about when the lighthouse was first lit in the 1800's using whale oil and what they used over the years. A lot of strange happenings are about the lighthouse and the house they live in. They somehow survive on the island doing some DIY projects to get the house up to par so they can start having guests by the spring. Money is running out even when they sell things and Brad has a lot of deep dark secrets that he knows he has to share with Bailey, but maybe just not all of them. The guests start to arrive, the committee does not pay and then some paying guests arrive and we get to read not only Brad's journal but the guest book at the entry to the B&B. When the relatives come in the fall most of the mysteries are out of the hat but they are there to pick up the pieces.
sunshineJB More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read by Mary Carter and I thoroughly enjoyed the story line. The main characters in this book are Brad and Bailey Jordan. I thought the author did a great job with these characters and really kept my interest. Just when I thought I had the story line all figured out a new twist would appear. This book has some great suspense in it. Bailey has her life all turned upside down by her selfish husband Brad. It seems as though what Brad wants Brad gets. Bailey never figures out until the end all the lies Brad has told her. I came to realize that this really was a love/hate relationship. All that Bailey endures shows just how strong she really is. Quite frankly I would have kicked Brad out of the house a long time ago. Brad on the other hand is self centered, hops from one adventure to the next, can’t put down roots anywhere, and has a lot of insecurities. Having a near death experience caused by a car accident leaves Brad saying and doing strange things. Bailey is really beginning to wonder if he doesn’t have some kind of a brain injury. Thus begins the lighthouse experience! I went through many emotions while reading this book. I did some laughing, went through anger at Brad and his committee, felt sorry for Bailey and yes, shed a tear for this woman! Just how much did Bailey put up with? Did she leave Brad or does love win out? Does Brad have some kind of a brain injury? That I can’t indulge or you wouldn’t read this book. I read mostly Christian fiction but I must say other than a few swear words now and then (not too many) I thoroughly enjoyed this different kind of story line. I think the author did a fine job. I must give this book five stars. It was a book that I wanted to pick up over and over again. Every spare moment I had to read a little more. I would love to read another book written by Mary Carter to see if I’m just as thrilled with the next read! I want to thank Kensington Publishing for providing me with an ARC to read and review. The opinions expressed are mine along.
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booboo4584 More than 1 year ago
This was my first book my Mary Carter! This book was so good!! The couple and the things they go can so be something we go thur in our everyday life!!! Awesome book!!!
quaintinns More than 1 year ago
My first book by Mary Carter (ironic as this was my ex-mother in law’s name) - Like no other book I have read…it was quirky, funny, crazy, mysterious, out there, jumped around…yet all in all was entertaining! Being in the hotel business loved the lighthouse and the B&B setting….so realistic with the guests….story of romance, mystery, ghosts, adventure, and some good laughs! Brad did get on my nerves and wanted to kick him to the curb at times; loved Bailey’s sarcasm and guts….Mary, you do have quite an imagination!
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dhaupt More than 1 year ago
In this romantic comedy Mary Carter introduced me to a couple that I laughed with and at, cried with and wanted to throw things at too, why because she made them so real and along with her other memorable characters led me down her merry path. Her storyline is a delicate mix of comedy, tragedy and everyday living that she expertly molds into her tale giving it just the right slice of authenticity. Her narrative brings the scenic views from the Lighthouse, the Hudson river and the surrounding vistas to life told in a dialogue that’s easy to read and understand. This is not my first trip with Mary Carter and I know it’ll not be my last either. If you’re looking for a beach read, a novel to take your mind off your own troubles or just a good read this one fits the bill. Bailey and Brad Jordan have been in love since they were ten and grew up to stay in love and marry. During their marriage Bailey has followed Brad throughout Europe, through owning many mom and pop business gone bust and would willingly go through Hades and back. The only thing that would make the union better in Bailey’s eyes would be a child, but Brad will have none of that and is always making excuses why they should wait. After Brad’s near fatal accident which sent him spiraling toward the light of afterlife Bailey follows him one more time, this time to ownership of a Lighthouse in upstate New York that he plans on turning into a B&B. Now in their late thirties Bailey hopes that this time he’ll settle down enough so they can have a baby before her biological clock becomes a ticking time bomb. What follows is a series of events that will forever change their lives, will it be for the better. Let’s check into the B&B and see.