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#FutursticFriday Review: The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir

February 15, 2017 Uncategorized 8

#FutursticFriday Review: The Chilbury Ladies’ ChoirTitle: The Chilbury Ladies' Choir
Author: Jennifer Ryan
Source: FirstToRead
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

Summary: This beautiful epistolary novel gave each character a unique voice and was very moving.

“As England enters World War II’s dark early days, spirited music professor Primrose Trent, recently arrived to the village of Chilbury, emboldens the women of the town to defy the Vicar’s stuffy edict to shutter the church’s choir in the absence of men and instead ‘carry on singing’. Resurrecting themselves as “The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir”, the women of this small village soon use their joint song to lift up themselves, and the community, as the war tears through their lives.” (source) Read more »

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Review: The Imperial Wife

July 17, 2016 Fiction, Historical Fiction 6

Review: The Imperial WifeTitle: The Imperial Wife
Author: Irina Reyn
Source: FirstToRead
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

Summary: This was a light, fast read with great parallel storylines, but an unsatisfying ending.

“Tanya Kagan, a rising specialist in Russian art at a top New York auction house, is trying to entice Russia’s wealthy oligarchs to bid on the biggest sale of her career, The Order of Saint Catherine, while making sense of the sudden and unexplained departure of her husband.” (source) As we learn more the provenance of the order and its ownership by Catherine the Great, there are clear parallels between the challenges she and Tanya each face. Read more »

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Review: First Comes Love

June 28, 2016 Fiction 10

Review: First Comes LoveTitle: First Comes Love
Author: Emily Giffin
Source: FirstToRead
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: two-stars

Summary: Blech. Not great writing and unbelievably dramatic plot.

“Growing up, Josie and Meredith Garland shared a loving, if sometimes contentious relationship. Josie was impulsive, spirited, and outgoing; Meredith hardworking, thoughtful, and reserved. When tragedy strikes their family, their different responses to the event splinter their delicate bond. Fifteen years later, Josie and Meredith are in their late thirties, following very different paths.” (source) Neither are happy with their lives and their jealousy of each other is hard for them to overcome. Read more »

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YA in Mini-Reviews

December 26, 2014 Dystopian, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Review, Thriller, Young Adult 4

YA in Mini-ReviewsTitle: Mortal Heart
Author: Robin LaFevers
Source: FirstToRead, Giveaway
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

20522640Like the previous two books in this series, I loved Mortal Heart. The premise of assassin nuns was obviously awesome from the very beginning and the writing is beautiful, but what I think makes these books so perfect is the world building and character growth. As in the previous two books, the main character has lived through some difficult times and isn’t quite comfortable with who she is. She’s also questioning her faith, particularly her role serving the god of death. As Kelley points out in her review at Oh, The Books!, part of the reason this series is successful is because the author makes you feel for the main character. I also particularly love that at the end of every book the author has managed to surprise me with new information about the mythology of the world she’s created. Seeing this wonderfully creative mythology intersect with the main character getting a happy ending is something I’ve found enjoyable and heart-warming in each of her books. They always leave me smiling. Thanks to Christina at You Book Me All Night Long for the giveaway of this great book!
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