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TLC Review: The Secrets of Flight

May 6, 2016 Fiction, Historical Fiction 9

TLC Review: The Secrets of FlightTitle: The Secrets of Flight
Author: Maggie Leffler
Source: TLC Book Tours
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

Summary: Enjoyable and heartwarming with great characters, but it also felt fairly average and obvious.

Mary Browning has led a full and exciting life, but as she has gotten older and suffered several losses, she’s become lonely and withdrawn. She has also avoided sharing her life story with anyone, despite a desire to write her memoirs, until a young woman named Elyse joins her writing group. Elyse’s resemblance to Mary’s younger sister prompts her to open up and begins a relationship that will help both of them find the emotional support they’re missing in their lives. Read more »

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Review: Terrible Virtue

March 23, 2016 Fiction, Historical Fiction 12

Review: Terrible VirtueTitle: Terrible Virtue
Author: Ellen Feldman
Source: TLC Book Tours
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

Summary: This was a fascinating story, but given that it was fictionalized, I’d particularly have liked to feel more of an emotional connection.

This is the  “story of one of the most fascinating and influential figures of the twentieth century: Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood—an indomitable woman who, more than any other, and at great personal cost, shaped the sexual landscape we inhabit today. This complex enigmatic revolutionary was at once vain and charismatic, generous and ruthless, sexually impulsive and coolly calculating—a competitive, self-centered woman who championed all women, a conflicted mother who suffered the worst tragedy a parent can experience.” (Source) Read more »

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#Futuristics Friday Review and Giveaway: Remembrance

February 25, 2016 Uncategorized 13

#Futuristics Friday Review and Giveaway: RemembranceTitle: Remembrance (The Mediator, #7)
Author: Meg Cabot
Source: TLC Book Tours
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

Summary:  This wasn’t the adult story I was hoping for, but it was a fun throwback to my high school reading with a very satisfying ending.

Although Suze Simon is all grown up, engaged to the once-ghostly Jesse de Silva and working as a guidance counselor, she has the same old problems. In her personal life, a spiteful boy from high school has resurfaced in an attempt to derail Suze’s wedding. Her ability to serve as a mediator, helping ghosts to move on, is also put to the test as she tries to help both an unusually powerful ghostly child and the living child the ghost is trying to protect. Read more »

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#FuturisticFriday Review: Be Frank With Me

February 4, 2016 Uncategorized 8

#FuturisticFriday Review: Be Frank With MeTitle: Be Frank With Me
Author: Julia Claiborne Johnson
Source: TLC Book Tours
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Summary: I loved the characters, but I felt as though we just paid a random visit to their lives, with a very abrupt beginning and ending.

When Alice is asked to help one-hit wonder author M.M. Banning while she attempts to write a new novel, she is surprised by how challenging the job is. M.M. Banning herself is generally mean and disapproving and certainly not willing to share her progress with Alice. Her son Frank is a delightfully quirky character, with a love of old movies and snazzy dress clothes. Alice finds him endearing and immediately wants to help make his life better, as his quirkiness and behavioral problems make him an outcast with children his own age. Read more »

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Futuristic Friday Review and Giveaway: Moonlight Over Paris

January 26, 2016 Historical Fiction 13

Futuristic Friday Review and Giveaway: Moonlight Over ParisTitle: Moonlight over Paris
Author: Jennifer Robson
Source: TLC Book Tours
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

Summary: Fantastic historical details and relationship building made this an outstanding read.

After a near fatal illness, Lady Helena Montagu-Douglas-Parr is determined to get over the public snubs that followed her abandonment by her fiance and to truly live. She decides to move to Paris to live with her unconventional aunt, where she can be more independent and pursue her passion for art. Once there, her harsh art teacher and her attraction to an entirely unsuitable American newspaperman, Sam, will force her to decide whether she wants the conventional life her family sees for her and whether she’s brave enough to pursue a life she loves. Read more »

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Review and Giveaway: Silver Tongue

October 7, 2015 Uncategorized 9

Review and Giveaway: Silver TongueTitle: Silver Tongue
Author: AshleyRose Sullivan
Source: TLC Book Tours
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Summary: Although the writing could use a polish, the exciting plot and creative world building, done in a believable way, made this book a great read.

In a world where the colonists lost the revolutionary war, where magic and a curses exist, Claire feels like an outcast because of both her mixed heritage and her magical powers of persuasion. Her friend Phileas also feels different because of his intellect and his sexuality, while her friend Sam is hiding a secret of his own. This secret only comes out when his aunt is murdered, throwing all three friends into a surprising adventure as Sam seeks revenge. Read more »

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Review: The Sparrow Sisters

September 18, 2015 Uncategorized 9

Review: The Sparrow SistersTitle: The Sparrow Sisters: A Novel
Author: Ellen Herrick
Source: TLC Book Tours
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Summary: Although there were a few things I didn’t like about this book, overall it was exactly what I look for in a cozy, magical realism read.

“The Sparrow sisters are as tightly woven into the seaside New England town of Granite Point as the wild sweet peas that climb the stone walls along the harbor. Patience Sparrow is the town healer and when a new doctor settles into Granite Point he brings with him a mystery so compelling that Patience is drawn to love him, even as she struggles to mend him. But when Patience’s herbs and tinctures are believed to be implicated in a local tragedy, Granite Point is consumed by a long-buried fear—and its three hundred year old history resurfaces as a modern day witch-hunt threatens. The plants and flowers, fruit trees and high hedges begin to wither and die, and the entire town begins to fail; fishermen return to the harbor empty-handed, and blight descends on the old elms that line the lanes.” (Source) Read more »

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Review: The Race for Paris

September 2, 2015 Uncategorized 11

Review: The Race for ParisTitle: The Race for Paris
Author: Meg Waite Clayton
Source: TLC Book Tours
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

Summary: I loved learning about female journalists in WWII, but I didn’t connect with the characters, especially their romantic entanglements.

Reporting from a hospital camp during WWII, journalist Jane is content to work within the limitations imposed on female reporters until photographer Liz shows up. Liz is determined to get to the front and to be the first member of the press to report the liberation of Paris. Her commanding officer doesn’t have a jeep to spare for a female reporter though, so Liz convinces Jane to go AWOL to get their story. Both women become close to British photographer Fletcher, who helps them evade military police as they risk their lives following the front. Read more »

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Review: Crooked Heart

August 24, 2015 Uncategorized 7

Review: Crooked HeartTitle: Crooked Heart: A Novel
Author: Lissa Evans
Source: TLC Book Tours
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

Summary: The characters were delightful, a perfect fit for my love of the quirky and precocious, but the plot didn’t grab me.

“When Noel Bostock – aged ten, no family – is evacuated from London to escape the Blitz, he ends up living in St Albans with Vera Sedge – thirty-six and drowning in debts and dependents. Always desperate for money, she’s unscrupulous about how she gets it. Noel’s mourning his godmother, Mattie, a former suffragette. Brought up to share her disdain for authority and eclectic approach to education, he has little in common with other children and even less with Vee, who hurtles impulsively from one self-made crisis to the next. The war’s thrown up new opportunities for making money but what Vee needs (and what she’s never had) is a cool head and the ability to make a plan. On her own, she’s a disaster. With Noel, she’s a team.” (Source) Read more »

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Review: Hotel Moscow

June 25, 2015 Fiction, Historical Fiction, Review, Thriller 10

Review: Hotel MoscowTitle: Hotel Moscow
Author: Talia Carner
Source: TLC Book Tours
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Summary: This book was more thriller than I expected, but both the thriller and historical fiction elements were very well executed.

When Brooke Fielding volunteers her business knowledge to help Russian female entrepreneurs after the fall of communism, she knows her visit will be complicated by the fact that her parents are Russian Jewish holocaust survivors. What she doesn’t know is how dangerous the trip will turn out to be. Despite her parents’ past, Brooke becomes deeply involved with the women she’s trying to help. Mafia members and corrupt officials employ brutal tactics in their attempt to acquire the newly privatized businesses owned by the women Brooke hopes to help. And only Brooke has the financial knowledge and connections needed to discover who is behind the violent takeovers. Read more »

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