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Review: Disclaimer

June 11, 2015 Fiction, Thriller 22

Review: DisclaimerTitle: Disclaimer
Author: Renée Knight
Source: from publisher for review, TLC Book Tours
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

Summary: With a fast pace, lots of twists and turns, plus fascinating moral questions, this was a book I couldn’t put down!

“Finding a mysterious novel at her bedside plunges documentary filmmaker Catherine Ravenscroft into a living nightmare. Though ostensibly fiction,The Perfect Stranger recreates in vivid, unmistakable detail the terrible day Catherine became hostage to a dark secret, a secret that only one other person knew–and that person is dead. Now that the past is catching up with her, Catherine’s world is falling apart. Her only hope is to confront what really happened on that awful day even if the shocking truth might destroy her.” (source) Read more »

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Review: The Mapmaker’s Children

June 1, 2015 Fiction, Historical Fiction 11

Review: The Mapmaker’s ChildrenTitle: The Mapmaker's Children
Author: Sarah McCoy
Source: TLC Book Tours
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

Summary: I didn’t connect with one of the characters or with the author’s writing, but I thought the dual narrative and historical setting were very well done.

Although abolitionist John Brown believed that women should play a supporting role, even he couldn’t deny the value of his daughter Sarah’s artistic talent. Through her determination to make a difference, she became one of the most important mapmakers for the underground railroad. She also faced personal challenges, including her inability to have children. One hundred and fifty years later, Eden is finding that she may also be unable to conceive. Her focus on having children has cost her a job she loved and is testing her relationship with her husband. The discovery that her house may have been part of the underground railroad may help her regain her joy in life. Read more »

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Review: To Ride A White Horse

May 28, 2015 Uncategorized 10

Review: To Ride A White HorseTitle: To Ride a White Horse
Author: Pamela Ford
Source: TLC Book Tours
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Summary: Truly beautiful writing, a vibrant historical backdrop, and a relatable heroine made this a great read, even though the plot felt a bit contrived.

“With Ireland ravaged by famine, and England unsympathetic to its plight, Kathleen Deacey, a spirited and strong-willed young Irish woman faces a devastating choice—leave her country to find work or risk dying there. Despising the English for refusing to help Ireland, she sets sail for Canada, determined to save her family and find her missing fiancé. But her voyage doesn’t go as planned and she ends up in America, forced to accept the help of an English whaling captain, Jack Montgomery, to survive. As Jack helps her search for her fiancé and fight to save her family and country, she must make an impossible choice—remain loyal to Ireland or follow her heart.” (Source) Read more »

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Love is Red

May 20, 2015 Fantasy, Fiction, Thriller 11

Love is RedTitle: Love Is Red
Author: Sophie Jaff
Source: TLC Book Tours
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Summary: This was a book that really shouldn’t have worked for me, but I loved the writing and I can’t get the story out of my head.

After centuries of dormancy, the Sickle Man has been awakened. His sole purpose is to hunt down Katherine Emerson, a woman with a dark destiny, but first he must gather the emotions of other victims. As his brutal crimes terrorize the women of Manhattan, Katherine must decide how much she trusts the two new men in her life. Although one is dark and brooding (of course!) and one is kind and handsome, it’s not clear what they are each hiding from her. Read more »

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Diamond Head Review

May 12, 2015 Fiction, Historical Fiction 9

Diamond Head ReviewTitle: Diamond Head
Author: Cecily Wong
Source: from publisher for review, TLC Book Tours
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

Summary: Although I loved the historical setting, I didn’t immediately connect to the characters and even when I did, the plot didn’t have much drive.

This family saga spans four generations, following the Leongs from China to Hawaii and from the Boxer Rebellion to WWII. Throughout the years, the women  are each unlucky in love in their own way, with their accumulating secrets and tragedies influencing the following generations. Read more »

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The Residence

April 23, 2015 History, Narrative Non-Fiction, non-fiction 17

The ResidenceTitle: The Residence
Author: Kate Andersen Brower
Source: TLC Book Tours
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

SummaryFascinating and easily readable narrative nonfiction, perfect for fans of the genre or of Downton Abbey.

“America’s First Families are unknowable in many ways. No one has insight into their true character like the people who serve their meals and make their beds every day. Full of stories and details by turns dramatic, humorous, and heartwarming, The Residence reveals daily life in the White House as it is really lived through the voices of the maids, butlers, cooks, florists, doormen, engineers, and others who tend to the needs of the President and First Family. ” (source)

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Of Things Gone Astray

February 8, 2015 Fiction, Magical Realism 18

Of Things Gone AstrayTitle: Of Things Gone Astray
Author: Janina Matthewson
Source: TLC Book Tours
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Summary: The style of this story was perfection – cute, whimsical, happy – but the ending trailed off in a way that made the plot unsatisfying.

“On a seemingly normal morning in London, a group of people all lose something dear to them, something dear but peculiar: the front of their house, their piano keys, their sense of direction, their place of work. Meanwhile, Jake, a young boy whose father brings him to London following his mother’s sudden death, finds himself strangely attracted to other people’s lost things. But little does he realize that his most valuable possession, his relationship with his father, is slipping away from him.” (source) Read more »

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Us

November 17, 2014 Fiction, Review 20

UsTitle: Us
Author: David Nicholls
Source: TLC Book Tours
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

Summary: I loved this book which completely swept me up in the main character’s emotions and left me with a delightfully hopeful feeling.

“Douglas Petersen understands his wife’s need to ‘rediscover herself’ now that their son is leaving home. He just thought they’d be doing their rediscovering together. So when Connie announces that she will be leaving, too, he resolves to make their last family holiday into the trip of a lifetime: one that will draw the three of them closer, and win the respect of his son. One that will make Connie fall in love with him all over again. The hotels are booked, the tickets bought, the itinerary planned and printed.What could possibly go wrong?” (Source)
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Gutenberg’s Apprentice

October 13, 2014 Fiction, Historical Fiction 23

Gutenberg’s ApprenticeTitle: Gutenberg's Apprentice
Author: Alix Christie
Source: TLC Book Tours
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Summary: Although this story was slow-paced, I loved how the author captured the way people would have thought and acted at such an interesting time in history.

When Peter Schoeffer’s foster-father insists he return to Munich, abandoning a promising career as a scribe in Paris, he’s dubious about Gutenberg’s invention. He doesn’t believe that a machine can replace a scribe and at first thinks the idea borders on blasphemy. However, as he is able to add some beauty to Gutenberg’s process, he begins to see the potential of the printing press. However, Gutenburg’s volatile temper and warring political and religious factions threaten what Peter has come to see as a divinely inspired project he must complete.
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Accidents of Marriage

September 30, 2014 Contemporary, Fiction, Review, Women's Fiction 9

Accidents of MarriageTitle: Accidents of Marriage
Author: Randy Susan Meyers
Source: TLC Book Tours
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

Summary: This was a gripping book, but more tense than emotionally moving, and I didn’t feel as though the main character had enough agency.

“Maddy is a social worker trying to balance her career and three children. Years ago, she fell in love with Ben, a public defender, drawn to his fiery passion, but now he’s lashing out at her during his periodic verbal furies. She vacillates between tiptoeing around him and asserting herself for the sake of their kids – which works to keep a fragile peace – until the rainy day when they’re together in the car and Ben’s volatile temper gets the best of him, leaving Maddy in the hospital fighting for her life.” (Source) Read more »

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