Thursday, June 26, 2014
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Betrayed by Lillian Duncan is a fast paced thriller. Maria has had her life as she knew it completely blown apart. The husband whom she thought she knew turned out to be a terrorist who kidnapped their daughter and tried to kill Marie by shooting her. Assured that her husband had been killed, she now is in the witness protection program starting a new life with her daughter in a small Ohio town running a florist shop. Conrad a local police man has become interested in Marie and visits her shop frequently. However, when her daughter’s friend suddenly goes missing, Marie’s life suddenly turns back into a nightmare. She starts receiving calls from her supposed dead husband and tries to make a run to Florida with her daughter to keep her safe. Unfortunately, even Conrad is trying to question Marie as evidence seems to point to her as the possible kidnapper. This was a very good suspenseful read. It was very difficult to put down as I kept the pages turning trying to figure out with Marie who had betrayed her and who still wanted her daughter. I look forward to reading more of Lillian Duncan’s books. I received this book from the The Book Club Network, Inc. and the opinions are my own.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Sincerely Yours is a four story collection of novellas by authors Laurie Alice Eakes, Ann Shorey, Amanda Cabot, and Jane Kirkpatrick. Even though the stories are less than a hundred pages, each was entertaining and read like a full length novel. Each story has a central part of history where the action happens and starts off with a letter that changes each woman’s destiny. The first novella is by Laurie Alice Eakes and takes place on board a steamboat on the Erie Canal. This was a rather adventurous story of a stowaway, kidnapping, explosions, and through all that, the couple’s chance to fall in love. The second novella was Ann Shorey’s which takes place during 1858. Here our heroine is a very gifted writer in a man’s world who is innocently mistaken as a male writer due to the use of her initials. This was an entertaining read of pretend and false identities between our heroine and her piano teacher. The third novella was by Amanda Cabot and was about a gentleman carousel carver who was keeping his true identity secret and an American heiress who wanted to prove she was more useful than a decoration on her husband’s arm. The backdrop was the first type of a vacation resort. The final story by Jane Kirkpatrick had a little bit of a darker side. It was about a Sanatorium in Washington officially known as Wilderness Heights, but called Starvation Heights by the local townspeople. The clinic “doctor” would have the patients starve the illness out of them and give them her own concoction of medicines and treatments. In this novella our heroine Grace receives a letter from her dear friend’s daughter to help get her mother out of this clinic. As Grace proceeds to rescue her friend and find out information about this clinic, she meets a certain gentleman who is very mysterious and works for the clinic owners. In the notes the author gives us a brief history of this very real at one time clinic which makes this story all the more chilling. I received this book from the The Book Club Network, Inc. (TBCN) and the opinions are my own.
Saturday, June 21, 2014
I have read a great many books that I have enjoyed. Sometimes, however, a book stands out from the rest and I consider it exceptional. The most recent book to do that is For Such a Time by Kate Breslin. As I understand it, this is her debut novel. This novel takes place during the Second World War in Czechoslovakia. This is not even my favorite time period for book settings. It’s a very desperate time and not a place I like to escape to for my reading pleasure. However, when given the opportunity to review this book the synopsis intrigued me. An Esther retelling during World War Two sounded too interesting to pass up. I am so glad I didn’t. The author started every chapter with a verse from Esther. Now it did not necessarily follow the timeline of the Biblical Esther, but each verse at the beginning gave us just a hint of what we might expect to read in a particular chapter. I absolutely enjoyed the unfolding of the Esther story. It was at times dark and sad and a bit scary as I did not know how these characters were going to make it. I was so very curious on how she was going to make me care about her “hero” who was the SS Kommandant in charge of the transit camp. I also wanted to see how Hadassah/Stella was going to grow and care about her captor Aric. There is a love story and a very good one at that. It almost has a Beauty and the Beast feel about it. I highly recommend this book. It is one of my favorites of 2014 and I look forward to more novels by Kate Breslin. I received this book from The Book Club Network, Inc. (TBCN) and the opinions are my own.
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