Tuesday, September 21, 2021

The Stolen Lady by Laura Morelli

One woman is the person in the painting while the other woman is trying to save it.

We meet Lisa Gherardini in 1497 whose wealthy husband wanted a portrait of her, and we meet Anne Guichard in 1939 who is employed at the Louvre and trying to keep this famous painting, The Mona Lisa, out of the hands of the Nazis.
 
Leonardo Da Vinci is the artist who painted Lisa's portrait.  

Many interesting facts about this painting that traveled far and wide to keep it safe.

All three people are tied together by this one painting even though the connection is hundreds of years apart.

Lisa's maid, Bellina Sardi, is a side part of this trio, but she has an important role of keeping her mistress safe, but is also asked to spy on and steal from the wealthy family she works for by the Medici.

Marvelous research as always and an educational trip through history as we learn about the woman behind that Mona Lisa smile, Leonardo Da Vinci, how the Mona Lisa took many trips and was hidden many times, and life during this time in history.  5/5

This book was given to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, September 20, 2021

Better To Trust by Heather Frimmer

Family drama at its best.

Many issues both personal and professional are within.

Allison deals with medical issues and an ethical issue of treatment by a family member as well as a marriage and infidelity issue.

The surgeon, Grant, deals with the struggle to treat his family member and a secret drug addiction.  His addiction seems to be at the heart of the book.

Sadie, a teenager, deals with a friend who isn't a good friend because of risky things they do and that also causes issues at school.

Ms. Frimmer did a great job with character development and the story line even though I did not like Grant the surgeon. 

Many medical issues and incidents are addressed and expertly described and woven into the story line.  I could see all of these issues happening in real life.

All three characters need to decide how to deal with their issues and resolve them or stay on the same path.

If you are a fan of family drama and medical settings and issues, you will enjoy this book.  4/5

This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

 
 


Mailbox Monday - 9/20/2021

 

 

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week.

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Warning:  Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles, and humongous wish lists.

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Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia @A Girl and Her Books, has a permanent home now at MAILBOX MONDAY.

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Here is a shout out to the administrators:


Velvet @ vvb32reads

Serena @ Savvy Verse and Wit

Martha @ Reviews By Martha’s Bookshelf

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THANKS to everyone for keeping Mailbox Monday alive.

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I hope you had a good mailbox.

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On Tuesday, September 14, I received:

1. THE STOLEN LADY by Laura Morelli, courtesy of William Morrow Books.

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On Wednesday, September 15, I received:

1.  THE FAULT BETWEEN US by Bette Lee Crosby, courtesy of the author.

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On Friday, September 17, I received:

1.  THIS MIGHT HURT by Stephanie Wrobel, courtesy of Berkley Publishing and NetGalley.

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It's Monday!! What Are YOU Reading? - 9/20/2021

 
http://bookdate.blogspot.com/
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I hope you had a great reading week.
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This is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn at BOOK DATE!

Post the books completed, the books you are currently reading, and the books you hope to finish at some point.
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Books Completed:
 
THE PILOT'S DAUGHTER by Meredith Jaeger - review will be on November 2.
 
A MUST read....fantastic!!
 
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A LETTER FROM NANA ROSE by Kristin Harper - review will be on October 27.
 
A sweet read.
 
 
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THE LAST CHECKMATE by Gabriella Saab - review will be on October 20.
 
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THE HIDDEN CHILD by Louise Fein - review will be on October 19.
 
 
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THE GIRL ON THE PLATFORM by Ellie Midwood - review will be on October 14.
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THE MOTHER NEXT DOOR by Tara Laskowski - review will be on October 12.
 
  
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THE FAULT BETWEEN US by Bette Lee Crosby - review will be on October 7.
 
Another splendid book by Bette.
 
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HIS LOVING WIFE by Miranda Smith - review will be on October 4.
 
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NO ONE WILL MISS HER by Kat Rosenfield - review will be on October 11.
 
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THREE SISTERS by Heather Morris - review will be on October 5.
 
Heartwrenching but very good.
 
 
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THE STOLEN LADY by Laura Morelli - review will be on September 21.
 
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BETTER TO TRUST by Heather Frimmer - review will be on September 20.
 
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THE KEEPER OF HAPPY ENDINGS by Barbara Davis - review will be on October 1.
 
Do NOT miss reading this gem.
 
 
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Book Currently Reading:

THE TALLY STICK by Carl Nixon- review will be on November 3.
 
 
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Books Up Next:

THE MONTH OF BORROWED DREAMS by Felicity Hayes-McCoy - review will be on November 4.
 
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ALL HER LITTLE SECRETS by Wanda M. Morris - review will be on November 5.
 
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 THE SECOND MARRIAGE by Jess Ryder - review will be on November 6.
 
 
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THE NEW WIFE by Sue Watson - review will be on November 22.
 
 
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NANNY DEAREST by Flora Collins - review will be on November 23.
 
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HELLO, TRANSCRIBER by Hannah Morrissey - review will be on November 30.
 
 
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MATILDA WINDSOR IS COMING HOME by Anne Goodwin - review will be on December 8.
 
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THE REPLACEMENT WIFE by Darby Kane - review will be on December 27.
 
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MY DARLING HUSBAND by Kimberly Bell - review will be on December 28.
 
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THE SORORITY MURDER by Allison Brennan - review will be on December 29.
 
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THE MAID by Nita Prose - review will be on January 4, 2022. 

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RECKLESS GIRLS by Rachel Hawkins - review will be on January 5, 2022.

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THE LAST HOUSE ON THE STREET by Diane Chamberlain - review will be on January 11, 2022.

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SOMEBODY'S HOME by Kaira Rouda - review will be on January 18, 2022.
 
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LAST SEEN ALIVE by Joanna Schaffhausen - review will be on January 25, 2022.
 
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THE CHRISTIE AFFAIR by Nina de Gramont - review will be here on February 1, 2022.
 
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THE NEXT SHIP HOME by Heather Webb - review will be on February 8, 2022.
 
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SECRETS OF OUR HOUSE by Rea Frey - review will be on February 9.
 
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UNMISSING by Minka Kent - review will be on February 15.
 
 
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THIS MIGHT HURT by Stephanie Wrobel - review will be on February 22.
 
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THE GOLDEN COUPLE by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkannen - review will be on March 8.
 
 
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UNDER THE GOLDEN SUN by Jenny Ashcroft - review will be on March 15, 2022.
 
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THE YOUNGER WIFE by Sally Hepworth - review will be on April 5, 2022.
 
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LAST DANCE ON THE STARLIGHT PIER by Sarah Bird - review will be on April 12.

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LITTLE SOULS by Sandra Dallas - review will be on April 26, 2022.
 
 
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