Friday, November 21, 2014

The Bracelet by Dorothy Love

Diamond. Emerald. Amethyst. Diamond
                      = D. E. A. D.

A bracelet that mysteriously appeared on Celia Browning's nightstand was a bracelet she thought was from her fiancee, but once she saw what the individual jewels spelled out, she knew it wasn't good.

​Celia Browning was the daughter of a wealthy merchant and a descendant of a family member who died in their home about 20 years ago.  The death was​ said to be a suicide, but others believed it was a murder. Now just when she was finally going to be wed to her childhood sweetheart, nosy newspaper men began to question what happened and began causing trouble by printing articles in the paper, having people follow and frighten Celia, and leaving mysterious notes and gifts in the  house.

Celia couldn't tell her father about any of these odd situations because he wasn't well.  Her cousin, Ivy, was the only one who knew about the mysterious note but not the bracelet.  Who should Celia tell, and when should Celia tell someone?

Could her uncle really have murdered his wife?  What was this incident that happened so many years ago, and why does someone want to dredge it up again?​


THE BRACELET gives the reader a glimpse into wealthy households​ ​and appears to be about the Browning family and how they fit into society, but underneath all of that, ​it is a murder mystery that Celia needs to solve for her own peace of mind. 

Are there family secrets and perhaps a murderer hidden within all that southern hospitality and charm? Does a red diary with clues truly exist and have the answers to the 20-year-old mystery?

​THE BRACELET was an enjoyable, clever read with just enough suspense to keep ​you guessing about who the culprit is that was sending gifts and leaving notes and who it is that wanted to ruin the Browning family but why now?

I enjoyed THE BRACELET because of the setting and the time period.  Ms. Love definitely gave a perfect portrayal of wealthy, Southern life in the 1800's along with the added bonus of intrigue about the murder.  The ending is definitely a surprise and quite a good one.  


Don't miss reading THE BRACELET. 4/5

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the author and pubslisher in return for an honest review.


Book Beginnings - 11/21/14


*Please join Rose City Reader every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name.  *Taken directly from Rose City Reader's Blog Page.

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This week's book beginnings comes from THE BRACELET by Dorothy Love.


"At the sound of male voices in the entry hall below, Celia Browning left her window overlooking the garden and the redbrick carriage house.  She set aside her book and opened her bedroom door just wide enough to afford a view of the door the  her father's study down below."

THE BRACELET is set in Savannah during the 1800's and is a mystery.  You also get to share in the Southern charm of that time and see how the wealthy lived.

I finished THE BRACELET last night.  I always write my reviews as I read so my review was ready to go, and the link to my review is in the book's title above and at the top of the post.

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A book I wanted to share from last week.

A Woman's Choice by Annie Thomas.


It was a lovely read with a wonderful main character.


My review is in the book's title.
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Book Blogger Hop - 11/21 - 11/27

 Question of the Week:

Do you have any advice for new bloggers?


My Answer:

I have a few tips:

1.  Remove the verification code.
2.  Join a few weekly memes so you get your blog known.
3.  Reply to comments on your blog.
4.  Don't accept more books than you can handle.
5.  Ask for advice from other book bloggers - we are the most friendly, helpful folks around.
6.  Enjoy your blogging experience.









 





Monday, November 17, 2014

It's Monday!! What Are You Reading? - 11/17/14

   
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I hope you had a great reading week.  
 
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This is a weekly meme run by Book Journey!
 

Post the books completed last week, the books you are currently reading, and the books you hope to finish this week.

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Books Completed Last Week:
A WOMAN'S CHOICE by Annie Thomas

It is a lovely read with a wonderful main character.

It is historical fiction set in the 1900's.

My review is in the book's title.

Book Currently Reading: 
THE BRACELET by Dorothy Love for a December 9, 2014, post.
Books Up Next:   

PASSING THROUGH PERFECT by Bette Lee Crosby for a January 6, 2015, post.




THE SECRETS OF MIDWIVES by Sally Hepworth for a February 10, 2015, post.


THE POCKET WIFE by Susan Crawford for a March 17, 2015, post.


The author told a friend of mine how she got the title for her book, and I love it.  Can't wait to read THE POCKET WIFE.

TAHOE GHOST by Todd Borg



HIGH SEAS DARKNESS by Burr B. Anderson

THREE STORY HOUSE by Courtney Miller Santo


GARDEN OF LETTERS by Alyson Richman





THE BEEKEEPER'S BALL by Susan Wiggs




NATCHEZ BURNING by Greg Isles

MADAME PICASSO by Anne Girard


THE TRUTH ABOUT THE HARRY QUEBERT AFFAIR by Joel Dicker


THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME by Hazel Gaynor


WOMAN OF ILL FAME by Erika Mailman




THE SIGNATURE OF ALL THINGS by Elizabeth Gilbert



PERFECT by Rachel Joyce


UNDER THE WIDE AND STARRY SKY by Nancy Horan


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The books below are not necessarily in the order I have planned to read them.  

I normally read in order of publication or tour date.

And....these are not for reading in the upcoming week.  They are books into and including all of 2014.

The "list" is a means of keeping me organized.  A visual display helps a lot for organization along with my Excel lists. 

     

How was your reading week?