Monday, April 29, 2013

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

Frankie and Jake were brothers with Frankie being the braver of the two but not necessarily the ethical one.  ORDINARY GRACE takes place when times were simpler but when problems still occurred in families and towns.

This specific summer in Frankie and Jake's life had adventures as well as misfortunes. Frankie was a character you will love. Frankie always seemed to be in the right place but never managed to figure out what was going on. He was growing up, being a boy, getting into and out of trouble, learning about life, and also learning how to deal with adult situations. His brother Jake was timid, adored his brother, and joined him on most of his adventures.

The book had a wonderful story line and great characters.  The characters can be described as unique, loveable, different, and ones you would want to have for friends. Frankie was the narrator, Jake kept the story going, and Gus seemed to be the person Frankie and Jake looked up to.  Frankie and Jake's parents were the typical couple of this era.  All characters complemented each other.  


The writing was extraordinary, the storyline was sweet, just like the era that pulled you in, and the storyline unquestionably kept your interest.  You won't want to put the book down mainly because of the nostalgic theme.  Keeping the storyline going are murders, deaths, a disappearance, a summer that would never be forgotten, and a mystery to solve.  

I thoroughly enjoyed the book.  The writing  was moving, expressive, and powerful.  The storyline moved effortlessly, and I loved the glimpse back into the 1960's.

ORDINARY GRACE is a book that will be on your mind long after you turn the last page.  Don't miss this extraordinary book filled with the exploring of one's conscience and also with learning how to forgive.  It is noteworthy and remarkable. 5/5

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



Mailbox Monday - 4/29/13


 
Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. (Library books don’t count, but eBooks & audiobooks do).    
Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles, and humongous wish lists!

Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia @ A Girl and Her Books, is on a blog tour!


The host for April is: 

Mari @ 
   http://marireads.blogspot.com/


All my books came on Monday, April 22.

1. A HUNDRED SUMMERS by Beatriz Williams courtesy of LibraryThing and Arianna Romig of Putnam/Penguin Books.  

I won this book in a LibraryThing giveaway.

 

2. THE CLOCK OF LIFE by Nancy Klann-Moren courtesy of the author.

 

3.  BIG GIRL PANTIES by Stephanie Evanovich courtesy of Tracy Diamond of Harper Collins.
 

4.  ALWAYS WATCHING by Chevy  Stevens courtesy of St. Martin's Press. This was a surprise...I hadn't requested it. 

Friday, April 26, 2013

Book Blogger Hop - 4/26 to 5/2

QUESTION OF THE WEEK:

What was the last book you read that made you laugh out loud?

MY ANSWER:

Hmmmmmmmmmmmm....let me think.  

I didn't laugh out loud, but I did chuckle at some of the things in SWEET SALT AIR by Barbara Delinsky.  I don't think I have read too many books with a "laughing out loud" criteria.  :)

Happy Hopping!!! 


Monday, April 22, 2013

Mailbox Monday - 4/22/13

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. (Library books don’t count, but eBooks & audiobooks do).    

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

Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia @ A Girl and Her Books, is on a blog tour!


The host for April is: 
Mari @ 
   http://marireads.blogspot.com/

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I am posting on Tuesday since I was away until last night.

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On Monday, April 15, I received:

1.  PORCH LIGHTS by Dorothea Benton Frank, courtesy of TLC Book Tours and HarperCollins Publishers.  

I received this book for a tour and by reading it, I will be attending a cocktail party hosted by HarperCollins Publishers one evening during the  BEA.  Pretty neat, huh? 

 

2.  LETTERS FROM SKYE by Jessica Brockmole, courtesy of Random House.
  
This book MADE my day.  I love The Isle of Skye in Scotland and was THRILLED when I received this book.  My blog header is from Portree, Scotland, in The Isle of Skye.  You don't even know how excited I was to receive it.


3.  THE GODS OF HEAVENLY PUNISHMENT by Jennifer Cody Epstein, courtesy of the author and W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., New York.

I entered a contest on Shelf Awareness to win this book.  The author wrote to me as well.


Friday, April 19, 2013

Book Blogger Hop - 4/19 - 4/25



QUESTION OF THE WEEK:


What was last book you read that made you cry? 

MY ANSWER:

LOOKING FOR ME by Beth Hoffman was an absolutely wonderful book, but it make me cry A LOT.  The crying was NOT bad crying but sentimental crying.

Don't miss out on LOOKING FOR ME.  I LOVED IT.

Ms. Hoffman is the author of SAVING CEE CEE HONEYCUTT.

I am out of town again and will miss this wonderful question and everyone's answers.  I "might" be able to sneak in a comment, though.

Have fun!!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Mailbox Monday - 4/15/2013


Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. (Library books don’t count, but eBooks & audiobooks do).    

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

Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia @ A Girl and Her Books, is on a blog tour!

The host for April is: 

Mari @ 
   http://marireads.blogspot.com/

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On Monday, April 8, I received:

1.  THE LOVE WARS by L. Alison Heller, courtesy of Roseanne Romanello of Penguin Group.

 
2.  UNWRITTEN  by Charles Martin, courtesy of Ellen Wight of Hachette Book Group.

 

I will be out of town again next Monday and will post my Mailbox Monday on Tuesday.  :)

Friday, April 12, 2013

Book Blogger Hop - 4/12 to 4/18



QUESTION OF THE WEEK:

What was the last book you read from a genre you don't normally read?

MY ANSWER:

The book I read that was sort of out of my favorite genres of historical fiction, mystery, women's fiction, and general fiction was LIGHTENING CANDLES IN THE SNOW by Karen Jones Gowen.

It actually was a pretty good read.  Hope you can check out my review link that is on the book's title in the above paragraph.

And...for an added bit of information, I do not read erotica, paranormal, science fiction, or vampires.  :)   

I am an historical fiction, mystery, general fiction, and women's fiction fan.  :)

Have a fun hop!! 


 

Monday, April 8, 2013

Mailbox Monday - 4/8/2013

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. (Library books don’t count, but eBooks & audiobooks do).    

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

Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia @ A Girl and Her Books, is on a blog tour!

The host for April is: 
Mari @   

http://marireads.blogspot.com/

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I have returned from visiting my son.  Going back again from April 19 to April 22 to finish helping him move.  We had a great time and a nice Easter.
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My Mailbox Monday will be featuring books from March 28 until April 6.  

On Monday, March 18, I received:

1.  Twelve Books from St. Martin's Press, Carol Fitzgerald, and Reading Group Guides that I won in a contest for my book club. It is our read for our April meeting.

SWEET SALT AIR by Barbara  Delinsky.  I have already read the book and loved it.  I had never read a book by Ms. Delinsky before. My review is linked above on the title of the book. 

   

On Wednesday, March 20, I received:

1.  DREAM OF DARING by Gen LaGreca, courtesy of Winged Victory Press.

 

On Saturday, March 23, I received:

1.  THE DEAD CHILDREN'S STORY by Skaught Anthony Patterson, courtesy of Pharaoh's Library. 

 

On Saturday, March 30, I received:

1.  THE ORPHAN TRAIN by Christina Baker Kline, courtesy of Harper Collins Publishers.

 

On Monday, April 1, I received:

1.  ORDINARY GRACE by William Kent Krueger, courtesy of David Brown of Simon and Schuster.

 

On Thursday, April 4, I received:

1.  MEET ME AT THE CUPCAKE CAFE  by Jenny Colgan, courtesy of Sourcebooks.

 

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Trompe L'oeil (To Fool The Eye) by Caroline Miller

Hidden tunnels, a castle, Paris, a mystery, deceit, and a questionable inheritance.  Rachel Farraday was the lucky one to be chosen by Madame de Villier to assist in researching the history of her chateau and also in a surprise that may have or may not have been planned and a surprise that turned out to not be a good one. The fun began along with mystery and tragedy not too long after Rachel arrived.

The writing was excellent as usual when it comes to Caroline Miller, but I enjoyed Gothic Spring much more. The characters and plot were unique, but the plot was also a bit confusing....perhaps over my head??? Mrs. de Toi, the cook, was my favorite character because of her demeanor and the delicious foods she prepared.  Madame de Villier was a bit eccentric and moody. Rachel was trying to be helpful but not always succeeding. Mathiam was a bit on the odd side. Christian and the other characters were frightening and quite shady.


This book was filled with all my favorite things: castles, family secrets, cooks, cooks and butlers with secrets, surprises, and many twists and turns.  At times, the plot became a bit tedious, but Ms. Miller again didn't disappoint as the ending revealed it all and the book stood up to its title.

The book was part history, part mystery, and just plain good old European living.  All the things I enjoy reading about.  4/5 

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