Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Review and Giveaway of A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn


A secret past that she wasn't aware of puts Veronica Speedwell in danger after her aunt passed away. 

Veronica  Speedwell is now without family, and as an intruder enters her home and tries to harm her, a Baron saves her life just in time.  Even though Veronica seems to be able to take care of herself, the Baron insists that he be her protector.  The Baron and Veronica begin a journey to London to meet a friend the Baron believes can protect Veronica for him.  During their travel time, the Baron tells Veronica he knows secrets about her past that he can't tell her just yet but will.

Veronica isn't too happy with the arrangements of having to be protected, but being interested in what the Baron will tell her makes her stay with the Baron’s friend, Stoker.  Not even 24 hours after the Baron left Veronica in safe keeping with Stoker, the pair finds out that the Baron has been murdered.  With that news Stoker whisks himself and Veronica away where the murderer who most likely is still after Veronica can't find them.  Adventures and danger follow them.

A CURIOUS BEGINNING is the first book I have read by Ms. Raybourn and the character Miss Speedwell.  The book is interesting but odd with odd characters.  Miss Speedwell is very independent and Stoker is a taxidermist who once was with a traveling circus. The characters where Stoker and Veronica make their hiding place are all quite bizarre, but I guess when you are in a traveling circus, that is what you see.

A CURIOUS BEGINNING is adventure and murder investigations all rolled into one with some good twists.  It was also comical at times.

A CURIOUS BEGINNING was a bit different from what I expected, but I kept reading because I wanted to find out who the murderer was as well as to find out what Veronica's secret past was.   And....her past was an excellent revelation.

It wasn’t a favorite, but I did like Veronica, and the storyline picked up toward the end of the book.   In fact, the ending was quite  exciting and makes my rating go from my original 3/5 to 4/5.

Readers who like quirky characters, intrigue, mystery, and a bit of romance should enjoy A CURIOUS BEGINNING. 4/5

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review.
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Monday, September 28, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? - 9/28/15

   
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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:

STONES IN THE ROAD by E. B. Moore

Review will be up on September 22.


Review is in the book's title.


THE LAST SEPTEMBER by Nina De Gramont.


Review is in the book's title.

PRETENDING TO DANCE by Diane Chamberlain.


My review will be up some time this week.

Not a favorite for me, but still good. 

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Book Currently Reading:

WHEN THE DEVIL'S IDLE by Leta Serafim for a blog tour.


Books Up Next:

THE GATES OF RUTHERFORD by Elizabeth Cooke.



DARKNESS THE COLOR OF SNOW by Thomas Cobb.
 

THE AXEMAN by Ray Celestin

 

THE FALL OF PRINCES by Robert Goolrick.

 


TAHOE BLUE FIRE by Todd Borg.

THE MURALIST by B. A. Shapiro.

THREE STORY HOUSE by Courtney Miller Santo


GARDEN OF LETTERS by Alyson Richman


,.......,.

THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME by Hazel Gaynor

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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 2015 and 2016.

The "list" is a means of keeping me organized.

A visual display helps a lot for organization along with my Excel list. 

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How was your reading week?