Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
A vacation that was long overdue and needed for Neil and Ellie turned into a nightmare.
They were on their second honeymoon in their newly bought home when their neighbor Clive appeared, tied up Ellie, tortured Neil, and then kidnapped Ellie.
Clive had thought about Ellie since he had seen her twenty-five years ago, and now that he was out of prison he wanted to play a game to see if she would remember him. It wasn’t a child’s game, though, but a deadly game.
TELL ME MY NAME continues with a police search for Clive and gruesome, upsetting and sometimes crude scenes and comments.
The brutal things the criminal did as the book continued were hard to imagine and difficult to read.
Because of the gruesome scenes I almost stopped reading, but I’m glad I didn’t.
This book for me is classified as a psychological thriller.
All in all despite the squeamish scenes, it is a good read with a surprise ending. 4/5
This book was given to me by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an. honest review.
Monday, October 26, 2020
THE NIGHT PORTRAIT is set in a dual timeline ranging from 1492, Milan, to Munich during WWII.
We meet Cecilia Gallerani who is the woman in Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous portrait Lady with An Ermine. We follow her life as the mistress of Ludovico il Moro. It isn’t a life I would have wanted to live.
We then meet American soldiers who are helping the Monuments Men retrieve stolen paintings and Edith Becker a German art expert ordered by the Reich to find the most valuable paintings that were hidden by families that were forced to evacuate.
These stolen paintings were to become part of a private collection of German officers.
Edith wanted to protect the art at all costs, but she also had to protect herself.
This book is an extremely well written history lesson and interesting to me because of the art as well as WWII.
Ms. Morelli’s marvelous research and telling of the events in both timelines had me looking up more information on Leonardo Da Vinci, the German officers, the Monuments Men, and Cecilia Gallerani.
Ms. Morelli’s writing style and descriptions brought the characters and situations to life.
Historical fiction fans and art connoisseurs will not want to miss this book.
THE NIGHT PORTRAIT is superb and a work of art in itself.
It is a beautiful tribute to artists of the world and to those who fought to preserve it.
You will be shedding tears of joy as well as sadness as you read this phenomenal book. 5/5
This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week.
Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles, and humongous wish lists.
Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia @A Girl and Her Books, has a permanent home now at MAILBOX MONDAY.
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THANKS to everyone for keeping Mailbox Monday alive.
I hope you had a good mailbox.
On Monday, October 19, I received:
1. RUBY FALLS by Deborah Goodrich Royce, courtesy of Post Hill Press and NetGalley.
On Thursday, October 22, I received:
1. GRANDMA'S SUGAR COOKIE, words by Rose Rossner - pictures by Kathryn Selbert, courtesy of Sourcebooks.
Can this be any more adorable?
On Friday, October 23, I received:
1. THE PERFECT DAUGHTER by D. J. Palmer, courtesy of St. Martin's Press and NetGalley.
2. THE LAST NIGHT IN LONDON by Karen White, courtesy of Berkley Publishing and NetGalley.
3. THE NIGHT OF THE FIRE by Kjell Eriksson, courtesy of Hector DeJean of St. Martin's Press.
4. THE DOGS WERE RESCUED (and so Was I) by Teresa J. Rhyne, courtesy of the author.