Tuesday, August 4, 2020

The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis

A library is a home for everyone, and the New York Public Library was home to the superintendent and his wife.

Jack and Laura Lyons lived in the library in 1913.  How fun would that be?

The library in 1993 is the workplace of Sadie who is the granddaughter of Laura and Jack.

When rare books go missing, Sadie is accused simply because she was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and because her grandfather was accused of stealing rare books back in 1913.

We go back and forth in time and find out family secrets as well as get treated to the hidden rooms and fun facts about the New York Public Library.

Ms. Davis did marvelous research and weaved interesting facts into the book.

Historical fiction fans and those who have visited the New York public library will be fascinated with this book and again get to enjoy the pull-in writing style of Fiona Davis.

THE LIONS OF FIFTH AVENUE is another fabulous read that you do not want to miss. 5/5

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

LAUNCH DAY - The Orphan Collector - 8/4/2020

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Happy Publication Day!!
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Information in this post other than my review is courtesy of Vida Engstrand of Kensington Books.
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It’s launch day for The Orphan Collector by Ellen Marie Wiseman, a moving and timely novel set during the 1918 influenza pandemic!

The Orphan Collector by Ellen Marie Wiseman offers a vivid portrait of life in America during the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic. You’ll be amazed to read about how things have – and have not – changed since the last time a global pandemic brought the world to its knees!
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*Order your copy anywhere books are sold: https://bit.ly/2DmTKjc

*Autographed copies are available from @RiversEndBookstore too! https://www.riversendbookstore.com/orphan-collector

*Order your copy https://bit.ly/BuyIndieTheOrphanCollector and download the free discussion guide and excerpt booklet here:
https://bit.ly/OrphanCollectorExcerptDiscussionGuide
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LINKS:

*More Information about THE ORPHAN COLLECTOR: https://bit.ly/2DmTKjc






*Listen to an interview with Ellen on The Professor Buzzkill History Podcast: http://bit.ly/PBOrphanCollector

*Visit Ellen Marie Wiseman Online:  https://ellenmariewiseman.com/
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MY REVIEW:

It’s 1918, and the Spanish flu is running rampant. Family members are passing away right in front of their loved ones' eyes, food is scarce, and the living conditions in the tenement and slums are deplorable.

The flu took Pia’s mother, and then Pia is left with the care of her twin infant brothers since her father was fighting in the war. Pia was doing well until she needed to leave the house to find food. She didn't take her brothers because they would be too much to carry, but she wouldn’t be gone long.


We then meet Bernice. Bernice is a distraught mother in another building whose baby had passed away from the flu and who saw Pia leaving without her twin brothers and decided she would take them for her own.


We follow Pia as she struggles with her life and the guilt about leaving her brothers. You will feel sorry for Pia. 


You will not feel sorry for Bernice because of her deceitful, unethical, uncaring ways.


Ms. Wiseman's description of the plight of the people of Philadelphia during the pandemic is exceptional.  You will feel every emotion the characters are feeling.


THE ORPHAN COLLECTOR is an outstanding novel that touches on human empathy as well as people taking advantage of others.  

 

You will see the similarities to the pandemic of 2020 but hope something good happens to Pia.  


THE ORPHAN COLLECTOR is heart wrenching but will have you glued to the pages as well as have you wondering what evil deed Bernice will do next.


A highly recommended book for historical fiction and suspense fans. 5/5 


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



Monday, August 3, 2020

Someone's Listening by Seraphina Nova Glass


Finally successful and happy, but then Faith’s life fell apart.

One of her teenage clients accused her of sexual assault, her husband, Liam, disappears and then is found dead with a gunshot to the head.

She knows she is a suspect because she was the last one to see him alive.

But...what about all the things Liam did like taking out a large sum of cash, taking his passport, and leaving a cryptic email that was to go to no one in particular but could have been for any number of people.

Many things happen that have Faith questioning what really happened and how it happened.

Then one day Faith opened her mailbox and found something unexpected - actually shocking.  It was a page torn out of the book she wrote giving advice about safety. 

These pages kept showing up in random places.  Just what is going on?

The only good thing is that the things that are happening should take the focus off of Faith as a suspect in her husband’s death.

SOMEONE'S LISTENING is filled with twists and pretty much unlikable characters that have bad habits.

You will be confused about everything happening just like the main character, but that is what makes SOMEONE'S LISTENING a good read.

The book has a slow buildup, but an edge-of-your-seat ending as it all comes together and the stalker/murderer gets his plan to completion. 4/5

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

It's Monday!! What Are YOU Reading? - 8/3/2020

  
 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:

CORAL COTTAGE by Jan Moran - review will be on August 19 - finished on July 31.

A lovely read - not to be missed.

Read SEABREEZE INN first then this one. 

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WHEN I WAS YOU by Amber Garza - review will be on August 31 - finished on July 26.

WOW - this book is brilliant and twisty.

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THREE PERFECT LIARS by Heidi Parks - review will be on August 18 - finished on July 24.

A good one.

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THE FIRST TO LIE by Hank Phillippi Ryan - review will be on August 5 - finished July 21.

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LIES, LIES, LIES by Adele Parks - review will be on August 10 - finished on July 17.

Not a favorite at all.
 
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SOMEONE'S LISTENING by Seraphina Nova Glass - review will be on August 3 - finished on July 14.


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LOUISIANA LUCKY by Julie Pennell - review will be on August 7 - finished on July 10.

  
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UNTIL I FIND YOU by Rea Frey - review will be on August 11 - finished on July 8.

 
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THE LAST OF THE MOON GIRLS by Barbara Davis - review will be on August 1 - finished on July 4.

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HE STARTED IT by Samantha Downing - review will be on July 29.
Not a favorite read - finished on July 2.
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THE BOOK OF LOST NAMES by Kristen Harmel - review is in the book's title.
FANTASTIC AND IMPRESSIVE....DO NOT MISS READING THIS BOOK

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THE LIONS OF FIFTH AVENUE by Fiona Davis - review will be on August 4 - finished on June 28.

 
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THE ORPHAN COLLECTOR by Ellen Marie Wiseman - review is in the book's title.

I could not put this marvelous book down.

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THE WIFE WHO KNEW TOO MUCH by Michelle Campbell - review is in the book's title.
If you enjoy thrillers, do not miss reading this book.
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THE STAR-CROSSED SISTERS OF TUSCANY by Lori Nelson Spielman - review will be on November 17 - finished on February 16.

LOVED this book.

https://www.amazon.com/Star-Crossed-Sisters-Tuscany-Nelson-Spielman/dp/1984803166/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=the+starcrossed+sisters+of+tuscany&qid=1571428146&sr=8-3
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Book Currently Reading:

DON'T LOOK FOR ME by Wendy Walker - review will be on September 15.

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Books Up Next:

THE PAPER DAUGHTERS OF CHINA TOWN by Heather B. Moore - review will be on September 1.

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THE BUTTERFLY ROOM by Lucinda Riley - review will be on August 25.

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ELI'S PROMISE by Ronald H. Balson - review will be on September 22.

 
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TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH by Gilly MacMillan - review will be on September 23.

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THE TALENTED MRS. FARWELL by Emily Gray Tedrowe - review will be on September 29.

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THE THREE MRS. WRIGHTS by Linda Kerr - review will be on September 30.

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TAHOE HIT by Todd Borg - review will be on October 1.

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WHEN WE WERE YOUNG AND BRAVE by Hazel Gaynor - review will be on October 6.
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INVISIBLE GIRL by Lisa Jewell - review will be on October 13.

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THE TRANSATLANTIC BOOK CLUB by Felcity Hayes-McCoy - review will be on October 14. 

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THE GIRL IN THE MIRROR by Rose Carlyle- review will be on October 20.

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TELL ME MY NAME by Erin Ruddy - REVIEW WILL BE ON OCTOBER 27.

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THE MIDNIGHT TRAIN TO PRAGUE by Carol Windly - review will be on November 3.

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IN SEARCH OF A NAME by Marjolijn Van Heemstra - review will be on November 11.

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TRACE OF DECEIT by Karen Odden - review will be on November 24.

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THE WIFE UPSTAIRS by Rachel Hawkins - review will be on January 5, 2021.


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THE PARIS LIBRARY by Janet Skeslien Charles - review will be on February 2, 2021 .
 

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THE ECHO WIFE - Sarah Galley - review will be on February 16, 2021.

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THE GOOD SISTER by Sally Hepworth - review will be on April 13, 2021.

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