Wednesday, April 8, 2020

The German Heiress by Anika Scott

Living two lives - one during the war and one after.

During the war she was Clara Falkenberg who was in charge of her family's iron works and was cruel to the workers. 

After the war, she assumed another name, Margarete Mueller, lived in a boarding house, and worked as a secretary.

Could she hide her identity forever? She thought so, but the British had been following her for years and had extensive records of her war crimes.

They found her on a train back to her hometown to find a friend, was pulled off, interrogated, and the search was over. Or was it over?

Clara denied everything, but she knew they had enough evidence to charge her with war crimes. When being transported to another area, she escaped.

She hid for a few days, and then found the house she was looking for.  It was the house of her friend Elisa.  It definitely was NOT the house it used to be.  It was rubble.

Clara did find something through it all. She found a family living in the basement and a family that had known Elisa.

The search for Elisa began, but where to begin was the question.  Just as Clara was digging through the rubble, another person came along who was looking for Elisa too. It was Jakob who needed Elise to tell her some news.

Could they work together to find Elisa?

And....could Clara remain hidden from the British officer looking for her?

THE GERMAN HEIRESS has family secrets and is very well written and researched.  The descriptions are detailed and vivid.

The story line is captivating with authentic characters.

Historical fiction fans will be extremely pleased with THE GERMAN HEIRESS. 4/5

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

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

The Astonishing Life Of August March by Aaron Jackson

Born in a theater, thrown into a clothes basket, and found by the laundress.

August March grew up in the theater and was told to never leave the theater because someone would see him and send him to an orphanage.

August made the best of his life in the theater, learned math and reading from one of the actors, and one day did venture out.  He didn't like being in the world.

One day, though, he had no choice.  There was no one left for him, and his beloved theater was torn down.  August had no where to go and had no idea who he really was.

He slept outside, had little to eat, and connected with unsavory characters who were thieves and con artists. Surprisingly he always stayed positive.  One day we find him as the class scholar at an elite boarding school and in charge of the school plays.

Once he graduated, he was unemployed and back to wondering what he would do with his life.  He didn't want to do office work or work in a shop so he decided to just wait a few months to decide.

His life until he decided to work was to just relax.  While relaxing he received sad news that his best friend and so-called father had passed and he was the sole heir.

After his relaxing time, he still couldn't decide what to do so he decided to return to his previous life that helped him survive.  That previous life was a life of crime, but crime on a classier scale this time around.

Even though August was quite a scamp, you won't want to stop reading about his life and his adventures.

THE ASTONISHING LIFE OF AUGUST MARCH is delightful as well as heartbreaking.

It is amazing how August made his way in life.

August will definitely make his way into your life too.

A totally enjoyable, different read.  5/5

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

Monday, April 6, 2020

Something She's Not Telling Us by Darcey Bell

Another girlfriend?  Wonder what this one is like?  

Every girl Rocco has brought to meet his sister Charlotte has been a bit odd.

This new one, Ruth, gave Charlotte bad vibes from the minute she met her especially because of the obsession she had with her daughter Daisy.

When Daisy is taken/kidnapped from school, there can be no one else to suspect but Ruth, and Charlotte knew her reservations about Ruth had been correct.

We meet Ruth before and after she became Rocco’s girlfriend and find out she has always wanted a child and had a nightmarish childhood.  Could Daisy be the answer to what she always wanted?

SOMETHING SHE’S NOT TELLING US is filled with uncertainty about almost every character and has characters with big secrets, but none as big as Ruth's.

There is more than the usual share of unlikable characters in this book and an underlying tension from page one.

Just what is Ruth not telling everyone? Or....just what is everyone not telling anyone?

The ending will have you on pins and needles as Ruth continues with what she does best....making up facts, imagining things to be something they aren’t, and telling lies.  4/5

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


Thank you to eggs of Litsy for today’s prompt idea:


Today’s Prompt: SPINE POEM #1


Mine says:

The Mother-in-Law
The Paris Architect
AND The Other Typist
MET A Stranger on the Beach

Mailbox Monday - 4/6/2020

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.
Here’s a shout out to the administrators:

Leslie @ Under My Apple Tree
Serena @ Savvy Verse And Wit
Martha @ Reviews By Martha's Bookshelf
THANKS to everyone for keeping Mailbox Monday alive.
I hope you had a good mailbox.
I had a good mailbox this past week.

On Tuesday, March 31, I received:

1.  THE NIGHT BEFORE by Wendy Walker, courtesy of Katie Bassel of St. Martin's.

A finished copy, and what a fun surprise.  Thank you.
On Wednesday, April 1, I received:
1.  THE OPERATOR by Gretchen Berg, courtesy of Ericah Whitmill of Harper Collins.

A hard copy of a book I LOVED...thank you.

2.  THE LOST LETTERS OF ESTHER DURRANT by Kayte Nunn, courtesy of Ericah Whitmill of Harper Collins.

On Friday, April 3, I received:
1.  THIS IS HOW I LIED by Heather Gudenkauf, courtesy of Lea Ferrone of Harlequin Trade Publishing, Park Row Books, Hanover Square Press, Graydon House, Inkyard, MIRA, HQN, and NetGalley.

On Saturday, April 4, I received:

1.  THE SAFE PLACE by Anna Downes, courtesy of Minotaur Books and BookishFirst.


It's Monday!! What are YOU Reading? - 4/6/2020
I hope you had a great reading week.  
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.
Books Completed:

THE HEIRLOOM GARDEN by Viola Shipman - review will be on May 4 - finished on April 5.

HAVE YOU SEEN ME by Kate White - review will be on April 28, 2020 - finished on April 1.

SIMON THE FIDDLER by Paulette Jiles - review will be on April 14, 2020 - finished on March 26. 

THE LOST ORPHAN by Stacey Halls - review will be on April 9 - finished on March 22.

THE NEW HUSBAND by D. J. Palmer - the review will be on April 13, 2020 - finished March 18.

THE GERMAN HEIRESS by Anika Scott - review will be on April 8 - finished on March 15.

THE ASTONISHING LIFE OF AUGUST MARCH by Aaron Jackson - review will be on April 7, 2010 - finished on March 10.

This is a delightful read.

SOMETHING SHE'S NOT TELLING US by Darcey Bell - review will be on April 6, 2010 - finished on March 6.

THE STAR-CROSSED SISTERS OF TUSCANY by Lori Nelson Spielman - review will be on November 17.

LOVED this book.
THE SECRETS OF LOVE STORY BRIDGE by Phaedra Patrick - review will be on April 29 - finished on January 12.

Another heartwarming, sweet read by Phaedra Patrick.

Book Currently Reading:

A GOOD MARRIAGE by Kimberly McCreight - review will be on May 5, 2020.

Books Up Next:

THE FIRST EMMA by Camille Dimaio - review will be on May 6.
THE WIFE STALKER by Liv Constantine - review will be on May 19, 2020.

SUBSTITUTE SOLOIST by D. R. Randsall - review will be on May 13, 2020.
THIS IS HOW I LIED by Heather Gudengauf - review and blog tour will be on May 18.

THE PRISONER'S WIFE by Maggie Brooks - review will be on May 26.

HE STARTED IT by Samantha Downing - review will be on May 30.

MRS. LINCOLN'S SISTERS by Jennifer Chiaverini - review will be on June 2.

THE PARIS LIBRARY by Janet Skeslien Charles - review will be on June 3.

PARIS NEVER LEAVES YOU by - review will be on June 13.
THE GIRL WHO KNEW TOO MUCH by Michelle Campbell - review will be on June 9.

WE CAME HERE TO SHINE by Susie Orman Schnall - review will be on June 16.

SPRING GIRLS by Karen Katchur - review wil be on June 17.

THE LAST OF THE MOON GIRLS by Barbara Davis - review will be on June 23.

PERFECTLY FAMOUS by Emily Liebert - review will be on July 8.

THE SAFE PLACE by Anna Downes - review wil be on July 14.

THE VACATION by T. M. Logan - review will be on July 21.

THE LIONS OF FIFTH AVENUE by Fiona Davis - review will be on July 28.


A HUNDRED SUNS by Karin Tanabe - review will be on July 30.

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

UNTIL I FIND YOU by Rea Frea - review will be on August 11.

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