Friday, January 29, 2016

Book Beginnings - 1/29/16

*Please join Rose City Reader every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name.  *Taken directly from Rose City Reader's Blog Page.

My book beginnings is taken from FLIGHT OF DREAMS by Ariel Lawhon:


"It's a bad idea, don't you think?"  Emilie asks, standing inside the kitchen door, propping it open with her foot.  "Striking a match in here?  You could blow us all to oblivion."

I am looking forward to reading FLIGHT OF DREAMS.  Ms. Lawhon's first book was quite good.

THE WIFE, THE MAID, AND THE MISTRESS is based on a true event as is FLIGHT OF DREAMS. 

I finished this book Wednesday night at 1:30 a.m. - I couldn't put it down.   :)


MISSING PIECES was a guess-right-until-the-end mystery.

My review will be on my blog on February 1.


Book Blogger Hop - 1/29 - 2/4

 Question of the Week:

Can you pass by a book store without stopping in?

My Answer:

It is pretty difficult to pass by, but I have reluctantly done that.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The Forgotten Room by Karen White, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig

Three women, three generations​....what is their connection? 

​Olive, Lucy, and Kate are the women. We learn about the​m in alternating chapters from 1892 to 1944 as the connection is hinted at it while we the reader try to figure out just how it all links together.

A house, a ruby necklace, a law firm, and an injured soldier start the connection and get the pieces together in this beautifully told story filled with love, loss, revenge, and secrets.

​The house belongs to the Pratt family where Olive worked as a housemaid in​ 1892 and the housemaid that was forced to be painted by one of the Pratt's sons.

The ruby necklace is one that Kate's mother gave her but would never wear.

The law firm is where Lucy worked and where Lucy was trying to find out what she could about the Pratt house and Harry Pratt.

The injured soldier is mesmerized by Kate and said she looks exactly like someone he knew a long time ago.

I absolutely loved THE FORGOTTEN ROOM.

The three main characters were colorful, interesting, and perfectly portrayed the time period they were representing.  Their connection is gradually revealed as each chapter adds more details to each woman's life and adds answers to how they are connected.

Ms. White, Ms. Williams, and Ms. Willig flawlessly combined their talents and put together a brilliant, intriguing, amazing book that has twists, secrets, and history.

THE FORGOTTEN ROOM is a book that historical fiction and women's fiction fans will devour.

Don’t miss reading THE FORGOTTEN ROOM. 5/5

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

Monday, January 25, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? - 1/25/16
I hope you had a great reading week.  
This is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn at BOOK DATE!

Post the books completed last week, the books you are currently reading, and the books you hope to finish this week.
Books Completed:

I'LL SEE YOU IN PARIS by Michelle Gable
I truly enjoyed this book.  A bit of history, love, and books.

My review will be on February 9.
Book Currently Reading:

MISSING PIECES by Heather Gudenkauf

Books Up Next:

FIELD OF DREAMS by Ariel Lawhorn


ALL THE WINTERS AFTER by Sere Prince Halverson


WHAT SHE KNEW by Gilly MacMillan

HANGING MARY by Susan Higginbotham

THE AXEMAN by Ray Celestin

THREE STORY HOUSE by Courtney Miller Santo

GARDEN OF LETTERS by Alyson Richman




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. 

How was your reading week?