Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The Taxidermist's Daughter by Kate Mosse

Blackthorn House was a place you didn't want to visit.

Blackthorn House had the odd Gifford family living there.

Blackthorn House had secrets.

Connie Gifford and her father lived at Blackthorn House and were well known for their taxidermy, but no one ever came around any more for visits or taxidermy.

What had happened to make them outcasts?  Was it because of their business?  Was it because Connie had had an accident many years ago and sort of became a recluse?  Was it because her father was quite odd and always would disappear? Or was it that Gifford and a select few had a secret?

There was something going on in the town that had people watching the Blackthorn House and holding secret meetings that resulted in the men of the town going missing, hiding, and worrying.

​As the book continues, we keep hearing about something that happened ten years ago that frightened the men in the town because of their involvement.​

THE TAXIDERMIST'S DAUGHTER had odd, mysterious characters and ​a ​dark undercurrent.​ Some parts of the book are not for the faint of heart...pretty gruesome.​

It took a while to get interested, but the story line was well crafted and became good after a woman's body was found and the secrets kept for ten years began to be revealed.

The writing was very descriptive, and you could see the characters as they represented that time period no matter what their social class was.

I can’t say it was a favorite, but it did keep me interested by keeping me wondering what the secrets were.  3.5/5

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

Monday, March 28, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? - 3/28/16

I hope you had a great reading week.  

I am on my way home on the train. 
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 last week:

Same book as last week.

SISTER DEAR by Laura McNeill  

Loved it....a nail-biting thriller with family drama.

My review will be on my blog on May 16.
Book Currently Reading:



Books Up Next:

BRITT-MARIE WAS HERE by Fredrik Backman


A MAN OF GENIUS by Janet Todd  

Love the cover.


WHAT SHE KNEW by Gilly MacMillan

THE AXEMAN by Ray Celestin

THREE STORY HOUSE by Courtney Miller Santo

GARDEN OF LETTERS by Alyson Richman



How was your reading week?  

Mailbox Monday - 3/28/16

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. (Library books don’t count, but eBooks & audiobooks do).

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.

Every week Mailbox Monday will have a new linky posted for our Mailbox Monday links at Marcia's Mailbox Monday blog.
Here’s a shout out to the new administrators:

Leslie of Under My Apple Tree 
Vicki of I’d Rather Be at the Beach
Serena @ Savvy Verse And Wit 

THANKS to everyone for keeping Mailbox Monday alive.

I hope you had a good mailbox.  

I had a few surprise books and a record book day on Monday.

 I am on my way home on the train.
On Monday, March 21, I received:

1.  A MAN OF GENIUS by Janet Todd, courtesy of Meryl Zegarek and Rachel Hundert of Meryl Zegarek Public Relations, Inc.

A surprise book.  Gorgeous cover...love it.


2.  LILY AND THE OCTOPUS by Steven Rowley, courtesy of Simon & Schuster.

Looks cute.  :)  Another surprise book.

3.  STARS OVER SUNSET BOULEVARD by Susan Meissner courtesy of Caitlin Valenziano of Penguin Random House and Suzy Missirlian, publicist @Suzy4PR.

On Wednesday, March 23, I received:

1.  NOTHING BUT ECHOES by Anne Montgomery, courtesy of the author.

How about your mailbox?

 Any titles in your mailbox that you were excited about seeing?

Friday, March 25, 2016

Book Beginnings - 3/25/16

*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 STARS OVER SUNSET BOULEVARD by Susan Meissner:

"A brilliant California sun bathed Violet Mayfield in indulgent light as she neared the soaring palm tree and the woman seated on a bench underneath it.  Legs crossed at the ankles, the woman rested her back lazily against the skinny trunk."

I finished these books the last two weeks:

SISTER DEAR by Laura McNeill:

This book had me on the edge of my seat.  

A definite thriller with family drama and a sister I would not want to be my sister.

Loved it.

A marvelous debut

Loved the characters...wonderful description.

The only thing I had difficult with was getting the gist of the story at the beginning, but after that I couldn't put it down.

My review will be up on April 26. 

I am out of town until Monday...I will try to visit then.

Happy Easter!!