Thursday, June 30, 2016

Radio Girls by Sarah-Jane Stratford

Before the Internet and cell phones.

Before women were seen as being more than secretar​ies​.

RADIO GIRLS takes us back to the ​era of the ​wireless ​radio ​and the BBC.​  Loved the history.​​  Loved learning about the development of radio, the shows, and hearing that some listeners were afraid of the wireless.​

The time period is authentically portrayed​, and Hilda Matheson, a real historical figure, is ​one of the main characters.  Hilda Matheson was The Director of Talks at the BBC and always had very interesting people on her show.

Maisie was ​another main character and also ​a terrific character.  I enjoyed ​h​er spunk and how she ​carried out her harried​, but enjoyable​ job every day​. 

​RADIO GIRLS was a pleasant, educational read.​  The cover is quite charming and drew me in immediately.

Anyone who enjoys the era between WWI and WWII and sharing the lives of women and their fashionable clothing and lifestyles will thoroughly enjoy RADIO GIRLS.  All the glitz and glamour of the era shines through as you learn the history of the BBC.  4/5

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

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Since She Went Away by David Bell

Jenna lives with worry and heartache since she feels responsible for the disappearance of her friend, Celia.

They were to meet, but Jenna was delayed as usual, and when Jenna did arrive at their arranged meeting place, Celia wasn't there and was no where to be found.  Three months later, she was still missing.

​Secrets and clues kept popping up, but led to dead ends for the most part.  Besides Jenna being completely involved in the first disappearance, her son had a girlfriend who then disappears and might have a connection.​  What the connection may have been or if there really was one added intrigue.

SINCE SHE WENT AWAY is the first book I have read by Mr. Bell.  His writing easily flows and pulls you along.  The characters  could easily be going through some of the problems they are encountering in real life.​​  Social issues were addressed as well as the problem of “who done it” and “where are they.”

SINCE SHE WENT AWAY​ was a tense read with characters that were believable as well as shady and scary.  It was difficult to decide who you could trust and whose story to believe.

The ending had a good twist with hints that led me down the wrong path as I read.

ENJOY if you read SINCE SHE WENT AWAY.  It is a well-written page turner that has you finishing the book before you know it.  5/5

​I received this book free of charge and without compensation from the publisher in return for an honest review.​

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

A Certain Age by Beatriz Williams

Falling in love with a younger man while you are still married and then having a younger woman come along wasn't the best thing to happen to Mrs. Theresa Marshall.

A CERTAIN AGE began with an excerpt from a murder trial then moved to alternating chapters and told of the life of high society and how they adapted social protocol to whatever they wanted.

We follow Mrs. Marshall, Mr. Marshall, Captain Rofrano, and Miss Fortescue in the scandalous antics they were all involved in. Decisions had to be made and​​ Sophie Fortescue had the most difficult decision, even though her father was the one that would be making the decision about who she was to marry.

Ms. Williams again perfectly portrays the time period and how women in wealthy families really didn't have a choice about choosing their spouse. After the marriage proposal was made, an investigation into the Fortescue family adds another layer to the book. The Fortescues are not who they say they are, and a house that Mr. Rofrano grew up in was part of their secret.

Once the secret was revealed and Sophie Fortescue was more outspoken, the book heated up with an ending that was oh so good with an unexpected twist.  

I enjoyed the characters, but Mrs. Marshall and Mr. Fortescue were my least favorites.  Mr. Fortescue was too controlling, and Mrs. Marshall was too sneaky for me.

A CERTAIN AGE was beautifully written as all of Ms. Williams’ books even though it took me a while to get connected, but it was still enjoyable.

The book's cover is stunning, and the book is patterned after an opera titled Der Rosenkavalie.  

ENJOY if you read A CERTAIN AGE.  4/5 

Monday, June 27, 2016

It's Monday! What Are YOU Reading? - 6/27/16
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 the last three weeks:

A CERTAIN AGE by Beatriz Williams

Review will be on my blog tomorrow - June 28.

SINCE SHE WENT AWAY by David Bell - review June 29.

RADIO GIRLS by Sarah-Jane Stratford - review on June 30 

BALLET NOIR by Caroline Miller - review on July 5

Book Currently Reading:

NOTHING BUT ECHOES by Anne Montgomery - review on July 7.

Books Up Next:

ALL IS NOT FORGOTTEN by Wendy Walker - review on July 12.


THE LOST GIRLS by Heather Young - review on July 26

AFTER ANNA by Alex Lake - review on August 2.

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS by B. A. Paris - review on August 9. 

A DEADLY AFFECTION by Cuyler Overholt - review on September 6.

THE CONFECTIONER'S TALE by Laura Madeleine - review on September 20.

Gorgeous cover.

THE MUNICH GIRL by Phyllis Edgerly Ring - review this fall.

TWO DAYS GONE by Randall Silvis - review on January 10, 2017.
How was your reading week?

What books do you like from my list, and what books have you read that we SHOULD know about?

THANKS for stopping. 

Mailbox Monday - 6/27/16

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.
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.
On Wednesday, June 22, I received: 
1.  TWO DAYS GONE by Randall Silvis, courtesy of Lathea Williams of Sourcebooks. 


2.   A DEADLY AFFECTION by Cuyler Overholt, courtesy of Lathea Williams of Sourcebooks.

On Friday, June 24, I received:
1.  A CURIOUS BEGINNING by Deanna Raybourn, courtesy of Loren Jaggers of Penguin Random House.

The book has a new cover for the paperback that will be released on July 12.
In celebration of the paperback release, stop back on July 19 for a giveaway.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Love Summer...Love My Basil

My basil is nice and dense, and the leaves are getting big.  I have some growing along the side of the house and two planters full.

I can't have a proper garden because the deer eat everything.  Thankfully they don't like basil, but I still keep it close to the house.  :)

I snipped some basil off today so they grow larger and fuller.

I wash it, dry it on a paper towel, and then freeze it unless I am making something that day.

I found out the secret to my homemade sauce is the basil. I always thought it was garlic, but basil is the key.  Of course I use garlic too.

Oh....I also ONLY use Dei Fratelli Crushed tomatoes...nice and thick.

We have a lot of good cooks out there as well as readers...what do you think the secret to delicious sauce is?  :)

Friday, June 24, 2016

Book Beginnings - 6/24/16


*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 BALLET NOIR by Caroline Miller:

"I heard the cries again, just as I had on the three previous nights of our ballet tour.  The year was 2009, and those cries were similar to those I'd experienced as a child whenever someone I loved had died."

I always enjoy Ms. Miller's books.  I am looking forward to beginning the read. 

A CERTAIN AGE by Beatriz Williams:


Another lovely novel by Beatriz Williams.  It was difficult to get connected, but the ending was worth the wait.

Review will be on June 28.
SINCE SHE WENT AWAY by David Bell - review June 29.

RADIO GIRLS by Sarah-Jane Stratford

Review will be on my blog on June 30.