Friday, September 22, 2017

Book Beginnings - 9/22/2017

 
*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. 
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My book beginnings is taken from THE IT GIRLS by Karen Harper:

"If we are caught, we'll be in beastly trouble for this," Nellie said, tugging at her sister's sleeve as they opened the door to the ladies' cloakroom of Government House and darted inside.  Not if we don't get caught."
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Books Finished:

THE BLACKBIRD SEASON by Kate Moretti - review will be October 12.

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THE WELCOME HOME DINER by Peggy Lampman - review will be on October 10.
 
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ODD CHILD OUT by Gilly MacMillan - review will be October 5.
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THE TRUST by Ronald H. Balson - review is in the book's title.

Excellent mystery.
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LOVE AND OTHER CONSOLATION PRIZES by Jamie Ford
Another beautiful book by Jamie Ford - review is in the book's title.
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Book Blogger Hop - 9/22 - 9/28

 Question of the Week:

In regards of Banned Books Week (www.bannedbooksweek.org/), what are your favourite books that have been banned or challenged? (submitted by Kristin @ Lukten av Trykksverte)

My Answer: 

Hmmmm....I normally do not pay attention to banned books so not sure how to answer this except that I "think" there are a few books in the list that I was required to read in high school.  :)

That tells you how times have changed.  :)

Friendly Fill-Ins - 9/22/2017

http://mcguffysreader.blogspot.com/2016/06/fill-in-statements-week-4.html
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FRIENDLY FILL-INS 

 1. I would never be friends with someone who __.

2. I will never refuse ___.

3. I have never been to ____ , but        .

4. When it comes to   ____, I          .


 MY ANSWERS:

1.  I would never be friends with someone who is always complaining.

2.  I will never refuse a compliment.

3.  I have never been to a rodeo, but think it would be interesting.

4.  When it comes to reading, I could do it all day.   :)









Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Trust by Ronald H. Balson

 
Being away from Ireland for 16 years had not eased the feelings a few of Liam Taggert's cousins had for him.

Liam had moved to Chicago from Ireland 16 years ago on bad terms, and now that his uncle had been murdered, he returned for the funeral. 

What Liam returned to was his being chosen as the Trustee of his uncle's will and a task that was both dangerous for Liam as well as his family.  There were a lot of stipulations set in the last will and testament for distribution of the estate as well as hard feelings because Liam had been out of touch and was now in charge.

Liam now wished he hadn't answered that phone call not more than a week ago.  If he had ignored it, he may not be in the legal predicament he was put in by his uncle nor the danger it was causing the entire family both in Ireland and the United States.

Being Trustee carried a lot of responsibility as well as legalities family members didn't want to understand. The family also couldn't understand why Liam wouldn't break the rules and tell them the details of the last will and testament of Uncle Fergus.

To further complicate things, the Taggert family was getting threats and notes indicating payback time. No one was sure who was murdering members of the Taggert family, but forty years of hatred, vengeance, and fighting still ran deep among the Northern Ireland residents.

The Taggert family was an interesting lot, and the murders and family mystery were intriguing.

THE TRUST is beautifully written and so well written that you smoothly move along and become captured in the story line and the characters.

If you enjoy books set in Ireland, mysteries, murders, and family drama, you definitely do not want to miss reading THE TRUST. 


I truly enjoyed the book and found it difficult to put down. ​ 5/5

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

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

The information below including the photo is courtesy of Staci Burt and St. Martin's.
 
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RONALD H. BALSON is a Chicago trial attorney, an educator and writer. His practice has taken him to several international venues. 

He is also the author of Karolina’s Twins, Saving Sophie and the international bestseller Once We Were Brothers.
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PRAISE FOR RONALD H. BALSON

"A heart-wrenching...triumphant story." —The Chicago Tribune on Karolina’s Twins



“Secrets, friendships, survival, and the Holocaust are woven together in Ronald H. Balson’s haunting Karolina's Twins.”—Family Circle on Karolina’s Twins



“A new look at an old story…will stay with you long after you have finished it.” —The Huffington Post on Once We Were Brothers



“Uplifting and moving, intelligently written…an unusual insight into human character.” —Library Journal, starred review on Once We Were Brothers


“A page-turning read filled with despair and anger but with hope, love, and humanity at its core.” —Jewish Book Council on Saving Sophie
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COMMENT FROM ME

Karolina's Twins and Once We Were Brothers were both riveting, engaging reads.  Both are reviewed on my blog

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Mini Bloggiesta - 9/21 to 9/24




Fun awaits anyone who joins in.  You will learn things, get your blog and e-mail cleaned up, and meet new friends.

I hope you join in the fun too.

I will be out of town visiting my son so not sure how much I can join in, but I am submitting my list no matter what.
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Ready to clean things up?  I am.
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Taken directly from the Bloggiesta page:

Bloggiesta is almost here! Mark your calendars for September 21-24!!!!


If you’d like to participate with us this coming week for the Fall 2017 Bloggiesta, it’s time to write up a To Do List, post it on your blog, then come back here and link it up!
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Go to the Bloggiesta sign-up page if you want to participate and for MORE DETAILS.  The link is here.

I hope to see you there.
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My To Do List:

1.  Back Up My Blog - thank again to Steph from Cover2Cover for the directions.

2.  Clean up my taskbar - I have a ton of drafts of reviews and other items that have already been posted. 

3.  Visit other blogs - I have been visiting blog on the linky list and on the Twitter Page.  :)  Love seeing the lists.

4.  Delete some old posts from when I started blogging - I am afraid my blog will crash - will it?  :)
   •     I am currently deleting from 2010 and 2011...did some from 2013 and 2014 also.  Yippee!!
   •    Does anyone know the answer about the blog eventually crashing if there are too many posts????
   •    Getting tired of deleting, but I will continue later  -  I have taken the pages of posts down from 38 to 33 and the number of posts down from 1888 to 1618.






It's Monday! What Are YOU Reading? - 9/18/2017

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

THE WELCOME HOME DINER by Peggy Lampman - review will be on October 10.

 
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ODD CHILD OUT by Gilly MacMillan - review will be on October 5 - finished on September 7.


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THE TRUST by Ronald H. Balson - review will be on September 19 - finished September 3.

Enjoyable read - difficult to put down.

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LOVE AND OTHER CONSOLATION PRIZES by Jamie Ford - review is in the book's title - finished on August 31.


Another beautiful read by Jamie Ford.
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Book Currently Reading 

THE BLACKBIRD SEASON by Kate Moretti - review will be on October 12.

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Books Up Next:

TAHOE PAYBACK by Todd Borg - review will be on October 17.
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THE IT GIRLS by Karen Harper   - review will be on October 24.  
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SEVEN DAYS OF US by Francesca Hornack - review will be on November 7. 


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THE MISSING by C. L. Taylor - review will be on November 9.
 
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THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW by A. J. Finn - review will be on January 2, 2018.

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THE WIFE BETWEEN US by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen - review will be on January 9, 2018.
 
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THE ENGLISH WIFE by Lauren Willig - review will be on January 10, 2018.
 
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WHERE THE WILD CHERRIES GROW by Laura Madeleine - review will be on February 13, 2018.
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SUNBURN by Laura Lipmann - review will be on February 20, 2018.
 
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THE FAMILY NEXT DOOR by Sally Hepworth - review will be on March 13, 2018.
 
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NOT THAT I COULD TELL by Jessica Strawser - review will be on March 27, 2018.

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