Sunday, June 30, 2019

Books Read in June

Time to wrap up another reading month!!

Did June fly by or what?

All book are reviewed already except for PRETTY REVENGE, LAYOVER, and STRANGER ON THE BEACH. 

They will be reviewed in July.

Let me know what books you read in June.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Favorite June Reads

Each one of these books had a reason for being a favorite. 

They all have been reviewed in June except for PRETTY REVENGE - coming up on July 2 and STRANGER ON THE BEACH - coming up on July 23.

Have you read any of these favorites of mine?  😎

Friday, June 28, 2019

Spotlight and Giveaway of The Last Collection by Jeanne Mackin

Penguin Random House is Celebrating:


With a USA Giveaway!!
Information in this post is courtesy of Lauren Burnstein and Lauren Horvath of Penguin Random House.
Everyone knows Coco Chanel.  

But before she became a household name, she was one of two designers in 1930s Paris competing for top status. 

Her rival? The wild, colorful, and imaginative Elsa Schiaparelli. 

And while much has been written about Chanel, little has been about Schiaparelli—until now.

Only true fashionistas know Elsa Schiaparelli.

For the first time, the real-life rivalry between these design icons—and their battle for the soul of Parisian fashion—is brought to life in a 1930s-set historical novel.


Berkley Hardcover │June 25, 2019 │ 9781101990544 │$26.00

“Iconic female feuds make for some juicy stories, and the high-stakes world of the fashion industry will lay the foundation for some seriously interesting conversation.”—Bustle

“[L]ooks to be the perfect mix of fiction, fact, and fashion.”—Library Journal

“The book is an in-depth tale of an enchanting, dangerous and fascinating time period in Paris. Mackin’s attention to detail and lyrical prose bring Chanel and Schiaparelli to life in a gorgeous and riveting manner.”—

“Fashion lovers will enjoy descriptions of the design of clothing and accessories and the machinations of running fashion houses before World War II.”—Kirkus Reviews

A new work of historical fiction explores their legendary, stranger-than-fiction rivalry for the first time in depth. 
THE LAST COLLECTION by Jeanne Mackin (Berkley Hardcover; June 25, 2019) captures “Schiap” and Coco’s battle to dress the gorgeous, well-heeled Parisian women—the influencers of their day—and to define what high fashion should look like, even as France sits poised for war.
Set in 1938, THE LAST COLLECTION captures Paris between the wars: a brief golden spell of freedom, risk-taking, and wild delight. 
And while the designers’ rivalry was rooted in business, it was inflamed by political tensions of the time: as France stood on the brink of war, Parisians
looked with unease at the German soldiers in their midst, and the dark, troubled times that loomed.
The dramatic competition between Chanel and Schiap is told from the perspective of an American who befriends both women. When Lily Cooper, a young widow and artist living in England, is invited to Paris by her adored younger brother, Charlie, she goes. And stays. There she meets Ania, Charlie’s girlfriend, and one of the most beautiful, prominent women in Paris.
Through Ania, Lily befriends both queens of Paris fashion, and becomes a front-and-center witness to their battles. And all the while France stands on the precipice but not yet openly at war with Germany.
THE LAST COLLECTION is steeped in historical research, with revelatory gems about both women. Among the most memorable true stories is a costume ball where Chanel lights Schiapon fire by dancing her into a flaming candelabrum. 
Mackin also exposes a darker, little-known side of history: Chanel’s rumored affair with a Nazi intelligence officer and her alleged collaboration with the Germans.
Both Chanel and Schiaparelli left behind an incredible legacy that lives on in their fashion houses. 
THE LAST COLLECTION is a stunning tribute to not just these two women, but fashion as an intimate expression of art and politics—and the resilience of style in times of both hardship and resistance.

Photo Credit:  Neil Sjoblom 2018 

Jeanne Mackin is the author of several historical novels, including The Beautiful American.

She taught creative writing at Goddard College and has given numerous workshops. She lives
with her husband in upstate New York.

Diana Franco, Associate Director.; 212-366-2745

Lauren Burnstein, Publicity Manager.; 212-366-2423

I am partnering with Lauren Burnstein and Lauren Horvath of Penguin Random House for this giveaway.


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Book Beginnings - 6/28/2019

*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 A STRANGER ON THE BEACH by Michelle Campbell:
"There was a stranger on the beach.  He was standing in front of my house, staring at it like he was casing it to rob."

Book Blogger Hop - 6/28/2019

Question of the Week:

Would you or do you choose a book solely on the cover? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews)

My Answer:

I don't base my choice solely on a cover, but a cover is what first draws me in.

I read the book's summary and check the genre before I make a final decision.

Some genres that I don't read have GORGEOUS covers.

Friendly Fill-Ins - 6/28/2019

1. Summer is a good time to _____.

2. The most recent __ that I ___ was ____. 
3. I thought I would grow out of __, but I haven't.

4. I feel annoyed when people ask me ___.


1.  Summer is a good time to sit on the back porch and relax.

2.  The most recent book that I read was THE ORPHAN'S SONG by Lauren Kate.

3.  I thought I would grow out of "NOT SURE" because I still like everything I have liked for years. 

4.  I feel annoyed when people ask me to remind them about something when they can very well remind themselves.  :)

Thursday, June 27, 2019

The Summer Cottage by Viola Shipman

Her family's cottage about to be sold?  

Adie Lou couldn’t do it...The Summer Cottage had too many memories.

Instead of selling the cottage, Adie Lou decided to turn it into a bed and breakfast and a retreat for women. 

We follow Adie Lou as she moves through getting a divorce, struggling with her decision to keep the cottage, having the cottage updated and made into what she wanted, and hoping she can make ends meet.

THE SUMMER COTTAGE had me in tears at times because of the sad but mostly the happy things.

Each section of the book was titled as one of the positive rules of the cottage.  

They were rules that we all should incorporate into our daily lives especially #1 Leave Your Troubles at The Door.

Viola Shipman has created another beautiful story about family, friendships, and what is important in life.  I fell in love with Adie Lou, the cottage, Michigan, and the story line, and I think anyone who reads this book will too.

Viola Shipman writes so beautifully, with such warmth, and in such detail that you'll clearly see the cottage, the cottage's history, the characters, and even feel the frigid Michigan temperatures.

The writing and story line made me want to jump into the pages and to be at the cottage so I could be part of the love and warmth the characters had for each other, the cozy feel of the small town, and the love Adie Lou had for THE SUMMER COTTAGE.

If you need a positive, uplifting read, THE SUMMER COTTAGE should be your next read.  

It is a huge, emotional hug....LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book. 5/5

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

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

The Orphan's Song by Lauren Kate

Abandoned by her mother at two days old and seeing another mother abandon her child at the orphanage turned Violetta off from ever wanting to be a wife or a mother.

When Violetta meets Mino from the boys’ side of the orphanage, it is instant attraction, but he wants what she won’t give him - a promise to be his wife and mother of his children which would be a way out of the orphanage, but she can't do it. 

The Incurables is an orphanage that stresses music.  Violetta works hard at her singing, but it isn’t what she really wants.

What she really wants is to know who her mother is, to find Mino’s mother, to be able to love Mino, and to be part of the coro that sings behind panels at The Incurables.

We follow Mino and Violetta in their separate lives and both wishing they were together. You will feel their pain and sorrow and wonder how it will turn out for them.

Ms. Kate’s writing style is smooth and inviting.  I was immediately pulled into the book because of the story line and the characters. You could feel yourself with characters as they went to many a masked party in Venice and then spent their isolated days.

THE ORPHAN'S SONG is a mesmerizing read that takes us into the streets of Venice and into its churches during the 1700's as we experience the mystery and the beauty of the music and its captivating hold on those who hear the violins playing and the singing of the girls in the coro.

If you enjoy books set in Venice, books set in the 1700's, lovers longing for each other, music, a family saga, secrets, and a beautiful, well-researched story line, you will want to add THE ORPHAN'S SONG to your reading list.

THE ORPHAN'S SONG is a heartfelt read that will leave you longing for more and wanting to visit Venice for its beauty, its history, and its people.  5/5

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

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle

​Two women - one running from an abusive relationship and with escape plans that were in the making for a while and the other we are unclear about.

Sabine never made it to her house showing and Beth is the one we aren't sure about.

We have no background information on Beth, but Sabine has a twin sister, a husband, and a lover.

Do both women have similar situations and travel plans or just plans to leave and get away no matter where they go?  Or do both women have no connection?

We then are introduced to a detective, Marcus, who is relentless in his investigation.  You will wonder what his deal is.

Each chapter is titled with either Beth, Jeffrey, or Marcus and describes their thoughts, their actions, and what is going on with them during the investigation and disappearance.  It is puzzling why Sabine doesn't have her own chapter heading.

Ms. Belle expertly gives the reader tidbits of information and makes us "think" we are solving the mystery, but you will need to be an outstanding detective to figure it out. 

DEAR WIFE is a bit confusing at first and does include domestic abuse, but the story line will keep you curiously turning the pages until the chilling ending.

ENJOY if you read DEAR WIFE, and let everyone know if you were an amazing detective. 4/5

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

Monday, June 24, 2019

It's Monday!! What Are YOU Reading? - 6/24/2019
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:

LAYOVER by David Bell - review will be on July 11 - finished on June 23. 

PRETTY REVENGE by Emily Liebert - review will be on July 2 - finished June 21.

A very good read...not as sinister as the cover and title appear.

THE SUMMER COTTAGE by Viola Shipman - review will be on June 27 - finished on June 18.

Really enjoying this book.  Has anyone read it


THE ORPHAN'S SONG by Lauren Kate - review will be on June 26 - finished on June 12.

This is a beautiful book.

DEAR WIFE by Kimberly Belle - review will be on June 25 - finished June 8.
THE LAST HOUSE GUEST by Megan Miranda - review is in the book's title.

GIRL IN THE REARVIEW MIRROR by Kelsey Rae Dimberg - review is in the book's title.

THOSE PEOPLE by Louise Candlish - review and giveaway link are in the book's title.

NEVER HAVE I EVER by Joshilyn Jackson - review will be on July 30 - finished on April 2.

Book Currently Reading:

THE GOLDEN HOUR by Beatriz Williams - review will be on July 9.

Books Up Next:

STRANGER ON THE BEACH by Michelle Campbell - review will be on July 23.
THE CHELSEA GIRLS by Fiona Davis - review will be on July 31.

BECAUSE YOU'RE MINE by Rea Frey - review will be on August 5.

THE WOMEN OF THE COPPER COUNTRY by Mary Doria Russell - review will be on August 6.
THE DOLL FACTORY by Elizabeth Macneal - review will be on August 12.
THE WINEMAKER'S WIFE by Kristin Harmel - review will be on August 13.

THE OYSTERVILLE SEWING CIRCLE by Susan  Wiggs - review will be on August 20.

THIS TENDER LAND by William Kent Krueger - review will be on September 3.
TODAY WE GO HOME by Kelli Estes - review will on September 4.
29 SECONDS by T. M. Logan - review will be on September 10.

THE LAST TRAIN TO LONDON by Meg Waite Clayton - review will be on September 11.

THE MURDER LIST by Hank Phillippi Ryan - review will be on September 12.
RED SKY IN THE MORNING by J. Walter Ring - review will be on September 26.

COLD WOODS by Karen Katchur - review will be on October 1.
HOUSE OF BRIDES by - review will be on October 22.

NOTHING TO SEE HERE by Kevin Wilson - review will be on November 5.

I hear this was THE BUZZ at the Book Expo.

HOW QUICKLY SHE DISAPPEARS by Raymond Fleischmann - review will be on January 14, 2020.