Thursday, July 30, 2020
—Stephen P. Kiernan, Author
A graduate of Middlebury College, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Iowa's Writers Workshop, he has worked at the Breadloaf School of English and the Breadloaf Writers Conference.
A longtime board member of the Young Writers Project, he lives in Vermont.
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Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Why would their grandfather require his grandchildren to re-live a trip they took with him when they were young in order to inherit his fortune?
They were doing it by the book because the attorney was adamant that it was the only way he would release the money.
The trip was not fun, but they did remember some of the places they went.
It was ok for the first day, but then everyone was getting on each other’s nerves, someone crashed into them and seemed to be following them, they had to stay in cheap motels, and had a flat tire.
There is also a diary one of the children shares with us that reveals secrets that everyone doesn’t know about.
The book had chapters that left you hanging, but I was getting tired of this trip too.
HE STARTED IT dragged on and on with flashbacks of the original trip and the current trip.
I kept reading because I wanted to know where this was going.
This was not a favorite book nor one that I couldn’t wait to get back to.
The ending was nothing outstanding, but since the story flowed, my rating is 3/5.
This book was given to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Monday, July 27, 2020
We then meet Bernice. Bernice is a distraught mother in another building whose baby had passed away from the flu and who saw Pia leaving without her twin brothers and decided she would take them for her own.
We follow Pia as she struggles with her life and the guilt about leaving her brothers. You will feel sorry for Pia.
You will not feel sorry for Bernice because of her deceitful, unethical, uncaring ways.
Ms. Wiseman's description of the plight of the people of Philadelphia during the pandemic is exceptional. You will feel every emotion the characters are feeling.
THE ORPHAN COLLECTOR is an outstanding novel that touches on human empathy as well as people taking advantage of others.
You will see the similarities to the pandemic of 2020 but hope something good happens to Pia.
THE ORPHAN COLLECTOR is heart wrenching but will have you glued to the pages as well as have you wondering what evil deed Bernice will do next.
A highly recommended book for historical fiction and suspense fans. 5/5
This book was given to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
All information in this post is courtesy of Danielle Bartlett of Harper Collins.
ABOUT THE BOOK
A scholarship girl from Brooklyn, Kate Moran thought she found a place among Smith’s Mayflower descendants, only to have her illusions dashed the summer after graduation. When charismatic alumna Betsy Rutherford delivers a rousing speech at the Smith College Club in April of 1917, looking for volunteers to help French civilians decimated by the German war machine, Kate is too busy earning her living to even think of taking up the call. But when her former best friend Emmeline Van Alden reaches out and begs her to take the place of a girl who had to drop out, Kate reluctantly agrees to join the new Smith College Relief Unit.
Four months later, Kate and seventeen other Smithies, including two trailblazing female doctors, set sail for France. The volunteers are armed with money, supplies, and good intentions—all of which immediately go astray. The chateau that was to be their headquarters is a half-burnt ruin. The villagers they meet are in desperate straits: women and children huddling in damp cellars, their crops destroyed and their wells poisoned.
Despite constant shelling from the Germans, French bureaucracy, and the threat of being ousted by the British army, the Smith volunteers bring welcome aid—and hope—to the region. But can they survive their own differences? As they cope with the hardships and terrors of the war, Kate and her colleagues find themselves navigating old rivalries and new betrayals which threaten the very existence of the Unit.With the Germans threatening to break through the lines, can the Smith Unit pull together and be truly a band of sisters?
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Sunday, July 26, 2020
Saturday, July 25, 2020
Thanks to these Litsy folks for today’s prompt:
Friday, July 24, 2020
He took what he wanted with his charm and wealth, and broke Tabitha's heart many years ago.
Connor is now married to wealthy Nina, but cheats with Tabitha.
Where can this lead? It leads to deceit, murder, lies, and another fantastic Michele Campbell book.
You don't know who to trust or want to trust.
Every character has something to hide or some trait that doesn’t seem above board.
The suspicions about who the murderer is will keep you on the edge of your seat and have you worried about Tabitha‘s safety in all of this.
Was she brought on the scene to conveniently be accused of or complicit in the murder or blamed for anything else Connor had done so he wouldn’t be blamed?
Make this book a must on your summer reading list. 5/5
Thursday, July 23, 2020
She could read at two years old, she could paint as though she were a professional artist at seven, and could play the violin like a master.
When a tornado made its way into Kiminee and took away her father, found her mother doing things she shouldn't be doing, and buried Carley under a chicken coop almost left for dead, the town was worried.
THE KIMINEE DREAM has sweet characters, some complicated characters, some odd characters, and a lighthearted theme with drama of course and one big crime.
Something was always going on in the town, and the reader is treated to multiple interesting story lines but has you wondering how they fit together. You will see that it all comes together in the end for a sweet read and all circling around to Kiminee.
I enjoyed the small town aspect and how everyone pulled together when things got tough.
The author's easy writing style made the book even more enjoyable.
THE KIMINEE DREAM is a book you will want to read if you enjoy going back in time to a less complicated lifestyle and a little bit of magic.
Enjoy if you read this book. 4/5
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Eva had to go to Berlin immediately to claim it.
We now move from present day to 1942 where Eva and her Mother escape from Paris with documents she forged the morning after her father was arrested and taken to a prison camp.
Eva and her mother travel to Aurignon, France, on the advice of a friend where they found lodging and an observant owner that realizes their papers aren’t real.
That turned out well, though, because the owner was part of the French Resistance. Eva was asked to help forge travel documents and birth certificates for Jewish children.
Eva didn’t want to allow the children to be lost forever to their real names so she and Rémy invented a code that would keep the children anonymous but be able to know their real names some day.
The code they used was brilliant, and Eva saved many children.
Now that it is 65 years later she hopes to help find the children and let them know their real names.
THE BOOK OF LOST NAMES is another impressive Kristin Harmel gem.
It will grab your heart and pull you in.
Words cannot express the beauty of this book.
All I can say is you must read this book to appreciate it. 5/5
Tuesday, July 21, 2020
What could go wrong in a quaint, beautiful villa in Southern France??
To begin with one of the friends found some texts that indicated that her husband was having an affair.
Another couple has a lot of tension between them and a very spoiled child.
Surprisingly one of the friends who is single and they never thought would join them showed up for this vacation.
As the week of vacation continued, the adults were realizing that this vacation was a bad idea for many reasons.
To add to their concern, a fire starts in the villa with disastrous results.
THE VACATION was a bit slow and had a lot of domestic drama and characters with secrets - adults and children alike.
Cliffhangers were placed at the end of each chapter that definitely were intriguing, but I wasn't "dying" to get back to reading the book until around 50% in.
The ending was typical, amazing Mr. Logan that was oh so good and satisfying because most of the characters were not likeable. 4/5
This book was given to me by the publisher via Netgally in exchange for an honest review.
Monday, July 20, 2020
Thank you to eggs of Litsy:
Today’s Prompt: REUNION
An annual reunion of friends at a new location with the added beauty and terror of a huge snowstorm that cuts everyone off from the rest of the world is where THE HUNTING PARTY begins and where we meet the characters.
FULL REVIEW HERE.
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Tuesday, July 14, 2020
The day she was fired from the last job she had was definitely the start of something different.
Her old boss tracked her down and told her she was not fired and he had another position.
Emily couldn’t imagine what position Scott had for her, but it turned out to be unique and unbelievable.
Emily finds herself in a remote paradise with Scott’s wife and odd daughter. There is no phone service or wi-fi, but her day's work and the beauty of the estate make up for the lack of both.
Something is very odd, though, and Emily still hasn't figured out what it is. For one...why does Scott never visit or cancel his flights when it is time to visit?
Meanwhile, she decides to just enjoy until something happens. And....things definitely happen.
THE SAFE PLACE keeps you turning the pages because you have no clue what's going on with the bizarre behavior of Nina and her daughter, Aurelia.
Just what did Emily get herself into? Was this really a dream job?
THE SAFE PLACE has a slow buildup to a very riveting ending.
A great summer thriller you won’t want to miss. 5/5
All information in this post is courtesy of Loren Jaggers of Penguin Random House.
July 14th marks Bastille Day, a pivotal turning point in the French Revolution, now celebrated as France’s national independence day.
ABOUT THE BOOK
An epic saga from New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Dray based on the true story of an extraordinary castle in the heart of France and the remarkable women bound by its legacy in three of humanity's darkest hours.
Most castles are protected by powerful men. This one by women...
1774. Gently-bred noblewoman Adrienne Lafayette becomes her husband's political partner in the fight for American independence. But when their idealism sparks revolution in France and the guillotine threatens everything she holds dear, Adrienne must choose to renounce the complicated man she loves, or risk her life for a legacy that will inspire generations to come.
A daring visionary...
1914. Glittering New York socialite Beatrice Astor Chanler is a force of nature, daunted by nothing--not her humble beginnings, her crumbling marriage, or the outbreak of war. But after witnessing the devastation in France and delivering war-relief over dangerous seas, Beatrice takes on the challenge of a lifetime: convincing America to fight for what's right.
A reluctant resistor...
1940. French school-teacher and aspiring artist Marthe Simone has an orphan's self-reliance and wants nothing to do with war. But as the realities of Nazi occupation transform her life in the isolated castle where she came of age, she makes a discovery that calls into question who she is, and more importantly, who she is willing to become.
Intricately woven and beautifully told, The Women of Chateau Lafayette is a sweeping novel about duty and hope, love and courage, and the strength we find from standing together in honor of those who came before us.
Q & A FROM THE AUTHOR
What made you fall in love with Adrienne Lafayette and why do you think readers will fall for her as you did?
Thanks to a popular musical, the Marquis de Lafayette is known to a new generation as "America's Favorite Fighting Frenchman"--and there's good reason for that. He's easily the most lovable of our Founding Fathers, and his wife, whom he called his dear heart, is just as lovable if not more so. Adrienne was our French Founding Mother, so right up my alley as a heroine, but at first I worried she was too sweet, devoted, and forgiving. In short, too gentle for a novel. Little did I realize that more than any other historical heroine I've ever written, Adrienne fought and sacrificed for her principles, courageously threw herself into danger, confronted tyrants, and endured trials that would have broken lesser mortals. She truly humbles me, and when I talk about the Lafayette legacy, I think of it as every bit as much hers as it is his.
How long did it take you to write this book? Did the story evolve as you researched, or did you always know you wanted to take on the lives of these particular women?
I was always interested in Lafayette--an interest that grew as Laura Kamoie and I co-authored America's First Daughter and My Dear Hamilton. I think I had the germ of the idea for a Lafayette novel at least seven years ago, but I had other projects in the way. And I was always in search of an angle that would be fresh and unique. That came to me when I discovered that Lafayette's castle in Auvergne, which had been purchased and renovated by Americans, served to shelter Jewish children from the Nazis. Knowing how deeply the Lafayettes both felt about religious freedom, I knew this would have pleased them, and it touched me. I was then determined to know which Americans had purchased the chateau, and when I found out, yet another glorious chapter in the Lafayette legacy was born. That's when the story took shape for me about one special place on this earth where, generation after generation, faith has been kept with principles of liberty and humanity. I find that very inspirational, now more than ever.
The book is centered around Lafayette’s castle, the Château de Chavaniac, and the pivotal role it played during three of history’s darkest hours—the French Revolution and both World Wars. If you could have dinner with any three people (dead or alive) at Chavaniac, who would you choose and why?Believe it or not, this is actually a difficult choice because so many incredible men and women passed through those doors. I'd have to start with the Lafayettes--though I hope they would not serve me pigeons, which were a favorite at their wedding banquet. To join us for dinner, I'd choose the colorful stage-star of the Belle Epoque, Beatrice Chanler, because she was a force of nature without whom Chavaniac might not still be standing. Actress, artist, philanthropist, decorated war-relief worker and so-called Queen of the Social Register, she was as mysterious as she was wonderful, and even after all the startling discoveries I made researching her larger-than-life existence, I have a million questions about the early life she tried so hard to hide. I can't wait for readers to meet her!
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