Saturday, October 31, 2020

Books Read in October

Do you see any YOU have read?

Do you see any YOU would like to read?

Happy November Reading to all!!


Friday, October 30, 2020

Which Have YOU Read?

They all were good.

Book Blogger Hop - 10/30 - 11/5

 Book Blogger Hop 

  Question of the Week:

What is your favorite candy to snack on while reading? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer
My Answer:

I love to eat sour dough pretzel nubs and strawberry licorice as I drink water.  :)

Friendly Fill-Ins - 10/30/2020

                                           

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FRIENDLY FILL-INS: 

1. I keep __________, but __________.

2. I don't need ________, but I want _________.

3. I would want ______ to be etched onto my tombstone.

4. If I heard something go bump in the night, ________.
 
MY ANSWERS:

1.  I keep trying to diet, but it isn't working.

2.  I don't need a new phone, but I want one.

3.  I would want a book to be etched onto my tombstone.

4.  If I heard something go bump in the night, I would scream.

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

FEATURING: HOUSE OF THIEVES by Charles Belfoure

Gambling debts, robbery rings, high society,​ and​​ ​thugs​ blending together​ for a marvelous read.   

FULL REVIEW HERE.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Tell Me My Name by Erin Ruddy

A vacation that was long overdue and needed for Neil and Ellie turned into a nightmare.

They were on their second honeymoon in their newly bought home when their neighbor Clive appeared, tied up Ellie, tortured Neil, and then kidnapped Ellie.

Clive had thought about Ellie since he had seen her twenty-five years ago, and now that he was out of prison he wanted to play a game to see if she would remember him.  It wasn’t a child’s game, though, but a deadly game.

TELL ME MY NAME continues with a police search for Clive and gruesome, upsetting and sometimes crude scenes and comments.

The brutal things the criminal did as the book continued were hard to imagine and difficult to read.   

Because of the gruesome scenes I almost stopped reading, but I’m glad I didn’t. 

This book for me is classified as a psychological thriller.

All in all despite the squeamish scenes, it is a good read with a surprise ending.  4/5

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

Monday, October 26, 2020

The Night Portrait by Laura Morelli

THE NIGHT PORTRAIT is set in a dual timeline ranging from 1492, Milan, to Munich during WWII.

We meet Cecilia Gallerani who is the woman in Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous portrait Lady with An Ermine. We follow her life as the mistress of Ludovico il Moro. It isn’t a life I would have wanted to live.

We then meet American soldiers who are helping the Monuments Men retrieve stolen paintings and Edith Becker a German art expert ordered by the Reich to find the most valuable paintings that were hidden by families that were forced to evacuate.

These stolen paintings were to become part of a private collection of German officers.

Edith wanted to protect the art at all costs, but she also had to protect herself.

This book is an extremely well written history lesson and interesting to me because of the art as well as WWII.

Ms. Morelli’s marvelous research and telling of the events in both timelines had me looking up more information on Leonardo Da Vinci, the German officers, the Monuments Men, and Cecilia Gallerani.

Ms. Morelli’s writing style and descriptions brought the characters and situations to life.

Historical fiction fans and art connoisseurs will not want to miss this book.

THE NIGHT PORTRAIT is superb and a work of art in itself.

It is a beautiful tribute to artists of the world and to those who fought to preserve it.

You will be shedding tears of joy as well as sadness as you read this phenomenal book. 5/5

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


Mailbox Monday - 10/26/2020

 

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week.

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Warning:  Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles, and humongous wish lists.

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Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia @A Girl and Her Books, has a permanent home now at MAILBOX MONDAY.

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Here is a shout out to the administrators:


Leslie @Under My Apple Tree

Serena @ Savvy Verse and Wit

Martha @ Reviews By Martha’s Bookshelf

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THANKS to everyone for keeping Mailbox Monday alive.

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I hope you had a good mailbox.

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On Monday, October 19, I received:


1.  RUBY FALLS by Deborah Goodrich Royce, courtesy of Post Hill Press and NetGalley.


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On Thursday, October 22, I received:


1.  GRANDMA'S SUGAR COOKIE, words by Rose Rossner - pictures by Kathryn Selbert, courtesy of Sourcebooks.

 

Can this be any more adorable?


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On Friday, October 23, I received:

 

1.  THE PERFECT DAUGHTER by D. J. Palmer, courtesy of St. Martin's Press and NetGalley.

 

 

 

2.  THE LAST NIGHT IN LONDON by Karen White, courtesy of Berkley Publishing and NetGalley.

 

 

3.  THE NIGHT OF THE FIRE by Kjell Eriksson, courtesy of Hector DeJean of St. Martin's Press.


4.  THE DOGS WERE RESCUED (and so Was I) by Teresa J. Rhyne, courtesy of the author.


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It's Monday!! What Are YOU Reading? - 10/26/2020

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:

TAKE IT BACK by Kia Abdullah - review will be on December 8 - finished o October 24.

I'll be on a blog tour hosted by John Karle | Associate Director of Publicity | St. Martin's Publishing Group.
 
A very powerful, well-written book.

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TRACE OF DECEIT by Karen Odden - review will be on November 11 - finished on October 20.

USA giveaway along with the review.

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COVER YOUR TRACKS by Daco S. Auffenorde - review will be on November 5.

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THE NIGHT PORTRAIT by Laura Morelli - review is in the book's title.

FANTASTIC!!  Do not miss reading this book.

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THE TRANSATLANTIC BOOK CLUB by Felcity Hayes-McCoy - review will be on November 10 - finished on October 10.
 
Wordy, but cute. 

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OUR LITTLE CRUELTIES by Liz Nugent - review will be on November 9 - finished on October 8.

Not a favorite.
 
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TELL ME MY NAME by Erin Ruddy - REVIEW WILL BE ON OCTOBER 27 - finished on September 30.
 

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THE EXILES by Christina Baker Kline - review is in the book's title.

This book is FANTASTIC!!
 
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THE GIRL IN THE MIRROR by Rose Carlyle- review is in the book's title.
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THE STAR-CROSSED SISTERS OF TUSCANY by Lori Nelson Spielman - review will be on November 17 - finished on February 16, 2020.

LOVED this book.

https://www.amazon.com/Star-Crossed-Sisters-Tuscany-Nelson-Spielman/dp/1984803166/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=the+starcrossed+sisters+of+tuscany&qid=1571428146&sr=8-3
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Book Currently Reading:

THE NIGHT OF THE FIRE - review will be on November 18.

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Books Up Next:

THE LAST TO SEE HER by Courtney Evan Tate - review will be on December 15.
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PRETTY LITTLE WIFE by Darby Kane - review will be on December 28.

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WRONG ALIBI by Christina Dodd - review will be on December 29.

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THE WIFE UPSTAIRS by Rachel Hawkins - review will be on January 5, 2021.


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MARION LANE AND THE INQUIRERS by T. A. Willberg - review will be on January 6, 2021.

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THE CHILDREN'S BLIZZARD by Melanie Benjamin - review will be on January 8.

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LANA'S WAR by Anita Abriel - review will be on January 11, 2021.

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THE PERFECT GUESTS by Emma Rous - review will be on January 12, 2021.
 
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THE CHILDREN'S TRAIN by Viola Ardone - review will be on January 13.
 
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THE PARIS LIBRARY by Janet Skeslien Charles - review will be on February 2, 2021 .
 

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THE NATURE OF FRAGILE THINGS by Susan Meissner - review will be on February 3.
  
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THE LAST TIARA by M. J. Rose - review will be on February 4.
 
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THE ECHO WIFE - Sarah Galley - review will be on February 16.
 

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THE FAMILY SHIP by Sonja Yoerg - review will be on February 23.
 
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BAND OF SISTERS by Lauren Willig - review will be on March 2.
 
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THE LAST GARDEN IN ENGLAND by Julia Kelly - review will be on March 3.

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SURVIVING SAVANNAH by Patti Callahan - review will be on March 9.

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THE SWEET TASTE OF MUSCADINES by Pamela Terry - review will be on March 16, 2021.

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ARE WE THERE YET by Kathleen West - review will be on March 17, 2021.

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THE WOMEN OF CHATEAU LAFAYETTE by Stephanie Dray - review will be on March 30, 2021.

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THE GOOD SISTER by Sally Hepworth - review will be on April 13, 2021.

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THE PERFECT DAUGHTER by D. J. Palmer - review will be on April 20, 2021.
 
 
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THE LAST NIGHT IN LONDON by Karen Whire - review will be on April 21.
 
 
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RUBY FALLS by Deborah Goodrich Falls - review will be on May 4, 2021.
 
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