Sunday, February 28, 2021

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Spell "HEART" With Books

 


Thanks to these Litsy folks for today’s prompt:

 

#SHOWSOMELOVE

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

@TheKidUpstairs

 

Today’s Prompt:  SPELL “HEART” WITH BOOKS

 

All have been read, reviewed, and enjoyed.

 

Any YOU have read?


 

Friday, February 26, 2021

Night In The Title

 

You won't want to miss these books.

Three thrillers and one historical fiction.

Which have you read?

All are reviewed on this blog.


Book Blogger Hop - 2/26 - 3/4



Question of the Week:


Do you use Goodreads to keep track of your books? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews)

My Answer:
 
I certainly do, and I love the tracking.
 
What I like most is how it tells you how long it took you to read the book and the finish date.
 
If I need to go back to the book, everything is there.




Friendly Fill-Ins - 2/26/2021


                                          

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FRIENDLY FILL-INS: 
 
1. You don't have to convince me to ________.

2. ________is causing me stress.

3. Speaking from experience, _________.

4. Over time, my opinion of _________ has changed.
 

MY ANSWERS:
 
1.  You don't have to convince me to read a book each day.  :)
 
2.  Getting a COVID vaccine appointment is causing me stress.
 
3. Speaking from experience,  I know how long it takes me to read a book.

4.  Over time, my opinion of what books are good has changed.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Starts With "S"

 

All GOOD reads!!

Any you have read?

All are reviewed on this blog.



Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Flowers of Darkness by Tatiana De Rosnay

Clarissa left her husband and moved into a secret housing complex where you had to be interviewed before you could live there.

You had to be an artist or writer or any type of creative person.

Are they really looking for talented folks or looking for someone who won’t suspect the reason for the security and scrutiny of your life as you live there?

Clarissa definitely felt as though someone was watching her besides her virtual personal assistant.  Her cat seemed to feel the same way.

Something was going on in this extremely secured building with cameras in every room.  It is a futuristic building where your every move was watched.

I don’t know why Clarissa didn’t move out of the building.

The writing is excellent as always, but FLOWERS OF DARKNESS was a slow read for me even though it wasn’t very long and had a bit of a mystery.

The futuristic things which were the major gist of the book are not something I read so this book wasn't as enjoyable as I would have liked. 3/5

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

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

The Family Ship by Sonja Yoerg

A family with nine children, a ship in the backyard, and a house run like a drill sergeant was in charge.

We meet the Vergennes family and learn that the ship is a diversion to keep the children busy as well as teach them how to be self-sufficient and learn life skills.

 

THE FAMILY SHIP has a storyline that takes us into a pecking order of sorts with the oldest child being respected as the leader.

 

Both parents love their children deeply, but they do rely on the children to help take care of each family member.

 

There is a slow start that will make you wonder where this book is going.

 

As you keep reading, you will find out where the book was going, and what a marvelous story line.

 

You will fall in love with most of the characters. You will also feel the pain of tragedies as well as happy moments which were few since their father was so strict.

 

Their strict father was a bit much because the children always behaved and were doing their best to help each other.

 

I really enjoyed the family‘s interaction and how tight knit they were.

 

Helping out is what happens in a large family as well as having to make sacrifices for some or all family members.

 

Anyone who has come from a large family will definitely enjoy this book and might see some of their own family with the array of different personalities and a mother who has to make each one feel special in their own way.

 

THE FAMILY SHIP is a beautiful read with lovely characters, heartbreaks, and a writing style and story line that pull you in.

 

You won’t want to miss this book. 4/5

 

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



Monday, February 22, 2021

FEATURING: The Flight of the Sparrow by Amy Belding Brown

 

Living in a structured house, living in a wetu.

Having enough food, always hungry.

Not showing love to your children, cherishing your children.

Living a strict Puritan existence, living carefree.

Never experiencing the pleasure of nature, hearing every little part of nature.

All those statements show the differences Mary Rowlandson found when comparing her Puritan life to her life in Indian captivity. 

Which way would you want to live?​
 
I recommend this book to anyone who loves a well-researched, historical novel.

FULL REVIEW HERE.

 

Mailbox Monday - 2/22/2021


 

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 Tuesday, February 16, I received:


1. HAIRPIN BRIDGE by Taylor Adams, courtesy of William Morrow and NetGalley.


I have been waiting for this book. So excited.


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On Thursday, February 18, I received:


1.  WHERE THE TRUTH LIES by Anna Bailey, courtesy of Isabel DaSilva of Atria Books.


 

 

2.  THE FAMILY PLOT by Megan Collins, courtesy of Isabel DaSilva of Atria Books.


It's Monday!! What Are YOU Reading? - 2/22/2021

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

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HER DARK LIES by J. T. Ellison - review will be on March 11.
 
 
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OFF THE WILD COAST OF BRITTANY by Juliet Blackwell - review will be on March 10, 2021.

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SURVIVING SAVANNAH by Patti Callahan - review will be on March 9 - finished on February 6.
 
A WOW read....amazing research and story line.  It is about the sinking and recovery of THE PULASKI in 1838.

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EVERY LAST FEAR by Alex Finley - review will be on March 4 - finished on February 1.
 
A very good debut.

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THE LOST APOTHECARY by Sarah Penner - review will be on March 3 - finished January 28.
 
 
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TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE by Carola Lovering - review will be on March 1, 2021 - finished on January 21.
 
 
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FLOWERS OF DARKNESS by Tatiana De Rosnay - review will be on February 24.
 
Not a favorite....futuristic isn't my cup of tea.

 
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THE FAMILY SHIP by Sonja Yoerg - review will be on February 23.

What a BEAUTIFUL read!!
 
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THE ECHO WIFESarah Galley - review is in the book's title.

This is the most bizarre book I have ever read.
 
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Book Currently Reading:
 
BITTERROOT LAKE by Alicia Beckman - review will be on April 14.
 
 
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Books Up Next:

MOTHER MAY I by Joshilyn Jackson - review will be on April 6, 2021.
 

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 White - review will be on April 21, 202.
 
 
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THE SOCIAL GRACES by Renee Rosen - review will be on April 22, 2021.

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MIRRORLAND by Carole Johnstone - review will be on April 23, 2021.
 
  
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THE LAST BOOKSHOP IN LONDON by Madelein Martin - review will be on April 27, 2021.

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RUBY FALLS by Deborah Goodrich Falls - review will be on May 4, 2021.
 
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THE SOUND OF WINGS by  Suzanne Simonetti - review will be on May 5, 2021.
 
  
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THE WOMAN WITH THE BLUE STAR by Pam Jenoff - review will be on May 6, 2021.
 
  
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THE NEWCOMER by Mary Kay Andrews - review will be on May 7.

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THE HUNTING WIVES by May Cobb - review will be on May 18.

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LOCAL WOMAN MISSING by Mary Kubica - review will be on May 19.
 
 
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THE PHOTOGRAPHER by Mary Dixie Carter - review will be on May 25.

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WHEN ROBINS APPEAR by Denise Webb - review will be on May 27, 2021.

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IN TIMES OF RAIN AND WAR by Camron Wright - review will be on June 7.
 
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THE SISTERS OF THE RESISTANCE by Christine Wells - review will be on June 8.
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HAIRPIN BRIDGE by Taylor Adama - review will be on June 15.
 
 
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THE FIANCEE by Kate White - review will be on June 29.
 
 
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STRANGER IN THE MIRROR by Liv Constantine - review will be on July 6, 2021.
 
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THE OTHER PASSENGER by Louise Candlish - review will be on July 20.
 
 
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THE IRISH STORM by J. Walter Ring - review will be on July 30.

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WHERE THE TRUTH LIES by Anna Bailey - review will be on August 2.
 
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DARK ROADS by Chevy Stevens - review will be on August 3, 2021.

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IN MY DREAMS I HOLD A KNIFE by Ashley Windstead - review will be on August 4.
 
 
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GONE FOR GOOD by Joanna Schaffhausen - review will be on August 10.
 
 
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THE FAMILY PLOT by Megan Collins - review will be on August 16.
 
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THE BOOKSELLER'S SECRET by Michelle Gable - review will be on August 17.
 
 
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