Kate Morton is the master of weaving multiple storylines together. In The Lake House, there are multiple stories being told—Sadie is a detective withKate Morton is the master of weaving multiple storylines together. In The Lake House, there are multiple stories being told—Sadie is a detective with a secret, Eleanor is a mother with a secret and Alice is a daughter with a secret. Alice and Sadie exist in the present time and Eleanor exists in the past. The stories of these three women share a common theme and are slowly revealed through research and flashbacks.
As a long time fan of Morton’s work, I’m always trying to dissect and figure out what the major secret is in her novels. I nearly had this one figured out before the grand reveal. This was exciting for me as I’m not sure that I’ve been able to do that with any of the other books of hers that I have read. It was rewarding to have figured most of it out. It was the final piece that I didn’t get, but I don’t think there were enough textual clues to have figured it out before the end. As result, that final mystery fell a bit flat.
My favorite part about The Lake House was the insight into Alice’s life as a writer. Because the story revolves around Alice reflecting on her life growing up, the reader is able to witness an author being born. It was quite intriguing to see how the events in Alice’s life, especially the disappearance of her brother, Theo, shaped her as a writer. You’ll have to decide, as you read the book, if her obsession with observing others and writing EVERYTHING down was a positive influence on her life or not.
The Lake House is another wonderful addition to Morton’s body of work. While not my favorite of Morton’s because of the final reveal, I did enjoy Sadie’s journey through time to discover the truth behind Theo disappearance and Alice’s reflections on her life as she discovered the truth about her family—a truth she thought she knew already.
When Second Run Reviews first started I had devoured this series and I was delighted when I saw my library had it available on audiobook. And after fiWhen Second Run Reviews first started I had devoured this series and I was delighted when I saw my library had it available on audiobook. And after finishing a re-read of Ruby Red via audio, I wish I wouldn’t have been distracted by other shiny books becoming available on my library wish list as I probably would have continued the series.
This time travel series for young adults is wrapped up in a mysterious society connected with the Count of Saint Germain (fan of Outlander will recognize the name). The main character Gwen has a wonderful, vivacious friend, Lesley, who plays Gwen’s Girl Friday. Lesley’s enthusiasm pours off the page when you read the book and Marisa Calin, the audiobook’s narrator, did an excellent job conveying it. There is at least one scene where Lesley and Gwen sneak off to the girls restroom to look at Lesley’s research and I felt like I was in the stall with them paging through papers and listening to Lesley chatter on. It was great fun!
As a word of warning, little is revealed about the purpose of the secret society that Gwen’s family is involved with, but the novel is a quick read and a quick listen—it clocks in at just under 9 hours. It’s one of the shorter books I’ve listened to. So moving from this book to the following two books in the trilogy is a great idea especially if you want to know what happens to Gwen and Gideon. In fact, if this wasn’t a re-read, I probably would have jumped into book two because I wanted to experience the revelation of the secrets that happen as the series progresses all over again.
Re-reading time travel novels that involve changing or manipulating the time stream has proven to be an enjoyable read for me. You start to pick up on the mysteries, the secrets and the motivations of the characters on the second read through. Once I finish up this wish list of new audiobooks that suddenly became available at my library, I do see myself returning to this series and finishing it out provided the audiobook is available at the library. Or maybe I’ll just dust off my copies of the physical books. Can’t wait!
Perfect title, right? What bookworm and coffee lover doesn’t agree with the title? So it makes me sad to report that while happy people do read and drPerfect title, right? What bookworm and coffee lover doesn’t agree with the title? So it makes me sad to report that while happy people do read and drink coffee, this book falls flat with this book lover and coffee addict. In fact, the main character, Diane, RUNS AWAY from the literary cafe she owns after a tragic event in her life. She does run away to Ireland (and all Outlander fans know the best looking men do seem to appear randomly on the British Isles) so I can’t fault that decision, but I definitely take issue with her running away from the bookshop. So what the problem with this perfectly titled book?
1) There Is No Book Reading. 2) There Is Very Little Coffee Drinking.
It isn’t just the fact that there is little time in the bookshop and little time with coffee, it’s that the whole story seems onenote. The author made tragic and trying events happen in the characters’ lives, but then didn’t shape the characters emotionally. The characters just move through their prescribed psychological steps because that’s the right thing to do. There are no real motivations behind their actions and decisions.
The one plus is that this book is a quick read. I bought it on a Friday night, got home at 7:30 and finished it by 11:30. But if you are looking for a novel that will sing the book lover and/or coffee fiend in you, as I was, it would be best to pass by this one for the next book on your shelf. There are other books about bookshops, bookworms and coffee lovers that will sing to your passion for books and coffee more than Happy People Read and Drink Coffee.
My heart goes out to Chadwick Radcliffe, the main character in the third book in Aether Psychics series. Clearly this man has been through a lot. He wMy heart goes out to Chadwick Radcliffe, the main character in the third book in Aether Psychics series. Clearly this man has been through a lot. He was introduced in book one of the series and in book two his character developed a bit. The reader got to understand that he was a caring doctor, not out for money, but out to truly help people. This proved helpful in book 2 as he was able to procure some necessary items that were hard to come by during the siege of Paris. Chadwick’s tale of heartbreak struck a cord with this romantic.
Book three in Aether Psychics series is more on the romantic side of things than the other two books in the series with a dash of medical science thrown in for good measure. I loved the dance of Chad and Claire, our two separated lovers, thrown forcibly together due to circumstances beyond their control. Intellectual equals, Chad approaches the problem with mind of a scientist. Trying to remove himself from Claire’s life lest he cause further damage. Claire approaches the situation with the mind of a psychiatrist, trying to find the cause of her memory loss and determine why Chad and his friend, Patrick, feel so familiar to her.
There’s a bit of excitement as the story takes place in America during the Civil War and the setting of the story is a field hospital and treats soldiers from both sides of the front. This leads to an interesting side story that does involve the little understood discovery from the previous books and another haunting love story. However, this story is really about Chad and Claire and not the discovery. After three books I’ve given up on learning more about the discovery from the previous book that has been the thread that links the three books and novella together. I’m disappointed there wasn’t more development there, but I need to cut my losses and focus on the characters who I have truly grown to love.
This is another strong entry in the Aether Psychics series. There is further character development and we learn more about Chad and Patrick’s reason for being in Europe in book one. And we learn more about Claire, another intelligent, educated woman who can stand her ground. I can’t wait to have Iris, Marie and Claire in one room together. I believe they will be a force to be reckoned with and I’m not sure Edward, Johann and Chad will be able to cope. Can’t wait to see what happens next in the Aether Psychics series!
I’m not quite sure where to start with Sunborn Rising: Beneath the Fall. It was an unsolicited review request that came in via email that caught my eyI’m not quite sure where to start with Sunborn Rising: Beneath the Fall. It was an unsolicited review request that came in via email that caught my eye. After a bit of research, I felt I had to give it a shot and the publisher, Neoglyphic Entertainment, Inc. was kind enough to send me a copy.
Once I received my copy, I was blown away by the quality of the book. For a paperback book, it’s heavy. And then you start fanning through the pages and see all the glorious illustrations. There are single page four-color images and two page spreads. Plus line drawings throughout the chapters. I’ve seen short picture books of this quality, but never a 300+ page novel. I had to immediately jump in…
Sunborn Rising: Beneath the Fall is a strong Middle Grade book. It teaches lessons about the environment, friendship and family. However, for me without the amazing illustrations, I would have struggled to understand the world of Cerulean and its flora and fauna. The world is a complicated system of trees, water and light that is never fully explained. In fact, until I watched the book trailer I don’t think I truly understood how the world was built and functioned.
Understanding how the ecosystem of Cerulean is key to the task at hand for our heros, Barra, Tory and Plicks. So I do wish the author has spent more time explaining this outside of the reference to a seal that Barra was examining at one point early on on the story. (I can only assume this was some analogy to how the symbiotic relationship between the trees, light and water, but it was totally lost on me.)
I did fall in love with the three main characters, Barra, Tory and Plicks. I identified with all three as they worked together to solve the problem plaguing Cerulean. I laughed with them and sympathized with them. Their journey through the depths of their world was filled with death defying and heartwarming moments. Each of them, in the end, learned important lessons.
As the publishing world has started producing more eBooks, Sunborn Rising: Beneath the Fall is a rare gem in its physical form. The combination of story and pictures brings Cerulean and all its amazing inhabitants to life. Fans of fantastical new worlds and fans with young readers in their lives will enjoy this adventurous tale.