This is definitely a great historical fiction book I plan to keep on my shelf and perhaps even read again. I was hooked from the start with Juana andThis is definitely a great historical fiction book I plan to keep on my shelf and perhaps even read again. I was hooked from the start with Juana and quite impressed that C.W. Gortner did an excellent job in telling the story from her eyes. Not only do I get a bit of a history lesson within the pages but I also get passion, betrayal, and can feel the power wars within. Do I think Juana was as “mad” as history rumored her to be? I don’t think so, she was faced with a lot from the perspective of family, marriage, politics, and it didn’t help having rumors spread about her. ...more
David Eberschoff’s manner of story telling alternating between a historical story and a murder mystery set in the present was a little hard for me toDavid Eberschoff’s manner of story telling alternating between a historical story and a murder mystery set in the present was a little hard for me to read smoothly in the beginning. One moment I was getting into the current story and then thrown into a different one. However, I have to say that once I got into the novel I was able to separate the two stories and found each interesting. The emotions he created in Anne and Jordan did captivate me and had me going through the feelings as I read. If you’re looking for a different writing style in which more than one story is told, this may be the book for you to read. ...more
She’s so ditzy yet too cute. I wanted to laugh at her but then I wanted to hug her and welcome her into my friend circle. Not sure if I’d call her a hShe’s so ditzy yet too cute. I wanted to laugh at her but then I wanted to hug her and welcome her into my friend circle. Not sure if I’d call her a heroine but she definitely lightened things up. I thought it was hilarious whenever she daydreamed of the glamorous life she’d have as a famous author. We’ve all done it (pretend to be someone famous) but it’s more fun to watch someone else look silly. If you’re into chic lits like Bridget Jones Diaries and Confessions of a Shopaholic, you’ll enjoy reading about Isabel....more
Descriptive yet simple stories to share with your children at bedtime or in class. Teach them life lessons through Lane's stories without boring or coDescriptive yet simple stories to share with your children at bedtime or in class. Teach them life lessons through Lane's stories without boring or confusing them. You'll find short stories with enchanting fairies, trains, teddy bears, a frog & lizard, and doves. The dove story was a little on the depressing side in the beginning since it related to parental separation but it was still a good lesson about not running away from troubles. I was disappointed that there weren't many pictures to share with the child yet the stories were cute and the lessons strong....more
I love a romance stories from the Regency period. The passion that comes with the romance when it’s supposed to be “forbidden” since women are supposeI love a romance stories from the Regency period. The passion that comes with the romance when it’s supposed to be “forbidden” since women are supposed to be innocent and men who entice are considered rakes and rogues. The stolen kisses and intimate touches when nobody seems to be around brings more heat to the story. The thing I like about romance is that even though we all know it ends the same where the boy gets the girl, the story in between is what makes it different. The curse that seems to follow Henrietta and her Guardians is what makes this one different while an older gentlemen is about to invest in a hot air balloon venture with a lady who wishes to turn riding hot air balloons into a traveling business. I’ve read many romance novels from the Regency period and several of Grey’s novel’s but I don’t recall ever reading one about hot air balloons and curses. A Duke to Die For was a fast read filled with great passion. For the one who loves a good romance without too much passionate scenes, this one’s for you. Not too tame yet not too wild…
Thanks to SourceBooks, I was able to snag a copy of A Duke To Die For AND interview Amelia Grey on her novel.
Reviewing poetry is often hard because you want to give your opinion so others can decide whether they wish to pick it up but the thing with poetry isReviewing poetry is often hard because you want to give your opinion so others can decide whether they wish to pick it up but the thing with poetry is that how we read and interpret it may be very different from someone else. Poetry is what I call writing on feeling. Everyone has their own taste when it comes to reading or even listening to poetry (like music). I like poems that are raw, to the point, and filled with feeling. I want to feel the moment like the author. If a poetry writer can bring me there and I'm feeling that anger, that pain, that happiness, that passion, then I'm sold.
I rather liked this short poetry book by Susan Borgeson. The author who has mild schizophrenia and severe bi-polar disorder wrote her feelings as they were after enduring a love lost (but perhaps for the better). I liked the poems...they felt real, they weren't fluffy, they just were real. I could sense the feeling that she was experiencing at the moment of righting that particular poem. I would recommend anyone who's experienced love and the loss of love to pick this one up and read it. It was a VERY quick read, a poetry reading that doesn't require a genius to decipher the meaning, and a read that will stick in your mind later on....more
White’s The Lost Hours had me engaged right from the beginning. The life and setting she created within The Lost Hours made you feel like you were theWhite’s The Lost Hours had me engaged right from the beginning. The life and setting she created within The Lost Hours made you feel like you were there and among the others. I doubt there was really a character I did not enjoy reading about.
After reading The Lost Hours I even wanted to start digging more into my own family’s past. It makes one wonder if discovering the family’s skeleton’s in the closet is worth bringing back the pain just to understand. How hard it is to look back into a past one wants to forget but how free one could feel once the release from the burden of keeping it locked up might be. So the next time you wonder why a person acts the way they do remember that there probably is something much more to them and their past.
I find it interesting that this book came across my path at this time. It was not too long ago that my own mother said that now that I’m in my 30s it was time she told me “her story” no matter how painful just so that I could understand her....more
FROM THE BOOK FAERY REVIEWS...When it was time for Susan to get real with God she took him to "marriage counseling". I absolutely enjoyed reading AngrFROM THE BOOK FAERY REVIEWS...When it was time for Susan to get real with God she took him to "marriage counseling". I absolutely enjoyed reading Angry Conversations with God! It was a funny read on a serious topic of one's relationship with God and one I could relate to on many levels.
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Gessner shares her dreams as she believes they are messages from God. After reading this book, it makes one stop to think about previous dreams and hoGessner shares her dreams as she believes they are messages from God. After reading this book, it makes one stop to think about previous dreams and how they could have applied to their own lives; at least I know I did. Perhaps God is sending us messages of what we should be doing and dreams is just another channel in which HE can speak to us.
This is not a book I would normally pick up and buy but it was still interesting. It would have been an interesting coffee chat with the author in person.
Thanks to Kristin for spending the time to allow me to interview her and for sending me a copy of her book. I enjoyed getting to know her more apart fThanks to Kristin for spending the time to allow me to interview her and for sending me a copy of her book. I enjoyed getting to know her more apart from just being an author but as a mother and individual as well. I always enjoy an author who likes to connect with her readers on a more personal level and that I feel we did with our previous interactions for this interview. I'm just as thrilled as she was when she told me that her son designed the cover for the book. It looks great and gave it a good image for your story. As a mother I know that she was excited to share with others her son's talent and the fact that he was involved in her process. I personally enjoyed the suspense in the book and the feelings she created with the characters. There was a moment that I was annoyed by the character Amanda's dependency and constant "need" and the way that her husband Nick seemed to act too lovey. However, after reading the whole story it made sense and answered the whys I had. What man wouldn't want to protect and love his wife as much as Nick did? I have to admit I was a little shocked to read who actually caused all the pain for her once it was revealed. Good book and one I'd recommend to someone looking for a quick read that will keep you engaged to the end....more
My 9 year old daughter enjoyed this story. It was easy for her to follow, detailed enough for her reading level, and she laughed while telling me partMy 9 year old daughter enjoyed this story. It was easy for her to follow, detailed enough for her reading level, and she laughed while telling me parts of the story....more
How do I really explain my feelings after reading this book as a young teen victim to child molestation myself? It's not that I "really liked" this boHow do I really explain my feelings after reading this book as a young teen victim to child molestation myself? It's not that I "really liked" this book and wanted to re-read it again at a later date, but that I "really liked" the fact that it is out there to bring this real issue out in front of everyone's eyes instead of keeping it hush hush.
"[F:]amily’s experiences with Child Sexual Assault are unique to us, they are sadly too similar to so many other families who have had to deal with the aftermath of abuse."
In my case it was a close family friend, incident shoved under the rug, and forgotten by everyone who knew (everyone but me of course). I cried when I read how she described the mannerisms of her daughter from the beginning of sharing, afterwards, and as she remembered how her daughter used to act while unknowingly to her it was happening. I knew those feelings. I knew those feelings and honestly got a little frustrated while I read thinking like her daughter..."I was the victim, not you! Why is it all about you?!". Nothing towards the author really, more perhaps of how I felt about my own past. But then I'm glad I read it from a mother's perspective because it helps me better understand a little of why some of the adults who knew reacted the way that they did back then. The feelings of denial and frustrations of not wanting to believe or not knowing what to do. Perhaps if a book like this was out 15+ years ago for parents, teachers, and friends who knew a loved one who was suffering, the help needed for the victim would have been more readily available and case's wouldn't be so hard to reach justice. Victim's family's could receive the support they needed to help themselves and their loved ones.
Thank you Kimberly for writing your story and thank you to your daughter for sharing so that others who are impacted know they are not alone, they are not to blame, it can happen to anyone by anyone, and help is out there for them. I'm a firm believer that one can learn from another's story even in our darkest days. There are reasons for everything and testimonies to go along with each. It's our job to share those testimonies in life. As a mother myself, I pray that my own daughters and even my son don't face this evil at any angle....more
If you like contemporary fiction with a twist it wasn’t bad at all. I thought the book was OK. I personally prefer more thrill and action and/or passiIf you like contemporary fiction with a twist it wasn’t bad at all. I thought the book was OK. I personally prefer more thrill and action and/or passion. I suppose I’m an intense kind of gal who needs to feel that intense emotion coming from the characters within the story.
Like the reporter and the agent, I couldn’t help “profile” each person. Jodi did do an excellent job in creating her characters. Each one had different personalities and backgrounds. Thomas seemed to pair opposites together; Pepper & Michael (main couple), Lorie & Heath (2nd main couple), Sheriff & Toad, and even Audrey / Webster / Bob Earl / Orrie. Opposites in a relationship are always fun because you never know how the relationship may turn out and individuals tend to balance each other out. I did enjoy watching the couples evolve from beginning to end within the story. The uncertainty of who they were before, during, and after the events that threatened their lives and relationships was interesting. I thought I would be intrigued with Pepper and Michael’s relationship since they were the main characters but instead I was fascinated with Lorie and Heath’s relationship. Call me difficult… I found them to be the ones I wanted to read more about. It was this couple I imaginatively “pushed” and rooted on.
Would I rewrite my past as some of the characters wished they had? I’ve been tempted to wish things were different but then I wouldn’t be who I am or have the family that I have today if I had. I am a firm believer that things happen for a reason…
Armstrong touches up on the topics of beauty, confidence, softness, trust, truth, generosity, forgiveness, courage, diligence, wisdom, authenticity, aArmstrong touches up on the topics of beauty, confidence, softness, trust, truth, generosity, forgiveness, courage, diligence, wisdom, authenticity, and freedom. I found her use of Bible verses throughout her book and her interpretations of them relating to various situations in life to be very helpful in better understanding them. Amazing to me how books always pop into my life at different moments when I most need them for some particular purpose....more