I love my gentle reads and I am a SUCKER for a great cover....so with those two criteria in mind I downloaded this book to my Kindle from NetGalley. F...moreI love my gentle reads and I am a SUCKER for a great cover....so with those two criteria in mind I downloaded this book to my Kindle from NetGalley. For the most part I enjoyed the story...set in the 1900's with a feisty main character and a cute romance how could I resist? The downside was that there was a bit too much "religious zeal" on the pages for my taste. I don't mind reading Christian fiction but I don't want to be clobbered over the head with it either. I will read her other book that I downloaded for free on my Kindle, Love On a Dime, but this time I know what I'm in for. But tell me could you resist that cover?????(less)
I can't begin to adequately put into words how much I loved this book!Kearsley rivals Gabaldon's skills when it comes to time travel written so eloque...moreI can't begin to adequately put into words how much I loved this book! Kearsley rivals Gabaldon's skills when it comes to time travel written so eloquently. I started this book early on a Tuesday morning and couldn't stop reading it until I had finished the final sentence later that evening. Every part of me was rebelling against finishing it because frankly, I did not want it to end...EVER! I loved all of the characters in this story and the setting was something that just screamed ENGLAND and history! I was captivated by the plot and how effortlessly the two stories were intertwined to make such a cohesive and compelling read. I found myself sighing more than once when it came to the romantic parts of the story. The author gives you just enough to savor and left me totally satisfied with the ending. There wasn't one part of this book that I didn't enjoy.
Recommend? Absolutely..YES times one hundred gazillion! Okay...I'm a bit crazy, but how else can I convey how wonderful this book is to my fellow book lovers? Kearsley is easily a favorite author of mine and she just can't write fast enough for me. Each book she has written has been outstanding and she amazes me again and again with her imagination and uncanny ability to ink characters and places that I instantly fall in love with! Treat yourself to this book...you will not be disappointed!
Disclaimer:Thank you toSourcebooks Casablanca/NetGalley for sending me a review copy. I was not compensated for my review. My thoughts on this book were in no way influenced by the author or publicist.They are my personal reflections based solely on MYexperience while reading this novel.
My thoughts: I had read so many great reviews of this title that I just had to get my hands on a copy. I'm a bit ashamed to admit that I finally realiz...moreMy thoughts: I had read so many great reviews of this title that I just had to get my hands on a copy. I'm a bit ashamed to admit that I finally realized that I was approved to download a copy of this to my Kindle months ago from NetGalley....I just was too lazy to figure out how to do it. Well, thanks to my fellow book lovers and their awesome reviews, I was motivated to learn how to get that ebook on my lovely Kindle. And I'm so happy that I did because this was a fantastic read!! I was drawn in from the very first paragraph and couldn't get enough of the story. I love the way Chamberlain writes and she didn't disappoint me in any fashion with this book. The characters were fully fleshed out and the story was riveting.
Recommend? Absolutely!! This book has it all: love, secrets, betrayal, mystery, friendships rocked by deceit and moving family dynamics. If you've never read a book by Chamberlain, I highly recommend picking this one up.
First thoughts after finishing this book: I want to work in a birds of prey sanctuary!
What I liked about the book:
The birds of prey aspect...about ei...moreFirst thoughts after finishing this book: I want to work in a birds of prey sanctuary!
What I liked about the book:
The birds of prey aspect...about eight years ago I was on this big kick of becoming a falconer and training a Peregrine Falcon. I read up on the birds and all that went with training one. It is very extensive and not just a passing hobby. My husband talked me out of it due to our lifestyle and if you want to go on vacation there's no way you can with a falcon depending on you for hunting and its basic needs. Each chapter ended with a descriptions and definitions that pertained to a certain bird of prey. I loved reading this and actually learned a lot from it. The other great factor was those snippets foretold of events in the next chapter. The characters....they felt like friends to me. The author did a great job of making them come to life, most especially Lijah. This character was inspired by the Gullah culture and he was such a wise, gentle soul..I loved him from the moment I met him. The setting- South Carolina Lowcountry! I want to visit this area and soon. The author made me feel as if I were there walking in the forests watching the birds in their natural habitat. Gorgeous and descriptive writing!
What I didn't like:
I knew how the story would end...but that was okay...
Personal Thoughts: About eight years ago my son and I found a Kestrel in our yard with a broken wing. It took us about an hour to finally catch the little guy and we safely transported him to a veterinarian that rehabilitated injured wildlife. Since then I've been fascinated with these birds and the larger birds of prey.
Favorite passage: ""Lijah, do you not have any place to stay?" "No, no. I'm staying with friends--just down the road a piece. But getting back and forth to see Santee every day got to be troublesome. See, I need to be close. I need to sit with my bird a while to see her through this. I reckon like you did for your child back when she was in the hospital." Harris felt a strong sympathy for the man's situation. Lijah loved that bird as any father loved a child. [Locations 961-69 Kindle]
Recommend? Absolutely! For those that are bird lovers I think you would appreciate a book that had these awesome creatures as the main characters in the story. The added bonus is the Lowcountry of South Carolina!!
First Thoughts after finishing book: hmmm.....not sure what to think of this one.
What I liked about this book:
The setting...I like the idea of a twist...moreFirst Thoughts after finishing book: hmmm.....not sure what to think of this one.
What I liked about this book:
The setting...I like the idea of a twisted love story, murder, and cover-up that takes place on a boarding school campus. Don't know why...I must be twisted! The cop who actually went to the boarding school there on a scholarship. I thought his inside knowledge of how the school ticked made the story interesting. The secret society behind the title of the book. Sinister and just a tad creepy..helped add that extra factor to the story. The cover! It is pretty cool!! That's part of the reason I chose this book. Yes, I'm shallow like that!!
What I didn't like about this book: Too many characters!!!!!!!!!!! I felt like I needed a cast list so that I could refer back to it every other page!! Not connecting with one person in this entire story! That frustrated me and really left me with that so-so attitude once I finished the book. Privileged brats!! I don't think I could handle being the 'scholarship' kid at a school like this. Too many of them had no respect for others, and a huge sense of entitlement. Recommend? I'm not really sure. I guess if someone gave you the book or you were able to get it as a free download to your eReader. But would I recommend you spending good money on this one....no. It just wasn't sinister enough and there were just way too many characters. I think in order to do creepy well you must make some sort of connection with at least one character...that didn't happen for me.(less)