The Land of Silence starts off during a beautiful day of joy and playfulness... Tessa Afshar's prose is witty and the personality of our main character Elianna comes right off the page as she interacts with her brother Joseph. However,quite quickly things change for Elianna and the story takes off. Following family tragedy, she has to find distraction, they all do just to continue to go on in everyday life. Things need to be done, and Elianna wants to make up for a debt she thinks that is her fault and throws herself into any task and finds some solace there.
Originally posted on Creative Madness Mama. The next novel in the trilogy is the Mark of Distinction. I read part of this one and listed to the rest a Originally posted on Creative Madness Mama. The next novel in the trilogy is the Mark of Distinction. I read part of this one and listed to the rest as an audiobook and it was again enchanting and entertaining with each new chapter. (I thought the narratored was well chosen, and I'm really picky when it comes to audiobooks!) Continuing the story and plot right where the first novel left off, more mysteries and secrets are revealed and more endearing characters are introduced to our dear heroine Julia's daily life.
This story is filled to the brim with entertaining London society culture. It is well written and the story flows so well that I hardly notice how much time passes as I'm enveloped in the story. While I would recommend reading this series in order, it would still be an enjoyable read if you had to start here. I can easily see wanting to recommend wanting to cuddle up in a cozy spot to just read the weekend away with this series.
Originally posted on Creative Madness Mama.It is hard to believe that it was actually a few years ago when I first read Born of Persuasion, the first Originally posted on Creative Madness Mama.It is hard to believe that it was actually a few years ago when I first read Born of Persuasion, the first in the Price of Priviledge Trilogy by Jessica Dotta. I craved every page turn and enjoyed the entire novel from beginning to end. While it happened into my reading scheduled during a tough season in my life, I adored the novel.
Being transported back to 1838 I was able to spend a few days captivated into a story filled with mystery of the past and secrets. This is completely an Austin meets Bronte novel that would appeal to many readers and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it and dive into the rest of the series.
*This post has been updated with my new format on February 9th, 2016, thanks to the Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin.*
When I was preparing the Coming Soon from the Pen post featuring historical Irish-fiction author Cindy Thomson, I was planning to link back to my review of Grace's Pictures, An Ellis Island Novel #1 that I read in July 2013 and loved beginning to end. I was surprised to discover while that review is prominently on my Goodreads shelf it seems to have either disappeared or never quite made it to my blog. But then, that was a drastic summer (surgery and all). Now I'm delighted to post that review as well as the brand new interview with Cindy to entice you to the entire series!
Grace is a different character from what I usually read and I did not take to her at first. However, our hero had me as a fan from before Grace was even sure what she thought of him. Grace's story starts in Ireland, continues on a ship and then in New York from about three or four different settings if you include Owen's locations. December 1900 America - Irish lass. While reading, I was taking blip notes as I bookmarked and said, Interesting start. "I already like Owen, definitely hero worthy so far. :) Grace is timid, but growing on me. I'm not sure what I think about Grace, but then I have no way to really relate to her experiences and fear. Owen, however, is seemingly a dream right off the bat. I have no clue how they might end up together, which I assume is the end direction. I'm definitely reading this book for Owen but I have hope for Grace..." By the end of the story, I'm definitely fond of Grace as she grew as a person and a character. While this is not seemingly the normal historical fiction I read it was enchanting throughout and kept me entertained and turning pages.
At the end, I did not expect certain things with her step-father and mother as it has been painted a different way, but I think that made the growth and knowledge of the characters past and presents all the more. The mixture of gang issue with the police force of the time was really neat to read as I'm sure I haven't seen it anywhere else before. The cover calls this An Ellis Island Novel, so I'm intrigued to see if Cindy will come out with more I'm delighted to be reading the sequel and second novel of Irish Immigrants through Ellis Island in Annie's Stories right now! I definitely wouldn't mind reading them even more stories if they were to come to publication. After all, this got a five star from me, and that's a hard score to reach. :)