Last October I led a book discussion group on The Orchid House by Lucinda Riley. Loved the book and saw that the author was releasing a new book in MaLast October I led a book discussion group on The Orchid House by Lucinda Riley. Loved the book and saw that the author was releasing a new book in March. The wait was worth it. I loved this book. The characters were well developed. There were basically two main characters: Rebecca Bradley, an American actress who resembles Violet Astbury who lived on the estate in the early 1920′s and Anahita Chevran, a beautiful mystical Indian girl.
The book takes place in two main time periods and the author did an astonishing job of integrating them. A lot of the time takes place in India around 1911. I loved the way the author described the land and its culture making you feel you were there. The other main setting was the Astbury Estate and it’s surroundings. Fell in love with the cottage on the moors. Astbury estate was so important I consider it one of the characters.
The writing reminded me a little bit of Isabella Allende meets Daphne du Maurier meets Victoria Holt. I love Historical fiction and this is one of the best. A lot of research went into making this book.
This was a long book but it didn’t seem like it. The author did an excellent job of pacing it. I loved the surprise at the end of the book. I wouldn’t hesitate to read it again.
A complimentary copy of this book was given to me by Atria books through NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion....more
The author of Warrior in Pink relied heavily on her family, friends, community and God when she was diagnosed and battled breast cancer. Although I doThe author of Warrior in Pink relied heavily on her family, friends, community and God when she was diagnosed and battled breast cancer. Although I don’t recall her coming out and saying it, I also think she relied on her writing to battle all the annoyances that go along with cancer treatment: diagnosis, tests, biopsy, surgery, recovery, chemotherapy radiation, and physical therapy. There were side-affects too. In addition to the usual hair loss, she also dealt with Lymphedema and cording . She often wrote about these subjects in her CaringBridge online journal.
I liked how she used scripture to support her battles and was open enough to include the words that she felt God laying on her heart. These scriptures were not only ammunition against her cancer, but they could be applied to anyone facing a trial; whether it is cancer, addiction or mental illness. She had her moments of anger, yet, God was faithful and reminded her of His wonderful unconditional grace; a grace that would follow her ten month ordeal and afterwards.
Warrior in Pink is an inspiring, well-organized and easy to read book. The author was very transparent and honest in telling her story. I would recommend it to anyone diagnosed with cancer and also to family and friends of someone battling cancer. A section is included from her husband on advice to spouses/caregivers....more
This book is just what I needed to read. Great medicine and great motivation. After reading Rosemary’s inspiring story which was so genuinely put togeThis book is just what I needed to read. Great medicine and great motivation. After reading Rosemary’s inspiring story which was so genuinely put together by the authors, I want to be a better person.
Rosemary is such a beautiful person inside and out and Scott honestly illustrates her unshakable story of enduring energy so well. Her transparency in relating her life is awesome. A friend of her’s once compared her to Scarlett O’Hara: strong, tough and beautiful. But Scarlett was selfish and didn’t have the heart of compassion that Rosemary has. A heart that founded Devotion to Children, a nonprofit organization “committed to providing access to high quality educational and childcare programs for children aged six and under from economically disadvantaged families.”
I also know very little about Vietnam and the Vietnam War so I thought the section of her life in Vietnam very interesting and a wonderful indication of how she changed her life.
I think it’s important to note that proceeds from the sale of the book will go to Devotion to Children.
I just want to read it again and take notes.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. A book give away and interview is forthcoming....more
I picked this book because I was curious about the wife of Edgar Allen Poe and I love the time period, pre-civil war, which this book is set in. This bI picked this book because I was curious about the wife of Edgar Allen Poe and I love the time period, pre-civil war, which this book is set in. This book however deals more with the affair that Poe had with Frances Osgood than it does with his wife.
I struggled with the first 40% of the book and it’s worn out cliches. It wasn’t until I did a little research and discovered there actually was a mistress named Frances Osgood that the book picked up for me and I became more interested. There was an incredible amount of research done.
In addition to the dark tale of Mrs. Poe, the book includes one of Osgood’s poems, an author’s note that gives grim details to what happened in real life to the main characters and a section Reading Group Guide.
I would recommend it to fans of Poe because it shows a more gentlemanly person than other biographers have portrayed. If you are just looking for a historical romance, there are more positive books out there....more
Liked the character of Olivia Parker but felt the writer needed to develop the character of Joshua Warren more. His character mostly resulted from hisLiked the character of Olivia Parker but felt the writer needed to develop the character of Joshua Warren more. His character mostly resulted from his connection to Olivia and what she was doing.
The book had some similarities to The Hunger Games and Divergent but I thought it held it’s own as a story. I liked it better than Divergent.
I also liked the short chapters and the twist towards the end.
Will probably read the next one, hoping Joshua has more character....more