The year is 1998 and Ella Hawthorne moves out of her beautiful NYC apartment that she shares with her successful husband as she has found him cheatingThe year is 1998 and Ella Hawthorne moves out of her beautiful NYC apartment that she shares with her successful husband as she has found him cheating on her with a prostitute. Obviously, Ella is pretty much disgusted by Patrick's behavior, despite his insistence that it only happened once and it won't happen again; nonetheless, Ella moves into a smaller apartment in Greenwich Village with the hopes to start over. There Ella meets Hector, whom she instantly feels a connection with, and all seems to be going well until she hears strange noises coming from the basement at night. In fact, it sounds like a jazz club, but that can't be as the space has been empty for quite sometime. Ella comes to find out that it once was a speakeasy in the 20s. Cut to Geneva or "Ginger" Kelly, a young flapper trying to make it on her own in the big city in the 1920s. Ginger works as a typist, among other things, and spends her nights at the Christopher Club and with her privileged boyfriend, Billy. It's time of the Prohibition though and she should be watching her back. When she least expects it, the Christopher Club gets raided and she finds herself talking to a Prohibition officer, Oliver. He wants her to help him catch a notorious bootlegger, who is none other than her horrendous stepfather. The last thing she wants to do is get involved in her stepfather's affairs, especially when she might be marrying her wealthy boyfriend. She wants to put her past behind her, but receives a phone call that her mother is dying and has asked for Ginger to return home. In turn, Ginger comes face to face with her up-to-no-good stepfather. Slowly, Ella and Gin's stories intertwine in The Wicked City by Beatriz Williams and it makes for an interesting tale. Read the rest of my review here: http://www.confessionsofabookaddict.c......more
Britta Flannery's father has been killed in a brutal murder and the main suspect is Cohen, their close family friend and her father's apprentice. ButBritta Flannery's father has been killed in a brutal murder and the main suspect is Cohen, their close family friend and her father's apprentice. But Britta knows there's no way Cohen could have done it. Now Britta finds herself practically homeless and alone as Cohen has left and has yet to return. Britta, a skilled archer, is caught poaching by the king's men and in turn, is sent to the dungeon. Britta believes she is doomed until the king makes her an offer. She can be executed or help him track her father's alleged killer. They know that not only is Britta an expert hunter, she is also an accomplished tracker, thanks to her father. Britta is in a jam though. She knows Cohen didn't kill her father, but she has no choice to find him for the king. The one major problem? Britta still loves Cohen despite the fact that he left her high and dry. Her journey brings many ups and downs in Ever the Hunted. There's new lands, magic, dark secrets, and much more. Fans of fantasy and strong heroines will enjoy this new series. Read the rest of my review here: http://www.confessionsofabookaddict.c......more
Jennifer Weiner's memoir is a detailed glimpse into her life that starts when she is a young child all the way to present day. Readers get to know JenJennifer Weiner's memoir is a detailed glimpse into her life that starts when she is a young child all the way to present day. Readers get to know Jennifer as a precocious child living in her Connecticut hometown; she has always felt out of place though and skipping a grade only made this much more challenging for her socially. Plus, she never felt like she fit in since she wasn't slim and classically pretty like her sister and her family was a bit quirky, not to mention Jewish, which, apparently, wasn't the norm in her town. She examines the sometimes trying relationships with her family, especially her father. As she goes to college at Princeton, Weiner shares her experiences as an aspiring writer, her classes as well as the goals she set for herself after college. But this memoir isn't just about school and family. Weiner focuses on marriage, motherhood, parenting. love, miscarriage, and her struggles with her weight. As a woman, I appreciated many aspects of Hungry Heart and and as a fan of Weiner's sarcasm and honesty, I appreciated the memoir even more. Read the rest of my review here: http://www.confessionsofabookaddict.c......more
Victoria has lived a sheltered life before she became the Queen Victoria that we are all familiar with. HeI received this book for free from SheSpeaks
Victoria has lived a sheltered life before she became the Queen Victoria that we are all familiar with. Her mother didn't let her socialize or experience much outside of the walls of house, so in turn she doesn't know much about the world. At eighteen years of age, she find herself the Queen and with this comes not only great responsibility, but also a chance for her to carve out her own path. Thanks to Lord Melbourne, the prime minister, she learns the ins and outs of her life as Queen. There's one problem though. She starts to feel something for her much older advisor, Lord Melbourne, but she knows she can't possibly allow herself to love him. To complicate matters further, her uncle has come to court to remind her that she is destined to marry Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, but last time Victoria saw him, she was completely turned off. Daisy Goodwin's Victoria is an interesting glimpse into a lesser known Victoria. Readers get to know the Victoria that just arrived to the throne and the young woman who was finding her way.
I only knew the basic information about Victoria when I read this novel, but I love that Goodwin sheds so much light on her path to the throne as well as her life before Albert. The dynamic with her mother was especially interesting and I desperately wanted Victoria to break free from her mother's controlling grip. As any young woman will experience, Victoria struggled with her newfound freedom and although she didn't make the best decision at every turn, I still was rooting for her.
Her relationship with Lord Melbourne in Victoria was an interesting one. I could see the appeal of a well-respected man who actually supports her....a man with power and charm, but I knew that not only was he entirely too old for her, I was desperately waiting for Albert's arrival to court. And with that came my frustration. I was 70% through Victoria and there was no Albert yet! I was desperately waiting for his entrance and once he arrived, I was thrilled and loved his complex relationship with Victoria as well as his relationship with his charismatic brother.
All good historical fiction makes you want to learn more about its topic at hand and that was the case with Victoria. Reading this novel made me want to brush up on my British history and learn more about Victoria and Albert. It also has me so, so very excited for the show coming to PBS this January, which is based on this very book and written/created by Daisy Goodwin herself. I hope that Goodwin continues with Victoria's story as there is so much more to tell!
So, if you are like me and love all things historical fiction as well as British Royalty, you will definitely want to check out Victoria this fall, especially before the show airs this January on PBS. I can't wait!...more
Nicole Morgan and Lana Rivera are polar opposites, but end up rooming with one another at their elite boarding school called Oyster Bay. Nicole is a vNicole Morgan and Lana Rivera are polar opposites, but end up rooming with one another at their elite boarding school called Oyster Bay. Nicole is a very talented musician and is at Oyster Bay on scholarship. Lana, on the other hand, is just your average student with no special "talents" other than the fact that her mother is a Congresswoman. Enter Chase Porter a gorgeous soccer player that's new to Oyster Bay. Lana's mother has encouraged her daughter to get close to him as his father is in politics as well. Of course they hit it off and Lana realizes she actually likes him. Tragedy strikes when Chase is found dead in the woods and he has a picture on him that may provide the police with some leads. Who is in the picture? Nicole, Lana's nerdy roommate, and no one can figure out why he would have that picture. Now Nicole is a suspect in Chase's murder, but there's no way she did it. Right? Who was out to get Chase? Alexandra Monir's The Girl in the Picture is an interesting YA mystery that held my attention despite my issues with it.
Cora Scott is a bit of a spinster, at least according to the standards of the 1930s. She is unmarried and owns the town's successful wedding shop thatCora Scott is a bit of a spinster, at least according to the standards of the 1930s. She is unmarried and owns the town's successful wedding shop that has been in her family for years. People come from far and wide for the exquisite dresses, the beautiful work of the seamstress, and the outstanding customer service. The Wedding Shop makes every bride, regardless of their background, feel special. But Cora isn't feeling too special lately. She is in love with Rufus, a river boat captain, and she has pledged herself to him. He is in love with her as well, but is so busy with his travels on the river, that he can't commit to something, at least right now. He wants to make something of himself before they start a life together. Cora has been hanging on his every word for years, but now she is getting impatient and not any younger either. Fast forward to present day, Haley returns home after her service abroad and her best friend's untimely death. Haley and Tammy, her best friend, promised that they would reopen the wedding shop in town and bring it back its former glory. After all, it is a special place of their childhood, but with Tammy now gone, Haley isn't sure if she should still pursue their dream. To complicate matters worse, a development company wants to knock it down, even though it's historical and used to mean something to the town of Heart's Bend, Tennessee. Rachael Hauck blends two seemingly very different characters and their journeys very well in The Wedding Shop. Read the rest of my review here: http://www.confessionsofabookaddict.c......more