Night In Eden, by Candice Proctor Five full stars! An exceptional book; one of the best I’ve read so far this year.
A realistic look at life in 1808,Night In Eden, by Candice Proctor ★★★★★ Five full stars! An exceptional book; one of the best I’ve read so far this year.
A realistic look at life in 1808, New South Wales and the struggle to carve out a life in a strange, forbidding land. Within just a few pages I was enthralled with the story! The harsh brutality of the beautiful Australian setting is not just a “wallpaper” backdrop, but actually a vital ingredient to the flavor of this book.
The Government House, Parramatta, Australia
One of the things I loved about it is that our heroine, Bryony, is at first truly afraid of our hero, Hayden. She’s not swooning with lust and sighing over his masculinity like so many romance novel heroines do when they are in close proximity of the hero. As a woman convict, grief-stricken from the loss of her children, in a land where rape is the expected norm, she is in a truly precarious situation and she is smart enough to realize it; so much more realistic! (I know I’d be scared s#itless!)
Still, Bryony is a woman of strong character; her resistance to Hayden, a to-die-for-hero, is credible, not a plot device to increase the sexual tension of the book. Their tumultuous love story is filled with unrelenting passion. For despite the cultural horrors of this new frontier, there is an underlying theme of hope, strength, endurance, and love; all the things one needs to survive.
Thank you, Jill, for the rec. Not wasting time asking myself: “Why have I never read anything by her before?” I jumped on the computer and ordered four more books by the talented Ms. Proctor. Definitely a good read! ...more
Warning: Don’t expect Donna Reed to show up in this one. I loved it, I hated it, I couldn’t put it down, I vowed never to pick it up and read anotherWarning: Don’t expect Donna Reed to show up in this one. ★★★★★ I loved it, I hated it, I couldn’t put it down, I vowed never to pick it up and read another chapter. Yeah. I went on an emotional roller-coaster ride with this fantasy Machiavellian soap-opera. It grabbed a hold of me and wouldn’t let go, even when I pleaded for mercy. I can’t image what those poor people, who don’t read, are doing while they wait for the next installment of this series to come out on HBO. Then again, I may commiserate with them when I finish book #5, with books #6 & #7 still unwritten. A compelling read. The characters were fascinating, the story convoluted. Glad I did it as a buddy read in the Nothing But Reading Challenges Group. Some things I surmised, some things they figured out way before I did, some we figured out together. Warning: There is no telling who lives, who dies, or who gets away with murder in this book: beloved characters, despised ones, bad men, good men, women, children, animals and the innocent. **sigh**
All I can say is, "Winter is coming." **sigh** ...more
Sometimes simple and sweet is just my cuppa tea and this story is both those things – with the added bonus of having a touch of spice. Carolyn Davids★★★★✩ Sometimes simple and sweet is just my cuppa tea and this story is both those things – with the added bonus of having a touch of spice. Carolyn Davidson, a favorite author when I’m seeking turn-of-the-century rural America, didn’t let me down with this one. Her style and tone are subtle, and such that she weaves a sense of ambience into the everyday life of the characters; effortlessly bringing to life the setting in this period piece.
Built in 1897; a beautiful example of Queen Anne style architecture of the period, by architect Charles Henry Holden.
It's 1897, in Whitehorn, Montana, and Eleanor Mitchum has discovered herself in the “family way.” Or rather the young town doctor has. Alas, there’s no groom in sight. When her father kicks her off his ranch she ends up becoming a housekeeper to the handsome, bespectacled physician. While Doctor Winston Gray hasn’t been marriage minded, he sure likes having gentle, efficient Ellie around; so her “fallen woman” reputation is certain to change.
“Louise Nursing Her Child” by Impressionist artist, Mary Cassatt (1898)
At first blush, this seems like the standard “pregnant with another man’s baby” theme, which isn’t a favorite of mine; even so, this one is well done and has a couple of surprises, but nothing outstanding. I just like being transported to small town living and lovin’. Nice to see some returning characters from the Montana Mavericks: Return to Big Sky Country Series (written by several different authors for Silhouette Books), but works nicely as a stand-alone. The time starts in August and ends in December (sans epilogue), making it Christmas Perfect.
Kind of like the U.K. cover better... but, I don’t know. What do you think?
I’m slowly making my way through Ms. Davidson’s back list. For some reason,Kind of like the U.K. cover better... but, I don’t know. What do you think?
★★★★☆I’m slowly making my way through Ms. Davidson’s back list. For some reason, I like her “voice”. The second in Davidson’s Texas series starts out a bit leisurely, which I usually don’t mind, but this time seemed slower than her usual. It certainly picked up later, making it well worth reading about Augusta McBride – or Gussie – and U.S. Marshal Jonathan Cleary’s love story.
Certain she’s all set for spinsterhood, Gussie is fixed on creating an environment in which a few “soiled doves” (one of whom is pregnant!) are able to reform their ways. She’s provided the safe-haven, and commences teaching them the “womanly arts”. However, this prim and proper miss has more than one pot on the stove, and after staying the night (!!) to take care of Jonathan when the poor man has been wounded yet again, the preacher and his wife unexpectedly stop by. Ooops! A “shotgun wedding” follows, much to Jonathan’s delight. (I mean, he was **gasp** shirtless, after all!)
4 stars. I must confess I liked it more that some people did. The flashback story to WWII didn’t bother me at all; in fact, I loved it! Go figure. I4 ½ stars. I must confess I liked it more that some people did. The flashback story to WWII didn’t bother me at all; in fact, I loved it! Go figure. I did expect a little more…of a climatic culmination at the end, but it was still very good. The love stories were excellent....more
Five full stars! I love books about chefs! Whether they are romances or mysteries; I just love the culinary theme (guess this explains my fascinatio Five full stars! ★★★★★ I love books about chefs! Whether they are romances or mysteries; I just love the culinary theme (guess this explains my fascination with the Food Network!). Put the three together, and Wow! I’ve never been a huge Nora Roberts fan (though I do like her writing as J.D. Robb); nevertheless, I’ve picked up one or two of her books over the years and enjoyed them.
However, I’ve always liked Heather Locklear (I swear my sister-in-law could be her twin). Ms. Locklear starred in the wonderful 2007 “made-for-TV-movie” adaptation of Ms. Roberts’ Angels Fall and I really relished it. When I saw this volume available from my library on audio download, I went for it. I am glad I did! Wow! It was even better than the movie (isn’t the book always better?)!
Well worth the read – or listen!
P.S. Almost forgot: Joyce Bean does an excellent job of narrating the audiobook! ...more