Well written and engaging. It managed to jump character to character, time zone to time zone without being the least bit jarring. This is hard to do.Well written and engaging. It managed to jump character to character, time zone to time zone without being the least bit jarring. This is hard to do. I appreciated the secrets slowly unveiled and the message revealed in Hilary's story...that maybe it wasn't for HER but for him. This made me think how quickly we are to make things about us and not others. But I really didn't like Emily or Tim. I wouldn't have married either one. If you can't make up your mind... I personally wouldn't accept being on the backburner the way Dan and Charlotte did. I can't say I agree with Charlotte's decision in the end....more
Absolutely amazing novel. It made me laugh, cry, nod my head in agreement, and contemplate some of the complicated choices some are presented with inAbsolutely amazing novel. It made me laugh, cry, nod my head in agreement, and contemplate some of the complicated choices some are presented with in life. What do you choose? The family you were born to or the family you choose? Making your dreams come true or helping someone else obtain theirs? Is denying your religion denying yourself?
I've read many WASP novels and while there was nothing new to me about this part of the story, the Jewish heroine and her conflicts made it interesting. The modern tale was surprisingly the best part though, as all these past conflicts come to a head and a 15-year-old girl suddenly becomes an adult. She has her own conflicts. Be accepted or keep her dignity? Her parents are divorcing.
There are many lessons to be learned in this fantastic, heart-wrenching novel. This one will stay with me a long time....more
I liked this for the most part. The writing is engaging and the story riveting. The woman is strong...though at times I questioned this. Being strongI liked this for the most part. The writing is engaging and the story riveting. The woman is strong...though at times I questioned this. Being strong isn't fighting love. Being strong is risking it all. She's afraid to love. Granted, with love comes pain, but still.
What bugged me about this woman the most though was all the kids she kept having. I realize BC was scarce to nonexistent back then, but even back then, there were SOME ways to at least try to prevent pregnancies, from vinegar to pulling out to diaphragms. Yet this woman, who can't afford the ten she already has, keeps popping out baby after babe after baby, getting herself further into her messes.
I like what she does in the end though. And I must admit, she'll do anything for those kids....more
The blurb had me at "suffragette". The Alaska setting sealed the deal. A suffragette in Frontier Alaska solving murders. This is the first in a seriesThe blurb had me at "suffragette". The Alaska setting sealed the deal. A suffragette in Frontier Alaska solving murders. This is the first in a series. The writing is good, though I never felt I really got to know the heroine. There was a feeling of disconnection for some reason, but it could be because I just didn't like her much. Her allusions to her torrid past and the circumstances in it kind of put me off.
I found the plot pretty predictable until the very end. I didn't see the twist with her brother coming.
The setting is well done, capturing the frontier feeling along with the "let's get this place civilized" vibe.
But, really, while I enjoyed this enough, there is nothing about it to make it stand out from any other mysteries....more
I've really been enjoying this series since I picked it up at book three and despite missing books one and two, I have never felt like I'm missing anyI've really been enjoying this series since I picked it up at book three and despite missing books one and two, I have never felt like I'm missing anything, thought I can't for the life of me remember her previous experience with Agent Williams. Either he was in book one or two, or there's been too much time between novels and I've forgotten.
But I digress. Louise is a former clerk for America's secret agency. It's WWII and she's in D.C. working a new job with the Foreign Morale committee. I've heard of this before and this is extremely interesting to me. During the war, we made fake letters and postcards and graffiti to discourage Nazis and German soldiers...to lower their morale. Louise takes us into the backrooms of this project. Her mission is to turn German POWs who've recently been incarcerated in the States. They are needed to plant the propaganda behind enemy lines.
But while interviewing the POWs Louise gets involved in a murder mystery.
And her secret lover pops up again, though there's very little of this twist this time.
I like how the author delves into the attitudes toward women and women working during the war, the changing attitudes and the resistors. The writing is stellar, and I must applaud the author for something. Often when reading mysteries in which there are a lot of suspects, I grow confused. Too many characters are introduced too soon and too many backgrounds, causing me to lose track of who is who. Not so in this novel. All the prisoners relevant to the story are introduced with just enough detail that we can tell them apart and remember who's who.
I made through half of this and it's a long book. I think the writing is terrific. I'd def read more of this author. (This is actually my first one byI made through half of this and it's a long book. I think the writing is terrific. I'd def read more of this author. (This is actually my first one by her, and I'm impressed with her capabilities.) What I can't stand about this book is the characters themselves. The exception being the headstrong former nun/almost nun. Loretta irritates me. She comes across as dumb, constantly falling for the wrong men. By the time her and Clark share a kiss, I was sick of her pining for him and debating her relationship with him. And Clask is just a douchebag. I can't get into this leading man at all. This just wasn't for me....more
WAY too drawn out and too much stuff I don't care about. It began to lose me during Harold's monologue about the revival and all that. Continued to loWAY too drawn out and too much stuff I don't care about. It began to lose me during Harold's monologue about the revival and all that. Continued to lose my interest as it carried on. He had too many stories and opinions and I didn't like the man.
Curious as to how this could be such a different take from the movie, The Pardon. ...more
Fluff. There's no depth to the story or its characters. The heroine says all the right things about suffrage, but where are her actions? Suffrage is nFluff. There's no depth to the story or its characters. The heroine says all the right things about suffrage, but where are her actions? Suffrage is not really a part of the tale and even the war is not that prominent in the story. Pointless. Predictable....more
Having read and enjoyed Russell Whitfield's Gladiatrix, I was pretty excited to give this a go. You can't have too much of a good thing, and women figHaving read and enjoyed Russell Whitfield's Gladiatrix, I was pretty excited to give this a go. You can't have too much of a good thing, and women fighting each other in Roman times makes a very exciting story. Throw a conflict such as two women who love each other being forced to fight each other and it's doubly interesting.
But at the same time having read a similar twist before, it made this book a tad predictable. On top of that, the heroines do not actually becomes gladiatrixes until about 65%, so calling this Sword of the Gladiatrix seems a little like false advertising.
That being said, I did enjoy the story. For some reason I connected with Afra way more than I did Cinnia. Cinnia's parts began with her fighting for Boudica. I should have loved this, but her parts fell flat for me and I didn't care for her flashbacks or dreams. Afra's scenes took place in Africa and began when she worked for her Kandake. Circumstances with her stepsister lead to her being enslaved and taken to Rome where she works wonders on a pair of hunting cats. I really liked her character. Cinnia rubbed me wrong a few times and she also ruined the romance for me by getting it on with another chick in the story. What kind of love is that?
This is my favorite novel by this author so far, and I've read every one. Rosen has skillfully gone from the roaring twenties to the gilded age to theThis is my favorite novel by this author so far, and I've read every one. Rosen has skillfully gone from the roaring twenties to the gilded age to the fifties newsroom. In this novel we follow a career woman as she tries to make it in the newspaper industry in a time when women were expected to be homemakers ala I Love Lucy (minus all the hilarious antics) and when a woman daring to carry an attache case instead of a purse darn near makes headlines.
We journey with Jordan as she starts her first reporting job, determined to go from society news to the city desk. At first she starts doing this in honor of her dead brother. But by the end of the story, it's not just about him anymore. She just may find her niche. Sometimes it takes a tragedy or some heartache for us to realize that.
She not only deals with sexist problems--stealing of her byline, callous remarks, prejudice--but has issues at home with two parents who don't know how to bounce back from the death of their son.
There's a wealth of Chicago history here, from politics, dirty cops, FBI investigations, White Sox bomb raid sirens, the Mob... The author tells us in the end what's real and what's not. Most of it adapted from real-life stories and situations that occurred.
There's romance, but if you're looking solely for a romantic story with a happy ending, this isn't the novel for you. This heroine has her romance and she feels love, but when it comes right down to it, she knows she needs more in life. Here we finally have a heroine who doesn't become what a man wants her to, but stays true to herself. Take it or leave it, fellows.