This is the first novel I read by this author. I have heard wonderful things about her. I read The Girl She Left Behind because of our book club discuThis is the first novel I read by this author. I have heard wonderful things about her. I read The Girl She Left Behind because of our book club discussion coming up. My expectations were very high coming into this book. I wanted to love this book. I love modern historical fiction, especially WW1-WW2 era.
Sophie Lefeve is left running her restaurant, Le Coq Rouge. While her husband Edwourd, a apainter is on the frontlines. The Germans have over run her town, Perrone. The Kommandant orders her that she must feed his soldiers each Monday evening. She has no choice but to do what he asks. She gets along with the Germans that turns the stomach of the townspeople. They think she is collerborating with the enemy and they turn against her.
While in his company at the restaurant he admires the self portrait that her husband has done. She discovers her husband is a prisoner of war. She loves her husband very much.She will do anything to get him home to her. She remembers how much the Kommandant loves the painting. She travels to the camp of the Germans to influence him to release her husband. But all doesn't go as planned. After she leaves, later on she is taken prisoner. The townspeople and her family turn a blind eye to Sophie. They don't want anything to do with her.
Now turn the clock forward to modern day England, 2006. Liv, a young widow has lost her husband. All she has left is a painting that her husband bought for her in Spain on their honeymoon. She falls for a man that she doesn't know works for investigation team recovering lost, and stolen art during the war. He finds out she has the artwork he has been trying to locate for a family.
The story grabbed me to a point, then lost me. The back and forth of narrative didn't interest me. As much as Sophie's story. I think the two separate narratives would have made a better story. The trial scenes were to drawn out. By the time the story ended, I was thinking thank goodness. I didn't hate it, but didn't love it.
I still would read, Jo Jo Moyes other book that people have been raving about. This one just didn't do it for me.
Grab a hot cocoa, and a nice comfortable chair. As you will be sitting there for hours mesmorized by author, Lisa Scottoline's novel, Every Fifteen MiGrab a hot cocoa, and a nice comfortable chair. As you will be sitting there for hours mesmorized by author, Lisa Scottoline's novel, Every Fifteen Minutes. It will grab you, and never let you go. It is one of the best books so far I have read this year. It asks the question, do you really know the person as well as you think you do. Follow Dr. Eric for a roller coaster ride of a book. Someone is ruining his personal, and professional life for good. He may loose his child, Hannah. One of the medical student's, Christine is accusing him of sexual harrassment. Then his patient who is OCD is possibly involved in a murder, and in the middle of the mix up is Dr. Eric. How far should he go? When you think you got it all figured out, something unexpected happens.
I was a VA psychiatric nurse, Lisa hits how a socialpath thinks, feels, and acts from the first chapter. I loved how she starts the novel, with us reading how a sociapath, feels, acts, and thinks. It is pretty scary, and creepy.
I have read many Lisa's novels, since the 1980's from the time I picked up her first novel, at Books and Books til now. This has to be one of her best. This is the reason I started to blog was shout out to my book readers the one's that resonate with me, and this one surely does.
This book was given to me as a review. Thank you John Karle, it was a pleasure. ...more
A Touch of Stardust was wonderful timing after reading Burial Rites. I needed something upbeat and light. I am glad I did. Reading, Touch of stardustA Touch of Stardust was wonderful timing after reading Burial Rites. I needed something upbeat and light. I am glad I did. Reading, Touch of stardust was literary, a touch of stardust. This is the second novel I read by Kate Alcott. The first was Dressmaker. Which was a wonderful to read as well.
I love novels that take place during the turn of the century to the 1930's. Loved the movie, Gone with the Wind. What a great combination for me. Do you know anyone that didn't think Clark Gable was H-O-T! Before hot was a word? LOL! You see before Brad Pitt, and Angelina Jollie, there was Clark and Carole.
I have always loved the classic movies from MGM, Warner brothers, etc. I have never read a book that fictionalized Hollywood, or the screen stars. But, I have read plenty of biographies of the stars, Judy Garland, Lucille Ball, Shirley Temple, etc. This was a treat.
A Touch of Stardust is about Julie Crawford from Indiana. With the protest of her parents she goes off in the sunset toward California. She arrives in Hollywood to make her mark. She's fired within a few days of arriving with the famous director( Selznick). Which incidentially is during the making of the contraversal movie, Gone with the Wind.
At the same time she is fated to meet Andy Weinstein who has plenty of connections. He gets her into another job working with, actress Carole Lombard as her assistant. With these connections she is at the movie studio during the making the movie. Which was not easy with Selznick( director). He was a very difficult person to get along with. At every turn of the making of GWTW, there seemed to be trouble.
Eventually Julie gets another break. She would rather be a screenwriter. She finalizes her play, and her friend Carole calls the famous Francis Marion. Ms. Marion, eventually is able to get her a job. She is working on a trial basis.
Francis Marion by the way is a famous screenwriter. She wrote many silent movies with Mary Pickford( silent film star). She is the first woman screenwriter that won an oscar.
In the meantime, there many things going on. Her boyfriend Andy, was Jewish. What it was like to be Jewish during this time.( for me it was interesting). The relationship of Carole Lombard, and Clark Gable as they were not married yet, Learning about Hollywood, and how an actor or actress can get caught up in the razzle dazzle of it all.
The behind the scenes relationship of Rhett and Scarlett. How Clark Gable didn't like the fact that the black actors were not welcome in Atlanta when the premiere opened. Clark Gable was going to start a protest. The movie makers did not at the time want to start trouble in Europe. Movies that were made slid by without talking about war.
The best part was how the relationship of Carole and Julie played out. Carole was a wize cracker. I didn't realize she was a comedianne, and pretty much sprouted out everything not realizing the consequences. My favorite part was when Julie brought her parents over for a barbeque with Clark making the bar-b-que. I could picture this.
There are something that other reviewers were bothered by. They felt somethings were not realistic. But, this is fiction. The writer can play out the book how she wants. If it bothers you so much, then read a biography or memoir. I enjoyed reading A Touch of Stardust immensely. I would love to read other fictionalized books about actors and the Hollywood business in the early years of MGM, Warner brothers, etc. ...more
Great readig for the beach. It kept my interest the entire time. Betrayal is about three main characters, Judy, Aunt Barb, and Judy's mom( you Judy trGreat readig for the beach. It kept my interest the entire time. Betrayal is about three main characters, Judy, Aunt Barb, and Judy's mom( you Judy travels to her aunt's house by her mom's request. When she arrives she learns Aunt Barb has breast ca0cer. She is to have surgery in the next couple days. In the mean time she mean time she meets Iris. Iris is an illegal from Mexico. Her aunt adores her. She is counting on her to help her through the surgery.
After Iris leaves the house Judy finds a stash of money, about 50,000. During the night doesn't report to her job. She found dead in her car. It appears it was natural causes. But was it ?? Judy starts snooping around with her sick aunt. Thing don't seem to appear as you think. Her best friend apparenly left town. The priest is dead. What is going on? No one wants to answer questions. Things appear to get worse, and more suspicions. You will just have to find out the rest because I don't want to ruin it for you. This story keeps you guessing and turning the pages. I haven't read her mystery in years. She also writes another type of genre, last year. It was good too. But, this was terrific. I recommend this for anyone that is looking for something to read to escape from it all. This is a great book to read this summer on the beach. I recommend this highly. ...more
North of Boston, the title alone drew me in. But like they say, don't judge a book by it's cover.
The character's were well developed. The plot was goNorth of Boston, the title alone drew me in. But like they say, don't judge a book by it's cover.
The character's were well developed. The plot was good up to a point. The beginning drew me in where she was on a boat with her friend. She was thrown off the boat in extreme cold for hours. Her friend never found again. But, that is where I felt the story lost me.
Come on, she became a experiment for the govt because she was able to tolerate extreme cold temperture for hours. Then she is the heiress of a perfume company. She and her father have relationship issues, ok, I get that. But, then the story becomes a whaling, envoirmental discussion, her mother had an affair years ago before her daughter found out. Now, she realizes who her mother had an affair with. Her mother's lover holds a vial of perfume that was forgotten and miraculously shows up. It just didn't connect with me.
But the characters in the story were well developed, and it was a fast pace novel, that made me want to turn the pages at first. But, like I said the plot didn't do anything for me.
I appreciate the author writing about the fishing industry, Boston( where my family is from), and the killing of whales that was a subject of debate years ago. I wish the story went another way. Because I think she had a good subject about the fishing industry, but not these character's didn't work because where she came from. But, the writing was wonderful, and poetic, especially the last paragraph.
It looks like everyone else loved the book. I am sorry to say it didn't work for me. I would like to thank the publicist for allowing me to review. ...more