Won this book on Goodreads, and really enjoyed it. The author has really well-developed characters and a great plot. I enjoyed the back and forth tensWon this book on Goodreads, and really enjoyed it. The author has really well-developed characters and a great plot. I enjoyed the back and forth tension between the two main characters, Mrs. Fuller and her suitor, Mr. Dawson. I also like the fact that the supporting characters in the form of servants were also very well rounded. It didn't have the "class distinction" that many historical novels do. It was very refreshing to read a historical novel that ISN'T set in the middle ages. I can't say I've ever read many novels about the early days of San Fransisco, and I quite liked it. The book also had a great twist on the genre of the paranormal novel, using spiritualism rather than the typical ghosts and hauntings. I really liked this book, and will be searching out the first in the series, and I hope the author has more books in the work for these two likable characters....more
Ok, so first of all I would like to point out that when I registered to win this book I was unaware that it is by a religious writer (whether that beOk, so first of all I would like to point out that when I registered to win this book I was unaware that it is by a religious writer (whether that be my fault for not clearly reading the synopsis or the person who listed this giveaway not making sure the fact is visibly noted, I'm not sure). Either way, had I been aware of that fact, I would not have registred for this book.
That being said, I did win this book, and because I follow the rules, I read it. Though "I Have Seen Him in the Watchfire" was fairly well written, I have to assume this book was geared more towards the young adult group. While the storyline is good, the main character, Robert, seems to lack emotional maturity. Also, while the book is set in the middle of the Civil War, the greatest conflict ever to touch this country, the writer seems to gloss over anything involving the actual war itself.
The premise of the book is that Robert, a 17-going on 18-year old is living in a Northern state, while his mother had gone back to her family home in the south several years prior to the beginning of the war and his father has recently joined the Union army. He promises his father that he will not enlist until he turns 18. When he is 17, he receives a letter from his cousin in the South (whom he, incidentally, is in love with) requesting that he visit his uncle who is being held in a Union prisoner camp. During these visits, his uncle is able to help his men plan an escape from the camp before he dies, and Robert is taken away with them. He is left behind in town with a sympathetic family and a crippled Confederate soldier named Wooster. While Robert is dilirious with fever, Wooster smuggles them out of town before they can be found. They end up in a Confederate army hospital, only to find the Captain who left them for dead is on his way. Again, they manage to leave just in the nick of time, heading south to bring Wooster home and Robert to his family.
I say many things about the war are glossed over because, while there is no actual fighting--Robert is not actually a soldier, Wooster recalls his time in the battle of Gettysburg with so little emotion that its very difficult to beleive he was actually there. And Robert, who we learn helped smuggle a slave boy from his grandfather's plantation, just does not seem to have the emotional maturity at 17 of someone who would actually have done such a thing.
The story plods along, while we listen to the thoughts going through Robert's head, witnessing him narrowly escape capture several times, only to find himself finally with his mother who is in the throws of a mental breakdown. Or is it some sort of disease like Alzheimer's? I have no idea. Her mind is confused and she wanders in and out of the present like someone who may have that, but its very hard to tell where the writer was going with that. Suffice it to day, mom has issues. This then leads Robert to have his Glorious Epiphany about how he should just trust in God and do whatever it is God has set before him to do (because we didn't see that coming at all).
The most realistic portion of the entire novel is witnessing the mental breakdown of Robert's mother. The rest is not especially believable--Wooster's account of the Gettysburg battles, the potential of being captured again and again--mostly because its very hard to form an emotional attachment to these characters. I spent the entire book watching from afar rather than being in the story with the characters. All in all, some people would enjoy this book, but its not one that I will be referring to friends or my book club....more
Ok, so I have never been pregnant, and probably won't be any time in the near future. But I sit in a desk all day working on a computer, so when I wonOk, so I have never been pregnant, and probably won't be any time in the near future. But I sit in a desk all day working on a computer, so when I won this I though, eh, give it a try. Its AMAZING!!! Love it!! All you do is put your weight on these squishy purple balls (wherever it hurts) and it eases the pain. I tried it after a long day at work, and after a little while of laying on the floor with the ball under my lower back, I felt so much better!!! And when I was finished, I stood straighter! Also tried it under my shoulder (I'm an avid crocheter) and it completely got the knots out!! Love, love, love it!!!...more
Frist off, I must say that I'm not usually a big fan of fantasy writing. I'm one of those people who have never been able to sit down and read J.R.R.Frist off, I must say that I'm not usually a big fan of fantasy writing. I'm one of those people who have never been able to sit down and read J.R.R. Tolkien, yet I saw the movies. I am, however, a big fan of historical fiction, which is probably why I enjoyed this book, as it has the feel of an epic historical novel. I admit, I wanted to read the books because I heard they had started this as a series on HBO, and the book is always better.
I do agree with some reviews that the story would have been much shorter if the word "bastard" had been eliminated a few dozen times. However, I understand that this is the first book in a series, and with lineages complex enough to require an appendix, I understand why its there. Plus, I think we can safely assume those bastards (Snow, especially) will come in handy in the following books. I really enjoyed the style of writing; I was hooked after reading the first few pages. All in all, Mr. Martin has created a vivid and exciting world filled with well-devloped characters and a plot that moves along at a brisk pace. I'm excited to read the next in the series....more
Won this book, thought it was pretty good. The story goes back and forth from the 60's/70's to the present day. Its the story of a mother and her daugWon this book, thought it was pretty good. The story goes back and forth from the 60's/70's to the present day. Its the story of a mother and her daughters, who, when escaping from their abusive husband/father, end up moving from New Orleans, LA to a tiny island off the coast of Maine. Upon their arrival, they meet a father and his son, both of whom fall in love with the women.
This is a book that everyone should read! I'm fascinated by the sorties of WWII, and like the author, had never learned the story of the Vel' d'Hiv. BThis is a book that everyone should read! I'm fascinated by the sorties of WWII, and like the author, had never learned the story of the Vel' d'Hiv. But we should have. The story of Sarah and the children of the Vel' d'Hiv truly should never be forgotten. This is a novel of terrible tragedy and hope. The story goes back and forth from the days of WWII and the present day. Beginning with the story of Sarah, a young girl in Paris during WWII and the terrible tragedy that befalls her and her family. If then explodes Julia's story in present-day Paris, a seemingly idyllic life that is slowly unraveling. When Julia discovers Sarah's story, her life will never be the same again....more
If you're a fan of chick-lit lite, then this is for you. I, however, prefer my books to have some substance. And good characters. Neither of which thiIf you're a fan of chick-lit lite, then this is for you. I, however, prefer my books to have some substance. And good characters. Neither of which this has. The story is about a 20-yr old college girl who goes back home after the grandmother who raised her has a stroke. I have to say, Dora is the least convincing 20-yr old character I have read about. Does she have any friends, interests, do we really find out anything about her??? No. Vague seems to be the best and only way to describe Dora. I was not able to get emotionally invested in her character, which made this book a struggle. In reading the synopsis, it looks as though Dora will have some grand epiphany of a moment surrounded by all these great vintage items, and the amazing stories that go along with each. Sadly, that does not seem to be the case. The stories are good, but don't seem to relate all that much to Dora. And I'm sorry, but if this is all the power that vintage has, I'll stick with buying new, thank you very much....more
Read this to review. I thought it was a well-written book, although not the most exciting thriller I've read. I will admit it was a little slow in theRead this to review. I thought it was a well-written book, although not the most exciting thriller I've read. I will admit it was a little slow in the beginning, but the pace did pick up as the story went along.
The premise is this: Matt Owens is a reporter in Florida, who's sister is kidnapped and murdered during a night out with her brother. With no suspect in custody, Matt does his own research and comes across a similar case in Frace. On a whim, Matt flies to Paris, where after meeting up with an old colleague, he is introduced to Detective Eve Bellamont who has been pursuing similar cases for the past five years. Together they follow the clues of a killer whose victims reach from the United States, England, and Scotland.
PJ Parrish wrote a likeable thriller with well developed characters, but I don't think this is a book I would be reading over and over again....more
I have to say, I absolutely LOVED this book! In reading the synopsis on Goodreads, it sounded good, but once you start reading, it absolutely fantastiI have to say, I absolutely LOVED this book! In reading the synopsis on Goodreads, it sounded good, but once you start reading, it absolutely fantastic! I admit, I'm a sucker for a gothic novel--I loved Dapne du Maurier's Rebecca and this book is similar in tone.
The book is told by two women--one, Benedicte, the ghost of a woman who once lived in Le Genevriers, a farmhouse in the south of France, and Eve, the girlfriend and current owner. Both are looking for a woman in their lives who has disappeared-Benedicte, for her sister who disappeared one tumultuous evening, and Eve, her husband's former wife whom he refuses to talk about. What happened to her? Was her husband responsible? These questions plague Eve, and lead her on a search which may, in the end, solve a decades old disappearance.
This is a fantastic story of love, loss, and one woman's quest for the truth....more
Have you ever been wandering through flea markets or antique stores only to come upon a stack of old black and white photos and wondered who exactly tHave you ever been wandering through flea markets or antique stores only to come upon a stack of old black and white photos and wondered who exactly these people were and what were their stories? If so, this is the book for you. Ransom Riggs has created a story around the people in those photos, those "peculiar" children. This book is a great start to a new series! Revolving around the story of a teenager named Jacob, who, upon the death of his grandfather, finds out that there was more to the man than anyone knew or suspected. Trying to piece together his grandfather's life, Jacob discovers a home for peculiar children, and learns that his grandfathers fairy tales of children with special powers and the monsters who pursue them, are very, very real. If you are a fan of suspense, mystery, and the paranormal, this is a book you will truly enjoy!...more
Won this book on a Goodreads giveaway, and I have to say its awesome! Its a modern take on the locked-room mystery a la Agatha Christie (which I love)Won this book on a Goodreads giveaway, and I have to say its awesome! Its a modern take on the locked-room mystery a la Agatha Christie (which I love). The story revolves around the former students of a college night class who were involved in the solving of not only a literary mystery, but a double homicide that took place 12 years before the night class, which is taught by the supposed murderer himself. The book switches back and forth between the night class (which took place 14 years earlier) and the present day, where the former students are gathered at a memorial service, only to discover that someone is trying to kill them one by one. And the killer is one of them.
I liked the fast-paced storytelling, and the fact that there are two murder-mysteries in one book--but wait, is it actually THREE? Because just when you think its all been solved, there is more! But I won't give away the details. Suffice it to say that this novel has everything that makes a book great-fantastic writing, believable characters, and an amazing plot that keeps you guessing right up until the very end....more