East London, 1888 - a city apart. A place of shadow and light where thieves, whores, and dreamers mingle, where chil...moreBook Description: ================
East London, 1888 - a city apart. A place of shadow and light where thieves, whores, and dreamers mingle, where children play in the cobbled streets by day and a killer stalks at night, where bright hopes meet the darkest truths. Here, by the whispering waters of the Thames, Fiona Finnegan, a worker in a tea factory, hopes to own a shop one day, together with her lifelong love, Joe Bristow, a costermonger's son. With nothing but their faith in each other to spur them on, Fiona and Joe struggle, save, and sacrifice to achieve their dreams.
But Fiona's life is shattered when the actions of a dark and brutal man take from her nearly everything-and everyone-she holds dear. Fearing her own death, she is forced to flee London for New York. There, her indomitable spirit propels her rise from a modest West Side shop-front to the top of Manhattan's tea trade. But Fiona's old ghosts do not rest quietly, and to silence them, she must venture back to the London of her childhood, where a deadly confrontation with her past becomes the key to her future.
19.09.2012: ========== One of the best books I read this year. Wow! Finishing this book was the one thing I dreaded. The Tea Rose was a captivating, heartfelt, and engaging read. I was lost in this fascinating, atmospheric world of 19th century London, and would love to go back sometime and revisit the wonderful characters that Jennifer Donnelly created. There are great characters in this story that you will not forget easily, especially Fiona Finnegan who is the central figure with great strength and fierce ambition. Very well written and keeps you guessing. Some time you can predict what may happen; but it keeps you hanging. Other things come as a complete surprise. (less)
When Julie Jacobs inherits a key to a safety-deposit box in Siena, Italy, she is told that it will lead her to an old family treasure. Soon she is lau...moreWhen Julie Jacobs inherits a key to a safety-deposit box in Siena, Italy, she is told that it will lead her to an old family treasure. Soon she is launched on a winding and perilous journey into the history of her ancestor Giulietta, whose legendary love for a young man named Romeo rocked the foundations of medieval Siena. As Julie crosses paths with the descendants of the families immortalized in Shakespeare’s unforgettable blood feud, she begins to realize that the notorious curse—“A plague on both your houses!”—is still at work, and that she is the next target. It seems that the only one who can save Julie from her fate is Romeo—but where is he?05.06.2012:==========This book is a somewhat entertaining modern day re-telling of the story of Romeo and Juliet, complete with warring families, a look at Italian history, and, of course, love. The story alternates between long passages telling the ancient story, and Julie's passionate relationship with Allesandro--Romeo. Her sister Janice joins her and the danger ramps up as the sisters close in on the prize. They can't depend on any friend or foe being who he seems to be. Harrowing scenes play out in the bone-filled crypts and ancient waterways far beneath the city of Siena, and in the Piazza del Campo where the historic Palio (horserace) is run.I found the fictional old story fascinating, and I loved the romantic setting in Tuscany where memories are long and the events of six hundred years ago are still so alive in the buildings, the art, and the hearts of the people. This novel also has an intriguing mystery and adventure component that pulls you into that beautiful and ancient world Siena, Italy. It leaves you wondering and questioning and hanging on every written word up until the very end.(less)
Third in the series and once again a pleasure. An easy read with a cast of charchter you will sure to enjoy. Well written comfort book. The truth is t...moreThird in the series and once again a pleasure. An easy read with a cast of charchter you will sure to enjoy. Well written comfort book. The truth is that I wish I could have a donut while reading, but I am on a diet so I enjoyed the charachters that ate Suzanne's master donuts.(less)
If you're in the mood for a light read, with mystery starting in the first paragraph, combined with humor and romance, GLAZED MURDER fits the bill. It...moreIf you're in the mood for a light read, with mystery starting in the first paragraph, combined with humor and romance, GLAZED MURDER fits the bill. It is fun read that will help you escape from daily stress. Jessica Beck tells a good story with interesting recipes thrown in for spice. Don't expect this novel to be a classic; do expect to be entertained. Looking forward to more in this series.(less)
This novel is set in Sweden and you jump in to an immediately fast paced plot, with lots of twists and surprises. It's a mainstream novel now, but is...moreThis novel is set in Sweden and you jump in to an immediately fast paced plot, with lots of twists and surprises. It's a mainstream novel now, but is surprisingly deep. It touches on journalism and ethics, business and economic theories, and then builds in an in-depth family mystery with a huge cast of characters. You can trust no one, and you can't even pretend to know what happens next. My suggestion to any reader of it would be to turn the pages slowly and savor it, because you'll be so sorry to see it end. You'll also want to be sure to install heavy duty encryption on your computer as soon as possible, and you'll never read another article in The Economist in the same way again. I also have to mention that the author wrote at a high caliber of skill, there was no dumbing down of the literary aspect as some bestsellers often seem to do. This is the best novel I've read this year. The slow beginning puzzled me as to how this was going to be a mystery novel. The transition from a journalist's fall in the world of magazine publishing and economics into the the mystery and its eventual difficult outcome was so good, and so enhanced by the quirky and misfit character of Lisbeth Salander that I didn't want to leave the story, the area of Sweden, or the characters behind. I thought I had it all solved about halfway through, but I was nowhere near being right about what happened to a missing girl nearly 40 years ago. If you like cold case mysteries that are well-written with fascinating characters and a look into the world of hackers, you'll love this book. I'm glad that a few pages of the next book were included at the end of this one. I could have read on forever in this book, because the continuity of the story flowed along so well, and I hated to see it end. I'm just very sorry that the author's works are being published posthumously. Stieg Larsson didn't get to see his books published and the book world lost a wonderful writer.
"Story is a fossil you find on the ground, and you gradually dig it out slowly". King is more revealing of his life in this book than ever before. He...more"Story is a fossil you find on the ground, and you gradually dig it out slowly". King is more revealing of his life in this book than ever before. He is frank in discussing the merits and deficiencies of many of his books. Stephen King lays down the law and then teaches it. He shares his techniques, his pet peeves and his own personal experiences both ass a child and adult. This book provides valuable insights not only into the mind of kind but on the writing process itself. King inspires prospective authors to write the "Truth". Stephen King's love of writing is contagious. He has given the budding writer a gift. Anyone who speaks so lovingly of another human being, in this case his wife and is gifted in his craft as he is, demands are respects. The truth is that I am going to read some of Stephen King's books that I haven't read yet.(less)
Some have heard of the infamous Pope Joan, the woman who disguised herself as a man, and achieved the highest status of the time...The Pope, but many...moreSome have heard of the infamous Pope Joan, the woman who disguised herself as a man, and achieved the highest status of the time...The Pope, but many have not. Donna Woolfolk Cross has brought the legend of Pope Joan to life. The novel is written in a fictional sense, but weaves many of the little known facts into the tale. The characters have been created with amazing detail and are a very good representation of the time. One can create a visual image of the atire; the struggle to meet basic needs; and mostly the status and order that prevailed among the classes. The writing style of Donna Woolfolk Cross sets a marvelous stage for the heroine of this wonderful novel. The authenticity of the historical times surrounding the life of Joan, gives us insight into not only the atmosphere of the church doctrine, but of the disruptive period in history encompassing the Viking Wars; the class structure and the fight for absolute power. Add to all of that, a young girl with a dream that can only be achieved through the use of deception; a forbidden love story fraught with a gamut of emotions and the coveted title of Pope. Then take the girl, take the title; put them together and you have POPE JOAN!(less)
A delight! This book is redolent, full of sensory experiences, and yet it's as ethereal as spirit, too. What I love about this book, absolute love abo...moreA delight! This book is redolent, full of sensory experiences, and yet it's as ethereal as spirit, too. What I love about this book, absolute love about it, is that it's sensory descriptions are so soulful, and it's spiritual elements are so earthy!!While at times the prose is a bit flowery, I was pleasantly surprised! the author giving the foods magical qualities. The Iranian history was nicely woven into the story with a bit of drama, but no self-pity. I found the descriptions of the food, spices, and relishes to be perfectly accurate (I've been cooking Persian food for years.) Pomegranate Soup was a pleasure to read! I'm happy to see more and more Persian authors publishing their post-revolution experiences with humor, grace and quite good storytelling. (less)
Along Came a Spider is probably the epitome of what every crime-thriller novel should be. At 500 pages its easy to devour reading, the suspense is wel...moreAlong Came a Spider is probably the epitome of what every crime-thriller novel should be. At 500 pages its easy to devour reading, the suspense is well balanced, but the real key to success is Alex Cross himself. Alex is a black, detective with a degree in psychology, who is passionate about his work, volunteers at a food bank and counsels on the side. And he isn't perfect, he loses his head and punches out racists, doesn't spend enough time at home with his kids and is a bit of a sucker for the ladies. The plot of the novel is pretty basic, but flows well, the first half reads like a standard serial killer case, the pace does slow a little in the second half as deeper intrigue is revealed. This book is wonderful! Suspenseful, twisting, and delicious, James Patterson has crafted quite the protagonist in Detective Alex Cross. AMAZING! I loved it. I would read it for hours and hours. I had a hard time putting the book down. It was great! James Patterson is one of my favorite writers.
A very good book, fast reading. This book continues the Ladies Murder Club. Patterson's characters are well developed and quite believable as well as...moreA very good book, fast reading. This book continues the Ladies Murder Club. Patterson's characters are well developed and quite believable as well as likable. I look forward to his next foray with Lindsay Boxer a recommend to all mystery/detective fans. 4th of July, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro is a very good book. It's a classic suspense novel with an extremely eerie vibe. This makes a hard book to put down.I enjoyed this book. Especially the two storylines, which go in parallel (the trial of Lindsay and her murder investigation). Overall it was an entertaining book. Patterson's style of small chapters (2-3 pages) is very addictive ... just one more chapter ... and another one. I am not sure how realistic the trial is, but the trial showed some real issues from two sides. It is also extremely fast paced and enjoyable as it contains a twist that caught me off guard(that I should have expected).(less)
While I enjoyed the book, it seemed to me that the way it was written applied the story so much better to the screen rather than the written word. Of...moreWhile I enjoyed the book, it seemed to me that the way it was written applied the story so much better to the screen rather than the written word. Of course, the incredible acting by Meryl Streep, and the oh so wide eyed - well played role Amy Adams took may have shaded my take on this. So often, for me the book turns out to be so much more enjoyable than the movie, but in this case, I have to say that I enjoyed the movie much more than the book!!
Apart from the break-neck pace, I love the way Patterson squeezes in contemporary facts and events in his thrillers. This latest in the Women's Murder...moreApart from the break-neck pace, I love the way Patterson squeezes in contemporary facts and events in his thrillers. This latest in the Women's Murder Club series is every bit as nailbiting as the first two, but with a slight twist: this time, the solution to a grisly string of bombings cannot come without the expense of having to lose someone very close to our amateur detectives.
Riveting plot twists. Bullet paced turn of events. This novel packs in just about everything you would expect from a wholesome crime thriller. If you've read the first 2 in the series, you'd probably be even better off as you could relate more easily to the fears and idiosyncrasies of our intriguing protagonists.
Don't know how Patterson does it, but he just keeps on getting better and better! Couldn't put 3rd Degree down. (less)