This is a pretty epic book. No, really, it’s long, covers a couple of years, lots of traveling, and has an epic feel to it. It reminds me more of oneThis is a pretty epic book. No, really, it’s long, covers a couple of years, lots of traveling, and has an epic feel to it. It reminds me more of one of those “guy” fantasy stories that has a couple of volumes. I hate to say it, but the first half of the book dragged. I felt like it could have been cut in half and moved a lot faster, and there was too much of a focus on politics and more minor characters. BUT – the second half of the book rocked. The action was fast paced, the love scenes were hot, the dialogue was snappy, and the focus remained on the people I actually gave a hoot about – Kyriay and Morgan.
When I first read the summary of this book, I thought to myself, “Okay… how’s this going to work?” Time travel, Civil War battles, spouses reunited inWhen I first read the summary of this book, I thought to myself, “Okay… how’s this going to work?” Time travel, Civil War battles, spouses reunited in another era… I was fascinated by the concept, but afraid it was all a gimmick. Luckily for me, Tracey Jane Jackson’s first novel in her Cival War Brides series delivers many more punches than just a time portal.
SUMMARY: When Sophie Ford wakes up in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in 1863, leaving behind her life-threatening heart condition and her husband in 2007, her problems are only just beginning. Of course, it’s nice to be healthy again, but there are a lot of questions that need to be answered. How did she get there? Where is her beloved husband Jamie? And how does she get back?
A Civil War aficionado, Sophie takes some comfort in knowing she’s on the winning side of the war, but knows that tough times are coming for the Wades and Simmonds families she’s grown to love and the area in general. She finds refuge with them, fights off the aggressive advances of their neighbor, and holds out hope that Jamie will find her… somehow. Then a soldier shows up looking just like him, with no memory of his life before waking up in 1863. Helping him remember is a challenge, but they get there together.
Without revealing too much or spoiling it for potential readers, Jamie and Sophie’s story is a heart-warming tale of love overcoming challenges and even time. Their bond is strong and, although it is greatly tested in The Bride Price, it will renew your faith that love conquers all.
As far as everything else is concerned, Jackson’s knowledge of her chosen era is impressive. She demonstrates an intricate understanding of the roles of men and women, the clothing of the period, the customs of courting and decency, colloquial speech, and the nitty gritty of the War Between the States. It all provides a colorful and engaging backdrop for this love story, one that is sure to evoke a few little tears from you on occasion.
This book is the perfect remedy for Twilight fever for fans of the Meyer epic... but also the grown up, modern-day "Dracula" the rest of us were hopinThis book is the perfect remedy for Twilight fever for fans of the Meyer epic... but also the grown up, modern-day "Dracula" the rest of us were hoping to find instead.
Beyond the obvious "it's a vampire book," let's talk about the crazy tangled web Olson skillfully weaves. Her connections are connected so many ways it will make you scratch your head and wonder how she kept them straight. Still, she threads you along the right path, always moving forward. The result is an effortless tale befitting it's cryptic title... one that sucks you in, spins you around in circles, then asks you to walk a straight line.
It's gripping from beginning to end, especially once Lizzie's brain starts getting a little bit cloudy. I won't spoil anything, but you're in for quite a ride if you pick this one up!
Congrats, Jessie, on a fantastic debut novel!...more
At first glance, the story told within Fairchild’s novel In Search of Lucy might seem like any ordinary coming-0f-age tale. Granted, our heroine hereAt first glance, the story told within Fairchild’s novel In Search of Lucy might seem like any ordinary coming-0f-age tale. Granted, our heroine here is the ripe old age of 30. But with a childhood as difficult as hers (an alcoholic mother, missing father, deceased step-father, etc.), Lucy had to grow up fast and thus, it’s understandable that she’d wind up in such a downward spiral at her age. It’s too much to ask for one woman to handle.
But handle it, Lucy does. And in handling things, she also formed a very maternal relationship with her younger sister Katie, who grew up and basically abandoned her to live her own life. When it turns out that Katie now needs Lucy in her life again (in a big, bad way, too), what will the trusty older sister do?
In Fairchild’s debut novel, Lucy is a sympathetic main character who brings you on a journey of growth and development right along with her. On the way to help save her sister’s life in Texas, Lucy learns a lot about herself, some new friends, and a budding relationship she left behind her in LA. What unfolds is organic, honest, and very compelling.
I'll start this review by saying that I've never read an inspirational romance before and I had some preconceived notions about the genre that kept meI'll start this review by saying that I've never read an inspirational romance before and I had some preconceived notions about the genre that kept me away from it. That said, Candy Little's debut novel, The Unwilling Bride, shattered all those notions and gave me a fresh perspective on how sweet, sultry, and truly romantic this sub-genre can really be.
The spirituality of this story is not overwhelming, not unbelievable, and not in your face. It's a gentle thread woven throughout their story and helps them triumph some pretty tough obstacles. Without giving too much away, Caitlin and Dillon's story is the kind that warms your heart and gives you hope.
In Double Occupancy, Chase does well by her characters, giving them room in their close-quartered villa to really express themselves and draw the readIn Double Occupancy, Chase does well by her characters, giving them room in their close-quartered villa to really express themselves and draw the reader into their love story. Their witty banter will have you laughing but their hot and steamy moments will have you begging for more. By isolating her hero and heroine like this, Chase has given the reader the chance to indulge in a R&R too, focusing on the budding relationship between Travis and Casey. Get lost in this story as though you’re resting up in the villa for yourself… I found it pretty hard to put this one down and climb back into the real world, myself!
Before you pick up this book, you’ll need to put down your preconceived notions of time travel, ripple effects, and the paranormal. Hughes makes her oBefore you pick up this book, you’ll need to put down your preconceived notions of time travel, ripple effects, and the paranormal. Hughes makes her own rules for these things, leaving much to be wondered at, but the effect is a tale filled with twists, turns, mysteries, and really, really strange stuff.
When two people’s dreams entangle 100 years apart from each other, history gets rewritten. A passenger on the Titanic gets tipped off from Wren’s dreams 100 years later and succeeds in thwarting the disaster. The world is torn asunder into two parallel universes: what happens after the Titanic sinks and what happens after the Titanic safely docks in New York. Big changes exist between the two worlds, but Wren has to correct this mistake.
He embarks on a difficult journey where he receives help from his cousin Rhyllann (well, parallel universe Rhyllann) and the Carrie, great-great-great-granddaughter of the visionary who stops the ice berg accident. Amid all this mess, a young romance blooms between Wren and Carrie, two strangers from different worlds who know there’s no way to be together. At least, not in that world.
What ensues is a maze of twists that will keep you reading, flying through that last 50 pages at lightning speed. In the meantime, you grow to love this unlikely trio and cheer for them every step of their unusual journey. I’ll even admit to some misty eyes for a little bit there toward the end.
If you can let go of reality to make it through this quick read, you’ll enjoy the ride for sure. Hughes displays her expert knowledge of the Titanic’s tragedy without overwhelming you with details. Her romance story line is a delicate thread woven throughout the story and tying things nicely together. And her ability to keep you guessing helps turn those pages just that much faster.
This book exceeded my expectations in so many ways. I read "Twilight" and I liked it, but I didn't love it (or Meyer's writing style)Wow. Um... wow.
This book exceeded my expectations in so many ways. I read "Twilight" and I liked it, but I didn't love it (or Meyer's writing style) as much as some. But the premise of this novel intrigued me - a body-snatching alien who falls in love with the host body's boyfriend, thus pissing off said host body. And Meyer can handle a narrative, so I resolved to give it a fair shot.
And I'm so glad I did. I read this 600+ page novel in about a week - lightning-fast for my slow-paced reading habits. The characters well very well-drawn. I felt like I knew the host body and the body-snatching alien like real people. This book tells a story that is very powerful and (surprisingly) very human in spite of its premise. The science fiction all seems to happen in the background; the journey of this "alien" is inspiring and heart-breaking at times. I found myself tearing up at the end.
When I finally raced through the end of this book, I experienced that bittersweet end-of-a-good-book feeling. Glad to see a resolution I approved of; sorry to have to leave this fictional world I'd come to love.
Well done, Stephenie with an "E". Well done....more
Modern but mystical, Sail Beyond Tomorrow tells the story of two parallel romances: professors Susan and Richard and their widowed parents, Nate and KModern but mystical, Sail Beyond Tomorrow tells the story of two parallel romances: professors Susan and Richard and their widowed parents, Nate and Kathy (respectively). Welch does an excellent job developing two very different relationships and balancing the attention between them. From the passionate love of Susan and Richard, the reader gets a deep, involved romance. And from the second-time-arounders Nate and Kathy, we see hope for the painful and challenging later years, when mortality seems to play a bigger role than discovering romance. Still, these four characters each have something to share with the reader and each has his or her own lesson to learn.
Add to the mix a plot riddled with past demons coming back to haunt our heroes, plus an ancient foretelling that may (or may not?) come true… Sail Beyond Tomorrow gets you thinking and feeling all at once.
This book is the first "self-help" book to actually make sense for me. It doesn't make any huge promises, in fact it's pretty clear about YOU being thThis book is the first "self-help" book to actually make sense for me. It doesn't make any huge promises, in fact it's pretty clear about YOU being the only person who can make changes for yourself. Rather than give you lofty goals for perfection, this book breaks down the process of change and puts it into plain terms. I have enjoyed reading this and implementing the author's suggestions. I'm going to keep this one on hand for reference!...more
This anthology is a pretty good introduction to the basic concepts of literary theory and the diverse schools of thought on the subject. It contains eThis anthology is a pretty good introduction to the basic concepts of literary theory and the diverse schools of thought on the subject. It contains excerpts from some of the most famous essays/speeches on the topic, abridged for the purposes of the text and the course. At times, the language of the individual writers is confusing, so I found myself reading and re-reading several chapters to make sure I took away everything I needed to learn. This one's a tough read, but offers a lot of helpful info to any new literary theorist or student....more
A comprehensive look at literary theory that even a beginner like me can understand!! I read this for a class and learned to appreciate Barry's logicaA comprehensive look at literary theory that even a beginner like me can understand!! I read this for a class and learned to appreciate Barry's logical and simplistic approach to this tough material. Really well done and a book that I'll keep around while I finish my degree for sure....more
This book didn't grab me right away but I stuck with it and I'm so glad I did!! I'd never read Ablom before, but I was immediately impressed with hisThis book didn't grab me right away but I stuck with it and I'm so glad I did!! I'd never read Ablom before, but I was immediately impressed with his ability to characterize both the "good guy" and the "bad guy" so to speak. The alternating viewpoint adds something special to this work and gives us a glimpse into the mind of a twisted serial killer. Very well done!...more