While this is not my favorite Georgette Heyer book--it seemed to take FOREVER to get anywhere--I did find the ending to be satisfactory. At first I waWhile this is not my favorite Georgette Heyer book--it seemed to take FOREVER to get anywhere--I did find the ending to be satisfactory. At first I was dismayed because we saw so little of the love interest but was glad when he finally made a showing. Not as emotionally and compellingly as some of Heyer's heroes, but I liked him. I especially finding there was more to him than he appeared at first, and I especially loved his interactions with the mutt....more
This story has me all over the map. It starts with a heart wrenching scene in modern day. Then it zips you to a seance 100 years earlier. The two girlThis story has me all over the map. It starts with a heart wrenching scene in modern day. Then it zips you to a seance 100 years earlier. The two girls become intertwined as they bounce back into the minds of each other. Delia, the girl in England, has a terrible existence. She's proof positive of the advancement of modern women. My heart broke for her and made me want to be a feminazi just in protest of how she was treated. Her storyline was hard for me to read because of that. I won't say how it ends, but it was bittersweet and brought me the closest to tears.
Elle and Luke made me a little nuts at times, but after they finally reach a certain point I really enjoyed them. Dang stubborn kids. Once they had something to fight for each other rather than against, it was easy to see why they deserved to be together in the first place.
If you enjoy a little historical fiction mish mashed with a modern mystery romance topped with a dash of fantasy, this is the read for you....more
I'd listened to an abbreviated version of this book before. I don't usually like abbreviations in a story I like, so when I saw there full version wasI'd listened to an abbreviated version of this book before. I don't usually like abbreviations in a story I like, so when I saw there full version was available, I snapped it up. While spending more time with the boring people (Sylvester's sister-in-law and her moronic fiance, for one) was tougher in the full version, getting to see more of the interesting people (Tom, Phoebe, and Sylvester) was a treat. And Sylvester's mother was a delight....more
I was already listening to another audiobook on my iPod and thought I would listen to this online at work. I got so sucked into the story, I had to stI was already listening to another audiobook on my iPod and thought I would listen to this online at work. I got so sucked into the story, I had to stop listening to that other book so I could finish this one. I hope the narrator Sparks is going to do the other books in the series. I loved the way Sparks did the internal (mental) dialogue. He did a great job with letting me differentiate who was speaking by his characterization. I would so listen to other books narrated by him.
I'm a huge fan of the Dragonriders of Pern series, and the link between the dragons in Blue Dragon was a little reminiscent of it. The Blue Dragons have more flaws though, and there's a lot of internal conflict between the races. And the humans.
The storyline was interesting and the characters were fun. I loved that the main character, Kanvar, wasn't a perfect physical specimen, but rather a boy with a fairly severe birth defect. But it couldn't keep him down. The Blue Dragon, Dharanidhar, really grew on me. ...more
WHAT IT'S ABOUT Infertility stinks. No one knows that better than Megan. After six years of insanity-inducing hormone drugs and desperate prayers, allWHAT IT'S ABOUT Infertility stinks. No one knows that better than Megan. After six years of insanity-inducing hormone drugs and desperate prayers, all she has to show for her efforts are enough negative pregnancy tests to fill a bassinet. All around her women are accidentally getting pregnant—like her star piano student—while Megan remains hopelessly barren.
Megan’s never felt so alone. But she’s not the only one struggling.
Christina has just entered the world of infertility, made worse by the fact her husband isn’t ready to be a father. Their marriage, already hanging in the balance, is being torn apart.
Then there’s Kyra, the mother of a precocious three-year-old. She’s shocked to be struggling with secondary infertility. A baby is priceless, but sometimes Kyra feels like she’s being forced to choose which commandment to keep: stay out of debt, or multiply and replenish the earth.
When Megan and Christina are assigned as Kyra’s visiting teachers, they all realize that what you see isn’t necessarily what’s beneath the surface. Some secrets aren’t worth the cost of keeping them.
MY TAKE This book is so well written and deals with a tough topic. I've known a a lot of couples over the years who have struggled with infertility, and it can be heartbreaking. Winters handles the three different yet similar situations deftly and manages to educate about the problems couples must handle without becoming overly scientific.
All I could think, especially relating to the mechanics of trying to become pregnant when your body's not cooperating, was, "Who knew?" My heart went out to all three women especially as the inability to get pregnant or carry a baby to term took its toll on their marriages.
While set in the LDS culture, the topic is universal. A must read, whether you've dealt with infertility yourself or not--because you know people who have. This book puts you right in their shoes. At the very least, it should make you more understanding.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review....more
WHAT IT'S ABOUT When Natalie goes home with her best friend for Christmas, she expects plenty of quiet time to work on a winning ad so she can turn herWHAT IT'S ABOUT When Natalie goes home with her best friend for Christmas, she expects plenty of quiet time to work on a winning ad so she can turn her dream internship into her dream job. Instead, she gets time-consuming Christmas festivities, a house full of children, and Jimmy, her best friend's brother - someone who makes her question everything she's always thought she wanted.
MY TAKE I've enjoyed everything I've read by Baldwin, and this was no exception. I loved Janessa's family and I loved how she had such antagonism against Grant, Natalie's "boyfriend". Jimmy was a charmer and their memories were so fun. The connection between them made for great romantic tension, *sigh*...more
WHAT IT'S ABOUT Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the FirebirWHAT IT'S ABOUT Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.
Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.
MY TAKE This book did something that not a lot of books do. It kept me thinking about it when I couldn't read it (or listen to it, in this case since I listened to the audiobook. There was so much about this story that was intriguing to me. I loved the characterizations. Though I'm not a fan of a love triangle, and Marguerite's wishy-washiness about it made me a little nuts at time, I still loved the characters.
There are plot holes galore, but the story is still unfolding as it's the first in a series, I understand. So those could be explained in later books. I loved the VERY different dimensions experiences she had. It's such an interesting approach to a story.
The real strength in the story, for me, was the ethical questions that the dimension traveling raises. Gray does a great job addressing some of them, but I have others. And TONS of questions about the way the whole Firebird process works.
I'm looking forward to the next book. I hope it's not too long ......more
WHAT IT'S ABOUT After years of pinching pennies and struggling to get through art school, Emma Makie’s hard work finally pays off with the offer of a dWHAT IT'S ABOUT After years of pinching pennies and struggling to get through art school, Emma Makie’s hard work finally pays off with the offer of a dream job. But when tragedy strikes, she has no choice but to make a cross-country move to Colorado Springs to take temporary custody of her two nieces. She has no money, no job prospects, and no idea how to be a mother to two little girls, but she isn’t about to let that stop her. Nor is she about to accept the help of Kevin Grantham, her handsome neighbor, who seems to think she’s incapable of doing anything on her own.
Prejudice Meets Pride is the story of a guy who thinks he has it all figured out and a girl who isn't afraid to show him that he doesn't. It’s about learning what it means to trust, figuring out how to give and to take, and realizing that not everyone gets to pick the person they fall in love with. Sometimes, love picks them.
MY TAKE The Pride and Prejudice theme is subtle in this delightful romance. Kevin is a wonderful "to the rescue" kind of guy, and Emma is a "I can do this myself" kind of girl. There results are full or sparks, both good and bad. The characters were engaging, and the chemistry between Kevin and Amy ramped up the tension. There were times throughout the book where I seriously wanted to smack them both, one for pride and the other for prejudice. It's interesting how two characters who on most levels are confident and capable adults yet can find themselves turned into insecure messes.