Night in Eden is a historical romance novel set in the beginning of the 18th century when Australia was still a penal colony. Bryony Wentworth5 stars
Night in Eden is a historical romance novel set in the beginning of the 18th century when Australia was still a penal colony. Bryony Wentworth, the niece of a baronet, is convicted of manslaughter for accidentally killing her cheating husband. She’s is shipped away to Australia, pregnant, stripped of her status and separated from her eldest daughter. Amongst thieves and whores she faces many hardships in the female factory where her infant son Phillip dies. Captain Hayden St John is still grieving the loss of his beautiful and gentle wife, when he takes Bryony home with him to nurse his baby son Simon , at the beginning of the story he is harsh and rude to Bryony in order to make her obey him , but as their attraction for each other grow he becomes softer and kinder towards her and tries to convince her to become his “convict mistress”, but holding on to her principles Bryony refuses, which she cannot refuse is the mutual attraction that radiates between them. Proctor did a good job transcribing the adversities of the lives of the convicts and settlers in Australia, without missing the romance aspect in the novel . Many a times I found myself remembering Mary Bryant (which was the reason why I started reading this book in the first place) but in the end this book has grown on me on its own merit. The author did a good job balancing the love story without forgetting the harsh aspects of those people’s lives. The characters they’re strong, likeable and unforgettable, the chemistry between Bryony and the Captain is ever so strong and tangible you feel like shouting at her every time she turns him down, you root for them. It was a great read, probably the best read of January. ...more
The story: The winter sea is a dual romance, set in 1708 Scotland and in the present time, Canadian author Carrie goes to Scotland to do some r4 stars
The story: The winter sea is a dual romance, set in 1708 Scotland and in the present time, Canadian author Carrie goes to Scotland to do some research on her upcoming novel, there she stars having visions of a girl Sophie, who becomes the main character in her novel, Carrie first believes her visions are just her imagination, but later finds out that Sophia and the events she witnesses through the eyes of her protagonist were indeed real, these visions are fruit of a genetic memory inherited by Carrie who is a descendent of Sophia. My impressions: I finished this book today after a particularly slow day at the office and I couldn’t remember the name of the characters now just a few hours later, to me this book wasn’t particularly remarkable in any way, the romance was VERY lukewarm (Sophia and Moray’s –and I just couldn’t care about Carrie and Graham’s relationship I did not particularly care about them as a couple and didn’t feel the chemistry I think the author intended, to me their storyline was a little underdeveloped. What kept me reading this book was the plot twists and the history events in which the characters were immersed- Jacobite rebellion - as well as Susanna’s evocative descriptions which really transported me to Scotland. Would I recommend this book to a friend? Nope, but it was a somewhat entertaining read. ...more
5 stars .LaVyrle Spencer has really surprised me this time while reading Years, it has left me feeling warm and fuzzy inside, it was indeed a delightf5 stars .LaVyrle Spencer has really surprised me this time while reading Years, it has left me feeling warm and fuzzy inside, it was indeed a delightful read. The characters were well-developed and likeable; I loved everything about this book. ...more
A lot of people read beautiful disaster and loved it, I have mixed feelings about this book, I didn’t love it, but it kept me entertained wh2.5 stars
A lot of people read beautiful disaster and loved it, I have mixed feelings about this book, I didn’t love it, but it kept me entertained which is something. Beautiful disaster is the typical story of boy meets girl, but the problem is that it ONLY revolves around the relationship of Abby and Travis, and their friends America and Shep (?) so if you want a book with a little more depth and plot going on, this one is not for you. Travis is your typical bad boy/man-whore but everything changes when he meets Abby, (whom he ridiculously call Pidge, you can’t see the connection? me neither) Abby and him soon become friends, and she tells him straight away she’s not going to have sex with him ( which only make her seem even more attractive to him , since she’s not throwing herself at him like EVERY single girl in the story)( except America) Our bad boy changes his ways for our heroine though, ( cliché, much? well brace yourself) then Abby lost a bet and she has to live with him for one month, and the girl who Oh! said so vehemently that she wasn’t going to sleep with him, jumps into his bed and sleeps with him ( while he was wearing just boxers) for the whole month and at some point they of course do the deed.
In the beginning I thought the chase was interesting, but once they finally get together it gets so fucked up/ annoying/ depressing/ irrational, That I ended up rating it a lot lower than I first intended. Travis is VERY jealous and possessive he barks at Everyone who approaches her, they have a very dependent, unhealthy destructive relationship, that for me went from cute to vicious. I didn't like the ending either, it didn't seem to me that the characters have evolved , but will continue to make the same mistakes. ...more
I'd give it 6 stars, if possible. Do you know when Mr. Knightley says "If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more." so that's e5 Stars
I'd give it 6 stars, if possible. Do you know when Mr. Knightley says "If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more." so that's exactly how I feel about this book, I think I won't do it justice in this review, this book was so absolutely amazingly fantastic!
Louisa Clark is a 27 year-old woman who lives in a small town in England, she has been with her long-term boyfriend for 7 years, worked at the same coffee shop for six years and she still lives with her parents, her life is unexciting and uneventful, she's just an ordinary girl who lost her job and was desperate enough to apply for a position as a caregiver, she had no previous experience and was basically hired by Will's mother due to her chatty personality. Lou is indeed a very endearing, and charismatic character, with a bubbly personality and a very particular sense of style, she's the exact opposite to Will.
"Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he's going to put a stop to that." OK who wrote this mustn't have paid enough attention to the story, because Will said so himself, he was just passing by the street trying to get a cab when the accident happened. Will is a handsome, wealthy man whose life seemed to have lost all purpose when he became a quadriplegic, he's now dependent on other people to perform even the smallest tasks.
This book is so wonderful and although Will is suffering throughout the whole book, his sarcastic remarks, their bantering, with each other are great, I was laughing out aloud most of the time while I was reading this. This isn't just your regular boy-meets-girl romance novel, the writer was very skilled in conveying their emotions, I caught myself thinking about those fictional characters more than once during the day as if they were real people, this book I'm sure is one of those readings that'll stay for me for a little longer than after I turned the last page. ...more
Set during WWII, Walt is an young American pilot who meets Allie a young heiress during the wedding of mutual friends, their friendship turns into lovSet during WWII, Walt is an young American pilot who meets Allie a young heiress during the wedding of mutual friends, their friendship turns into love through their many letters, but Allie is already engaged to a man picked by her parents. after finishing this book my last thought was Oh my wasn't it sweet, but I must make some more considerations, to start off I almost gave up on this book, self-sacrificing, goody two shoes heroines are hardly your ever my cuppa, Walt was the reason why I went on, however understandable the reasons why Allie acted the way she did I quite disliked her attitude for most part of the book. Okay Thats what I thought while I read this book, but thankfully both characters developed throughout the book rather beautifully, Walt got over his white lies and Allie blossomed into an independent young woman, not to say their spiritual growth. The book was very anguishing in some moments (way too many misunderstandings throughout the book left me feeling very anxious while reading it, which made me skip several pages to see how the whole drama would unfold). howeverI did finish the book with a good sensation that it wasn't a waste of time. I would very gladly read the other books of this series. I found the author very accomplished in describing the war effort, the missions and everything although I didn't much care for any of any of this. I would give it 3.75 stars, because I liked it very much, which is more than I like it and a little less than really liked it, at least to me, it was a good reading but not a great one, I'd give 4 stars to a great reading and 5 for a fantastic one. ...more