Miss Winter is one the most famous authors of the English language and the most mysterious. No one knows anything about her life, save her popular novMiss Winter is one the most famous authors of the English language and the most mysterious. No one knows anything about her life, save her popular novels. When she final decides to tell the truth she consults Miss Margret Lea, an amateur biographer, to write down her history. What starts off as a tale about Miss Winter stretches far beyond what Margret images to impact not only Miss. Winter's life but her own.
I was expecting more in Diane Setterfield's "The Thirteenth Tale". The beginning was interesting and set the stage for a great read. As the story progressed I began to loose my interest- to put it mildly- of the story. The story itself it written in first person and Miss Winter's personal history is also told in first person, and it is hard to keep the two tales separate (partly because they are not clearly marked). Margret, once a cool book nerd, transforms into a self-indulgent broken record. ...more
"The Best of Me" is Nicholas Sparks' latest book. It follows the lives of Dawson and Amanda years after their high school romance ended. Amanda is now"The Best of Me" is Nicholas Sparks' latest book. It follows the lives of Dawson and Amanda years after their high school romance ended. Amanda is now married with three children and Dawson is single working at the oil rig in New Orleans. When they both meet up for a funeral, they rekindle their once in a life time romance and think about their future together...
Over all I was extremely disappointed by this read. I found most of the story stating the action, rather than experiencing in it. It included complex outside stories that have little meaning to the overall plot. I never connected to Dawson and Amanda to like, or respect for that matter, as characters. And the ending, not to give it away, was predictable and at best. ...more
Jack and Mabel move to Alaska to escape the mundane landscape of Pennsylvania. Their world soon comes to a screeching halt as they are no match for thJack and Mabel move to Alaska to escape the mundane landscape of Pennsylvania. Their world soon comes to a screeching halt as they are no match for the hash Alaskan winters. The long winters promote a feeling of loneliness between the couple as they deal internally deal with the loss of their child nearly a few years back. Their luck changes when they build a snow-girl on a snowy night. The following day a girl appears near their house...coincidence? Ivey will have you think not.
Books occurring in the early 20th century in cold places (like Montana, Alaska or Canada) are favorites of mine. However this book does not even come close to being on the top. Eowyn Ivey was a former news reporter in Alaska, and it shows in her writing. Ivey does not transport you into a world that writers often do, including Gabaldon, Gregory and Carriger, but states the facts and hope its enough. I could not finish this book fast enough..truth be told I bowed out around page 250. WIth so many good books out there, I couldnt be bothered to finish. ...more
Talk about hangover! After the infamous Royal Entourage has a night to epic partying, its time for the royal fallout. The Prince Regent orders the DukTalk about hangover! After the infamous Royal Entourage has a night to epic partying, its time for the royal fallout. The Prince Regent orders the Duke of Kress, Alexander Barclay, to return to the country and marry a suitable women or else... On his way in exile the duke spots an interesting sight: a woman dangling from the edge of a cliff. He sees Roxanne, the women in question, and also sees his opportunity to redeem his tarnished reputation. Roxanne on the other hand has plans of her own that include payback, revenge and possibly murder.
I actually found "The Art of Duke Hunting" in a book store (gasp!) and 'goodreads-it' and determined that "Between the Duke and the Deep Blue Sea" was the first in the Royal Entourage Series. The concept of a Royal Entourage that is in disgrace is an interesting concept for a book series, however, I do not believe that Sophia Nash did it justice. This book was about as romantic as Shakespeare's "Titus Andronicus". The characters are confusing and do not have the right chemistry. The highlight of "Between the Duke and the Deep Blue" was the humor that Meme provided. Too bad the book wasn't about her. ...more
Uninspiring. Anti-climactic. Unfocused. Confusion. Unnecessary. Those are all words I would use to describe Karleen Koen’s “Before Versailles”. The noUninspiring. Anti-climactic. Unfocused. Confusion. Unnecessary. Those are all words I would use to describe Karleen Koen’s “Before Versailles”. The novel about Louis XIV is wide ranged and follows the pace of a slow fizzle throughout the text. There was no clear plot. There was no clear message or theme. There was no literary devices, no imagery used to capture the read. More importantly, I asked myself on several occasions “why am I reading this subpar novel?”
Koen clearly bit off more than she could chew. The premise of “Before Versailles” would make a great TV series on Showtime or HBO, but there were too many character, too many subplots that were not connected that made the story confusing and quite frankly unenjoyable.
This is my first and law novel my Koen and “Before Versailles” is hands down one of the worst books I have ever read. ...more
I picked up "Brava, Valentine" in haste while I was looking for an audio book to listen to for a long drive. I read/listened to Adriana Trigiani's "ThI picked up "Brava, Valentine" in haste while I was looking for an audio book to listen to for a long drive. I read/listened to Adriana Trigiani's "The Shoemakers Wife" and enjoyed it and figured I would give this novel a try as well.
In short, this book was underwhelming at best. Trigiani tried to do too much in a relatively short novel and bit off more than she could chew. There were too many subplots, undertones and social concepts that she tried to employ but it came off as sloppy. The protagonist Valentine was far from like able and even verged on pathetic on several dozen instances.
I did not realize that this book was a second in a series and I have to commend Trigiani on providing background information for me to understand what was happening. ...more