I have read many books about the Easter Rising, but the interesting part of this book was that McGarry concentrated on public opinion instead of on th...moreI have read many books about the Easter Rising, but the interesting part of this book was that McGarry concentrated on public opinion instead of on the military and leadership aspects. He also went into detail about the rising, and how it was both portrayed (and fought) outside of Dublin, which very few books go into. It challenges many of the popular perceptions of the Rising (in ways both for and against those who particpated), and the final section in which McGarry speculates on the effects of the revolution on Irish history to the present day is a very interesting read.(less)
He was everything she'd sworn to avoid. Poppy Hathaway loves her unconventional family, though she longs for normalcy. Then fate leads her to a meeting with Harry Rutledge, an enigmatic hotel owner and inventor with wealth, power, and a dangerous hidden life, When their flirtation compromises her own reputation, Poppy shocks everyone by accepting his proposal - only to find that her new husband offers his passion, but not his trust.
And she was everything he needed...Harry was willing to do anything to win Poppy - except to open his heart. All his life, he has held the world at arm's length...but the sharp, beguiling Poppy demands to be his wife in every way that matters. Still, as desire grows between them, an enemy lurks in the shadows. Now if Harry wants to keep Poppy by his side, he must forge a true union of body and soul, once and for all...
I really enjoyed this book. It's definitely the best of the series so far. I really liked Harry - I love gruff, angry characters who are just covering up the poor, injured little boy inside, and that's exactly what he is. This book actually brought tears to my eyes at points, and made my heart clench. Most romance novels don't do that. Loved it.
"Ethan Hawley, a descendant of proud New England sea captains, works as a clerk in the grocery store o...more**spoiler alert** Description from back of book
"Ethan Hawley, a descendant of proud New England sea captains, works as a clerk in the grocery store owned by an Italian immigrant. His wie is restless, his teenage children are troubled and disoriented, hungry for the tantalizing material comforts he cannot provide. Then one day, in a moment of moral crisis, Ethan decides to take a holiday from his own scrupulous standards."
I love John Steinbeck. This book is no exception. This book is a powerful indictment of middle class materialism, of the emptiness and hurt that is necessary to reach the 'top' ranks of society, and the moral depravity that is necessary to get there. Ethan starts out as a morally superior person, who is forced - through love of his family, and the wish to give them what they most desire (materially) - sells himself out for monetary gain and social position.
I also loved the writing style of this book. Ethan's narrative, while sometimes rambling, was brilliant to read, and in it, Steinbeck struck at the heart of many of America's ills. Truly brilliant book.(less)
It was a summer morning in 1982 when soldiers ravaged the village of Chupan Ya, raping and killing women and children. Twenty-three victims are said to lie in the well where, twenty years later, Dr. Temperance Brennan and a team from the Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Foundation now dig. No records were kept. To their families, the dead are "the disappeared." Forensic anthropologist for the medical examiners in North Carolina and Montreal, Tempe is in Guatemala for a month's service to help some families identify and bury their dead. She digs in a cold, damp pit where she finds a hair clip, a fragment of cloth, a tiny sneaker. Her trowel touches something hard: the hip of a child no more than two years old. It's heartbreaking work. Something savage happened here twenty yers ago. The violence continues today. The team is packing up for the day when an urgent satellite call comes in. Two colleagues are under attack. Shots ring out, and Tempe listens in horror to a woman's screams. Then there is silence. Dead silence. With this new violence, everything changes, both for the team and for Tempe, who's asked by the Guatemalan police for her expertise on another case. Four privileged young women have vanished from Guatemala City in recent months. One is the Canadian ambassador's daughter. Some remains have turned up in a septic tank, and Tempe unfortunately knows septic tanks. Teaming with Special Crimes Investigator Bartolome Galiano and with Montreal detective Andrew Ryan, who may have more than just professional reasons to join her on the case, Tempe soon finds herself in a dangerous web that stretches far beyond Guatemala's borders. The stakes are huge. As power, money, greed, and science converge, Tempe must make life altering choices. From cutting-edge science in the lab, where Tempe studies fetal bones and cat hair DNA, to a chillin encounter in a lonely morgue, Grave Secrets is powerful, page-turning entertainment from a crime fiction superstar who combines riveting authenticity with witty, elegant prose.
I just don't like mysteries. I think it's probably because I'm not a big fan of suspense. I would much prefer to just get into the character's minds, and read a character study book than read a fast-paced mystery book with twists and turns. I just can't get into them.
This book started out pretty well. I liked the stuff with the Disappeared in Guatemala, and even the parts where she started the other investigation. Actually, I thought it was actually pretty interesting until the last fifty pages, when they brought in stuff that came out of nowhere and that I thought was totally...well, silly. It was an okay book. I have to admit it was better than other mysteries I've read, anyway.