I hadn’t read the first book in the Friday Harbor series, but that presented no problem in reading this book number two, because it reads as a stand a...moreI hadn’t read the first book in the Friday Harbor series, but that presented no problem in reading this book number two, because it reads as a stand alone.
I liked Lucy right away, but it took some time to warm up to Sam and his fear-of-commitment attitude. However, his love of his niece, his brothers, and his vineyard soon won me over. Lucy's sister was delightfully evil and her ex-boyfriend impressively wimpy.
The biggest surprises in this book were the touches of magical realism which added a bit of mysterious whimsy to the story. I hadn’t expected to see those passages, and they delighted me.
I will be seeking out the first book and definitely reading the next books in this series.
I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. (less)
The characters are interesting and the sentences flow smoothly, but what I found myself staying up late into the night to read more of were the detail...moreThe characters are interesting and the sentences flow smoothly, but what I found myself staying up late into the night to read more of were the details.
Details of caring for a dying sister. Details of preparing oneself for the publicity of a nation grieving. Details of handling the politics of becoming a United States senator.
Abigail Adams, the main character of The Accidental Senator, manages all of these details in an efficient and clever manner. She's a woman worth rooting for.
Almost as interesting as this book is the bio of its author. She’s worked for a lobbyist in Washington, D.C., was a pediatrician and a television health reporter. Her experiences added so much to the details of this story. And she states that a portion of the proceeds of her writing goes to children with Autism. Amazing!
I received this book in a giveaway from the Goodread’s First Reads program. (less)
I really enjoyed this book. The story kept me intrigued from the beginning as I moved quickly through the enfolding mysteries. Which of these fascinat...moreI really enjoyed this book. The story kept me intrigued from the beginning as I moved quickly through the enfolding mysteries. Which of these fascinating characters would find the treasure and kill the evil Nazi war criminal? Would it be the trained assassin/terrorist, the over-the-hill Mossad agent, or the Egyptian beauty with a reputation to restore? Meanwhile, an international information broker plays games with them all, pitting them against one another in the race to capture the treasure.
It follows true thriller tradition as surprises abound, keeping readers on the edge of our seats while we dash around the globe in search of the villains.
If I had one complaint about this book, it would be the cover, which does not capture the essence of the story. Had I not been intrigued by the synopsis and then received this book in a Goodreads Giveaway, I never would have purchased the book after seeing the cover. It does not do the story justice. I’m sure it is a turnoff for some potential purchasers. If I hadn’t received this book and read it despite its cover, I would have missed out on a terrific, heart-stopping reading experience. Don’t let the cover deceive you!
Note: 1/12/13 - I just saw on Amazon that the e-book version has a new cover Dark red background with mask larger in the middle. Great improvement! Now, I'm happy :) (less)
Many reviewers have done an excellent job describing the events of this book, so I will focus on what I liked and disliked about it.
What I liked: The...moreMany reviewers have done an excellent job describing the events of this book, so I will focus on what I liked and disliked about it.
What I liked: The story flowed well and I found myself quickly turning pages to find out what was going to happen, especially as the women approached Pennsylvania.
The details of Amish and Mennonite life were interesting and seemed to be well researched. They were what really kept me reading.
The character of the Grandmother Anna, Esther’s mother, was my favorite. I wanted her for my grandmother!
What I disliked: I had a lot of trouble believing in the characters of Esther and Holly. Many of the things they said and did were not in keeping with what we knew about them. I could’ve smacked Holly several times. A more spoiled, obnoxious woman I’d be hard pressed to find.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.(less)
So many people have found the Downton Abbey drama on PBS a fascinating series and I am one of them. Along with the interesting characters, the castle...moreSo many people have found the Downton Abbey drama on PBS a fascinating series and I am one of them. Along with the interesting characters, the castle itself is almost a character. Built on a massive scale, Highclere Castle is a masterpiece of elegance. Its hundreds of windows and tall corner turrets scream an overwhelming message of power. So, it was with great joy that I jumped into this volume with eagerness to find out about the backstory and history of this amazing castle.
I was not disappointed. My first surprise was that Almina, who was soon to become Lady Almina, the 5th Countess of Carnarvon, was only 19 years old when she married. As in the Downton Abbey story, the major reason for this marriage was the wealth that Almina could bring to the castle. (Lady Cora Crowley is an American who brings a large dowry to her marriage on the television show.) The fact that Almina was the illegitimate daughter of an extremely wealthy man didn’t seem to faze the aristocracy of the era. I found the details of how she took over the running of the household, even accomplishing a complete redecoration for the purpose of entertaining the Prince of Wales within a few months of her marriage, to be mind boggling.
The story of how she turned the castle into a hospital during World War I was riveting. The care that was taken of these damaged young men, even so far as to hire pretty nurses and outfit them in smart-looking uniforms so that the men could be surrounded by beautiful sights, was a story I had never heard before.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in English history, strong women, and the life of glamorous society at the turn of the century.
I received this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. (less)
I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway without realizing it was the fifth and final book in a The Parasol Protectorate series. I decided to read...moreI received this book in a Goodreads giveaway without realizing it was the fifth and final book in a The Parasol Protectorate series. I decided to read the other books before reading this one -- and found myself enjoying the journey.
Alexia is a fascinating character, unique and witty. The rest of the characters, who make frequent appearances throughout the series are entertaining and provide an adventure worth following. This last book does not disappoint. Many surprises. Many laughs. Much, much fun.
I'd strongly recommend reading the books in order, as each builds on the events that happened in the books before.(less)