A Reader's Opinion: Another delightful book from Carla Kelly! I must say that after three books in a row, all I want to do is read more of this author...moreA Reader's Opinion: Another delightful book from Carla Kelly! I must say that after three books in a row, all I want to do is read more of this author's Regency Romances. The book is well-written, the characters are wonderful, the setting just right, and there's enough folly throughout to make the story seem real.
Ellen has gumption. Certainly she's surrounded by inept family members, but she's not blind to their faults and somehow loves them anyway. She's also determined to fulfill her own dreams, even if it means going against the odds and bucking societal norms. Her time in the ladies "academy" is humorous at times, sweet at others. Her brother Gordon, oh what to say about him . . . you really must read it to understand that there are moments when Ellen should be applauded for her patience. Of course, she has her own motives--remember her dream?
James Gatewood is an odd sort of fellow, but I couldn't help but adore him. Perhaps it was his matter-of-fact ways, or the slow understanding the reader gains about his love for Ellen. It's not a bolt of lightning (one of the things I enjoy about this author's Regencies), and we don't have any graphic scenes to help the reader along (trust me, you won't miss them). He's persistent, intelligent, kind, and incredibly generous. As in true romance fashion he is handsome, but in a careless and charming way. The last chapters of the book may seem odd to some readers, but considering the oddities of the characters, it shouldn't come as a surprise. Kelly stays true to her characters and I believe that's one of the things that makes her Regencies such great reads.
Do you enjoy Shakespeare? They do!
Kelly did everything just about right in this book and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good book. Another clean five star read!
Note: I purchased a used print edition of this book for my own collection. (less)
I would be one of the first to turn away the opportunity to read a YA novel of any kind. The genre does nothing for me and I find little interest in i...moreI would be one of the first to turn away the opportunity to read a YA novel of any kind. The genre does nothing for me and I find little interest in it . . . but this book is fun! The reader is in for a fun and thrilling ride with this The Lost Curse. It's one part Indiana Jones, one part X-Files and two parts adventure. The characters are well-developed with unique personalities. I happened to like Jonathan the best simply because every time he smiled, I smiled or when he stood defiant, I was rooting him on. The bit with the dog--loved it! The bond between Jonathan and his friends--you feel it. The bad guys--you didn't like them! The good guys--you like them! The author kept the pace up and the adventure high as each page made you want to keep on turning to the next.
This is a clean and enjoyable read that I would recommend to anyone. Did you see the part where I don't like to read YA books? Well, I would consider reading more written by T. Lynn Adams if her other books are anything like this one.
Normally I reserve five star ratings for books that really make me say "wow" at the end, and where it may not have happened that way, this book gets the extra star simply because the author managed to convince this reader that she's a YA author worth reading--and that's not an easy feat!
Note: This book was received from publisher in exchange for a honest and fair review. Please see FTC Disclosure page on my blog for details.(less)
This review pretty much covers the entire Work and the Glory series. There's really too much about the book to fit into one small review, but here's a...moreThis review pretty much covers the entire Work and the Glory series. There's really too much about the book to fit into one small review, but here's a tidbit. The book is yes, based around The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, it's history, etc, but it's wonderfully told and can easily be enjoyed whether you're a member of that church or not. The stories follow one family, who aren't all members of this church, through challenges, adventures, sorrows and joys. You'll most likely come to love the each family member and relate to at least one. The books span a lot of years and cover a lot of ground, but Lund does a great job of keeping the interest alive and the reader drawn. I would recommend to anyone. (less)
My first time reading a William W. Johnstone book and glad I am that I picked it up. A true western, much like that of Louis L'Amour and Larry McMurtr...moreMy first time reading a William W. Johnstone book and glad I am that I picked it up. A true western, much like that of Louis L'Amour and Larry McMurtry, though it was a bit more gunfighter versus bad guys without the relationships. Though I have a fondness for the above mentioned authors, Johnstone delivers a great tale here. The hero Frank Morgan, is well-written and as a gunfighter, he's quite likeable. I found myself enjoying his straight-forward way of thinking and no b.s. attitude. This is a real western, without sappy romance and drama. You will find, as the title so aptly states, good gunfights, gentleman cowboys, interesting characters and of course your outlaws, bandits and unexpected swindlers. Great book and great author - I'm now reading another William W. Johnstone book and enjoying every page. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys westerns. (less)
A Reader's Opinion: Marian Wynswich is determined to have a wonderful Christmas, because it just might be her last in the home she's always known. I d...moreA Reader's Opinion: Marian Wynswich is determined to have a wonderful Christmas, because it just might be her last in the home she's always known. I delighted in this book! It did start off just a few paces slower for me, but then pulled me at about page four and I was hooked. Marian Wynswich is an intelligent and outspoken sixteen year old young lady (almost seventeen as she likes to tell us). Over Christmas pudding, she makes a Christmas wish. Though she has vowed never fall in love or marry, her plans turn in another direction when she meets Lord Ingraham. I delighted in Lord Ingraham (Gilbert or Gil to Marian) as well. He's damaged with a few scars, but when in Marian's company, he becomes a dashing and charming man I fell a little in love with more than once during the story.
Marian isn't the only one with a Christmas wish and Gilbert spends most of the book hoping and dreaming for his, and yet at the same time, he treads carefully--out of fear perhaps? You'll have to read it to find out.
The setting is wonderful and the secondary characters are marvelous. Alistair made me laugh on numerous occasion and the other family members added just enough to the story to make the family seem like a genuine, and delightfully fun, family.
The author did a wonderful job with the main characters. Marian is written true to her age, but also has an air of maturity about her--the kind of maturity that comes from the weight of responsibility to one's family and the desire to see and experience more of life and the world. Gilbert's relationship with Marian is a charming development and my mind kept urging them onward to the only inevitable conclusion--lasting love.
(Possible spoiler, but not really!) Now, there was a review about this book that mentioned the hero's time in London, towards the end of the book, and how that time away and the . . . shall I say his duty to his country . . . was a less than stellar action on the part of any romantic hero. I could understand it from that reviewer's point of view, however if one takes in the context of the era, the hero's position, and the story as a whole, coupled with Marian's amazingly generous and understanding mind and heart, the hero gets a pass. I still delight in his character.
I would recommend this book to anyone--it's a wonderful read and clean too! (less)
Mrs. Drew played every hand exceptionally well, and so did author Carla Kelly. I lay in bed reading this book and actually caught myself smiling many...moreMrs. Drew played every hand exceptionally well, and so did author Carla Kelly. I lay in bed reading this book and actually caught myself smiling many times. I couldn't remember the last time I had so thoroughly enjoyed a book.
Roxanna Drew is an absolutely delightful and endearing heroine. Her strength, resilience, and love for her daughters is beautiful. The relationship she has with her children is so wonderfully written and each of them have very distinctive personalities, yet at the same, you can clearly tell they are related.
Our lovely Fletcher, or Lord Winn and he's know for most of the book, is charming, straight-forward, and fun! Yes, he is so much fun. Despite his moments of seriousness and stubbornness, he's wonderfully fun and the relationship between he and Roxanna is not only sweet, but they truly enjoy each other. I laughed with them many times.
The love is not instant between them, but rather a friendship that grows into an affectionate bond between two people who respect and care for one another. The love story is indeed lovely and develops at a very nearly perfect pace. It's also a wonderfully clean historical romance!
The setting is just as it should be. The descriptions of the dower house and manor are clear, but not too detailed as to distract from the story. The trek to Scotland--excellent! You'll have to read it to know what I'm talking about.
This is one of the best regency romances I have ever read, and I don't say that lightly. My only disappointment is that it had to end. Mrs. Drew, Lord Winn, and Carla Kelly get five stars and then some.
Note: This book was provided by the publisher for an honest review during the author's book tour. (less)
The sequel to The Princes of Ireland, you'll read about more of the hardships of Ireland and the struggles of the people to declare their independence...moreThe sequel to The Princes of Ireland, you'll read about more of the hardships of Ireland and the struggles of the people to declare their independence from England. The book will take you through rebellions and famine while continuing the generations of fictional families from the first book. Admirable and sometimes foolish rebels, men and women alike, who stop at nothing for freedom while others fight for their lives while death from disease and starvation sweep the country. Rutherford doesn't leave the reader desolate and without hope, but he doesn't lighten the circumstances of what actually took place. NOTE: The books are long and not light reads.(less)
From the rugged shores and craggy mountains of ancient Ireland, generations come to life in this exceptionally written novel. The author has created w...moreFrom the rugged shores and craggy mountains of ancient Ireland, generations come to life in this exceptionally written novel. The author has created well-written characters beginning with two young lovers and through the centuries their progeny take you through the trials and adventures that is the history of Ireland. It's a long book so be patient, but it's well worth the read. The story itself is a bit slow and dry in areas and he covers quite a time line so there's a bit of skipping ahead, but he adds interesting historical fact. At times you'll feel as those you're reading an historical text rather than a work of fiction, but he does a nice job blending the two. Edward Rutherford is also the author of other acclaimed books including: The Forest and Sarum.(less)
A wonderfully told story with a bit of romance (no smut), a bit of suspense, the main character goes back to Ireland to discover the truth of her heri...moreA wonderfully told story with a bit of romance (no smut), a bit of suspense, the main character goes back to Ireland to discover the truth of her heritage and overcomes a few obstacles along the way. An easy and enjoyable read and appropriate for almost all audiences. (less)
This was one of the most enjoyable reads I had in a long time. To be honest, after the first chapter I wasn't sure how much I would enjoy the book, bu...moreThis was one of the most enjoyable reads I had in a long time. To be honest, after the first chapter I wasn't sure how much I would enjoy the book, but I'm so glad I kept going! It's extremely clean which is always a bonus for this reader. I never retell the storyline in a review--that's what the blurb is for--but I will tell you why I enjoyed it.
First, I stayed awake hours past when I normally go to sleep so I could finish reading it in one night. That's rare for me. Second, the story moved forward at a nice pace, and it was well-written. There were only a couple of short sections where the hero dreams and it took me out of the action, but only for a moment.
When I first "met" the heroine, she annoyed me to the point where I wanted to shake sense into her, but that didn't last long. In fact, my favorite part about this book was the gradual change in the heroine. I enjoyed watching her change from spoiled socialite to someone who discovers she's stronger and more capable than she realized.
The hero, Jake--I adored him. He behaved like a typical man part of the way, but who can blame him with the way she behaved at first. Jake made me think of Sully from Dr. Quinn, only without the buckskin and fringe. I liked him more and more as the story went on.
I mentioned that the book is clean, but that doesn't mean there isn't romantic tension, and the author does a nice job weaving that into the story without making the book sappy or silly. There's adventure, sadness (I cried), happy moments (I smiled), and great characters.
Oh and the best part was how the author ending the book--I can honestly say I would have done the exact same thing because I can say for certain that I will be buying the next book. (less)
I suppose I was first drawn to this book simply because the title drew me in and I'm often fascinated by, and willing to take a risk on books set in o...moreI suppose I was first drawn to this book simply because the title drew me in and I'm often fascinated by, and willing to take a risk on books set in or around Ireland. This is one I use now strictly as reference. It's not a light afternoon read, nor would I recommend it to anyone as a casual weekend book. It is however, an excellent reference text, especially for writers who are incorporating Irish lore and legend into their own books. It reads like an encyclopedia (pictures not included) and it is also very thorough. This book sits proudly on the shelf next to my other research books, though the information is a bit more fun than what it's in similar texts. I've even found myself picking it up just to read some new tidbit (I'm certain no one since Einstein could possibly read this and remember everything from memory). Highly recommend-just know what you're getting yourself into. (less)
A Reader's Opinion: This is a beautiful and inspiring story. I never comment on the truthfulness of a true story because I haven't done the research m...moreA Reader's Opinion: This is a beautiful and inspiring story. I never comment on the truthfulness of a true story because I haven't done the research myself, but I don't see how this could be anything but a true story of courage, faith, and remarkable perseverance. If you ever want to know what kind of a person you are, travel over 2,000 miles on foot, become separated from your family, and survive as though your life depended on it. The Fangamou's are truly a remarkable family who never gave up hope or faith. I imagine the author is a better person for having known this family. I also feel that the story brings to light issues we all know exist in parts of Africa, and yet we rarely have the opportunity for this type of heart-wrenching retelling.
Regardless of someone's personal or religious beliefs, I do recommend this book to anyone. It's worth reading.
4.5 stars due to the writing style not being my usual cup of tea, but the story itself makes up for it. (less)
A Reader's Opinion: The Mummy meets X-Files, meets Indiana Jones. Well not exactly, but a little.
This is a supernatural thriller--something I wouldn't...moreA Reader's Opinion: The Mummy meets X-Files, meets Indiana Jones. Well not exactly, but a little.
This is a supernatural thriller--something I wouldn't normally read, but when the author offered a copy of the book, I agreed because I had enjoyed one of his other books--he certainly didn't disappoint. This is a good-sized read, but it's worth it and I won't give away any spoilers because the blurb does an excellent job of telling the reader what they can expect.
This book has so many elements in it that it would probably be easier to tell you what it doesn't have. The reader will enjoy romance, adventure, history, science fiction, supernatural elements, and more. The author has a wonderful ability to bring characters and places to life. The story flows nicely, and where it goes into great detail at times, the details aren't boring. I felt that some of it was filler and could have been left out, but some of the information was interesting.
The African setting is vivid and one of my favorite parts of the book. I don't always follow science-fiction books all that well, but I found myself appreciating the authors handling of it. I would recommend Lightland to just about any reader. It's not a light, one-day read. I would give this book 3 1/2 stars. (less)