Friday, January 29, 2016

Review: Stars in a Bottle

Stars in a Bottle Stars in a Bottle by Danielle Stewart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was the third book in the Edenville series and what a wonderful read it is. I originally picked up the first installment because it was a giveaway but so glad I decided to finish all three books.

This is Frankie's story. She has just turned 18 and she feels that she is an adult now and can make her own decisions and start life on her own. She follows her boyfriend, Maxwell, to Arizona with the intention of them living together and going to University together. Maxwell on the other hand has his own set of priorities which do include Frankie, but not in the way she had anticipated.

I am glad that I found this series and will recommend it, especially to my younger friends and family.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Review: Kiss in the Wind

Kiss in the Wind Kiss in the Wind by Danielle Stewart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book two of the Edensville series continues the story. This time we hear The story of Simpson and what happened to him after he was left for dead years before during an attack by the KKK.

Forty some years have passed but the feelings and hurts are still raw. Young Frankie initiates the idea of a memorial where the atrocities happened would be a start to heal the town.

Interesting and thought provoking series, especially for those of us who were not alive when this was happening, or too young to know the extent of the issues.

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Review: Flowers in the Snow

Flowers in the Snow Flowers in the Snow by Danielle Stewart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a wonderful series about a town in the south called Edensville and a woman named Betty. She lived through the terrible time in the south when people were fighting for equality. Betty's father was in the klu klux klan and she saw and heard things that no child should hear.

This is Betty's story that nobody has been told before. All her life she has been getting letters and her family had no idea who from or how or why. One night when Betty knew her friend was dying she decided to tell her story.

I will be reading the next two books in this series. Its good "stuff".

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Review: Final Assignment

Final Assignment Final Assignment by Linwood Barclay
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

Great short story set in Promise Falls. A teenaged boy is expelled for writing a sadistic essay and his friend goes missing for a day and night. PI Cal Weaver, a friend of the missing boy's family, is called to try to help locate him. The story has an interesting twist.

I love this author's writing. He gets right to the point in language that is plain and simply enjoyable. I am looking forward to the next installment, Far From True due out in March.

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Monday, January 18, 2016

Review: The Gilded Hour

The Gilded Hour The Gilded Hour by Sara Donati
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a very interesting historical fiction novel. It gave details of life in New York and Brooklyn during the 1800's and only a writer who had done extensive research could write about.

The story revolves around Anna, a doctor and a detective, Jack. They are on trail of a person who is performing abortions illegally and is causing the women to die terrible deaths with pain and infection. Also, they are in charge of two little girls who have lost their parents and are immigrants from Italy who became separated from their two brothers. Anna and Jack take it upon themselves to try to track the boys down even though in those times it was very difficult.

Imagine not being able to just pick up a phone, or log into the internet to get information about anything you want. This was life then and every orphan asylum and institution had to be visited and questioned. These trips were made either by horse and carriage or by train which was very time consuming.

As I was reading this book I kept feeling that I wanted more. Very enjoyable read.

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Review: The Other Side of the Bridge

The Other Side of the Bridge by Mary Lawson My rating: 5 of 5 stars A beautifully written novel. A book ...