The Secret History by Donna Tartt

I love this review and will pass it on via Facebook and reblogging if I can figure out how to do it. Great job.

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Though I possess many great qualities (reversing without a backup camera being one of them), some habits may seem odd to the ordinary eye. For instance, I often listen to music while actively doing anything. Writing, driving, homework, and yes, even reading. Music, for me, adds another layer to the moment–it enhances my reading experience by providing a perfect auditory background to support my relaxing pastime activity. In the case of The Secret History by Donna Tartt, no music was played. In fact, I tried to listen to music at first; still, it was too distracting, and I found myself continually shh-ing my speaker. The Secret History, in all its plain existence, is wondrously alluring. The story begins in medias res, capturing our attention from the first sentence: “The snow in the mountains was melting and Bunny had been dead for several weeks before we came to understand the…

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Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton

From my teenage (for a little while longer) granddaughter who is beginning to write book reviews. I thinks she’s off to a fine start. This one spoke to me because it is so personal.

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This book filled a hole in my heart, a spot I didn’t know why it existed but was nonetheless ever-present.

“You are moving out of the realm of fantasy “when I grow up” and adjusting to the reality that you’re there; it’s happening. And it wasn’t what you thought it might be. You are not who you thought you’d be.”

Everything I Know About Love page. 167

I have always approached my birthday with unease. I tentatively put one foot in front of the other when crossing the bridge into a new age of uncertainties and unknowns. I am pushing 20 and desperately trying to hold onto my girlhood while I am still a teenager. One day I am taping a One Direction poster to my wall, and the next I am framing minimalist artwork. There is a very real and dreadful possibility that the bridge to my blissful youth…

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Review: The House Between Tides by Sarah Maine

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the-house-between-tidesFollowing the death of her last living relative, Hetty Deveraux leaves London and her strained relationship behind for Muirlan, her ancestral home in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides. She intends to renovate the ruinous house into a hotel, but the shocking discovery of human remains brings her ambitious restoration plans to an abrupt halt before they even begin. Few physical clues are left to identify the body, but one thing is certain: this person did not die a natural death.

Hungry for answers, Hetty discovers that Muirlan was once the refuge of her distant relative Theo Blake, the acclaimed painter and naturalist who brought his new bride, Beatrice, there in 1910. Yet ancient gossip and a handful of leads reveal that their marriage was far from perfect; Beatrice eventually vanished from the island, never to return, and Theo withdrew from society, his paintings becoming increasingly dark and disturbing.

What happened between them…

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Book Review

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02_The Memory Painter PB CoverThe Memory Painter: A Novel of Love and Reincarnation
by Gwendolyn Womack

Publication Date: July 5, 2016
Picador USA
Paperback; 336 Pages
ISBN: 978-1250095770

Genre: Historical Fiction/Time Travel/Mystery/Romance

Finalist for the 2016 RWA Prism Awards for Best First Book & Best Time Travel/ Steampunk category.

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Two lovers who have travelled across time.

A team of scientists at the cutting edge of memory research.

A miracle drug that unlocks an ancient mystery.

At once a sweeping love story and a time-travelling adventure, Gwendolyn Womack’s luminous debut novel, The Memory Painter, is perfect for readers of The Time Traveler’s Wife, Life After Life and Winter’s Tale.

Bryan Pierce is an internationally famous artist, whose paintings have dazzled the world. But there’s a secret to Bryan’s success: Every canvas is inspired by an unusually vivid dream. Bryan believes these dreams are really recollections―possibly even flashback from another life―and he has…

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Interview with Kristen Harnisch!

Hope to read and review.

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author KHI’d like to welcome Author Kristen Harnisch today to talk with me about her book, The Vintner’s Daughter. Internationally published author Kristen Harnisch drew upon her extensive research and her experiences living in San Francisco and visiting the Loire Valley and Paris to create the stories for THE CALIFORNIA WIFE and her first novel, THE VINTNER’S DAUGHTER. Ms. Harnisch has a degree in economics from Villanova University and currently resides in Connecticut with her husband and three children.

Kristen, thank you for chatting with me today about your book, The Vintner’s Daughter! I enjoyed reading your story very much! Please tell your audience a little about the story.

The Vintner’s Daughter is the story of Sara Thibault, a winemaker’s daughter, and her struggle to reclaim her family’s nineteenth-century Loire Valley vineyard. In 1895, through a series of tragic events, Sara is forced to flee her…

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Interview with Susan Higginbotham

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Today I’m welcoming Susan Higginbotham to my series of author interviews.

Susan is the author of five historical novels: The Traitor’s Wife, about Eleanor de Clare, favorite niece of King Edward II, wife of Hugh le Despenser, and lady-in-waiting to Queen Isabella; Hugh and Bess, about Bess de Montacute, who King Edward III chooses to marry Hugh le Despenser, the son and grandson of disgraced traitors; The Stolen Crown, about Kate Woodville, sister-in-law to King Edward IV and wife to Harry Stafford who must decide where he stands when the country is torn apart by the Wars of the Roses; The Queen of Last Hopes, about King Henry VI’s wife, Margaret of Anjou, who must hold her family and her country together when her husband goes mad.

Susan’s most recent novel is Her Highness, the Traitor.

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Book Corner: Hanging Mary by Susan Higginbotham

This is a story that has intrigued me for years. So glad Susan Higginbotham is the author who took it on again. She does everything beautifully. This blog post was written by Sharon Bennett Connolly, fellow blogger. If you have middle schoolers, this story is interwoven into Ann Rinaldi’s great YA novel An Acquaintance With Darkness. Read them both!

History... the interesting bits!

51lmZWdly4L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_In 1864 Washington, one has to be careful with talk of secession. Better to speak only when in the company of the trustworthy, like Mrs. Surratt. A widow who runs a small boarding house, Mary Surratt isn’t half as committed to the cause as her son, Johnny. If he s not escorting veiled spies, he s inviting home men like John Wilkes Booth, the actor who is even more charming in person than he is on the stage. But when President Lincoln is killed, the question of what Mary knew becomes more important than anything else. Based on the true history of Mary Surratt, Hanging Mary reveals the untold story of those on the other side of the assassin’s gun.

 Hanging Mary is a wonderfully deep, thought-provoking book which transports you back to 19th century Washington and walks you through the months leading up to the Lincoln Assassination, the…

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My Guest, Author Jane Davis

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One Doughboy’s bitter reminiscence of the Armistice on the Western Front, November 11, 1918

For all the veterans. Thank you.

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The bloodied shirts of a dead king

Very interesting article from Anna Belfrage.

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