Genre: Fiction (Historical / UK / 1910s / WWI / Country Estate / Social Class / War / PTSD / Journalism / Historical Figures Fictionalized) Publisher/Publication Date: William Morrow Paperbacks (12/4/2012) Source:TLC Book Tours
Rating: Looooooooooooooooooved! Did I finish?: Yes! One-sentence summary: An epic novel following the intertwined lives of the rich and working class from 1914 to 1920. Reading Challenges:Historical Fiction
Do I like the cover?: Love.It. I'm a sucker for eye candy, and this is just lovely, like a still from a film.
I'm reminded of...: Anya Seton, Louisa Young
First line: The dawn came early, tinting a cloudless sky the palest shade of green.
Buy, Borrow, or Avoid?: Borrow or buy.
Why did I get this book?: The cover!
Review: Given the Downton Abbey craze, I was apprehensive about this trilogy: was it any good or just a marketing ploy to cash in while DA is hot?
Thankfully, happily, awesomely, this book is good. Great. An…
Anna didn't like children. Her greatest fear was that her prayers would get crossed with some other Catholics. Anna would get pregnant without even asking and some other woman would get a motorcycle or permission to play flag football.
I've got a new heroine addiction in the form of one Anna Blanc -- socialite, heiress, adventurer, crime fighter.
Set in 1907 Los Angeles, our heroine Anna is the daughter of a French banker and is known for being a charming, beautiful socialite. But she wants more than all that. She wants to be a police detective. Her reputation is already borderline ruined from an impetuous decision she makes in the first chapter, but she manages to juggle a handsome, wealthy suitor and a position as a police matron -- the closest thing to being a police detective she can manage. But wrangling orphans into orphanages isn't the work she wants to do, and with guts, moxie, and obliviousness, she gets to work solving murders and other crimes.
Title:The Homecoming of Samuel Lake: A Novel Author: Jenny Wingfield
Genre: Fiction (Historical / 1950s / Southern U.S. / Families / Small Towns) Publisher/Publication Date: Random House (7/12/2011) Source:TLC Book Tours
Rating: Liked a great deal. Did I finish?: Yes -- I read this one morning on a day off, when I meant to browse it before getting coffee. One-sentence summary: A year in a small Arkansas town brings troubles and triumphs to the Moses family. Reading Challenges:Historical Fiction
Do I like the cover?: Yes -- it absolutely captures the feel of the novel, although guiltily I must admit I rather like the cover on my review copy.
I'm reminded of...: Ellen Feldman, Rumer Godden, Flannery O'Connor
First line: John Moses couldn't have chosen a worse day, or a worse way to die, if he'd planned it for a lifetime.
Did... I snortle at the children's names?: YES. Noble Lake, Swan Lake, and Bienville Lake. OUCH!
Did... I almost stop reading once or twice because of the…
Genre: Fiction (British / Scottish / 19th century / Artists / Unreliable Narrator / Missing Children / Secret Identities) Publisher/Publication Date: Harper Perennial (1/31/2012) Source:TLC Book Tours
Rating: Loved like I wanted to marry it! Did I finish?: Yes, inhaled over a matter of days. One-sentence summary: Elderly Harriet Baxter puts down in writing the events from her tumultuous time in Glasgow in the late 1880s while facing another mystery of her own. Reading Challenges:Historical Fiction, Victorian
Do I like the cover?: I love it: it's striking, and kind of creepy, and reflects elements from the novel.
I'm reminded of...: A.S. Byatt, Shirley Jackson, Sarah Waters
First line: It would appear that I am to be the first to write a book on Gillespie.
Did... I get up early three mornings to have more time to read?: YES, and this was after staying up wicked late to keep reading. (Perhaps why my cold was prolonged. Ooops!)