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!)
Genre: Fiction (Historical / American / WWII / 1950s /1960s) Publisher/Publication Date: Spiegel & Grau (7/26/2011) Source:TLC Book Tours
Rating: Liked to nearly loved. Did I finish?: Yes -- in about six hours. One-sentence summary: World War II and the aftermath is felt for decades in the lives of three women from a small Massachusetts town. Reading Challenges:Historical Fiction
Do I like the cover?: Yes -- it's a little pat WWII-ish and I wish it might have shown a telegram (referencing one of Babe's jobs), but the pictures and letters convey some of the story's bittersweet arc about communication and memories.
I'm reminded of...: Penelope Lively, Cynthia Ozick, Valerie Martin
First line: In the year and a half Babe Huggins has worked for Western Union, she has been late only once.
Did... I literally lose myself in this book?: YES. I woke up Sunday and picked this up to thumb through while waiting for my coffee to finish brewing;…
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.
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…