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And, for what it's worth, I've been taking about a month or so to listen to much shorter novels, but I finished this one within several days because the characters, mystery, and overall story were so compelling.
Not my favorite Kearsley novel, plus I would only rate this as an average or slightly below average fiction book. I really had to pay attention, since the narration switched between the first and third person, also switching who each chapter was about. I loved the way that the main character's secret slowly unraveled and made sense to the reader through telling the story out of sequence and switching narrators. Also, you can find other individual book reviews, tips on saving money on Audible books, book recommendations based on genres and all things related to literature here! Don’t forget that you can add me as a friend on Goodreads so I can steal ideas on what to read next–or see your ratings, so I know what to stay away from! Please note that comments with links that are not relevant to the discussion will not be approved. I over-requested from NetGalley, so I spent most of July reading those novels, not that I'm complaining.
I read a paperback copy of the first novel in this series as part of a summer reading challenge. This was an interesting follow up to Kubica's first novel, The Good Girl, which I thoroughly enjoyed. This is a beautiful novel about love, life that ruins love, family, and what's leftover when life is done. So, since I had to put down the ebook one night, I got the newly released audible and thoroughly enjoyed every second of the book - even when I shed a tear or two.
I don’t know if other readers will appreciate this part like I did, but Simon, the 15 year old son, is a wonderful representation of a teenage boy. I enjoyed this more than the regular police procedural mystery because it wasn't neat and tidy. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the heroine of this series while she solved multiple mysteries. Long story, but I ended up reading the first, the third, and then the second novels in this series. I liked this follow up, but I'm still trying to adjust to that kind raunchiness in a story that takes place when women couldn't even be doctors alongside men!
I love Maisie Dobbs mysteries, but they have a touch of a new-ageness that kind of freak me out. As soon as I finished book 4 (quickly), I returned it, so they could have it, but now I'm ahead.
This was an interesting look at how Londoners picked hops on estates with for two weeks each fall; while there, Gypsies were camped on the edge of the town. Obviously, I've started listening to and reading a lot more British (or Australian) mystery novels that take place around the World Wars.
And to be honest, I enjoyed the novel a lot more once I read a summary that told me that the novel was satire about the women's movement. Friday's Child may move into my most recommended Heyer novel because the main character, Hero, who is aptly named, challenges social conventions, is true to her word, but also displays a depth of feeling that some other Heyer heroines lack.
Overall, this novel had the greatest set of well developed characters in all of the Regency Romances that I've read so far, and I've read quite a few!
Another tale of marriage between two people who don't realize that they love each other and full of misunderstandings.
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Well, I don't want to ruin any spoilers from my monthly round up that I'm posting next week, but I did read a bunch of books from the Jazz Age this month!
I really wish that I had read this before I read a biography of the Fitzgeralds' since it is semi-autobiographical. This novel was very interesting because I read it immediately following The Beautiful and Damned.
This novel was marketed as a fictionalized account of Zelda Fitzgerald's life after she was institutionalized.
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I'm not doing well, health-wise, so I have not been updating or writing as much as I would like. Living a charmed life doesn't happen by accident.   We are all drawn to charming people and maybe even yearn to live a more charmed life. Kate Motaung grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan before spending ten years in Cape Town, South Africa. In her latest historical novel, Secrets of a Charmed Life, author Susan Meissner recounts events that transpired in London during World War II, when half a million children were evacuated from the city into foster homes in the countryside.


Susan Meissner quickly became one of my favorite authors after I read her novel, Lady in Waiting.
The story focuses in on two sisters, fifteen-year-old Emmy Downtree and her younger sister, Julia.
The sisters are taken in by an elderly woman who owns a delightful cottage in a village called Stow-on-the-Wold.
Though they are well cared for, Emmy is not happy about her lot in life, as she had high hopes and dreams of becoming a wedding dress designer.
With her stubborn and independent personality, Emmy decides to take things into her own hands. Today's Paper, also known as the e-Edition, is an online replica of the printed newspaper. I was so excited to read it, but I could only chip away at it, 30 minutes a night for a month.
Otherwise, it is kind of a run of the mill fiction novel that employs the popular technique of slowly unraveling a story by switching back and forth between the past and the present.
While the moral of the story was VERY directly spoken by the characters, it was still nice. While it was highly complex, and I did complain to a friend about that at first, it proved to be worth all of the subplots because they came together beautifully in the end. Me Before You felt like it was perfect, but Moyes nailed it again with the ending of this novel.
Furthermore, the narrative jumped back and forth in time, but it made for a really interesting way to tell the story.
The short synopsis is that I was very surprised to find that this was not a novel of a new writer once I finished the book. I've thought about reading some of his other novels, so when the Goodreads' newsletter notified me that Quick had a new book coming out, I knew that I had to read it. I don't sleep at night, but I lay there for 8 or so hours before I finally get what I loosely term "sleep." Therefore, having audiobooks to listen to while I close my eyes are the BEST.
Not only was it a hell of a lot more complicated, there wasn't a cliff hanger or an ending packaged with a bow. I enjoyed that she flies in the face of convention, which I know is easier to write from the future looking back, but it is fun to imagine someone like Phryne Fisher with an enormous intellect, unlimited funds, and a daring sense of social propriety solving mysteries, while genuinely caring about the neglected and poor. While this novel still helped established who the main character is, the third was the most enjoyable because it dug into the mystery without wasting time on character development. I confused by how many mysteries Sidney Chambers solved during the one novel that weren't necessarily related. Had to read books 3 and 4 very quickly because I had them on loan from the library - audio version - on overdrive. It was specifically interesting because the novel gave an insight into Maisie's Gypsy heritage and hinted that it had something to do with her "third" sight.
I thought it was an odd summer release, since the majority of the action takes place in the middle of winter; however, I it is a great novel no matter the time of year because the story does take span over the course of the main character's life - if you can call her that. It wasn't bad, but the first time that I tried to read it, I had to move it to "finish later," because I just wasn't in the mood for a James novel. It had the humor of novels like Arabella and Fredrica, but it was slightly longer with more substance than those novels. Like most novels, a naive woman asks an improper favor from a "rake," but doesn't realize it. Included were the classics "The Jelly-Bean", "The Camel's Back", "May Day", "Porcelain and Pink", "The Diamond as Big as The Ritz", "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button", "Tarquin of Cheapside", "O Russet Witch!", "The Lees of Happiness", "Mr. I never saw the movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, but from what I understood, it was kind of a love story.
But is it possible in the midst of a busy, cluttered, technology-driven lifestyle with deadlines, obligations and limited budgets?Tabitha Dumas says “YES!”As a self-proclaimed “purveyor of pretty” and beauty chaser, Tabitha has been accused more than once of living a charmed life and she is now willing to give away all her secrets.A lifelong learner, teacher and grace collector, Tabitha is also a blogger, speaker, teacher and strategist. They live with their single mother in the city of London on the brink of the second World War.
All of the children of London are to be evacuated to temporary foster homes in the countryside until the war is over.
She has to go, if not for her own protection, at least to make sure her sister Julia is in good hands. Instead, she is stuck playing guardian of her little sister, who dotes on and positively adores her big sister.
One night she leaves Thistle House in the middle of the night, and sneaks back to the city in the early morning hours, without permission.
Not only were the characters well developed and the historical setting fascinating, but the storyline is filled with unexpected plot twists that will keep you turning pages. She is also a speaker and writing workshop leader with a background in community journalism. There was one that I would have liked to have flushed out more, but the novel was so long that I definitely would have chosen to leave it out, too. At least this novel was note resting enough to keep me reading, and at a rather fast pace, because I was sure it was going to get better.
I've never read anything like it - and I wasn't expecting it, but it was a pleasant surprise.


The meat of the story was interesting, plus the way the story finished couldn't have been more fitting.
I thought it was an interesting story that was made better through the narrative technique. I liked it, but I would have expected a tighter plot from someone who has published many more novels.
I liked the first novel because it gave a ton of necessary background on Maisie Dobbs, but the "mystery," in the novel wasn't very great. This new release is definitely worth your time, even though there aren't a whole lot of reviews on it yet.
If I read the novel correctly, and wasn't just confused, Atkinson played with time, like she did in the only other novel that I've read by her, Life After Life. Oh, and a shoot out in a mystery novel with a female detective earned the author some bonus points! I do plan on reading more of the series because I am interested in the main character as a character.
Friday's Child didn't stop at the marriage of an out of place woman in high society, but rather examined the ramifications of the marriage, which were not easy on either party, like I am most likely to imagine as some of Heyer's books come to a close, and I move on to other novels.
I also wish that I had read This Side of Paradise first, since it was Fitzgerald's breakout novel. It dealt a lot with social classes, like The Beautiful and Damned, but it referred to World War I and the class changes a lot more than Fitzgerald. The nurse's story was distracting, but what was worse was the fact that there was no new information. Emmy and her mother have a strained relationship, as Emmy’s father has never been in the picture, and her mother is rarely at home. With a fierce independence and a strong determination to make her mother proud, Emmy obtains employment outside the home in a bridal shop.
As the sun rises and the hours unfold, she couldn’t possibly regret her decision more. As with the other books I’ve read by Susan Meissner, I highly recommend this new novel, which releases February 3rd, 2015. It really breaks my heart that I was so sick because sharing what I read each month is the post that I look forward to the most! This mystery was much more intricate, since space wasn't taken up with background, of course. Bess Crawford is not trained to solve mysteries in any way, but she's a naturally curious and smart woman who who is a nurse during WWI. I hope that teen girls read it and think harder about their own lives and why they live--and maybe even purse more things like art, music, and family time.
Because I had read other novels about Zelda Fitzgerald, I knew the general gist of her life. I have already read most of the recent popular fiction that is set during the Jazz Age, so I had to go back and read writers from the time period.
It was the exact same story, not like Amazon's Bosch, which is an entirely new storyline, loosely based on the series. Lady Chatterley's Lover is much more explicit with sex than The Beautiful and Damned, which danced around the topic much more. It seemed like he couldn't be any happier to go to the dances in town because he was finally feeling and looking young.
During my research, I found a few new-to-me authors from the time period that I want to read, a historical fiction novel set during the Jazz Age by Phillipa Gregory (I loved the Cousins War Series last year!), and specifically a book called The Green Hat, which was a best seller and provocative for the time.
Honestly, I was completely shocked that this novel was published in the 1920's, due to the explicit nature of some of the scenes and language.
While some of the stories were humorous, the story like "May Day," highlighted the lost generation's differences. Instead of this novel telling me about what it was like for her there, the emphasis was on Zelda rehashing her past, as she worked on her autobiographically based novel, Save Me a Waltz. I need to go back to college, because my the local university had it, but they don't let county residents get library cards! Lady Chatterley's Lover does mention jazz, dancing, and bobbed hair in passing, but it more about what love, sex, and intimacy means to men and to women. Some men were still partying with their college fraternities, even though they were well past college, but other men couldn't let the war go, so they protested against socialist newspapers. I just got the first novel from Paperback Swap, so I'm looking forward to seeing if I like Inspector Ian Rutledge! Lawrence wrestles with the three (love, sex, and intimacy) to see where and if they overlap with each other, plus how men and women might view them differently! Women and aristocratic women, specifically, are held to a different standard in Lady Chatterley's Lover, as opposed to The Beautiful and Damned, where the men seem to be falling over themselves to make the American women happy.
And like many other characters in Fitzgerald's work, there was the man who was straddling the line between being upperclass, but not having the money to afford the lifestyle.



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