Friday, February 24, 2017

Book Beginnings - 2/24/2017

 
*Please join Rose City Reader every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name.  *Taken directly from Rose City Reader's Blog Page. 
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My book beginnings is taken from BRIDGE ACROSS THE OCEAN by Susan Meissner:

 
"The afternoon sun lies low and sweet among the clouds that bug the harbor, bathing the promenade deck in shimmering half-light.  On the pier a brass head plays a happy tune as good-byes are said at the far end of the gangway."
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Book Finished the last three weeks:

THE DRESSMAKER'S DOWRY by Meredith Jaeger

Review is in book's title.


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THE MOTHER'S PROMISE by Sally Hepworth

Review is in the book's title.

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I SEE YOU by Clare Mackintosh - review will be on February 28.

Good, but not as good as her first book.

 
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WINDY CITY BLUES by Renee Rosen - review will be on March 7.

A marvelous read and a treasure for music fans and historical fiction fans.


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Book Blogger Hop - 2/24 - 3/2


Question of the Week:

How do you feel about books with multiple narrators? (submitted by Eli @ The Book Supplier)

My Answer:

They are a bit confusing at first, but that doesn't make me stop reading.  :)

Friday Fill-Ins - 2/24/2017

http://mcguffysreader.blogspot.com/2016/06/fill-in-statements-week-4.html
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Friday Fill-Ins:

1. I wish ____ would come back in style.

2. I always have ___ in my purse ( or wallet for men).

3. I think that I             .
 


4.                  is a pet peeve of mine.

My Answers:
1.  I wish talking to each other instead of texting on the phone would come back in style.
2.  I always have mints in my purse.

3.  I think that I will always love reading.

4.  Not being on time or not being responsible is a pet peeve of mine.
 



Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Dressmaker's Dowry by Meredith Jaeger


From San Francisco 1876 to present day, we learn of the plight of the poor, the privilege of the wealthy, and secrets of a family that connect both eras.

Sarah married into a wealthy family and brought a secret with her that she never revealed to her husband.  Her husband's family had a secret too, but he was unaware of it.  Or was he?

Sarah was writing her thesis and came across two dressmakers, Hannalore and Margaret, who lived in1876 and who fascinated her because of the story of their lives.

As Sarah researches, she finds connections between the dressmakers and her husband's family.

THE DRESSMAKER'S DOWRY moved us back and forth in time with Hannalore's life story being much more interesting than Sarah's story about her life as the wife of a wealthy man and a journalist.

Hannalore's story tells of her hardships as well as her resilience as she takes care of herself and her three siblings after her mother dies and they escape from their drunken, abusive father.

The characters definitely were authentic especially the wealthy with their fancy clothing and privileges.  The destitute were equally well described, and you could feel their pain and suffering through the excellent writing style and descriptions of Ms. Jaeger.

I enjoyed THE DRESSMAKER'S DOWRY.

I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy historical fiction, switching back and forth in time, and finding items from from past to present turning up for a mystery that includes a bit of love.   5/5

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review.


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Glory Over Everything Paperback Release Celebration



In celebration of the release of the paperback edition of GLORY OVER EVERYTHING by Kathleen Grissom, Charlotte O'Donnell of  Simon & Schuster will be sending THREE lucky readers a copy of the paperback.

USA and CANADA entries!!
 
Entry form is at the bottom of the review.  Good Luck!!

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REVIEW

From James Pyke to James Burton.

​From the South to the North.

From a plantation to a home in Philadelphia.

James Pyke fled from the plantation
to start a new life after he killed his abusive father.  It wasn't an easy life, but James​ ​managed to find a wealthy family with a silversmith business who took him in, adopted him, and taught him the trade.​

James became very successful with his father's silversmith business and quite prominent in society.

We follow James from his childhood to his adult life. He could never be happy no matter how wonderful his life had become because he always feared the secret he had would be exposed.

GLORY OVER EVERYTHING kept my interest even though it dragged a bit at times. Once the secret James had been keeping is revealed, the book heats up.  The last quarter of the book is very suspenseful, and the book has a satisfying ending.

If you enjoy this time period in history, you will enjoy how Ms. Grissom put together a story line that will captivate you with a wonderful, emotionally packed sequel to THE KITCHEN HOUSE about life during the 1800's.

Enjoy!!  4/5
 

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review.
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GIVEAWAY

USA and CANADA

GOOD LUCK

ENTER HERE
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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Mother's Promise by Sally Hepworth


A mother's love is constant no matter what, and Alice definitely has a mother's never-ending love for her daughter Zoe.

Alice and Zoe are close and even closer than a mother and daughter normally are because Alice does not have a husband or any family, and obviously Zoe has no father.

Zoe ​along with the absence of family and friends ​has a social anxiety disorder​ that causes more worry for Alice and deeply affects Zoe.  When Alice finds out she has ovarian cancer, the exact cancer that caused her mother's death, her worry about Zoe is even more stressful.


We follow Alice and Zoe as they struggle through the battle of cancer treatments and resolving Zoe's anxiety issues. 

During the treatment of her cancer, A​lice makes friends with her social worker, Sonja, and with her nurse, Kate, who also have problems of their own.

The subject matter of THE MOTHER'S PROMISE was a bit of a downer because of the cancer as well as other social problems, but it also was wonderful because of the development of friendships and the concern the characters had for each other.

Alice, Zoe, Kate, and Sonja were warm characters that worked well together, supported each other, and were perfectly portrayed.

THE MOTHER’S PROMISE was beautifully written and pulled you into the story and the lives of the characters as the difficult situations and life issues were addressed.  You can't help but become attached to Zoe and all the characters and cry along with them as the situations escalate.

Ms. Hepworth will again take women’s fiction fans on an emotional ride of real life situations and real emotions.  


Get out the tissue box as you deal with the characters’ feelings and make them your own.

ENJOY!!  4/5

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review.



Monday, February 20, 2017

It's Monday! What are YOU Reading? - 2/20/2017

http://bookdate.blogspot.com/
   
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I hope you had a great reading week.  
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This is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn at BOOK DATE!

Post the books completed last week, the books you are currently reading, and the books you hope to finish this week.

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Books Completed the last three weeks:

THE DRESSMAKER'S DOWRY by Meredith Jaeger - review will be February 23

An enjoyable read.

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I SEE YOU by Clare Mackintosh - review will be on February 28.

 
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WINDY CITY BLUES by Renee Rosen - review will be on March 7

A marvelous read and a treasure for music fans and historical fiction fans.

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THE MOTHER'S PROMISE by Sally Hepworth - review will be on February 21

  
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Book Currently Reading:

LAND OF HIDDEN FIRES by Kirk Kjeldsen - review will be on March 30.
 

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Books Up Next:

THE HOPE CHEST by Viola Simpson - review will be on April 4.

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THE BOOK OF SUMMER by Michelle Gable - review will be on May 9, 2017.




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How was your reading week?

THANKS for stopping.