Thursday, February 23, 2017

Who Was the First Girl In Disguise?

Thank you to Source Books for a copy of GIRL IN DISGUISE by Greer Macallister. This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review. I received no financial compensation for this review. It is also a Library Read’s pick for March 2017.

What do you know about the Pinkerton Detective Agency? I had heard of this agency through various books that I have read over the years. I did not know about it’s very first female detective Kate Warne. Many of the events we read about in history are often remain in the past. As I read this book I learned that the Pinkerton detective agency still exists today. You can also visit their site to learn more about the history of this agency.

Synopsis:

Kate is widowed with no children of her own, but she must find a job. Kate has tried out various positions but nothing seems to be the right fit. Then she responds to an ad in the Chicago paper for an agency looking for detectives. This agency is the Pinkerton Agency. Kate responds to the ad and meets Mr. Pinkerton. She receives a case and auditions for the role. Once she finds success with her first case then Pinkerton starts to train her. Kate realizes that she might have found her place in the world. Her cases include saving President Lincoln’s life and other clients. She is then promoted to the head of the Women’s division of the Pinkerton Agency. Success is wonderful but what about a normal life? Will there be anything more than the work?

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed this book! It is a fictionalized biography of Kate Warne. GreerMacallister is a master story teller. Her story is easy to read. Kate narrates the story as we follow her through her many cases. Ms. Macallister did a great job of weaving the work of the agency in with also describing her personal life. The book was a little slow at times. I am sorry that I had missed her other books. She made writing this story of Kate Warne look easy.

 The story is set in Chicago Illinois, but also moves to Virginia and other parts of the south. One of my favorite parts is the dialogue between Pinkerton and Kate. He would use a training technique. “Lie to me! “ It also asks an interesting question. Could you tell a convincing lie? The point was for Kate to convincingly like about her life to use in her work.

Pick up Greer’s latest book here GIRL IN DISGUISE.

Rating:


4.5/5

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

A Debut with Excellent Recommendations

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend is the first novel by Katarina Bivald in the United States. The author is from Sweden. This novel came highly recommended to me. I also had the opportunity to meet Katarina last April when she visited on tour at FoxTale Book Shoppe.

Synopsis:

Sarah is going to visit her friend Amy who lives in Broken Wheel Iowa in the United States. Sarah is from Sweden. She has very much looked forward to the trip. Sarah arrives in Broken Wheel to learn that Amy has passed away. So the town decides that she should stay at Amy’s house. The town has been so gracious that Sarah wants to do something for them so she opens a book shop with the town blessing. Will the town really enjoy her gift? Will they be ready for her to go home when she finishes her stay?

We learn about Sarah and Amy's relationship through letter exchanges. These letters appear at the beginning of each chapter. The letters start at the beginning of their relationship and lead up to the current time in the story.

My Thoughts:

My hope is that readers will enjoy this novel as much as I have. It is very entertaining and full of humor. I could see this novel as a feel good movie. A romantic comedy? This is the first author from Sweden that I have enjoyed. She creates memorable characters in the town of Broken Wheel. My favorite is Sarah. I wish that I could be like her and open my own bookstore. It also has great humor!

Pick up your copy today of The Readers of  Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald.

Rating:

4.75/5


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Life Sometimes Has So Many Twists and Turns

Jane Porter is known for writing many different genres of novels. Today we are featuring her recent novel It’s You which is Women's Fiction. This novel asks   how to move forward after a traumatic event? Can new people in your life make a difference? Alison (Ali) McAdams is introduced to a different kind of community.   Could they become family?  

Synopsis: 

Ali is still working in the dental practice that she shared with her fiancĂ©. Life has changed since he committed suicide. How can she move forward? Or begin to have a relationship with her father? When at work Ali receives news that her father had an accident. She leaves on vacation to spend time with him, but can’t understand why he won’t leave his nursing home. While visiting she meets Edie her dad’s bridge partner. Edie takes an interest in Ali when she goes out with Craig her nephew. Will She find answers in the past that might lead to a brighter future?

My Thoughts: 

I enjoyed this novel. I love when Jane Porter takes her he readers to the Napa Wine Valley. It is always worth the trip! I loved how this novel was about self-discovery. I was satisfied with the ending, but hoping for more.  Included in this novel are characters from Jane's previous novels. The novel started out a little slow but increased in pacing throughout. Readers will be turning pages as they share in Ali's journey. 

I have great respect for Jane Porter and her work. Her current novel is Bought to Carry His Heir. 


Rating: 

4.5/5

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

How To Make Hard Choices

I am excited to write this review. I have wanted to read a novel by @PamJenofffor a while. I finally got my opportunity with The Kommandant’s Girl. This novel is historical in nature and focusing on World War II era. For readers who have read The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah; will have a nice segue way into this story.

Synopsis:

Emma has just celebrated her Jewish wedding and honeymoon with her beloved Jacob. Then the Nazis invaded Poland. Jacob tells her to return to her family and burn their marriage certificate. Emma cannot bring herself to destroy this precious certificate. She does go to her family, but finds herself in the ghetto. The resistance helps her to escape and live with Jacob’s cousin. While living with Peter’s aunt Emma assumes a new identity of Anna. Anna works in the Nazi office in Krakow and soon becomes involved with the Kommandant. As her relationship with the commandant grows will she be able to help the resistance? Or will he find out who she really is?

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this novel. I loved reading about World War II era that includes intrigue. This novel is narrated by Emma. Ms. Jenoff did a great job showing the conflict that Emma faced as Anna her alter ego. She illustrated the conflict by having Emma’s point of view throughout the story. This only adds to the action and the frenetic pace of the story. The reader will find enjoyment throughout this story. My only request would be to know more about Emma and her journey, at the end of the novel. The ending seemed a little abrupt.

The Kommandant’s Girl is worth a visit. Readers may also want to read Pam Jenoff’s latest novel The Orphan’s Tale.

Rating:

4.5/5


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Summer of Choices

Do covers persuade you to choose certain novels? I loved the cover for All the SummerGirls by Meg Donohue. I had also heard some great things about this novel. It includes three women in swimsuits at the beach on the cover. The novel is short in length. It takes place over one summer weekend.

Synopsis:

Kate is getting ready for her big day. Her morning is going normally except her finance has changed his schedule. He wants to discuss their relationship. He breask the engagement and says that she needs help.  Kate has two very best Friends since Kindergarten Vanessa and Dani. Vanessa is facing a different delimma. She gave up her career to be a stay at home mom. How happy is she really when she worries about her gorgeous husband having affairs? Then there is Dani the third friend she as well has spent a great deal of time with Kate and her family. Dani’s parents are divorced. She only has a relationship with her father.  Dani has been living out in San Francisco trying to finish her novel and not keep a job. Each woman has a cross to bear for what happened years ago when they shared a beach house. These events surround Kate’s brother Colin. Will they be able to put the past behind them?

My Thoughts:

I did not enjoy this novel very much. I thought that the characters are great. They are well developed. The novel was a little short. I wondered the climax of the story really got resolved. There is a part of me that wanted to find out more. The story did not feel resolved to me. 

I did feel that author asked an interesting question. How does the past impact your future? A death that touched Kate, Vanessa, and Dani’s lives all made them choose a different future. Have you ever thought what would have happened if I had chosen differently? I know that I have these thoughts all the time myself. I then tell myself that you can’t change the past but can only move forward.

@megdonohuehas a new novel coming out soon Every Wild Heart.

Rating:


3.75/5

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

My First Favorite of 2017!

Thank you to  Mira and Kimberly Belle for a copy of THE MARRIAGE LIE.  This copy was given to me in exchange for an honest review. 
Kimberly has recently released her next novel THE MARRIAGE LIE.  If you liked The Last Breath and The Ones WeTrust then you will love this one.  This story is engrossing , and will have your full attention to the very end.
Synopsis: 
Iris has the perfect marriage.  Her husband Will  has a great job!  They just bought their first house in  a wealthy neighborhood in Atlanta.  Iris works at a private school in the area.  This morning Will gives her a diamond bracelet.  He will leave  on  a business trip to Orlando Florida to speak at a conference.  Iris proceeds to her job as a guidance counselor at a private school.  A plane crashed in Missouri, and the story is all over the news.  This plane was headed for Seattle Washington.  Iris is concerned  but feels that everything is okay because Will is not on this plane.  She goes to the assembly with the head master to help those students affected by the crash.  Meanwhile Iris has been getting many  phone calls from her mother and her twin brother.  Will is in Florida.  Then the television shows Will’s name listed as one of the deceased from the crash.  If he went to Florida how could he be dead?  What evidence does the airline have to confirm his death?  Who is this friend Corbin?
My Thoughts: 
I loved THE MARRIAGE LIE!  It has an original plot.  Readers will want to flip ahead to find out did Will survive?  What really happened?  These questions create a real page turner from beginning to end.  It was also an easy read as well!  If a reader truly craves escapism then this is the novel for you!
To purchase visit Kimberly’s site.
Rating: 
5/5


Friday, January 20, 2017

Will the Second Time Be Better?

Thank you to Ballantine Books  for a copy of this novel Nightingale Way by Emily March.  This novel was given to me in exchange for an honest review.  I received no financial compensation for this review.

It is time to return to Eternity Springs.  In this novel we meet Jack and Cat.  Their story is not like some of the other couples you have met in Eternity springs.  The main difference is that they are divorced.   I enjoyed the last Eternity springs novel and could not wait to share this one.

Synopsis:

Cat lives in Washington D.C.  She also volunteers with some local charities.   Cat published a story recently about a dog fighting ring through a blog she publishes. One day a bomb goes off in her dining room.  She is then spirited away to Eternity Springs by her ex-husband Jack.  He was following orders of Cat’s mother Melinda.  She and Jack both work for the government.  Cat does not want to stay at first but adapts as the story progresses.   Jack has always been the hero and helping others; since his family died in a fire.  Yet Cat his ex-wife has never felt close to him.  There is a lot of history between the two of them.  Jack leaves her to go to help a friend.  He returns unable to help, and this friend’s death destroys Jack.  Jack makes some decisions that has others including his ex-wife concerned.  Will they be able to help?  Will Jack and Cat get back together?

My Thoughts:

This novel just did not do it for me.  I found the story interesting but not to stick with. I had trouble with the pacing of it.  The characters of Eternity Springs are wonderful!  It has a different kind of romance plot bringing a divorced couple back together.  I just did not enjoy it as much as other novels by the author.  Emily March is a wonderful writer.  The Eternity Springs series is worth a reader’s time.  I would definitely read more!

Emily March’s current novel is Christmas in Eternity Springs.  You find Emily on Facebook or her website.

Rating:


3.5/5