Thursday, January 9, 2014

Visit Grant County…



Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter is her debut novel.  We are introduced to the characters in Grant County.

Synopsis: 

A prominent professor is murdered and raped in the local café.  Who did it?  Sarah Linton the local coroner and pediatrician works with her ex-husband Jeffrey Toliver the Police Chief to solve the case.  Will Sarah be able to put the past behind her and work with her ex?  She has not shared everything with Jeffrey about her past.  Another woman is taken.  What will Jeffrey do when he finds out?   Lena is the sister of the woman murdered in the café.  She wants to work the case but is kept away because of how close she is to it.  Circumstances have occurred that bring Lena closer and closer to who actually did it.  Will they catch him in time?

My Thoughts:

Karin Slaughter is a local author in the Atlanta area and I was recommended to try her novels.  I can now say I tried it and liked the first novel.  The first part of the story was a little gruesome to me.  I loved the how the author developed the characters and the reader gets to see how important Sarah’s past is to the story.   The author truly capture the emotion of rape and how it impacts a woman who has experienced it. 

The story is set in Grant County Georgia.  The county is located south of Atlanta and near Griffin Georgia.  I look forward to checking out the next novel in the Grant County series.

Rating:

4/5

Please visit Karin on her Facebook page, twitter, and her website.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Visit the Time In Between



The Time In Between by Maria Duenas chronicles the life of Sira Quiroga.  This novel was translated to English and was a hit in both the United States and overseas in Europe.

Synopsis:

Sira has known nothing but dressmaking all her life.  She has worked in the workshop where her mother works.   Her mother and Dona Manuela the owner have taught her everything they know on the subject of dressmaking.  Once she is grown life takes a different turn and she  follows her lover across the Mediterranean to Morocco and the Spanish colony.  They live the high life until one morning Sira is left with nothing.  Once she has been discovered with the debt by the police she has to deal with the consequences of her actions.  Sira decides to remake herself into a courtier dressmaker with the help of some friends.  What could this mean for the future?  Will she be able to trust men in the future?  Will she flourish as a dressmaker?

My Thoughts:

I initially saw this novel at Barnes and Noble while  at a signing.  I love a good historical fiction novel.  When you open up the cover to read the summary of the novel most of the story is given away in the summary.  I was disappointed because I felt that it revealed much of the story.  When I read this book by page 130 I had covered what the summary discussed.  The question became what is the novel about?  Would I like the rest of it?

Unfortunately the answer for me is not really.  I would recommend listening to the novel as an audiobook.  This novel is 610 pages. While this may not mean much to some, the pages did not keep me interested.

I did like the part of the novel that focused on World War 2.  Sira has an interesting job during this time.   I did find other parts interesting as well.

Rating:

3/5

Please visit Maria on her Facebook page  and her website.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Virtual Nightstand January 5, 2014

Good afternoon!  Welcome to the first Virtual Nightstand post for 2014.   The news you need to know about currently at Writer's Corner.  Don't miss the Clearing Shelves giveaway blog hop.  This giveaway will run from now till the tenth of January.  I am also gathering ideas for a follower's love giveaway to thank all of my followers.

Here is what is on my nightstand: 













Silent Night by Colleen Coble













Unmasking Maya by Libby Mercer













The Avalon Ladie's Scrapbooking Society by Darien Gee













Second Star to the Right by Mary Alice Monroe

Hard copy:













Shadowed by Grace by Cara C. Putnam by Litfuse and B&H Books













The Summer Girls by Mary Alice Monroe













Anything But Sweet by Candis Terry













The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane by Kelly Harms