Saturday, December 20, 2014

Midwinter's Eve Giveaway

Welcome to this year's  Midwinter's Eve giveaway hop.  It runs from December 21-31.  Please visit  the other bloggers listed below.  Jane Green and I are featuring two of her novels Tempting Fate and her latest release Saving Grace.  You must be a US citizen to enter. Please follow the rafflecopter.

The first novel Tempting Fate: 

Gabby has the perfect family she absolutely loves her husband Elliot and her two daughters Olivia and Alaina.  One night while her family is out Gabby decides to go out with her married friends.  They think what harm could happen when going to a bar and flirting with some guys there.  They would never take it any further or would they?  Or more specifically would Gabby?  She meets Matt that night and they start a friendship.  Gabby tells herself that it won’t go any further than friendship.  Will she change her mind?  What consequences occur from that one choice?  Will they be able to forgive? 

Then there is Saving Grace:  
Grace and Ted Chapman are widely regarded as the perfect literary power couple. Ted is a successful novelist and Grace, his wife of twenty years, is beautiful, stylish, carefree, and a wonderful homemaker. But what no one sees, what is churning under the surface, is Ted’s rages. His mood swings. And the precarious house of cards that their lifestyle is built upon. When Ted’s longtime assistant and mainstay leaves, the house of cards begins to crumble and Grace, with dark secrets in her past, is most vulnerable. She finds herself in need of help but with no one to turn to…until the perfect new assistant shows up out of the blue.  To the rescue comes Beth, a competent young woman who can handle Ted and has the calm efficiency to weather the storms that threaten to engulf the Chapman household. Soon, though, it’s clear to Grace that Beth might be too good to be true. This new interloper might be the biggest threat of all, one that could cost Grace her marriage, her reputation, and even her sanity.  With everything at stake and no one to confide in, Grace must find a way to save herself before it is too late. (janegreen.com)

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Journey into the Winter An Engrossing Read!



Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for a copy of The Paris Winter in exchange for an honest review.  The Paris Winter by Imogen Robertson chronicles the adventures of Maud and her friends at an Art Academy in Paris.  

Synopsis: 

Maude and her friend Tanya are students at Lafonds an art school.  The artist Lafond offers classes for both men and women, but these women must pay a higher price for the same education.  Their semester begins with a suicide of one of their classmates.  Maud has come over from England to study art but financial difficulties have made studies difficult.  Tanya wants to help and notices that Maud has a great need.  She takes her to Mrs. Harris a woman who helps women such as Maud find work.  The job is working for Sylvie and Christian Morel a brother and sister who need her to teach English and Drawing.  All seems to be going well until Maud is suddenly declared dead.  What happened to her?  What will become of her friends?

My Thoughts: 

I did end up enjoying this novel.  It just did not have the greatest start with a suicide to begin the novel.  I did become a fan of Maud and wanted to see her succeed. I almost put this novel down at one point because I was so upset with Maud’s circumstances.  I did find the end to be satisfying. 

The backdrop of this story is the city of Paris and the Art.  A painting is described at the beginning of each chapter chronicling the winter of 1910.   Lafonds is a fictional art academy that has trained male painters, but also offers classes to women.  The writing describes these landscapes beautifully!   Also the flood of 1910 that helps to bring about the climax of the story, and the resolution. 

Rating: 

4/5

Please visit Imogen on her Facebook page, Twitter, and her Website.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Silent Night



“Silent Night, Holy Night.”  So goes the opening to the favorite Christmas carol Silent
Night begins.   We are discussing today the short story by Colleen Coble Silent Night.            


Synopsis:

Bree and Kade are getting ready to celebrate Christmas with their family.  Lauri Kade’s sister comes home early from college.  Her excuse is illness but could there be more to her story?  After this initial confrontation; Bree is called out to search with her search dog Samson for a sky diver who did not make his landing.  Will she be able to find him in time?

My Thoughts:

Silent Night comes from one of Colleen’s  Rock Harbor series, and is classified as a novella.   I am not familiar with this series but this story had my interest from the beginning.  I wondered what would happen to these characters and how would it affect the characters?  I also wondered if another case mentioned in the story was part of one of the last novels in the series.  I did some research but could not find the any connection.

The story is great and has an awesome mystery!  Since this is a short story the mystery is quick and followed by a great Christmas celebration.  Readers will be entertained and enjoy both the mystery and celebration of Christmas.

Rating:

4.5/50

Please visit Colleen Coble on her Facebook page, twitter, and her website.