Thursday, January 4, 2018

You Never Know What You Will Find on the Journey of Life!

Are you ready for the journey? Pam Jenoff delivers another great novel in the Orphan's Tale.  This story is based off of an account of a real orphan train and a Jewish circus.  It also includes friendship between two unlikely women. This friendship will be test in many ways.

Synopsis: 

Astrid learns that her Nazi officer husband must divorce her because of her Jewish heritage.  Hitler will not allow his SS officers to be tainted by Jewish blood.  So Astrid journeys back to her roots which began in the circus begins, but when she arrives home her family is gone.  There is a neighboring circus nearby and Astrid visits Mr. Neuhoff the owner and ringmaster to see if he might know something about her family.  He does not but he makes an offer she can’t refuse.  Astrid becomes part of the flying trapeze act in his circus.  She hides in the circus from the Gestapo.   A few years later a women comes to the circus.  Noa has run away from a Nazi train that contained Jewish orphan babies to a concentration camp. She can’t allow the one that is still living to die and she takes him.  Noa escapes to the circus where Mr. Neuhoff offers her a job of working in the circus.  Will she be able to learn the flying trapeze to keep her and the baby safe?  Will Astrid trust her enough as they train to become part of the circus family?

My Thoughts: 

I loved this novel!  I listened to her previous novel Kommandant’s Girl, but I sat down and read this one.  It was an easy read.  Pam Jenoff creates characters that readers can become engrossed in as they read, and follow their journey.  I enjoyed Astrid and Noa’s friendship.  The setting of World War II added to the emotion of these characters and suspense.

I was not thrilled with the ending! 

I look forward to reading the next Pam Jenoff novel!

Rating:

4.5/5

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

A New Year A New Novel by Jennifer Laam

Welcome to 2018 on Writer’s Corner!  Today Jennifer Laam is stopping by to share her new novel The Lost Season of Love and Snow.   I have an excerpt from this novel below provided by St. Martin’s Press.  Jennifer is a popular author in historical fiction, and writes about Russian history.

Excerpt:

A man says he will die for you. A woman is taught to lower her gaze and blush before hiding once more behind a silken fan. Men are given to self-aggrandizement, while women flatter egos and keep men tied to this earth. Such is the way of the world, or so I was taught in the days before I gained a reputation as the villain of St. Petersburg.
I know better now.

When a man declares he will die for you, sometimes a woman must take him at his word. For to allow one’s husband to perish on the field of honor is a shameful affair, worse even, than murdering him by your own hand.

The solemn men who gather at our flat fall silent as my husband draws his final breath. A prickly chill, like the first wave of a fever, washes over me as I realize my husband is gone. The sorrow tightens my chest and clamps down, squeezing until I think my body will snap in two. I sway on my feet and believe I will faint. Only the invisible force of my will keeps me upright. Dark blood still seeps from his abdomen and a sharp metallic scent clings to the air.

For two days my husband had been one of the waking dead, suffering a cruel and lingering death. Though I was not present at the duel where he fought to defend my honor, the image of Alexander collapsing, his blood staining the snow crimson, haunts my every thought. I have slid into despair, veering between hysteria and hopelessness, while Alexander’s wound festered and his once vibrant face distorted with agony.
His friends stand in a semicircle around his body, backs erect, mouths set in stern lines, and expressions stoic even as their eyes dampen with tears.

“What a waste,” I hear one of them mutter. “A genius lost over a woman.”
The words echo in my head. I was the wife of a distinguished man of letters, the greatest in our land, and I let his life slip through my fingers. These men suppose I care only for material comforts and romantic diversions and don’t believe I possess the wits about me to appreciate my husband’s talent. Rumormongers have convinced them I love the empty-headed Georges d’Anth├Ęs or have fallen prey to the advances of our iron-jawed tsar. They consider my behavior traitorous, as terrible in its own way as if I had joined the ranks of the Napoleonic soldiers who once threatened our very heartland.

I will confess to basking too long in the attention of Georges and even the tsar himself, yet I am no Jezebel, merely human, as vulnerable to flattery as any other creature. Much as I may wish to do so, I cannot change the past. The damage is done. A fresh wave of tears threatens and subsides, as though nothing remains inside me to expel. I wonder how long I will live with the torment of my guilt and the censure of those who claim to love my husband. terrible in its own way as if I had joined the ranks of the Napoleonic soldiers who once threatened our very heartland.

I will confess to basking too long in the attention of Georges and even the tsar himself, yet I am no Jezebel, merely human, as vulnerable to flattery as any other creature. Much as I may wish to do so, I cannot change the past. The damage is done. A fresh wave of tears threatens and subsides, as though nothing remains inside me to expel. I wonder how long I will live with the torment of my guilt and the censure of those who claim to love my husband.

About The Author:
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JENNIFER LAAM is the author of The Secret Daughter of the Tsar and The Tsarina’s Legacy. She earned her master’s degree in History from Oakland University in Michigan and her bachelor’s degree from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. She has lived in Los Angeles and the suburbs of Detroit, traveled in Russia and Europe, and worked in education and non-profit development. She currently resides in Northern California. 

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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Best of 2017

Another year has passed and it is time for the 2017 best picks.  There were many great selections of this year.  I am excited to share them all with you today.  These books were read in 2017 and may not necessarily have been published this past year.


So let’s start with suspense.  This year includes authors Terri Blackstock, Emily Carpenter, and Kimberly Belle. These books are compelling page turner from start to finish.  That is what a good suspense book should be.  Readers will want to read their next books.  

If I Run by Terri Blackstock
The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle




        
Burying the Honeysuckle Girls by Emily Carpenter 

Next let’s turn to historical fiction.  These books are true page turners with compelling stories.  New to the group this year is Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate.  This story covers the scandal in the Memphis children’s home. Then we have Tracie Peterson’s Summer of the Midnight Sun book one of the Alaskan Quest series.

                                                

 Women’s fiction also includes fun reads. I would also refer to this category as the beachy reads. The authors included Elin Hilderbrand, Wendy Wax, and Mary Alice Monroe. These stories are easy to follow and have readers turning pages, and provide a great escape. 

                                              




                                                                                     
                                                                                         



The best nonfiction of 2017authors are Lysa Terkeurst and Stephanie Rische.  They each shared their journey in life with valuable life lessons about following Christ. You never know what God’s plan for you might be.  

                     

Uninvited  by Lysa Terkeurst                                          I Was Blind Dating But Now I See by Stephanie Rische     

Here is to great reading in 2018!  Happy New Year!