Thursday, March 1, 2018

Jennifer Laam Shares Russian History


Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for giving me a copy of the Lost Season of Love and Snow by Jennifer Laam.  I was given this copy in exchange for an honest review.

How many of you have read Jennifer Laam before or are familiar with Russian history?  This is my first time reading one of Jennifer’s books.  I found Russian history fascinating.  When one can take a look back and understand what the Russian society was like back in the early nineteenth century.  She tells the story of Lady Pushkina the great wife of the famous Poet Alexander Pushkin.   What is her story?

Synopsis: 

Natalya is the youngest sister of Ekatrinia and Azya, and they attend a ball in Moscow.  At this ball, Natalya attracts the attention of Sir Alexander Pushkin the Poet Laureate of Russia.   She is equally attracted to Alexander, and hopes that her mother will say yes to the union.  Natalya’s mother was concerned by the financial arrangement that came from the marriage.  Once married life is different, and Natalya starts a family with Alexander.  Her greatest passion attending masked balls becomes her biggest nightmare. When she meets Georges and enjoys the flirtation.  Natalya becomes concerned when Georges wants more from the relationship.  Then the Czar becomes a little too interested in Natalya despite being married.  Natalya only wants Alexander.  How will he defend the honor of their family?  How will his actions impact his family?

My Thoughts:

Jennifer Laam wrote a beautiful book.  It is easy to read and communicates the struggles of Alexander Pushkin and his wife  Natalya well.  One question I had while reading it was what happened to the Russian bourgeois?   Why did the peasants revolt?  I know the revolution took place after this story took place but I wanted to see the roots of Russian history  The author also spoke to some extent of the issues that Natalya had in her role as Alexander’s wife.  This book also reminded me a little of Paula McLain’s The Paris Wife.  It was a good read with a tragic end!

Rating:

4/5

You can purchase a copy of The Lost Season of Love and Snow here.

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Sweet With A Little Heat!


Addison Cole is visiting Writer’s Corner today.  She is sharing her current novel Night’s At Seaside.  Addison Cole is the alter ego to Melissa Foster.  She is serving up a lighter romance with a wonderful group of characters.  Night’s at Seaside is the sixth novel in the Seaside Summer series.  There is definitely more to come!

Synopsis:

Sky Lacroux has finally realized her dream and opened her own tattoo shop in Provincetown, Massachusetts. She’s happy as can be, preparing the shop for its grand opening and renting a cottage in the Seaside community while renovations to her new apartment are being completed. The only thing missing is the one thing she longs for, and has no control over—love.

Sawyer Bass, a professional boxer, plays his guitar at a local bar to escape the painful reality of his father’s deteriorating health and a recent health warning of his own. But when he spots a stunning brunette across the room, escaping reality goes out the window, and the beautiful woman becomes the focus of his next song—and maybe even the rest of his life.

When Sawyer walks into Sky’s tattoo shop and sees the woman from the bar—Sky—the chemistry between them is instant. Sawyer is everything Sky could ever hope for in a man. He’s honest, loving, sensitive, and potently virile—but boxing goes against everything Sky believes in. The closer they become, the more she realizes that her alpha boxer is waging his own emotional battle—only the battle she thinks he’s waging isn’t the one that threatens to tear them apart. (Addison Cole Website)

Meet the author:  Addison Cole is the sweet alter ego of New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. She writes humorous and emotional sweet contemporary romance. Her books do not include explicit sex scenes or harsh language. Addison spends her summers on Cape Cod, where she dreams up wonderful love stories in her house overlooking Cape Cod Bay.

Purchase a copy of Nights at Sea Side by  Addison Cole here.

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