Wednesday, September 23, 2015

G634 Book Review of The Inheritance by Marianne Perry

Name of Book: The Inheritance

Author: Marianne Perry

ISBN: 978-1-4759-5283-4

Publisher: iUniverse

Type of book: Italy, Calabria, earthquake, life, superstition, religion, secrets, romance, orphaned girl, kindness, 1897-1909, 1913, studying, rebel groups

Year it was published: 2012

Summary:

A second generation Canadian-Italian, Marianne's interest in her Calabrian-Sicilian roots has fuelled her genealogical research to solve family mysteries.

Along with researching family history, Marianne's writing reflects her extensive traveling, a passion for adventure, an interest in establishing connections and a yearning to understand our world."What matters the most in life are the people you love and the adventures you have." -Marianne Perry

Characters:

The main characters include Caterina, who is described as an atypical woman, although I didn't really find her to be atypical, aside from the fact that she enjoys learning. But it seemed to me that she doesn't really stand out from other characters. There is also Lorenzo who is gentle, artistic and is more like his mother than father; Padre Valentino is a priest with a past that he must keep hidden at all costs; Santo, Benito and Caesare are Lorenzo's father and brothers. Benito has more of a dual nature towards his mother than Santo and Caesare. There is also Anna, Santo's wife who is independent, very kind-natured and cares little to nothing about class restrictions and barriers which causes her to be beloved by others. There are other characters, but I had a hard time keeping track of who's who.

Theme:

If love is meant to be, it will last forever

Plot:

The story is written in third person narrative from what seems to be a lot of people's points of views, and I have to say that it added greatly to mine confusion as to who is speaking because at one point we are reading Caterina's point of view, and then few paragraphs later we move on to Padre Valentino and so forth. I also thought that the story would be about one thing, but it turned out to be something else.

Author Information:
(from Italy Book Tours)

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Meet the author:  

Family dynamics, genealogical research to solve ancestral mysteries and international travel are Marianne Perry’s priorities. A second-generation Canadian-Italian, she is the author of The Inheritance, a historical fiction set in Calabria, Italy from 1897 to 1913 inspired by her grandmother’s early life in Calabria. With a thirty-year career in education and communications, Marianne holds a Master of Education Degree from The University of Western Ontario (Canada).

A past member of the Board of Trustees, the Canadian National Arts Centre Corporation, she has also published non-fiction genealogical articles throughout North America. As a girl, Marianne fell in love with The National Geographic Magazine and dreamt of exploring the world. With her recent visit to Antarctica, she achieved her goal of stepping foot on every continent. The mother of two grown children, Marianne and her husband live on the shores of the St. Mary’s River, which drains Lake Superior on the outskirts of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada. She continues to research family history and write non-fiction genealogical articles. In addition, she is working on her second novel and planning further adventures.

Marianne blogs about genealogy, travel, family and writing on her website. Visit her at http://www.marianneperry.ca. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Goodreads.

Connect with the author:    Website   ~   Twitter   ~    Facebook

Opinion:

To be honest at first I thought the book would be about women who will be attempting to leave Italy for another land, and that background information of the women will be brief. (Maybe something similar to Bianca's Vineyard?) But instead this is a story about a servant girl and her companion, the son of the wealthy mistress and master, and all of it took place in Calabria Italy. The writing and the story are diamonds in the rough and there is something about the story that will keep you reading to the last page, just to find out how it all ends, but a few things such as characters, changing point of view from one to another and confusion about whose side we are reading really add to mine confusion of the story and what its supposed to be about. To be honest, I do feel that the story deserves 3.5 because there is a lot of potential, but I don't do half stars, thus I rounded it to four stars.

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Sept 7 - Library of Clean Reads - review / giveaway
Sept 7 - 3 Partners in Shopping - review / giveaway
Sept 8 - Olio by Marilyn - review / author interview / giveaway
Sept 8 - Singing Librarian Books - review / author interview / giveaway
Sept 9 - The Autistic Gamer - review
Sept 10 - Griperang's Bookmarks - review / guest post / giveaway
Sept 10 - Il Mio Tesoro - review / author interview
Sept 14 - allthingsbookie - review / giveaway
Sept 14 - Working Mommy Journal - review / giveaway
Sept 15 - View from the Birdhouse - book spotlight / giveaway
Sept 15 - FLY HIGH! - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Sept 16 - The Things We Read - review

Sept 16 - Zerina Blossom's Books - book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Sept 17 - Rockin' Book Reviews - review / author interview / giveaway
Sept 17 - Studentessa Matta - review / giveaway
Sept 17 - 100 Pages a Day - review / giveaway
Sept 18 - Vic's Media Room - review
Sept 21 - Book Stop Corner - review / author interview / giveaway
Sept 21 - Book Nerd - review
Sept 22 - Essentially Italian - review / giveaway
Sept 22 - #redhead.with.book - review / giveaway
Sept 23 - Italophilia - book spotlight / author interview
Sept 24 - Svetlana's Reads and Views - review
Sept 25 - Book and Ink - review / guest post
Sept 27 - Writers and Authors - book spotlight
4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

Master of Passion Book Spotlight

02_A Master PassionA Master Passion: The Story of Alexander and Elizabeth Hamilton: Book One: Love and Liberty
by Juliet Waldron

Publication Date: March 25, 2015
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eBook & Print; 428 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

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THE MASTER PASSION is the story of the marriage of our brilliant first Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton, and his courageous wife, Elizabeth Schuyler. It begins with a whirlwind Revolutionary War courtship at Washington’s headquarters. Conflict, however, is built into this marriage.

Betsy's passion is Alexander. While Hamilton adores his wife and children, there are times when he loves America more.

“...And hence one Master Passion in the breast
Like Aaron's serpent, swallows up all the rest..." ~~Alexander Pope

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Juliet Waldron has lived in many US states, in the UK and the West Indies. She earned a B. A. in English, but has worked at jobs ranging from artist’s model to brokerage. Thirty years ago, after her sons left home, she dropped out of 9-5 and began to write, hoping to create a genuine time travel experience for her readers. Juliet’s a grandmother, a cat person, and fascinated by reading history and archeology. Juliet spends a lot of time visiting other centuries, but she’s also certain she doesn’t want to live there.

Juliet gardens, bicycles and is involved in local advocacy groups. She and her husband of fifty years enjoy the winding backroads of PA aboard their Hayabusa superbike.

For more information visit Juliet Waldron's website. Juliet also blogs at Possum Tracks and Crone Henge, and you can follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

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Interview at Library Educated
Guest Post at What Is That Book About

Tuesday, September 22
Review at With Her Nose Stuck In A Book
Spotlight at Please Pass the Books

Wednesday, September 23
Spotlight at Svetlana's Reads and Views

Thursday, September 24
Guest Post at To Read, Or Not to Read

Friday, September 25
Spotlight at Raven Haired Girl

Saturday, September 26
Spotlight at View from the Birdhouse

Monday, September 28
Review at In a Minute

Tuesday, September 29
Review at Diana's Book Reviews

Wednesday, September 30
Review at A Fold in the Spine
Spotlight at CelticLady's Reviews

Thursday, October 1
Review at Bookish
Review at The Maiden's Court

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

G651 Book Review of Sit! Stay! Speak! by Annie England Noblin

Name of Book: Sit! Stay! Speak!

Author: Annie England Noblin

ISBN: 978-0-06-237926-9

Publisher: William Morrow

Type of book: Arkansas, South, friendship, mystery, dogs, rescuing dogs, romance, 2000s, cooking, learning about South, slight comedy and light banter

Year it was published: 2015

Summary:

Echoing the novels of Mary Alice Monroe, Allie Larkin, and Holly Robinson, this charming debut novel tells the unforgettable story of a rescue dog that helps a struggling young outsider make peace with the past.

Addie Andrews is living a life interrupted. Tragedy sent her fleeing from Chicago to the shelter of an unexpected inheritance—her beloved aunt’s somewhat dilapidated home in Eunice, Arkansas, population very tiny. There she reconnects with some of her most cherished childhood memories. If only they didn’t make her feel so much!

People say nothing happens in small towns, but Addie quickly learns better. She’s got an elderly next door neighbor who perplexingly dances outside in his underwear, a house needing more work than she has money, a best friend whose son uncannily predicts the weather, and a local drug dealer holding a massive grudge against her.

Most surprising of all, she’s got a dog. But not any dog, but a bedraggled puppy she discovered abandoned, lost, and in desperate need of love. Kind of like Addie herself. She’d come to Eunice hoping to hide from the world, but soon she discovers that perhaps she’s finding the way back—to living, laughing, and loving once more.

Characters:

The main characters include Addie who inherited a house from her aunt and is seeking a new beginning in life away from all she knows. She is too curious for her own good, helpful, warmhearted, and she strikes me as a little bit naive. Jasper has his own issues with his family as well as reasons as to why he is the way he is. He has a good heart when it comes to those who need a home and love, and is more of a lawyer and doesn't dive into his passions easily. Wanda is Addie's friend who is best described as bubbly, energetic, stylish, helpful and very devoted. Felix is a puppy bulldog that was rescued by Addie. He is fearful, sweet, gentle and very obedient to Addie. There are minor characters, but they weren't well developed as the main ones were.

Theme:

Home is unexpected

Plot:

The story is in third person narrative from Addie's point of view. What I have to say the story's strengths are the vivid descriptions of the state of Arkansas and how people live there, which I've enjoyed reading about as well as the relationship between Addie and Felix, and Addie and Jasper and Addie and Wanda. I liked that Wanda is a true friend to Addie and isn't there just to be there; some books make female friendships seem fake, but in this one the friendship felt genuine. However, some things that do need to be worked on are the minor subplots in the story, that of Wanda's son's power of predicting weather, and why Jasper is behaving the way he does.

Author Information:
(From TLC)



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Annie England Noblin lives with her son, husband, and three dogs in the Missouri Ozarks. She graduated with an M.A. in creative writing from Missouri State University and currently teaches English and communications for Arkansas State University in Mountain Home, Arkansas. She spends her free time playing make-believe, feeding stray cats, and working with animal shelters across the country to save homeless dogs.
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Opinion:

When a book begins the story about an elderly man jumping through sprinklers in nothing but his underwear, I knew that the book would already be a gem. While I loved the mix of comedy/mystery and a very serious issue about dog-fighting, there are some things that I felt the author didn't really address: for instance, what is the reason that Jasper keeps pushing Addie away from him? I sort of suspect that the answer is towards the very end of the book, but still, I feel that the reason was not a very good excuse. I lived in Texas area for twenty years, yet I'm still European in mind-set and I still have a slight accent from my native country (and if I am upset, my accent becomes very noticiable) thus I sort of understand how Addie seems to have an amnesia of sorts when it comes to Southern food and hospitality. I also didn't appreciate the fact that the minor villain is a brunnette girl (thanks for instilling that confidence in me) I also want that some characters would have been given more of a limelight than they were in the story: namely Wanda's son and his prediction about weather. To be honest, the author failed to convince me that he is accurate in predicting weather. Other than that though, I enjoyed the relationships, getting to know the state of Arkansas and learning that bulldogs can be very good dogs.


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Annie’s Tour Stops

Thursday, September 10th: From the TBR Pile
Friday, September 11th: Back Porchervations
Tuesday, September 15th: Jen’s Book Thoughts
Wednesday, September 16th: Walking With Nora
Thursday, September 17th: Books and Bindings
Monday, September 21st: Svetlana’s Reads and Views
Tuesday, September 22nd: Novel Escapes
Wednesday, September 23rd: Why Girls Are Weird
Thursday, September 24th: Ms. Nose in a Book
Thursday, September 24th: Dreams, Etc.
Friday, September 25th: Kritters Ramblings
Monday, September 28th: Good Girl Gone Redneck
Tuesday, September 29th: BookNAround
4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

Monday, September 14, 2015

G629 Book Review of Welcome, Reluctant Stranger! by E Journey

Name of Book:Welcome, Reluctant Stranger

Author: E Journey

ISBN: 978-0-9962474-3-6

Publisher: Sojourner Books

Part of a Series: Between Two Worlds

Type of book: interracial relationship, white male/interracial female (possibly Polynesian or Pinoy ancestry), mystery, forgiveness, past versus present, kill one to save thousands, romance, happily ever after

Year it was published: 2015

Summary:

A Riveting Tale of Love, Loss, and Finding Your Own Way.

Can a family bury its secret past?

Like her long-lost father, Leilani heals people. But can she heal herself? Accept the awful truth about her father―left behind when her family fled the troubled country of Costa Mora eighteen years ago?

Brokenhearted, Justin just wants to drown his sorrows. But he finds more trouble than he’s looking for when thugs assault him and a mysterious woman with a dead aim rescues him.
A young woman’s inner journey accepting her past spun within a tale of love and past political intrigue.

Characters:

I have to say that Elise isn't exactly a favorite character of mine, thus I was a bit disappointed that she played a substantial role in the book. I had hoped that the author would update on the other brother's condition and how he is doing, but that didn't happen either. Leilani Torres has a mysterious past that she is not willing to share it with anyone, and she is a psychologist who is struggling with past and present and how to reconcile the two. Justin is a bit on a rebound from a previous relationship, but then madly falls in love with Leilani and he is doing his best to convince her to give their relationship a chance. Of course Elise and Greg are also in the book, but most of the story is from Leilani's and Justin's point of view.

Theme:

No idea what the theme should have been

Plot:

The story is in third person narrative from Leilani's and Justin's points of view. I wanted to like the story because I really liked Hello, Agnieszka! but alas I ended up disappointed with the story. I was confused about how long they have known each other because the author either kept going forward but then pulled back, I also couldn't really sense how Leilani feels out of place in the world and how Costa Mora is different culturally. Yes, I get it, its a corrupt country, but beyond that, what kind of holidays do they celebrate? How do people think and feel in Costa Mora? How are they different than Americans? What are their values? Are children raised to study all the time, or is there more focus on individual freedom?

Author Information:
(From iRead Book Tours)

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About the Author:  

EJourney is a realist who thinks she has little imagination. Credit that to her training (Ph. D., University of Illinois) and work in mental health, writing for academics and bureaucrats, and critiquing the work of others. She’s been striving ever since to think and write like normal people.

She’s a well-traveled flâneuse—a female observer-wanderer—who watches, observes, listens. And writes. A sucker for happy endings, she finds enough that depresses her about real life, but seeks no catharsis by writing about it. For her, writing is escape, entertainment. She doesn’t strive to enlighten. Not deliberately. But the bias of her old profession does carry over into her writing. So, instead of broad shoulders and heaving bosoms, she goes into protagonists' thoughts, emotions, inner conflicts, insecurities, and struggles to reach balance and grow.

Connect with the Author: Website Twitter Facebook

Opinion:

I'm sorry but I really didn't like the book, and the characters and their situations seemed a little too perfect for mine tastes. (Guess this proves that I have strong preference for more pessimistic stories than optimistic stories.) I guess some issues I had is that Leilani and her past aren't really strongly fleshed out, and the fact that she feels different and doesn't really like it, is something else that's said and not explored in depth. I don't know the culture of Costa Mora, but I feel as if the attention that is paid to it is precursory instead of something that should be a bit more occupying for Leilani. I also had trouble with telling how much time has passed in the book because at one point I thought six weeks has passed when in fact only a few weeks has passed? And how did some other characters from Costa Mora get to America and how did Leilani manage to keep in touch with them? Also, I googled the name of the country, Costa Mora, but it doesn't seem to exist? Could anyone pinpoint me to it?

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TOUR SCHEDULE:

Aug 17 - Book Stop Corner - review  of Hello, My Love / giveaway 
Aug 17 - Cheryl's Book Nook - books spotlight / giveaway 
Aug 17 - T's Stuff - books spotlight / giveaway 
Aug 18 - Book Stop Corner - review of Hello, Agnieszka! / giveaway 
Aug 18 - Library of Clean Reads - review of Hello, My Love / giveaway
Aug 19 - Book Stop Corner - review of Welcome, Reluctant Stranger / giveaway
Aug 19 - Confessions of the Perfect Mom - review of Hello, My Love
Aug 20 - The World as I See it - review of Hello, My Love / giveaway
Aug 20 - 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! - review of Hello, My Love / giveaway
Aug 20 - A Mama's Corner of the World - review of Hello, My Love / giveaway
Aug 21 - Book and Ink - review of Hello, My Love / giveaway
Aug 21 - Rockin' Book Reviews - review of Hello, My Love / giveaway
Aug 24 - The Autistic Gamer - review of Hello, My love
Aug 25 - A Blue Million Books - books spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 26 - The Booksnake Etc. - review of Hello, My Love
Aug 27 - The World as I See it - review of Hello, Agnieszka! / giveaway
Aug 27 - 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! - review of Hello, Agnieszka! / giveaway
Aug 27- A Mama's Corner of the World - review of Hello, Agnieszka! / giveaway
Aug 28 - Book and Ink - review of Hello, Agnieszka! / giveaway
Aug 28 - Rockin' Book Reviews - review of Hello, Agnieszka! / giveaway
Aug 31 - Deal Sharing Aunt - review of Hello, My Love / giveaway
Sept 1 - Heidi's Wanderings - review of Hello, My Love / giveaway
Sept 2 - 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! - review of Welcome, Reluctant Stranger / giveaway
Sept 2 -  Svetlana's reads and views - review of Hello, My Love
Sept 2 -  Confessions of the Perfect Mom - review of Hello, Agnieszka!
Sept 3 -  A Mama's Corner of the World - review of Welcome, Reluctant Stranger / giveaway
Sept 3 -  The Booksnake Etc. - review of Hello, Agnieszka!
Sept 4 - Book and Ink - review of Welcome, Reluctant Stranger / giveaway
Sept 7 - The Autistic Gamer - review of Hello, Agnieszka!
Sept 7 - Olio by Marilyn - review of Hello, My Love
Sept 7 - Readers Muse - review of Hello, My Love / guest post
Sept 8 - Heidi's Wanderings - review of Hello, Agnieszka! / giveaway
Sept 8 - Everything Distils into Reading - review of Hello, My Love
Sept 9 - The World as I See it - review of Welcome, Reluctant Stranger / giveaway
Sept 9 - Library of Clean Reads - review of Hello, Agnieszka / giveaway
Sept 10 - The Booksnake etc. - review of Welcome, Reluctant Stranger
Sept 11 - Rockin' Book Reviews - review of Welcome, Reluctant Stranger / giveaway
Sept 11 - Svetlana's reads and views - review of Hello, Agnieszka!
Sept 14 - Svetlana's reads and views - review of Welcome, Reluctant Stranger
Sept 14 - Olio by Marilyn - review of Hello, Agnieszka!
Sept 15 - Readers Muse - review of Hello, Agnieszka! 
Sept 15 - Library of Clean Reads - review of Welcome, Reluctant Stranger / giveaway
Sept 15 - Everything Distils into Reading - review of Hello, Agnieszka!
Sept 16 - Confessions of the Perfect Mom - review of Welcome, Reluctant Stranger
Sept 17 - Olio by Marilyn - review of Welcome, Reluctant Stranger
Sept 17 - Deal Sharing Aunt - review of Hello, Agnieszka! / giveaway
Sept 18 - Heidi's Wanderings - review of Welcome, Reluctant Stranger / giveaway
Sept 18 - Deal Sharing Aunt - review of Welcome, Reluctant Stranger / giveaway
Sept 21 - The Autistic Gamer - review of Welcome, Reluctant Stranger
Sept 22 - Readers Muse - review of Welcome, Reluctant Stranger 
Sept 22 - Everything Distils into Reading - review of Welcome, Reluctant Stranger
Sept 23 - Jessica Cassidy - review of Hello, My Love / giveaway
Sept 24 - Jessica Cassidy - review of Hello, Agnieszka! / giveaway
Sept 25 - Jessica Cassidy - review of Welcome, Reluctant Stranger / giveaway
3 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

Friday, September 11, 2015

G628 Book Review of Hello, Agnieszka! by E Journey

Name of Book: Hello, Agnieszka!

Author: E Journey

ISBN: 978-0-9962474-2-9

Publisher: Sojourner Books

Part of a Series: Between Two Worlds

Type of book: Polish culture, music, immigrants, growing up, determination, success, disease, breaking up, love, courage to begin again

Year it was published:2015

Summary:

A raw tale of early love, rivalry and betrayal.

A 70s love story:
“Can music save your mortal soul?”
—Don McLean, American Pie


Short Synopsis
A passion for music. Her oldest son’s suicide attempt forces Agnieszka to reveal a past she has kept from her children. A young Agnieszka discovers a passion for music upon hearing her grand-aunt Jola, a concert pianist in Poland, give a recital. Jola hones her talent and feeds her dreams of becoming a concert pianist.
Shattered dreams. But real-world problems, thorny relations with a mother tied to her roots and betrayal by lusty Aunt Jola a shatter her dreams.
A 70s love story. Young Agnieszka finds love that renews her hopes for happiness. Sadly, it ends, cut short by forces outside anyone's control. Sustained by music and memories of her first love, Agnieszka grows and gets a second chance at happiness.

Characters:

Some important characters include Agnieszka who is best described as determined, loving, gentle and peaceful. Lenny is her love interest and he is also resourceful and focuses a lot on Agnieszka and on her needs. There is also Aunt Jola who taught Agnieszka the beauty of music and encouraged her to pursue her dreams. Agnieszka's parents love her in different ways, her father more than her mother who is best described as a bit cold and moral for her daughter.

Theme:

I'm not sure what the theme was, love will find you again maybe?

Plot:

The story is in first person narrative, and is a whole lot stronger and likable than her previous book titled Hello, My Love! at least the female character didn't have the same effect on me as Elise had in Hello, My Love! Its a stand-alone novel, which means its not necessary to read the previous book, unless the reader wants to learn about how Elise and Greg met and ended up together. The first romance is given a great deal of attention, while the second one, unfortunately, seems to be rushed in my opinion.

Author Information:
(From iRead Book Tours)

Buy the books here:   Amazon 
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About the Author:  

EJourney is a realist who thinks she has little imagination. Credit that to her training (Ph. D., University of Illinois) and work in mental health, writing for academics and bureaucrats, and critiquing the work of others. She’s been striving ever since to think and write like normal people.

She’s a well-traveled flâneuse—a female observer-wanderer—who watches, observes, listens. And writes. A sucker for happy endings, she finds enough that depresses her about real life, but seeks no catharsis by writing about it. For her, writing is escape, entertainment. She doesn’t strive to enlighten. Not deliberately. But the bias of her old profession does carry over into her writing. So, instead of broad shoulders and heaving bosoms, she goes into protagonists' thoughts, emotions, inner conflicts, insecurities, and struggles to reach balance and grow.

Connect with the Author: Website Twitter Facebook

Opinion:

I really feel that in this story, the author is truly in her element. The story is very compelling, the characters are human and memorable, and the pages fly as the reader wants to know what happens next to Agnieszka. While I enjoyed the story a whole lot, there are a few things that I felt needed to be explained and touched upon, such as, for example, why didn't Agnieszka ever teach the children about the culture she came from? Why aren't the children Catholic, and Agnieszka claims that her parents had strong Catholic values. If her parents constantly had her attend Masses or go to Polish or Catholic schools, why didn't Catholicism play a much stronger role in Agnieszka's life? I'm not saying I wanted to read a religious story, but I wanted to see Agnieszka's reasoning for abandoning her culture and faith for another's. Also, an update about some characters would have been nice because there are a lot of unanswered questions about what happened to them in the last thirty plus years.

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TOUR SCHEDULE:

Aug 17 - Book Stop Corner - review  of Hello, My Love / giveaway 
Aug 17 - Cheryl's Book Nook - books spotlight / giveaway 
Aug 17 - T's Stuff - books spotlight / giveaway 
Aug 18 - Book Stop Corner - review of Hello, Agnieszka! / giveaway 
Aug 18 - Library of Clean Reads - review of Hello, My Love / giveaway
Aug 19 - Book Stop Corner - review of Welcome, Reluctant Stranger / giveaway
Aug 19 - Confessions of the Perfect Mom - review of Hello, My Love
Aug 20 - The World as I See it - review of Hello, My Love / giveaway
Aug 20 - 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! - review of Hello, My Love / giveaway
Aug 20 - A Mama's Corner of the World - review of Hello, My Love / giveaway
Aug 21 - Book and Ink - review of Hello, My Love / giveaway
Aug 21 - Rockin' Book Reviews - review of Hello, My Love / giveaway
Aug 24 - The Autistic Gamer - review of Hello, My love
Aug 25 - A Blue Million Books - books spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 26 - The Booksnake Etc. - review of Hello, My Love
Aug 27 - The World as I See it - review of Hello, Agnieszka! / giveaway
Aug 27 - 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! - review of Hello, Agnieszka! / giveaway
Aug 27- A Mama's Corner of the World - review of Hello, Agnieszka! / giveaway
Aug 28 - Book and Ink - review of Hello, Agnieszka! / giveaway
Aug 28 - Rockin' Book Reviews - review of Hello, Agnieszka! / giveaway
Aug 31 - Deal Sharing Aunt - review of Hello, My Love / giveaway
Sept 1 - Heidi's Wanderings - review of Hello, My Love / giveaway
Sept 2 - 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! - review of Welcome, Reluctant Stranger / giveaway
Sept 2 -  Svetlana's reads and views - review of Hello, My Love
Sept 2 -  Confessions of the Perfect Mom - review of Hello, Agnieszka!
Sept 3 -  A Mama's Corner of the World - review of Welcome, Reluctant Stranger / giveaway
Sept 3 -  The Booksnake Etc. - review of Hello, Agnieszka!
Sept 4 - Book and Ink - review of Welcome, Reluctant Stranger / giveaway
Sept 7 - The Autistic Gamer - review of Hello, Agnieszka!
Sept 7 - Olio by Marilyn - review of Hello, My Love
Sept 7 - Readers Muse - review of Hello, My Love / guest post
Sept 8 - Heidi's Wanderings - review of Hello, Agnieszka! / giveaway
Sept 8 - Everything Distils into Reading - review of Hello, My Love
Sept 9 - The World as I See it - review of Welcome, Reluctant Stranger / giveaway
Sept 9 - Library of Clean Reads - review of Hello, Agnieszka / giveaway
Sept 10 - The Booksnake etc. - review of Welcome, Reluctant Stranger
Sept 11 - Rockin' Book Reviews - review of Welcome, Reluctant Stranger / giveaway
Sept 11 - Svetlana's reads and views - review of Hello, Agnieszka!
Sept 14 - Svetlana's reads and views - review of Welcome, Reluctant Stranger
Sept 14 - Olio by Marilyn - review of Hello, Agnieszka!
Sept 15 - Readers Muse - review of Hello, Agnieszka! 
Sept 15 - Library of Clean Reads - review of Welcome, Reluctant Stranger / giveaway
Sept 15 - Everything Distils into Reading - review of Hello, Agnieszka!
Sept 16 - Confessions of the Perfect Mom - review of Welcome, Reluctant Stranger
Sept 17 - Olio by Marilyn - review of Welcome, Reluctant Stranger
Sept 17 - Deal Sharing Aunt - review of Hello, Agnieszka! / giveaway
Sept 18 - Heidi's Wanderings - review of Welcome, Reluctant Stranger / giveaway
Sept 18 - Deal Sharing Aunt - review of Welcome, Reluctant Stranger / giveaway
Sept 21 - The Autistic Gamer - review of Welcome, Reluctant Stranger
Sept 22 - Readers Muse - review of Welcome, Reluctant Stranger 
Sept 22 - Everything Distils into Reading - review of Welcome, Reluctant Stranger
Sept 23 - Jessica Cassidy - review of Hello, My Love / giveaway
Sept 24 - Jessica Cassidy - review of Hello, Agnieszka! / giveaway
Sept 25 - Jessica Cassidy - review of Welcome, Reluctant Stranger / giveaway
4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)
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