Monday, July 16, 2018

FF36 Book Review of My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie

Name of Book: My Dear Hamilton

Author:  Stephanie Dray, Laura Kamoie

ISBN:   9780062466167

Publisher: William Morrow

Year it was published: 2018

Summary:

From the New York Times bestselling authors of America’s First Daughter comes the epic story of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton—a revolutionary woman who, like her new nation, struggled to define herself in the wake of war, betrayal, and tragedy. Haunting, moving, and beautifully written, Dray and Kamoie used thousands of letters and original sources to tell Eliza’s story as it’s never been told before—not just as the wronged wife at the center of a political sex scandal—but also as a founding mother who shaped an American legacy in her own right.

A general’s daughter…

Coming of age on the perilous frontier of revolutionary New York, Elizabeth Schuyler champions the fight for independence. And when she meets Alexander Hamilton, Washington’s penniless but passionate aide-de-camp, she’s captivated by the young officer’s charisma and brilliance. They fall in love, despite Hamilton’s bastard birth and the uncertainties of war.

A founding father’s wife...

But the union they create—in their marriage and the new nation—is far from perfect. From glittering inaugural balls to bloody street riots, the Hamiltons are at the center of it all—including the political treachery of America’s first sex scandal, which forces Eliza to struggle through heartbreak and betrayal to find forgiveness.

The last surviving light of the Revolution…

When a duel destroys Eliza’s hard-won peace, the grieving widow fights her husband’s enemies to preserve Alexander’s legacy. But long-buried secrets threaten everything Eliza believes about her marriage and her own legacy. Questioning her tireless devotion to the man and country that have broken her heart, she’s left with one last battle—to understand the flawed man she married and imperfect union he could never have created without her…

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5 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.)

FFE39 Book Review of The great alone by Kristin Hannah

Name of Book: The Great Alone

Author:  Kristin Hannah

ISBN:  B06Y5WRS2C

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Year it was published: 2018

Summary:

Alaska, 1974.
Untamed.
Unpredictable.

And for a family in crisis, the ultimate test of the human spirit.

From the author of the worldwide phenomenon, The Nightingale, comes a story of a family in crisis and a young girl struggling to survive at the edge of the world, in America’s last true frontier. In 1974, when thirteen-year-old Leni Allbright’s volatile, unpredictable father, Ernt, a former POW, loses another job, he makes an impulsive, desperate decision: he will move the family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the land in a spectacular wilderness.

At first, the eighteen hour sunlit Alaskan summer days and the generosity of the locals make up for the family’s lack of preparation and dwindling resources, but winter in Alaska will reveal their every weakness. As the vast Alaskan landscape grows smaller and smaller in the darkness, Ernt’s fragile mental state deteriorates, and the dangers outside of their remote homestead pale in comparison to the danger within. On their small piece of land, miles from anyone, Leni and her mother, Cora, learn what all Alaskan homesteaders learn: they are on their own. There is no one to save them this far from civilization.

At once an epic story of human survival and an intimate portrait of a family tested beyond endurance, The Great Alone, offers a glimpse into a vanishing way of life in America. With her trademark combination of elegant prose and deeply drawn characters, Kristin Hannah once again delivers a can’t-put-down novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the remarkable, enduring strength of women. A novel as big and spectacular as Alaska itself.

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5 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.)

Spotlight for The Secret Life of Mrs London by Rebecca Rosenberg

Okay, so before I begin a book spotlight for THE SECRET LIFE OF MRS. LONDON by Rebecca Rosenberg, let me first give a link to my review: CLICK HERE and then briefly talk about my impressions of the book. 

Probably like most readers, I only knew of Jack London through his CALL OF THE WILD and WHITE FANG fame. I had no sense nor idea of him as a person, and I also knew almost next to nothing about Harry Houdini. While both men are covered well, it is their wives  and the friendship that they have that truly shine in the book. I can guarantee that this is a book that will long stay with you and you won't look at either the wives nor Houdini nor London the same way again. 

THE SECRET LIFE OF MRS. LONDON
San Francisco, 1915. As America teeters on the brink of world war, Charmian and her husband, famed novelist Jack London, wrestle with genius and desire, politics and marital competitiveness. Charmian longs to be viewed as an equal partner who put her own career on hold to support her husband, but Jack doesn’t see it that way…until Charmian is pulled from the audience during a magic show by escape artist Harry Houdini, a man enmeshed in his own complicated marriage. Suddenly, charmed by the attention Houdini pays her and entranced by his sexual magnetism, Charmian’s eyes open to a world of possibilities that could be her escape.
As Charmian grapples with her urge to explore the forbidden, Jack’s increasingly reckless behavior threatens her dedication. Now torn between two of history’s most mysterious and charismatic figures, she must find the courage to forge her own path, even as she fears the loss of everything she holds dear.


About the Author:

California native Rebecca Rosenberg lives on a lavender farm with her family in Sonoma, the Valley of the Moon, where she and her husband founded the largest lavender product company in America, Sonoma Lavender. A long-time student of Jack London’s work and an avid fan of his daring wife, Charmian, Rosenberg is a graduate of the Stanford Writing Certificate Program. THE SECRET LIFE OF MRS. LONDON is her first novel, following her non-fiction, LAVENDER FIELDS OF AMERICA.

Rebecca Rosenberg’s next historical novel is GOLD DIGGER the story of BABY DOE TABOR.

Rebecca Rosenberg, author of the new historical novel, The Secret Life of Mrs. London, revealing the love triangle between Houdini, Charmian and Jack London.
Only One Woman Could Beguile Two Legends!
Join Rebecca in a visual romp back to San Francisco, 1915, when famed author Jack London and his wife, Charmian London, attend the Great Houdini’s Chinese Water Torture Escape in San Francisco. What happened next was almost lost to history!

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July 9th- Book Review - Kate Braithwaite
July 10th – Book Excerpt – Just One More Chapter
July 11th -Book Spotlight and Highlighted Reviews – before the second sleep
July 12th- Book Review -Book Babble
July 13th – Book Review - Strange & Random Happenstance
July 14th – Book Spotlight – Fictionophile
July 15th - Book Spotlight- Layered Pages
July 16th – Book Spotlight & Book Review – Svetabooks
July 17th- Book Spotlight – A Bookish Affair
July 18th – Guest Post – A Bookaholic Swede


Saturday, July 14, 2018

Book Spotlight for The Pumpkin Patch by Sandi Smith



Book Details:



Book Title: The Pumpkin Patch by Sandi Smith

Category: Adult Fiction, 316 pages

Genre: Mystery

Publisher: Mindstir Media

Release date: November 5, 2017

Tour dates: June 25 to July 20, 2018

Content Rating: PG-13 + M



Book Description:



How can one small-minded, angry person destroy the lives of so many people in her path, connecting them all together in a game of destruction and heartbreak? It is possible, but what pushes a person to enjoy inflicting pain to such an extent, leaving a trail of hate, anger, and defeat behind her, which only seems to make her stronger and more satisfied. Ms. Terri Plotski, owner of the Authors’ Book Agency, is that person, who, unknowingly, with a single thread of hate, has connected the lives of a small group of people, bringing them together with one single common denominator. Anger. The anger from this small group of people is building, but it has nowhere to go, or does it? Ms. Terri Plotski, owner of Authors’ Book Agency, has gone missing.


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Sandi Smith spent her time as a young girl combing the shelves of the public library. She has always enjoyed the magic that books have to offer and was inspired by her high school English teacher, Mr. Coolidge to embrace the arts. The author found her calling as a writer early one morning as her first story came to her in the form of a poem. Since then she has written more than 15 children’s books, with her most popular series about the adventures of an adorable spider in the A.R. Achnid series.



Sandi is happily married to her inspiration and husband of 40 years, John. She continues to write for her two precious grandchildren. When she’s not penning a new story, Sandi and John like to camp, kayak and to enjoy the simple life in their home in Pembroke, NH.



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Book Spotlight for The Last Dance by Lonna Enox



Book Details:



Book Title: The Last Dance by Lonna Enox

Category: Adult Fiction, 226 pages

Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Women Sleuths

Publisher: Lonna Enox Publications

Release date: June 24, 2016

Tour dates: June 18 to July 13, 2018

Content Rating: PG-13 + M



Book Description:



Saddle Gap, a quiet little town in southwestern New Mexico, seems the perfect place for Sorrel Janes to start her life over. But within a few days, she finds herself entangled in two murders, the object of harassment, and the number one suspect in a murder. Will her past terrors destroy her future dreams? Amid the evolving conflicts, she resolves to reconstruct her new life and find happiness. Detective Chris Reed is equally resolved to solve the murders as well as Sorrels secrets. Neither of them suspects where the steps of this dance will lead, but they are too stubborn to sit this one out.



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Lonna Enox is a former high school and college English instructor. She grew up on a ranch in New Mexico, where she learned to love critters, reading, and "wide open" spaces. She is a wife, mom, and grandmother, as well as the proud owner of 4 rescue pets--3 cats and a dog. Aside from an early stint as a newspaper reporter, she also spent 10 years as a freelance magazine writer. She is happiest exploring a wildlife refuge, cuddling little ones and critters, or snuggled up reading a good mystery. Lonna is a professional writer with over 250 printed articles in a variety of national and regional magazines. She has written in several genres and The Last Dance is her debut mystery.



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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

G1023 Book Review of The underground river by MARTHA CONWAY

Name of Book: The Undeground River

Author: Martha Conway

ISBN: 978-1-5011-6020-2

Publisher: Touchstone

Type of book: 1838, sinking boat, Underground Railroad, Ohio River, map lines, North and south,  freedom, babies, acting, sewing, adventure.

Year it was published: 2017

Summary:

The New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice

Set aboard a nineteenth century riverboat theater, this is the moving, page-turning story of a charmingly frank and naive seamstress who is blackmailed into saving runaways on the Underground Railroad, jeopardizing her freedom, her livelihood, and a new love.

It’s 1838, and May Bedloe works as a seamstress for her cousin, the famous actress Comfort Vertue—until their steamboat sinks on the Ohio River. Though they both survive, both must find new employment. Comfort is hired to give lectures by noted abolitionist, Flora Howard, and May finds work on a small flatboat, Hugo and Helena’s Floating Theatre, as it cruises the border between the northern states and the southern slave-holding states.

May becomes indispensable to Hugo and his troupe, and all goes well until she sees her cousin again. Comfort and Mrs. Howard are also traveling down the Ohio River, speaking out against slavery at the many riverside towns. May owes Mrs. Howard a debt she cannot repay, and Mrs. Howard uses the opportunity to enlist May in her network of shadowy characters who ferry babies given up by their slave mothers across the river to freedom. Lying has never come easy to May, but now she is compelled to break the law, deceive all her new-found friends, and deflect the rising suspicions of Dr. Early who captures runaways and sells them back to their southern masters.

As May’s secrets become more tangled and harder to keep, the Floating Theatre readies for its biggest performance yet. May’s predicament could mean doom for all her friends on board, including her beloved Hugo, unless she can figure out a way to trap those who know her best.

Characters:

Main characters for me include May, a talented and brave young woman who has passion for sewing and creating accurate period costumes. She has no desire to be an actress and is happy to be behind the scenes. There is also Comfort, Mays cousin who seems to thrive on being on stage and tends to be standoffish. Hugo is the owner of the theater flatboat and is dealing with a loss of his sister Helena as well as trying to train May into taking het place. He comes from England and his accent gets thicker whenever he is upset. There are other secondary characters as well such as Mrs. Hidden who wants to take Helenas place; Mrs. Howard, who is an abolitionist and helps with undnnerground railroad and also some of her friends as well.

Theme:

For me what struck out the most are lines and how much we depend on lines to create our thoughts and feelings towards something.

Plot:

The story is in first person narrative from May's point of view. What I feel are the strong points  of the story are the characters, the story itself, and the amazing research that was behind the tale. It's obvious that a great amount of love and planning went into the tale to make it what it is, and for it to be relevant in any day or age.

Author Information:
(From the book)

Martha Conway grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, the sixth of seven daughters. Her first novel was nominated for an Edgar Award, and she has won several awards for her historical fiction, including an Independent Book Publishers Award for Historical Fiction. Her short fiction has been published in the Iowa Review, Massachusetts Review, Carolina Quarterly, Folio, Epoch, THe Quarterly,  and other journals. She has received a California Arts Council Fellowship for Creative Writing adn has reviewed books for the Iowa Review and the San Francisco and is an instructor of creative wrting for Stanford University's Continuing Studies Program and UC Berkeley Extension.


For more information, please visit Martha Conway’s website. You can also find her on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Goodreads.

Opinion:

Prior to reading this book, i have never heard of the flatboat theater, and its also neat to discover a novel with a strong heroine who dares to take charge of her life and isn't about to  submit meekly. I also enjoyed the adventures that May has had and going on a river tour with her. The north and south lines aspects were pretty fascinating in my opinion and very interesting in trying to figure out where are slave places and free places. For an incredible adventure that takes place in 1830s, I would recommend the novel.

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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.)

G1004 Book Review of Trial on Mount Koya by Susan Spann

Name of Book: Trial on Mount Koya

Author: Susan Spann

ISBN: 978-1-63388-415-1

Publisher: Seventh Street Books

Part of a Series: Shinobi Mystery

Type of book: 1565, mystery, Japan, Buddhist Temple, message, murder, Kings of Hell, ideologies, love, hope, anger

Year it was published: 2018

Summary:

Master ninja Hiro Hattori and Jesuit Father Mateo head up to Mount Koya, only to find themselves embroiled in yet another mystery, this time in a Shingon Buddhist temple atop one of Japan's most sacred peaks.

November, 1565: Master ninja Hiro Hattori and Portuguese Jesuit Father Mateo travel to a Buddhist temple at the summit of Mount Koya, carrying a secret message for an Iga spy posing as a priest on the sacred mountain. When a snowstorm strikes the peak, a killer begins murdering the temple's priests and posing them as Buddhist judges of the afterlife--the Kings of Hell. Hiro and Father Mateo must unravel the mystery before the remaining priests--including Father Mateo--become unwilling members of the killer's grisly council of the dead.

Characters:

The two main characters include Hiro Hattori and Father Mateo. Hiro is a shinobi (a ninja) who is posing as a ronin samurai and also happens to be a translator for Father Mateo. In this book, due to a character's death in the previous novel, he is not as logical as he is and lets emotions get the better of him. Father Mateo seems to be the one who stepped up to the plate in this mystery and he is really mastering the idea of Japanese culture and the dos and dont's of what to do or ask. The secondary characters would be the priests at the temple as well as two pilgrims who came prior to Hiro's and Father Mateo's arrival. Their personalities are rounded and their histories as well as backgrounds are explored in great deal, although they are only seen through Hiro's eyes.

Theme:

Appearances can be deceiving

Plot:

The story is in third place narrative from Hiro's point of view. The suspense is definitely top notch, and for me it was almost impossible in trying to guess who was the killer. I also loved learning about the Buddhist/Shingo aspects, especially about the Kings of Hell and the motivation is for murder is quite unexpected. The stakes felt much higher for me than in previous novels maybe because of the season in the book or because the killer is not outside but inside. Like in previous novels, I highly look forward to further adventures of Hiro and Father Mateo and gaining more knowledge about Japan.

Author Information:
(From the book)

Susan Spann is the 2015 Rocky Mountain FIction Writers' Writer of the Year,  and the authro of five previous novels in the Hiro Hattori/Shinobi Mystery Series; CLAWS OF THE CAT, BLADE OF THE SAMURAI, FLASK OF THE DRUNKEN MASTER, THE NINJA'S DAUGHTER, and BETRAYAL AT IGA. SHe has a degree in Asian studies from Tufts University and a lifelong love of Japanese history and culture. When not writing, she enjoys hiking, photography, and traveling in Japan.

Opinion:

Two things I love about summer are Mariah Stewart's Chesapeake Diaries, which haven't disappointed me yet, and Susan Spann's Shinobi mysteries which seem to be getting better every year. And this year is no exception. Possibly unlike the previous Shinobi mysteries, which some I felt could be stand-alone, TRIAL ON MOUNT KOYA definitely needs to be read after BETRAYAL AT IGA, especially to understand the vulnerable place that Hiro's mind is at a death of a secondary character in the previous novel. While the mystery is highly intriguing, and it will keep one reading into the late hours of the night, the characterization of Hiro and Father Mateo is top notch, especially in understanding where Hiro came from and where he is going in his life. I honestly think this one might be the best yet of the Hiro Hattori mysteries that I read.

This was given by the publisher for an honest review

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.)

Book Spotlight for The New Adventures of A.R. Achnid by Sandi Smith



Book Details:



Book Title: The New Adventures of A.R. Achnid (Revised Edition)

Author: Sandi Smith

Illustrator: Kathy Lee

Category: Children's Fiction, 126 pages

Genre: Children's Chapter Book, Animals, Bugs & Spiders

Publisher: Mindstir Media

Release date: January 3, 2017

Tour dates: June 18 to July 13, 2018

Content Rating: G



Book Description:



Harold! There goes that spider! See, he is running on the floor! That spider has to go. He cannot live here anymore!!! Oh, no! Beth looks very, very angry. What has A.R. Achnid done now? Well, before A.R. got into big trouble with Beth, he had a lot of wonderful adventures.



There are ten different adventures in this book. There is the time he went to the circus and rode on a balloon, and then had some shoo fly pie. Another day, A.R. and Rex (a Great Dane, who is A.R.’s best friend) decided to walk all the way into town, and they had such a wonderful time. Then, A.R. and his family went to New York City for the biggest craft fair ever (which was for spiders only), plus many, many other adventures.



Unfortunately, in the tenth story, A.R.’s current living situation is going to need an adjustment. Something changes in the lives of Harold and Beth (the humans) that will make things very difficult for A.R. Come along with A.R. for some fun, and find out what small bundle will cause problems for A.R. and his family.



As A.R. says, “Spiders rule!”



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Sandi Smith spent her time as a young girl combing the shelves of the public library. She has always enjoyed the magic that books have to offer and was inspired by her high school English teacher, Mr. Coolidge to embrace the arts. The author found her calling as a writer early one morning as her first story came to her in the form of a poem. Since then she has written more than 15 children’s books, with her most popular series about the adventures of an adorable spider in the A.R. Achnid series.



Sandi is happily married to her inspiration and husband of 40 years, John. She continues to write for her two precious grandchildren. When she’s not penning a new story, Sandi and John like to camp, kayak and to enjoy the simple life in their home in Pembroke, NH.



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Friday, July 6, 2018

Book Spotlight for Signs in the Rearview Mirror by Kelly Smith

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Book Details:



Book Title: Signs in the Rearview Mirror: Leaving a Toxic Relationship Behind

Author: Kelly Smith

Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 214 pages

Genre: Self-help, Relationships

Publisher: Sunny Day Publishing

Release date: April 2018

Tour dates: June 18 to July 7, 2018

Content Rating: PG-13 (This book contains real-life violence, but also meant for young people who are old enough to date)



Book Description:



What kind of person ends up in toxic relationship? And why does she stay? This searingly honest novel answers both those questions head on. Coming-out of a failing marriage, Kelly turns to Gabe out of fear offing alone. Her gradual slide into danger is at once terrifying and inevitable, and the steps she takes to get out of it will both inspire and offer help.




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Boston born and raised, Kelly now makes her home in Austin with her three sons and one amazing Giant Schnauzer Bullseye. Kelly has written for the Huffington Post, blogs at Thoughts Becoming Words, and hosts a podcast Let's Get Wicked Deep.


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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Book Spotlight for The Fear of Being Eaten by Ronald J Wichers



Book Details:



Book Title: The Fear of Being Eaten: A Biography of the Heart

Author: Ronald J. Wichers

Category: Adult Fiction, 264 pages

Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Biographical

Publisher: Mindstir Media

Release date: April 26, 2017

Tour dates: June 25 to July 20, 2018

Content Rating: PG-13 + M



​Book Description:



What if you married a man who didn’t care about you? What if there was a child in the neighborhood for whom you developed a special fondness but was nine when you were nineteen and twenty when you were thirty with two children and a husband who still didn’t care? And what if you were a boy whose only happy memories were a few soft words uttered now and again by a beautiful neighbor ten years your senior and whose voice and face and figure, back-lighted by the golden light of the setting sun, were all that would sustain you when your life was threatened every minute of every day in the mire of a squalid war nobody wanted?



This is the story of Jacqueline and Tommy, their lives stubbornly paralleling with no convergence in sight until one cold night she sees him starving to death on a crowded street filled with happy tourists.



What would you do if you saw him there almost unrecognizable, just another mass of neglected, invisible wreckage? Turn the pages of The Fear of Being Eaten: A Biography of the Heart and find out what happened to Jacqueline Rhondda and Tommy Middleton.



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Ronald J. Wichers was born in Lake Ronkonkoma New York in 1947. He attended Catholic School until 1965, studied History and literature at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas until being drafted into the United States Army in 1970. He was assigned to a rifle company in the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam and, after sustaining severe wounds in a gun battle, including the loss of his left arm, was awarded the Purple Heart Medal, the Army Commendation Medal for Heroism and the Bronze Star Medal. He later studied theology full time at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley California. He has published several short stories about the Vietnam war. The Fear of Being Eaten: A Biography of the Heart is his fifth novel.



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G1020 Book Review of Secrets of the island by Linda Hughes

Name of Book: Secrets of the Island

Author: Linda Hughes

ISBN: 978-1-947309-39-5

Publisher: Deeds Publishing

Type of book: Mackinac Island history, secrets, family lore, ancestry quest, WW2, grandfather and grandchildren relationship, shell shock, friendships, healing, pregnancy, love

Year it was published: 2018

Summary:

Generations of secrets have left the Sullivan family in a mire of deceit. When Red Cross nurse Harriet escapes the trauma of WWII and sequesters herself in her grandfather's cottage on Mackinac Island in Lake Huron, she has no inkling about her ancestry. But when one strange and shocking clue after another surfaces; disclosing lies, corruption, madness, and murder; family members realize that not only do they not know their forebears, they don't know who they are themselves. Who's a member of this clan and who is not? This family tree has more branches and brambles than anyone imagined, and it's up to Harriet and her loved ones to straighten it out. This tale of romantic suspense will leave you wondering about your own heritage. What secrets are hidden in your family tree?

Characters:

While I enjoyed the main characters, i do feel that the story could have benefited from being longer than it was, or at least if the reader read the prequel before starting this book. Most of the story was about finding out the secrets, which means I didn't get to know the characters as I would have liked to. There are a lot of main characters and whatever ones I thought were main, namely the twins and their parents as well as the friends, werent. In fact I would say that the main characters would be the ones that the family was learning about: Finnbar, Fiona and Maude.

Theme:

History is future

Plot:

The story takes place from 1943 to 1945 it's from multiple characters'points of view. To be fair the readers were told by chapters when points of view switched from one character to another. The story also focused a lot on family rather than the times, which means if you are seeking a ww2 novel about battles and strategies, then this one is not the right one; however if you are seeking a novel about family and discovering secrets during that time, then this is the right read.

Author Information:
(From the book)

As a native Michigander, award-winning author Linda Hughes has been visiting Mackinac Island since she was a kid. She's spent countless hours riding a bike around the shoreline, and perusing the library and church recods to learn about island history. She's built many a cairn, witnessed the Northern Lights on several occasions, and eaten more than her fair share of chocolate fudge. She's a world traveler, having worked in thirteen countries and visited a couple dozen more, but Mackinac Island remains one of her favorite places.

Opinion:

The bad news is that I have finished the story late; the good news is that I really enjoyed it. While it's not an immersively historical fiction tale, ( for example the WW2 and shell shock are used as props of sorts,) I did enjoy learning about the Mackinac Island as well as the family history that the characters are discovering, and those secrets are very unpredictable and will keep the reader guessing in which way the story will go. I haven't read the prequel to the story, but i do feel it's necessary to know it, and no, knowing the prequel will not spoil this story because I gather that these are very different secrets.

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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.)

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Coming Attractions for July 2018

Although it seems I have accomplished little in the month of June, but I feel that my accomplishments were very major tasks into moving forward. This month a lot of book spotlights and perhaps only one book tour, as I can see. Hopefully I can motivate myself to continue to write reviews for books I've already read...and catch up on two from last month; one I have read, another, not just yet, although I'm getting closer. Also this month I am planning on focusing more on contemporary reads rather than historical fiction, and my contemporary reads will be a bit...odd to say the least. Enjoy the month!

Spotlight and Book Tour

The Fear of Being Eaten; A Biography of the Heart by Ronald J. Wichers (Spotlight, July 3rd, 2018)

Signs in the rearview mirror: leaving a toxic relationship behind- Kelly Smith(Spotlight, July 5th, 2018)

The Underground River by Martha Conway (July 6th, 2018)

The New Adventures of A.R. Achnid (Spotlight, July 9th, 2018)

The Pumpkin Patch by Sandi Smith (Book Spotlight for July 12th, 2018)

The Last Dance by Lonna Enox (Spotlight, July 13th, 2018)

Hopeful Reads:

The Room on Rue Amelie- Kristin Harmel

Things we lost int he fire stories-Mariana Enriquez

The Power of Meaing; Crafting a life that matters-Emily Esfahani Smith

Guy-Jowita Bydlowska

The Pisces-Melissa Broder

How HITLER WAS made- Cory Taylor

Eagle and crane- Suzanne Rindell

The Unity Game-Leonora Meriel

For Fresh Fiction:

The Wild Inside-Jamey Bradbury (E-book)

If I Die Tonight-Alison Gaylin (E-book)

Vox-Christina Dalcher (E-book)

Rainbirds-Clarissa Goenawan

Summer Hours at the Robbers Library-Sue Halpern

The Second Sister-Claire Kendal

July 2018

The pisces- Melissa Broder
SR: July 6th, 2018
FR:
A House Divided-Pearl S Buck
SR: March 11th, 2016
FR: N/A
Guy- Jowita Bydlowska
SR: July 2nd, 2018
FR: July 6th, 2018
The underground river- MARTHA CONWAY
SR: June 15th 2018
FR: July 6th, 2018
Trouble the water- JACQUELINE FRIEDLAND
SR: June 4th, 2018
FR: July 1st, 2018
Rainbirds by Claire Goenawan
SR: July 6th, 2018
FR:
Summer hours at the robbers library- Sue HALPERN
SR: July 13th,2018
FR:
The secrets of the island- Linda Hughes
SR: June 14th, 2018
FR: July 2nd, 2018
Speak no evil- UZODINMA IWEALA
SR: July 5th, 2018
FR: July 12th, 2018
The neighbors- Hannah Mary McKinnon
SR: June 19th, 2018
FR: July 6th, 2018
American stranger- David Plante
SR: July 1st, 2018
FR: July 5th, 2018
Eagle and crane- Suzanne Rindell
SR: July 4th, 2018
FR:
Trial at mount koya- Susan Spann
SR: June 27th, 2018
FR: July 4th, 2018
Dune and Drive-Mariah Stewart
SR: July 6th, 2018
FR:

Nonfiction:
Tree of Souls-Howard Schwartz
SR: February 10th, 2014
FR: N/A
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