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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Beyond Coincidence...Review and Giveaway

About the book:
Mixing romance, history, and a touch of the unexplained in a new novel from Jacquie Underdown about love that needs to cross oceans and time before finding a place to come true.

In 2008, 250 Australian and British soldiers are uncovered in a mass grave in Fromelles, France, lost since the Great War. One soldier, bearing wounds of war so deep it scarred his soul, cannot be laid to rest just yet.

When Lucy bumps into the achingly sad soldier during a trip to France, she doesn’t, at first glance, realise what he is – a ghost who desperately needs her help. Lucy can’t turn away from someone who needs her, even someone non-corporeal, and they travel back together to Australia in search of answers and, hopefully, some peace.

This chance meeting and unexplainable relationship sets into motion a chain-reaction of delicate coincidences that affect the intertwined lives of family, friends, and lovers in unexpected, beautiful ways.

Paranormal is not my usual genre, but I was intrigued with the premise and it sounded promising.  I loved the idea of a ghost from the past wanting help from the future.  And Freddy was terrific.  So sweet.  Historically, I appreciated the look at World War 1.  The loss of life was so great and so tragic.

After Lucy meets Freddy in France and agrees to help him, they return to Australia to track down his family and find the DNA proof they need to identify his remains and for him to finally be at peace. This process takes some time and meanwhile, we not only meet Lucy's family and former boyfriend, but Freddy's last remaining relative.  What follows is a shallow, predictable story that fell flat for me as I was dragged along Lucy's path to who knows where.

I know that part of my reaction was the vulgarity.  It's so unnecessary and while a well-placed expletive might be necessary, prolific and crass vulgarity never improves a story.  There are just certain words that I don't think belong in any conversation or description and to read them is jarring and discordant.

The premise was promising but all the parts just didn't add up to a story that captured my attention or resonated with me.  It was because I liked Freddy's character and wanted resolution for him that I finished it. However, there are many reviews more positive than my own and my opinion appears to be in the minority.

Prolific and gratuitous use of profanity.  Moderate, graphic non-marital sex.

Thanks to TLC Book Tours and Netgalley for the opportunity to review this book.  You can learn more about Jacquie Underdown here. You can see other, more positive reviews and tour stops here. You can purchase your own copy here.

Monday, September 15th: Bewitched Bookworms
Thursday, September 18th:  Reading Reality
Friday, September 19th: From the TBR Pile
Monday, September 22nd: Sara’s Organized Chaos
Wednesday, September 24th: Back Porchervations
Monday, September 29th: 2 Kids and Tired Books
Tuesday, September 30th:  Bibliotica
Wednesday, October 1st: Mom in Love with Fiction
Monday, October 6th: A Chick Who Reads
Wednesday, October 8th: Great Minds Read Alike
Monday, October 13th:  Books Like Breathing

Read 8/14

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2/5 Stars

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Mailbox Monday 9/29

It's time for another Mailbox Monday which was created by Marcia at To Be Continued.

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week... Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish list

This was a quiet book week, which is actually a good thing!


Accidents of Marriage  by Randy Susan Meyers, giveaway win from Silver's Reviews.

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What new books did you receive?  Check out more Mailbox Monday posts here.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The Want to Read List

I love Goodreads.  I started this blog mainly as a way to keep track of what books I read.  It's so easy to forget not only what books I've read but what I thought about them. At least  it is for me.  As I got into blogging and discovered so many terrific aspects about it, LibraryThing and Goodreads came onto my radar.  I signed up for both, but could only do one and I loved the format of Goodreads.

I'm forever adding books to my "Want to Read" List.  Some days this seems a ridiculous thing to do as my list just gets longer and longer, but there are so many books out there that are appealing!

This is what I've added this week.  What about you?

My Salinger YearHope at Dawn (Of Love and War, #1)

My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff
Hope at Dawn by Stacy Henrie

Thief of GloryPioneer Girl

Thief of Glory by Sigmund Brouwer
Pioneer Girl by Bich Minh Nguyen

The Wishing TideDriftwood Tides

The Wishing Tide by Barbara Davis
Driftwood Tides by Gina Holmes

Are any of these on your reading list?  If you've read one do you recommend it?  Are you on Goodreads?

Friday, September 26, 2014

Hearts in Harmony...Review

About the book:
Elahna Nezario gave up her musical dreams to help run the Queen of Hearts, her mother’s chocolate shop, after her sister’s sudden death. After an unfortunate run-in with Elahna’s childhood crush, owner of the Dolce Theater, not only do her dreams surge back to life, but so does her heart.

Elahna Nezario has always had a crush on Tim Aaron, brother of her best, childhood friend. He's never noticed her until she runs into his precious BMW. Working off the payment for the repairs, Elahna and Tim are thrown together and as they work to uncover some mysteries regarding his theater and her sister's death, they fall for each other.

This one fell flat for me.  I felt like I was missing a lot of history and the characters weren't easy to connect with.  The musical theater aspect was fresh.  The romance not quite so believable. I'm at a loss as to even what to write.

This is a new book in the Sweet & Clean Romance Collection from Trifecta Books and I really liked the first one I read from this series, And Something Blue. The story is truly sweet and clean and one you could give to your teenage daughter with no concerns.  Mine is only one review and you will find other more positive reviews elsewhere.

Thanks to Trifecta Books for the opportunity to review this book.  You can learn more about Raine Gillespie here. You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 8/14

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2/5 Stars

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Booking Through Thursday...Shakespeare

Okay, show of hands … who has read Shakespeare OUTSIDE of school required reading? Do you watch the plays? How about movies? Do you love him? Think he’s overrated?

The only Shakespeare I've read since graduating from college nearly two decades ago, is what I've read to help my boys with their homework.  Last year The Boy had to read Julius Caesar.  Not my favorite, but at least it was a better choice than Romeo and Juliet.  Bloody hell, I hate that one!  It was good to get back into Shakespeare though and The Boy and I had some great discussions.

I enjoy Shakespeare, I always have.  I've loved so many of the film adaptations but my favorite is seeing Shakespeare on stage.  Living in the San Francisco Bay Area for most of my life meant season tickets to Cal Shakes and now that we live in Idaho, we have enjoyed the Idaho Shakespeare Festival in Boise.  Shakespeare is meant to be performed on stage, not read in a classroom.  Although, Tom Hiddleston reading sonnets is ok in my book, any day.

I don't think William Shakespeare is the end all be all of writers, but I think there are great lessons to be learned from The Bard.  It says something about his writings when his plays are still being performed 400 years later.

Open University has a fantastic video about Shakespeare and Original Pronunciation.  The theory is that words were pronounced differently in the time of Shakespeare and that pronunciation was lost. When we speak the Old English with modern pronunciation, it sounds so pompous and over the top, when really, it isn't. The video below is about 10 minutes and is well worth your time.  It was fascinating to me and makes Shakespeare so much more enjoyable.

My bucket list includes The Globe Theater and seeing plays performed when I get to England.



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