Friday, November 13, 2015

The Marriage of OppositesThe Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: Historical Fiction






Alice Hoffman is one of my favorite writers of literature, what with The Museum of Extraordinary Things being on the list of my all time favorite books, so I couldn't resist plucking this right off the shelf at the library when I saw it there, all while being quite surprised that it was even checked in, guess I'm the only one in this small town that loves a good book.

So Rachel, one of the main characters, gives up her dreams of Paris to marry a man she doesn't really know to help save her father's failing business. The husband is ancient in age compared to her own, a widower still in love with his deceased wife, and the father to three children that Rachel must care for and make her own. The continued love for the deceased spouse doesn't bother Rachel and I don't believe it would really bother me that much either as long as their was love in the marriage, but Rachel takes it one step further and visits the grave of her predecessor and talks to her! See Adelle, the housekeeper/cook at her parent's home, believes that Rachel is something special that she is closer to the veil between worlds so to speak and can sense things that others cannot. So Rachel hinges a lot of her premonitions of future happenings on the fact that she is on the good side of her husband's deceased wife. This element of the story adds a paranormal feel to the book, but when you look at the setting, both time and place, and realize how superstitious people where during the early 1800s in St. Thomas it fits perfectly in with the rest of the prose which shows the work of a great historical fiction writer, one who does their research!

Life moves forward for Rachel, her husband dies and so does her father, and soon Rachel finds that she is just a woman with the only two men in her life dead and that will not stand for her to keep taking care of the business so the side of her deceased husband's family that lives in Europe decides to send his nephew to oversee the business and their now predominant interest in it since Rachel is a woman and cannot own nor run a business. This encounter though with her deceased husband's nephew opens up a whole new life for Rachel one for of so much living and love!

A really terrific piece of fiction that any historical fiction lover would devour!



Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The Siege WinterThe Siege Winter by Ariana Franklin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Genre: Historical Fiction






Historical Fiction is one of a few genres that I truly enjoy to review and Ariana Franklin is up there as one of my all time favorite authors. She wrote the Mistress of the Art of Death series which I consumed one right after the other, I was addicted really! So when I saw this one at the library I automatically was drawn to pick it up and bring it home with me, "Even if she wrote it with someone else", I thought. Little did I know that Franklin died while working on this book and her daughter, the other author, who's influence on the book I was dreading is in fact Franklin's daughter, Samantha Norman, who finished the book after her mom died. I also soon discovered that Samantha inherited her mom's writing genes because I couldn't tell where Franklin's writing ended and Norman's started it was very seamless in its flow, which is not an easy task to accomplish. Wonderful characters and settings with everything researched well, as all good historical fiction is, so everything was very authentic! There is a lot of heartbreak in this book but all so a great deal of strength and love, all ingredients to a spectacular read!



Saturday, November 07, 2015

Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike, #3)Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith (Cormoran Strike #3)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: Mystery/Crime





I have really enjoyed all the books in this series so far and #3 didn't disappoint. I love a good whodunit! Loves about this book is not just great writing but character development which is phenomenal, I actually would want to know these people if they were real. And holy moley the sexual tension between Strike and Robin, oh geez, they just need to get together and put us fans out of our misery. The only thing that caused me lots of confusion was when they were hopping back and forth between the suspects in conversation for some reason I had a hard time remembering which was which, they were so much alike that they sort of just ran together in the prose.



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