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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Book of the Year 2011

                    It's that time of the year again  to pick the the book of the year.
This year's I have 2  book that I wanted to give Book of the year award too
First up is  A Royal Likeness  I recieved this one from the Author  for review last year
after I picked The Queen's Dollmaker for a honorable mention.Since it was  not suppose to be out til 2011 I saved it for this years award

 Christine  really finds some interesting carrers to write about  this one is based on Madame Tussade's wax figures. and is  a sequel to The Queen's Dollmaker.  A fabulous book to read  I can not wait for the one about the  Victorian undertaker I am sure that will be a wonderful book as well.  

I loved Roses  it was pure escapism  I loved it so much I donated it to library where I volunteer it has become  a hit there as well.It really should be a movie it was that good.I have a few honorable mentions  this year as well.
 First up is
Now unless you have been under a rock you  know we had a Royal wedding this year.
Anderson is one of my favorite Royal biographers and he has written a lovely book on William and his new wife Catherine. It is a lovely tribute to the couple and to William's mother and the lessons he had learn from her life. A must read for Royal fans.
 Georgie  is one of my favorite characters to read about she is always in to some kind of trouble and I love her run in  with Wallis Simpson.
Isabel Wolf is a new author for me I downloaded this book by mistake on to my Kindle it was quite a surprise I loved reading about the vintage clothing and the histories behind them. and all the sightings in London came to life in this book  I was surprised to see that there was a scene set in the Diana Memorial Park.
Gregg Olsen  is another new author to me  Starvation heights is a true story about a woman who was convicted of murder a English Heiress and countless others. Another one of those books that really need to be made in to movie.  
I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and gets lots of books under their tree this year 

In The Mailbox

This weekin the Mail box  I recieved from The Library Thing for review.

From paperbackswap I recieved some books that are not historical fiction but  I am trying to get caught  up on DALLLAS  before the new series starts in the summer so I grabbed these gems  for my bookshelf.

Mine in the Night By Liz Curtis Higgs

Summary:Stepping from a battered coach on a rainy April eve, newly widowed Elisabeth Kerr must begin again, without husband or title, property or fortune. She is unafraid of work and gifted with a needle, but how will she stitch together the tattered remnants of her life? And who will mend her heart, torn asunder by betrayal and deception?
Elisabeth has not come to Selkirk alone. Her mother-in-law, Marjory Kerr, is a woman undone, having buried her husband, her sons, and any promise of grandchildren. Dependent upon a distant cousin with meager resources, Marjory dreads the future almost as much as she regrets the past. Yet joy still comes knocking, and hope is often found in unexpected places.
Then a worthy hero steps forward, rekindling a spark of hope. Will he risk his reputation to defend two women labeled as traitors to the Crown? Or will a wealthy beauty, untainted by scandal, capture his affections?
The heartrending journey of the Kerr women comes to a glorious finish in Mine Is the Night, a sparkling gem of redemption and restoration set in eighteenth-century Scotland.
My Thoughts: this is suppose to be a take on the Ruth, Naomi and Boaz  from the bible
the story started off well  and the chapters were short a so it wasa fast read but the I had a problem with the scottish language and the constant worrying about Gibson drove me nuts.
  I found  out that it part of series maybe that is the reason why  I didn't "get" the story.
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