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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Book of the Year 2013

This year's book is an older book but I loved so much I have recommended it to every one I know who loved family sagas  and a good cup of Tea. 



As usual I always have a few honorable mentions

The first one is Philippa Gregory's The White Princess

Second one is
Better than Chocolate By Shelia Roberts
 Third place is  Lady of Ashes by 
Christine Trent

Fourth place
is The Cherry Cola Book Club By Ashton Lee
Fifth Place
Is the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
So there you have  the books of 2013 !
I really hope to get in to more of the book that have been sent to me to review very soon.
 I hope 2014 is a much better reading year 
Sunday, December 8, 2013

New Georgie Book: Queen of Hearts

My mother, the glamorous and much-married actress, is hearing wedding bells once again—which is why she must hop across the pond for a quickie divorce in Reno. To offer my moral support, and since all expenses are paid by her new hubby-to-be, Max, I agree to make the voyage with her.

Crossing the Atlantic, with adventure in the air and wealthy men aboard, Mother all but forgets about Max and matrimony—especially when movie mogul Cy Goldman insists on casting her in his next picture.

Meanwhile, I find myself caught up in the secret investigation of a suspected jewel thief. Lucky for me, the lead investigator happens to be my dashing beau, Darcy!

Mother’s movie and Darcy’s larceny lead everyone to Cy’s Hollywood home, where the likes of Charlie Chaplin are hanging about and there’s enough romantic intrigue to fill a double feature. But we hardly get a chance to work out the sleeping arrangements before Cy turns up dead—as if there wasn’t enough drama already…
Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Upcoming Books: The Cottage n Juniper Ridge : Next installment in Icicle Falls Series

Release date: Feb 25,2014
How to Change Your Life… 
Can a book change your life? Yes, when it's Simplicity, Muriel Sterling's guide to plain living. In fact, it inspires Jen Heath to leave her stressful, overcommitted life in Seattle and move to Icicle Falls, where she rents a lovely little cottage on Juniper Ridge. And where she can enjoy simple pleasures—like joining the local book club—and complicated ones, like falling in love with her sexy landlord, Garrett Armstrong. 
Her sister Toni is ready for a change, too. She's got a teenage daughter who's constantly texting her friends, a husband who's more involved with his computer than he is with her, and a son who's consumed by video games. Toni wants her family to grow closer—to return to a simpler way of life. 
Other women in town, like Stacy Thomas, are also inspired to unload their excess stuff and some of the extra responsibilities they've taken on. 
But as they all discover, sometimes life simply happens. It doesn't always happen simply!
Monday, December 2, 2013

New to my bookshelf : More Oldies

I found these oldies to add to my book shelf
Beautiful Nicole Duchard was stunned when imperial envoy Dimitri Denisov whisked her from her humble Boston home to establish her as Princess Natasha Steanova. It didn't take long for Dimitri to discover in the eyes of this Yankee Princess a wild spirit to match his own, and in the loveliness of her body a fire that betrayed her passion. But as a long-lost, secret royal love child, Nicole's lineage threatened the throne of Catherine the Great and she became victim to rapacious palace intrigues. 

Forced to suffer the degradations and ravages of an auction-block marriage... a bloody serf uprising...a cruel Siberian exile, she followed her still tender heart along a treacherous path to freedom and fulfillment -- and into the arms of the one audacious gentleman who intoxicated her with love's irresistible promise...
This is Liliane -- a beautiful woman swept by the storms of history from the embattled France of Napoleon to Virginia where violence simmered beneath the surface of slavery-dependent plantation life.
Warm, passionate -- a woman alone -- she sought refuge, but found instead turmoil, with two handsome, powerful brothers vying for her. One tantalized her with desire but would not marry her. The other proposed marriage, but concealed a dark secret that tinged his love with terror.
As a fourteen-year-old Catherine de Medici rode into France. Behind her and before her rode the nobility of Italy. She was to marry Henry of Orleans, second son of the King.
Amid the glittering fetes, masques, jousts and banquets of the immoral court in 16th century Europe, the reluctant bride became a passionate but unwanted wife.
Angry, humiliated and tortured by jealousy as she secretly spied on Henry's lovemaking, Catherine began to plan her revenge.
Sunday, December 1, 2013

Rediscovering V.C.Andrews

Last night on Skype my younger Brother an I were discussing our passion for V.C. Andrews books.
Since Andrews death the books have just not been the same but every once in awhile you find one or two that grab your interest.  I still find my self collecting them in hope to one day have them all.  If i am at a yard sale or thrift store these are the books I always grab when I see them.
During our discussion my brother and I discovered that we both own  at 2 books from the same series . The series being  the Gemini Series I own the first and the third book he had the first and the second.
He sent me the E book of the second  and he  purchased the E book  of the third book. We have decided to read this series together and compare notes and then write a review and share each other's review on each other's blog. This is a fun idea and in away it is sort of like small book club . I am very excited to get back in to the world of V.C. Andrews  and hopefully tackle these books I have been collecting over the years and finish some of the newer series.  The first book we are reading together is  
We hope to be done with this book by the end of the month  if not sooner and then post  our reviews. 

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Upcoming Releases.

If you are like me and always request gift cards to your favorite bookstore and like to use them to purchase the new books coming out the following year  here is a to get you started. a couple of these are already listed on Net galley so if you have a account with them and have a e reader you may be in luck you can  download them there. 
I want to wish all my readers a very  Happy Thanksgiving

 

April, 1574, Florence, Italy. Grand Duke Cosimo de’ Medici lies dying. The city is paralyzed with dread, for the next man to wear the red lily crown will be Prince Francesco: despotic, dangerous, and obsessed with alchemy.

Chiara Nerini, the troubled daughter of an anti-Medici bookseller, sets out to save her starving family by selling her dead father’s rare alchemical equipment to the prince. Instead she is trapped in his household—imprisoned and forcibly initiated as a virgin acolyte in Francesco’s quest for power and immortality. Undaunted, she seizes her chance to pursue undreamed-of power of her own.

Witness to sensuous intrigues and brutal murder plots, Chiara seeks a safe path through the labyrinth of Medici tyranny and deception. Beside her walks the prince’s mysterious English alchemist Ruanno, her friend and teacher, driven by his own dark goals. Can Chiara trust him to keep her secrets…even to love her…or will he prove to be her most treacherous enemy of all? 


A richly imagined, gorgeously written historical novel set in the Stuart court featuring a unique hero: Jeffrey Hudson, a dwarf tasked with spying on the beautiful but vulnerable queen

It's 1629, and King Charles I and his French queen Henrietta Maria have reigned in England for less than three years. Young dwarf Jeffrey Hudson is swept away from a village shambles and plunged into the Stuart court when his father sells him to the most hated man in England—the Duke of Buckingham. Buckingham trains Jeffrey to be his spy in the household of Charles’ seventeen-year-old bride, hoping to gain intelligence that will help him undermine the vivacious queen’s influence with the king.

Desperately homesick in a country that hates her for her nationality and Catholic faith, Henrietta Maria surrounds herself with her "Royal Menagerie of Freaks and Curiosities of Nature"—a "collection" consisting of a giant, two other dwarves, a rope dancer, an acrobat/animal trainer and now Jeffrey, who is dubbed "Lord Minimus."

Dropped into this family of misfits, Jeffrey must negotiate a labyrinth of court intrigue and his own increasingly divided loyalties. For not even the plotting of the Duke nor the dangers of a tumultuous kingdom can order the heart of a man. Though he is only eighteen inches tall, Jeffrey Hudson's love will reach far beyond his grasp—to the queen he has been sent to destroy.
Full of vibrant period detail and perfect for fans of Carrolly Erickson and Philippa Gregory, The Queen's Dwarf by Ella March Chase is a thrilling and evocative portrait of an intriguing era.




One hundred fifty years of Roses' Tolivers, Warwicks, and DuMonts! We begin in the antebellum South on Plantation Alley in South Carolina, where Silas Toliver, deprived of his inheritance, joins up with his best friend Jeremy Warwick to plan a wagon train expedition to the "black waxy" promise of a new territory called Texas. Slavery, westward expansion, abolition, the Civil War, love, marriage, friendship, tragedy and triumph-all the ingredients (and much more) that made so many love Roses so much-are here in abundance.


Mstress Mary Shelton is Queen Elizabeth’s favorite ward, enjoying every privilege the position affords. The queen loves Mary like a daughter, and, like any good mother, she wants her to make a powerful match. The most likely prospect: Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford.  But while Oxford seems to be everything the queen admires: clever, polished and wealthy, Mary knows him to be lecherous, cruel, and full of treachery.  No matter how hard the queen tries to push her into his arms, Mary refuses.

Instead, Mary falls in love with a man who is completely unsuitable. Sir John Skydemore is a minor knight with little money, a widower with five children.  Worst of all, he’s a Catholic at a time when Catholic plots against Elizabeth are rampant. The queen forbids Mary to wed the man she loves. When the young woman, who is the queen’s own flesh and blood, defies her, the couple finds their very lives in danger as Elizabeth’s wrath knows no bounds.

Kate Chase Sprague was born in 1840 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the second daughter to the second wife of a devout but ambitious lawyer. Her father, Salmon P. Chase, rose to prominence in the antebellum years and was appointed secretary of the treasury in Abraham Lincoln’s cabinet, while aspiring to even greater heights.

Beautiful, intelligent, regal, and entrancing, young Kate Chase stepped into the role of establishing her thrice-widowed father in Washington society and as a future presidential candidate. Her efforts were successful enough that The Washington Star declared her “the most brilliant woman of her day. None outshone her.”

None, that is, but Mary Todd Lincoln. Though Mrs. Lincoln and her young rival held much in common—political acumen, love of country, and a resolute determination to help the men they loved achieve greatness—they could never be friends, for the success of one could come only at the expense of the other. When Kate Chase married William Sprague, the wealthy young governor of Rhode Island, it was widely regarded as the pinnacle of Washington society weddings. President Lincoln was in attendance. The First Lady was not.



An innocent pawn 
A kingdom without a king 
A new dynasty will reign… 
1415. The jewel in the French crown, Katherine de Valois, is waiting under lock and key for King Henry V. While he's been slaughtering her kinsmen in Agincourt, Katherine has been praying for marriage to save her from her misery. But the brutal king wants her crown, not her innocent love. 
For Katherine, England is a lion's den of greed, avarice and mistrust. And when she is widowed at twenty-one, she becomes a prize ripe for the taking—her young son the future monarch, her hand in marriage worth a kingdom. 
This is a deadly political game, one the dowager queen must learn fast. The players—the Duke of Gloucester, Edmund Beaufort and Owen Tudor—are circling. Who will have her? Who will ruin her? This is the story of Katherine de Valois. 
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Somerset Comes Feburary 4, 2014!

I have been waiting it seems like ages for this book  the wait is getting shorter this is the sequel to Roses. 
One hundred fifty years of Roses' Tolivers, Warwicks, and DuMonts! We begin in the antebellum South on Plantation Alley in South Carolina, where Silas Toliver, deprived of his inheritance, joins up with his best friend Jeremy Warwick to plan a wagon train expedition to the "black waxy" promise of a new territory called Texas. Slavery, westward expansion, abolition, the Civil War, love, marriage, friendship, tragedy and triumph-all the ingredients (and much more) that made so many love Roses so much-are here in abundance.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Upcoming Release: Stolen Remains By Christine Trent

I found this cover for Christine's next book in her  Lady of the Ashes series.
Release date April 2014

 After establishing her reputation as one of London's most highly regarded undertakers, Violet Harper decided to take her practice to the wilds of the American West. But when her mother falls ill, Violet and her husband Samuel are summoned back to England, where her skills are as sought-after as ever. She's honored to undertake the funeral of Anthony Fairmont, the Viscount Raybourn, a close friend of Queen Victoria's who died in suspicious circumstances--but it's difficult to perform her services when his body disappears. . .
As the viscount's undertaker, all eyes are on Violet as the Fairmonts and Scotland Yard begin the search for his earthly remains. Forced to exhume her latent talents as a sleuth to preserve her good name, Violet's own investigation takes her from servants' quarters, to the halls of Windsor Castle, to the tombs of ancient Egypt--and the Fairmont family's secrets quickly begin to unravel like a mummy's wrappings. But the closer Violet gets to the truth, the closer she gets to becoming the next missing body. . .
Monday, November 18, 2013

New to my Book shelf:Oldies but goodies

These gems were given to me . they are fairly older books but I am glad to have them the one I am looking forward to reading is the Lady of the Garter  book about Joan of Kent.


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The immortal Life of Henrettia Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Summary:Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first “immortal” human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. If you could pile all HeLa cells ever grown onto a scale, they’d weigh more than 50 million metric tons—as much as a hundred Empire State Buildings. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb’s effects; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions.

Yet Henrietta Lacks remains virtually unknown, buried in an unmarked grave.

Now Rebecca Skloot takes us on an extraordinary journey, from the “colored” ward of Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1950s to stark white laboratories with freezers full of HeLa cells; from Henrietta’s small, dying hometown of Clover, Virginia—a land of wooden slave quarters, faith healings, and voodoo—to East Baltimore today, where her children and grandchildren live and struggle with the legacy of her cells.

Henrietta’s family did not learn of her “immortality” until more than twenty years after her death, when scientists investigating HeLa began using her husband and children in research without informed consent. And though the cells had launched a multimillion-dollar industry that sells human biological materials, her family never saw any of the profits. As Rebecca Skloot so brilliantly shows, the story of the Lacks family—past and present—is inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we are made of.

Over the decade it took to uncover this story, Rebecca became enmeshed in the lives of the Lacks family—especially Henrietta’s daughter Deborah, who was devastated to learn about her mother’s cells. She was consumed with questions: Had scientists cloned her mother? Did it hurt her when researchers infected her cells with viruses and shot them into space? What happened to her sister, Elsie, who died in a mental institution at the age of fifteen? And if her mother was so important to medicine, why couldn’t her children afford health insurance?
        
Intimate in feeling, astonishing in scope, and impossible to put down, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks captures the beauty and drama of scientific discovery, as well as its human consequences.

My Thoughts: I found this book in the library and was intrigued by the photo of Henrietta on the cover . took the book home and read it in two days. usually I  don't get in to  science type books but this one was more than that you got to know the family in which Henrietta  came from . a lot of fascinating information in this book.  I came away from the story with a great appreciation for those who donated them selves to the medical science. Henrietta case her cells were taken with out her consent  but she should still be recognized for her contribution to medical science.
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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Review: REIGN

 
 

The new historical series based on Mary Queen of Scots is currently on the CW network.
I watched the first episode when it aired Thursday night. I didn't expect it to be historically accurate but this show is very 90201ish. The costumes are not accurate for the time period at all . The only  character I was interested in was Catherine De Medici.There is one character in the series I am a bit confused as to who they
are suppose to be in history but after watching the first episode I am thinking that this mysterious person  is a fictional character.I was dissapointed with the first episode but I will probably watch the whole series  just because I love historical dramas  This show could have been done so much better.  

The White Princess Philippa Gregory

 Summay:The latest Cousins’ War novel, the remarkable story of Elizabeth of York, daughter of the White Queen.

When Henry Tudor picks up the crown of England from the mud of Bosworth field, he knows he must marry the princess of the enemy house—Elizabeth of York—to unify a country divided by war for nearly two decades.

But his bride is still in love with his slain enemy, Richard III—and her mother and half of England dream of a missing heir, sent into the unknown by the White Queen. While the new monarchy can win power, it cannot win hearts in an England that plots for the triumphant return of the House of York.

Henry’s greatest fear is that somewhere a prince is waiting to invade and reclaim the throne. When a young man who would be king leads his army and invades England, Elizabeth has to choose between the new husband she is coming to love and the boy who claims to be her beloved lost brother: the rose of York come home at last.
 My Thoughts:
This is hands down the best book in the series to me I even liked this one better than the Red Queen.
I do have to say that reading this while watching the White Queen series really helped with keeping up with Who is who. Way to go Miss Gregory  you have done it again now the wait starts for the final book in the series  The Last Rose which is  about Margaret Pole.  Another exciting note Starz is currently in talks With Philppa Gregory about the rights to produce The White Princess.  
Thursday, September 19, 2013

Upcoming Releases



Pub Date

A riveting historical novel about Peggy Shippen Arnold, the cunning wife of Benedict Arnold and mastermind behind America’s most infamous act of treason.

Everyone knows Benedict Arnold—the infamous Revolutionary War General who betrayed America and fled to the British as history’s most notorious turncoat. Many know Arnold’s co-conspirator, Major John André, who was apprehended with Arnold’s documents in his boots and hung at the orders of General George Washington. But few know of the integral third character in the plot; a charming and cunning young woman, who not only contributed to the betrayal but orchestrated it.

Socialite Peggy Shippen is half Benedict Arnold’s age when she seduces the war hero during his stint as Military Commander of Philadelphia. Blinded by his young bride’s beauty and wit, Arnold does not realize that she harbors a secret: loyalty to the British. Nor does he know that she hides a past romance with the handsome British spy John André. Peggy watches as her husband, crippled from battle wounds and in debt from years of service to the colonies, grows ever more disillusioned with his hero, Washington, and the American cause. Together with her former lover and her disaffected husband, Peggy hatches the plot to deliver West Point to the British and, in exchange, win fame and fortune for herself and Arnold.

Told from the perspective of Peggy’s maid, whose faith in the new nation inspires her to intervene in her mistress’s affairs even when it could cost her everything, The Traitor’s Wife brings these infamous figures to life, illuminating the sordid details and the love triangle that nearly destroyed the American fight for freedom.



 

Pub Date
 
Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey, a transporting companion piece to the New York Times bestseller Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey, tells the story of Catherine Wendell, the beautiful and spirited American woman who married Lady Almina’s son, the man who would become the 6th Earl of Carnarvon. The couple presided over Highclere Castle, the grand estate that serves as the central character for the hit PBS show Downton Abbey. Following the First World War, many of the great houses of England faded as their owners fortunes declined in the new political and social world of the 1920s and 1930s. As the nations of Europe inched towards war, Highclere’s survival as the family home of the Carnarvons was again in the balance.

Using copious materials—including diaries and scrapbooks—from the castle’s archives, the current Countess of Carnarvon brings alive a very modern story in a beautiful and fabled setting, paying particular attention to the staff who offer the Castle continuity between generations.
Thursday, September 5, 2013

Moving... & new books added to my shelf

These last two months have been very busy my family had to relocate due to my husband's job,  My youngest son broke his collarbone and had to have surgery. So needless to say there has been very little time for reading.  I have been trying to keep my self involved in at least one book to keep my sanity and it has worked for the most part.  Our new home has a  nice size  library but it just lacks the homey feel of the one where I volunterred for the last few years. But they seem to be able to locate some of the harder to find books that I have been longing to read so that is a plus.
 Since I haven't been working so much any more I have been able to slowly get back in to reading.
The first book I read was from my Local Library:
  Born to an unavailable mother and an abusive father, Dorothea Dix longs simply to protect and care for her younger brothers, Charles and Joseph. But at just fourteen, she is separated from them and sent to live with relatives to be raised properly. Lonely and uncertain, Dorothea discovers that she does not possess the ability to accept the social expectations imposed on her gender and she desires to accomplish something more than finding a suitable mate.

Yearning to fulfill her God-given purpose, Dorothea finds she has a gift for teaching and writing. Her pupils become a kind of family, hearts to nurture, but long bouts of illness end her teaching and Dorothea is adrift again. It’s an unexpected visit to a prison housing the mentally ill that ignites an unending fire in Dorothea’s heart—and sets her on a journey that will take her across the nation, into the halls of the Capitol, befriending presidents and lawmakers, always fighting to relieve the suffering of what Scripture deems, the least of these.

My Thoughts:
Jane Kirkpatrick has done it again! What a amazing woman Miss Dix  became I could really relate to her and her childhood. she was a fascianting woman who was able to turn her life around and help those in need. Another  inspiring story from Kirkpatrick!
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 New Books added to my Shelves:
From The Library Thing:




I am about half way through with this one.
 

 From Paperbackswap:
I added 2 Sunfire Romances to my collection



From Goodwill :
I found these gems:



From Author Amanda Mccabe aka Amanda Carmack
I recieved these to review.



Last but not least I recieved this book as a going away present from my dear friend Tracy
So I have lots of reading to be done already along with unpacking and organizing. but I hope to be able to update soon with some wonderful reviews of the books above.
Thursday, May 16, 2013

Sunfire Historical Romances Oldies but Goodies

 If you grew up in the 80's and loved to read historical romances these were the books you picked up at your school library.  I decided to try to collect the ones that I missed out on during my school years. So far I have four and I haven't really decided if I am going to try to collect all 32 of them  it looks like it will be a challenge because finding the rare ones  is going to cost a pretty penny if you want them in good shape.  I tried to get some of the titles through my local library and they can not even get them  So my final resort was to try to purchase the ones I wanted to read. I thougth I would start with one of the hardest ones to find  Nicole

(#19) Nicole by Candice F. Ransom
Wealthy, sixteen-year-old Nicole Sanders encounters tragedy and romance with two very different men--Karl, a young immigrant, and English aristocrat Price Armsey--when she and her mother sail home aboard the Titanic.
(#10) Laura by Vivian Schurfranz

 
There was a fierce war raging abroad, and another in her heart. While men are fighting overseas in World War I, lovely Laura Mitchell is caught up in the struggle for women's rights in the Washington, D. C. of 1918. Dismayed by her willingness to go to jail for her beliefs, Laura's mother and sister encourage her to pay more attention to her suitors. Laura only has eyes for her neighbor Joe Menotti, who treats her like a kid sister. But her brother's friend, Shawn O'Brien, sweeps her off her feet with his Irish charm and dashing good looks. Yet everyone but Joe wants her to give up her ideals. Should she change herself, try to change the man she loves, or follow her conscience to the man who is waiting with open arms?
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(#2) Susannah by Candice F. Ransom
Susannah Dellinger had lived her sixteen years as a proper Virginia girl – obedient, dreaming of marriage, leaving the decisions to the men. But when her brother and fiancé are called on to defend the South, Susannah take the first daring steps of rebellion against the old rules. She must fight for her own life, for her family, and for the secret love born in the flames of love. Set during the American Civil War.
(#4) Danielle by Vivian Schurfranz
It is 1814 when New Orleans beauty Danielle Verlain helps Geoffrey, a young pirate, escape from her family's plantation and the authorities. Immediately she is captivated by his dashing good looks and dangerous lifestyle. While her fiancé, Paul, is both handsome and sweet, Danielle yearns for something more. Her change comes when the pirates kidnap her and hold her for ransom. Danielle comes face to face with Geoffrey again. A love stirs inside her, and the spirited Danielle must decide between a comfortable life with Paul or an adventure as a pirate queen! Set during the War of 1812 and featuring an appearance by infamous pirate Jean Lafitte.I hope to get to these this summer and review them here and maybe add a few more to my bookshelf.

Were you a SUNFIRE girl? If so which was your favorite.
 

When Love Calls By Lorna Seilstad




Summary: Hannah Gregory is good at many things, but that list doesn't include following rules. So when she is forced to apply for a job as a telephone switchboard operator to support her two sisters, she knows it won't be easy. "Hello Girls" must conduct themselves according to strict--and often bewildering--rules. No talking to the other girls. No chatting with callers. No blowing your nose without first raising your hand. And absolutely no consorting with gentlemen while in training.

Meanwhile, young lawyer Lincoln Cole finds himself in the unfortunate position of having to enforce the bank's eviction of the three Gregory girls from their parents' home. He tries to soften the blow by supporting them in small ways as they settle into another home. But fiery Hannah refuses his overtures and insists on paying back every cent of his charity.

When one of Hannah's friends finds himself on the wrong side of a jail cell, Hannah is forced to look to Lincoln for help. Will it be her chance to return to her dreams of studying law? And could she be falling in love?
With historic details that bring to life the exciting first decade of the twentieth century.

My Thoughts:
 Another Winner From Revell Publishers.
 enjoyed learning about the history of the Hello Girls and Hannah's determination to keep her family together.  The Characters are well written and the pace of the story is great.thisis the first in a seris of the Gregory sisters.   I look forward to readding the others.
Thank to Revell publishers fr the chance to review the book.
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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The Cherry Cola Book Club By Ashton Lee




 Summary:With its corrugated iron siding and cramped interior, the Cherico, Mississippi, library is no Antebellum gem. But for young librarian Maura Beth Mayhew, it's as essential to the community as the delicious desserts at the Twinkle, Twinkle Café. It's a place for neighbors to mingle and browse through the newest bestsellers, for the indomitable Miss Voncille Nettles to host her "Who's Who in Cherico?" meetings. The library may be underfunded and overlooked, but it's Maura Beth's pride, and she won't let the good ole boys on the City Council close it down without a fight.
Which is why Maura Beth has founded the Cherry Cola Book Club--a last-ditch attempt to boost circulation and save her job. Over potluck dinners featuring treasured family recipes, the booklovers of Cherico come together to talk about literary classics. But soon it's not just Margaret Mitchell and Harper Lee being discussed over chicken gumbo and homemade biscuits with green pepper jelly. Secrets are shared, old dreams rekindled, and new loves slowly blossom.
My Thoughts:
This book is a must read for  those who love thier local library and one that is on  my Must Donate to the Library this year list. The characters come to life in this tale of a local library which is endangered of being closed down .From the Darling cover art to the last page in the book this one is a winner.   This is the first in the series with the  second book coming out in 2014.  
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Friday, April 26, 2013

Whats new to my Home Library

I have pickeda few good addtions to add to my home library.  Some of them came through the mail some I have found at various  sales. First up is my Harlequin finds I love to find older Harlequin Historicals to add to my collection.

Next I added one to my Jean Plaidy/Victoria Holt Collection.
 
 Found one for my YA historicals Shelf
 
One for my autobiography shelf this is a first edtion and cost
$3.95 Doubleday when it was first released. I will be scanning the photos soon from this book
 
Last but not least one for my Diana shelf this was sent to me by a dear friend