Monday, 18 October 2021

Carole's Monday: Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs

 





Author: Patricia Briggs
Narrator: Lorelei King
Title: Bone Crossed
(Mercy Thompson #4)
Genre: UF, Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Format: Audiobook
Published:  February 3rd 2009
Where I got It: Borrowed from Library

Summary: 
By day, Mercy is a car mechanic in the sprawling Tri-Cities of Eastern Washington. By night, she explores her preternatural side. As a shapeshifter with some unique talents, Mercy has often found herself having to maintain a tenuous harmony between the human and the not so human. This time she may get more than she bargained for.

Marsilia, the local Vampire Queen, has learned that Mercy crossed her by slaying a member of her clan—and she's out for blood. But since Mercy is protected from direct reprisal by the werewolf pack (and her close relationship with its sexy Alpha), it won't be Mercy's blood Marsilia is after.

It'll be her friends



Review:
The last book had me needing the next one right away. I started listening to it the moment I finished the review of the other one. 

Mercy has been through a lot the last few days. All she wants to do is return to normal-ish life. She wants to work on the cars and be with her new boy...the Alpha of the werewolf pack. However, the local Vamp Queen has learned that Mercy slew a member of her clan and now she wants Mercy's blood. Since Mercy is protected by the werewolf pack and mate to the Alpha...it won't just be Mercy's blood on the line. 

Not only does Mercy have to deal with the Vamp Queen here...she has to deal with an old college friend knocking on her door and asking for help AND Mercy is still trying to find her footing after a tragic event in the last book. She's got a lot on her plate AGAIN. Luckily she has the whole pack and her best vamp friend behind her.

Love how supportive Adam is. He is perfect for Mercy and it melts my cold heart how patient and kind he has been to Mercy after the events. He is not pushy. He knows she will need a LOT of time and LOTS of love to heal from what happened to her. Gah. Love him.

I'm glad Samuel is still around in a friend role. However....he needs to head home. I think that would be good for him and stop working at the hospital. He is falling apart. Gah poor guy. 

OoooOOOooo Stefan. I've been meh about him, but by the end of this, I was swooning just a hair. Shhhh. Don't tell anyone. I hope he finds comfort too. He's had a rough time here. Someone needs to stake that Queen Vamp. >_> 

This was a good one. You need to read the others before you get here. This felt like a lot of past stuff really created the issues here. 

OOOOH. I nearly forgot...we got to meet Mercy's mama for a hot min. I hope we get to see her soon. I would love even a short series featuring her mama and dad. Maybe her dad really isn't dead??? Wouldn't that be nice? Or we can find some of his people or fam? I want Mercy to learn more about what she is. She seemed to learn a bit in this one, but I feel there is a lot that she doesn't know. 

The narrator is fantastic as per normal. Not more to say. Fantastic for these characters and this world.  

Overall, this series and world are just getting better and better. I'll give this 5 stars. One of my favorites of the series so far. 





 

Challenge(s):
- #68 for Audiobook challenge



Friday, 15 October 2021

Audio: The Mars Strain by A.C.Anderson


Narrated by: Morgan Hallett


Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins


Release date: 04-27-21


Publisher: Recorded Books Inc.


Scifi thriller


To review





Could I have read this last year? No, a virus that kills everyone within hours, yikes! Too scary. But now, yes now it works. We are far enough into this pandemic for me to go into pandemic book territory.




A cube is brought back from Mars, I guess there was life on Mars after all. But then people start to die, horrible deaths. It is fast and it is ruthless, and as we know people are idiots and it spreads. Pandemic, The Mars strain.




First, the how and when of the cube was really interesting and I would have loved to learn more. So intriguing.




Thrillers are not something I read a lot, they have to speak to me. Ánd I am glad I gave this sci.fi a chance, though to be honest the tech med talk is not my biggest fav to be honest, but it still worked well. It was the fight against the clock. Either everyone dies, or they stop it. I was pulled in and the stakes kept getting higher.




As for the characters, we really could have done with a Juliet during covid, she is one smart woman.




I enjoyed it, it got really dark at one time and I wanted to know how it would turn out.




Good narrator, distinct voices and she kept up the thrilling pace of the story. This is one for audio. A thrilling ride that keeps you wondering.






We’ve colonized Mars, but we never should’ve come back.




When the first astronauts of the Mars Colony returned to Earth, they brought a mysterious, metal box they had found half-buried in the red dirt, called the Mars Cube. The scientists assigned to uncover its secrets tested it, scanned it, tried to blow it up, and everything in between. Then they accidentally opened it.




Biosafety level-4 laboratories, BSL4, hold the most deadly viruses on the Earth, and Juliet handled them daily. Her research at the CDC landed her a position on the Mars Cube Investigative Team in the world’s only BSL-5 lab. The only drawback: Her ex was one of the astronauts that brought back the Cube.




What was held inside the Cube shouldn’t have gotten out. It shouldn’t have ever been exposed to our planet because the Mars Strain is now loose and killing at a 100 percent mortality rate. Juliet is fighting for our very existence, Jake is working with the Mars Colonists to decipher the Cube’s holographic message for a clue, and someone wants to take over the Mars Program for themselves. They’re all watching the clock, and it's about to run out.




Thursday, 14 October 2021

Dark Witch by Nora Roberts

342 pages, Paperback


First published October 29, 2013


Series: The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy (#1)


Paranomal romantic fic


Own




I can't say I cared one way or another. Everything just happened so easily, talk about magic happened so easily. She got into her powers so easily. The big bad was not scary at all.




Iona comes to Ireland. Her cousins are awesome. She gets a job at once. She falls for a horse, she falls for a man.




Talking


Oh the big bad!


Kisses


The end




I guess when they finally defeat the big bad it will happen easily.

I would have liked to learn more about their ancestor instead, she sounded cool.



Meh






With indifferent parents, Iona Sheehan grew up craving devotion and acceptance. From her maternal grandmother, she learned where to find both: a land of lush forests, dazzling lakes, and centuries-old legends.




Ireland. County Mayo, to be exact. Where her ancestors’ blood and magic have flowed through generations—and where her destiny awaits. Iona arrives in Ireland with nothing but her Nan’s directions, an unfailingly optimistic attitude, and an innate talent with horses. Not far from the luxurious castle where she is spending a week, she finds her cousins, Branna and Connor O’Dwyer. And since family is family, they invite her into their home and their lives.




When Iona lands a job at the local stables, she meets the owner, Boyle McGrath. Cowboy, pirate, wild tribal horsemen, he’s three of her biggest fantasy weaknesses all in one big, bold package.


Iona realizes that here she can make a home for herself—and live her life as she wants, even if that means falling head over heels for Boyle. But nothing is as it seems. An ancient evil has wound its way around Iona’s family tree and must be defeated. Family and friends will fight with each other and for each other to keep the promise of hope—and love—alive…



Wednesday, 13 October 2021

Audio: Cheers to the Duke by Sally MacKenzie

Narrated by: Justine Eyre


Series: Widow’s Brew Series, Book 3


Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins


Release date: 09-28-21


Publisher: Tantor Audio


Historical romance


to review






Jo is happy running her home for mothers and daughters. Her own marriage was bad with a husband who spent time with everyone except for her.




Edward  was a lawyer, now he is a Duke, and the ton does not let him forget that he used to work for his money. The horror!




There is a houseparty of sorts. They are both invited. He is looking for a wife. She is not looking for a husband




They are so right for each other, but she was really messed up by her stupid husband. I liked seeing him fall, and her realising that all marriages are not the same.




I enjoyed it. a A sweet tale




Justine Eyre narrated, and she is always awesome! You can't go wrong with her






As the founder of the Home, Josephine Smyth-Waters is determined to be there for the women who need her. But when those same women conspire to accept an invitation on her behalf, she finds herself suddenly on the way to the christening party of the Earl of Darrow's baby. Guests at the party include her friends and former partners Pen and Caro-and Edward Russell, Duke of Grainger, the Home's generous benefactor and the man she's been writing to for months. While Jo decidedly does not have marriage on the mind, the duke's handsome looks and charming words are enough to make the lovely widow a little reckless....




Even after a year, the title of "duke" still sits strangely on Edward Russell's shoulders. When Edward encounters Jo - capable, fun, and utterly irresistible - he's delighted to find someone he truly connects with. A trick of fate has placed them on two different paths...but Edward is beginning to realize that perhaps he's not the kind of man who does the expected thing after all....


Tuesday, 12 October 2021

TMST


 

Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post where bloggers discuss a wide range of topics from books and blogging to life in general. Weigh in and join the conversation by adding your thoughts in the comments. If you want to do your own post, grab the question and answer it on your blog. Feel free to leave your links in the comments if you are participating.




Paper, electronic, audio... How do you read?



AUDIOBOOKS = LOVE

I would never have started listening to audiobooks if it hadn't been for blogging, and I am super grateful to you fellow audio lovers. It has become my first love.




Paper. Hey, I am old school and I love the feel of a book in my hands. I want to look at them, look at them on my shelves and have two pages open at the same time, 




Electronic is last.I will always choose paper over it. It is faster for me, my e'reader is not the best. It is not a joy reading on it and I always forget faster what I have read.





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Monday, 11 October 2021

Joint Discussion: Cinderella

 




This month we decided to discuss 'Cinderella' (2021).

Blodeuedd is in red and Carole is in purple.





Title:  Cinderella

Genre: Comedy, Romance, Adventure
Released: Sep 2021
Rating: 
PG-13
Length: 1h 53 min



TRAILER: 





DISCUSSION:
Newest Cinderella movie, yup had to give it a try


Yessss this was a must-try. 


Though from watching pre-views I was all srsly? And yes they sure mixed clothes and things, pretty sure I saw a plastic something once too. But I guess that is how we roll these days


OMG, the power tools at the beginning had me laughing out loud. This was for sure a fantasy town. No cars...horse/buggies, but they had power tools. Weird world. 


Oh yes, the power tools were insane. And then the princess talked about wind power, hey you peeps already got power tools, you have to have some power ;) Lol


Yaaa this world made no sense at all BUT it oddly made sense. I kept thinking this was just some dreamland or something. IDK. Very weird, but I kinda liked the silliness of it. 


Ohhh, that makes sense. It was all a dream. Damn, I want this dream! Singing, meeting a prince, hell yeah


Same!!!! Esp with the song choices. It’s like a mom fell asleep watching the original Cinderella with their kid or something. The songs were for sure classic songs. I think a couple of originals, but mainly songs we all know. Like the one by Queen. 


Excellent song choices. I am team Dream now for sure. I am not the biggest musical fan, but I liked it here, and the best thing was, town crier guy on the bridge? Or whatever he was


Yesss him and his band. He was excellent. I loved our Godmother too. That whole scene had me smiling and laughing. Our Ella and the Godmother were hilarious together. And those mice!? Best scene in the movie methinks. 


Yes, the mice rocked it :D I also liked how the stepmom and sisters weren’t totally bitches. I know I know, not nice, but not total bitches. They had redeeming qualities.


At first, I was meh about the mice and they didn’t really seem to add anything...until that scene. Love them! And agreed. I like how the stepmom and sisters were not nice and kinda mean, but they had redeeming qualities. I honestly think the stepmom cared a tiny bit. She wanted Ella married off and supported and not follow silly dreams. I think Ella reminded her of her younger self so there was some resentment there. 


Totally, she was practical. A woman could not start a shop. Getting married would have you protected. So yes I think she cared too.


I don’t wanna give spoilers, but there was the scene where the stepmom was all “YES ELLA!!! I SUPPORT YOU!” (the scene where Ella was in bed depressed). I thought that was really sweet but then Ella said no. 


Agreed. I liked this more than other ones, the whole mean thing is so strange at times. This was more hopeful. I needed that.


TBH I did not watch the live-action remake but remembering the old original one the step mom was just a monster for NO reason. She just wanted a slave. In this version, the step mom wants Ella be well-trained and run a household and be married off. Sure she could’ve been nicer and let her come to the ball. But she does redeem herself sorta later on. I liked this dynamic and these versions of the character better. Ella is NOT perfect either by any means. Same with Prince Charming. He was a bad boy who didn't want the throne. I liked these characters. 


I do get why she said no, Ella was pretty, much so than her own daughters. They would not stand a chance, so sorry Ella. Not nice at all. But yes she tries later on. And they all had their imperfections. I still do not believe these two will live happily ever after though, I will stand by that. They will be together for a few years, break up, and find other people and be happy. But that is life


LOLLL and the stepsisters KNEW they didn’t stand a chance when Ella came out in that original dress because she thought she was going. The bigger sister was all “WELP….we don’t stand a chance….why bother even goin!” hahaha. And yesss….I don’t think they will last. I think Ella is too selfish to want to settle down anytime soon. I think the Prince will wanna get married and have babies soon-ish. 


I think so too. I can take it :) Anything more?


This was cute with some good songs. SUPER DUPER CHEESY….but fun. That’s all I got!! Glad we watched it!


A good movie :) Cheesy is good at times. Ok, gotta go now!


Have fun! Imma take a nap! See ya next time!




Friday, 8 October 2021

Audio: It started with a dog by Julia London

Series: Lucky Dog (#2)


Format:11 h


Expected publication: October 5, 2021 by Tantor Audio


To review


Contemporary romance






By chance Harper and Jonah exchange phones. And they have each other phones for a week, and since they want to know what happens they do read texts and text each other about it. Lots of fun and gringy moments.




Then they meet, find each other as interesting as in their texts, and it begins. But oops! She is working for the new coffee shop chain, and his family's shop is not doing well.




For once they do talk in this one, and try to make it work even though they are "enemies", that was a nice change of things. Talking! Trying! Sure there are some speed bumps, but which relationship does not have those. And of course there are dogs. I mean it did start with a dogs, so lovable dogs for everyone.




I enjoyed it, sweet, I did see that end coming before they did. Good choice.




Great narration too. She really got that annoying boss down. A good listen






All Harper Thompson wants for Christmas is the huge promotion she's worked so hard for--which she should get, as long as her launch of the hip new coffeehouse, Deja Brew, goes according to plan. Jonah Rogers is spending the holiday season trying to save his family's coffee shop, Lucky Star, from going out of business, which will be tough with the brand-new Deja Brew opening across the street.




When Jonah and Harper meet for the first time after accidentally swapping phones, their chemistry is as electric as a strand of Christmas lights. He's a tall, handsome, compassionate hunk of engineer, and she's an entrepreneur whose zest for life is very sexy. They love all the same things, like running, scary movies, greasy food--and most of all, dogs. It's a match made in heaven...until Jonah finds out that Harper's the one about to put him out of business.




Only one coffee shop can survive, and a competition of one-upmanship ensues in a holiday battle of the brews. The paws really come out when the local rescue shelter has a fundraiser where local businesses foster dogs, and patrons donate cash to vote for their favorite pup. Harper takes in an adorable old bulldog on behalf of Deja Brew, while Jonah fosters a perky three-legged dachshund for Lucky Star. When one precious pup is crowned King Mutt, and a For Sale sign goes up in the other shop's window, Harper and Jonah must decide if their connection was all steam or if they are the perfect blend.


Thursday, 7 October 2021

Lord of Snow and Shadows by Sarah Ash

Series: Tears of Artamon (#1)


Format: 704 pages, Paperback


Published: January 1, 2004 by Bantam Books


Fantasy


Own





Tsarist "Russia" fell and an empire was divided. One is ruled by a "dragon", one kingdom seems to be mostly Swedes, oh and Finn! And the rest eh, something. It was a mix of things.




Guy gets kidnapped and is told he is to rule as the dragon, and then he starts to change. Ohhh. I liked Gavril, clueless kid who tried to be nice. His mother had spirit too.




The bad guy, I do not know why he is bad, maybe cos he is Swedish? HA, burn. Sorry. Finnish joke.




Lots of political intrigues, a bitchy woman just cos women are bitchy. A princess in distress. A maid that is shown to be more. Oh and those dragon powers, I need to know more.




I gave up the first time, but this time I finished, and it was decent. I got it for free and I have book 2 also, so will continue. Cos that stupid boy, ugh, maybe save that for later! He just doomed his kingdom






Seemingly always the outsider, Gavril Andar - an impoverished young painter - yearns to join the privileged circles of Muscobar polite society. However, unbeknownst to him, he does have royal blood in his veins: the dark and powerful blood of a father he never knew - the Drakhaon, ruler of the isolated northern kingdom of Azhkendir. And when the Drakhaon is brutally murdered, an unwilling Gavril is forced to take up the mantle of both his father's rule - and his power. For blood will out. And the Drakhaon's carries within it a taint that gives its bearer access to awesome, unimagined magics - but at a soul-shattering price.






Now trapped in this bleak, mist-shrouded land full of superstition and racked by bitter rivalries, Gavril faces an awesome task. He must find his father's killer and unite his fractured kingdom against those who see it as weak, defenceless and ripe for invasion before he pays the price of kinship and succumbs to the dread curse that uncoils within him . . .


Wednesday, 6 October 2021

Audio: Mistletoe Christmas Anthology

 

Narrated by: Susan Duerden


Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins


Release date: 09-28-21


Publisher: HarperAudio


Historical romance


To review




Mistletoe Christmas by Eloisa James


Poor Cressida, her father was such an asshole! Put her down her entire life so she could not see her worth. At least she knows she is awesome at organizing the yearly party (that her asshole father takes credit for). She stays in the shadows, until someone finally notices her. Awww Elias, he saw beyond everything and the both deserved their happiness





Wishing Under the Mistletoe by Christi Caldwell


I get why she left him, he was all about work. Gotta make some money to prove everyone he is worthy..though! I sure would have liked to see how on earth a stableboy ended up engaged to a Duke's granddaughter?!


Anyway a nice second chance romance. They talk it through, they see the light




Compromise Under the Mistletoe by Janna MacGregor 


Another second chance romance. Married couple had lots of hawt sex, but never talked (like hello it takes the both of you.) And now they are pretending to be in love, and will obvi finally talk and be happy again.





Mischief & Mistletoe by Erica Ridley


Lady Louisa is a spinster thanks to gossip columns. Now is her last chance, and she is seen for once, but gives her heart to a poet. And awww, xmas times, they fall for each other and well he does have a bad secret. Grrr





All in all sweet and good stories. It sounds like a fun revelry for sure. And at the end I am left thinking, whose original story is it? When will the viscount find love? He needs love too ;)





Good narrator, since it was 4 stories, I never felt lost, I always knew in which story I was even though some characters walked through them all. Nice distinct voices.






The Duke of Greystoke’s Christmas Revelry is famous throughout the British Isles for its plays, dancing, magical grotto… not to mention scandals leading to the marriage licenses he hands out like confetti. But not everyone welcomes a visit from Cupid.




Lady Cressida, the duke’s daughter, is too busy managing the entertainments—and besides, her own father has called her dowdy. Her cousin, Lady Isabelle Wilkshire, is directing Cinderella and has no interest in marriage. Lady Caroline Whitmore is already (unhappily) married; the fact that she and her estranged husband have to pretend to be together just makes her dread the party all the more.  But not as much as Miss Louisa Harcourt, whose mother bluntly tells her that this is her last chance to escape the horrors of being an old maid.




A house party so large, that mothers lose track of their charges, leads to a delightful, seductive quartet of stories that you will savor for the Season!


Tuesday, 5 October 2021

TMST


 

Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post where bloggers discuss a wide range of topics from books and blogging to life in general. Weigh in and join the conversation by adding your thoughts in the comments. If you want to do your own post, grab the question and answer it on your blog. Feel free to leave your links in the comments if you are participating.




It's been a while... tell us more about you!



Oh, most know everything already: I will do an intro to myself



This is Lucifer, he is a demon, and angel sometimes. 




Almost a year ago we moved to our new house....still a few things to fix (inside and outside.) S and I helped to paint, but October now so that will have to wait until next year. But hey we got the start of a lawn this year!




If you missed it, I am from Finland. Last year we had snow in October, and on May 21st it snowed for the last time. But really beautiful winter this year. Stunning.




I love walking in the woods, sometimes S joins, sometimes Luci joins





And I love books, movies and tv. Not much has happened really lately. Busy with a kid that wants everything. And mostly just relaxing, cos you have to do that


Monday, 4 October 2021

Carole's monday. Heartless Hette





Author: M.L. Farb
Title: Heartless Hette
(Hearth and Bard Tales #3)
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal, & historical fiction 
Format: ebook
Expected publication: October 18th 2021
Where I Got It: Given to me by the author/publisher for my honest and unbiased opinion


Summary: 
Come to Germania, where a clockwork heart rules and a fool advises--and a laugh can bring both to their knees.

When Princess Hette refuses a sorcerer's proposal, he retaliates by stealing her heart--literally. Desperate to resist his influence, Hette makes herself emotionless, stifling all feelings until she can find her heart and win it back.

The Court Fool is the only one who knows where to find the sorcerer, and he has his own curse to battle.

Riddles and magic plague their path, but if Hette can't find the sorcerer in time, her heart will be the least of her losses

Review:
Awwww I am in love with the series. They are all connected in a way, but you can read them separately or in any order you want.

Here we are in Germania where Princess Hette refuses a sorcerer's proposal of marriage. In revenge, he casts a curse. He steals her heart. Desperate to resist his influence, Hette makes herself emotionless and stifles any feeling until she can find get her heart back. The Court Fool is the only one who knows where to find the sorcerer and he has his own curse to battle, so they team up. Riddles and magic plague their path, but if Hette can't find the sorcerer in time not only will she remain heartless, she may lose more. 

This was so good. It started off a little slow for me, but then I was hooked and finished reading this in a couple of sittings. 

I had no idea what was going to happen or how this team was going to break these curses. I was on the edge of my seat. Especially when we find out the Fools curse and everything he has at stake (won't spoil it!). 

Awwww I loved watching Hette grow and find the meaning of love. She had always been heartless in a way even before the curse. She hated love and didn't feel like love was important for her personally or for her future role as queen. She had a great personal journey and it made me happy to see her fall in love with a certain someone and make great friends. It was nice to see her grow and learn and survive these perils. I loved it.

Loved, loved her little team! They were all so different but so similar. An unlikely group of friends that is for sure. I especially adored Konard our Fool. He was my favorite character methinks. 

OOooOOOoooOOOOO that ending got me! I was literally holding my breath. I was so worried. 

In the end, this was my favorite of the three books so far. I really enjoyed our heroes and their journey. Such a good read to start off October. It's a must-read. 5 stars for sure. 







Saturday, 2 October 2021

Saturday Movie: Dune


I watched this one 2 weeks ago and yes it still stays with me. I was a bit afraid, cos the book is great. One of the first English books I ever read, and the movies are...laughable.




But this, the epicness of it all, the beauty, the coldness, the action, betrayal, and that wonderful music that embodied it all.




Great action. Beautiful cinematography, and a lovely calmness to it all, before hell breaks loose.




The only bad part is that arghh, this was movie 1! Damn it, I did not know. The cut the book in half.




Also what is this bullshit about this streaming and cinema in the US? This is a movie for the movie Theatre, I had not been since 2019, but for this I went. At home it will not be the same.



Recommended. 






A mythic and emotionally charged hero's journey, "Dune" tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet's exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence-a commodity capable of unlocking humanity's greatest potential-only those who can conquer their fear will survive.


Genres: Action Adventure Drama Sci-Fi


Director: Denis Villeneuve


Writing Credits ; Jon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve, Eric Roth


Frank Herbert ... (based on the novel written by)


Stars: Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya





Friday, 1 October 2021

Best of Septembe

 







Happy October everyone!


Here are our best for September!


Best Book of the Month:


"Best book goes to Mist rising by Eve Langlais.  I need more"








"This blew me away. It is a must read."








Best Movie of the Month:


"Finally decided to watch this. I sobbed but it was so good."






Blodeuedd DUNE (2021)

"Omg, best movie. DUNE. It just stayed with me. The cinematography, the score, the epicness of it all. PS. Watch it , it has a Duke, we all know I always recommend a Duke 😉"







Best TV show of the Month:


Blodeuedd - Lucifer (s 6)  & A.P. Bio

"I watched Lucifer s6, and CRIED "




"I also watched AP Bio. Fun"







"Love this cast. So cute and fun."



"Watched the last season and it made me laugh and cry. What a way to end a great show!"











Best Cover of the Month:


Carole - "Don't know why but this calls to me! And look at that puppers!"







Blodeuedd - "Simple and clean."










Thursday, 30 September 2021

The bookshop of yesterdays by Amy Meyerson


Format: 368 pages, Hardcover


Published: June 12, 2018 by Park Row


Fiction


Library







Miranda inherits a bookstore from her uncle. These days that is just sad, bookstores are not doing well, and this one is one of those. And he also leaves her with a treasure hunt for the past.




So much I would like to discuss but spoilers.

Like, just tell the truth!

Omg, her uncle was an ass!




Damn, I can't say anything more than that. I would have been upset.




I did like it, I wanted the truth of things.







A woman inherits a beloved bookstore and sets forth on a journey of self-discovery in this poignant debut about family, forgiveness and a love of reading.




Miranda Brooks grew up in the stacks of her eccentric Uncle Billy’s bookstore, solving the inventive scavenger hunts he created just for her. But on Miranda’s twelfth birthday, Billy has a mysterious falling-out with her mother and suddenly disappears from Miranda’s life. She doesn’t hear from him again until sixteen years later when she receives unexpected news: Billy has died and left her Prospero Books, which is teetering on bankruptcy—and one final scavenger hunt.


Wednesday, 29 September 2021

Audio: The Duchess Hunt by Lorraine Heath

Narrated by: Kate Reading


Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins


Release date: 09-28-21


Publisher: HarperAudio


Historical romance


to review






In the last book the Duke tried to get a wife, and failed (she left him for someone else, but they didn't love each other so no loss.) In this one he places an advert in the paper again to find a wife. And to help him he has his trusted secretary, Penelope.




Obviously, Penelope and King start to suddenly feel like they could be right. But he is a Duke, and she is a secretary.




Oh and there is a secret that she is running from, and usually those can be very lame. Like oh no I stepped on a dress 10 years ago and I am ruined! But this one was good! It was really really bad. So very bad for her. Run to another country bad. For them to be together did seem very unlikely.




Book 3 has a name, and I certainly hope it is about a certain former Duke to be in the shadows. Exciting!




I enjoyed it. They were so good for each other




Good narration. Voices, tone and setting, all blending to a good book. Historical romance is great for audio





Hugh Brinsley-Norton, the Duke of Kingsland, is in need of a duchess. However, restoring the dukedom—left in ruins by his father—to its former glory demands all his time, with little room for sentiment. He places an advert encouraging the single ladies of the ton to write why they should be the one chosen, and leaves it to his efficient secretary to select his future wife.




If there exists a more unpleasant task in the world than deciding who is to marry the man you love, Penelope Pettypeace certainly can’t imagine what it might be. Still, she is determined to find the perfect bride for her clueless, yet ruthlessly charming employer.




But when an anonymous note threatens to reveal truths best hidden, Kingsland has no choice but to confront the danger with Penelope at his side. Beguiled by the strong-willed, courageous beauty, he realizes he’s willing to risk everything, including his heart, to keep her safe within his arms. Could it be the duchess he’s hunting for has been in front of him all along?



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