I wont go into too much detail in this brief. I don’t want to spoil the story for anyone.
While stranded in the middle of nowhere, in a frozen, desolate mountain range, between Salt Lake City, Utah and Denver, Colorado, an extraordinary hero, Dr. Ed Payne takes one step at a time to survive.
On the surface The Mountain Between Us is a story of survival. On a deeper level it is about the bonds that tie people together.
The author Charles Martin explores what it means to be truly in love.
I easily pictured the wilderness and enjoyed each moment of the story. I felt it was cleverly written and well done.
I’ll just say the ending brought a few tears to my eyes.
What Others Have To Say
This was a great love story. A real one. Not cheesy at all. – Debbie Stone
It’s a book that is both plot driven and also manages to get inside people’s emotional heads. – Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
My Notorious Life: A Novel by Kate Manning is historical fiction and takes place mainly during the second half of the nineteenth century in New York City. The protagonist, Axie Muldoon, daughter of Irish Immigrants, becomes an orphan and then becomes the notorious Madam X, searched out for her superior mid-wife skills as well as treatment for other female troubles.
This is a long novel (approximately 20 hrs.); however, I breezed right through it. I must admit, having my own Irish ancestry, grandparents arriving in NYC in the early twentieth century, I was automatically fond of Axie. She tells her story in the most interesting and fun way, even though the main topics are very serious.
I am also fond of Historical Fiction. The author, Kate Manning, does a suburb job in representing this era. Women of all classes come to Axie for help under their dire circumstances. Axie does not turn them away, despite the peril she places herself in. I doubt I will ever forget Axie.
Whatever side of women’s issues you find yourself on, I think you will enjoy this novel.
I highly recommend the audio version of this novel. Axie has an Irish/New York accent and way of speaking which adds to the enjoyment of this novel.
What Others Are Saying
“Axie’s profane Irish brogue is vividly recreated with virtually no anachronistic slips, and though a certain degree of polemical crusading is unavoidable given Axie’s proclivities, her voice never fails to entertain. – Kirkus Review
“Kate Manning has written a compelling novel about the plight of women and reproductive rights, and of course, the battle over these issues continues today. Highly recommended!” – Book of Secrets
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Lightning bugs (Fireflies)
The Belmont Stakes
A Beautiful Month To Kick Off Summer
“Doubtless God could have made a better berry, but doubtless God never did.” (Dr. William Butler, 17th Century English Writer)
Strawberry Moon and Time!!
A full moon, known in some cultures as a “Strawberry Moon” greeted night sky watchers on June 20, and coincidentally fell on the summer solstice, the longest day of the year.
Space.com received a flood of gorgeous photographs of this celestial sight from readers all over the world. It was apparently a very popular event; even an astronaut on the space station couldn’t resist taking a snapshot of Earth’s neighbor.
The so-called “Strawberry Moon” may have gotten its name from Native American tribes because it arrives in June, when strawberry season is at its peak. But when the moon is close to the horizon, it also takes on a reddish tint, and in Europe, the June full moon is sometimes known as the “Rose Moon.” (http://www.space.com/33240-delicious-strawberry-full-moon-wows-stargazers.html) — We happen to see a beautiful Strawberry Moon this year while sitting on the deck of a beach house overlooking the ocean — it was Gorgeous!!!!
Audible Audio Edition Listening Length: 12 hours and 13 minutes Program Type: Audiobook Version: Unabridged Publisher: Penguin Audio Audible Release Date: May 3, 2016
I enjoyed I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh. I started listening to it one morning while catching up with my ironing and stayed up past midnight to finish it. It is an impressive debut novel. According to Clare’s website, she has a second novel out this year, I See You.
I Let You Go is about a five year old boy who is killed in a hit and run. The novel is effectively narrated by Nicola Barber andSteven Crossley. As the investigation into the accident continues we are given a chilling look at domestic violence.
What Others Are Saying
This novel was my local book club’s monthly selection. On checking what others have to say on GoodReads, I was surprised many of my friends have read it. I am not alone in my assessment. Below are a few quotes.
Clare spent twelve years in the police force, including time on CID, and as a public order commander. She left the police in 2011 to work as a freelance journalist and social media consultant, and now writes full time.
The Lost Girls is told in a steady, very somber/dark tone. It is multi layered with many surprising twists.
There are two narrators for this novel. One narrative is about three young sisters and their relationship while spending the summer at the family’s lake house,. It is told by one narrator in the voice of the middle sister, Lucy.
The second narration is about Lucy’s grand-neice, Justine, who inherits the house. Justine has two daughters.
Having two different narrators was very effective. Lucy is writing about that summer for Justine to read and know about what happened. The author, Heather Young’s talents are clearly on display.
The Lost Girls gives you pause for thought about families, the relationships that exist behind closed doors and the evil that may be lurking there.
If the author’s second novel, Lovelock, is as good as her first, The Lost Girls, it will be a doozy.
“I enjoyed THE LOST GIRLS despite the gloomy feeling that seemed to overshadow everyone. Ms. Young has a marvelous, descriptive writing style that helped you understand and connect with each character and each situation. Her writing just pulled you into the story. ” – Elizabeth of Silver’s Reviews
“Young’s intricately wrought family drama tarries over details of time, place, and emotion as it gradually reveals her debut’s tragic core.” – Kirkus Review
About The Author (from the author’s website)
After a decade practicing law and another raising kids, Heather decided to finally write the novel she’d always talked about writing. She holds an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars, and is an alumnus of the Squaw Valley Writers Workshop and the Tin House Writers Workshop, all of which helped her stop writing like a lawyer. She lives in Mill Valley, California, with her husband and two teenaged children. When she’s not writing she’s biking, hiking, neglecting potted plants, and reading books by other people that she wishes she’d written.
She is currently working on her second novel, Lovelock.
“Hilarious and big-hearted, The Nest is a stellar debut.” — People
“Humor and delightful irony abound in this lively first novel.”— New York Times Book Review
A warm, funny and acutely perceptive debut novel about four adult siblings and the fate of the shared inheritance that has shaped their choices and their lives.”
I’m sorry, I did not see much humor in The Nest. This novel is much more serious.
Each chapter starts out with the focus on a particular character’s lives/issues or people in their lives. The story progresses this way which I thought was enjoyable.
Four siblings were to inherit a lot of money that they where counting on when the youngest reached 40. They called this ‘The Nest’. However, the older son got into some trouble and his mother bailed him out with most of ‘The Nest’.
Each of the siblings have different lives: two with life partners, one with a husband and set of twins, and one who roamed from women to women.
It felt like there were two or more interesting, underdeveloped separate novels in this story. However, it was overall an entertaining read.
This is the author’s debut novel and I would definitely consider reading more by her as she writes well. The characters and their issues felt very real (nothing sugar coated) and Sweeney presented them well.
“The Nest was an enjoyable beach/vacation read and I whole-heartedly recommend it for a weekend diversion.” – JoAnn @ Lakeside Musing
“The story weaves the past and the present together in such a way that I felt as though the characters were people I might meet. Even the supporting characters were fleshed out, enriching the tapestry that made each of their lives real.” – Laurel-Rain
““The book is very much about the thing that everyone inherits, which is a place in a family narrative,” Sweeney says.” – A Conversation With Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney — Kirkus Reviews
Book Trailer Link
About The Author (From the author’s website)
“Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney is the New York Times bestselling author of The Nest, which has been translated into more than 25 languages and optioned for film by Amazon Studios with Sweeney writing the adaptation. She has an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and children. The Nest is her first novel.”
Once I started it, I enjoyed The Woman In Cabin 10 and listened to it over the course of a couple of days. I listened to the enjoyable English accent of Imogen Church out-loud as I don’t like to wear headphones, if I don’t have to.
There was a lot of cursing, which didn’t bother me as it added to the tension in the story. However, my husband, hearing nearby, expressed some shock!
The main character in the story, Lo Blacklock, suffers from anxiety. When she is thrown into a whodunit murder mystery, her anxiety intensifies. I thought the continual anxiety was a little overkill. On second thought, that is the nature of anxiety and the author, Ruth Ware, captured it well.
To the author and narrator’s credit, I was, in a way, glued to my seat until the end. While I didn’t feel it was a particularly clever plot, I rated it 5 Stars since it was entertaining.
On the Simon & Shuster’s website there are links for the book trailer as well as a reading group guide.
Ruth Ware grew up in Lewes, in Sussex and studied at Manchester University, before settling in North London. She has worked as a waitress, a bookseller, a teacher of English as a foreign language and a press officer.
Her début thriller In a Dark, Dark Wood and the follow-up The Woman in Cabin 10 were both Sunday Times top ten bestsellers in the UK, and New York Times top ten bestsellers in the US. She is currently working hard on book three.
Sheila at Book Journey started a wonderful tradition of selecting a single word at the beginning of the year to focus on throughout the year. A few years ago I joined her. You are welcome to join in too.
Please stop by Book Journey to read Sheila’s inspirational post about her word for 2017: The POWER of One Word.
For 2017, I choose the word, ‘Strength‘. I chose this word hoping to be strong, both physically and mentally and to be surrounded by strength.
I’ve noticed how much strength already surrounds me with many of the people I come in to contact with!
Simple Definition of strength
: the quality or state of being physically strong
: the ability to resist being moved or broken by a force
: the quality that allows someone to deal with problems in a determined and effective way
The Hating Game is cute, fun and sexy. Two young co-workers who sit across from each other are already engaged in many games such as the ‘staring’ game when they both become competitive for the same promotion to a new position.
Sally Thorne in her debut novels draws an interesting, smart plot with fun antics.
This novel was better than comfort-food and perfect for me for this time of year.
What Others Are Saying
“Lucy Hutton absolutely detests her office mate Joshua Templeman. He’s a pompous, self-important, obnoxious ass. But, she’s got to admit, he is pretty cute.”
“From the opening page, readers will know the outcome of Lucy and Joshua’s relationship, but what happens in between is magic. From Lucy’s hilarious inner dialogue to Joshua’s sharp retorts, the chemistry between them is irresistibly adorable—and smokin’ hot.” – Kirkus Review
“I have a theory. Hating someone feels disturbingly similar to being in love with them. I’ve had a lot of time to compare love and hate, and these are my observations.”
About The Author
Sally Thorne lives in Canberra, Australia, and spends her days writing funding submissions and drafting contracts (yawn!), so it’s not surprising that after hours she climbs into colorful fictional worlds of her own creation. She lives with her husband in a house filled with vintage toys, too many cushions, a haunted dollhouse, and the world’s sweetest pug. The Hating Game is her first novel.