I was overjoyed to find the continuing saga of the unusual pairing between vampire and witch to be just as good as when we were first introduced. Now we are privy to the complications of rearing children with magic and vampire tendencies as well as the backstory of Marcus. This series is not just a solid paranormal thriller but also a sweeping historical saga thanks in part to the fact that vampires live a very long time. The American Revolution has never been so interesting or blood-thirsty! Deborah Harkness has written some timeless characters that we can empathize with and wonder at their unusual lives.
Having been raised on Monty Python at an early age, I could not have been more delighted to read about its beginnings and that of one of its founders, Eric Idle. We already know what a comic genius he is but as an added bonus you are privy to fantastic stories about most of the biggest names in show business and their unusual connection to Pythons and Eric Idle. These are not stories of stars passing each other at a party but instead, these remarkable and talented people became close friends - the kind that you spend the holidays with and attend weddings, visit and last but not least, invest in whatever that incredibly funny group of loonies is doing. What struck me most about this very funny book was not the name-dropping or goofy stories but the fact that he truly loves his friends and their time together. How refreshing to find a tell-all book that tells all about lifelong friendships and that he lives by his credo - always look on the bright side of life. My kind of sortabiography!
This gothic masterpiece is a prequel to a classic that I didn't think could get any better, but it did. The best part of this truly terrifying tale of things that don't die is that the voice and macabre setting is spot on to the original Stoker classic. As a young child Bram Stoker, the author of DRACULA, was deathly ill and was miraculously healed by the family's Nana Ellen. Her strange skill at healing was accepted but she didn't count on the natural curiosity of the unnatural in children so when Nana Ellen goes missing, Bram and his sister attempt to find out where she has gone. Sightings of her follow the children and as adults, their search uncovers some frightening results. This is a one sitting book that you will wish there were another 200 pages. Not to be missed is the author's notes from Bram Stoker's journals which is fascinating in its own right. October is the perfect time to release this new gothic horror classic- don't trust anyone who doesn't leave footprints.
Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy is not the first Kennedy that comes to mind but she will be after you finish this informative and touching gem.
Brought up to put family and religion first, Kick had the misfortune to fall in love with the one person who could drive a wedge between herself and her very important strict Catholic family - a Protestant from a titled British family. Billy's religion and sense of duty and family were just as strong so there was no easy compromise. Kerri Maher paints a very readable picture of the Kennedy clan as well as how the British aristocracy dealt with the early days of World War II. Kick gave the British a very American "kick in the pants" when it came to doing her part for the country she came to love.
The subject of abortion causes great angst for anyone who has ever had to make that decision or worried about the person they love having to make that decision. Jodi Picoult takes on this heated subject and puts real emotion, empathy, and reason into her latest book.
We are privy to a gunman who has entered a woman's clinic where they perform abortions. He is out of control and wants revenge or justice for his daughter. The terrified people inside - patients, doctor, nurses, staff and those innocent bystanders will all bear the effect of this man's fury. One man, a police negotiator, stands to lose the most as his teenage daughter and sister are in the clinic.
However you feel about this issue you will come away from this book feeling like you can understand each side a little more clearly.
You have felt the terror, love, and understanding in a story that only Jodi Picoult knows how to write. Maybe this spark of light will be enough to break the darkness of this heated debate.
This would have been a sweet story about a mother desperate to save her unborn child from certain death due to a heart defect and her pains to make sure the child knows she loves her. You, dear reader, are in for a treat because as an added bonus this story has the added element of time travel for the mother to get the surgery that doesn't exist in her current time and then runs into logistical problems. The technology might make you wonder but the heartfelt problem and desire that every mother has for her child to be healthy and happy are all there. There are plenty of twists and complications galore for Carly but she follows her heart and hopes for the best. Great characters and a very unusual storyline will keep you glued to the very last page.
A wonderful, lush, lyrical fairy tale of two sisters in a Jewish community in turmoil. Liba and Laya have been brought up in a strict Jewish community even though their parents have been considered outsiders and they live in the woods instead of in the village. When their parents are called away for an emergency they share their secret heritage with the girls and tell them to be careful but go on as though nothing has happened. Both girls are in the cusp of womanhood and soon find boys they fall for even if they aren't sure if their choices will go over with their parents, the village and if their secret will remain just that. Trouble soon comes calling and the village is plagued with several murders which set off racial tensions and a witch hunt. The lush language combined with the earthy old European tales full of danger and magic make for a delightful fairy tale of men and women who are transformed into swans, bears, and goblins as well as the dangers of forbidden love. There is also an underlying story of racial hatred based on rumors and ignorance or fear that feels reminiscent of the wars and politics to come. This is a must-read for lovers of "The Bear and the Nightingale" and old world fairy tale remakes.
What begins as a classic story of slavery morphs into the story of a remarkable man born into slavery but given a chance for greatness. Washington Black (Wash) is as fortunate as he can be as a slave in the islands to be noticed by Christopher Wilde, an Aeronautical Engineer (well before his time), who pulls him out of the fields to assist him with his flying machine and other scientific work. Wilde befriends him and encourages Wash to develop his studies, drawing and seeking freedom. Something happens, causing Wilde and Wash to flee to Virginia, then the Arctic and Nova Scotia. After Wilde disappears suddenly, Wash will spend the majority of his life searching for the man he considers a friend and mentor. It is only later that Wash begins to question Wilde's motives and the connection he has with this strange family. The language and the man are gentle and forgiving but the subject matter and the injustice at the hands of white men are brutal. This is a story of finding yourself through other's eyes. It is about the white man's inability to understand what it meant to be black in their world. Even well-meaning people took advantage of Wash in that even free he did not have the right to his own inventions and scientific discoveries and did not receive credit.
You know the story - nice husband with his young son in the car sees his beautiful wife talking heatedly to a friend at a hotel. You know the story will go downhill from there. The husband will find out that his life has been a lie. You think Joe is either the most naive man or unlucky soul on earth. It could all just be lies. Intense and diabolical - this thriller with a surprise ending will have you rethinking what you thought you saw.
We have all played the game. What five people would you want to have dinner with? Sabrina finds herself on her 30th birthday with the five people she named on her list- her best friend, deadbeat dad, past lover, favorite Professor and Audrey Hepburn. They all have influenced her life and she should be enjoying herself but it feels more like a tough love intervention. Can Sabrina in the course of one evening make peace with or be entertained by the most important people in her life? As the reader discovers the guest's role in her life you will laugh, cry and be totally absorbed by this delight of a book. I guarantee you will be writing your own list down from page one.
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