Freedom's Child by Jax Miller
A wild story of a woman under the witness protection program working at a biker bar who leaves when one of the kids she gave up years ago goes missing and may be in serious trouble. She runs off going rogue with almost nothing which is par for the course with Freedom. Hot on her heels is the vindictive in law family who blame her for the death of one son and the imprisonment of another. Freedom talks like a sailor, acts like the terminator and fights for the family she gave up like a momma grizzly bear. It is a roller coaster of adventure, violence and family love that will keep you up at night. My thanks to the publisher for the advance copy. It is due out in July.
Book two of the Tearling series is just as impressive as the first. In this fantasy with obvious "Game of Thrones" similarities, a young queen struggles with trying to do the right thing for her people while fighting terrifying visions and a vicious neighboring queen bent on total destruction. Kelsea is now queen and learning to control her new found powers as well as balance the great demands on her to save her kingdom. While she is protected by the Mace and his loyal guard, she is not without enemies who would see her out of the way for good. There is a secondary storyline where Kelsea has all too real visions of a woman in the past who lived before the Tear and whose story may be a key to Kelsea's future.
My thanks to the publisher for the advance copy. This book will be available in June.
BuzzFeed has it all figured out. Their new way to pick your Summer read is to ask a few well placed questions just as I would do but they have a matrix involving seashells and a starfish that I don't understand. Try it just for fun and see if they are right.
The Book of Aron by Jim Shepard
The latest addition to a long line of sad books about World War II children's accounts which began with "The Diary of Anne Frank", "The Book Thief" and now "The Book of Aron" with one big difference. Aron lives in the Polish Ghetto and his is the only voice we hear. The writing style is choppy, that of a young boy pushed into leaving childhood and becoming a man under extreme conditions. Aron shows emotion and cares for his mom but it is quickly tapped down and the bluster of the young thug he is becoming comes out. There are girls that he also cares about but is powerless to protect. Getting involved brings heartache and that too is tapped down, as is the violence that is all around him. It is not what is said in Aron's voice that gets you, it is what is unsaid. Reading between the lines is when you fully realize the horror and desperation that they must have gone through and had to submerge to survive.
There is a fear of lasting relationships that may get taken away and there are few that he can trust with the exception of the doctor and those at the orphanage and even that may not be enough to save him. Readers who are looking for the same gripping story of a young life forced to grow up early in unbelievable circumstances will enjoy this book by Jim Shepard.
A Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans
Noel lives with his beloved godmother Mattie and as the war begins to come closer to England, Mattie begins to slip. Noel covers for her as long as he can until she passes and then he is sent to distant relatives who then in turn pass him to the evacuation team until he ends up at an unusual house. Vee is desperate to make ends meet so she takes in Noel with no real idea of how to deal with a ten year old. The two begin a strange relationship that starts with need and ends with love and belonging. As they devise a plan to make money using less than legal methods it is Noel's sense of morality and decency that brings Vee around. Lissa Evans brings us the horror of the London bombings, the sounds and smells of the shelters and the fear that when you came up your world would forever be changed. It is Noel's sense of right and wrong will change the way that Vee views the world and she will discover that sometimes life gives you a second chance to do the right thing. My thanks to the publisher for an advance copy. This book will be out in July.
Bryan paints what he sees in his head after episodes of vivid dreams of times long ago. He speaks multiple languages and seems to have total recall of the feelings of those lives he visits, especially those that involve death. His paintings are so detailed and lush that they are worth a lot of money but it is after he meets Linz and feels a bond that he begins to discover the dangerous connection that he and Linz have to their parents and an experimental drug. This thriller takes the reader over many lives and many time periods, until the conclusion where all the connections will become clear. As Bryan and Linz come to realize- knowledge is power and power is dangerous. For fans of Susanna Kearsley's multi-layered reincarnation stories as well as the historical thrillers of Steve Berry.
The Jazz Palace by Mary Morris
Chicago is a vibrant city on the edge of the 20's. European immigrant families are trying to settle and create family legacies honoring the ways as well as the black musicians who are trying to escape prejudices in the south. It is a melting pot of new ideas and old beliefs and this is where we meet Benny, Napoleon, Opal and Pearl. Benny is a music prodigy who wants to escape the family business of selling caps and focus on this magical new type of music - jazz. Napoleon is a talented black trumpet player who sees something in Benny while Pearl opens her saloon doors to the both of them to play the music of their soul while Opal dances to unleash her soul. The author gives us all the sounds and sights of Chicago in its heyday - the neighborhoods with a mix of languages, the forbidden South Side where music flourishes and the dancing goes till dawn as well as the violence of the incoming crime lords, Al Capone and others. Pete Hamil gave us New York and Mary Morris gives us that same rich experience of Chicago.
May 17th, 2015
May 17th, 2015
Two young women journalists find themselves in a dangerous race to get through the German front and get to Paris for the liberation. They are young and innocent in the ways of war but with the help of a military photographer, they will go AWOL and get to the front to see the war first hand. Fletcher agrees to take them to the front but soon realizes that he has taken responsibility for their lives and placed all of them in a very dangerous situation. He is a little bit in love with the very married Liv and Jane is very much attracted to him. The author brings out all the horrors of war and the intimacy of strangers tossed together in a bad situation. Real people like Eleanor Roosevelt and Ernie Pyle are mixed in with the fictional characters and you get the sense of what it must have been like to be there. You will never think of clean clothes and a real bath in the same way after this. look for this on the shelves in July.
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