Friday, August 29, 2014

Book Beginnings - 8/29/14

*Please join Rose City Reader every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name.  *Taken directly from Rose City Reader's Blog Page.

This week's book beginnings is taken from NEVERHOME by Laird Hunt.

 "I was strong and he was not, so it was me went to war to defend the Republic.  I stepped across the border out of Indiana into Ohio.  Twenty dollars, two salt-pork sandwiches, and I took jerky, biscuits, six old apples, fresh underthings, and a blanket too."

I have only read two pages, and it seems interesting.
Books finished but can't keep to myself. 

THE WINTER GUEST is another WWII story beautifully told by Ms. Jenoff.

I love Pam Jenoff's books.  If you haven't read any of her books, you should look into them.  

This book was wonderful as well.  Review in the book's title.

THE WISHING TIDE by Barbara Davis

Loved, Loved, Loved this book.

Review is in the book's title.


Another book I loved.

Review is in the book's title. 
What are you reading that you can't keep to yourself?  :)


Book Blogger Hop - 8/29 - 9/4

 Question of the Week:

Do you request notifications of new replies when you post a comment on a blog post?

My Answer:

It depends on the interest I have for the post.

More times than not, though, I do request notifications of new replies.

I like to know what others are thinking about the subject or book being discussed.

What about you? 

Follow Friday Four Fill-In Fun - 8/29/14

Feeling Beachie

Love this meme....I hope you can join in the fun.

Each week, Feeling Beachie lists four statements with a blank for you to fill in on your own blogs. 

The statements:

  1. Living in_____ makes me______
  2. Wondering what will happen always makes me ___________
  3. Looking back I would have ______
  4. Listening to_____ makes me feel_____
My Answers:

1.  Living in Pittsburgh makes me aware of all of the seasons especially winter.  :)

2.  Wondering what will happen always makes me realize there is nothing I can do about it.

3.  Looking back I would have probably done the same things I did.

4.  Listening to someone who really doesn't know what they are talking about makes me feel apprehensive. 


Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Wishing Tide by Barbara Davis

Mary, Lane, and Michael.  Three marvelous and completely different characters when put together make the pages of THE WISHING TIDE come alive.

Lane owns a Bed & Breakfast, Mary is homeless, and Michael is the mysterious, unwanted guest who arrives during a storm for what appears to be for reasons other than not having any other place to stay for the night.

All three characters blend together with things in common that they don't know about, and they fill the pages of THE WISHING TIDE with a splendid, beautifully told story.

There is something about Mary that you can't help liking. Could it be her elusiveness,  her purple bag, her ability to read a person, or just her constant presence?

Lane is a character you will feel sorry for even though she seems to have it all. 

Michael seemed sinister, and is someone who appeared on the scene more than by chance and with secrets of his own to work out.​

THE WISHING TIDE is an emotional ride about life's lessons, personal secrets, and personal relationships. 

The writing was beautiful, detailed, and flowed nicely. The descriptions have you hearing the sea, smelling the sea air, and feeling the sand as well as vividly visualizing the buildings,  the quaint town, and every scene.

I enjoyed THE WISHING TIDE simply because it was a cozy, comforting read with outstanding characters, an intriguing storyline, and a magnificent setting.

The entire book and especially the ending wraps you up in a warm, homey cocoon.  Don't miss reading THE WISHING TIDE.  5/5

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review. 

Guess The Author's Desk and Win Juliet's Nurse

In this edition of Guess The Desk, award-winning author, _______, gives us an author’s-eye-view of the writing process: her laptop perched on a leopard-covered lap desk, with a lapful of her feline “research assistant.”


Haven't figured it out yet?  

If you don't recognize her, look below for obvious clues.  :)


This author  doesn’t use a formal desk. She writes all her novels, including the forthcoming Juliet’s Nurse, in a comfy chair, at the insistence of her feline research assistant.

Leveen Desk 

Award-winning author,______, dwells in the spaces where literature and history meet.

Her work has appeared in numerous literary and scholarly journals, as well as The New York Times, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post, Bitch magazine, The Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, and on NPR.

The author gives talks about writing and history at universities, museums, and libraries around the country.  She lives in Portland, Oregon, with two cats, one Canadian, and 60,000 honeybees.

Look, look, look......CLUES!!!!

Visit her online at: 


Juliet’s Nurse is on sale September 23, 2014



Are YOU a Librocubicularist?

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THANKS for this great word.

My answer is that I AM NOT.

Post your answer in the comments please.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Winter Guest by Pam Jenoff

WWII was still going on, and Poland was suffering along with all the European countries as families struggled to survive.

Helena and Ruth were left in charge of their three younger siblings since their father was killed by a runaway wagon and their mother was put in the hospital.  Both girls were hard workers but had different views about the war and safety as well as being jealous of each other for everything.​  

As the book continued, something unforgivable happened between the two sisters that led to more jealousy even though the incident was not spoken about but felt by the sisters.   ​

THE WINTER GUEST puts you right into the heart of the war with the fears and hardships the population was enduring.  As Helena and Ruth struggle to keep themselves and their younger siblings fed and safe, Helena then finds something out about her mother's heritage that she had kept secret her entire life and a secret that puts their family in more danger because of their mother's secret.

As you follow the Nowak family through their daily routine, you learn what they had to go through worrying about the Germans storming into the town and knocking on the door or stealing what they had, worrying about hunger, worrying about the children, and worrying about staying alive.​

Ms. Jenoff has written yet another wonderful, heart wrenching account of WWI​I.  The beginning pages grab your attention immediately, and the suspense and interest continues throughout the entire book.

​You will fall in love with the Norwak children.  Ruth and Helena are a bit difficult to like, but they beautifully carry the story to the end with its intrigue and ​revelations.  There is also a tender, sweet love story inside all of the pain and terror.

If you have never read a book by Ms. Jenoff, you need to.  Ms. Jenoff perfectly depicts what happened in Europe during WWII in all of her books that I have read.  

THE WINTER GUEST is no exception.  Do not miss reading this book or any of her other books.  

The only thing I don't understand is how the cover portrays "the winter guest"  because I thought the guest was a male.  :)  5/5

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Mill River Redemption by Darcie Chan

A bookstore, mothers, sisters, aunts, family secrets.

THE MILL RIVER REDEMPTION is a wonderful, cozy, book that combines family, the love of books, and a small town and turns all of those into a book you won't want to stop reading.

Josie DiSantis had to move ​from New York ​back to her roots in Mill River, Vermont, after her husband was killed in a fire that destroyed their home.  Luckily she and her daughters survived and had a loving aunt to take them in.

Mill River is a town that I would LOVE to live in.  It seemed to be the perfect place to grow up, the perfect place to raise your children, and the perfect place to return to.

The only thing that wasn't perfect was the relationship between Josie's daughters, Rose and Emily.  Something happened that tore their once close, sisterly relationship apart and had them estranged for years. 

Josie tried to get them to reconcile all during her life and even after her death.  Josie had devised a perfect plan described in her will that would hopefully bring the girls back together.  Would this work?  Nothing else had.

Josie was a strong character, Aunt Ivy was all the warmth anyone could ask for, and Rose and Emily were total opposites.  Mill River and its residents knew everyone's business, but the town had the kindest folks ever.
I really enjoyed THE MILL RIVER REDEMPTION because of the homey storyline and the beautifully described characters.

This is the first book I have read by Darcie Chan, and her writing style is inviting, descriptive, and simply superb. 

I didn't want to stop reading because I wanted to see how the plan Josie devised was working out as well as wanting to be a part of that town with all those delightful residents.
Don't miss reading THE MILL RIVER REDEMPTION if you like cozy, heartwarming reads.

This is going to be one of my FAVORITE reads of this year. I didn't want it to end.  I wanted to spend more time with the characters.  :) Even the cover is  alluring and captivating.  5/5

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review.

Monday, August 25, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? - 8/25/14

I hope you had a great reading week.  
This is a weekly meme run by Book Journey!

Post the books completed last week, the books you are currently reading, and the books you hope to finish this week. 

There is a giveaway for WE ARE NOT OURSELVES here until August 28.


Books Completed Last Week:


Another wonderful read by Pam Jenoff.  

My review will be up on Wednesday, August 27.


Book Currently Reading: 

THE STORY OF LAND AND SEA by Katy Simpson Smith

This book is for a TLC tour for September 26.

Books Up Next:

NEVERHOME by Laird Hunt

FLIGHT OF THE SPARROW by Amy Belding Brown

THREE STORY HOUSE by Courtney Miller Santo

GARDEN OF LETTERS by Alyson Richman


TAHOE GHOST by Todd Borg



VILLAGE OF SECRETS by Caroline Moorehead.



WOMAN OF ILL FAME by Erika Mailman


PERFECT by Rachel Joyce



The books below are not necessarily in the order I have planned to read them.  

I normally read in order of publication or tour date.

And....these are not for reading in the upcoming week.  They are books into and including all of 2014.

The "list" is a means of keeping me organized.  A visual display helps a lot for organization along with my Excel lists. 


How was your reading week?