Friday, November 24, 2017

Book Beginnings - 11/24/2017

*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.  
I am out of town and do not have my computer.  I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving.
My book beginnings is taken from THE ENGLISH WIFE by Lauren Willig:

"They say he's bankrupted himself rebuilding the house--all for her, of course."  Carrie Rheinlander's voice carried along the high, arched ceiling.  "And then there are those frightful stories about...oh Janie! I didn't see you there."  No one ever did.

Books Finished:

THE WIFE BETWEEN US by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen -

THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW by A. J. Finn - review will be on January 2, 2018.

CARNEGIE'S MAID by Marie Benedict - review will be on January 11, 2018.

A lovely, interesting read. 
THE PARIS SECRET by Karen Swan - review is in the book's title.

POISON by Galt Niederhoffer - review is in the book's title.


Book Blogger Hop - 11/24 - 11/30

 Question of the Week:

What's your immediate feeling when entering a bookstore, as compared to how you feel when entering a department store? (submitted by Maria @ A Night's Dream of Books)

My Answer:

My immediate feeling is utter elation.

I want to run through the aisles and touch all of the books and find books that I have already read to see how many are left on the shelf.  :)



Friendly Fill-Ins - 11/24/2017
I am out of town and do not have my computer.  I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving.

1. I start to decorate for Christmas/Hanukkah ______.

2. I prefer a _____ Christmas tree because ____.

3. The best thing about the holidays is                 .

4. The worst thing about the holidays is____.


1.  I start to decorate for Christmas/Hannukkah after Thanksgiving, but don't put up too much.

2.  I prefer a real Christmas tree because I love the pine smell.

3.  The best thing about the holidays is making cookies.

4.  The worst thing about the holidays is missing my parents and the traditions.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!!

The book is perfect for this time of year with today being Thanksgiving.

It is a book about being thankful for who we are and who helped us get where we are.  Whether we realize it or not, we "are" our mother, father, grandmother, or grandfather and can't change that.

This book is a warm, cozy read about reliving family moments, making new family moments, starting anew with your life, and definitely is all the things your parents told you would be coming true some day….all the good things that is.
Link to full review is here.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Giveaway and Spotlight of The Faerie Handbook by Carolyn Turgeon

All Information and photos in this post are from the book:

"THE FAERIE HANDBOOK by Carolyn Turgeon. Copyright © 2017 by Carolyn Turgeon.

Reprinted courtesy of Harper Design, an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers.”


My thoughts:  

A beautiful book with wonderful photos, ideas, and recipes. 

A perfect Christmas gift.

I enjoyed browsing through it.

Giveaway at the bottom of the post.  

Good Luck.  



On sale November 14, 2017.  

Editor-in-chief Carolyn Turgeon and the editors of Faerie Magazine welcome you into a sumptuous realm rich with myth, mystery, romance, and natural beauty.

Faerie Magazine is one of Barnes & Noble’s top-selling lifestyle magazines with a readership of 28,000 and over 1,600,000 followers on Facebook. 

Featuring a highly curated array of vintage and contemporary fine art and photography, literature, essays, do-it-yourself projects, and recipes, it is a lush compendium that traces the history of fairies from literature to pop culture; offering a multitude of ideas on modern-day living and entertaining with a distinctive fairy touch.  

The book is organized into four sections—Flora & Fauna; Fashion & Beauty; Art & Culture; and Home, Food, & Entertaining. With an inset image on the front cover, ornate silver foil patterning on the front, spine, and back, silver stained edges, and a satin bookmark, it is a beautiful volume for all ages.

The book includes dozens of DIY craft projects and holiday recipes. I do hope you will consider coverage this month or come December. It is a perfect book for the holidays.

 Section I: Flora & Fauna
This section is perfect for garden lovers complete with a “Select List of Fairy World Inhabitants” and a “Fairy Herb and Flower Almanac.”

DIY projects include fairy houses, fairy furniture, pressed flowers, and fairy terrariums.

Section II: Fashion & Beauty  
This section is perfect for fashion lovers and connoisseurs of couture.  “Fairy Queens: Style Icons of the Fairy Realm”  includes an array of fairy shoes, dresses and accessories crafted from flowers. Understand the art of fairy wing and learn how to make a fairy crown to master the art of gossamer style.


 Section III: Arts & Culture 

For lovers of literature and fans of lore, this section includes an essay on the quintessential fairy drama A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Victorian fairy paintings, excerpts from poetry, and stunning contemporary photography and illustration including Arthur Rackham, Charles Vess and Kirsty Mitchell. 


Section IV: Home, Food & Entertaining

This section has everything you need to know to entertain like a fairy. Host a full-blown fairy garden party and a tea party, or hold a fairytale literary salon. Or, choose a selection of sumptuous recipes (perfect for the holiday season) such as candied violets, lollipops infused with edible flowers, a lavender-infused honey ricotta tart, and frosted cranberries. These dishes are sure to add sparkle to your kitchen routine.




Carolyn Turgeon has been editor in chief of Faerie Magazine since 2013. She is the author of five novels: Rain Village (Unbridled, 2006), Godmother (Crown, 2009), Mermaid (Crown, 2011), The Next Full Moon (Downtown Bookworks, 2012), and The Fairest of Them All (Simon & Schuster, 2013). Her books have been optioned for film by Sony Pictures, Random House Films/Focus Features, and Gaumont Film Company, and published in the United Kingdom, Brazil, China, Korea, Spain, and Portugal. She’s published short fiction in Fairy Tale Review and the anthology Haunted Legends (Tor, 2010) as well as essays in Allure, the Hairpin, and The New Inquiry, among other publications. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.



Link to purchase (click on orange pre-order box on the right hand side of the screen to purchase)  



I am partnering with Harper Collins for this giveaway.

November 22 - 29
Enter here

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Poison by Galt Niederhoffer

A whirlwind romance opposed by her mother, a marriage made in heaven, and a move across the country.  Was the move part of Ryan’s plan to have no family around for Cass?

A second chance with a man that she never dreamed would come into her life after her husband died was what Cass needed, and Ryan fit the bill.

Everything was perfect wasn't it? A perfect marriage, three perfect kids, and a loving relationship until..…

The Connor family looked perfect on the outside, but the Connors were not perfect at all.  Ryan and Cass started out as the dream couple until Ryan showed his true colors of physical as well as psychological abuse.  When Cass would confront him with things that happened, he would turn it around and make her feel as if she were the guilty party.

Ryan went from the perfect loving husband and father to an abusive monster that Cass put up with and even denied.

POISON had good writing that pulled you in, but it seemed to drag on and brought up one crazy situation after another.

Domestic abuse was the main theme of POISON and very upsetting, but not as upsetting as some domestic thrillers.  It definitely is frightening how often domestic abuse occurs and how many books have this as a theme.

Cass made some very stupid decisions that put herself and her children in danger when she knew she should have just left.  It was pretty tense at those moments.

POISON was not a bad read, and the ending was unexpected, but it could have been shortened. 

It definitely is a psychological thriller and makes you wonder who you can truly trust.

I would not recommend reading this book if you have been in a similar situation.

If you like intense situations, you will enjoy POISON.  

I read it very quickly because I was nervous about what would happen. 4/5

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

Monday, November 20, 2017

It's Monday! What Are YOU Reading? - 11/20/2017
I hope you had a great reading week. 
This is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn at BOOK DATE!

Post the books completed, the books you are currently reading, and the books you hope to finish at some point.
Books Completed

THE WIFE BETWEEN US by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen - review will be on January 9, 2018 - finished November 16.

HMMMM is my reaction when it ended. :)
THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW by A. J. Finn - review will be on January 2, 2018 - finished November 12.

A bit slow at first, but it is worth the wait.  :)

CARNEGIE'S MAID by Marie Benedict - review will be on January 1, 2018 - finished November 8.

A very lovely, interesting read.

THE PARIS SECRET by Karen Swan - review is in the book's title - finished November 4.

POISON by Galt Niederhoffer - review will be tomorrow - finished on October 25

A tense, domestic thriller.

Book Currently Reading

THE ENGLISH WIFE by Lauren Willig - review will be on January 10, 2018.
Books Up Next:

SISTERS LIKE US by Susan Mallery - Review will be on January 23.

AS BRIGHT AS HEAVEN by Susan Meissner - review will be on February 6, 2018.
WHERE THE WILD CHERRIES GROW by Laura Madeleine - review will be on February 13, 2018.
SUNBURN by Laura Lipmann - review will be on February 20, 2018.
THE FAMILY NEXT DOOR by Sally Hepworth - review will be on March 13, 2018.
THE RECIPE BOX by Viola Simpson - review will be on March 20, 2018.
I WAS ANASTASIA by Ariel Lawhon - review will be on March 21, 2018.
THE BROKEN GIRLS by Simone St. James - review will be on March 22, 2017.

NOT THAT I COULD TELL by Jessica Strawser - review will be on March 27, 2018.
THE NEW NEIGHBORS by Simon Lelic - review will be on April 10, 2018