Friday, March 24, 2017

Book Beginnings - 3/24/2017

*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. 
My book beginnings is taken from THE WIDOW OF WALL STREET by Randy Susan Meyers:

"Phoebe never hated her husband more than when she visited him in prison.  The preceding nightmare of ordeals--eleven hours hauling a suitcase by bus, train, and cab, her muscles screaming from the weight--were the coming attractions of the misery she faced the next day." 
Book Finished:

THE BAKER'S SECRET by Stephen P. Kiernan

LOVED this book.  Review will be on May 2.
THE WIDOW'S HOUSE by Carol Goodman.

Review will be on March 29.

A slow start, but once it got going I couldn't put it down.
THE WOMEN IN THE CASTLE by Jessica Shattuck.

Review will be on March 28.
LOVED it!!
NEVER LET YOU GO by Chevy Stevens.

Review is in the book's title.

A good thriller.

Review is in book's title.

A SIMPLE FAVOR by Darcey Bell

A simple favor wasn't so simple.  :)
Review is in the book's title. 

LOVED the book as I have loved all of her books.

Review is in book's title.

Book Blogger Hop - 3/24 - 3/30

 Question of the Week:

How do you handle negative comments left on your blog? (submitted by Maria @ A Night's Dream of Books)

My Answer:

I normally do not get negative comments, but I occasionally do get spam.

I would treat the negative comments the way I treat spam.  I wouldn't confront either the spam person or the negative comment because I am not a confrontational person.
I would simply delete the comment and move on.  

Friendly Fill-Ins - 3/24/17
Friday Fill-Ins:

1.  In the Spring, I look forward to _______.

2.   I would love to have a _____ party.

3.   Few know this about me, but_____.

4.   No one_______.

My Answers:

1.  In the Spring, I look forward to warmer temperatures.

2.  I would love to have a "let's share recipes" party.

3.  Few know this about me.   I don't have too many things about me that is hidden so I don't have an answer.  :)  

4.  No one will go hungry when they visit me.    :) I always have enough food to feed the 5,000!!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff

Click on Ms. Jenoff's photo for an interview with her.
Noa was thrown out of her parents' home because she had become pregnant to a German soldier but needed to leave after the Germans took her baby.  As Noa made her way out of town, she came upon a train of Jewish infants left to die (talk about heartbreaking.)  

Noa took one of the babies, couldn't continue because they both were almost frozen, and then collapsed near the circus.  The circus members rescued Noa and the baby, but Noa had to perform on the flying trapeze with Astrid to earn her keep.

Even though Noa and Astrid worked together as a team on the flying trapeze, there was tension between them because Noa was terrified of flying especially since she almost fell to her death during practice one day.  The tension subsided as Noa tried harder to please Astrid and when Noa found out the reason Astrid hid from the Nazi soldiers.

The first time Astrid immediately and very quickly disappeared when the Nazi soldiers burst into the circus building, Noa knew something was going on.

How did they know she was Jewish?  Did someone tell on her?  The circus owner kept up a good front and steered the Nazi soldiers from the Jewish performers he was hiding, but it was stressful for all.

THE ORPHAN'S TALE is another beautifully written book by Ms. Jenoff revealing another not well-known fact about WWII.  The circus theme was quite interesting.  I wasn't aware of traveling circuses during that time, but it seems like the perfect way to help keep​ ​some of the Jewish community safe and hidden during the Holocaust.

​THE ORPHAN'S TALE smoothly flows from Noa's story to Astrid's as we learn about their lives and their secrets that they both are afraid to tell.​ Despite secrets, their friendship strengthens even though there is a thin line that may destroy it.

I truly enjoyed THE ORPHAN'S TALE as I have enjoyed all of Ms. Jenoff's books.  Ms. Jenoff has a marvelous way of writing a story based on the unpleasant facts of WWII. 

THE ORPHAN'S TALE had a different theme, and I always learn new things about the Holocaust when I read Ms. Jenoff's books.   

Ms. Jenoff always does exquisite research. You would think all has been known and written about WWII, but the circus assisting the Jewish people was interesting, enlightening, and wonderful to know how another group helped the Jewish people. 

Don't miss reading another heartbreaking but heartwarming book by Ms. Jenoff.  5/5

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

Click here for a link to other blogs that have been on the tour.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A Bridge Across The Ocean by Susan Meissner

Three women, three stories, three connected lives.

Annaliese, Brett​e​, and Simone were connected by WWII and ghosts.

A BRIDGE ACROSS THE OCEAN takes us from WWII to present day with three intriguing stories.

Annaliese was a German girl, Brett was a present-day American who had inherited an unusual gift, and Simone was a French girl who fell in love with an American during WWII.

Even though ghosts appear in this novel, the ghosts are what connects the present to the past for the three main characters.  It isn't a major theme, but a good one.​  The paranormal aspect didn't detract from the wonderful, detailed story line.​

​The characters were all ones that you couldn't help but sympathize with and love.​

​Annaliese's story was my favorite simply because of the mystery surrounding her.​  

Brette's story was interesting even though I am not interested in paranormal, but her ability to see spirits added another layer to the book and made connections between characters.  

Simone's story was sweet, sad, and very plausible.

​What I enjoyed was learning about the RMS Queen Mary that was first used as a war ship then a ship that brought WWII European brides back to America to be united with their husbands.​

A BRIDGE ACROSS THE OCEAN is another truly enjoyable, emotional book by Ms. Meissner.   

The final pages and revelations are marvelous...loved the book. 5/5

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

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Secrets You Keep by Kate White

An automobile accident, a book that can't seem to ​get written, a new home, a murder, and unsettling questions Bryn had about her new husband.

Bryn was recovering from an accident with the total support from her husband starting to wane after three months.   Was he tired of her fragility?  Was he doing things behind her back?​  What else didn't she know about her new husband's current and past life?​

All of this uncertainty also caused Bryn to not be able to focus on the new book she was to be writing.   Her writing kept her busy, but the inspiration just didn't materialize.

What​ ​did materialize was the brutal murder of the chef who catered the dinner party Bryn hosted at her home and things getting worse for her in every aspect. The visits and questions about the murder from the police were very disconcerting, and Bryn wasn't even sure she could trust her husband.
When another murder occurs, my mind immediately went to one of the characters as being the same person who murdered the chef.  ​

THE SECRETS YOU KEEP was q​uite a good mystery with most characters not being trustworthy and others who were caught in the middle of the deceit.
THE SECRETS YOU KEEP kept me awake longer than usual and kept me in suspense as have all of Ms. White's books.​

Ms. White did it again with another splendid mystery that was well written ​and had plenty of intrigue.

I enjoyed the storyline and trying to guess who the real murderer was.

ENJOY if you read THE SECRETS YOU KEEP.  5/5

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

Monday, March 20, 2017

Mailbox Monday - 3/20/2017

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles, and humongous wish lists!

Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia @ A Girl and Her Books, has a permanent home now at Mailbox Monday.
Every week Mailbox Monday will have a new linky posted for our Mailbox Monday links at Marcia's Mailbox Monday blog.

Here’s a shout out to the administrators:

Leslie of Under My Apple Tree 
Serena @ Savvy Verse And Wit
Martha of Reviews By Martha's Bookshelf

THANKS to everyone for keeping Mailbox Monday alive.
I hope you had a good mailbox.

I had another marvelous mailbox this week!!

I am on my way home from a short trip and will visit blogs later today or tomorrow.  :)
On Monday, March 13, I received:

1.  WHAT SHE SAW by Gerard Stembridge, courtesy of Mary Sasso of Harper Collins.

2.  SECRET SISTERS by Joy Callaway, courtesy of Mary Sasso of Harper Collins.

On Wednesday, March 15, I received:

1. THE SISTERS OF BLUE MOUNTAIN by Karen Katchur, courtesy of Katie Bassel of St. Martin's.

Another surprise from Katie!!  Thanks!!