Friday, May 30, 2014

The Forgotten Seamstress by Liz Trenow

A quilt with a history.  A quilt containing royal cloth.  A quilt spanning a number of years.  A quilt that told a story.

This mysterious ​quilt, a seamstress, stolen patches of material, royalty, ​and Caroline tell the tale of the beautiful, lovingly handmade quilt that connects Maria the seamstress​ to Caroline the present day character​ through flashbacks and recorded tapes. You will LOVE the connection.  ​

Maria's story began in an orphanage where she learned the skills of a seamstress ​and ​then moves to her being a seamstress in Buckingham Palace along with her friend, Nora.  Both girls did impeccable stitching for the royal family.

In her spare time at the castle, ​Maria made a​ quilt from royal cloth and told the story of her life in every patch and stitch​. Her quilt was handed down through the generations ​with mysteries and a story of its own.

Maria's life was changed for the worst, though, after the Prince summoned her to do some mending for him.  This beautifully told ​story continued ​from that point and back to the present.

If you enjoy reading family history and the history of family heirlooms created by a past generation and found by the present generation, you will definitely enjoy THE FORGOTTEN SEAMSTRESS.

The writing is flawless, the characters are lovable and unforgettable, the storyline will definitely hold your interest until the last page.  And...the last few pages will have you glued to each word.​ 5/5

This book was given to me free of charge by the publisher in return for an honest review.

Book Blogger Hop - 5/30 - 6/5

 Question of the Week:

How many posts do you normally publish per week?

My Answer:

At least three, but more if I find something bookish that I think my readers will like.

My posts are normally memes and/or book reviews.

If I am on my game with nothing going on in my life, I may have six.

How about you?  

I am at the BEA so I may not be posting.  Have a great day and weekend. 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Empire Girls by Suzanne Hayes & Loretta Nyhan

New York New York...

Ivy and Rose Adams traveled to New York City after their father passed away and left them penniless.  They also had another mission which was to find a brother they never even knew existed and a brother that their father left everything to.

Ivy was excited to go to New York, but Rose was apprehensive because she was one who preferred staying home and taking care of domestic affairs, but was it fate that they went?

EMPIRE GIRLS is a fun, easy, entertaining read.  Ms. Hayes and Ms. Nyhan vividly depicted 1920's New York with its speakeasies, its glitz, and its glamour. The writing is descriptive, the storyline will hold your interest, and the characters are very likable.​

You will love both Ivy and Rose and perhaps see a little bit of yourself in either or both of them.  You will share their feelings and adventures and join them in their fun, their explorations, and their despair. EMPIRE GIRLS seemed to be a lesson about life and family.

​EMPI​RE GIRLS will steal your heart and have you missing the characters after you turn the last page.  The ending is heartwarming as well as a surprise.

Don’t miss reading EMPIRE GIRLS for a glimpse into life in the 1920’s and a reminder of the importance of friendship and family.  5/5

I received this book free of charge and without compensation from the publisher in return for an honest review.
Here is how you will feel after reading the book.

Or at least I hope you do.  :)
Photo taken from:

Father's Day Giveaway of JAMES MADISON: A Life Reconsidered by Lynn Cheney

Father's Day Giveaway 

Contest has ended and the WINNER IS:

Annette - #2


This book is the perfect Father’s Day present for any dad interested in history, politics and early America. 
 WHO:  Lynne Cheney, wife of former Vice President Dick Cheney, is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. She is the author or co-author of twelve books, includes six bestsellers about American history for children and their families.  Cheney’s most recent book is We the People: The Story of Our Constitution (2008). 

WHAT: Cheney, who holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, has been studying Madison since 1987, when she was a member of the Commission on the Bicentennial of the Constitution.  She has spent the last five years immersed in Madison archival materials, and the result is a lively, intimate, and compelling narrative that takes the reader through the history-altering events in which Madison played key roles.  He was not only the Father of the Constitution, but the leader of the first Congress and President Washington’s most influential advisor.  He used both positions and a political savvy unmatched since to secure passage of the Bill of Rights. In 1812, he became the first president to lead the nation in war under the Constitution, and he was not only as steady a commander-in-chief as the nation has ever known, he was a friend of liberty, refusing to silence those opposed to war, although many pressed him to do so.

WHY: Father of the Constitution, principle author of the Bill of Rights, founder of the first opposition party, secretary of state, and fourth president, Madison was both a far-seeing theorist and a masterful politician, who despite all he accomplished has been overshadowed by other Founders.  Mrs. Cheney covers the sweep of Madison’s significant life, exploring his deeds, his mind, and his character to reveal the brilliance and determination that enabled this seemingly modest man to change the world.  Debunking the myths that have burdened his reputation, she shows us the Madison lauded by his famous contemporaries—Washington, Adams, Jefferson—and loved by his glamorous wife, Dolley.

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Enter here until June 6


Monday, May 26, 2014

BEA 2014

On my way to New York until June 1 for a visit with my son and for the BEA.  :)

Have a great week wherever you may be.  I love this video.


Mailbox Monday - 5/26/14

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. (Library books don’t count, but eBooks & audiobooks do).    

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 new administrators:

Leslie of Under My Apple Tree 
Vicki of I’d Rather Be at the Beach
Serena @ Savvy Verse And Wit 

THANKS to everyone for keeping Mailbox Monday alive. 


I hope you had a good mailbox.  


I had a few books in my mailbox this week.


Giveaway here for THE THIRD RAIL


On Monday, May 19, I received:

1.   THE QUALITIES OF WOOD by Mary Vensel White, courtesy of Tracy Diamond of Harper Collins.

On Wednesday, May 21, I received:

1.  THE SECRET LIFE OF VIOLET GRANT by Beatriz Williams, courtesy of a win on LibraryThing and Arianna Romig of Penguin group.

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? - 5/26/14

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. 


Books Completed Last Week:

A LONG TIME GONE by Karen White

 The book was very good...full of Southern charm.

My review will be up on June 13 for a tour.


Book Currently Reading: 

EMPIRE GIRLS by Suzanne Hayes & Loretta Nyhan

Looks good, doesn't it?  It is...I am on Page 50...loving it.


Giveaway here for THE THIRD RAIL


Books Up Next:

THE QUALITIES OF WOOD by Mary Vensel White

DELICIOUS by Ruth Reichl 

HUNTED by Elizabeth Heiter


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.