Cousins from North Carolina, Coleman and Dinah know how to find trouble.
When the cousins move to New York to follow their love for art, Coleman finds herself in the position of editor of a sweet and popular arts magazine, while Dinah becomes owner of a Gallery in Greenwich Village. The jobs are of course exciting and cause the girls to feel on top of their game until trouble brews within the integrity of an employee at the magazine and due to a poor location, sales are floundering at the art gallery.
Enter Hayward Baine, a millionaire in the art field and possibly (hopefully) the answer to the cousins prayers. Yet once again trouble strikes as an art dealer turns up dead and Baine suddenly is posing questions as to him possible involvement…
is never dull.
Restrike was brought to my attention by its fun cover and quirky synopsis. Easily labeled a cozy mystery, Restrike poses an occasional “snort out loud” fun humor with an engagingly light story line. Being from a small town and having had the opportunity to see New York as well, the story was interesting to see this huge change in zip code play out.
Coleman and Dinah are fun characters and Restrike is their debut…. from what I hear, there is more to come and for that I am glad.
Restrike makes for a good summer read that is not overpowering, but light and enjoyable as a beach read or one to definitely toss in with the luggage for vacation. Versatile as it is – enjoy it curled up on a stormy night as well with a really good bowl of popcorn.
Thank you to TLC book tours who brought me to a world
that was fun to walk through with the cousins.
In 1974, Molly Melching embarked on her adventure out of her comfortable surroundings in Illinois right into the heart of Africa. What was supposed to be a short term mission trip of 6 months turned into something much more.
Molly, coming from an American background found that the women of Africa did not have the rights that she was used tom in fact she found some of what was happening to the women to be shocking. (If you are not familiar with FGC, a practice in areas of Africa, look it up and get ready to cringe!)
Through Molly’s time in Africa, she helps to empower women to learn to take care of themselves, founding Tostan (,meaning “breakthrough” in the Wolof language) a foundation for human rights. This foundation led to the drastic reduction of FGC and child forced marriages.
However Long The Night is Molly’s story…
Breathtaking. Painful. Empowering. All of these words come to mind as I try to think of what to say about this amazing read. Always an advocate of strong independent women, I was fully engrossed in Molly’s mission. What Molly started in Africa was that human rights were for both men and women.
I found myself looking things up on-line to follow along even more deeply of who Molly is and what she has accomplished. I could not get enough.
However Long The Night reads like a page turning novel. Molly is doing the things I wish I would have been involved in when I was right out of school. Being a part of the peace corp is right up my alley! Molly’s story is one of the power of one person making a change in our world for the better. She is an example of how no problem is too big and how passion and determination can truly make a difference. A definite keeper for my book shelf.
Thank you to TLC Book Tours for
the experience of Molly Melching
Ruth and Lucy and Anna are gamers. Well, game designers, and all involved in different areas of the process of gaming and all that it en tales. All three of these smart women really enjoy computer generated games. The fact that there campus now sits where a former insane asylum once stood just adds to their creativity in designing.
As the three women challenge each others abilities they come up with the ultimate “live” role-playing game that will involve many people and the area around then based off the tragedy The Bacchae, with the prodding of Anna’s brother Anders. The game, which morphs and changes as they go is based around the theme of the insane asylum and has potential until is starts to take a darker turn…. and what happens when the game touches too close to read life?
I love computer games. When my sons were at home we would battle to play Nintendo, PlayStation and eventually Wii. I especially likes role-playing games where I felt I could put myself into the game. They still fascinate me, so the idea of this book was enticing…. I had to know more.
Lets start by saying I really wanted to love this book. When I read the first few pages I was hooked into what by all intentions looked like it as going to be a fantastic read. Strong smart women characters based around a reality game… and there is a lot to enjoy about this book. For one, I really liked the unique writing style. Conversation, blog posts, game speak, all engaging. However, I never felt any real connection to any of the characters. Drugs and drinking are frequently part of the game, which bothers me mainly as the book has a clear YA feel to it.
Overall, it is a likeable read. There was much I did like as I mentioned, and while the overall package wasn’t what I would say was a must read, I would easily say that Jenny Davidson is an author to watch.
Thank you to TLC Book Tours to allow me entrance to the Magic Circle.
Dorothy Benton Frank does it again with another southern flavored title that makes you want to pull up a chair and join this family at the dinner table. ~ Sheila
Beth Hayes, inspiring writer (want to be) is a little annoyed. She finds that she will be putting her own plans of starting her life outside of college aside to instead house sit the family home. It seemed like everyone else was moving on with their lives, following their dreams, while she was put on pause.
Yet, there is something about being on Sullivan Island that sucks you into a slower pace that Beth soon realizes, is not all bad. And being in the family home brings along many surprises of relatives and quirky personalities as well as the surprise of developer max Mitchell. Well, Mitchell is not so much of an intrusion as an annoyance as Beth has no plan no time and no interest in him whatsoever….
or so she thinks….
There is something about Dorothy Benton Frank’s books that make you want to settle in somewhere cozy with an extra-large glass of ice tea and let the characters take you along for the ride. I’ve discovered this in past readings of her books, and I found it again in Return To Sullivan Island. While I am the first to admit I am not the biggest fan of multi-character reads as I struggle keeping them all separate, I found that this cast of characters was quirky enough each in their own way that I did not struggle with the interchanges. In fact, I enjoyed them.
With a little bit of a ghost story mixed in (oops… did I say too much? ) for good measure, Return To Sullivan Island makes for good sit-on-your-deck or grab-a-chair-and-head-for-the-beach reading. Just an overall light and enjoyable book.
Thank you to TLC book tours for letting me Return To Sullivan Island
An eight year old neighborhood boy is found dead in a playground. When witnesses come forth as to saying he was recently seen playing and rough housing with another neighborhood boy, 11-year-old Sebastian, Sebastian and his mother are called in for questioning.
The defense solicitor, Daniel Hunter is called in to hear Sebastian’s story and defend him if necessary. While Daniel’s own troubled childhood has led him to a life of working with young children, he has never worked with one as young as an eleven year old.
Sebastian has the look of an angel, a small delicate boy with shiny intelligent eyes. Yet when Sebastian speaks he does not talk like an eleven year old, his speak and ability to catch on are beyond his years. Daniel still has a strong sense that Sebastian is not guilty of this crime.
As the case opens wider, Daniel has to check himself to make sure his own past is not clouding his judgement. Leading him to walk that fine line between truth and lies.
Holy crackers batman. Get ready for a twisted ride. This book has a little something for everyone who likes a good mystery and/or adventure. Lacking in neither, The Guilty One will definitely make you think as you watch Sebastian’s life and family slowly peel back hidden layer after layer. Honestly… you really never know your neighbors do you?
But wait… while we start to see Sebastian’s life unfold, the reader also sees where Daniel is coming from and this guy has a lot of crazy past himself which makes him so right for this case…. but also so wrong. If anything, it’s really hard to get a firm grip on who Daniel is (in my opinion) and why I should want to sympathize with him.
I would say over all, the book is engaging and it did have me trying to figure it out (which I enjoy) and did hold me all the way through. If I had one complaint – and its a rather small one – I would say it gets a little bogged down in the details mid way through and I wanted things to move on… move faster.
People who enjoy a good mystery with a nice dash of CRAZY sauce that is not fast paced will enjoy this book. It was well written and impressive as a debut book.
Occasionally a book comes along that you wish with all your heart you could leap within it’s pages and walk along it’s streets and hang out with the new friends who hold court within. The First Warm Evening Of The Year is such a book.
Geoffrey Tremont has a pretty sweet life. He works hard and lives fairly well in his New York home and seeing the occasional woman he has his eye on but with no deep commitment and that is the way he likes it.
Then one day a blast from the past lands at his doorstep. A College friend, Laura, who he has not seen in twenty years has passed away from cancer and has named him executor of her estate. Bewildered, and grieved for the friendship he once had, Geoffrey packs his bags to go to Laura’s home in Shady Grove planning to get things in order and then head back home. Then Geoffrey meets Marion, a friend of Laura’s who is reserved and mourning the loss of her husband. Oddly, Geoffrey is drawn to this quiet woman and finds himself wondering if there could be any future with her.
It’s kind of funny as I am normally inclined to prefer books that move along at a nice clip, keeping me engaged and turning pages. The First Warm Evening Of The Year does not fall into that category. Slowly you are taken through a calmly paced adventure of nor peaks and valleys but more level terrain and for whatever reason, it worked for me.
Geoffrey is the guy in the fast lane at the beginning of the book who finds that Shady Grove has more appeal than he would have ever thought. I think I may have liked him for that reason. As a person who tends to love in the fast lane, I occasionally dream of living in the woods growing my own food and avoiding all outside world communications. It’s true… sometimes the lure to slow down and shut out the outside noise is great…
For whatever reason, this book spoke to me, Geoffrey is a protagonist I enjoyed watching change, told mainly from his perspective it was interesting to see things through this 40 something bachelors eyes.
Thank you to TLC Book Tours for allowing me a trip to Shady Grove where I too could slow down and bask in someone elses world for awhile.
The world thinks me dead, but there is a lot of life left in these old bones, yet. I’ve been absent from the world for a long time. But I’m here. Waiting.
Born the first day of June, Lucia Grandi has lived a long life. Having just celebrated her one hundred and tenth birthday she is startled when a young female visitor, as Lucia does not receive much company, comes to see her. She is more startled, or perhaps a better word is amused, when this stranger asks if she will share her life story. Having outlived friends, family, and other loved ones, Lucia had seen much in her long life. Still with her wits about her (not sure if that was a gift or a curse) Lucia decided that perhaps she could share her memories… just this once…
And so Lucia does share her life stories, from being an unwanted child from the moment of birth, witnessing a suicide at 3 years of age, difficulty with parents and siblings, running away, sent to a strict Catholic school, and more, Lucia opens up her life to the stranger a chapter at a time….
My love of mixing genres amuse me. In the middle of reading a paranormal YA, a good old-fashioned crime novel, and Little Women, I find my way into The Tale Of Lucia Grandi with a “lets see where this goes” attitude.
Oh… how I amuse me.
Lucia Grandi speaks with a voice of someone I could listen to a long time. (How fun is that to say we can put a voice to writing, a voice I have never heard except for the one in my head I have given to this elderly protagonist). As chapter by chapter unfolded I was more and more memorized by the book. Never heavy, but always interesting, what a life this woman lead!I am finding it hard to put into words the beauty of this writing. Rhythmic comes to mind. Poetic. Resigning. There were quite a few passages that I had to pause after reading, think about how I liked what was said, and then read it again to go even deeper into the meaning. Time and again this happened throughout this read, never distracting, but instead engaging me even more. What a fascinating way to write a book.
Over all, I am thoroughly impressed. I enjoyed this book so much that for several days it became a constant companion everywhere I went so I could get in a few pages while waiting in the car, before meetings started…
Take note – this is called “The Early Years” and we do not hear all of Lucia’s life within this book and I suspect there will be more to come… Yet reader, sigh not, for I believe that by the time you turn the last page of this book, you will have no problem wanting to read the next as well. After all Lucia’s story needs to be told.
I wish to thank TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book for my honest opinion and for allowing me to spend time with a remarkable woman named Lucia Grandi.
In 2007 Catherine Bailey is afraid. She is afraid to leave her home. She is afraid to be in public. She double checks door locks. Locked in her own world of OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) her inner fears have completely taken over her life. (If you have ever seen the movie Copy Cat – and I highly recommend you do – it is something like that).
But things were not always this way for Catherine Bailey. Flash back 4 years to 2003 and you find Catherine was a bright confident business woman. She has a great group of friends and enjoys the company of men. One man in particular has her captivated and really… this is where Catherine’s life starts to unwind in a way that seems to spiral faster and faster out of control….
Written in a “then and now” sort of style, readers slowly see what happened to cause Catherine’s world to collapse as the past connects to the present and beyond… and things really are not over… until they are OVER.
Holy creepfest batman.
As I prepared to write this review I am still dealing with a multiple of thoughts running through my head. One thought thinks, “this felt a little like Gone Girl… crazy twists and turns!” Another thought is going “I want to watch Copy Cat again… this book reminded me of the beginning of that movie!” But as I write… I know saying either of these things (even though I did) does not give the book its own identity and I can tell you, Into The Darkness deserves its own identity.
Is it flawless? Of course not. There was a section that felt a little long-winded to me while I waited to get to something… something… more. (Fear not dear reader, MORE is exactly what I got.
Overall… the word “IMPRESSED” seems to really sum it up. Well written, exciting, and a warning that there are a couple harsh moments (gory? graphic?) that I feel I should mention, but I must say that they are again, well written, and dare I say necessary to give you the full reality of what is happening.
Looking for a good evening curl up and say “NO WAY!” read? Grab a copy of Into The Darkness.
Thank you to the AMAZING team at TLC Book Tours
that placed a copy of this thought provoking read in my hot little hands.
What would you be willing to sacrifice to be who you want to be?
When Desdemona was at the peak of her breakthrough as an artist in 1935, she made a hasty decision to marry Asa Spaulding, a solid and stable man, and make a home in the town of Cascade to be there for her bankrupt father whose health is quickly failing. While Desdemona felt in her head this was the right decision for the circumstances, her heart strongly disagreed.
And who’s head has not been overrun by their hearts wants?
With Cascade being considered to be flooded to provide water for Boston, Desdemona is even more restless with her decisions. When she becomes attracted to a fellow artist Jacob who provides her with everything her husband can not, she knows it is time to make the hard choices that hopefully can correct the wrong ones she made in her past.
But at what cost? Is it possible to turn away from a choice without causing further damage? And even as she contemplates a brighter future, would she be able to live with herself for doing so?
First. Let’s take a pause for this beautiful cover. Cover love at its finest, cover alone would cause me to pick up this book wanting to know more, and honestly… it did factor in on my choice to read this book.
While set against the backdrop of the Depression and WWII, Cascade (thankfully) focuses more around Desdemona and her relationships with the men in her life and the decisions she must make. While beautifully written, Cascade is not for the person looking for a quick read. It takes times to absorb this slower paced detail oriented book. You really get the feeling you are brought fully into the world that is Cascade.
For me, the book was good but the slower pace was a deterrent. Perhaps it was the time of year that I chose to read this that made it more of a struggle for me. Desdemona is not the most likable character, her choices… well, if you read it you will see. Cascade, in my opinion, is a book to take your time with, to read over several sittings and contemplate what would you do put in a similar situation?
Well written, filled with historical facts that will make you think and learn, and those are always pluses for me.
Thank you TLC Book Tours for giving me a little history
along with a good read that made me think.