REVIEW: The Fortunes of Jaded Women

I really enjoyed this multi-generational story. It showed us a slice of Vietnamese culture with a focus on the role of women. As in many cultures, baby boys are valued over girls and in this family the curse of only daughters impacts so many lives. But as each story is revealed and they start toContinue reading “REVIEW: The Fortunes of Jaded Women”

October Wrap Up

A little late but better late than never, in October I read 25.5 books. Yes, I finally finished Empire of the Vampire. 😰 📱 Lark Ascending* ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 📘 Our Shadows Have Claws* ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 📱 The Witch and the Tsar* ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 📕 Sanctuary ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 📗 The Boys from Biloxi* ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 🎧 The Oleander Sword ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 📱Continue reading “October Wrap Up”

REVIEW: Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six

Can you believe this is my first Lisa Unger novel? Where have I been? So embarrassing! The story bills itself as a bit of a horror in a secluded cabin story, which it is in part, but it gives us so much more than that. We get quite a few characters and time lines includingContinue reading “REVIEW: Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six”

Pub Day REVIEW: The Prisoner

Amelie has been kidnapped. She wakes up in a pitch black room with nothing more than a mattress and a tray of porridge provided to her each day. She knows her rich new husband has been kidnapped as well. She must work out who is after them and how to get away. I liked theContinue reading “Pub Day REVIEW: The Prisoner”

September Reading Wrap Up

This month I read 27 books. A little late to post but 🤷🏻‍♀️. 📱 The Moon Eater* â­ï¸â­ï¸â­ï¸ðŸ’« 📕 The Ravens ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 📱 Waterdown* ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 🎧  The Silence Before the Dawn* ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 📗 Echo North ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 📘 Black Potatoes â­ï¸â­ï¸â­ï¸â­ 🎧 The Prisoner* â­ï¸â­ï¸â­ï¸ðŸ’« 📱 The Monarchs* â­ï¸â­ï¸â­ï¸ðŸ’« 📕 ‘Til All These Things Be Done* â­ï¸â­ï¸â­ï¸â­ï¸ 📘 The Unsinkable Greta James â­ï¸â­ï¸â­ 📗 CloseContinue reading “September Reading Wrap Up”

REVIEW: The Silence Before Dawn

In this story we get a slice of the French resistance during World War II. Marianne is deeply entrenched in spying and subversive acts to try to end the war. We see how women are able to infiltrate and miss lead German officials as well as gather information for counterattacks. These women are sometimes coquettish,Continue reading “REVIEW: The Silence Before Dawn”

REVIEW: Witches

Witches provides us two POVs of women who’s lives intersect at the investigation of a murder. Paloma was a healer who didn’t quite live up to the expectations of their father, born a boy but living as a woman, there is much turmoil in Paloma’s life. Their sister Feliciana is telling us what it isContinue reading “REVIEW: Witches”

REVIEW: The Two Lives of Sara

This at its heart is a book about mercy, acceptance and hope. Sara is a young black woman in the 1960’s fleeing her home for a new one in Memphis. She takes up residence with Mama Sugar in a boarding house where she births her son and learns about the realities of the world forContinue reading “REVIEW: The Two Lives of Sara”

REVIEW: The Attic Child

The Attic Child begins with the story of Dikembe, a child from the Congo who is sold by his mother to a British gentleman explorer. We hear the story from his child eyes and how he goes from thinking he was a temporary servant to realizing he was permanently in this man’s care as a companion.Continue reading “REVIEW: The Attic Child”

REVIEW: Carrie Soto is Back

Well, with these last few novels, I feel like TJR has become the queen of unlikable characters. Like Malibu Rising, the writing is great but I was not rooting for Carrie at all. And as not a huge fan of tennis, I struggled to keep interested – if I hadn’t been listening to the audiobook,Continue reading “REVIEW: Carrie Soto is Back”