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Teaser Tuesday: March 24th

Happy Tuesday!  Just finished and reviewed Canary by Duane Swierczynsk – really good book!

On to another NetGalley read – The Dream Lover by Elizabeth Berg releasing April 14th.  Switching it up a little from my mystery tour – back to my old favorite – a historical fiction.  So far it’s one of those reads where I’m having a hard time keeping track of what happened before – am I weird like that?  I have a hard time remembering what I read the night before if it doesn’t make a big impact (or if I just can’t keep my eyes open long enough!)  Anyways – stay tuned and see – but enjoy the teaser for now!


“If I could not fill my days with the kind of affection I still longed for, I would fill them with another, more reliable kind of love, one that engaged my heart, my mind, and my spirit completely, and one that did not betray me.”
(31% into book)

I thought that was quite deep.  What do you think?  Thanks for coming by – please leave your teaser in the comments!

Book Description:

At the beginning of this powerful novel, we meet Aurore Dupin as she is leaving her estranged husband, a loveless marriage, and her family’s estate in the French countryside to start a new life in Paris. There, she gives herself a new name—George Sand—and pursues her dream of becoming a writer, embracing an unconventional and even scandalous lifestyle.

Paris in the nineteenth-century comes vividly alive, illuminated by the story of the loves, passions, and fierce struggles of a woman who defied the confines of society. Sand’s many lovers and friends include Frédéric Chopin, Gustave Flaubert, Franz Liszt, Eugène Delacroix, Victor Hugo, Marie Dorval, and Alfred de Musset. As Sand welcomes fame and friendship, she fights to overcome heartbreak and prejudice, failure and loss. Though considered the most gifted genius of her time, she works to reconcile the pain of her childhood, of disturbing relationships with her mother and daughter, and of her intimacies with women and men. Will the life she longs for always be just out of reach—a dream?

Brilliantly written in luminous prose, and with remarkable insights into the heart and mind of a literary force, The Dream Lover tells the unforgettable story of a courageous, irresistible woman.

 

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB/Jenn of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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Teaser Tuesday: March 17th

Draw-a-Shamrock-Step-12Happy St. Patrick’s Day!! Draw-a-Shamrock-Step-12

And Happy Tuesday! Over the weekend I finished up One Last Thing by Rebecca St. James and Nancy Rue.  Check out my review – great book, tough topic.  And now I’ve started another NetGalley read – Canary by Duane Swierczynsk.  Has me hooked so far about 20% in – can’t wait to see where it goes.  Click on book or see description below.

“Kevin’s stomach sinks.  Sure, he probably meant the words when he spoke them.  Doesn’t mean he actually wants to hear the words that will follow.  Instantly his mind sprints to dark places.”
(13% into book)

What do you think?  Thanks for coming by – please leave your teaser in the comments!

Book Description:

It’s dangerous enough when an ordinary college girl turns confidential informant. Even more dangerous when she’s smarter than the kingpins, killers, and cops who control her.

Honors student Sarie Holland is busted by the local police while doing a favor for her boyfriend. Unwilling to betray him but desperate to avoid destroying her future, Sarie has no choice but to become a “CI”—a confidential informant.

Philly narcotics cop Ben Wildey is hungry for a career-making bust. The detective thinks he’s found the key in Sarie: her boyfriend scores from a mid-level dealer with alleged ties to the major drug gangs.

Sarie turns out to be the perfect CI: a quick study with a shockingly keen understanding of the criminal mind. But Wildey, desperate for results, pushes too hard and inadvertently sends the 19-year-old into a death trap, leaving Sarie hunted by crooked cops and killers alike with nothing to save her—except what she’s learned during her harrowing weeks as an informant.

Which is bad news for the police and the underworld. Because when it comes to payback, CI #1373 turns out to be a very quick study…

 

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB/Jenn of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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Book Review: One Last Thing by Rebecca St. James and Nancy Rue


One Last Thing
By Rebecca St. James and Nancy Rue
Released 3/10/15
Provided free through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4 bones

This one caught me a little off guard.  I’m on my mystery kick and I was roped in by the description of this book and the promise of a dark secret.  It was definitely dark and a bit of a deeper issue than I was prepared for.  I’ll blame my own ignorance.  I knew the author’s name sounded familiar, and that is (after further investigation) because Rebecca St. James is also a Christian recording artist. I love many of her songs.  So of course this is a Christian book!  Not a bad thing, but just as I said, caught me off guard.  The issues Tara and Seth face and tackle are all too real and heart-wrenching as the reader experiences with them in this book.

That all being said, it was a wonderfully written book with great characters and had me hooked.  And oddly enough, this morning’s sermon at our church hit on many points that were very relevant to this story.  (Refer 2 Samuel 11-12 for the story of David & Bathsheba)  Maybe deep down Seth wanted his secret to be discovered so he could work towards being free of it?  The secrets and the guilt we carry will only continue to eat away at us.  In order to be free of our secrets we must face them.  And that is hard.  That is what Seth and Tara must do in this book.  And that is what David did in the Bible.   And God is working behind the scenes through it all (or maybe right out in the open too.)

The big “secret” is uncovered very early in the book.  The rest of the book is how one person’s (Seth’s) choices affect everyone else in their life.  It’s very powerful and a real issue facing not only many people, but many Christian people.  I was worried about the book turning into a big PSA (public service announcement) as I find a lot of books in the Christian genre can be.  But while the message is definitely there, the story was good.  Really good.

Your heart will ache with Tara.  You can just picture the “Watch”, Tara’s eccentric group of friends formed throughout the book and their nightly meetings at the coffee shop.  All from different backgrounds, they are an amazing group of women brought together.  I loved Tara’s relationships with her parents, her friends, her brother, Ned, Wendy, Ike and even Seth and his family.  Each character really taught Tara something about herself and were all placed there for a specific reason.  There were so many things going on, but woven seamlessly together with a good ending.  And the backdrop of Savannah, GA was fun too having been there to visit and could easily visualize the setting.

This book really made me think and then paired with the sermon this morning, challenged me in a way I haven’t been in a while.  Reinforcement that God is in everything.  The bad, the good, the people we come across each day; in every tough situation there is a lesson to be learned that will only make us stronger.  And sometimes bad things happen so we can see the good in them or things in ourselves we may not have known before.  That is what happened for Tara and Seth in One Last Thing.

Again an unexpected ride from my initial download, but a really great one.  Be prepared for anything and everything and check out this book!

Thanks to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson for allowing me to preview this book!!

Book Description:

Tara had always imagined her happily ever after. But her fiancé’s secrets are changing this story into one she doesn’t even recognize.

Tara Faulkner and Seth Grissom grew up next door to each other in Savannah’s historic district. Their parents are best friends. They finish each other’s sentences all the time. Their fairy tale wedding is a foregone conclusion . . . until Tara discovers another side to Seth three weeks before the wedding.

Reality has crashed in on Tara’s fairy tale—but hope will lead her to a future she couldn’t have planned for herself.

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Teaser Tuesday: March 10th

Happy Tuesday!  Hope everyone is finding a way to cope losing that hour this past weekend!  Luckily here in OH it seemed to bring the sun and warmer temps, so I’ll take it – hopefully spring is on its way!

Finished up See Her Run (which I teased last week) and just started another NetGalley read.  One Last Thing by Rebecca St. James and Nancy Rue, which releases TODAY!  I’m only a few chapters in, but can already tell this is going to tackle a pretty tough topic.  And here I was thinking I’d take a break from my heavy mystery run!

“I twirled the ring around my finger now but I couldn’t look at it.  All of that was real.  The life we’d already had together had been true.  I knew Seth.  I knew him like I knew every stony paver and iron bench and azalea bush in this park.
Didn’t I?”
(10% into book)

What do you think?  Thanks for coming by – please leave your teaser in the comments!

Book Description:

Tara had always imagined her happily ever after. But her fiancé’s secrets are changing this story into one she doesn’t even recognize.

Tara Faulkner and Seth Grissom grew up next door to each other in Savannah’s historic district. Their parents are best friends. They finish each other’s sentences all the time. Their fairy tale wedding is a foregone conclusion . . . until Tara discovers another side to Seth three weeks before the wedding.

Reality has crashed in on Tara’s fairy-tale—but hope will lead her to a future she couldn’t have planned for herself.

 

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB/Jenn of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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