Author: First Book Publish:2014 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:7.1 Characters: Strange Gods: A Mystery (Vera And Tolliver Book 1) First published: June 23rd 2014Rating: 7.06 stars GoodReads:Strange Gods: A Mystery Review: What a well-written mystery of early 20th century Africa; for the most part that is. The love story was a bit much. The novel mixed historical characters with the fictional. If you have read Out of Africa or West With the Night you will probably enjoy this. The description of Africa is loving and vivid.
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Author: First Book Publish:2013 Books in series: 5 Avg. Book Rating:8.8 Characters: The Darkest Blue (Shades Of Blue Book 1) First published: November 30th 2013Rating: 8.88 stars GoodReads:The Darkest Blue Review: Ashley is by far the most infuriating man in the series. I went from wanting to slap some sense into him then wanting to hug him. He was so down on himself believing he was undeserving of love. I loved reading his journey from being so hateful to himself to wanting to have a future with Grace. Grace believes in him from the onset. The book was beautifully written as the story unfolds and you are transferred to that time and place. Every Blue Moon (Shades Of Blue Book 2) First published: December 12th 2013Rating: 8.98 stars GoodReads:Every Blue Moon Review: Super story. I really hoped the author would have let the primary character be, but in the romance tradition he ends up with the girl even though under unique circumstances and turbulent times. Another great western historical or romance in Alder Gulch Montana. So much to say about this one but do not want to give the story away. Fairly quick read, mostly because you do not want…
Author: First Book Publish:2013 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:8.1 Characters: Escape from Berlin (Escape From Berlin Book 1) First published: September 23rd 2013Rating: 8.06 stars GoodReads:Escape from Berlin Review: My eyes were wet at least 4 times while I read through the book. This book is a wonderful and terrible and wonderful read. The lives of so many were changed because of the Kindertransport, and the events leading up to the Second World War. This book showed the lives of two German – Jewish girls who had to survive during this time. I have a lot of feelings pertaining to this book, but all I want to say is to read it.
Author: First Book Publish:2014 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:8.6 Characters: Dylan St. John, Rory Windsor The Last Rose Pearl (Low Country Love Stories #1) (Low Country Love Stories Book 1) First published: September 6th 2014Rating: 8.56 stars GoodReads:The Last Rose Pearl (Low Country Love Stories #1) Review: This was a fun read. The characters, including the secondary characters, were very likable, and the interaction between them engaging. Yes, it was Christian fiction, but for those of you who are worried about “being hit over the head” with it, don’t be. It’s not that deep, and even if you don’t share the author’s faith, I think you’ll still enjoy it. On the other hand, for those of you looking for Christian fiction who are concerned with how much talk of desire there is in here, I didn’t share t
Author: First Book Publish:2017 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:9.1 Characters: Midnight Without a Moon (Rose Lee Carter Book 1) First published: January 2nd 2017Rating: 9.08 stars GoodReads:Midnight Without a Moon Review: I had the opportunity to read an ARC of this awesome novel by Linda Williams Jackson. This is a very powerful book with an important story that needs to be shared with young people. More than any other book I’ve ever read on the civil rights movement, this book pulled me right into the world of African American sharecroppers living in Mississippi in 1955. Told from the point of view of thirteen-year-old Rose Lee Carter, who lives with her grandparents, her younger brother, and her cousin in a sm
Author: First Book Publish:2011 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:8.4 Characters: Autumn Duchess (Roxton Family Series Book 1) First published: August 7th 2011Rating: 8.42 stars GoodReads:Autumn Duchess Review: As many people who will read this already know, I am a history geek with a singular fascination with the Georgian era. This also make me a pretty harsh critic of any book set in this period. Autumn Duchess makes the fourth book I have read by author Lucinda Brant and I now declared myself a true blue fan.
Author: First Book Publish:2007 Books in series: 2 Avg. Book Rating:8.7 Characters: O Beijo da Serpente (As Memórias de Cleópatra, Parte 3/3) (Memoirs Of Cleopatra Book 1) First published: August 12th 2007Rating: 8.76 stars GoodReads:O Beijo da Serpente (As Memórias de Cleópatra, Parte 3/3) Review: A conclusão de uma saga maravilhosa: a visita ao Antigo Egipto e à vida de Cleópatra, a rainha do Nilo. Escritas na primeira pessoa, As Memórias de Cleópatra começam com as suas recordações de infância e vão até ao seu glorioso reinado, quando o Egipto se torna num dos mais deslumbrantes reinos da Antiguidade. As Memórias de Cleópatra são uma saga fascinante sobre ambição, traição e poder, mas também são uma história de paixão. Depois de ser exilada, a jovem Cleópatra procura a ajuda de Júlio César, o homem mais poderoso do mundo. E mesmo depois do assassinato daquele que se tornou o seu marido, e da morte do segundo homem que amou, Marco António, Cleópatra continua a lutar, preferindo matar-se a deixar que a humilhem numa parada pelas ruas de Roma. Na riqueza e autenticidade das personagens, cenários e acção, As Memórias de Cleópatra são um triunfo da ficção. Misturando História, lenda e a…
Author: First Book Publish:2008 Books in series: 2 Avg. Book Rating:7.8 Characters: Ekaterinburg: The Last Days Of The Romanovs (The Romanov Sisters Book 1) First published: June 4th 2008Rating: 8.06 stars GoodReads:Ekaterinburg: The Last Days Of The Romanovs Review: Read this book this weekend. Quite interesting, but a lot of names! I thought the chapters had great titles and were good divided. I must say the sympathies in this book tend to go one way, the way of feeling sorry for Tsar Nicholas. After reading the book I also was of the opinion that it was all the Tsarina’s fault that all went wrong. But I’m also aware that a lot of things might also be someone’s character or impression from other people (the Tsarina’s haughtiness for example) and that this The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra (The Romanov Sisters Book 2) First published: July 7th 2014Rating: 7.7 stars GoodReads:The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra Review: An amazing look at the grand duchesses as real people!!! Rappaport uses wonderful original sources and you never once doubt whether or not she knows her stuff!!!
Author: First Book Publish:1973 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:8.4 Characters: Guerra e Paz – 1 (Война и мир Book 1) First published: October 31st 1973Rating: 8.44 stars GoodReads:Guerra e Paz – 1 Review: A monumental saga with detailed depictions of trials and tribulations of war and the effects on the lives of two primary families with an assortment of extended characters. The main character Pierre transforms mentally and physically over the span of the novel, in addition to other compelling notables such as Natasha, Mary, Nicholas, Prince Andrew, and Platon Karateav. To his detriment, Tolstoy added quite a heavy-handed dose of philosophical and historical lectures. By the time I finished the s
Author: First Book Publish:2012 Books in series: 2 Avg. Book Rating:8.2 Characters: An Improper Situation (The Defiant Hearts Book 1) First published: October 5th 2012Rating: 8.1 stars GoodReads:An Improper Situation Review: It saddens me greatly when an author takes a good plot, good characters and good writing and then feels they must need to throw in explicit sex scenes and ruin it for those looking for clean reading. An Irresistible Temptation (The Defiant Hearts Book 2) First published: April 9th 2013Rating: 9.2 stars GoodReads:An Irresistible Temptation Review: Sophie Malloy had her heart ripped in half and tossed back in her pretty face. Luckily, she’s a resourceful young lady and a classically trained pianist with a penchant for travel. From Boston, she sets out for Colorado to do a big favor for her only sister-in-law. Not expecting excitement in tiny Spring City, she never imagined she’d be knocked into the street five minutes after disembarking the train. And certainly not by a dusty, grimy cowboy with soft brown eyes and a devastatingly sexy grin. Riley Dalcourt is stunned. At first meeting, he knows Sophie is the woman of his dreams, with her dark hair, intelligent eyes, and purple unmentionables! Unfortunately, he’s…