Predictable and quickly forgotten.
Thank you to Random House and Beck Dorey-Stein for this Advanced Reader’s Edition.
In my 20’s I lived in Northern Virginia during the 90’s. During graduate school at George Mason, I considered Law School and going on to work for a lobbying firm owned by one of my professors. I have an understanding of the atmosphere evoked in this auto-biography.
I devoured this book. Magnificent, yet easy to read.
Thank you to Goodreads Firstreads Giveaways! And to Dark Alley/Harper Collins publishers as well as the author Jeffrey Ford for this remarkable book.
Gothic, ghost story, historical fiction. Told in flashbacks that jumped around, but once I got used to the style it made sense (both literally and as a storytelling device).
History – the more things change through the decades, the more they stay the same. Politically timely.
I read this more slowly than I read a lot of books. I enjoyed the story, the world, the language, so much, I didn’t want it to end. I especially didn’t want to leave the historical universe.
Great acknowledgements by the author at the end. Exactly how I like my historical fiction, with references and recommendations for further reading.
Jeffrey Ford is a new favorite author, I will be looking up his previous books and looking forward to future publications.
Thank you to HarperCollins Publishers and Goodread Giveaways for a review copy of this book.
It’s Agatha Christie, really, what more is there to say… “Perfection”
The characters are developed just enough to keep one guessing. The house seems also to be a character in its own right.
This edition was published to help market the “Limited TV series”, which I am told, is on Amazon Prime. Apparently the adaption is good, but they changed the ending and the murder is done by someone else. I can only guess that this was done to keep the viewer guessing. Personally, I’m not a fan of changing endings in tv or movie adaptions. But, I haven’t seen this one myself, only passing on what I was told.
Solid 5 stars.
My gratitude to Random House for this review copy. It is greatly appreciated.
It made my heart ache.
This is a book about love. I read it in one day, I could not put it down.
Postscript: I think the authors comments in the acknowledgements are spot on.
Serious book hangover.
3.5 stars rounded up.
Thank you to Random House for this Advanced Reader’s Edition. It came in a set of three books, two were memoirs.
On the whole, I don’t read a lot of memoirs, and this book is a fine example of why. It is written by a woman trying to make sense of her relationship with her father. While I was reading her life story, not yet to her teen years and she was already annoying me. Work it out with your therapist, don’t subject me to it. I usually won’t stop a book once I’ve started (especially an ARC), but I decided I’d reassess at the half way mark.
I did make my way through the entire book in three days. It’s an easy enough read (just not my thing). I rounded up on my stars since my review might be skewed by personal preference, and that’s not the books fault.
The travel and mysticism kept it interesting for me.
If the subject interests you, go for it.
First book in the Just One Day series.
Thank you to Penguin Random House for a review copy of this book.
This book was lovely. The story unravels like petals on a flower, each layer bring it’s own complexity and beauty. Rich characters and locations.
I read this in one day.
Spoiler: The downside is having to wait for the next book.
Read: April 27, 2018
Reread from anthology “Sensational Tales of Terror Penny Dreadfuls”.
Not what I remember, and nothing like the myriad adaptions for stage and screen.
Very Victorian in language and gothic moodiness. Uses letters and diaries as a means to back into the story from different directions. I’ll admit I prefer the linear works of Wilkie Collins and Charles Dickens; however, I love the language and turn of phrase of R.L. Stevenson, so I will continue to read his works (and reread…).
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Thank you to GoodReads, the author Amy B. Scher, and @Gallery Books / Simon & Schuster for this Advanced Readers Copy to review.
Over the years, several people have told me I should write about my journey with Lyme disease and chronic illness. Now I don’t need to, Amy Scher has told a story that mirrors mine, except I’m hoping to try stem cell therapy in the next year or two; it’s something I’ve been researching since I was first disabled in 2009. Almost ten years later, I’m almost ready to try it, and this book comes out. Synchronicity.
What she writes could be a page out of my life (pg 163):
“I could never do what you are doing.”
Honestly, I’m no superhero. You could totally rock this too, if you had to. In fact, we could all do anything if we absolutely had to. I once thought I could never do what I’m doing either, except for now I don’t have a choice and that’s exactly how I’m doing it in the first place. Some nights when I go to bed, I think to myself ‘I cannot do this, not for one more day.’ Eventually I fall asleep…and then…I wake up with a life that is just waiting for me to wade through all over again. You do it because even when — especially when — you think you can’t you’re somehow still making it happen. And you do it every minute of every day — no breaks allowed — because if you don’t every single thing that you’ve barely been holding on to might fall apart too.
The writing in this book is outstanding. The honesty is heart wrenching.
I’m done, because I don’t have the energy to type any longer.
If you’re chronically ill, or know someone who is chronically ill, you should read this book. If you have Lyme disease, this is a must.
Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for a review copy of this book.
I love reading author acknowledgements, this book has a fine example.
Unputdownable. (Is that a word? Why, actually, it is! “adjective, informal, (of a book) so engrossing that one cannot stop reading it.” Oxford English Dictionary, online:https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/def… )
But I digress.
And to digress again, this excerpt sums up chronic illness perfectly, “She resented her body’s betrayal. She Still couldn’t express how insecure it made her, how she lived on a precipice. The most basic parts of her could fail, and there was nothing she could do to stop it.” (p. 154)
This book kept me up all night, trying to read through all in one sitting.
Wow. Tragic. I hope you… enjoy?