Book Review – The Shattered Tree by Charles Todd

The Shattered Tree (Bess Crawford, #8)The Shattered Tree by Charles Todd

4.5 stars.

#8 in the Bess Crawford series.

Thank you very much to the author, HarperCollins Publishers, and Goodreads giveaways for a complimentary copy of this book.

I’ve been looking forward to reading Charles Todd for some time. Historical fiction from the WWI period has become an interest of mine over the last few years.

This book did not disappoint. A great mystery with interesting characters; I felt present both on the front and on leave in Paris. My only regret is that I didn’t start the series at the beginning, something I hope to do in 2018.

Read: 9/28-10/3/17

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Book Review – The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor

The Chalk ManThe Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 stars.

Thank you very much Read it Forward and Crown for an advance readers edition of this book.

The writing is like soft butter. Chapters alternating between past and present are seamless. I couldn’t put it down and read late into the night to finish it.

Brilliant. Ghost story, coming of age, murder mystery, deconstruction of interpersonal relationship (among peers and intergenerational), philosophy…

Book hangover.

I wonder how this would translate onto film?

Read: 12/11/17-12/12/17

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Book review – The Sinner by Tess Gerristen

The Sinner (Rizzoli & Isles, #3)The Sinner by Tess Gerritsen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 stars.

#3 in Rizzoli & Isles series.

I first watched the television show and now am reading the books they were (loosely) based on… It’s “alternative reality” Rizzoli & Isles, like a whole season where everyone is just slightly different. Neither is better, just different.

Read: 7/15-7/19/17

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Book Review – Katharine Lee Bates From Sea to Shining Sea by Melinda M. Ponder

Katharine Lee Bates: From Sea to Shining SeaKatharine Lee Bates: From Sea to Shining Sea by Melinda M. Ponder

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5+ stars.

It’s taken me a few months to write this review. I need to thank the author and the publisher, Windy City Press, for the complimentary copy and apologize for the delay in writing and posting a review. I’ve had a tremendous book hangover and haven’t been sure I can adequately express how much I loved this book.

This is historical non-fiction written at it’s best and as a bonus for me, about my favorite time periods and about books and authors.

While reading I took some notes, I’ll share them here:
Page 18, Beautifully crafted writing.
Page 24, Densely packed with fascinating facts and information. Not one word out of place.
Page 132, Sweeping history of the times while staying true to the central story of Katharine Lee Bates and her life.
Page 172, In the late 1890’s, Katharine Lee Bates wrote, “America has long realized that she stands pledged … to demonstrate the power of democracy, with its free schools, free ballot, and free religious thought, to elevate mankind.” A 120 years later this sentiment is more important than ever…

Any lover of writing, books, poetry, the history of publishing in America, Victorian era America, western expansion, Civil War reformation, women’s rights, American history, Falmouth and shipping, the founding of Wellesley College and more, will find something in this book.

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Book Review – The Alchemist’s Daughter by Mary Lawrence

The Alchemist's Daughter (Bianca Goddard Mysteries, #1)The Alchemist’s Daughter by Mary Lawrence
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3 stars.

First book in the Bianca Goddard Mysteries series.

I found the language irritating. Of all the wonderful word of Chaucer and Shakespeare, it seemed she felt the need to make up words? Perhaps I’m wrong and they are period appropriate, or perhaps I was taking it too seriously, but I prefer my historical fiction a bit more historical. Instead of taking a shower to clean off, I feel like I should read some Shakespeare to cleanse my brain.

Will not be looking for the sequels to this one.

Read: 9/13-9/14

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Book Review – Solaris by Stanislaw Lem

SolarisSolaris by Stanisław Lem

3.5 stars, not rated in Goodreads as this is not my usual genre.

This was a donation from a friend who thought I might like it. As mentioned above, I do not read a lot of straight sci-fi.

The writing is crisp and direct, the plot moves forward smoothly, though eventually I got bored with the “science” of the planet.

Though I’m glad I completed it, it did not touch or move me as I see how it might others.

Read: 12/6/17-12/11/17

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