Friday, November 17, 2017

Mudbound by Hillary Jordan #bookreview

Mudbound, book review, novel, book to movie, netflixTitle: Mudbound
Author:  Hillary Jordan
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Published Date: March 4th, 2008
Genre: Historical Fiction, Adult, book to movie
Page Count:328
Format: Hardcover

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Goodreads Summary: 
In Jordan's prize-winning debut, prejudice takes many forms, both subtle and brutal. It is 1946, and city-bred Laura McAllan is trying to raise her children on her husband's Mississippi Delta farm - a place she finds foreign and frightening. In the midst of the family's struggles, two young men return from the war to work the land. Jamie McAllan, Laura's brother-in-law, is everything her husband is not - charming, handsome, and haunted by his memories of combat. Ronsel Jackson, eldest son of the black sharecroppers who live on the McAllan farm, has come home with the shine of a war hero. But no matter his bravery in defense of his country, he is still considered less than a man in the Jim Crow South. It is the unlikely friendship of these brothers-in-arms that drives this powerful novel to its inexorable conclusion.

The men and women of each family relate their versions of events and we are drawn into their lives as they become players in a tragedy on the grandest scale. As Kingsolver says of Hillary Jordan, "Her characters walked straight out of 1940s Mississippi and into the part of my brain where sympathy and anger and love reside, leaving my heart racing. They are with me still."


 My Review:
“What we can't speak, we say in silence.”

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

A Lesson in Love & Murder by Rachel McMillan

A Lesson in Love and Murder (Herringford and Watts Mysteries, #2)Title: A Lesson in Love & Murder
Series: Herringford & Watts Mysteries
Author: Rachel McMillan
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Published Date: September 1st 2016
Genre: Mystery, Christian Fiction
Page Count:224
Format: Paperback   

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Goodreads Summary: 
From political danger to personal drama, life is about to get explosive...

The legacy of literary icon Sherlock Holmes is alive and well in 1912 Canada, where best friends Merinda Herringford and Jem Watts continue to develop their skills as consulting detectives.

The city of Toronto has been thrown into upheaval by the arrival of radical anarchist Emma Goldman. Amid this political chaos, Benny Citrone of the Royal North-West Mounted Police arrives at Merinda and Jem's flat, requesting assistance in locating his runaway cousin—a man with a deadly talent.

While Merinda eagerly accepts the case, she finds herself constantly butting heads—and hearts—with Benny. Meanwhile, Jem has her hands full with a husband who is determined to keep her out of harm's way.

As Merinda and Jem close in on the danger they've tracked from Toronto to Chicago, they uncover a sinister plot to assassinate presidential candidate Theodore Roosevelt. Will they be able to save the day and resolve the troubles threatening their future happiness before it's too late?

Independence, love, and lives are at stake in A Lesson in Love and Murder, the gripping second installment of the Herringford and Watts Mysteries series.


 My Review:
I originally got this as an e-arc from netgalley and the publisher. I ended up reading a finished copy from the library.

"Sometimes in the city, you can find what the solitude of the wilderness can never give you a sense of constant companionship. You're connected to everyone around you and you're never really lonely."

In the first book Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder we see Merinda and Jem start up their detective business and start to make names for themselves with the police and the rest of the City as well.

This one starts a few weeks after the last one ended with Jem and Ray married and have started a life together. Recently they've had some financial struggles, plus Ray is worried about his sister and nephew, and finally a surprise that has both of them slightly on edge and unsure what to do next.

"We have something better. Fairy tales just end. The excitement of turning a page and not knowing what happens? That ends. You never get to see the ever-after. Don't you see, that's what we're in right now! The after. It's a beginning and constant adventure."

Jem and Merinda are still solving crimes, but no big cases have come up for them that is until a Mountie shows up needing help finding a family member who may be the cause of some recent explosions that have been happening. Not only does this involve them into some dangerous situations we also have Jasper and Ray who are trying to keep them safe and away from what is happening, all while also helping them solve the mystery (this sounds impossible, but it works somehow).
We also have a new character Benny who is the Mountie that needs their help, but he also just might make someone show a little bit of human emotion for a change. (Oh Merinda who well you had us all fooled, turns out you might not be as much like Sherlock as you originally thought. )

"What bothers me most is that you won't tell me about it. That you won't say it out loud. Just tell me. Let's stay up half the night giggling over his smile or his broad shoulders. Or are you too logical for romance? For love? You think there's some sort of virtue in keeping a brick wall around your softer emotions. Well, you have them! Even as we keep playing detective and tripping into soultions, you have the same capacity to love and have your heart broken as any other woman. Why can't you just let yourself grab at some happiness?"

Not only does this one take place in Canada we also get to see Chicago in the earlier 1900's and what was happening in both countries wasn't that different for the most part when it came to how immigrants and women were treated.

Overall I really loved this second book in this trilogy and I can't wait to read the final one even if it does make me sad to know that there won't be more (besides the novels which I know I'm just going to end up buying).

Side note I really like how each chapter starts out with some about being a detective or a proper lady.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Down the TBR Hole #12

Last week I got rid of 4 books and didn't add any for a change. Whew, I think I've finally got most of the books that I'm looking forward to that are coming out next year added to my tbr. Let's see what my choices are for this week.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Paper Wishes by Lois Sepahban #bookreview

Paper WishesTitle: Paper Wishes
Author: Lois Sepahban
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux (BYR)
Published Date: January 5th, 2016
Genre: Historical Fiction, WWII, MG, Children's
Page Count:192
Format: Hardcover           

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Goodreads Summary: 
A moving debut novel about a girl whose family is relocated to a Japanese internment camp during World War II--and the dog she has to leave behind.

Ten-year-old Manami did not realize how peaceful her family's life on Bainbridge Island was until the day it all changed. It's 1942, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and Manami and her family are Japanese American, which means that the government says they must leave their home by the sea and join other Japanese Americans at a prison camp in the desert. Manami is sad to go, but even worse is that they are going to have to give her dog, Yujiin, to a neighbor to take care of. Manami decides to sneak Yujiin under her coat, but she is caught and forced to abandon him. She is devastated but clings to the hope that somehow Yujiin will find his way to the camp and make her family whole again. It isn't until she finds a way to let go of her guilt that Manami can accept all that has happened to her family.


 My Review:

Friday, November 10, 2017

City of Lies by Victoria Thompson *ARC #Bookreview

City of Lies (Counterfeit Lady, #1)Title: City of Lies 
Author: Victoria Thompson
Publisher: Berkley
Published Date:  November 7th, 2017
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Adult
Page Count:304
Format: Ebook

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Goodreads Summary: 
Elizabeth Miles scours 1920’s Washington, D.C. for a killer in the first Counterfeit Lady novel from the author of the New York Times bestselling Gaslight mysteries.

Every woman plays a part—but some are more dangerous than others…

Like most women, Elizabeth Miles assumes many roles; unlike most, hers have made her a woman on the run. Living on the edge of society, Elizabeth uses her guile to relieve so-called respectable men of their ill-gotten gains. But brutal and greedy entrepreneur Oscar Thornton is out for blood. He’s lost a great deal of money and is not going to forgive a woman for outwitting him. With his thugs hot on her trail, Elizabeth seizes the moment to blend in with a group of women who have an agenda of their own.

She never expects to like or understand these privileged women, but she soon comes to respect their intentions, forming an unlikely bond with the wealthy matriarch of the group whose son Gabriel is the rarest of species—an honest man in a dishonest world. She knows she’s playing a risky game, and her deception could be revealed at any moment, possibly even by sharp-eyed Gabriel. Nor has she been forgotten by Thornton, who’s biding his time within this gilded orbit, waiting to strike. Elizabeth must draw on her wits and every last ounce of courage she possesses to keep her new life from being cut short by this vicious shadow from her past.


 My Review:
Thank you to Firsttoread for an e-arc in exchange for my honest review.
“The government can’t let her die. They would be humiliated. A hunger strike is the perfect way for the powerless to force the powerful to capitulate.”

I absolutely loved this book. Not only was it packed full of mystery and intrigue, it also had women standing up to 'the man', and the men in their lives.

“You can’t cheat an honest man, Gideon. Everyone I’ve ever conned knew he was doing something illegal and did it willingly.”

Elizabeth not only pulls off a huge con but also makes friends for the first time ever. Of course, there's romance involved from multiple people. While I could have done without the love triangle at first, it all made sense by the end of the book. Gideon and David were important to the con and stopping a very bad man from continuing to get what he wants. 

"Don’t let them see how you really feel inside. Don’t give them the satisfaction.”

The reference to LGBT was also really nice to see because that is something that hardly ever gets mentioned or talked about. It's important to know this part of history as well and to finally see it start coming to light is my new favorite thing in books. 

Learning about the suffragist movement and all that they went through was so nice to see as I know next to nothing about it sadly. 

Elizabeth could possibly be starting a new life by the time the next book comes out and I can't wait to read about it!

“Not what made you, but I did know what you’re made of. You’re one of the strongest, bravest young women I know, and I know a few. "

Mudbound by Hillary Jordan #bookreview

Title: Mudbound Author:   Hillary Jordan Publisher:  Algonquin Books Published Date:  March 4th, 2008 Genre: Historical Fiction, Adult, ...