This breathtaking novel travels more than a century between two love stories set in the Australian seaside town of Lighthouse Bay. In 1901, a ship sinks off the coast of Lighthouse Bay in Australia. The only survivor is Isabella Winterbourne - escaping her loveless marriage and the devastating loss of her son - who clutches a priceless gift meant for the Australian Parliament. Suddenly, this gift could be her ticket to a new life, free from the bonds of her husband and his overbearing family.
Good story. I enjoy this author, but the narrator’s voice grated on my nerves. She made the female characters whine often with a strange squawk at the end of their sentences. Because of this, I feel I didn’t like or relate to them as I would have with a better narrator.
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Casey Duncan is a homicide detective with a secret: When she was in college, she killed a man. She was never caught, but he was the grandson of a mobster, and she knows that someday this crime will catch up to her. Casey's best friend, Diana, is on the run from a violent, abusive ex-husband. When Diana's husband finds her, and Casey herself is attacked shortly after, Casey knows it's time for the two of them to disappear again. Diana has heard of a town made for people like her, a town that takes in people on the run who want to shed their old lives.
The story was pretty good, but I was distracted by the much overuse of F bombs in literally almost every single paragraph. I kept listening to find out who the killer was. Wish I hadn’t. I won’t be listening to this author again.
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Late on a frozen February evening, a young woman is running through the streets of London. Having fled from her abusive boyfriend and with nowhere to go, Jess stumbles onto a forgotten lane where a small, clearly unlived-in old house offers her best chance of shelter for the night. The next morning a mysterious letter arrives - and when she can't help but open it, she finds herself drawn inexorably into the story of two lovers from another time.
The story was interesting, though I found the overuse of F bombs and profanity distracting. The sex scenes were too descriptive. I felt Stella was a weak girl who unnecessarily made herself into a martyr. It's unlikely I'll choose another book from this author.
August Shroeder, a burned-out teacher, has been sober since his 19-year-old son died. Every year he’s spent the summer on the road, but making it to Yellowstone this year means everything. The plan had been to travel there with his son, but now August is making the trip with Philip’s ashes instead. An unexpected twist of fate lands August with two extra passengers for his journey, two half-orphans with nowhere else to go. What none of them could have known was how transformative both the trip - and the bonds that develop between them- would prove....
A sweet story of how a seemingly simple act can change not only the one it serves but, most likely generations to come. Also, how too often we don't realize how our actions impact the lives of others, good or bad.
Jocelyn Minton is a woman torn between two worlds. Her mother grew up attending private schools and afternoon teas, but she married the local handyman. After her mother died when Joce was only five years old, her father remarried into his own class, and Joce became an outsider - until she met Edilean Harcourt. Although she was sixty years Joce's senior, Miss Edi was a kindred soul who understood her like no one else ever had. When Miss Edi passes away, she leaves Joce all her worldly possessions, including an eighteenth-century house and a letter with clues to a mystery that began in 1941.
Oh dear, what a waste of time. Too predictable, the one liners were awful and the dreary sexual innuendos. I've got to download a book with substance, quick!
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In the Shadow of the Moon: When Laura Truitt first sees the dilapidated plantation house, she's overcome by a sense of familiarity. Inside, the owner claims to have been waiting for years and offers an old photograph of a woman with Laura's face. Soon afterward, when a lunar eclipse inexplicably thrusts Laura back in time to Civil War Georgia, she finds herself fighting not just for her heart but for her very survival.
Overly dramatic performance with a poorly executed southern accent. The second book consisted of 75% of descriptions of lovemaking. The characters were irritating.
Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.
Even though the depiction held mostly sadness, I kept hoping for an upturn of events. Not to be. The end left me feeling empty.
As the sole assistant to a famous upscale interior designer, Lane Harmon, mother to five-year-old Katie, is accustomed to visiting opulent homes around the tristate area. A born optimist, Lane finds the glimpse into these gilded worlds fascinating and loves the reward of exceeding the expectations of their often-demanding owners. When she is called to assist in redecorating a modest townhouse in Bergen County, she knows the job is unusual.
Predictable storyline. Mary Higgins Clark's heroines seem to have the same MO. Beautiful, perfect personality with some tragedy having befallen her husband. The performance was irritating, a couple of the characters practically whined and sounded almost handicapped. I'm afraid this is my last book by this author.
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Based on 19th-century history, True Sisters follows four women who pin their hopes for the future on a plan devised by Brigham Young to bring emigrants to Salt Lake City. Pushing two-wheeled handcarts loaded with all their life’s belongings, the women set off on the 1,300-mile journey from Iowa City - and soon become fast friends even as perils mount around them.
Being a member of The a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for 55 years, I found this story unappealing. I have enjoyed Sandra Dallas' books very much, but this one was terribly one sided on the side of women. The negativity of the characters and blanket portrayal of the men as being self-righteous, selfish and cruel towards the women was offensive. As in any age, I'm sure there were indeed such men, but there were, by and large men who were kind, loving and solicitous towards their wives. I am a descendant of such a man who was a member of the Martin handcart company and have read the journals of him and his wife. In summary, if the reader desires a more accurate account of the Mormon pioneers, True Sisters is not it.
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New York Times best-selling author Robin McKinley has won numerous awards for her writing, including the prestigious Newbery Medal. Though her two sisters are beautiful, Beauty, despite her name, is thin and awkward - but she's also courageous. So when her father makes a terrible promise to a Beast living in an enchanted castle, Beauty knows she must volunteer to be the Beast's prisoner.
I first read this book shortly after it was published and love it still. My favorite fairytale told in a lovely and wonderful manner. A keeper.