At the age of 22, Jennifer Worth left her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in postwar London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she met while delivering babies all over London - from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lived to the woman with 24 children who couldn't speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city’s seedier side - illuminate a fascinating time in history.
Much more detail than the PBS series (perhaps too much for me in the prostitution chapters) but throughout the writer rarely criticized those around her. Her delivery of the premature baby and experiences with Sister Monica Joan were wonderful examples of the the writer’s growth and personal enlightenment.
Dr. Kate Philo makes a breathtaking discovery in the Arctic: the body of a man buried deep in the ice. Heedless of the potential consequences, Kate's boss orders that the frozen man be reanimated. As the man begins to regain his memories, the team learns that he was - is - a judge, Jeremiah Rice. Thrown together by fate, Kate and Jeremiah grow closer. But the clock is ticking and Jeremiah's new life is slipping away. Kate must decide how far she is willing to go to protect the man she has come to love.
Science, adventure, mystery, history, motives, memories, madness, loyalty, love. This story has it all. Similar to a Michael Crichton, but with several narrators, Kiernan allows the reader into the thoughts each main character.
After a failed apprenticeship, working her way up to head housekeeper of a posh London hotel is more than Sara Smythe ever thought she'd make of herself. But when a chance encounter with Theodore Camden, one of the architects of the grand New York apartment house The Dakota, leads to a job offer, her world is suddenly awash in possibility - no mean feat for a servant in 1884. The opportunity to move to America, where a person can rise above one's station.
What an interesting look at lives driven by the desire to achieve their dreams and find where they belong in the world. Both historical settings show that money is power and women continue to have fewer - or at least more complicated -choices than men. Also that a person with deep and unresolved questions may have a difficult but worthwhile journey to the truth.
While many novels start strong and then fade in the second half, that is certainly not true here. Each character becomes more complicated as truths are uncovered and motivations revealed.
An good read: history, reality, challenges, reckonings.
It's never wise to talk to strangers...and that goes double when they're dead. Unfortunately, seventeen-year-old Anna Morgan has no choice. Resting on a park bench, touching the turnstile at the Metro station - she never knows where she'll encounter a ghost. These mental hitchhikers are the reason Anna has been tossed from one foster home and psychiatric institution to the next for most of her life.
Fascinating, completely original concept! Set slightly in the future with a main character who sees the world from her own (and her mind’s guests’) point of view, this is a mystery, a thriller, a sci-fi, and a conspiracy theory novel all rolled into one. I listened to the audio version in a single day. I can’t wait to start the sequel.
Fourteen-year-old Linda lives with her parents in the beautiful, austere woods of Northern Minnesota, where their nearly abandoned commune stands as a last vestige of a lost counterculture world. Isolated at home and an outlander at school, Linda is drawn to the enigmatic, attractive Lily and new history teacher Mr. Grierson. When Mr. Grierson is charged with possessing child pornography, the implications of his arrest deeply affect Linda as she wrestles with her own fledgling desires and craving to belong.
I will definitely need to read this again (and again) to comprehend all the layers of need, hurt, love, and loss Fridlund offers. Bennett’s narration was superb. An amazing story.
Enjoying the view from the mountain she has just climbed, Reece Gilmore sees a woman being attacked. But when authorities comb the area, they find nothing - no signs of struggle. No freshly turned earth. Not even a tire track. No one in town seems to believe Reece, except Brody, a gruff loner.
This will do as simple escape reading. The main character wimped our a few too many times but the banter between her and the main man was great... until it fizzled our. The mystery and climax scenes (yes- two at once) were pretty good - but I’d already figured out the villain. It was almost like a TV movie where the writers had to stretch the plot to fill up their whole time slot. I’ve read and re-read better by Roberts but this will be a once only read.
LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.
With Maggie the military/police dog as one of the narrators, this crime mystery took on a whole new dimension. Her personality was fascinating as she focused on locations, people, and emotions from her point of view. Scott, the other protagonist, came at the mystery with obvious motivations and even secrets of his own. The story was a jigsaw puzzle that Scott and Maggie had to assemble as they discovered the pieces - obvious and hidden- to see the final and complete picture. Overall a good read.
From the internationally acclaimed best-selling author of Code Name Verity comes a stunning new story of pearls, love and murder. Sixteen-year-old Julie Beaufort-Stuart is returning to her family's ancestral home in Perthshire for one last summer. It is not an idyllic return to childhood. Her grandfather's death has forced the sale of the house and estate, and this will be a summer of good-byes. Not least to the McEwen family - Highland travellers who have been part of the landscape for as long as anyone can remember.
A unique setting, story, history, and mystery. Nowhere near the level of Code Name Verity, but worth reading. The reader had a beautiful singing voice, adequately distinguished the several characters, but spoke TOO FAST!
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For nearly 300 years, the cryptic journal of Mary Dundas has kept its secrets. Now, amateur codebreaker Sara Thomas travels to Paris to crack the cipher.... Jacobite exile Mary Dundas is filled with longing - for freedom, for adventure, for the family she lost. When fate opens the door, Mary dares to set her foot on a path far more surprising and dangerous than she ever could have dreamed.
This was my first Susanna Kearsley book but will certainly not be my last. Great character development, great two time period plot structure, great description, great narrator point of view, great foreshadowing-mirroring. Protagonist Young Mary’s attitude and increasing willingness to live beyond the limits of her time period brought her to life. Enough said. Time to start another Kearsley book!
Indulging their pleasure in travel and new experiences, recently retired private school head Maggie Detweiler and her old friend, socialite Hope Babbin, are heading to Maine. The trip - to attend a weeklong master cooking class at the picturesque Victorian-era Oquossoc Mountain Inn - is an experiment to test their compatibility for future expeditions.
For an audiobook. There were too may characters and locations to keep track of. An omniscient point of view but few location change references got confusing. The premise of two older women friends who snoop their way into solving mysteries was good, though. The F bombs may have fit the character who fired them off, but with a decent thesaurus the author could have avoided them. I believe this is the first of a series. I won’t be listening to more.