BOOK REVIEW – BENEDICT HALL

I won this book in the Giveaway program from LibraryThing. I read it in two days. Ms. Campbell is a good writer, and this novel shows her skill in writing a complex novel with a very engaging plot. Most of the characters were well developed, and as a reader I understood their motivations. My only quibble is with her villain and the villain’s mother. I found myself wishing for more information about why these two people were so dysfunctional. The story kept me interested, and I read until nearly two a.m. last night trying to finish. I don’t do that too often, but I really wanted to know what happened. I highly recommend this good read.

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BOOK REVIEW – Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing with Others

I enjoyed this book, even though I have little musical knowledge or background.  I thought it was a novel approach that I had not seen in a memoir before.  The idea of a “virtual choir” was intriguing to me since it would not have been something I would ever have dreamed of trying.  It made me wish I had a voice more appropriate to just singing in my car!

Book Review – GUILT – by Jonathan Kellerman

I really enjoyed this novel.  The last couple of Alex Delaware novels were a little uneven, in my opinion.  This one, however, was very engaging and a really good read.  I am thankful that NetGalley allowed me to read this before publication.  The central mystery of the story was very plausible and the thinly-veiled character based on Angelina Jolie and her children added a nice maternal touch that we don’t always see in mystery novels.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading this.  My one quibble was the frame story of the box of baby bones unearthed from 40 years ago was little bit unneeded.  It added very little to the central mystery, since it had no real bearing on the central plot.  But, that’s minor.  Again, I highly enjoyed this book.

WORST BOOK REVIEW – Tattoo of a Naked Lady

I HATED this book. This was the worst book I have ever tried to read.  Pornographic, poorly written and filled with the most tired cliches that one can imagine.  I am not put off by sex in my reading material, but this was beyond ridiculous.  This book is only for the guys into Super 8, movie porn, not anyone who cares about what they read.

BOOK REVIEW – The Mystery at Smuggler’s Cove.

This novel was absolutely charming.  I enjoyed the adventure of the children and totally bought into their somewhat improbable adventures.  That is rare for me, as a bit of a critical reader.  The boy’s personalities were not as developed as I could have wished, but it didn’t really matter, as the adventures took first place.  I had fun reading it, and I enjoyed the British terminology (“torch for flashlight”).  I think almost everyone would enjoy this novel.  I will look for more from this author.  I was given this book through Librarything.com

Matters of Fact in Jane Austen, by Janine Barchas

Interesting sounding book, but much too expensive for me.

Jane Austen's World

matters-of-fact-in-jane-austen-2012-x-2001Jane Austen scholars and fans have always known that there’s so much more to her novels than the mere surface description of a romantic tale. Janine Barchas, author of Matters of Fact in Jane Austen, points out that in addition to Jane’s wit, intelligence , humor, and creativity in penning her novels, she associated her fictional characters with famous British families.  For the contemporary Regency reader, the Woodhouses, Fitzwilliams, Wentworths, and Dashwoods were the celebrities of their day. In  choosing famous names, Jane Austen ramped up her readers’ interest in her fictional characters by associating them with notable names, places, and events.

In her book, Barchas examines genealogy, history, and geography and comes up with some fascinating information that has recently surfaced via online documents and texts. I had always assumed that Jane pulled names out of a hat, or picked them for how well they fit the character…

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