Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Testament of Sophie Dawes: The Queen of Chantilly and a Scandal of Victorian Society By Robert Parry

Title:  The Testament of Sophie Dawes:  The Queen  n of Chantilly and a Scandal at the Heart of Victorian Society
Publisher:  Create Space Independent Platform 
Publication Date:  March 16, 2016
Language:  English
ISBN-10:  1514777878
ISBN-13:  978-1514777879

The year is 1862 and the place is England.  To be more specific, the place is actually Queen Victoria's Island residence of Osborne  House.  The time is actually a dark time, because Queen Victoria is  mourning the loss of her beloved, Prince Albert. This time period was really a National Catastrophe for all of Britain.  Victoria was distraught and her only interest was to memorialize her beloved forever.  During this time the nation mourned with her and almost everyone dressed in black mourning wear. Therefore, everyone around her was dressed in black, which I am sure added to the dark atmosphere.

A young archivist, new at his job was sent to this dark place to find, organize, and process any type of papers, documents, or letters pertaining to or written by Prince Albert.  However, all the archivist really wanted to do was to take strolls around the property bird watching. But, shortly after arriving at Osborne House, he came across a letter written by woman he had never heard of.  This letter contained scandalous information centered around the son of Marie Antoinette. This information had the potential to change the history of France.   The young man does not know what to think about this information.  To make matters worse, he meets a woman on one of his walks and then kept running into her time and time again.  Eventually they began to talk, and the woman claimed to be Madam Feucheres, the actual writer of the letter he had found.  Although, he had seen this woman's grave and believed her to be dead, here she was in the flesh.   He does not know what to make of this woman, but she turns up everywhere and tells more of her story at each meeting.  The young man becomes haunted by this mysterious woman and grows more and more confused.

Although the story occurs during a dark time, Robert Parry managed to bring enough humor into the story to balance out the dark.  For example, the young archivist hires a woman to tend house for him during his stay and they develop an unusual and unexpected relationship, which is quite entertaining.  I have read most of Mr. Parry's books and have loved every one, this one included.  I recommend this book for anyone interested in Queen Victoria, Prince Albert, Marie Antoinette, or Louis XVI. Or, for anyone just wanting to read a great book!

Saturday, February 13, 2016

The Second Best Time

by Lisa April Smith

Publisher:  Windgate Publishing
Date: January, 2016
ASIN: B019OU6Z00
Available at: Amazon, Barnes Noble, Books A Million

Although this book is the 3rd in the Charlie series, it can be enjoyed without reading the first two. Lisa April Smith managed to include her knowledge of psychology, history, and art into the story, and it was done beautifully. I have read most of her books and enjoyed all of them and enjoyed them. However, this one is hands down, my favorite. This is one of those books that is hard to put down. In fact, I stayed up way too late several nights reading this one.

The story continues to focus on Charlie, but a new character named Kat is introduced. Kat is almost as interesting as Charlie. Where Charlie is sophisticated, and educated, and accustomed to living among the wealthy, Kat is a working girl from a large Catholic family. Charlie has a difficult time handling money and taking care of things related to her art consultation business. Kat is efficient , organized , and hard working. She helps Charlie not only keep her business, but also to grow it. In addition to Kat, another character named Hayden ( a handsome artist cowboy) comes into Charlie's life and he really heats things up. Just how he manages to do this, well you need to read the book! You wont regret it! I promise!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Wildish by Robert Parry-New Cover (And my review is on it!!)

Hello everyone!  I am so honored to share this with you.  So honored in fact, that I just had to share it.  Robert Parry's new book "Wildish"  that I recently reviewed here has a new cover, and LOOK-part of my review was printed on the cover!  This has made my week a memorable one.  Thank you Robert for asking me to read this wonderful book, and thank you, thank you for doing this!!!


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Title:  Me Before You
Author:  Jojo Moyes
Publisher:  Viking Adult
Publication Date:  December 31, 2012
Version:  Kindle

ISBN:  06726603
File Size:  638 kb
Print Size:  385 pages
Source:  Purchased from Amazon

Wow! The entire time that I was reading this book, it was on my mind almost constantly.  It even visited me in my dreams.  I truly flew through the pages in an effort to get to the end.  This is the story of Louisa Clark and Wil Traynor.  They come from opposite sides of the tracks. Lou is just an ordinary girl that has no real goals in life.  She has worked in a small café for the past 7 years and now finds herself unemployed due to the café closing down.  She really needs a job because her parents are having financial problems, and since she still lives with them, she feels that it is necessary for her to help them.  Wil Traynor is a handsome, wealthy businessman that had a life changing accident two years ago that left him a quadriplegic.  His mother runs an ad for a caregiver and ends up hiring Lou.

Wil was very much into living the good life prior to the accident. Now he wants to kill himself instead of spending the rest of his life in his wheelchair.  He made a deal with his wealthy parents that he would wait 6 months before acting on the suicide.  His mother hired Lou in hopes of changing Wil’s mind.  At first Lou is unaware of this situation, but she quickly figures it out. AT first, Lou did not want anything to do with the situation.  But, she soon gets caught up in it and finds herself constantly making plans in an effort to change Wil’s mind.  Along the way, Lou falls in love with Wil.  The entire story keeps you glued to the pages because you want to know if she manages to change his mind or not.


Want to know the true definition of the triumph of hope over experience? He would say, “Plan a fun family day out.” Pg 140

“I hadn’t realized that music could unlock things in you, could transport you to somewhere even the composer hadn’t predicted.” Pg 164

“You only get one life.  It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.” Pg 194


Friday, March 22, 2013

Wildish by Robert Parry

Title:   Wildish
Sub Title:  A Story Concerning Different Kinds of Love
Author:  Robert Parry
Publisher:  Creative Space Independent Publishing
Publication:  February  16, 2013
ISBN-10:  1475158254
ISBN-13:  978-1475158250
Version:  Advanced Readers Copy
Source:  Received from the Author
Pages:  598

This is Robert Parry's third novel, and in my opinion it is his best work to date!  I did not think it was possible to top his first two novels, but he did!  I savored every word of this wonderful book,and since I finished reading it, I miss it so much.  While I was reading this book, I would look forward to getting back to it all day long.  Now that it is finished, I truly miss Matthew Wildish and all of his friends, as I felt they had become a part of my life.  I guess you could say that I miss them like I would old friends.

Wildish is full of surprises.  It will truly shock you in places, and in ways that you cannot imagine.  But, they are great surrprises, the kind that makes you suck in your breath sometimes, and  the kind that makes you  laugh out loud sometimes.The excitement level in this book is high, and it will keep you wanting to know more from one chapter to the next.  The story is perfectly balanced with intrigue, humor, excitment, and mystery.  Add to that perfect balance, the beautiful imagery portrayed throughout this book and it all adds up to being one of the best books that I have ever read!  I promise that you will not want to put it down!  Also, it is a nice chunky book, so you can have the pleasure of reading it for at least a few days.  But,no matter how fast or slow you read it, you are likely going to miss it when it is finshed.

Matthew Wildish is a Master wig Maker and a sometime poet in London society during 1745.  Matthew is on a personal quest for discovering love, not just any love, but love that transcends reality.  On his quest, he finds himself in some pretty touchy situations.  Just when you think he is done for, somehow he wiggles his way out of trouble.  However, the wiggiling out of troubles are some of the best parts of the story.

This is the perfect read to end this Mardi Gras season with because it is full of beautiful Masquerade Balls and fireworks.  The women are beautifully dressed and the men are handsomely dressed, along with beautiful scenery, the story provides a perfect mixture of historical fiction, costumes, and interesting characters to keep you turning those pages.  This book is about love, however, it has so much more to offer than just romance.  In fact, I think it is one of the BEST books that I have ever read!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

The Wildish Masquerade Celebration has begun!!

Robert Parry's new book will be released on 18 March 2013.  To celebrate, he is hosting a Masquerade party!  You should stop by for a chance to win a signed copy of his newest book, "Wildish.".  I am currently reading it, and I think it just might be his best book to date!  Here is the link, so stop by and help Robert Parry celebrate the release of this most wonderful book!  http://wildishmasquerade.wordpress.com/  I will be posting a review as soon as I have finished reading it, so be on the look out for my review, along with a giveaway of this book to help Celebrate it's release.  Until then, go help Robert Celebrate by attending his Masquerade!  Good luck!