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review 2017-10-23 19:01
The General's Women by Susan Wittig Albert
The General's Women - Susan Wittig Albert

Set during the chaotic years of World War II, The General's Women tells the story of the conflicted relationship between General Dwight Eisenhower and Kay Summersby, his Irish driver/aide, and the impact of that relationship on Mamie Eisenhower and her life in Washington during the war. Told from three alternating points of view (Kay's, Ike's, and Mamie's), the novel charts the deepening of the relationship as Ike and Kay move from England (1942) to North Africa (1942-43) to England, France, and Germany before and after the Normandy landing (1944-45). At the end of the war, Ike is faced with the heart-wrenching choice between marrying Kay and a political future.

The story continues into the post-war years, as Ike (returning to Mamie) becomes Army Chief of Staff, president of Columbia University, Supreme Commander of NATO, and president of the United States. Kay, meanwhile, struggles to create a life and work of her own, writing two memoirs: the first (Eisenhower Was My Boss, 1948) about her war work with Ike; the second (Past Forgetting, 1976) about their love affair. An author's note deals with the complicated question of the truth of Kay's story, as it finally appears in the posthumously-published Past Forgetting.

 
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I wanted to read this book ever since I read that Susan Wittig Albert was writing a book about Dwight Eisenhower and Kay Summersby. I have previously read Loving Eleanor and A Wilder Rose by the author and I love how she can write about real life people and making them come alive and I'm happy to say that she has once again managed to do that with The General's Women.

It's not only the people that she manages to portray in an authentic way, Wittig Albert has a knack for writing about the time and milieu that makes it feel like you are both learning more about the period at the same time you are enjoying the story. In The General's Women is the focus heavy on WW2 and I loved reading this book because not only did I get a vivid description of the people of the time, but I also got to follow the war from a close perspective as Kay Summersby followed Ike to North Africa.

This book is not heavy on the romance. Sure there are special moments between Ike and Key in the book, but it's not a saccharine kind of romance. I mean Key was not at all pleased when she first had to drive Ike, he was only a two-star general and Ike in return was displeased with her being late to pick him up with the car (all because she had to eat). But, then as the story progressed one could see how they started to warm up to each other. I like that Wittig Albert also included Mamie's POV, and I found it interesting to learn more about her, her devotion to Ike and her jealousy towards women in his life.

The General's Women is an engrossing book to read and I loved reading about Dwight Eisenhower and Kay Summersby. I think the best romance stories are the ones that are real and I do have a weakness for doomed romances.

 
I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy through NetGalley for an honest review! 
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review 2017-10-11 17:47
Tender with a Twist (Rainbow Cove Book 2) - Annabeth Albert

Trust With a Chaser was great but this one was even better. I mean - it had spankings and stuff. What's not to like?
Ok, maybe that fact that once I again we had the 'I'm not good enough for him' and the 'I'm not looking for a relationship' tropes which I am frankly getting quite tired of hearing.
Still, I really enjoyed watching Logan come into himself and become his own person rather than the one his past environment had made him into. Curtis played a major part in Logan finding the strength to change, find his own way and finally stand up to his parents who refused to accept that he was quite capable of making his own decisions.
Curtis himself was in a dark place at the beginning of the book. But Logan's enthusiasm slowly pulls him into the light and into a place of hopes and dreams. And no, it wasn't really as sappy as this sounds. It was very well done despite my initial comments. Looking forward to the next ones in the series.

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review 2017-10-08 13:34
Hit me
Wheels Up (Out of Uniform) - Annabeth Albert

This is book #4, in the Out Of Uniform series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader enjoyment and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this great series in order.

 

Dustin & Wes have an incredible hot moment in time.  Then they find out they are co-workers.  Now it cost them everything if they choose to be together.

 

Wes moves all the way across country to a new team.  Only to find out he knows someone there already.  Can he resist the one man who has held his dreams captive?

 

This is such a sweet, yet steamy book.  I love this series and how it brings out the characters choosing from real odds for love.  The characters are easy to connect with and have a sparkling chemistry that is hard to deny.  I give this story a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review by Netgalley and its publishers.

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text 2017-09-27 17:11
Changing my mind a tad
Thyme of Death - Susan Wittig Albert

When I read this book I didn´t like it very much and didn´t really give it a real review.  Now that I think back I think I was really crabby because of being sick.  I decided to give it one more star (so 3 stars up from 2).  I think it rates about the same as some other cozy mysteries I´ve read and I´m hoping the series will get better.  The book that initially caught my eye was the 10th in the series called Bloodroot. The summery looked really interesting.

 

Lawyer-turned-herbalist China Bayles returns to the Deep South, where her family’s legacy of silence is at last broken—and the past finally, unforgettably, speaks the truth… 

A frantic phone call from her mother brings China back to her family’s Mississippi plantation—a place she’d forsaken long ago. But the late-spring air is thick with fear—and from the moment of her arrival, China knows that something has gone desperately wrong at Jordan’s Crossing. An ancient property deed has surfaced—and the man who uncovered it has mysteriously vanished. And as the fates and fortunes of two very different families collide in frightening, unpredictable ways, China must face disturbing new questions about her family’s past—and her own future…

 

I always start with the first book in the series though and read them in order and the first book just wasn´t that great.  Now that I´m feeling better I decided to give the series another shot.  I´ve ordered the 2nd and third and hopefully it will get more interesting.  

 

Here is a more proper review....

 

Jo has cancer and the prognosis isn't good but she is strong and has enlisting her friend Ruby to help her. Ruby owns a new age store in the same building as China Bayles' herb store. China used to be a high powered lawyer but decided she didn't like the way her life was going. She decided to put her money into an herb shop and live a quite life in the small town of Pecan Springs, Texas. They were all ready to celebrate Jo's birthday when she was found dead of an apparent suicide. They were sure she didn't kill herself though and were determined to figure out who killed her. Things get even more interesting when a famous friend from Jo's past shows up and asks if she can stay in China's guest cottage while she's in town. More crazy things continue to happen and China has her hands full trying to figure out what is going on.

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review 2017-09-23 15:35
Thyme of Death
Thyme of Death - Susan Wittig Albert

I really thought I was going to love this book and series. This book is the first book in the series but it is the last one I´m reading. I just couldn´t get into it. It seemed silly to me but I think I have just gotten tired of cozy mysteries and need to read more serious mysteries. This book just had too many details that wouldn´t have happened in real people land. The main one for me was when the paramedics came to check on the lady that called 911 and didn´t speak to the dispatcher. They went rushing into the place and then decided they needed to try to resuscitate her. They had to go back out to their vehicle to get the equipment. They wouldn´t have gone in their without what they needed to save someone´s life. Then, China is walking around crime scenes and no one stops her. She is telling the paramedics and police about her theories about what happened and I´m picturing them all like goofy saying, ¨well okay!¨ I know what it is really like and none of that would have happened.

 

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