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review 2018-03-21 21:07
#Audiobook Review: Matthew by Grace Burrowes
Matthew: Jaded Gentlemen Series, Book 2 - Tantor Audio,Grace Burrowes,James Langton

Picking up shortly after the conclusion of Thomas, Matthew opens with Thomas’s sister Theresa and her daughter Pricilla taking care of his estate while Thomas is away on his honeymoon travels. Running into difficulties with a mare, Theresa calls on Thomas’s neighbor, Matthew. Both Theresa and Matthew are lonely soles (she spending 8 years in self-inflicted exile, he the widower magistrate with bothersome in laws), and the pair strike an early friendship.


Following the mold of the preceding book, Matthew tells the tale of an unconventional woman who defies the times and a jaded gentleman who discovers a new joy in life with the help of the right woman. I like Theresa a lot. I like that despite the hardship of her past and the unkindness of her brother, her only living relative, she remains kind-hearted and gentle. Matthew is a true gentleman who recognizes the wrongs places upon Theresa, and defends her every action to both her brother and to Theresa. Through his love, she learns to accept her own faults and appreciate the person she’s become. 


The only real negative I had was with Priscilla, who is mostly lovely and an excellent supporting character. However, the author shares a few sections from her point of view, and she is entirely too astute for to be an eight-year-old. Although her observations are spot on, I just didn’t like that they came from an eight-year-old.


Once again, Mr. Langton provides the narration for the tale. His voices, expressions, and characterizations have become familiar and enjoyable. His cadence is well-suited for the slower-paced and historically-set romance. 


Even though Matthew is the second book in the Jaded Gentlemen series, it’s the third title I’ve listened to, and I continue to enjoy the titles. The book was delightful and lovely. I like that Theresa and Matthew find love early on, and it’s solving the mystery that delays the HEA.


My Rating: B+

Narration: B+

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review 2018-03-21 13:03
One of the best of 2018
The Broken Girls - Simone St. James

From the very first chapter I was hooked.     Sometimes when a book bounces between era’s it gets hard to follow.   With the Broken Girls it was so easy to tell who was telling the story, where they were, and what was happening.  The past to present alternating chapters were perfect.   


Broken Girls has a ghost story aspect with a mystery to solve.    Who is Mary Hand?   I was thrilled with each hint, each clue, and each step that Fiona took towards solving the mystery of what happen at Idlewood Hall.    There were many twists and turns that I didn’t see coming yet thrilled me to learn about.    I knew that Fiona would find the truth but I had no clue how she would manage to do it.  


This book is amazing.    It will definitely make my favorites of 2018 list.    If you are a Gothic mystery fan this is the book for you.    

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text 2018-03-19 21:26
Reading progress update: I've read 10%.
The Fire Next Time - James Baldwin

This is the next read as picked by my RL bookclub. This time we're reading about racism in the form of 2 letters, written on the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation. Unfortunately I can't read much of it at the minute due to my head, but I have the suspicion it'll be another one to leave a lasting impression.

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review 2018-03-18 20:21
James and the Giant Peach - Roald Dahl,Quentin Blake
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

This was an amazingly phenomenal book. I couldn't remember if I had read this growing up or not. I distinctly remember the movie, but I don't think I ever read the actual book. So I picked up a copy of the audiobook from the library to listen to while driving for work.

This is such a magical, wonderful adventure. Typical Roald Dahl fantasy: dark, yet whimsical. There are a few dark, morbid things in the book (in classic Roald Dahl style) and some not-so-nice language (idiot, ass), but nothing too bad. It shouldn't deter readers or their parents, just something to keep in mind.

I loved this book. It is such a great adventure story. All these weird things happen and there are all of these amazing characters, it's just perfect. It all feels so effortless.

Even if you've read the book, I recommend the audiobook as well. Julian Rhind-Tutt does an amazing job doing the voices and it includes sound effects, which makes for a very fun story.

A very, very wonderful story. I loved every moment of it.
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text 2018-03-17 10:14
Return to Me - James Oliver French

No Rating, DNF @ 30%


When the Msc starts to become just words to me and I can't to them and be invested in their story, I knew then that I should stop reading.

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