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review 2017-09-07 15:44
Lady Eleanor's Seventh Suitor by Anna Bradley
Lady Eleanor's Seventh Suitor - Anna Bradley

Lady Eleanor Sutherland has, so far, refused five marriage proposals (well, six, but no everybody knows about that first offer). Her standoffish manner and her rebuttal of the even slightest attempts at flirtation, have earned her the nickname Lady Frost and her own page in the betting books. But the truth is, she isn't cold, she just refuses to settle for anything else but a love match.

Yet it looks like that's what she'll have to do, thanks to Camden West and his blackmail. The cad had the gall of making his cousin Julian trap Ellie's younger sister, Charlotte, in a compromising position in a darkened garden. So far, only the four of them know the truth about the "incident", but Cam is threatening to tell everybody, if Ellie refuses to marry him.

In the end, Ellie has only one option. Outsmart the villain without ruining her sister or her own life.

Oh. My. Sweet. Lord.

I chose this book for the cover (look at all the bright colors without one single naked male chest in sight) and the blurb. Usually, that's a recipe for a reading disaster, but this story was as far removed from any kind of disaster as it could possibly be.


I immediately took to the heroine with her spunk, her determination, and her ability to send any man scurrying for cover, and I laughed out loud at her inner musings, especially when she decided occasion merited an unladylike curse or two. I adored her to bits, and I was skeptical as to what kind of hero she was saddled with. At first.
I didn't particularly like Cam at the beginning. He was acting fishy, and he severely underestimated his heroine. It was lovely reading about him scrambling to catch up and keep pace. Then, the puzzle pieces started to fit together, and although I still didn't approve of his tactics, I grudgingly understood his motive.
And then, well, then he got to know the real Ellie and started to show his own true self...And the rest is history. Is it any wonder Ellie fell for the guy? Who wouldn't? Especially after reading about his inner turmoil and his true feelings. Lordy!

These two were perfect for each other, both hiding deep inner scars, yet so utterly vulnerable in each other's company; each other's opposites, yet rather similar in many aspects. It was a pleasure reading about their "antics", the schemes, the struggles against any possible tender feelings for the other...
Theirs was a romance in a true sense of the word. They didn't like each other at first, distrusted one another, yet once they got to know each other, once they peeled away all those protective layers, acceptance and love blossomed. This is what I like in my romance stories. Not some insta-love, stretched-so-thin-it's-almost-transparent, implausible crap, but the "realism" of it all. How feelings and attitudes change (for better or for worse) as a person gets to know someone. How you have to know someone (and yourself for that matter) to give your trust, your forgiveness, and your heart.
Ellie and Cam's romance was believable, realistic, bitter-sweet and so beautifully written it made my heart flutter. There, I said it.
It wasn't perfect, it wasn't starry-eyed and their path was filled with obstacles (some of their own making), but it worked.

I couldn't say the same about the secondary romance between Cam's cousin and Ellie's sister, which worked as well, yet it didn't work out; and they have quite a long road (and an entire book) ahead of them. I'm looking forward to their story, even though I never quite warmed up to Charlotte, but maybe her rebellious tendencies will be explained in the next book.

I absolutely adored this story, from the characters (the little Amelia being my absolute favorite of the bunch), the voice, the narrative style and the flow it brought to the story, and the perfectly imperfect romance.

More, please.

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review 2017-09-05 07:27
The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes & Louis Slobodkin (Artwork)

Child me and adult me agree, this is a wonderful book. It holds up with time and I really love it. The artwork by Louis Slobodkin is beautiful. There is a powerful message of forgiveness in this story. It is also a story that might help young and old alike to learn to accept each others differences. It is a quick paced book, with a lovely writing style.




This is a nostalgic read, so here is what I believe I would have rated this as a child and what I rate it now as an adult.


Child me: 5 stars
Adult me: 5 stars

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text 2017-09-02 20:36
My August 2017
Ich, Eleanor Oliphant: Roman - Gail Honeyman,Alexandra Kranefeld
Vampire Academy - Blutsschwestern: Jubiläumsausgabe mit 4 brandneuen Bonus-Storys (Vampire-Academy-Reihe) - Richelle Mead,Michaela Link
I Wrote This For You - Iain S. Thomas,Jon Ellis
Breaking the Chains - Ioana Visan
The Night between Heaven and Hell (The Devil You Know Book 2) - Ioana Visan
Harry Potter und der Orden des Phönix - J.K. Rowling
Ich, Eleanor Oliphant - 5 stars
Vampire Academy - Blutsschwestern - 5 stars
I Wrote This For You - 5 stars
Breaking the Chains - 4 stars (review from the first time I read it)
The Night between Heaven and Hell - 4 stars
Harry Potter und der Orden des Phönix - 5 stars


Favorite book(s) of the month: everything, I can't decide


Books started this month but haven't finished yet: Marlena, The Book of Whispers


It wasn't my best month. It started pretty good but towards the middle of the month I had a lot of issues with my mental health. I'm also starting something next week, that I should have started two weeks ago but couldn't because anxiety and stuff like that, but monday is the day. It's some type of retraining with internships and stuff like that, so my social anxiety is off the charts. Reading isn't happening that much at the moment.

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review 2017-09-02 18:38
Lady Eleanor's Seventh Suitor (The Sutherland Sisters) by Anna Bradley
Lady Eleanor's Seventh Suitor - Anna Bradley


Two sisters joined in blood, united by scandal.  Anna Bradley knows how to tantalize, that's for sure.  Lady Eleanor's Seventh Suitor is a romance born of scandal, but forged out of love.  Eleanor is thrust into a situation that forces her to chose between self - preservation and family loyalty.  Her choices are limited but her heart is pure.  Camden is more a mystery.  The motives that drive his devious plan are more far reaching than just him marrying.  They involve secrets that encompass the Sutherland and West families and could ruin not only reputations, but lead to heartbreak for all involved.  Lady Eleanor's Seventh Suitor is regency at it's finest.  Full of surprises and breathtakingly wonderful.

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review 2017-08-24 23:41
"Loneliness is a form of cancer"
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - Gail Honeyman
This book started out well and just kept getting better, perfectly supplemented by Cathleen McCarron's perfect narration. It has joined my fairly short list of all-time favourites.

Eleanor has her life mapped out. She went straight from school into an office job that she still holds now, many years later. Other than her work colleagues she sees no-one except social workers and the meter reader, and her weekends are spent alone in her little flat with a bottle of vodka - to help her sleep.
She eschews social interactions at all costs, until she is inveigled by the new IT guy to help an elderly man who has fallen in the street. The repercussions of this event alter her life to something she had never believed possible. Gradually, as her life changes, we learn more about her past, until, layer by layer, a picture evolves.

This was so wonderfully done, with great characters, particularly the bumbling Raymond. It reminded me of The Rosie Project in some ways and would appeal to the same audience, although it is by no means a rehash of Graeme Simsion's book.
Gail Honeyman has written an amazing debut and I can't wait to see what she comes up with next.


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