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review 2018-02-24 21:16
Fire Lily
Fire Lily - Deborah Camp

Title: Fire Lily
Author: Deborah Camp
Publisher: D. C.
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five

"Fire Lily" by Deborah Camp

My Thoughts...

"Fire Lily" was indeed quite a fascinating read where Lily Jane Meeker and Griffon Golforth come together and with their psychic powers are able to find Cecille Meeker who was a cousin of Lily. What will happen when Lily finds out that she has the ability to read ones mind and share her dreams? Also with her 'Tactile Memory Lily was able to touch things and sense things about them.' Why did it seem to be a problem for her to admit she had this psychic powers to be able to do this? What had happened earlier in her life where Lily seem to want to shut it all out about her memory? Who was Griffon Golforth who was of the American Society of Psychic Research and seemed to be able to figure out Lily powers so very well? Why had he been hired by this family?

This was really a intriguing story in how this author puts this story all together in this historical romantic read that will bring out the 'sexy, mysterious and dangerous' side of this well written read with the main area being focused around Boston, Fort Smith and Van Buren.

What will happen as Lily is drawn to Griffon as her 'girlhood dream was that of marrying a dashing, romantic Gypsy?' Will her dream come true? Well, this is one of those novels that you will just have to pick up and read for yourself to see just who was Griffon Golforth and just why had he been hired to find Cecille? The characters in this read were simply off the chain...well developed, portrayed and believable giving the reader one heck of a good story. The characters from Lilly, Griffon, Uncle Howard, Aunt Nan, Angela & Edward Meeker, Orrie, Cecille, Balthazar [Zar], Sheriff Mac, Thurman Unger, Ham, Anson, Jasper, Eva, Butch Jefferses to a few others really presented the reader with some engaging thoughts that will keep you turning the pages to see what was coming next. Yes, there were some good and bad ones characters to along with some prejudices too!

By the end will their be a HEA for Lily and Griffon? You will just have to pick up this good read to see.

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review 2018-02-17 11:00
The Powerful Heritage of a Woman: The Loving Spirit by Daphne du Maurier
The Loving Spirit - Daphne du Maurier

In spite of its title, the novel The Loving Spirit isn’t just another one of those shallow romances set in the picturesque landscape of Cornwall that swamp the book market. Much rather the English novel from 1931 is a family saga with obvious echoes of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights and poetry.


Spanning a hundred years, it shows the fate of four generations of the Coombie family starting in 1830 with wild Janet whose boundless love not only marks her own life but also that of her descendants... including that of her unloved son who makes a fortune to gain power and have his revenge to the very last. But he can't destroy the strong seed that Janet planted.


Please click here to read my long review on Edith’s Miscellany!

Source: edith-lagraziana.blogspot.com
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review 2018-02-10 11:00
An Ex-Soldier Finding His Way at University: Bells Above Greens by David Xavier
Bells Above Greens - David Xavier

Here's a review of light young adult fiction for a change:


Sam Conry is nineteen, but he has already seen a lot since he was a soldier in the Korean War for nine months and he lost his admired older brother. Now he is back to the USA and he meets the girl whom his brother wished to present to him as a surprise... and his fiancée. After the summer Sam resumes his studies at the University of Notre Dame where also his late brother's girlfriend Elle is a student at St. Mary's College. Sam drifts through student life - confused and without direction.


You'd like to know more? Find my review here on my book blog Edith's Miscellany!

Source: edith-lagraziana.blogspot.com
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review 2018-02-03 11:00
Rebirth of an Orphan Girl: The Encyclopaedia of Good Reasons by Monica Cantieni
The Encyclopaedia of Good Reasons - Monica Cantieni,Donal McLaughlin
Grünschnabel - Monica Cantieni

Here's the sublime debut novel of a - so far - rather unknown Swiss author. As a matter of fact, the book won the most renowned Swiss literary award. The story is simple and yet gripping:


Being only six years old and an orphan girl she is a greenhorn in life and in a family, when she arrives at the home of her new parents sometime in the 1970s. They are Swiss, but not particularly well-off so they live in a poor immigrant neighbourhood on the outskirts of Zurich with all its problems. The little girl needs to learn an awful lot and not just new words that she stores in all kinds of boxes (following the suggestion of her new father). With the help of her new - senile - grand-father Tat she finds her way.


To know more about this Swiss novel, I invite you to click here and read my long review on my main book blog Edith's Miscellany!

Source: edith-lagraziana.blogspot.com
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review 2018-01-27 11:00
War and Peace in Classical Japan: The Heiké Story by Yoshikawa Eiji
The Heike Story: A Modern Translation of the Classic Tale of Love and War (Tuttle Classics) - Fuki Wooyenaka Uramatsu,Kenkichi Sugimoto,Kenichi Sugimoto,Eiji Yoshikawa

Japanese literature has a lot to offer although little is available in English translation. One of the great writers known also in the western hemisphere is Yoshikawa Eiji.


The Heiké Story is an epic story of war and peace with sentimental sidesteps – set in Classical Japan and based on true events as well as characters! Well, not as epic and colourful as the Japanese original must be because the translator took it upon himself to decide which plotlines and details might be interesting for western readers. Despite all, the life story of Heita Kiyomori is an intriguing novel that makes the classical "Tale of the Heike" accessible to modern readers.


Please click here to read my long review on my main book blog Edith's Miscellany!


Source: edith-lagraziana.blogspot.com
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