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review 2019-10-29 12:45
Book Review: The Widow's House
The Widow's House: A Novel - Carol Goodman

Book: The Widow's House


Author: Carol Goodman


Genre: Fiction/Thriller/Mystery


Summary: When Jess and Clare Martin move from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, to their former college town in the Hudson River Valley, they are hoping for rejuvenation - of their marriage, their savings, and Jess's writing career. They take a caretaker's job at Riven House, a crumbling estate and the home of their old college writing professor. While Clare once had dreams of being a writer, those plans fell by the wayside when Jess made a big, splashy literary debut in their twenties. But it's been years, now, since his first novel, and the advance has long been spent. Clare's hope is that the pastoral beauty and nostalgia of the Hudson Valley will offer him inspiration. But their new life isn't all quaint town libraries and fragrant apple orchards. There is a haunting pall that hangs over Riven House like a funeral veil. Something is just not right. Soon, Clare begins to hear babies crying at night and see strange figures in the fog at the edge of their property. Diving into the history of the area, she discovers that Riven House has a dark and anguished past. And whatever this thing is - this menacing force that destroys the inhabitants of the estate - it seems to be after Clare next . . . - William Morrow, 2017.

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review 2019-09-04 16:42
Book Review: Hawthorn
Hawthorn - Carol Goodman

Book: Hawthorn


Author: Carol Goodman


Genre: Young Adult/Fiction/Fantasy/Romance


Summary: All Avaline Hall wants is to enjoy her senior year at Blythewood Academy, the boarding school where she's been trained to defend humankind from forces of dark magic. But when Ava is shown a glimpse into the future in the enchanted Blythe Wood, she discovers that the evil Judicus van Drood is rallying nations into a war that seems destined to destroy both the human and faerie worlds. Only Ava and her allies have a chance at stopping van Drood, but how many must die in the process? And how can Ava and the boy she loves be together when everything around them is falling apart? -Viking, 2015.


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text 2019-05-15 03:12
My Steadfast Heart by Jo Goodman 99 cents
By Jo Goodman My Steadfast Heart [Mass Market Paperback] - Jo Goodman

Colin Thorne finds his way out of a London workhouse but at the cost of losing his two younger brothers. With an uncertain future ahead of him, Colin makes seafaring his life until the inexorable pull of revenge draws him back to London. The debt owed to him by the Earl of Weybourne will be paid.

Weybourne Park has been Mercedes Leydon's home her entire life. Now serving as the estate's manager and caretaker of her uncle's two children, Mercedes knows the earl's frequent absences are what make Weybourne Park a home. 

But the earl's gaming has taken its toll and she and her young cousins are faced with losing everything to a devil-of-a-stranger calling in a debt that can't be paid.

Casting caution aside, Mercedes will make a new bargain with this devil. If it's her soul he wants—or her body—she will give it to him and stake her own claim on his steadfast heart.

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review 2019-03-14 11:32
Book Review: River Road
River Road: A Novel - Carol Goodman

Book: River Road


Author: Carol Goodman


Genre: Fiction/Present Day/Thriller/Mystery


Summary: Nan Lewis - a creative writing professor at a college in upstate New York - is driving home from a faculty holiday party after finding out she's been denied tenure. On her way, she hits a deer, but when she gets out of her car to look for it, the deer is nowhere to be found. Eager to get home and out of the oncoming snowstorm, Nan is forced to leave her car at the bottom of her snowy driveway to wait out the longest night of the year - and the lowest point of her life . . . The next morning, Nan is woken up by a police officer at her door with terrible news - one of her students, Leia Dawson, was killed in a hit-and-run on River Road the night before. And because of her damage to her car, Nan is a suspect. In the days following the accident, Nan is shunned by the same community that rallied around her when her own daughter was killed in an eerily similar accident six years prior. When Nan begins finding disturbing tokens that recall the death of her daughter, Nan suspects the two accidents are connected. As she digs further, she discovers that everyone around her, including Leia, is hiding secrets. But can she uncover them, clear her name, and figure out who really killed Leia before her reputation is destroyed for good? -Touchstone, 2016.


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review 2018-04-04 20:54
How to be a Victorian by Ruth Goodman
How To Be a Victorian - Ruth Goodman

Interesting and informative, but not as good as Goodman's Tudor book. I'm not sure why, exactly. It may be because this was written first or because I've read more about the Victorian era so less was new.


Goodman mostly sticks to the facts, but she relates some of her personal experience too. Don't worry, they're relevant, since they mostly relate to re-enactments of a sort where she's tried to do things in a Victorian way (wearing the clothes, eating the food, performing work using that era's technology, etc.).


This book took me quite a while to read, but it wasn't because it was boring or anything. Some parts were quite engaging. It's just that it took a back seat to some of my other books due to my participation in the Kill Your Darlings game and keeping up with library books.


It looks like a forgot to post a quote about football tactics before the rules were codified that I found amusing (p 326):

The annual football match between St Peter's and All Saints parishes in Derby was famous for its bewildering array of tactics, which included swimming down the river with the ball, as well as removing the ball's stuffing and hiding it under someone's shirt.

Makes me wonder whether the ball's skin or stuffing would be considered to be the legal ball...


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