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photo 2018-07-22 11:00
The Infamous Harry Hayward by Shawn Francis Peters

Netgalley TBR

 

A fascinating tale of seduction, murder, fraud, coercion—and the trial of the “Minneapolis Monster”

On a winter night in 1894, a young woman’s body was found in the middle of a road near Lake Calhoun on the outskirts of Minneapolis. She had been shot through the head. The murder of Kittie Ging, a twenty-nine-year-old dressmaker, was the final act in a melodrama of seduction and betrayal, petty crimes and monstrous deeds that would obsess reporters and their readers across the nation when the man who likely arranged her killing came to trial the following spring. Shawn Francis Peters unravels that sordid, spellbinding story in his account of the trial of Harry Hayward, a serial seducer and schemer whom some deemed a “Svengali,” others a “Machiavelli,” and others a “lunatic” and “man without a soul.”

Dubbed “one of the greatest criminals the world has ever seen” by the famed detective William Pinkerton, Harry Hayward was an inveterate and cunning plotter of crimes large and small, dabbling in arson, insurance fraud, counterfeiting, and illegal gambling. His life story, told in full for the first time here, takes us into shadowy corners of the nineteenth century, including mesmerism, psychopathy, spiritualism, yellow journalism, and capital punishment. From the horrible fate of an independent young businesswoman who challenged Victorian mores to the shocking confession of Hayward on the eve of his execution (which, if true, would have made him a serial killer), The Infamous Harry Hayward unfolds a transfixing tale of one of the most notorious criminals in America during the Gilded Age

Source: www.goodreads.com/book/show/36419784-the-infamous-harry-hayward
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review 2018-07-21 20:38
Cute fable style book
Tuck Everlasting - Natalie Babbitt

I would fail at the lesson this book is trying to impart, but it was a charming story.

 

I think the part I loved most was the way it was written, with the heat descriptions, and the little asides that made the setting.

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text 2018-07-21 16:37
Reading progress update: I've read 4 out of 144 pages.
Tuck Everlasting - Natalie Babbitt

But she had never been curious about it. Nothing ever seems interesting when it belongs to you—only when it doesn't.

 

Only a couple pages in and I already want to quote every-other sentence. I don't know how much I'll like the story yet (obviously) but the writing is great.

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quote 2018-07-20 11:00
The world froze around him, nothing moving, not even his own treacherous heart that thudded so dangerously around this boy. Then Silent Boy turned and locked eyes with him, the blue sparkling impossibly in the dark of the alley.
Before Jaycob could think of why he had stopped him, what he might want to say or what the intensity in those blue eyes could mean, the world was obliterated with a kiss. A single, sweet kiss.

A Royal Miracle

Book 3 in The Royal Series

by Elaine White

 

Source: smarturl.it/ARoyalMiracle
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review 2018-07-18 19:51
Vanilla Clouds
Vanilla Clouds - Roe Horvat

This book is one of those books that hits home.  And not so much for the romantic aspects but from the connection that is made through words alone.  Only in recent history have people been able to connect with others via the internet…through on line chats, websites, dating apps, etc.  It is mind blowing honestly.  And yet we have all managed to make close friends this way.  And while some don’t turn out the way we ever intended the majority of the people we meet are true. 

 

This is one of those stories. 

 

The connection made on line and then the desire to meet in person…the uncertainty, the fear, the doubts.  All the feelings in this book felt real, felt genuine.  Mainly because they are all feelings I have had.  While I have not fallen in love with someone on line, I have still experienced all of these moments.  And when the communication stops for a period of time and the internal doubt lands to the point you begin to worry that you screwed up…that you said something that may have ruined things…they are real. 

 

This is one of those stories.

 

We all want something more. 

 

13Magnific: I miss you, MichaƂ. How come I miss you when we’ve never been together? I want more than this. Please.

 

We all want happiness and we all fear our actions will damage our most precious relationships.

 

This is one of those stories.

 

And yes, there is chocolate and there is love and there is chocolate.  There is chocolate.  My heart was full.

 

**Highly Recommended**

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