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text 2017-09-12 09:39
Starting: Every Secret Thing
Every Secret Thing - Susanna Kearsley,Emma Cole,Katherine Kellgren

Every Secret Thing
by Susanna Kearsley
Book 1 of Kate Murray
audio book narrated by Katherine Kellgren

Susanna Kearsley and Katherine Kellgren!

This HAS to be a most excellent combination, right?  Right?

Also, I didn't realize that Katherine Kellgren was American.  I thought she was British since I've only heard her narrations in a British accent.  So far, it's quite fascinating listening to her switching back and forth from American English to British English.

As for the book, so far there is only a mention of an old murder mystery from a long time ago by an old man who dies soon after, getting hit by a car.  He mentions it to Kate because he believes this murder mystery may be old, but still deserves justice.

I'm hoping that this is enough to count towards the 'Murder Most Foul' square, but if not, then I'm almost hoping that the old man's death was actually a murder, which will be what leads Kate onto this mission to investigate some past truth of that old murder mystery the old man had mentioned to her.  Y'know, not that I'm deranged or anything, hoping for a murder in the first five minutes of a book... but I've got squares to complete, right?



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Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2017/09/starting-every-secret-thing.html
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review 2017-08-26 20:06
The Splendour Falls
The Splendour Falls - Susanna Kearsley

The Splendour Falls is considered to be Susanna Kearsley´s weakest book and I can see why this is. There isn´t much of a plot to speak of (the plot thickens about 100 pages before the end).


Combining mystery, romance, paranormal and historical elements in her novel, Kearsley has a lot do deal with in this book and unfortunately she focuses too much on the genre I´m least interested in, the romance. Thankfully the romance didn´t annoy me that much in this novel. What did annoy me though was the main character Emily, who has vowed to herself to never fall in love because of one specific reason: her parents got divorced when she was 23 years old and this divorce has scarred her for her life because she is, after all, only 23 years old. I just didn´t buy that reason.


And yet, I still enjoyed reading this novel. Susanna Kearsley´s descriptions of the town Chinon are simply beautiful and I liked the feeling of companionship between the various characters (who are staying at the same hotel during the novel). This novel has a cozy feel to it and it´s the perfect palate cleanser after a more disturbing or depressing read.


Even though Kearsley writes in a genre I don´t normally pick up, I will give another one of her books a try. And it is good to know that her other novels are supposed to be better than this one.

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text 2017-08-22 06:33
Reading progress update: I've read 38%.
The Splendour Falls - Susanna Kearsley

I pulled a face. "I´m much too old for discos."

Paul stopped pouring his second cup of coffee long enough to roll his eyes. "Oh, right. What are you, thirty?"


"Positively ancient," he said drily. "They´ll be fitting you for false teeth next, I guess."


This novel is the perfect palate cleanser after the Ripley read. There hasn´t been much of a plot so far, but I like the characters and the descriptions of the landscapes are gorgeous, just stunningly beautiful. Right now Chinon sounds like the most magical place on earth to me.



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text 2017-08-21 06:30
Reading progress update: I've read 11%.
The Splendour Falls - Susanna Kearsley

So far the heroine has ogled at least three different guys and one of them is a strong contender of being her love interest. The romance vibe is strong in this book.


The story takes place in the Loire Valley, in Chinon to be precise, and based on Kearsley´s discriptions alone I have to visit this place someday.


File:Château Chinon.JPG


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text 2017-08-15 16:03
Named of the Dragon by Susanna Kearsley $1.99
Named of the Dragon - Susanna Kearsley

The charm of spending the Christmas holidays in South Wales, with its crumbling castles and ancient myths, seems the perfect distraction from the nightmares that have plagued literary agent Lyn Ravenshaw since the loss of her baby five years ago.


Instead, she meets an emotionally fragile young widow who's convinced that Lyn's recurring dreams have drawn her to Castle Farm for an important purpose--and she's running out of time.


With the help of a reclusive, brooding playwright, Lyn begins to untangle the mystery and is pulled into a world of Celtic legends, dangerous prophecies, and a child destined for greatness.

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