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review 2018-02-02 20:24
Beautiful and heartbreaking
Birthright Vol. 1: Homecoming - Joshua Williamson,Andrei Bressan,Adriano Lucas

When Mikey disappears on his birthday, his father is blamed: after all, Aaron was playing with Mikey near the woods.   One year later, Aaron's life is falling apart - and an adult man who claims to be Mikey shows up, raving about wizards that he has to destroy and a fantasy world that he was supposedly living in during that year.   

 

Except nothing is at it seems, and there's a lot of tension between Mikey, his family and the people from Terranos, the world he's been living in as of late. 

 

Beautiful artwork, gorgeously heartbreaking story that blanches the Earth story and Terranos story nicely.   Wish I had more of this, but alas.  I may purchase or borrow at some point.

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review 2018-01-06 00:00
Cowboy SEAL Homecoming
Cowboy SEAL Homecoming - Nicole Helm One ranch. Two people. One goal.

Cowboy Seal Homecoming has WINNER written all over it. An act of bravery brings a group of seals full circle and with a little help from a friend inspires a common goal. Ms. Helm teaches a valuable lesson about what courage really means. Bravery does not mean lack of fear, but the strength to take a risk. In fact courage is a lot like faith. Alex and Becca have a history that borders on taboo. Despite the time, distance and heartache that may be headed their way, they bring out the best in each other. She sees the man he really is and he sees the woman she hopes to be.
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review 2017-12-27 01:20
16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 9 - Winter Solstice / Yaldā Night
A Christmas Homecoming (Christmas Novellas) - Anne Perry

 

 

Winter Solstice and Yaldā Night / Bonus task: Read a book in one night.

 

This is the third of Ann Perry's Christmas novellas that I've read this holiday season (Perry's ninth Christmas novella overall), and I liked this one as much as the very first one I read, A Christmas Visitor.

 

The main series supporting character who takes center stage in A Christmas Homecoming is Charlotte Pitt's mother Caroline who -- 16 years after the murder of her daughter, Charlotte's sister Sarah, which had initially brought together Charlotte and her now-husband Thomas Pitt -- visits a Whitby (Yorkshire) country estate together with her second and much younger husband, Jewish actor-manager Joshua Fielding, and his company, in order to stage a play that the  daughter of their host has written based on (you guessed it) Bram Stoker's Dracula. When a stranger, who had been invited into the house on the plea of seeking shelter from a snowstorm that had cut off the area from the rest of civilization, is found killed, Caroline realizes that her actor friends will be the first to be suspected of having committed the murder, as the police will be disinclined to investigate their host -- an influential landowner and businessman -- and his household; so she decides to do some investigating on her own.

 

I confess to a certain amoiunt of apprehension after having read about the book's setting, but Perry thankfully doesn't fall into the trap of overemphasizing either the Yorkshire moors or the vampirism elements -- they're present, of course (and let's be honest, where would be the fun in setting this sort of story in the middle of London?), but it's the snowstorm-enhanced isolation of the estate rather than the moors that predominates in creating the atmosphere, and while you can't possibly write about Dracula without including vampire lore (and the contents of Stoker's book in particular) in some fashion or other, Perry is ultimately much more interested in the conceptual allegory of Dracula as the embodiment of evil.  And I guess I'm just a sucker for anything set in the world of the theatre; at any rate, despite some rather obvious preaching on things that any actor worth his salt ought to know since their first year of training (and which certainly a star actor like the one who is the addressee of said lesson here should not have to be told), and although Perry also seems to have taken more than a few cues from both Christopher Lee and Kenneth Branagh as to how a successful translation of Stoker's book to a dramatic medium might work, I rather enjoyed this particular aspect of the story.

 

Perry doesn't quite play fair with the reader as far as the solution to the murder is concerned: while it is possible to guess the guilty party (and even suspect bits of their motive), for the better part of Caroline's investigation there is not even a hint  as to the relevant facts, so guess is really what you have to do.  However, the death -- and Caroline's subsequent investigation -- only occurs in the last third of the story; it is by far not its only focus.  Perry takes great care in developing the various characters and their relationships and interactions first, so the murder (when it occurs) is really more the story's final catalyst than anything else.  If the characters' conflicts had been resolved as a result of some other event, that would conceivably have been quite as convincing -- but I suppose it just wouldn't have been an Anne Perry book then.

 

Whitby Abbey and churchyard -- inspiration and setting, respectively, for part of Bram Stoker's Dracula (photos mine)

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text 2017-12-15 23:15
Square 10 World Peace Day Task
With Every Letter - Sarah Sundin
The Unleashing (Call Of Crows Book 1) - Shelly Laurenston
The Undoing (Call Of Crows) - Shelly Laurenston
The Unyielding - Shelly Laurenston
A Lady for Lord Randall (Brides of Waterloo) - Sarah Mallory
A Mistress for Major Bartlett - Annie Burrows
Persepolis I & II - Marjane Satrapi
The Bull Rider's Homecoming (Blue Thorn Ranch) - Allie Pleiter
Mission of Hope (Love Inspired Historical) - Allie Pleiter
Homefront Hero - Allie Pleiter

5 Books I Appreciated this Year....and yeah I kinda cheated, lol:

 

1. With Every Letter (Wings of the Nightingale #1) by Sarah Sundin

     Finally a book that features a military heroine! I really loved this story of Tom and Mellie falling for each other in both letters and in person. Can't wait to read the other two books in the series.

 

2. Call of Crows series by Shelly Laurenston

     Got to love female rage mixed with Norse mythology and lots of humor. This trilogy is a great read for paranormal romance fans who want actual strong female characters. I refuse to name my favorite, they are all good in their own way. A very cathartic way of dealing with real life news.

 

3. A Lady for Lord Randall by Sarah Mallory/A Mistress for Major Bartlett by Annie Burrows

      These were the first two books in the Waterloo Brides trilogy (the last book stank). I loved that Regency romance left the ballroom and went onto the battlefield - such a departure from the normal Regency romance.

 

4. The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

     The artwork was stark and evoked such feelings as Satrapi told her life story, along with giving readers a history and cultural lesson on Iran. I would recommend reading both books to understand her fresh approach to the immigrant story.

 

5. Allie Pleiter

    Not a book, but an author of historical romance. This was the Summer of Allie Pleiter - from contemporary bull rider returning home, to 1906 San Francisco just months after the earthquake, to World War I knitters who get the Spanish flu and finally to an post-WWI orphange. There wasn't a moment of reading Pleiter's works that I did not enjoy.

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review 2017-12-15 01:43
Homecoming by Beverly Jenkins
Homecoming - Beverly Jenkins

This is the first novel by beloved doyenne of the historical romance genre, Beverly Jenkins, that I have read.  I was concerned.  Everyone loves her so much and my track record with hugely loved and highly touted works is iffy at best.

Well, I liked the premise.  A second chance at love type of thing, with a school teacher, headmistress, and a buffalo soldier.  Mature characters both.  Lydia comes back to her childhood home from Chicago and crosses paths with Gray Dane, her first love.  Turns out that his love for her as well as hers for him hasn't dimmed, but most probably grown.  So we have some angst, some winsomeness, sexiness, and some humour.  It should all work.  Yet...

I wish I could say I adored the book, but colour me not overly impressed. Mostly with the style of writing.  Very flowery, especially in the love scenes.  For instance, I don't think I'd ever heard/read about one's nipples being dazzled by a lover's fingers, but now I can say that I have.   Also, some of the dialogue didn't work for me, at times I found it stilted and at times it just sounded a wee bit too modern.  And I don't know, there was just something about the writing that felt dated and unrefined (?) to me.  (And not because it's a historical, sillies!)  So I checked.  This novella was published in 2007 according to the author's website, as part of the Gettin' Merry anthology.  Okay, 10 years ago.   Maybe that's why.

Anyway, I have another Beverly Jenkins in my TBR, a more recent one - Forbidden- from 2016.  Hopefully I'll enjoy it more.  :)

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