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review 2017-04-23 21:19
gripping fantasy
Morgan - Lavinia Collins

A totally immersive experience, all three books of the Morgan Trilogy by Lavinia Collins, following one of the lesser known women in Arthurian legend.

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review 2017-04-18 21:26
Ready Set Rogue: A Studies in Scandal Novel - Manda Collins

The Marquess of Kerr Quill was having a very bad day. An axle had broken on his ancient family traveling carriage on the most deserted part of the drive from London.Also his favorite horse is back with the carriage with his baggage and valet. Quill had instructed his outriders to wait for help while he started out on foot for the coaching inn some three miles away. Then it started to pour. Finally the Marquess reached the inn The Fox and Peasant. Then Quill was finally noticed for who he was and passengers deferred to him but an auburn haired lady had blatant disregard for him and ended up dropping her her heavy trunk on her foot. One thing Quill couldn’t stand was a man who laid hands on a woman. A man had grabbed the woman and her trunk. Quill grabbed the woman away and then told the man that in the civilized world men treat women with decency and respect. The woman said she didn’t know how to thank him. Then Quill asked why she was still at the inn when the mail carriage had already left and she said the mail carriage had taken on more travelers and didn’t have room for her trunks. She also said the trunks were necessary for her studies. She said she was an independent scholar and said her name was Miss Aphrodite Wareham. Ivy to her friends. Then Quill said he might have known they would meet on the road to Beauchamp House. The family estate that her and her cohorts wish to steal out from under Quill’s family’s nose. Quill also said his family would not stand for this scheme they had concocted. Ivy admitted she had never met Lady Celeste but but she would have liked to so she could thank her for her generous bequest. Ivy had spent most of her life caring for her siblings. Her father had been the son of the Duke of Ware, his unsupported marriage had cut off any financial assistance he would have expected. Ivy was more than ready to to strike out on her own scholarly path- and to establish herself in her own right. There are four ladies who have inherited Lady Celeste’s estate. Then Quill finds out Lady Celeste’s death is not quite as straightforward as it had seemed and Quill needed Ivy’s help to solve the mystery behind her death. Then Ivy finds a letter from Lady Celeste that she believed she was being poisoned and wanted Ivy and Quill to solve the mystery. Then Quill and Ivy kiss and more and Quill can’t believe he did that when he had known Ivy less than twenty four hours. I had mixed feelings on this story there was things I liked and things I didn’t like. There was no heavy drama and was an easy read and I liked that. I didn’t really believe Quill and Ivy as a couple and in love I just didn’t connect with that. Also this was fairly predictable at times at least for me. This is fast paced and I did like the characters. So as you can see there was things I liked and then things I didn’t.

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review 2017-04-15 10:11
After almost 10 years, Madeleine is still missing. I hope she can be found.
Vanished: The Truth About the Disappearance of Madeleine McCann - Danny Collins

The tragic disappearance of Madeleine McCann which occured in Portugal May 2007, to this day is still a mystery.
Madeleine McCann disappeared on the evening of 3 May 2007 from her bed in a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, a resort in the Algarve region of Portugal, sparking what one newspaper called "the most heavily reported missing-person case in modern history"
After almost 10 years, Madeleine is still missing.
This book is well written and helps you understand the anguish of this terrible and sad situation and events leading up to it.
In this book you can find detailed background on Portugals legal system in an authorititive manner which helped to explain the difficulties that the average or non-average person had in understanding Portugals different methods.
The book seems logical and food for thought about what really happened.

A top detective, Dave Edgar, who worked with Madeleine McCann’s parents has suggested (in April 2017) she could be alive,
living with her captor and oblivious that she is even missing.
Despite a decade with no answers her parents have said they have never given up hope of seeing their daughter again.

Miracles happen every day. I hope Madeleine can be found.

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review 2017-04-11 17:58
Better than the Movie
Mum's the Word - Kate Collins

I saw the movie with Brooke Shields and thought it was interesting and found the books at the library and read the first book in the series. I was not fond of the main character as she seemed a bit flighty. I do note that the book was better than the movie. 

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review 2017-04-04 00:51
La donna in bianco - Paolo Ruffilli,Wilkie Collins,Stefano Tummolini

Come i lettori che dal 26 novembre 1859 al 25 agosto 1860 seguirono ammaliati le vicende de “La donna in bianco” uscite a puntate sulla rivista “All the Year Round” dell’amico e collega di Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickens, altrettanto fanno i lettori di oggi.

Il segreto del fascino narrativo lo svelò lo scrittore stesso: Make’em laugh, make’em cry, make’em wait (falli ridere, falli piangere, falli attendere).

E questo romanzone dalla scrittura seducente, un po’ giallo, un po’ gotico e un po’ melodrammatico cattura il lettore, lo imprigiona nei luoghi, nel reticolo degli accadimenti, lo tiene sospeso nell’attesa di “ascoltare” le testimonianze dei personaggi. E a mano a mano emergono fatti e complotti, si svelano buoni e cattivi, si contrappongono bene e male, senza sfumature, senza mezzi toni.

Su tutti si leva lui, l’ambiguo e diabolico conte Fosco. Lui che chiederà e ci chiederà: Cos’altro siamo (chiedo) se non fantocci in un teatrino da fiera?


Epperò una domanda la pongo anch’io a chi ha già letto il romanzo. Forse qualcosa m’è sfuggito, ma come può Walter aver sposato l’amata se in quel momento ella era priva della sua identità?




P.S. Il refuso è quella cosa... (scriveva Rodari)

Metto sempre in conto di scorgere qualche refuso, non trovarne è una rarità. Alcuni, però, pesano più di altri. Per esempio questo.

Terzo libro.

A Marian appare in sogno Walter col quale ha un dialogo.

[…]“La pestilenza che uccide gli altri non mi ucciderà”[…]

[…] “Le frecce che colpiscono gli altri non mi colpiranno” […]

[…] “Il mare che travolge gli altri non mi travolgerà” […]

[…] “La pestilenza che consuma, la feccia che colpisce, il Mare che inghiotte…”[…]

E così, la freccia diventa feccia.

(Ciò non toglie nulla alla bellezza del testo. E chissà, magari nelle prossime edizioni il refuso svanirà)

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