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review 2019-11-17 00:49
The Diplomat's Wife
The Diplomat's Wife - Pam Jenoff

#2 The Kommandant's Girl


The story picks up following Marta after she rescues Emma/Anna from the Kommandant, who plans to murder her and the unborn child she is carrying. She is taken prisoner by the Nazis and tortured and questioned about the murder of the Kommandant and who was involved. When the war ends, she is rescued by a soldier from the USA named Paul Madison aka Maddy. They keep running into each other and fall in love. They are to be married, but things get in their way and she ends up pregnant with his child. When she gets to London, the aunt of the woman she helped care for in the refugee camp adopts her and helps her get back to life. She provides her with a place to live and someone to care for. When she ends up in Poland for a special mission she is rescued as the country falls to the Communist Russians. 


The story was another that was very interesting and looking at life after the war for those most affected by the war. So many good lessons. 


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text 2018-02-01 00:22
Reading progress update: I've read 150 out of 564 pages.
Lord Lyons: A Diplomat in an Age of Nationalism and War - Brian A. Jenkins

I am really enjoying this biography. Jenkins makes Lyons's life interesting by detailing his travels and describing the background to the many issue he dealt with as a diplomat. Given the latitude that envoys had back then to shape policy, it certainly seems like quite an interesting career, especially for someone who served Zelig-like in positions during dramatic historical moments.

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text 2017-07-29 03:48
Friday Reads
The Diplomat's Daughter: A Novel - Karin Tanabe
The Address: A Novel - Fiona Davis

About an hour ago I finished Where The Light Falls by Allison and Owen Pataki. It was an emotional 4 star read. Not what I'm accustomed to, but well with it! I will start The Diplomat's Daughter by Karin Tanabe tonight. I absolutely loved The Gilded Years. I'm excited to get to The Address by Fiona Davis and hope it lives up to all the hype. A weekend filled with historical fiction is a great one indeed.



What are you reading this weekend?

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text 2017-07-12 21:01
Exciting July Releases That Are On My TBR
A Paris All Your Own: Bestselling Women Writers on the City of Light - Eleanor Brown
A Name Unknown (Shadows Over England) - Roseanna M. White
The Diplomat's Daughter: A Novel - Karin Tanabe
Where the Light Falls: A Novel of the French Revolution - Owen Pataki,Allison Pataki
Seducing Abby Rhodes - J.D. Mason
Edward VII: The Prince of Wales and the Women He Loved - Catharine Arnold
The One I've Waited For (The Crystal Series) - Mary B. Morrison
The Cartel 7: Illuminati: Roundtable of Bosses - Ashley and JaQuavis,JaQuavis Coleman
The Truth We Bury: A Novel - Barbara Taylor Sissel

I finished only one book in June. I was quite shocked. I've started many and am hopeful that July will be a better month for reading. I've been out of sorts personally and physically. However, this list of books are right up my street and I'm sure are going to be awesome reads. I'm revisiting favorite authors and genres.

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review 2016-09-25 00:27
Foreigner (audiobook) by C.J. Cherryh, narrated by Daniel Thomas May
Foreigner: Foreigner Sequence 1, Book 1 - Daniel Thomas May,Audible Studios,C.J. Cherryh

I first read and reviewed a paper copy of Foreigner only a few months ago, so there's a lot I won't go into again, and I won't be writing another summary. However, it's worth writing a second review. I have some comments to make on both the audiobook experience and on the rereading experience. As a result, I'll be touching on some spoilery things.

The audiobook doesn't include the pronunciation guide or the glossary that can be found in my paper copy of the book. Although I missed the glossary a little, the pronunciation guide wasn't necessary. I didn't actively compare Daniel Thomas May's pronunciation to the guide, but I do know that his pronunciation of “Jago,” at least, followed what Cherryh wrote in her guide. Maybe I'll finally start mentally pronouncing Jago's name correctly while reading the books.

Although I had some issues with May's narration, overall I enjoyed it. He was particularly excellent when narrating Bren's thoughts and dialogue (basically most of the book), infusing the lines with just the right amount of emotion. His atevi voices didn't work quite as well for me, but I'm not sure there was much he could have done about that. After all, atevi aren't supposed to do much obvious emoting.

FYI, this next bit is where the spoilers come in.

As far as the rereading experience went, I'm not sure if I liked the story more or about the same the second time through, but I did end up with a ton of respect for Cherryh's handling of POV. The first time through, all I got was Bren's interpretation of what was going on. The second time through made it clear that Foreigner was essentially at least two stories in one – Bren's side of things (“someone is trying to kill me, I don't know why, and I'm not sure which of the atevi around me, if any, I can trust”) and the atevi side of things (

“how does the spaceship change things, will the Mospheiran humans betray us, will Bren in particular betray us and/or has he already done so?”

(spoiler show)

). I never once noticed a moment when Bren reacted in ways that didn't fit the story as he knew it, but at the same time I was able to understand more of what motivated the atevi.

Although I'm going to continue to do my first read-throughs via my paper copies (or e-book, whatever I end up with), I definitely plan to follow them up with the audiobook versions. I'm looking forward to listening to Invader in the near future.


Rating Note:


In my first review, I gave it 3.5 stars. I upped the rating this time around because of my enjoyment of the reread experience and because I generally enjoyed May's narration. But Bren still frustrated the heck out of me at times.


(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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