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review 2019-01-10 16:56
Thoughts: The Anatomist's Wife
The Anatomist's Wife - Anna Lee Huber

The Anatomist's Wife

by Anna Lee Huber
Book 1 of Lady Darby Mystery



Scotland, 1830. Following the death of her husband, Lady Darby has taken refuge at her sister’s estate, finding solace in her passion for painting. But when her hosts throw a house party for the cream of London society, Kiera is unable to hide from the ire of those who believe her to be as unnatural as her husband, an anatomist who used her artistic talents to suit his own macabre purposes.

Kiera wants to put her past aside, but when one of the house guests is murdered, her brother-in-law asks her to utilize her knowledge of human anatomy to aid the insufferable Sebastian Gage—a fellow guest with some experience as an inquiry agent. While Gage is clearly more competent than she first assumed, Kiera isn’t about to let her guard down as accusations and rumors swirl.

When Kiera and Gage’s search leads them to even more gruesome discoveries, a series of disturbing notes urges Lady Darby to give up the inquiry. But Kiera is determined to both protect her family and prove her innocence, even as she risks becoming the next victim…

It took a little while to get into the book, as the first couple chapters were sort of slow-paced, but once the story got going, I pretty much got sucked in.

The writing is absolutely wonderful, and the descriptions lend a beautiful atmospheric presence to both the castle and the highlands.

There were some points in the book where I might have rolled my eyes or gotten frustrated, but ultimately, those moments paled in comparison to everything else I liked about the book.  I liked how Lady Darby was quick, level-headed, and resourceful, even in spite of a few times she might have made a few poorly judged decisions about her own safety and her own investigations.  I liked how Sebastian Gage was not made out to be a completely, all-knowing, perfect, yet broody rake--though aside from that, he truly didn't really do much for me aside from be non-standard.

The mystery itself was quite twisty, though at some points pretty predictable, such as the obviousness of some of the red herrings thrown out there.

Meanwhile, if this book had also been intended as a romance, I'm not sure I quite felt the chemistry between Kiera and Gage.  I'm not even sure they partnered all that well investigating the murder together, either, and a lot of the "tells" that Kiera kept mentioning seeing from Gage had to be deliberately mentioned repeatedly, as if trying to convince herself more than anything how well she knew Gage after only a couple days of acquaintance.

Otherwise, this was an extremely intriguing and strong start to this series, and I look forward to the next book already.  I actually appreciate the slow burn approach that I'm sure the romance will take, and am glad that the "I love you" declarations are nowhere in sight for this first book.  Of course, it might also be because I couldn't quite feel the romance, though there is still room for development there.

I particularly like that Kiera isn't completely alone in the world, and that she is at least surrounded by some good people, especially her sister and brother-in-law.  I hope to see more of them as well.

I wish there were a few more positive friendships with Kiera, especially with the women in the book.  I understand the reason why Kiera is ostracized, even if I don't like it, but that was just how I suspect life was like for all women during that time period.  Gossip, scandals, and anything out of the norm can really do a number on your reputation, and Kiera, being a rather introverted person who doesn't seem to care to defend herself or speak up for herself is more likely to face more gossip and scandal.

Then again, speaking up for herself will probably get her trolled by the rest of the ton... so, it's a lose-lose situation, no matter what.  Sad.

Meanwhile, one particular character kind of stood out to me: Marsdale.  I'm not sure how to explain my completely ridiculous, yet intriguing interest in this particular scoundrel.  A jackass and rogue he may be, but somehow I found I appreciated how easily he saw through everyone's outward facades, and how he seems to call out, rather bluntly even if tactlessly, all the obvious truths and open secrets around.  I disliked him to the extreme at first, and I'm not quite sure I even like him much (nor if it will matter if he's just a supporting character in this first book, and we'll never see him again), but he stood out.



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text 2019-01-02 01:14
My January TBR (New Releases)
Flights of Fancy - Jen Turano
The Paragon Hotel - Lyndsay Faye
An Orchestra of Minorities - Chigozie John Obioma
The Only Woman in the Room - Marie Benedict
The Winter of the Witch - Katherine Arden
Queen Victoria: Daughter, Wife, Mother and Widow - Lucy Worsley
The last Boat Out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who fled Mao's Revolution - Helen Zia
The Wartime Sisters - Lynda Cohen Loigman
We Cast a Shadow - Carlos Ruffin
House of Stone - Novuyo Rosa Tshuma

For the last year I've become very picky about what I choose to read. I believe I'm very sure about my likes and dislikes at this point. I'm a Literary Fiction and Historical Gal. I really want to read my own books, but have bitten off more than I can chew, in past years, in requests. 


Going forward, perusing book websites to acquire more books will be in my past. I want to concentrate on reading what I've already obtained. My concentration will be put on the social media sites that are more of my lane and those are Goodreads and Booklikes. I'm a recovering Instagram scroller and Youtube time waster. This year I will have more focus and drive for what inspires me and allows me to thrive.



January 1


Flights of Fancy by Jen Turano


January 8


The Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye


An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozi Obioma


The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benendict


The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden


Queen Victoria: Daughter, Wife, Mother and Widow by Lucy Worsley


January 22


Last Boat Out of Shanghai by Helen Zia


The Wartime Sisters by Lynda Cohen Loigman


The Orphan Sisters by Shirley Dickson


January 29


We Cast A Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin


House of Stone by Novuyo Rosa Tshuma

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2019-01-01 03:21
Book Review : The wife between us Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
The Wife Between Us - Greer Hendricks,Sarah Pekkanen

November 16- December 30

When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.
You will assume you are reading about a jealous ex-wife.
You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement – a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love.
You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle.
Assume nothing.

Twisted and deliciously chilling, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen's The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage - and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

Read between the lies.

Review : This book was a mind fuck so this is told in two POV Nellie and vanessa Nellie is getting married to richard who seems like the perfect guy and vanessa is the ex wife of richard and Nellie is getting weird phone calls and she's excited to be married to richard to start a life with him . I didn't like richard from the moment we met him I knew there was something sketchy about him and he was a controlling asshole he doesn't want Nellie to work why WTF . Vanessa is upset richard is getting married but not for the reasons you think cause Nellie and Vanessa they are the same person it's told in the past and present and Vanessa wants to stop Richard from getting married cause he's a abusive piece of shit who lies and spins truths so she came up with a plan to get Richard to leave her and he did but then she felt bad for the girl Emma so she plans to stop it so she gets in contact with Emma and first she doesn't believe her but then she looks into it and does believe Vanessa . Vanessa shows up to meet up with Richard and Emma to stop this once and for all she confronts him and he tries to hurt her . See when Richard was a teenager he was in the car crash with his parents and that messed him up but that is still no excuse to be a abusive piece of shit Richard goes to a mental heath place to get some help and his sister is going to watch over him. So it turns out Emma also had a plan to so when Vanessa was in college she was dating her professor who turned out to be married and she didn't know he was married and Emma was his daughter this book was so good so many twists .

Quotes :
I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.’ Well, I’ve never feared bad weather, either.

For years, I have allowed fear to dominate me. But as I sit in the cab, I realize another emotion is rising to the surface: anger. It felt cathartic to unleash my rage at Richard after absorbing his for so long.

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text 2019-01-01 02:48
favorite books of 2018 part 3
Checkmate this is effortless - Kennedy Fox
A Quiet Kind of Thunder - Sara Barnard
A Court of Frost and Starlight - Sarah J. Maas
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - J.K. Rowling,Mary GrandPré
Girl Made of Stars - Ashley Herring Blake
The Wife Between Us - Greer Hendricks,Sarah Pekkanen
Jar of Hearts - Jennifer Hillier
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text 2018-12-31 01:49
Reading progress update: I've read 352 out of 352 pages.
The Wife Between Us - Greer Hendricks,Sarah Pekkanen

Wow wow wow what the hell did I just read  this book was a mindfuck

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