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review 2018-03-07 03:12
The Unquiet Daughter - Danielle Flood

The Unquiet Daughter

Danielle Flood

Paperback, 388 pages
Published September 1st 2016 by Piscataqua Press

ISBN: 1944393188 (ISBN13: 9781944393182)


I had read The Quiet American, a while a go, and was quite intrigued when I read the description of this book. The author did her homework/research for this memoir, so there were a lot of description of what was happening in Vietnam when her mom, father, and stepfather were living there. Having a not so wonderful childhood, and parents who either did not communicate well or outright lied to her, I could feel her struggle in trying to figure out who she was and where she belonged. The research Flood has done of her mother's background, as well as that of her biological and stepdad's, gave a lot of insight as to what was lost to her in her formative years. Many of us have a lot more from our parents as we grow up. I did enjoy reading this memoir. At times, I felt as if the author's need for positive attention from her mom and for a relationship with her biological dad came across as a childlike "I want, I want" flare up. I wasn't sure how much of that came from the upbringing she had.

***This copy was received from the Author through a Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for a fair review***

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review 2018-03-03 20:52
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand - Helen Simonson

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

Helen Simonson

Paperback, Large Print, 585 pages
Published December 1st 2010 by Large Print Press (first published 2010)
ISBN: 1594134448 (ISBN13: 9781594134449) 




  I was not sure I would like this one; but once I started following Major Pettigrew's character in the book and seeing the changes in him, I fell in love with the book. Did he actually change, or did he finally stand up for the lifestyle he believed in? There were several characters I liked, then others who I just wanted to punch...I liked how Simsonson wrote her characters so that there was a distinct emotion I felt as I read about them. Definitely a must read...
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text 2018-02-06 03:09
THE RULES OF MAGIC by Alice Hoffman
The Rules of Magic: A Novel - Alice Hoffman

The Rules of Magic

Alice Hoffman

Hardcover, 369 pages
Published October 10th 2017 by Simon Schuster

ISBN: 1501137476 (ISBN13: 9781501137471)


  I've always liked Alice Hoffman as a writer. She is definitely a strong story teller, and she brought "Practical Magic's" back story to life with a good plot, and some great characters. I loved Aunt Isabelle. Part of the story is set in the 60's, and Hoffman works that into the storyline well.
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review 2014-12-11 18:52
Die grausame Wahrheit der politischen Elite!
[(The Other Woman)] [Author: Hank Phillippi Ryan] published on (September, 2012) - Hank Phillippi Ryan



Eine Reihe an grausamen Mordserien erschüttert die Einwohner Massachusetts. In den Medien und in der Bevölkerung wird von dem Brückenkiller gesprochen, der anscheinend wahllos junge Frauen auswählt und sie vergewaltigt und misshandelt in einer Art Selbstmordszenario von den Brücken stürzt. Lange Zeit tappt der junge Detektiv Jake Brogan im Dunkeln, doch unverhofft kommt gerade von der Person der entscheidende Hinweis im zu Gute, von der er es am aller wenigsten erwartet hat - Jane Ryland, einer jungen und aufstrebenden Reporterin, die kurz vor der Wahl hinter ein dunkles und schmutziges Geheimnis der makellosen Fassade des Spitzenkandidat stößt!

Doch Welches Geheimnis umgibt den charismatischen Gouverneur und wie steht die Wahlkampagne mit der Mordserie vier junger Frauen in Verbindung?



Meine Meinung:


Hank Phillippi Ryan hat mit " Böse Zungen " einen Thriller geschrieben, der sich mit den schmutzigen Intrigen der politischen Elite befasst und er fährt wirklich ordentlich auf und haut harte Fakten ungeniert auf den Tisch. Sein super realistischer Schreibstil lässt den Leser nur daran zweifeln, dass hinter der Handlung kein Fünkchen Wahrheit stecken könnte, denn wie oft bekommt man im Fernsehen mit, welche Spielchen hinter den verschlossenen Türen der Regierung gespielt werden. 


Der Autor schafft es auf eine sehr authentische und glaubhafte Art, den Leser in seine Handlung einzuführen und ihn mit spannenden und unvorhersehbaren Wendungen zu fesseln. Er führt dem Leser knallhart vor Augen, dass hinter einem Schweigen oft die meiste Wahrheit steckt und wie hoch der Preis sein kann mit dem der Betroffenen zahlen muss.


Die Protagonisten sind wie aus dem wirklichen Leben gegriffen und wirken so sehr realistisch und sympathisch. Die Orte an denen die Handlung spielt sind sehr bildhaft beschrieben, so dass man sich gedanklich sehr gut dahin versetzen und sich in seinem persönlichen Kopfkino vorstellen kann, was die Protagonisten vorfinden oder sie sich sogar mit auseinandersetzen müssen.




Ein realistischer und spannender Thriller, der sich mit den schmutzigen Geschäften, Machenschaften und Intrigen der politischen Elite auseinandersetzt!

Source: www.egmont-lyx.de/buch/boese-zungen
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2014-11-14 07:04
Fade into Red by Reshma K. Barshikar

Thanks to the authoress Reshma K Barshikar for having sent across the book in exchange for an honest review. I have been waiting to review this ever since I started reading.

It is a lovely book based on the life story of an independent woman who is passionate about art history and is a banker by profession. She thinks her life is just perfect with the perfect job and the perfect set of people around, until she embarks on a journey which takes her to Tuscany for a deal as part of her job but it completely changes her life for good. This book gives you a Devil wears Prada or a Sophie Kinsella book feeling which is again reassured by the cover page of the book which is lovely and it also has a handsome hero in it.

The story is about Ayra who is sent to Tuscany to help a client buy a vineyard in Tuscany  and she leaves to Tuscany the same day she gets engaged to her childhood friend Karthik who is a very endearing character in the book. For quite a while I thought the climax made me sympathize with Karthik. There she guides the Malhotras in checking with various vineyards along with Ishaan Malhotra who is the main head honcho in this vineyard acquiring stint and Celio, the expert in wine making process. The descriptions in Tuscany about the nature as well as the wine making process is probably the best and my personal favorite parts of the book. I had never thought that it would get me really interested in the whole wine-making process, but I was totally glued when these things were described in the book. It also compelled me to google so much about wine. The authoress has really done a fine job here.

Then the story of course deals a bit about finding the true calling, friendship, following one’s passion, office politics and stuff which was quite predictable. But at the end, it was totally a surprise for me that Ayra didn’t choose to go with Ishaan but there is a hint of possibility in that last sentence which can give an opening to a sequel to follows this(Barshikar, are you listening?!!!!). It is quite difficult to choose a particular genre for it like romance, woman fiction. So I would put it into Chick-Lit. Yes, it falls in that category. There are many endearing supporting characters in the book of whom Narina was my personal favorite being Ayra’s best and ever-willing-to-help friend. Her parents, Aunt Ramya, Celio, Kartik all these characters bring out the best in the story.

I would give it a three out of five stars and would recommend it to all those who are fans of this genre. Its a fairly familiar themed novel yet delicious just like the vanilla icecream. If Reshma K Barshikar chooses to write a sequel to this one, I definitely don’t mind relishing it too :)

Source: loadstoread.wordpress.com/2014/11/14/fade-into-red-by-reshma-k-barshikar
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