Ramble and Roar: A 1920’s Novel by Catie Cordero (review)

rambleandroar_corderoWhat a humdinger of a story!  This 1920’s Jazz Era novel was so much fun it had me searching for a historical superlative (though the word probably originated in the late 1800’s, it was most likely still in use).

Eliza Belcourt, whose singing and songwriting scandalize her appearance focused parents, leaves the stifling confines of Pennsylvania high society and a forced engagement to pursue her dream of becoming a famous singer.  From the moment she gets on the train Continue reading

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First Line Friday: The Daisy Children

Welcome to First Line Friday,

hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today’s first line is from an Uncorrected Proof I won from the publisher, William Morrow, on GoodReads. The line quoted may differ from the final copy.
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I’ve had The Daisy Children by Sofia Grant on my to-read shelf for a while now, waiting for the expected publication date (August 7, 2018) to be closer.  Now that it is less than a month away, I am looking forward to reading it very soon.

Inspired by true history, this is a fictional story where a woman in the present uncovers a tragedy in her family’s past.  Here is the first line:

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Healing Love by Jennifer Slattery (review)

healinglove_jenniferslatteryI found Healing Love harder to get into than the previous novel I read by Jennifer Slattery.  Not because the story wasn’t well written and compelling, but precisely because it was.

This is, at it’s core, the story of two very different sets of sisters, from two extremely different sets of circumstances, on a collision course.  One set coming from the safety and relative privilege of their upbringings, and the other from abject poverty and a lack of safety from within their family and in their community.  And at the center of all this is also a man whose education puts him at odds with his own family while also a bit resentful of the American missionaries who leave and don’t look back. Continue reading

First Line Friday: Hurricane Season

Welcome to First Line Friday,

hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today’s featured book is a review copy I received for free from Thomas Nelson & Zondervan’s Fiction Guild.
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These past two weeks of long weekends and the Fourth of July holiday have me out of sorts with my reading and, though I did get some reading time in while vacationing last weekend (in spite of food poisoning), I’m still quite behind on getting review copies read and even further behind on writing reviews.  But I’m back to working my way through them.  So, for this week I grabbed my “try to read all of these in July” reading pile and went through first lines until I found the one that seemed to say “share me!” the loudest.

Hurricane Season by Lauren K. Denton was sent to me as a review copy and will be my first by the author.  I’ve only read the publisher’s description so I’m not exactly sure what to expect, but here is the first line:

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The Cresswell Plot by Eliza Wass (quick review)

thecresswellplot_wass_hyperionIn another case of “I don’t usually read this type of book, but…” I picked up a copy of The Cresswell Plot at a Dollar Tree store.  It was the cover that piqued my interest, the description that made me think “hmm, maybe” and the combination of the short length and the dollar price that clinched it.

It was like something was broken inside me, and the worst part was, I was pretty sure it had been broken for a long time.  When you’re hanging on by a thread, you don’t even notice until that thread starts to break. (p. 147)

I labelled this a “quick review,” so as briefly as I can manage, here’s the skinny:   Continue reading