Friday, February 21, 2014

Review and Giveaway of The Fever Tree by Jennifer McVeigh


Beautiful, powerful, mesmerizing....

From England to South Africa.  From wealth to poverty.  From being happy and content to being unhappy and resentful.

Frances had no choice but to move to South Africa after her father died.  She was left with nothing and definitely didn't want to live with her aunt to be a nursemaid or to be treated like help instead of family.  She had to accept Edwin's proposal. Things happened in between her marriage to Edwin, though, that made her second guess her decision to marry him and to move to South Africa.

THE FEVER TREE is written in a beautiful, descriptive style.  The storyline held my interest because of the lifestyle, the setting, the period in history, and definitely because of the characters. You will feel sorry for Frances and really dislike Edwin and William.

Ms. McVeigh has an elegant writing style that immediately pulled me in.  THE FEVER TREE is a book about family, class distinction, making decisions, and a love that endures...find out what this enduring love is as you turn the pages in this haunting, unforgettable read.

You will be able to put yourself in Frances' shoes and feel her despair with her life, her decisions, and her surroundings simply because of the amazing way Ms. McVeigh details every sentence and situation.
You will be able to vividly see every detail because of Ms. McVeigh's amazing imagery and feel what Frances and the other characters are feeling because of her writing skill. The description of the African landscape is stunning. You will feel the dust in your clothes and the bleakness of the dry land.

THE FEVER TREE is truly a sultry book you won't want to put down and one you will remember long after you turn the last page.

THE FEVER TREE is a beautiful combination of historical fiction and a passion for life, for causes, and dreams.  Don't miss this mesmerizing debut novel. 5/5

This book was given to me free of charge by the publisher in return for an honest review.

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Friday, February 14, 2014

My Favorite Books


My Favorite Books I have read over the years.  Click the title to go to the review on my blog.  

If the title isn't linked, then I haven't reviewed it. It must have been pre-blog days.  :)

Also check my Favorites Shelf down the right-hand side.

Happy Reading!!

1.  The Island House by Posie Graeme Evans

2.  The Lavender Garden by Lucinda Riley - she is similar to Kate Morton

3.  The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure - it is WWII with a different twist

4.  The Funeral Dress by Susan Gregg Gilmore - it is about a girl in the Appalachian Mountains

5.  DollFace by Renee Rosen

6.  The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell - this is one of my favorites and still has me puzzled.  :)

7.  The Wife, The Maid, and The Mistress - it will be reviewed on my blog on January 28.  It is historical fiction...loved it

8.  The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd - she wrote The Secret Life of Bees

9.  Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain - it is a social issue book, but very good.

10. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent - it is a true story, but fictionalized, about a woman in Iceland who was last person to ever be executed - VERY book club loved it.

11.  Meet Me At the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan - it is a light-hearted read

12.  The Time Between by Karen White - very good

13.  The Orphan Train by Kristina Baker Kline - historical fiction...good read

14.  Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

15.  The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin - this is her debut book

16.  The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin - it is about the wife of Charles Lindbergh

17.  City of Women by David R. Gillham - WWII

18.  The Roots of the Olive Tree by Courtney Miller Santo

19.  The House of Serenades by Lina Simoni - about an Italian family.  :)

20.  A Walk Across the Sun by Corban Addison

21.  Little Black Dress by Susan McBride - a fun read

22.  Mudbound by Hillary Jordan - very good

23.  Room by Emma Donoghue - a bit depressing, but good

24. The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

25.  The Tenth Gift by Jane Johnson

26.  The Shadow of The Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon 

27.  The Cleaner of Chartres by Salley Vickers

28.  The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Becoming Josephine by Heather Webb

When Rose moved from a balmy, beautiful Martinique plantation to a cold, stark Paris, her life followed suit.

She went from a loving, warm family to a husband and a life that was cold and distant.

Rose's arranged marriage was supposed to be one that would be a wonderful new chapter in her life, but it was totally opposite.  Her husband, Alexandre, was a philanderer and very critical of Rose. He thought she was beneath his social stature.

When the French Revolution broke out both Rose and Alexandre were imprisoned in a filthy, demeaning prison.

After her release, Rose was determined to change her life and never want for anything again.  She worked at and reached that goal.  Rose/Josephine was a very determined woman and led quite an interesting social life as she again looked for a husband. It is difficult to believe how she "hopped" from man to man.

BECOMING JOSEPHINE was very well written and kept my interest despite some of the political aspects.  I would recommend BECOMING JOSEPHINE if you are a fan of historical fiction.  It is historical fiction at its best.  Ms. Webb definitely did her research.

I truly enjoy this time period in history with all the fashion.  The strict rules about the rights of women during these times is always puzzling since there was no problem with the women and their sexual behavior.   My rating is going to be a 4/5.

This book was given to me free of charge by the publisher in return for an honest review.