With an aging father and her homeland under constant strife, Irish princess Dara is trying to save her inheritance and avoid a betrothal. But Dara’s father has brought a Norman knight to rebuild their defenses and train their men. Strongheart is wealthy and landless and sees the opportunity to marry Dara, but she wants more than to be used for his ambitions. Conquer the Mist is a passionate adventure in love and life with two strong characters – absolutely perfect for a historical Irish-Wales setting.
When Bray Drakestone accepts a challenge to race a friend, he has no idea the consequences will lead to him promising to marry someone he’s never met. And finally, after years of putting off the deed, the new Duke of Drakestone is ready to fulfill his promise but he isn’t prepared for what the lady will bring with her. The characters and supporting cast are adorable, entertaining and fun – probably the best part of the entire book. And the plot works well with the loveable characters. It’s a good, ol’, historical romantic read.
A goth teenager, an uneasy mom and an abused housewife take an unexpected journey. Their problems are diverse, some unexpected and appalling – and Beth Harbison weaves a touching and real story of each character’s struggle through life. The story is a great audiobook and narrator Orlagh Cassidy, an award-winning voice, is excellent as each of the characters. A recommended read for women’s fiction readers and, with the diversity of the character’s problems, this book is likely to strike a chord in most readers.
You can say any manner of those things they say about writers like Margaret Atwood: she’s the mistress of dark storytelling, she has a way with painting a picture, she pens characters you can’t forget. Stereotypical things that all happen to be quite true. I’m a longtime lover of Margaret Atwood and her dark humor, and The Stone Mattress does not disappoint, though it tends more to the dark than the humorous. Read it today and consider of the dangers of aging gracelessly. Stark, enlightening, and mildly disturbing, these nine tales are what you might have come to expect from the woman who brought you Penelope’s version of the Odyessey and gems such as The Robber Bride.
Callista Briarly’s father died and left her to run his American-based shipping company, but now she has to return to England to fight per two female cousins for the ownership of her deceased grandfather’s estate and home. In her pursuit to find a British gentleman to marry her and give her a heads up in the race for the fortune, she meets the Duke of Thorington, who’s angling to secure a heiress for his younger brother. Duke of Thorns is a fun historical romance with a nice touch of pre-Revolutionary history.
Just released today is the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2014. We see that Books for Her reviewed one book on the list: We are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas. It’s not a huge surprise for us to have read only one on the list as NYT focuses on impactful, culturally significant and/or deep-thinking reads, while our reviews lean toward more escapist reading. Here’s some that sound intriguing to us:
Fiction (and Poetry):
FOURTH OF JULY CREEK.By Smith Henderson. (Ecco/HarperCollins, $26.99.) In Henderson’s impressive novel, an overburdened social worker becomes involved with a near-feral boy and his survivalist father in 1980 Montana.
THE PAYING GUESTS.By Sarah Waters. (Riverhead, $28.95.) Hard times, forbidden love, murder and justice are the themes of this nevertheless comic novel, set in London after World War I.
Categorically it’s fiction, but it’s hard to think of Little Miss Sure Shot as a work of fiction; it’s more of a barely romanticized non-fiction. Confused? I was a little too at first … until I embraced it as more of a historical read. As a native of a Cody, Wyoming – a town founded by Annie Oakley’s long-time boss William F. Cody, I was interested to learn more of this well-known historical female figure even if there were some fictional assumptions. In fact, reading the book I realized how little I actually knew (I anticipate that most will feel the same). There’s more to Annie Oakley than we knew and Jeffrey Marshall details her story and life well.