Month: October 2016

Available Today: The German Girl

Available October 18th: The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa

****4/5 stars

29430755A young girl who never knew her father is given a chance to meet the aunt who raised him, a woman with a story of her own.

Recommended readers:

  • Readers of historical fiction,
  • Readers of World War II fiction
  • Adult and Young Adult readers alike

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 characters
  • 4/5 plot
  • 4/5 overall

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

World War II books: people can’t stop writing them, I can’t stop reading them. This one, however, fictionalizes a somewhat less well-known aspect of the Holocaust: the 1939 journey of 937 primarily Jewish refugees to Cuba aboard the St. Louis. Hannah Rosenthal is an eleven-year-old member of this voyage promised refuge in Cuba, and one of the very few who were not turned away at the last moment. Told from her perspective, combined with the voice years later of her niece, Anna Rosen, who has come  to Cuba to learn about her father’s family, The German Girl is a compelling and sobering account of a little-known journey.

Available October 18th: The German Girl

October 18th: The Girl from Venice

Coming October 18th: The Girl From Venice 

****4/5 stars- loved it!

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From thriller series writer Martin Cruz Smith , a standalone action-adventure-romance about a Venetian fisherman who decides to help the Jewish girl he encounters in his lagoon at the very close of World War II.

Recommended readers:

  • fans of historical fiction
  • fans of mystery and suspense
  • fans of action-adventure romance…this one’s got it all!

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 for characters
  • 4/5 for plot
  • 4/5 overall
  • 2/5 steaminess

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

I’m not sure I’ve ever read a World War II story at least partially about Jews on the run that I would classify as an action adventure romance, and I have to say while taking on a serious topic, this one was quite a bit of… fun.  Somehow Martin Cruz Smith manages to successfully impart historical information in a compelling, plot driven thriller not unlike the modern political sort. Doesn’t make any sense?  Try it yourself.

Available on Amazon on October 18th: The Girl From Venice

Review: Mrs. Hemingway

Available Now: Mrs. Hemingway by Naomi Wood

*****4/5 stars- loved it

18114165A fictional journey into the minds of the four wives of Ernest Hemingway.

Recommended readers:

  • If you love Hemingway,
  • if you hate Hemingway,
  • if you love to hate Hemingway,
  • and if you liked  The Paris Wife, this one is for you.

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 characters
  • 4/5 plot
  • 4/5 overall

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

There are some tragic figures you just can’t get enough of, and Hemingway is at the top of my list.  Reading this book was like being in a trance, in someone else’s head and in love and hate with the man himself. A sweet and melancholy treat, perfect for one last ditch effort at summer.

Available Now:  Mrs. Hemingway

 

Available today: Margaret Atwood’s Hag-Seed

Available today: Hag-Seed: The Tempest Retold by Margaret Atwood

****4/5 stars- loved it

The grand Margaret Atwood takes on28588073 The Tempest for Hogarth Press.

Recommended readers:

  • If you’re a fan of Margaret Atwood,
  • a Shakespeare aficionado,
  • and if you like literary re-imaginings, this one is for you.

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 for characters
  • 4/5 for plot
  • 4/5 overall

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

The next in Hogarth Press’ project to bring Shakespeare to current fiction, Hag-Seed reimagines Shakespeare’s Tempest among a troupe of correctional facility thespians (really) and their somewhat unhinged teacher. All of Shakespeare’s characters are here, or portrayed here, by the non-violent offenders of the Fletcher County Correctional Institute, centering on the core of Prospero/Felix, a former theatre director bent on revenge for the loss of his former job by the weasel Antonio/Tony, who is accompanied in his quest to visit horror on his enemies by the ghost of his long-dead daughter Miranda. (Very good at madness and mania, is Margaret Atwood.) I found myself really rooting for all of the inmates who learn to access the universal themes of William Shakespeare though acting and 16th century curses and insults.  A very readable way to get your Shakespeare in, and so smart I know I didn’t even catch it all. Check out one of Goodread’s “Best Books of the Month,” available today.

Available now on Amazon

See also Anne Tyler’s Vinegar Girl for Hogarth Press

Available now: A Memory of Muskets

Available now: A Memory of Muskets

***3/5 stars-liked it

28700178When a Civil War reenactor is found dead at  Old World Wisconsin, veteran historic site employee and sleuth Chloe Ellefson suspects murder.

Recommended readers:

  • history nerds
  • Civil War buffs
  • historic sites enthusiasts

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 3/5 for characters
  • 3/5 for plot
  • 3/5 overall

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

A Memory of Muskets follows the popular parallel storyline convention of  historical mystery plus present-day mystery solvers, but this steps it up a notch with an extra present-day murder mystery.  Muskets is seventh in a mystery series about historic sites curator Chloe Ellefson and her cop-boyfriend Roelke McKenna, who navigate their relationship and their own jobs as very different people. As a history buff and historic sites person myself, I enjoyed the attention to the details of historic sites problems and Civil War reenacting, but would have enjoyed it much more had I read the previous books.

Available now: A Memory of Muskets

Amazon Prime Now Offers Free Books

Starting this week, Amazon Prime members can now access more than 1,000 books, magazines and more via Prime Reading. The program is open to members – and any devices (so you don’t have to have a Kindle).

A Prime Membership costs $99, providing unlimited 2-day shipping on most products, access to movies, TV shows, music and more – and now makes an even bigger play into the reading world. You can try Amazon for 30-days free here.

For those already with Amazon Prime, you can dig in on your Kindle or Kindle App (on any device). Look for the “NEW! Prime Reading” category on the homepage, or watch for the Prime logo button while browsing.

Here’s a peek at the Prime Reading list, which will rotate content (like Netflix) and includes popular titles like Harry Potter, The Hobbit and genres from Mystery & Thriller, Romance to Nonfiction and Children’s.

Strange History by The Bathroom Readers’ Institute

Available now: Strange History

****4/5 stars

Fabulously entertaining, Strange History has great anecdotes, myths and more in history.

Recommended readers:

  • If you need some quick reading facts and story
  • If you’re a history buff and like odd facts
  • If you need an entertaining bathroom read

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 for characters
  • 3/5 for plot
  • 4/5 overall
  • 3/5 steaminess

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

 

Have  you been reading the same old bathroom book? Strange History is the perfect, entertaining read with funny anecdotes and facts from history. A great read for kids too, even as young as middle grades, since the stories are short – sometimes just a paragraph. Much like a Guinness Book of World Records, Strange History is super entertaining. It would be a fun gift for a hubby, gag gift or friend.

Available now: Strange History