The Locksmith's Daughter by Karen Brooks Mallory Bright is the Locksmith's daughter, and there is not a lock she can't open. This talent attracts the attention of Queen Elizabeth I's spymaster, and he hires her to worker for him, helping him find Catholic "traitors". But after witnessing a brutal execution she starts to question if they are doing the right thing. And when someone close to her becomes a target, she must choose where her allegiance lies. This book... where do I even start? My bestie basically demanded I read it and well, how can I refuse? Reading this book was a test to our friendship, as I almost broke up with her a couple of times over it ("Why would you do this to me?!" Haha). It took a bit for me to get really hooked. The story moved along well enough to keep my interest though. But once I was in, it was game over. The Locksmith's Daughter definitely offers a little bit of everything. Action, a little romance, a little humor, all with a heaping serving of anxiety. Overall the story is EXCELLENT. There are a few things I kind of love/hate about this book. First, the first 25% of the book is very dense. The story itself isn't slow, but there is so much description that it just takes a long time to read a page. Downside is, I felt like that made it a little harder for me to really get into it. The upside is, all that description painted a very detailed and realistic picture of the time period. Second, there are scenes of rape, torture, and execution. Most don't go into much detail, and overall aren't bad. There are a couple, however that will turn your stomach. One in particular had me actually feeling nauseous, though in fairness those aren't topics I handle well anyway. If you like historical fiction and can handle the graphic parts, I would recommend this one! #thelocksmithsdaughter#karenbrooks#bookreview#bookworm#fiction#historicalfiction#readingismyhappyplace#bookstagram#bookaholic#bookobsessed#bookaddict#booklover
#currentlyreading A Man Called Smith by Tanya E. Williams⠀ 📖⠀ Has anyone read this yet? I'm about 20% in so far.⠀ ⠀ 🔽Goodreads Synopsis🔽⠀ A battle-scarred father. A disillusioned daughter. Can a grieving widower rebuild his splintered family to find peace at last?⠀ ⠀ South Dakota, 1949. WWII veteran John Smith longs for the life he lost after the tragic death of his wife during childbirth. But in the desperation to provide for his two small children, he is manipulated into an unsuitable marriage by a young woman with a dark neurosis. Tormented by his own grief and the ravages of war, John is blind to his children's turmoil and pain. ⠀ ⠀ Washington State, 1964. John's sixteen-year-old daughter Calla dreams of a life beyond her vindictive stepmother. Forced to care for her younger siblings with a list of household demands larger than she is tall, Calla knows it's only a matter of time until she can escape the abuse and begin anew at college. But her dreams crumble when her heartless stepmother claims the college fund for her own selfish purposes. ⠀ ⠀ As John fears he is too late to stop the war within his home, Calla vows to build a new life worth living. ⠀ ⠀ Can John survive the consequences of war on the home front? Can Calla find the strength to rediscover the meaning of family?⠀ ⠀ A Man Called Smith is the heartwarming and heart wrenching conclusion to a gripping historical fiction series following the life of John Smith. If you like courageous characters and narratives told over multiple generations, then you'll love Tanya E. Williams' emotional tale.⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #bookrecommendation#shejustlovesbooks#book#booksofinstagram#bookreaders#ilovebooks#read#readingaddict#bookstagrammer#bookstagram#instabookstagram#instabook ⠀ #bookstagramfeature#bookstagram⠀ #bookaddict#bookphotography⠀ #booknerd#readersofinstagram⠀ #bookaholic#instaread#bookgeek#tanyawilliams#amancalledsmith#historicalfiction
The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna by Juliet Grames 4/5 Stars . . For Stella Fortuna, death has always been a part of life. Stella’s childhood is full of strange, life-threatening incidents—moments where ordinary situations take lethal turns. Even Stella’s own mother is convinced that her daughter is cursed or haunted. Stella uses her peculiar toughness to protect her slower, plainer baby sister Tina from life’s harshest realities. But she also provokes her father Antonio: a man who demands subservience from women. When the Fortunas emigrate to America on the cusp of World War II, Stella and Tina must come of age side-by-side in a hostile new world with strict expectations for each of them. Soon Stella learns that her survival is worthless without the one thing her family will deny her at any cost: her independence. . Stella has become a favorite book character of mine and fiercely enjoyed reading her story. This was a great historical fiction novel about a woman before her time. There were tough topics in this book and characters I loathed but I also found myself lost in the story. I would definitely recommend! . #nycreader#newyorkcity#bookreviews#bookrecommendations#bookworm#happiestwhenreading#igbooks#booksofinstagram#booknerd#booklove#bibliopile#literature#igreads#bookobsessed#booklover#bookshark#booksparks#historicalfiction
I’ve enjoyed the majority of BOTM books, but unfortunately this isn’t one of them. It started out promising enough, but quickly lost steam, and it took me a month to finish it because I kept setting it aside to read other books. As a history nerd, I was expecting much more than is delivered. The famous historic events of that summer and time period are merely a backdrop (some only get a mention) in the lives of a family vacationing in Nantucket. And what a dysfunctional bunch they are. I don’t require perfection, but I just couldn’t connect with any of the people in this story. Some of the minor characters are downright two dimensional, and I don’t like the way the author deals with abusive relationships and depression. This one is not going on my keeper shelf and will be passed on. . . . #bookstagram#historicalfiction#booknerd#botm#bookish#bookworm#bookblogger#bookreview#history#sixties#1960s#bookstagrammer#readersofinstagram
Thanks @atriabooks for sending me this free copy! I hadn’t heard of this one before, but it looks so good. Have you heard of it? What upcoming releases are on your radar right now? HOUSE ON ENDLESS WATERS releases January 7, 2020— “For fans of THE INVISIBLE BRIDGE and THE HISTORY OF LOVE, a lyrical and exquisitely moving novel about a writer who embarks on a transformative journey in Amsterdam, where he discovers the shocking truth about his mother’s wartime experience—unearthing a remarkable story that becomes the subject of his magnum opus.”
“She was fast asleep on the back seat of the bus. Curled up, thumb in mouth. Four, maybe five years old. I turned around. The last few passengers were shuffling away from me down the aisle to the doors. ‘Whose is this child?’ I called. Nobody looked back.” • We Must Be Brave is a story of parental love and affection. When she discovers a small unaccompanied child, Pamela, on the bus, Ellen volunteers to look after her until her parents can be found, but as the days turn into weeks their bond grows stronger and as the war begins to draw to a close, it is clear that there was no way their situation could last forever. • We Must Be Brave covers a broad time period, covering the 1930s and the years leading up to the war all the way up to 2010. Whilst I enjoyed seeing the impact of the book’s events on Ellen in particular, I did feel that this resulted in a book that felt lethargic at times, and I struggled with the closing chapters set in 2010 the most. By this point, as a result of such large time jumps so late on in the novel, the characters and setting felt almost unrecognisable. It’s a beautifully written and intimate novel about the good in humanity and the power of love, but when the pacing and time scale changed dramatically at the end of the first half, it sort of I felt that the book lost its way and never quite found it back.
I recently finished reading Mandy Robotham's debut novel, 'A Woman Of War' or 'The German Midwife' for US readers. It is a 'what if' story, Eva Braun, Hitler's mistress is pregnant. The midwife brought in to look after her is a lady called Anke, a German woman whose dedication to mothers and babies no matter who they are landed her in trouble. In order to save herself and her family, she battles with her own morals and emotions to do what is best for Eva and her unborn child. Love, loss, hope and fear all feature in this book. It really makes you wonder how women managed during the wars, especially in the concentration camps. It also made me think what would I have done in these situations? How did people deal with not just the physical conflict, but the emotional and psychological ones too? How many heroes and heroines were there, doing their bit to help save and change lives that we know nothing about? Mandy is a local midwife, and her passion and knowledge shine through in this book. The historical detail was immersive and Anke was an incredible heroine. Also if you ever get the chance to meet Mandy or hear her speak, please do. She is the loveliest most down to earth woman, and I am in awe of her midwifery and literary skills! I believe she is at Cheltenham Literature Festival this year, I am tempted to go listen to her again! @avon_books @robothammandy #bookstagram#booklover#bibliophile#bookcollector#igreads#instaread#instabook#booknerd#bookgeek#toberead#toread#awomanofwar#mandyrobotham#thegermanmidwife#avonbooks#worldwar2#secondworldwar#historicalfiction#bookreview#bookshelf
@kristinharmel’s novel THE WINEMAKER'S WIFE is set amid the champagne vineyards of northern France during the darkest days of World War II. 📚 🥂 Book Club Menu: “A book about champagne should certainly be accompanied by a glass or two of bubbly—and the foods that pair best with it! Try THE WINEMAKER’S WIFE with a traditional brut champagne from a lesser-known producer —your local wine shop or @wtso would both be great resources— accompanied by some good cheese such as triple cream Brie or nutty aged Parmesan. Snack on something salty such as potato chips or popcorn, both of which go nicely with bubbles. For dinner, seafood or pasta in a rich cream sauce would work beautifully with the acidic champagne. For dessert, treat yourself to a @biscuitsfossier rose de Reims (available on @amazon) the traditional cookie of Reims (the largest city in Champagne), which can be eaten alone or dipped right into your champagne. Have a book hangover the next morning? Scrambled eggs go beautifully with champagne, too!”—Kristin Harmel🥂 Author's recipe for Sauutéed Chicken with Champagne Sauce: bit.ly/ChampagneChicken📚 🥂 Book Club Buzz: conta.cc/31XOmKz Enter book giveaway from @gallerybooks: bit.ly/BCCBBookGiveaway or comment and follow us📚 🥂 #thewinemakerswife#winemaker#fiction#historicalfiction#novel#france#champagne#wine#winemaking#wwii#worldwarii#novel#bookstagram#newbook#bookclub#bookclubbook#bibliophile#champagneregion#booksandfood#bookclubeats#cheese#potatochips#popcorn#bubbly#salty
Coming soon!!! The incredible and heart wrenching follow up to “The Tattooist of Auschwitz” answers the question what happened to Cilka. . . After her liberation from Auschwitz, Cilka is convicted of being a collaborator for sleeping with the enemy and is sentenced to 15 years hard labor in Siberia. While imprisoned she faces shocking new challenges and horribly familiar ones. After an accident in her hut takes her to the hospital she impresses a female doctor and is taken under her wing. With this new found position she finds friendship, purpose and hope for love. . . When forced to choose between standing with your morals and die or do what you’re told and live, Cilka bravely chooses life. When faced with horror after horror she persists because sometimes it’s “the only form of resistance you have — staying alive”. . . Heather Morris’ historical fiction novel (based on a real survivor) balances the heartbreak and hope that Cilka experienced. She also shines a light on the horrors this brave woman was able to overcome and atrocities that many female prisoners of war faced during and after WWII. Thank you @stmartinspress for the advanced readers’ edition we can’t wait for October 1st! . . . #historicalfiction#basedonrealevents#novel#bookstagram#heathermorris#tattooistofauschwitz#cilkasjourney#comingsoon#twoweekcountdown#indiebookstore
From meeting incredible mentors and writers, to pitching for four days straight, to consuming all the hard cider and maple fudge in VT, I am now officially a Stowe Stories Alumn! 🍁 First pic is my script group - talented and powerful women I was lucky enough to talk history, story, and sexual deviancy with (I believe we are now deemed “The Sapiosexual Group”). 🍂 Second pic is our excellent USC surprise connection at Stowe, and third pic is the great pitch group I got to be a part of evolving in for some of the most vulnerable Lab moments. 🌻 The rest of the pics? Just awesome people I got to meet. Already missing the Lab, but not slowing down anytime soon - There is more work to be done!