Monday, June 27, 2016
I'm in! I am starting now (Day off!) and hoping to have my updates each Monday or Tuesday for the previous week's reading.
The schedule is like so:
June 27th - July 3rd - Chapter 1 - end of 14 (or all of Miss Brooke and the first two chapters of Old and Young)
July 4th - 10th - Chapter 15 - end of 28 (or the rest of Old and Young and six chapters of Waiting for Death)
July 11th - 17th - Chapter 29 -end of 42 (the rest of Waiting for Death and all of Three Love Problems)
July 18th - 24th - Chapter 43 - end of 56 (all of The Dead Hand and the first three chapters of The Widow and the Wife)
July 25th - 31st - Chapter 57 - end of 70 (the rest of The Widow and the Wife and eight chapters of Two Temptations)
August 1st - 7th - Chapter 71 - End
If you want to join up with us, just click the button up top!
Monday, June 6, 2016
- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Crown (May 31, 2016)
Twenty-five-year-old Cassie Danvers is holed up in her family’s crumbling mansion in rural St. Jude, Ohio, mourning the loss of the woman who raised her—her grandmother, June. But a knock on the door forces her out of isolation. Cassie has been named the sole heir to legendary matinee idol Jack Montgomery’s vast fortune. How did Jack Montgomery know her name? Could he have crossed paths with her grandmother all those years ago? What other shocking secrets could June’s once-stately mansion hold?
Soon Jack’s famous daughters come knocking, determined to wrestle Cassie away from the inheritance they feel is their due. Together, they all come to discover the true reasons for June’s silence about that long-ago summer, when Hollywood came to town, and June and Jack’s lives were forever altered by murder, blackmail, and betrayal. As this page-turner shifts deftly between the past and present, Cassie and her guests will be forced to reexamine their legacies, their definition of family, and what it truly means to love someone, steadfastly, across the ages.
Connect with Miranda Beverly-Whittemore
My review will be short and sweet. This was a great read! I was totally blown away by how absorbing this book was! I started it and literally didn't put it down until the last page. I loved the moody atmosphere and the characters. The plot was intriguing and written beautifully.
I loved the alternating time periods and how each affected the other. The love stories, while brief, were chock full of emotion. I usually am not a fan of this tactic, but in June it worked perfectly and was very well written!
June has some great characters too! I loved Lindie and Cassie. I loved how Lindie was written. Cassie is a perfectly flawed character that I instantly liked a lot.
So final verdict. June is a great book. It was a quick read but still packed a wonderful punch!
1 Copy of June (US/Canada only)
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Monday, May 23, 2016
With the threat of the First World War looming, tension simmers under the surface of Ireland.
Growing up in the privileged confines of Dublin’s leafy Rathmines, the bright, beautiful Gifford sisters Grace, Muriel and Nellie kick against the conventions of their wealthy Anglo-Irish background and their mother Isabella’s expectations. Soon, as war erupts across Europe, the spirited sisters find themselves caught up in their country’s struggle for freedom.
Muriel falls deeply in love with writer Thomas MacDonagh, artist Grace meets the enigmatic Joe Plunkett – both leaders of ‘The Rising’ – while Nellie joins the Citizen Army and bravely takes up arms, fighting alongside Countess Constance Markievicz in the rebellion.
On Easter Monday, 1916, the biggest uprising in Ireland for two centuries begins. The world of the Gifford sisters and everyone they hold dear will be torn apart in a fight that is destined for tragedy.
Visit Marita at her website: MaritaConlonMcKenna.com.
After reading this I have discovered how little I know about Irish History. With that being said, I did not feel like I was lost at all during this book. The author did all sorts of crazy extensive research, so the events make sense to those that are history dummies. Thank you ma'am!
There is a lot of backstory here, which helps with the above mentioned problem, but it works. This is not a short book, but it felt short. I mean that in a good way! I gobbled this book up completely in one whole day!
The sisters were pretty badass. I enjoyed "watching" them grow up and move past their wealthy upbringing to join the rebellion and fight for what they believed it.
This is my first book by McKenna, and I can tell it won't be the last. I enjoyed her writing style and obvious love for this subject.
Monday, May 9, 2016
Hi, I'm Melissa. I can't say "no" to readathons!
Notes: Spent the day cleaning (my house was wrecked!) napping, and having to have a stern parent conversation with my son about his school work.
Day 2 Stats:
I do not know how many pages I have read. I have been a bad readathoner and forgot to mark my place! Boo on me!
Starting page: 63
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
This was a fun read. I liked the concept of The Luminaries, and I really liked Talia as a character. I thought the writing was pretty strong and the characters definitely were well developed and interesting.
With that mentioned, I didn't feel completely pulled into the story. While there is nothing technically wrong with the book or the characters, I just wasn't engrossed as I would have liked. I can't find anything particularly wrong with the book or the story to put my finger on the problem, so it may just be my mood. (I've been pretty fickle with my reads lately!) I can't fault the writer on that at all.
So my breakdown:
I would recommend this one. I may pick it up later and give it a re-read to see if it catches me fully then. If I do, I'll adjust my review.