Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A Reader's Companion

I found this book at the Recycling Center. It is meant to journalize your reading.

I think it is a great idea, as I am getting to the age where forgetting is becoming more common.

I used to laugh at my mother for buying the same book twice. Or giggle at her for reading a book and not realizing that she had already read it until she was halfway through.

I have now done both of those things. Dang Karma.

I only like to reread a book, or a series, by choice. Not forgetfulness.

As there are so many books on my to read list, I do not have the time to keep making that mistake. And that I am collecting the books I want for my own personal library, I do not want to buy them multiple times.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Lady Emily

I am in love with this series by Tasha Alexander.

Set in Victorian England, these historical suspense novels involve stolen antiquities, betrayal, and murder. Complete with a twisty plot, this is the kind of book I love. 

I found book number one of the series at the Recycling Center. The cover almost deterred me, as I figured it was just another romance. However, I had promised someone a few novels and she does read romance, so I grabbed it for her.

However, one day I was reaching for a quick read. And Only to Deceive was at arm's length. Prepared to be irritated with a sappy love tale, I began reading. I honestly was not expecting much from this book, but it became a book I didn't want to put down. After I finished it, I went and requested the rest of the series from the library. 

The series (in order);

And Only to Deceive
A Poisoned Season
A Fatal Waltz
Tears of Pearl
Dangerous to Know
A Crimson Warning (due to be released October 25, 2011)

I was pleased to discover that there is a bridge piece, Emily and Colin's Wedding: A Tears of Pearl PrequelRead it here. This is a little novella to go between numbers 3 and 4.

Perfect timing for this discovery, as I am currently awaiting the arrival of the fourth book from the library. I am, literally, right between novels 3 and 4. 

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Emily and Einstein

by Linda Frances Lee

He was a man who didn’t deserve a second chance. But he needed one…

Emily and her husband, Sandy Portman, seemed to live a gracious if busy life in an old-world, Upper West Side apartment in the famous Dakota building.  But one night on the way to meet Emily, Sandy dies in a tragic accident.  The funeral isn't even over before Emily learns she is on the verge of being evicted from their apartment.  But worse than the possibility of losing her home, Emily is stunned when she discovers that her marriage was made up of lies. 

Suddenly Emily is forced on a journey to find out who her husband really was . . . all the while feeling that somehow he isn't really gone.  Angry, hurt, and sometimes betrayed by loving memories of the man she lost, Emily finds comfort in a scruffy dog named Einstein.  But is Einstein's seemingly odd determination that she save herself enough to make Emily confront her own past?  Can he help her find a future—even after she meets a new man? 

Note to readers: I do not read romance novels, and even many books with highly emphasized romantic subplots. Those I ditched in my 20's. Linda Frances Lee is labeled as a romance author, and many of her books look to be in exactly that genre. I giggle at the heaving bosoms, bodice-ripping and silly euphemisms for sex, but I will no longer read any.

I would never have read this book had I bought it instead of checking it out from my library. It was in the New Books section of our library. And honestly the cover sucked me in. I decided to give it a try.

And I am so glad I did.

Once I started it, I did not want to put it down. Second chances. Redemption. Loss. Love. And happily, not a single bodice-ripping.