Tuesday, March 19, 2019

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph

It's Tuesday . . . time for . . . 

                                                      
 

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, now hosted by Vicki at I'd Rather Be At The Beach, where bloggers post the first paragraph(s) of a book they are currently reading or planning to read sometime soon. 


Today I'm featuring an upcoming read, Dear George, Dear Mary by Mary Calvi.  The excerpt shared is from the hardcover edition I borrowed from the library.  


Dear George, Dear Mary: A Novel of George Washington's First Love 

Part I
The Encounter
 
Chapter One
Guardian's Wall
 
Love is said to be an involuntary passion and it is
therefore contended that it cannot be resisted.
                                                   --George Washington
 
YONKERS-ON-HUDSON
FEBRUARY 14, 1756
 
Mary Eliza lay upon cold leaves whose color had washed away a season ago, wishing she could bring back the living.  Dead things surrounded her; every flower bud hung shriveled.  The dull winter had brought only a few flakes.  Spring, when fragrance emerged from its cocoon, was her favorite time of year.  That was not this time.  Today nature emitted not even a scent to smell.
 
 
What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
I enjoy historical fiction, and couldn't resist this novel after seeing a television interview with the author.  Mary Calvi is a journalist at the local CBS news station in New York, and I think the subject matter is in good hands.  I'm looking forward to starting this book soon.

 
 
 
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Friday, March 15, 2019

Friday Focus: The Friday 56 & Book Beginnings

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It's Friday . . . time to share book excerpts with:
  • Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current read, as well as initial thoughts about the sentence(s), impressions of the book, or anything else that the opening inspires.  
  • The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice, where you grab a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% of an ebook), find one or more interesting sentences (no spoilers), and post them.
Today I'm featuring a recent blog tour read, Murder Between the Pages by Linda Hope Lee.  It's the first book in the new Nina Foster Mystery Series. The excerpts shared are from the electronic version I received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

Murder Between the Pages (The Nina Foster Mystery Series Book 1)

Beginning:  Chapter One
"The estate looks elegant and the food tastes superb, but the book is trash," Larry Hardisty announced.
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56% of eBook (approximately):  Nina leaned forward.  "Why did she want to destroy your career?  I know she was jealous of your success, but to destroy you is extreme."
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My thoughts:  This book has many appeal factors for me: the Pacific Northwest setting, a protagonist who is a librarian, and the first book of a new series.  You can read my review here, and enter a giveaway for an Amazon gift card.

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From Goodreads:   It's a sad day for librarian Nina Foster when she discovers her good friend, bookstore owner Wildeen Bergman, dead on her office floor. Worse yet, another friend, romance writer Zelma Duke, becomes the police's prime suspect. Nina knows Wildeen had something on Zelma. Was it enough to warrant murder? Handsome Stephen Kraslow, owner of the local newspaper, joins forces with Nina to find out the truth. The quest takes them on a dangerous journey of twists and turns before they reach the final outcome.









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Great Escapes Blog Tour, Review, and Giveaway: Murder Between the Pages by Linda Hope Lee


Today I'm participating in the Murder Between the Pages Blog Tour.  In this post you will find book and author information along with my review.


About the book . . .
   
Murder Between the Pages
(Nina Foster Mystery Series)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
The Wild Rose Press, Inc. (Crimson Rose) (December 19, 2018)
Paperback: 264 pages
ISBN-10: 1509223673
ISBN-13: 978-1509223671
Digital Print Length: 190 pages
ASIN: B07JKZT5TM
 

Synopsis . . .  It’s a sad day for librarian Nina Foster when she discovers her good friend, bookstore owner Wildeen Bergman, dead on her office floor. Worse yet, another friend, romance writer Zelma Duke, becomes the police’s prime suspect. Nina knows Wildeen had something on Zelma. Was it enough to warrant murder? Handsome Stephen Kraslow, owner of the local newspaper, joins forces with Nina to find out the truth. The quest takes them on a dangerous journey of twists and turns before they reach the final outcome.

My review . . .  Murder Between the Pages introduces readers to a new cozy mystery series set in the suburbs of Seattle, featuring librarian Nina Foster.  When her best friend Wildeen Bergman is found murdered in her bookstore and another friend Zelma Duke tops the list of suspects, Nina finds herself reluctantly taking on the role of amateur sleuth.

Nina, Wildeen, and Zelma have been friends since their college days, but the relationship between Wildeen and Zelma has become increasingly fraught. Both women are writers, and the forthcoming release of Zelma’s latest novel intensifies tensions between them.  Is their growing hostility a motive for murder?  Desperate to clear her name, Zelma persuades Nina to intercede.

Nina’s initial investigation, aided by newcomer and newspaper owner Stephen Kraslow, focuses on people who have clashed with Wildeen recently.  Her sleuthing confirms that Wildeen may have uncovered episodes of wrongdoing by several prosperous community members before her death.  Did one of them act to permanently silence Wildeen?  And as she delves even deeper, Nina uncovers other past misdeeds.  As the list of suspects grows, Nina’s own safety is compromised.  Can she stop the murderer before she meets her own untimely demise at the hands of the killer?

Murder Between the Pages is a promising start to a new series.  The plot held my attention, and its twists and red herrings kept me guessing whodunit until the story’s conclusion.  Furthermore, the book’s picturesque setting and other elements are sure to attract and delight cozy readers—from the beautiful descriptions of Pacific Northwest scenery, to the small town library and bookstore, to the cast of characters—particularly the protagonist’s budding love interest and vibrant grandmother.  Upon finishing Murder Between the Pages, readers will welcome return visits to the inviting community of Richmond, Washington with each new book in the Nina Foster series.

Giveaway . . . Enter the Murder Between the Pages giveaway contest to win a $25 Amazon gift card by clicking on this link.


 
About the author . . .  Linda Hope Lee had written contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and mysteries. Other pursuits include watercolor painting, photography, collecting children’s books and anything to do with wire-haired fox terriers. She makes her home in the Pacific Northwest.  

Author links . . . Website:  http://www.lindahopelee.com
Twitter:  @lindahopelee
Facebook: facebook.com/lindahopelee
Goodreads: goodreads.com/lindahopelee 


Purchase links . . .  Amazon    B&N





Blog Tours


Tour participants . . .
March 11 – A Blue Million Books – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
March 11 – Books Direct – GUEST POST
March 12 – FUONLYKNEW – REVIEW
March 13 – The Ninja Librarian – REVIEW
March 14 – Valerie’s Musings – REVIEW
March 14 – MJB Reviewers – SPOTLIGHT
March 15 – Book Club Librarian – REVIEW
March 15 – Teresa Trent Author Blog – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
March 16 – The Book Decoder – REVIEW
March 17 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW
March 17 – StoreyBook Reviews – GUEST POST
March 18 – That’s What She’s Reading – REVIEW
March 18 – Ruff Drafts – AUTHOR INTERVIEW


Note . . . I received a complimentary copy of Murder Between the Pages from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.



 
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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Can't Wait Wednesday

  
Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tessa at Wishful Endings which spotlights and discusses forthcoming books that bloggers are looking forward to reading. Generally it's about books that haven't been released yet. This meme is based on Waiting on Wednesday, formerly hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

There are so many exciting new books on the horizon, so without further ado, this week's Can't Wait For book is . . . 

Ask Again, Yes 
Publication Date:  May 28, 2019
Publisher:  Scribner

From Goodreads:  A profoundly moving novel about two neighboring families in a suburban town, the friendship between their children, a tragedy that reverberates over four decades, and the power of forgiveness.

Francis Gleeson and Brian Stanhope are two NYPD rookies assigned to the same Bronx precinct in 1973. They aren’t close friends on the job, but end up living next door to each other outside the city. What goes on behind closed doors in both houses—the loneliness of Francis’s wife, Lena, and the instability of Brian’s wife, Anne, sets the stage for the stunning events to come.
 

Ask Again, Yes by award-winning author Mary Beth Keane, is a beautifully moving exploration of the friendship and love that blossoms between Francis’s youngest daughter, Kate, and Brian’s son, Peter, who are born six months apart. In the spring of Kate and Peter’s eighth grade year a violent event divides the neighbors, the Stanhopes are forced to move away, and the children are forbidden to have any further contact.

But Kate and Peter find a way back to each other, and their relationship is tested by the echoes from their past.
Ask Again, Yes reveals how the events of childhood look different when reexamined from the distance of adulthood—villains lose their menace, and those who appeared innocent seem less so. Kate and Peter’s love story is marked by tenderness, generosity, and grace.


My thoughts:  Mary Beth Keane has demonstrated her rich storytelling talent in her previous novels, The Walking People and FeverIt's very good news indeed that she has completed her third novel, which will be released soon.






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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph

It's Tuesday . . . time for . . . 

                                                      
 

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, now hosted by Vicki at I'd Rather Be At The Beach, where bloggers post the first paragraph(s) of a book they are currently reading or planning to read sometime soon. 


Today I'm featuring my current read, The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley.  The excerpt shared is from the hardcover edition I borrowed from the library.  

 The Hunting Party 

1
Heather
 Now
January 2, 2019

I see a man coming through the falling snow.  From a distance, through the curtain of white, he looks hardly human, like a shadow figure.

As he nears me I see that it is Doug, the gamekeeper.

He is hurrying toward the Lodge, I realize, trying to run.  But the fallen, falling snow hampers him.  He stumbles with each step.  Something bad.  I know this without being able to see his face.
 


What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
I'm only a few chapters in, but the pacing is pitch perfect for a suspense novel and I'm really drawn in by the plot.


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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Friday Focus: The Friday 56 & Book Beginnings

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It's Friday . . . time to share book excerpts with:
  • Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current read, as well as initial thoughts about the sentence(s), impressions of the book, or anything else that the opening inspires.  
  • The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice, where you grab a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% of an ebook), find one or more interesting sentences (no spoilers), and post them.
Today I'm featuring an upcoming read, Tempt Me with Diamonds by Jane Feather.  The excerpts shared are from a paperback version borrowed from the library.

 Tempt Me with Diamonds (London Jewels #1) 

Beginning:  Chapter One - London, August 1902
Rupert Lacey, as his habit, moved from sleep to wakefulness in a matter of seconds.  He opened his eyes abruptly, aware of the faint gray light of dawn showing between a gap in the curtains and the unmistakable sense that something was happening in the house.  There was nothing specific to give him this feeling, no particular sound, just a stirring of the air, a sense of motion.  He sat up, reaching for the bellpull on the wall beside him.

It was answered within minutes.  Davis, his batman, came into the bedroom carrying a tea tray.  "Good morning, Colonel."  He set the tray by the bed and went to draw back the curtains.

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Page 56:  No one spoke again while Barlow set down the sherry decanter and filled their glasses.  "Mrs. Harris said luncheon will be served in half an hour, Miss Diana.  Will that be satisfactory?"

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My thoughts:  It's been a long time since I've read a historical romance, and this first book in the new London Jewels series caught my eye when I saw it on several websites and blogs.  I like the way the excerpts transport the reader to England in the early part of the twentieth century.

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From Goodreads:  Three friends who met at an elite English boarding school take on the town—and the ton—one by one, in this sparkling new series about love, loss, and lustrous gemstones, from New York Times bestselling author Jane Feather...

A FINE ROMANCE…


Diana Sommerville seems to have it all—beauty, brains, and vast wealth, thanks to her family's ownership of a diamond mine abroad. But when her beloved brother dies in battle and leaves a lion's share of his estate to his best friend, Diana finds herself in a situation that seems scripted for the stage: Sharing her family home with the man she used to love—and now loathes. Worse, her unfaithful former fiancĂ© has already moved in.

OR AN EXCELLENT FAKE?

Rupert Lacey didn't expect Diana to take the news without a fight. Still, he didn't expect her to bring the battle directly to their newly shared doorstep—complete with a full set of trunks, and a full set of orders to the staff. Yet there she is, bold, regal...magnificent as ever. Now they would face a formidable challenge: to ignore each other—and the unanswered questions that stood between them. The only sure thing is their still blazing desire. But with a woman like Diana, it will take nothing less than a momentous misunderstanding, a missing prized mare, and a shocking revelation to restore a love that hasn't lost its shine.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Can't Wait Wednesday

  
Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tessa at Wishful Endings that spotlights and discusses forthcoming books that bloggers are looking forward to reading as soon as they're published.. This meme is based on Waiting on Wednesday, formerly hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

There are so many exciting new books on the horizon, so without further ado, this week's Can't Wait For book is . . .  


The Stranger Diaries  
Publication Date:  March 5, 2019
Publisher:  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


From Goodreads:  Clare Cassidy is no stranger to murder. A high school English teacher specializing in the Gothic writer R. M. Holland, she teaches a course on it every year. But when one of Clare’s colleagues and closest friends is found dead, with a line from R. M. Holland’s most famous story, “The Stranger,” left by her body, Clare is horrified to see her life collide with the storylines of her favourite literature. 

To make matters worse, the police suspect the killer is someone Clare knows. Unsure whom to trust, she turns to her closest confidant, her diary, the only outlet she has for her darkest suspicions and fears about the case. Then one day she notices something odd. Writing that isn't hers, left on the page of an old diary: "Hallo, Clare. You don’t know me." 

Clare becomes more certain than ever: “The Stranger” has come to terrifying life. But can the ending be rewritten in time?
My thoughts:  I'm well aware of the praise for Griffith's popular Ruth Galloway series, which is on my must-start someday list.  Since the series is now eleven books strong, I will first sample Griffith's work when this stand-alone novel is released.  I've already placed a hold request for a copy at the library. 





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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph

It's Tuesday . . . time for . . . 

                                                      
 

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, now hosted by Vicki at I'd Rather Be At The Beach, where bloggers post the first paragraph(s) of a book they are currently reading or planning to read sometime soon. 
Today I'm featuring an upcoming read, The Suspect by Fiona Barton.  The excerpt shared is from the hardcover edition I borrowed from the library.  


The Suspect (Kate Waters, #3) 

Part One
The Job
One
The Reporter
Sunday, July 27, 2014
The call comes at three a.m.  The jagged ring of the bedside telephone tearing a hole in our sleep.
What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
It's never a good thing for the phone to ring in the dead of night--and my curiosity compels me to read onWho is calling and why does it warrant a call at 3 a.m.?
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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Friday Focus: The Friday 56 & Book Beginnings

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It's Friday . . . time to share book excerpts with:
  • Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current read, as well as initial thoughts about the sentence(s), impressions of the book, or anything else that the opening inspires.  
  • The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice, where you grab a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% of an ebook), find one or more interesting sentences (no spoilers), and post them.
Today I'm featuring my current read, The Temp by Michelle Frances.  The excerpts shared are from a hardcover version borrowed from the library.

The Temp 

Beginning:  Part One - Carrie
Sunday, May 14

"Eight's your lucky number," murmured Carrie in Adrian's ear, making sure her lips were hidden from the TV camera that was pointing at them.  She kept her expression humble and nonchalant while she gazed up at the screens showing clips from the shows nominated for Best Screenplay.  

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Page 56:  "My job won't be temporary forever," she said brightly to her small audience, privately thinking: why can't they just be pleased for me?
 
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My thoughts:  This story drew me in immediately.  Carrie and Adrian, a married couple who work in television, appear to have it all: successful careers, an expensive sports car, and homes in London and on the British coast.  But their seemingly perfect world is suddenly threatened by the arrival of Emma, an office temp.
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From Goodreads:  Wanted: Assistant to provide maternity cover for high-powered TV producer. Must be bright, creative, with killer instincts.

Emma would do anything to work for the woman who has the job she wants. Carrie is at the top of her game, with a dream career, a baby on the way, and a handsome screenwriter husband. For Emma, with parents who don't understand her ambition and a serious misstep behind her, this temp position might be her last chance.

Carrie has given up more than anyone knows to get to the top of a ruthless business. She won't give up this baby too. But with Emma filling in for her at the office, her perfect life starts to unravel. Her bank account is inexplicably overdrawn, her husband seems strangely distant and colleagues are all too happy to take Emma's creative direction. Carrie finds herself dying to get back to work . . . until a letter left at her door changes everything.

Trust and fear trade places in a love triangle that defies readers' expectations at every turn.
 

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Can't Wait Wednesday

  
Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tessa at Wishful Endings that spotlights and discusses forthcoming books that bloggers are looking forward to reading as soon as they're published.. This meme is based on Waiting on Wednesday, formerly hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

There are so many exciting new books on the horizon, so without further ado, this week's Can't Wait For book is . . .  


The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna 
Publication Date:  May 7, 2019
Publisher:  Ecco Press


From Goodreads:  In this stunning debut novel, a young woman tells the story behind two elderly sisters’ estrangement, unraveling family secrets stretching back a century and across the Atlantic to early 20th century Italy.

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 like cooking eggplant or feeding the pigs inexplicably take lethal turns. Even Stella’s own mother is convinced that her daughter is cursed or haunted.

In her rugged Italian village, Stella is considered an oddity—beautiful and smart, insolent and cold. Stella uses her peculiar toughness to protect her slower, plainer baby sister Tina from life’s harshest realities. But she also provokes the ire of her father Antonio: a man who demands subservience from women and whose greatest gift to his family is his absence.

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.

In present-day Connecticut, one family member tells this heartrending story, determined to understand the persisting rift between the now-elderly Stella and Tina. A richly told debut,
The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna is a tale of family transgressions as ancient and twisted as the olive branch that could heal them.
My thoughts:  Family sagas are one of my favorite types of reads, and this one sounds like a captivating story of family secrets, drama, passion, cultural detail, and multi-generational characters.



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