Review of Into the Wilderness

The novel, Into the Wilderness by Sara Donati, was my first fiction read for the new year.
I choose this title from a so you liked Outlander, you may like…. kind of list. Anytime you line up a new book with an all time favorite, it is a risky thing. It is a lot of pressure to put on an unsuspecting book. 

But the wild book reading person that I am started reading…..and didn't want the book to end!

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This book was amazing. 
The characters are well written and well developed.  One thing that I loved is that the main character, Elizabeth, does not fit the typical beautiful and all perfect heroine.

The story starts off with the judge going to pick up his spinster daughter, Elizabeth, who has come to the colonies to teach school. The current becomes electric when Elizabeth and Nathaniel meet.  Nathaniel is a white man who is part of a family of Indians who want to purchase a mountain of land, called Hidden Wolf.
But the judge plans to deed this mountain to Elizabeth when she marries… and he already has someone in mind, someone who knows of his debts and is willing to pay the debts in return for the land. 

Elizabeth is determined to remain unmarried and finds her heart torn between the man she comes to love and her independent spirit. 

What I loved most about this book was the gasp-out-loud moment that I had.  Something that I had never encountered before; a mention of characters from a different book interacting within the book I am reading. 

That sounded confusing….so to sum it up-
Outlander fans…three of our favorite characters are mentioned in this book!  Yep, a certain red-haired Scot and his wife and one other! ( I will let you read it to find out who)

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Long winter days and lengthy books go hand in hand.  So don't let the 800+ pages intimidate you.  The story progresses at a good speed and is captivating once you get going.

Pour yourself a hot cup of tea and enjoy the adventure.

 

 

 

 

 

The Night Circus

Do you want to read a book that is hypnotic and captivating?

Then I highly recommend that The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, be the next book you read.

I spent the majority of this title not quite understanding what was going on – and loving every page of it!

Maybe that is the magic of this book.

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Two contestants, Celia and Marco, are chosen because of their skills in illusion and magic. They are bound to a contest, unknowing of the rules, requirements and even each other. They only know that they must take on an opponent and the contest will take place when they are ready.

The stage is set in a magical black and white circus that arrives without notice.
Le Cirque des Réves, is a mulit-sensory delight for all attendees. But as the other circus performers become entangled in the contest – can love break the spell and save the day?

 The Night Circus is a must read and has a spot on my favorite books of 2015!

 

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Big Stone Gap

Small towns hold a kind of magic over me.  I love how quaint they are, driving on historic Main Street with no traffic lights and how the whole community seems to know each other.

Maybe that is why Big Stone Gap  by Adriana Trigiani filled me with reading pleasure.

It is exciting when you can read about a place and find it on a map.  Big Stone Gap is an actual, honest to goodness place.  
I want to visit there someday!

Not the case with Hart of Dixie- a TV show about small town doctor that I enjoyed.  The writers invented the whole thing! 
Took me a while to get over that one! 

My rant is now over & back to this title!

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Big Stone Gap is the story of Ave Maria Mulligan, ( Yep, think the Christmas song ) a mid thirties woman who is known as the town spinster.  She is self sufficient and very involved in her small town life.  But she wonders has life and love passed her by.
Drama and untold secrets unfold after her ailing mother passes away that set off new discoveries about herself and all that she has known.  As if that is not enough change in a gals life, she somehow manages to get two marriage proposals! 
How does Ave Maria deal with all these happenings? 
Read for yourself in Big Stone Gap (Movie Tie-in Edition): A Novel .

This was an appealing afternoon read.  A novel that was easy and light but that still had a captivating story and a good plot.

Imagine my joy when I discover it has been made into a movie!  I missed that in theatres but I am going to watch it when it comes out on DVD for sure.
The joy kept coming on this one–Big Stone Gap is the first book in a four book series! 

Happy Reading!

 

 

Fiction Fill Up

It had been gloomy and raining off and on here for four days!  When more of the same was forecasted for the following weekend, I made a decision.

To stop at the library for a fiction fill up!

I randomly selected two books from the new arrival table. One was a tried and true author, the other I liked the cover and the title-it looked promising.

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The third book was a recommendation, so I pulled that from its place on the library shelf.

All three turned out to be worthy weekend reads!   Here is what I thought about each book.

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A Year on Ladybug Farm by Donna Ball.

Three middle age best friends are ready to make a change, do something different.  So they uproot themselves from comfortable homes and lives and move into a rundown, in need of TLC home in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. 
The story follows the friends through a year at their new home with all of its ups and downs.

This was a charming story!  I was ready to call my favorite gal pals and suggest moving to a rundown antebellum home.  Then decided I would enjoy it more through the pages of a book. 🙂

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The Marriage Season (The Brides of Bliss County) by Linda Lael Miller

This is the third installment from a series called The Brides of Bliss County. It did not impede my enjoyment or understanding of the book even though I jumped in at book three.

This is a cute romance novel set in today’s time.  I have enjoyed Linda Lael Miller books for years, especially her historical romance novels.  I can safely read her books knowing that all will end happily. 
This novel was no exception.

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This book was chosen based on its cover and title.  I had never read anything by this author before…but I will in the future!

Happiness for Beginners: A Novel by Katherine Center.

I read this page turner, cover to cover in one sitting.  Well, there might have been a snack break, but you know what I mean.

Helen Carpenter is in her 30’s, divorced, and wants to pull her life together or at least change something.
What do you do when you want to change something?  You sign up for a survival course in Wyoming of course! Even if you are not outdoorsy!

Enjoy the journey Helen takes as she learns what it means to be happy and understand herself in a whole new way.

 

Happy Reading!

 

The Tea Rose

I found this book by happenstance. It is so hypnotizing that I am going to give it a permanent home on the book shelf!

I have mentioned before that I am a happy fluff, light reading kind of fiction girl.  Well this book proved you should go outside your comfort genre and try something new.

The Tea Rose, by Jennifer Donnelly, is a novel filled with suspense, murder & star crossed love & was quite the page turner!

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This book had me reading until my eyes blurred at night and then reaching for it with my first morning sips of tea.

The setting- East London, not the richy well dressed London, but the hardworking yet close to poverty side in 1888.

Fionna, a hardworking tea packer has a dream. One she shares with life long love Joe. They will leave this place of despair one day and make it on their own.  They save to open up their own shop one day.

Tragedy strikes and Fionna knows she must leave all she has known behind for survivals sake.

I want to tell you more…but that would take away the thrill of reading it yourself!   I will say there is a smattering of language, some gore and sensuality. Nothing that I thought was cringe worthy but everyone has their own levels of tolerance.

The Tea Rose has many twists and turns and will leave you breathless and reading every spare moment you can! 
Get a copy of The Tea Rose: A Novel (The Tea Rose Series) today!!

A favorite line from chapter 24-

~ Fionna found life’s trials easier to bear with a strong cup of tea in hand.