Archives for February 2018

Blog Tour: She Regrets Nothing by Andrea Dunlop (Chrissy’s review)

 

She Regrets Nothing
written by Andrea Dunlop
published by Washington Square Press, 2018

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book? 
It wasn’t bad. I did stay up past my bedtime to finish it because I wanted to see how it finally ended.

Here’s the thing, I didn’t feel like this was Laila’s story as the blurb would suggest. She was a main character, but not the sole focus. I thought Laila was an ungrateful brat. I don’t know where she got her entitled attitude, but it really turned me off. I didn’t like her at all. In the beginning, I thought Laila’s story was going to go in a slightly different direction, then I thought it was going to end very differently than it did. Her twin cousins were there, but they were throwaway characters. I didn’t think they added much to the story except a place to stay in New York City for Laila.

The star of the story for me was Liberty. I loved Liberty. I thought she was sweet, kind, and hard-working. Her family life was something we learned a bit about, but I wanted to know more. She had a past that affected her in a big way. We kind of learned what happened, but it was almost glossed over. I wanted this story to be hers. I also would have liked to know more about the Lawrence family and the big secret. I kept waiting for more. I’d love to say what I would have liked, but I don’t want to give away the story.

 

Would I recommend it? If I would be asked about it, yes, I would recommend it, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to do so.

 

Chrissy

About the book – from Goodreads: 
In the tradition of The Emperor’s Children and The House of Mirth, the forgotten granddaughter of one of New York’s wealthiest men is reunited with her family just as she comes of age—and once she’s had a glimpse of their glittering world, she refuses to let it go without a fight.

When Laila Lawrence becomes an orphan at twenty-three, the sudden loss unexpectedly introduces her to three glamorous cousins from New York who show up unannounced at her mother’s funeral. The three siblings are scions of the wealthy family from which Laila’s father had been estranged long before his own untimely demise ten years before.

Two years later, Laila has left behind her quiet life in Grosse Point, Michigan to move to New York City, landing her smack in the middle of her cousins’ decadent world. As the truth about why Laila’s parents became estranged from the family patriarch becomes clear, Laila grows ever more resolved to claim what’s rightfully hers. Caught between longing for the love of her family and her relentless pursuit of the lifestyle she feels she was unfairly denied, Laila finds herself reawakening a long dead family scandal—not to mention setting off several new ones—as she becomes further enmeshed in the lives and love affairs of her cousins. But will Laila ever, truly, belong in their world? Sly and sexy, She Regrets Nothing is a sharply observed and utterly seductive tale about family, fortune, and fate—and the dark side of wealth.

 

Happy 2

 

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My Favorite . . . Movie of 2017 — February 21, 2018

 

My Favorite . . . is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it, the world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive.

 

Each week I will post a new My Favorite . . . post about one subject and I’ll tell you all about it. And the best part? Everyone is welcome to join. The only thing you’ll have to do is sign up on the weekly post, link back to that post, and visit others.

 

This week’s Favorite is: Movie of 2017

 

This is a tough one because I didn’t see many movies last year. I really enjoyed the live-action The Beauty and the Beast as well as The Lego Batman Movie.

 

The Christmas Prince

 
 

What was your favorite movie of 2017?

 

 

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Jaclyn’s Review: Voyager by Diana Gabaldon

Voyager (Outlander #3)
written by Diana Gabaldon
published by Dell, 2004

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Did I enjoy this book? Yes, yes, and YES!

This book starts in the 1960s, where we find Claire and her daughter visiting Scotland. The truth comes out about Brianna’s father, and they, with the help of your Roger Wakefield, embark on a journey through history to find out what happened to our favorite Scottish hero. This book deviates from the first two books in that we get to read chapters from Jamie’s perspective now. First we spend some time with Claire trying to track down where Jamie is. When she finds him, we jump to Jamie’s story at that point in time and find out what’s going on with him. The author flips you back and forth like this for a bit. I found this to be a fantastic way to keep both characters alive in your mind while advancing the plot. Well done!

Claire makes a heartrending decision to leave her daughter in 1968 and go back in time to find Jamie. After all the craziness that you would assume happens when someone returns from the (assumed) dead after 20 years, the plot branches off in a new direction. I liked this because you don’t just stumble around in the past with the “silly Claire is from the future and doesn’t understand old-time stuff.” The author gave the story new life and a new direction. Well done, again!

One of my favorite things about this book is the way the author brings everything to life for you. People, settings, etc are brought to life through Claire’s sense of smell–of all things! This makes everything so realistic.

 

(Notice a pattern happening here?)

 

Would I recommend it? So much yes! If you were sad because Claire had to leave Jamie at the end of Book 2, this book gives you every piece of the reunion that you were hoping for. There is so much satisfaction in reading this book. I would pay VERY close attention to all of the characters that are referenced through the entire book. The author does not dally with unimportant figures–each of the people you encounter will be important through the rest of the series . . . so pay attention!

 

jaclyn

 

About the book – from Goodreads: From the author of the breathtaking bestsellers Outlander and Dragonfly in Amber, the extraordinary saga continues.

Their passionate encounter happened long ago by whatever measurement Claire Randall took. Two decades before, she had traveled back in time and into the arms of a gallant eighteenth-century Scot named Jamie Fraser. Then she returned to her own century to bear his child, believing him dead in the tragic battle of Culloden. Yet his memory has never lessened its hold on her… and her body still cries out for him in her dreams.

Then Claire discovers that Jamie survived. Torn between returning to him and staying with their daughter in her own era, Claire must choose her destiny. And as time and space come full circle, she must find the courage to face the passion and pain awaiting her…the deadly intrigues raging in a divided Scotland… and the daring voyage into the dark unknown that can reunite or forever doom her timeless love.

 

Happy 2
 
 

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Jaclyn’s Review: Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon

Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander #2)
written by Diana Gabaldon
published by Bantam, 2001

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Did I enjoy this book? Book 2 of the Outlander series does not disappoint! Claire and Jamie have decided that they are going to try to stop the doomed Scottish uprising. They travel to Paris to try to poison the uprising before it can start. When they realize their plan isn’t working, they go home to Scotland–only to end up right in the middle of the battle! If you loved the descriptions of 1743 Scotland in the first book, you will find the descriptions of Paris equally amazing. The characters are spot-on, and the plot is well developed. I’m honestly running out of superlative words to use!

 

Would I recommend it? Absolutely! Technically, you could read book 1 in this series and be done. The first book ends with a lead-in to the second book, but you don’t HAVE to read it if you don’t want to. Book 2 is just as amazing as book 1 for all the same reasons. You should absolutely read book 2!

 

jaclyn

 

About the book – from Goodreads: From the author of Outlander…a magnificent epic that once again sweeps us back in time to the drama and passion of 18th-century Scotland…

For twenty years Claire Randall has kept her secrets. But now she is returning with her grown daughter to Scotland’s majestic mist-shrouded hills. Here Claire plans to reveal a truth as stunning as the events that gave it birth: about the mystery of an ancient circle of standing stones about a love that transcends the boundaries of time …and about James Fraser, a Scottish warrior whose gallantry once drew a young Claire from the security of her century to the dangers of his…

Now a legacy of blood and desire will test her beautiful copper-haired daughter, Brianna, as Claire’s spellbinding journey of self-discovery continues in the intrigue-ridden Paris court of Charles Stuart in a race to thwart a doomed Highlands uprising …and in a desperate fight to save both the child and the man she loves…

 
 
 
Happy 2

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The Sunday Post – February 18, 2018

 

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

~this meme was inspired in part by ~ In My Mailbox~

It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

 
We had a good week. Everyone is healthy, YAY! I had lunch with a friend I hadn’t seen in a while. And it was my middle’s birthday! His party was a lot of fun, and he had a blast. Other than that, it was a quiet, uneventful week. I am reading She Regrets Nothing by Andrea Dunlop. The review will be up this week. How was your week? What are you reading?
 
Last week at EFC:

 
This week at EFC:

  • Sunday: You’re reading it — The Sunday Post!!
  • Monday: TBD
  • Tuesday: TBD
  • Wednesday: My Favorite . . . Movie of 2017. If you would like to know more about this meme, check out Maureen’s Books.
  • Thursday: TBD
  • Friday: The Book Blogger Hop hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer.
  • Saturday: I will be featuring the January Subscription Boxes.

 

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Chrissy
 

 

Happy 2

 

 

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Heather’s Review: Waiting for Prince Harry by Aven Ellis

Waiting for Prince Harry (A Dallas Demons Hockey Romance)
written by Aven Ellis
published by Soul Mate Publishing, 2014

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Did I enjoy this book? I did, but not as much as I wanted to. I’ve heard amazing things about this book and I couldn’t wait to read it. It was a quick read, but I thought it could have been a little more. More detail, more character development, just more.

I think about the only thing there was more of was Kylie’s and Harrison’s flaws. You definitely got a sense of them and I was rooting for them to overcome those flaws and find their happy ever after.

 

 
Would I recommend it? Yes. It’s a good story and I am just one person. This book has many fantastic reviews, so definitely give it a try!

 

Heather

 

About the book – from Goodreads: Twenty-four-year-old Kylie Reed has always been a rule follower. Organized and cautious to a fault, her dreams for life are often filed away for future use—when she has a house, when she meets her future husband, when she has been at her visual display job at a chic Dallas boutique longer…Kylie always has a reason for living her life in the future, not in the present, and not living her life to the fullest and reaching her dream of becoming a fashion designer.

The only exception to rules, of course, would be running away with Prince Harry—Kylie’s ideal man. A hot, fun ginger boy would be worth breaking all the rules for, of course. And Kylie is sure Harry just needs the right, centering woman to settle him down. But living in Dallas and not knowing Prince Harry make this a non-option.

Or does it?

Because when Kylie accidentally falls into the lap of a gorgeous ginger boy—yes, even more gorgeous than the real Prince Harry—all bets are off. Could this stranger be the one to show Kylie how to take a chance, to face her fears, and live in the present? And could this stranger be the Prince Harry she has been waiting for? Kylie’s life takes some unexpected twists and turns thanks to this chance encounter, and she knows her life will never be the same because of it…

 

Happy 2

 

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Book Blogger Hop – February 16 – 22, 2018

About the Book Blogger Hop

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013.

Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

This week’s question:

Have you ever found yourself acting like a favorite character in a novel? If so, which one? (submitted by Maria @ A Night’s Dream of Books)

 

I don’t think so . . .

 

What about you? Have you found yourself acting like a favorite character?

 

 

 

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Jaclyn’s Review: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Outlander (Outlander #1)
written by Diana Gabaldon
published by Dell Publishing Company, 2005

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Did I enjoy this book? Oh my goodness–there are not words to describe how much I love this book! The scenery and character descriptions are enough on their own, and then the plot! Oh, the story here! If you are looking for a book to read to escape from the real world, this is the book for you!

In 1940s Scotland, a woman (Claire) visits a ring of standing stones (think Stonehenge, but smaller) and “falls” through time, landing in 1743 Scotland. She gets swept up into current events, tries to get back to the stones in the hopes that she can get back to her own time, ends up accidentally married to the most perfect man ever wished into creation, and has a pretty epic time in the past! The character development throughout the book is amazing. Everything is very well researched and believable (obviously once you accept the whole “going back in time” thing). It’s no wonder this was picked up and made into a show on Starz (also worth watching).

 

 

Would I recommend it? I recommend it to everyone I talk to. I strike up conversations with complete strangers and tell them to read this book. I’m not quite sure why YOU haven’t already gotten your hands on a copy and read this book! This book is amazing and you will not be sorry that you read it!

 

jaclyn

 

About the book – from Goodreads: The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

 

Happy 2

 

 

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My Favorite . . . Valentine’s Day Experience — February 14, 2018

 

My Favorite . . . is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it, the world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive.

 

Each week I will post a new My Favorite . . . post about one subject and I’ll tell you all about it. And the best part? Everyone is welcome to join. The only thing you’ll have to do is sign up on the weekly post, link back to that post, and visit others.

 

This week’s Favorite is: Valentine’s Day Experience

 

Usually, my husband and I cook a fancy meal at home or get takeout for Valentine’s Day. It’s relaxing, and we don’t have to worry about getting reservations and a babysitter. This year we are getting takeout!! 🙂

 

Getting engaged to my husband!

 

What is your favorite Valentine’s Day experience?

 

 

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Winter Reading Challenge 2018: The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah (spotlight)

 

The Great Alone
written by Kristin Hannah
published by St. Martin’s Press, 2018

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About the book – from Goodreads: Alaska, 1974.
Unpredictable. Unforgiving. Untamed.
For a family in crisis, the ultimate test of survival.

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: he will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

Thirteen-year-old Leni, a girl coming of age in a tumultuous time, caught in the riptide of her parents’ passionate, stormy relationship, dares to hope that a new land will lead to a better future for her family. She is desperate for a place to belong. Her mother, Cora, will do anything and go anywhere for the man she loves, even if it means following him into the unknown

At first, Alaska seems to be the answer to their prayers. In a wild, remote corner of the state, they find a fiercely independent community of strong men and even stronger women. The long, sunlit days and the generosity of the locals make up for the Allbrights’ lack of preparation and dwindling resources.

But as winter approaches and darkness descends on Alaska, Ernt’s fragile mental state deteriorates and the family begins to fracture. Soon the perils outside pale in comparison to threats from within. In their small cabin, covered in snow, blanketed in eighteen hours of night, Leni and her mother learn the terrible truth: they are on their own. In the wild, there is no one to save them but themselves.

In this unforgettable portrait of human frailty and resilience, Kristin Hannah reveals the indomitable character of the modern American pioneer and the spirit of a vanishing Alaska―a place of incomparable beauty and danger. The Great Alone is a daring, beautiful, stay-up-all-night story about love and loss, the fight for survival, and the wildness that lives in both man and nature.

 

 

Happy 2

 

 

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