Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Audio: Born to Love - Leigh Greenwood

Weary of war and the endless cycle of vengeance, former Night Rider Holt Price returns to Galveston, Texas to reconnect with the woman he once promised to marry. He's content to live a quiet, loveless life . . . until he meets the doctor's brown-eyed daughter, and his whole world changes in an instant.

Felicity Moore is everything Holt never realized he needed. Kind and compassionate yet beautifully fierce, she alone has the strength to pull him back from a fruitless quest for revenge. But now Holt has an impossible choice to make: honor the promise he made years ago . . . or find true happiness in the arms of the woman he was born to love. 

Audio CD, 11 pages
Published May 22nd 2018 by Tantor Audio (first published June 2003)
Night Riders #3
Historical romance
For review


My thoughts:
I do love cowboys, though I can  not really call Holt a cowboy. It seems he did spend two years on a ranch, but I was not on that ranch seeing him doing cowboy things ;) Instead he is a doctor, he was a surgeon during the war, and is more a gentleman than a cowboy. Sad indeed, but I still like him.

But this man so needed a slap on the head. He comes to Galveston looking for a woman he always loved. A woman who married someone else, and who was so just toying with him. But he has this notion that he must marry her cos his uncle told him too. Men! I did like him, but he needed to take of those rose colored glasses.

Because then he meets Felicity. Who has spent her entire life taking care of her father. Who is drinking too much. Who lost their ranch. And who is suffering from PTS from the war. She was so hardworking and I felt sorry for her. She tried being so tough, but what she needed was to see the truth too. Another truth.

These two have a long dance. He thinks he is in love with someone else. She just wants to shield her father. I liked that they got to know each other, that they had time to fall in love (without realizing it). That he spent time being a doctor and getting to know her father. Oh and there is another secret plot too that brought some suspense and drama. Seeecret.

I enjoyed it.

Narrator Rebecca Mitchell
I liked her different voices and I did find myself caught up in their world. 


Tuesday, 22 May 2018

TMST


Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post on Rainy Day Ramblings where Rainy discuss a wide range of topics from books to blogging. Weigh in and join the conversation by adding your thoughts in the comments. If you want to do your own post, grab the question and answer it on your blog.

May 22nd: Are you more inclined/ less inclined to read books that are compared to other popular books or authors?

Definitely LESS inclined!!!!!! I actually really hate when they do that.

Read this books, it is Fifty Shades meets The Hunger Games meets Game of thrones...riiiights, cos that makes so much sense. Honestly stop it, stop it! When they do that there is always one book I will not like from those. One author whose works makes me yawn or whose books I would never ever read. It does not make me want to read it then. That whole read this cos it's like this turns me away from it.

Even if they said like, this is Harry Potter meets The hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy (two awesome series!), I would still be all, come on! Be serious! I doubt it is all that! And I would roll me eyes.

Because it is never like that! They compare and I  am all, whaat? Where is Harry Potter in this? There is certainly no creepy Twilight here. Why was this compared to 50 shades? Hunger Games? What Games?

SO yes, stop it. Or read the actual book and the books you compare it to.


We had 3 cold days! Horrible.


Monday, 21 May 2018

Shadowblack - Sebastien de Castell

It's a few months since Kellen left his people behind. Now aged sixteen, Kellen is an outlaw, relying on his wits to keep him alive in the land of the Seven Sands. He misses home, he misses family and more than anything, he misses Nephenia, the girl he left behind. 

Then he meets Seneira, a blindfolded girl who isn't blind, and who carries a secret that's all too familiar to Kellen. Kellen and Ferius resolve to help - but the stakes are far higher than they realise. A Shadowblack plague is taking hold - and Kellen can't help but suspect his own people may even be behind it. 


Paperback, 368 pages
Expected publication: May 17th 2018 by Hot Key Books (first published October 5th 2017)
Spellslinger #2
Fantasy / YA
Own

My thoughts.
The plague seems to be spreading, or is it?

I do like Kellen, he is a mess. He is not perfect, he is not a great mage, he is, well normal! And he is trying and getting better at what he does. Luckily he has the best sidekick ever to help him. I do adore Reichis, the best squirrelcat in the world. And he does love to talk about eating eyeballs, my cutie.

I am not feeling very reviewer like today. I am listening to an audiobook when I should concentrate...say something smart...smart...smart...sigh, my brain can not focus.

Right! People are hunting Kellen cos he has the shadowblack and must die.
He comes to a town to solve a mystery. 

Ack, I can't write something smart.

I liked the book, though it was not as good as book 1. That one was light and fun. This one was still light, but at the same time a bit more serious.

Conclusion:'
I look forward to more


Sunday, 20 May 2018

Carole's Sunday_ America's first daughter

Author: Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie 
Title: America's First Daughter
Genre: Historical Fiction & Romance
Pages: Audiobook
Published: March 1st 2016  
Where I Got It: My shelf (Audible)

In a compelling, richly researched novel that draws from thousands of letters and original sources, bestselling authors Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie tell the fascinating, untold story of Thomas Jefferson’s eldest daughter, Martha “Patsy” Jefferson Randolph—a woman who kept the secrets of our most enigmatic founding father and shaped an American legacy.


From her earliest days, Patsy Jefferson knows that though her father loves his family dearly, his devotion to his country runs deeper still. As Thomas Jefferson’s oldest daughter, she becomes his helpmate, protector, and constant companion in the wake of her mother’s death, traveling with him when he becomes American minister to France.



It is in Paris, at the glittering court and among the first tumultuous days of revolution, that fifteen-year-old Patsy learns about her father’s troubling liaison with Sally Hemings, a slave girl her own age. Meanwhile, Patsy has fallen in love—with her father’s protégé William Short, a staunch abolitionist and ambitious diplomat. Torn between love, principles, and the bonds of family, Patsy questions whether she can choose a life as William’s wife and still be a devoted daughter.



Her choice will follow her in the years to come, to Virginia farmland, Monticello, and even the White House. And as scandal, tragedy, and poverty threaten her family, Patsy must decide how much she will sacrifice to protect her father's reputation, in the process defining not just his political legacy, but that of the nation he founded.



This was one of the longest audiobooks I have listened too. It took me a while to get through it!


The story follows Patsy Jefferson who is the daughter of the famous Thomas Jefferson. We get to see the man and the forming of this nation through her eyes. We get to see this young lady grow in the shadow of her father. She may have been in the shadow, but she certainly grew into an impressive person herself. It was certainly a journey. 



I'll admit I knew close to nothing about her. I know some about her father, but not a lot. It was a fun. It was sad. It was a long journey for her and for us, the listeners/readers. 



Honestly...I don't know how the lady kept herself cool and collected. There were so many times I would've flown off the handles and given a piece of my mind. I would've cried and screamed and kicked. There were times I agree with her being collected...I would've tried (but probably failed) to be cool, but there were times she should've stood up and said something. Poor girl. Poor Thomas J. Poor William (even though he made me mad at one point). 



Yes, yes, I was team William. I did not trust Tom at the beginning and I was proven right again and again. Sighs.



So yes, there is a touch of romance in this, but I do not feel it takes away from the story. It felt very realistic. There is love in normal life and this felt like Patsy telling her grandbabies the story. There was a good balance between the romance, the drama, the story, and the characters. Perfectly balanced. A rare sight indeed especially with two authors writing this. 



The narration was done well. She was SUPER southern. Did early southern colonists have thick accents? I'll have to research that...maybe they did, but I feel it was way too thick. In my language class I took eons ago we talked about the colonists and they were different from the English, but overall so at that time period. I can see the accent forming into the 1800s, but during the war? Mmmm not sure. I could be COMPLETELY wrong. We did not go into much details about each colony. Just an overall look (and it has been years - so I could be forgetting). Other than that, I really enjoyed her! She made me hooked on the story right away. She really embodied all the characters when they spoke even the male characters. 



Overall, this was really good. I really enjoyed it! I highly recommend this for historical lovers. The audio was good, but I bet reading would be just as good! I'll stamp this with 4 stars. 









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