Monday, July 22, 2019

Castle on the Rise review


Castle on the RiseTitle:  Castle on the Rise

Author: Kristy Cambron

Series:  Lost Castle Series book 2

Chapters: 35 plus Epilogue

Pages: 372

Genre: Christian Fiction, Christian Historical Fiction, Dual Time period

Rating: 5 stars

Castle on the Rise by Kristy Cambroon Is a book set in Ireland through two years ago. Told from the point of view of three different women. Maeve in the 1790s. Isabel during the Easter Rising and Laine in the present day. I enjoyed this one more than I thought I would because I ended up DNFing the first book in the series but I may end going back and reading the first book.  I didn't stop reading because of anything wrong with the book, it was just some of the family stuff the heroine was going through hit too close to home. 
I enjoyed the three different time periods from the point of view of three very different heroines, whom of which are shaped by Ireland and her struggles.  Maeve in the 1790s finds herself becoming more Irish and English as she understands and begins to see their cause as her own.  Isabel during the Easter Rising who sides with the Irish over her own English family.  I think many American's reading a fiction book about a country fighting for Independence view it though rose colored glasses, because of our own war for Independence. But the Easter Rising was more violent and bloody on both sides than was ours with fighting in the streets and bombs.  Innocent people being killed it wasn't as clear cut to who was right or wrong as most might think.  
Being in Ireland finally allows Laine to start finding her footing again. And maybe a fresh start.  Most of the present day story takes place between a castle and an Irish pub.  Which some may find offensive or take issue with that. Especially since a character and her daughter are staying about a pub. But in Ireland pubs are a way of life.  From dinner with friend and family to a place to go and enjoy music.  Pubs are pretty much the Irish equivalent to a family restaurant everyone's welcome. 
After enjoying this one I plan on going back and reading the first book in the series, the one set in France.  And the upcoming novel set in England.  I know want to go back and read the rest of Kristy's books. 
I would recommend this book to the readers who enjoy dual time period novels and history. As well as books set in Ireland. 
I received a copy of this book from the publisher through netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.


Sunday, July 21, 2019

Reading this week


I read a total of (2,371)pages this week.

Finished
The Sunday Philosophy club by Alexander McCall Smith
The Dead of the Dead Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Hundred-Year Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Heartbreaker’s by Ali Novak
The Road to Paradise by Karen Barnett
Wed, Read & Dead by V.M. Burns
Burning Sky by Lori Benton (audio)
Nottingham by Nathan Makaryk
You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn
Becoming the Dark Prince by Kerri Maniscalco



Reading
Kiss of the Spindle by Nancy Campbell Allen


Non-fiction reading


Classic
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Audio on the Way to Work

Getting ready to read
Cherokee Summer by Susan Antony
Murder on Cape Cod by Maddie Day
Murder in Galway by Carlene O’Connor
Carrie by Stephen King (read long with my sister)
Second Impressions by Pepper D Basham
Where the Fire Falls by Karen Barnett

Book reading for book club at work
The House at Sea’s End by Elly Griffiths

Reviewing


Devotional reading


Did not Finish
The Last Woman in the Forest by Diana Le Becquets (for now. I may come back to it in the fall when I’m more in the mood for suspense and  thrillers.
The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

Reviews Posted this week



Friday, July 19, 2019

With this Pledge Review


With This Pledge (Carnton, #1) by Tamera Alexander | GoodreadsTitle:  With this Pledge

Author: Tamera Alexander

Series: Carnton Book 1

Chapters: 43 Plus Epilogue

Pages: 448

Genre: Christian Historical Fiction, Christian Historical Romance

Rating: 5 Stars

If anyone can get me to read a book American Civil War novel its Tamera. I’ve haven’t read a book of hers that I didn’t like. Outside of novels about the America Revolution I tend to only read non-fiction book about war. As most authors tend to Sugar coat it. Or show only one side of the war. 
Tamera doesn’t do that with this one. She shows the horrors of war without shocking you as well as showing what the woman and children went through.

What makes this novel so real and heart wrenching is that is novel is based on a real place, a real family the McGavocks and their home Carnton which was turned in to a field hospital after the battle of Franklin. Their governess Elizabeth "Lizzie" Clouston is soon turned into a nurse.  Reading this novel has me wanting to visit Carnton. Much like I did with Belmont and Belle Meade after reading Tamera's previous novels set in Tennessee. 

Captain Roland Ward Jones a confederate sharpshooter is injured in the battle, but Lizzie makes him a promise she somehow manages to keep.  As a sharpshooter and a rebel one at that he's hated by the union. Mainly because sharpshooters hide and killed troops without them knowing.  But both sides used sharpshooters they were the forerunner of our modern day snipers.  So I would say this book is one of Tamera's darker and more graphic books in the terms of war and violence.   


I loved the slow burn romance of the hero and the heroine. This is the first historical fiction that the main couple were both based on historical figures though lesser known that most. I like my historical fiction with a romance. Not a romance with a hint of historical fiction and Tamera does a great job at that.  The romances in her books add to the story they don't take away from that.  

I would recommend this book to fans of historical fiction, Tamera’s other books as well as fans of Lori Benton, Laura Frantz (though it is a different time period than these two.)  Jocelyn Green and Roseanna m white. 


Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Review of Sherwood


Sherwood by Meagan Spooner | Waiting on Wednesday & Can't Wait WednesdayTitle:  Sherwood

Author: Meagan Spooner
 
Chapters: 15

Pages: 470

Genre: Retellings/ Legends

Rating: 4 Stars

I've always loved the story of Robin Hood.  Apart from being one of my dad's father stories and movies I was hooked on the animated Disney movie in which Robin is a fox (A literal fox.) and the animated cartoon called the Adventures of Young Robin Hood.  Not to mention all of the movies and even a BBC show.  But my favorite character has always been Marian.  TO me Marian's always been tough and can match Robin with a bow. But most adaptions don't show that.  I've only seen a cartoon and a TV show her as more than a damsel.  That was why I was excited for Meagan Spooner's new book even though I didn't really like her Beauty and the Beast retelling. 
     Sherwood by Meagan Spooner is a Robin Hood retelling with female Robin Hood. It was an enjoyable read. Even though I didn’t like the ending I do love reading about a strong and able Marian.  I would never have seen that ending coming and even though it’s not who I would have put her with, even the circumstances it works.  You don’t often get that in retellings, but to me Marian’s always been tough but other retelling you get a Marian that is a damsel in distress. In this book you get Marian picking up the bow and becoming the outlaw. 

If you like any version of the Robin Hood story and you also like retellings, I recommend picking this one up. 





Monday, July 15, 2019

Romanov Review


Romanov by Nadine BrandesTitle:  Romanov

Author: Nadine Brandes

Chapters: 40

Pages: 341

Genre: Historical fantasy, retellings 

Rating: 5 Stars

 Anastasia the animated musical was one of my favorite movies as a child. I loved that movie and image my surprise and shock   in world history class in middle school when I learned the truth. 

So when I saw that Nadine Brandes who wrote Fawkes a retelling about the gunpowder plot I knew that I had to pick this one up.  And I am glad that I did because I loved this one.  

Nadine stays true to the true story of the Romanov's up to a key point and then adds her own twist to the story.  Giving a new life and story to Anastasia who goes by Nastya in this version.  Faith and the love of family plays a huge part in this book and that what I loved. 

Just like with Fawkes Nadine weaves a bit of fantasy into your historical fiction to make it different than any retelling of the Anastasia you've read before.    

I can't wait to see what Nadine comes up with next.  I would recommend this book to anyone who loved the Anastasia musical. As well as those that loved Nadine's previous books. 

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.


Sunday, July 14, 2019

Reading this week


I read a total of 1,234  pages this week.

Finished
Murder in the City of Liberty by Rachel McMillan
Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller
Warrior of the wild by Tricia Levenseller



Reading
Nottingham by Nathan Makaryk
You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn
 The Road to Paradise by Karen Barnett

Non-fiction reading


Classic
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Audio on the Way to Work
Burning Sky by Lori Benton

Getting ready to read
Cherokee Summer by Susan Antony
Blind Trust by Laura Scott

Murder on Cape Cod by Maddie Day
Murder in Galway by Carlene O’Connor
Carrie by Stephen King (read long with my sister)

Book reading for bookclub at work
The Sunday Philosophy club by Alexander McCall Smith

Reviewing
Nottingham by Nathan Makaryk


Devotional reading


Did not Finish

Reviews Posted this week



Saturday, July 13, 2019

Review of Murder in an Irish Pub


Murder in an Irish Pub (Irish Village Mystery #4)Title:  Murder in an Irish Pub

Author: Carlene O’ Connor

Series: Irish Village Mystery 4

Chapters: 33
 
Pages: 304

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Rating: 4 stars

As A garda (Irish cop) now Siobhan can now legally stick her nose in to murder scenes. However, it doesn’t mean that she out of danger now.  If anything it seems like trouble finds her easier now.  With this being the fourth book in the series it was nice to see how much most of the characters had grown and changed.  It’s always nice to read a cozy mystery set in another country.

This one is great for fans of amateur detective turned police.
I also suggest reading the books in series order. 

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.