Wednesday, August 31, 2011

In The Shadow of the Lamp by Susanne Dunlap

It's 1854 and sixteen-year-old Molly would give anything to change her circumstances as a lowly servant in a posh London house. So when she hears of an opportunity to join the nurses who will be traveling with Florence Nightingale to the Crimea, she jumps at the chance. The work is grueling, the hospital conditions deplorable, and Miss Nightingale a demanding teacher. Before long, the plight of British soldiers becomes more than just a mission of mercy as Molly finds that she's falling in love with both a dashing young doctor and a soldier who has joined the army to be near her. But with the battle raging ever nearer, can Molly keep the two men she cares for from harm? A love story to savor, and a fascinating behind-the-scenes imagining of the woman who became known as "the lady with the lamp".

I knew nothing at all about Florence Nightingale, for some reason it just sounded like a made up name and not a real person. I pictured someone mysterious and almost supernatural like (don't ask why, I just did). So when I discovered this book I knew I had to read it (thank goodness for mr. kindle, I didn't even have to leave the house).

It's 1854 in London, Molly has been unjustly dismissed from her job, what can she do when supporting a mom but lie and worm her way over to Turkey with Florence Nightingale. I learned alot about this war (that I never heard of before), the author has a real talent with words and I could picture the hospitals, the journey, the war and even the rats. Some things were predictable, the ending I liked. Definitely YA, but a good YA novel.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens

From the acclaimed author of STILL MISSING comes a psychological thriller about one woman’s search into her past and the deadly truth she uncovers. All her life, Sara Gallagher has wondered about her birth parents. As an adopted child with two sisters who were born naturally to her parents, Sara’s home life was not ideal. The question of why she was given up for adoption has always haunted her. Finally, she is ready to take steps and find closure.

But some questions are better left unanswered.After months of research, Sara locates her birth mother—only to be met with horror and rejection. Then she discovers the devastating truth: her mother was the only victim ever to escape a killer who has been hunting women every summer for decades. But Sara soon realizes the only thing worse than finding out about her father is him finding out about her.

Ever since reading Still Missing I have looked forward to this book, the idea sounded so very original and had the same suspense mystery feel that Still Missing had.

I will admit that I liked Still Missing more. This one was also good, but there were just too many times I sat there shaking my head thinking that 'that would never happen in real life". But don't get me wrong, I still enjoyed the book.

The author was able to portray Sara in such a way that I felt for her. The struggles she went through growing up, her relationship with her adopted parents and sisters. There were parts where I just wanted to slap her across the head and ask 'what are you thinking'. But that is part of the story.

The ending was good, an all round good story and I look forward to Chevy's next novel.

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's the start of another week. I have been so bad with keeping my blog up over the past few months. Where have I been? Well right here at home (though a fe
w weekends away over the summer). I have gone from being the primary care giver to an elder parent (in-law) to not being one. So after 10 years I am adjusting to a very different way of life.

One of my adjustments is moving my library around in the house. I have reorganized my books and so geared up to just sit and read like I used to.

So my plans for
the week are:

1) finish reading Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson (Kindle - so glad I got it when it first came out, only paid $9.99 and it is over $17 today).

2) finish reading The Hobbit (started it on a canoe trip early Aug. - had to take a book that could stand some abuse, I have 2 copies of it).

3) start The Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali - I got it from Audible and heard so many good things about it

4) start something historical (which is my favorite these days), any suggestions??