Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday: House Broken


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine in which we spotlight upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating!

House Broken
by Sonja Joerg
Expected Publication Date: January 6, 2015
Synopsis from Goodreads

For veterinarian Geneva Novak, animals can be easier to understand than people. They’re also easier to forgive. But when her mother, Helen, is injured in a vodka-fueled accident, it’s up to Geneva to give her the care she needs.
Since her teens, Geneva has kept her self-destructive mother at arm’s length. Now, with two slippery teenagers of her own at home, the last thing she wants is to add Helen to the mix. But Geneva’s husband convinces her that letting Helen live with them could be her golden chance to repair their relationship.
Geneva isn’t expecting her mother to change anytime soon, but she may finally get answers to the questions she’s been asking for so long. As the truth about her family unfolds, however, Geneva may find secrets too painful to bear and too terrible to forgive.

Why I am waiting....
This sounds like a good one with the dysfunctional relationships!
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tuesday Memes: The Ripper's Wife


Every Tuesday Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea hosts First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, where you can share the first paragraph, or a few, of a book you are reading or thinking about reading soon.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!

Today I am spotlighting The Ripper’s Wife by Brandy Purdy

It begins as a fairytale romance — a shipboard meeting in 1880 between vivacious Southern belle Florence Chandler and handsome English cotton broker James Maybrick. Courtship and a lavish wedding soon follow, and the couple settles into an affluent Liverpool suburb.

From the first, their marriage is doomed by lies. Florie, hardly the heiress her scheming mother portrayed, is treated as an outsider by fashionable English society. James's secrets are infinitely darker-he has a mistress, an arsenic addiction, and a vicious temper. But Florie has no inkling of her husband's depravity until she discovers his diary-and in it, a litany of bloody deeds...


Opening Paragraph

OOOPSSS!!! I had the wrong intro here...sorry everyone. I'm not sure how that happened! Here is the corrected excerpt...

PROLOGUE

Love makes sane men mad and san turn a gentle man into a fiend.

On the outside it looks so innocent, just an old battered book, musty and dusty, nothing special at all. An ordinary diary bound in cardboard covered in rusty black cloth, corners bent andbumped like a quartet of bruised and broken noses, a tad frayed in places, like a curmudgeonly eyebrows grown wildly awry, chipped and fading gilt accents. Seven lucky gold bands adorn the spine. I chose it for that reason, because he, because we, believed in luck. You could walk into any stationery shop in the civilized world and find one just like it. I know: I'm the one who bought it.

My Teaser

    “Well...you do now,” she said with all the feigned smiling civility of a Borgia proffering a poisoned cup of wine, and, with a frigid nod and frozen smile, went out the door. And I was left alone, knowing that I had made an enemy and with no earthly idea what to do about it.
page 937

So...what do you think? Is this one you would pick up? Leave a comment below!
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Friday, November 14, 2014

Review: Lost and Found

Lost and Found
by Brook Davis

Why did you choose this book? I was surprised with an ARC from Penguin First To Read!
When did you read this book? October 2014
Who should read this book? readers who enjoy 'quirky'
Source: Penguin First To Read
Here is a synopsis of Lost and Found from Penguin First To Read

Millie Bird (aka Captain Funeral), seven-years old and ever hopeful, always wears red gumboots to match her red, curly hair. Her struggling mother leaves Millie in a local department store and never returns.

Agatha Pantha, eighty-two, has not left her house – or spoken to another human being – since she was widowed seven years ago. She fills the silences by yelling at passers by, watching loud static on the TV and maintaining a strict daily schedule.

Karl the Touch Typist, eighty-seven, once used his fingers to type out love notes on his wife's skin. Now he types his words out into the air as he speaks. Karl is moved into a nursing home but in a moment of clarity and joy, he escapes.

A series of events binds the three together on a road trip that takes them from the south coast of WA to Kalgoorlie and along the Nullarbor to the edge of the continent. Millie wants to find her mum. Karl wants to find out how to be a man. And Agatha just wants everything to go back to how it was.

They will discover that old age is not the same as death, that the young can be wise, and that letting yourself experience sadness just might be the key to life.

My Review

I was surprised with an ARC of this book by Penguin through their First To Reads program.  Unfortunately this one was not for me. The story did have its funny moments and its sweet moments, but it was a bit too ‘weird’ for me. (Others might say it is ‘quirky’!)

MIllie is a little girl who records ‘Dead Things’. The first was her dog, who was hit by a car, and not too long after, her dad. Soon after, her mother abandons her, and Millie goes in search of her mother. Along the way, she meets a widower, Karl the Touch-Typist, and Agatha Pantha, a widow.

While the book had it’s entertaining moments, much of it was unrealistic and unbelievable. Karl escapes from a nursing home, apparently with no one noticing or searching for him. The trio commits many ‘crimes’ with no consequences. And though there is an epilogue, it leaped so far into the future that I really didn’t feel there was much resolution, as I didn’t know how the characters got there!

However, even though I didn’t really enjoy the book, I do think there may be value for a book club. All three main characters are dealing with loss and grief, and the author mentions in her notes that she wrote this while grieving her mother. A good book club discussion would definitely add to the experience of this book! If you enjoy quirky, give it a try!

My Rating:  ★★     2 Stars

I received an advanced review copy of this book through the Penguin First To Read program in return for an honest review.
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