Book Review|Toward the Sea of Freedom by Sarah Lark


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Series: Kauri-Trilogie #1
Author: Sarah Lark
Language:
English, translated from German

Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance
Pages: 544
Parts: 6
Chapters: 51
Format: Kindle
Published: January 19th 2016 by AmazonCrossing

Disclaimer: I received this book via NetGalley. Thank you.

Blurb

In mid-nineteenth-century Ireland, charming Kathleen and dashing Michael harbor secrets and dreams. Imagining a life beyond the kitchen and fields of the wealthy family they both work for, they plot to leave their homeland, marry, and raise the child Kathleen is secretly carrying. The luck of the Irish, however, is not on their side.

Soon, they find themselves swept up in circumstances they never could have fathomed. Kathleen is forced to marry against her will and immigrate to New Zealand. Michael is imprisoned for rebellion and exiled to Australia. As time passes and their new lives march on, they long for those stolen moments in the lush green fields of their native land. And they both still dream of escape, with no idea of how close fate will eventually bring them.

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Book Review:A Poisonous Journey: A Lady Evelyn Mystery


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Book Title: A Poisonous Journey: A Lady Evelyn Mystery

Author: Malia Zaidi

Pages: 397

Genre: Adult Fiction, History Fiction, Mystery, Crime

Format: ARC

Declaimer: I’ve received this book from the author herself in exchange for an honest review. I would like to send big thanks to Malia Zaidi for sending me this book!

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Book Description: The year is 1925, a time that hovers between two catastrophic wars, a time of jazz and sparkle, and a time of peace and reflection. For Lady Evelyn, struggling to outrun the ghosts of her tragic past, it is a time of transformation. Left orphaned after a fire when she was only four, Lady Evelyn Carlisle was raised in London by her stern aunt and uncle. Now, twenty years later she has grown restless and is keen to escape her chaperone’s grasp. A letter from her cousin, Briony, living with her husband on Crete, comes at just the right time. Packing what she can, Lady Evelyn makes off for foreign shores. Welcoming her are not only Briony and her husband, Jeffrey, but also his handsome and mysterious friends, Caspar Ballantine and Daniel Harper. Though the latter carries with him tragic memories of the Great War, Evelyn is glad to be in their company. With the sun warming her back and the dazzling sea in her sights, this fresh start seems destined for happy days ahead. Little does she know . . . What starts off as a sunny holiday quickly turns into a sinister nightmare, when Evelyn stumbles across the corpse of one of her cousin’s houseguests. Drawn into the mystery surrounding the murder, Evelyn embarks on a mission to discover the truth, forcing her to face her own past as well as a cold-hearted killer. With the help of her cousin, the handsome local police detective, and the mysterious Daniel Harper, will she uncover the truth, before another life is claimed? A varied cast of characters, an engaging mystery at its core, an exotic setting, and a thoughtful, plucky heroine provide a story that will appeal to fans of many genres.

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Book Review: Second-Hand Jane, by Michelle Vernal

Book Review: Second-Hand Jane, by Michelle Vernal

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Author: Michelle Vernal

Pages: 302

Publication date: February 24th 2014

Publisher: Michelle Vernal Publishing Limited

Genre: Romance, Chick Lit. Adult-Fiction

I like the cover; it’s really pretty.

[Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I would like to send a big thank you to NetGalley for this book, and also to everyone at Michelle Vernal Publishing, as well as Michelle Vernal herself.]

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Book Review: What Lies in the Dark, by C.M. Thompson

Book Review: What Lies in the Dark, by C.M. Thompson

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One murder can make a town nervous. Two brings fear.
Add three, four and even more, and watch neighbours turn on suspicious neighbours.
Victoria Bullrush  or Bullface, as she is called by fellow police officers,  is a stickler for rules. As she tries to maintain a faultless investigation, she can’t ignore the public’s growing anger.
But what lies in the dark is palpable, waiting.
Can anyone stay calm enough to catch the killer?

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Book Review: Mister Pip, by Llyod Jones


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Title: Mister Pip

Genre: Novel

Author: Llyod Jones

Store: Amazon

Format: Kindle

Cover: ★★★★ I find the cover to be nice enough. It does connect to the novel, which is always good. 🙂


Before reading this novel, I suggest you do a little bit of research about Papua New Guinea, and Bougainville Island, which is part of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville . I am saying this because if you don’t know the context, you might come to the wrong conclusion.

While the novel is about a 12 year old girl, the themes are more suitable for adults, or at least a person with a more mature mind. Matilda, the main character, is one of the many native children living on the island. All people on the island are black, with one exception: Mr.Tom Watts, or Pop-Eye. Mr.Watts is married to a local women that he met in New Zealand. Matilda, and the rest of the locals, live during harsh times. There is a civil war going on in Papua New Guinea. The “redskins” are the ethnic group of Papua New Guinea, while the “rebels” are natives of the Bougainville Island. These two ethic groups are different, and do not get along. I want to mention that the natives of Bouganiville do indeed call the Papua New Guinea’s natives “redskins”. It is not something the author came up with. I also do not think it is a name given out of hate, rather a way of naming a group of people that is different from the one living on the island. The rebels want Bouganinville to become independent of Papua New Guinea; on the other hand, Papua New Guinea wants to keep it under their authority because Bougainville  is rich in minerals, especially copper and gold.   Continue reading “Book Review: Mister Pip, by Llyod Jones”