This last week I purchased 43 Georgette Heyer ebooks for my Kindle, this means I have spent the last week delved into the world of Historical England, renewing my acquaintance with old friends (and dealing with the shock my bank account went into with the individual purchases, it caused fraud alert to listed and basically broke my debit card). I am a huge Georgette Heyer fan having spent most of my teen years devouring her novels. While it has been years since I have read some the titles I just purchased (reviews will be forthcoming on some) I know that anything I pick up from her I will enjoy and I usually read 2 or 3 a year anyways. This started me thinking about what is it that makes one novel or author a definite reread every year and what makes others a one time deal. Not that I am saying that every book has to fall into the favorite category because I do enjoy most of the books I read, but it is that special something that means it will be devoured again and again that I have been thinking about.
For me there are certain authors that it is a given I will be reading some of their books each year, Georgette Heyer, David Eddings, Kerryln Sparks, Lynn Kurland, Julia Quinn, Terry Pratchett, and, of course, Jane Austen are just a few on the list. For those of you wondering about the amount I read (which even I admit can be ridiculous) I only review about one in five books that I read, Novel Reaction.com is supposed be about the joy of reading and I decided that if I reviewed every book I read I would come to dread the task (it would feel more like homework than the fun sharing I want it to be). That being said, I reread a lot that doesn’t get posted on here in addition to other fun reading (and not so fun homework reading) that I do. But really, what is it that draws me in time and time again? For me, it is all about the characters. Obviously I already know what is going to happen with the story line but if a character is witty, if the author can make me laugh, then there is a good chance I am going to wear out my copy of the book. So what is it that creates a favorite book for you? Who is it that you go back to again and again? Or am I the only one who rereads (which I have had people tell me that they dont’ reread before)?
Sadie Lassiter is definitely not someone Eli Reynolds would want to marry. In The Proper Wife by Winnie Griggs, Eli is looking for someone that would help him protect and love his little sister Penny. Eli wants someone that can cook, clean, is steady, and extremely sensible especially when it comes to discipline. Sadie has no idea what caused Eli to dislike her, but from the moment she met him, he gave her nothing but disproving looks. When Eli and Sadie go to drop of some items at her brother’s ranch a ways from town, Eli isn’t happy because Sadie has planned a small side-trip. Mishap after Mishap happens and there is no possible way for them to make it back to town, especially with the pouring rain. Eli and Sadie hole-up in a rundown shack a long ways from town and when the storm doesn’t blow itself out until the next day, they are stuck in an awkward situation. Eli proposes marriage to save her reputation, and even though Sadie is completely against it, she is pressured into the marriage by the disapproving town people. Can Sadie and Eli work out their differences and maybe even learn to love each other or are their personalities too different to overcome?
I loved this novel so much!! At times I found myself pulling my hair out over the things that Eli would say, or the way Sadie would act, but I was drawn into the novel by their immensely different characters. Penny was also a character to love as her and Eli’s hidden past come to light and Sadie’s unwavering friendship was there to help them through. Parts of the plot were predictable, but mostly the book was full of interesting twists that were entirely unexpected. I loved how free-spirited Sadie was, and I also loved her very close family connection that she had. Eli’s character was more interesting in his silent but brooding kind of way. I found it interesting how the author made the two entirely different personalities compliment each other so well throughout the novel. Overall it was an excellent story!
You can read an excerpt here.
Title: The Proper Wife
Author: Winnie Griggs
Format: Paperback, ebook
Page Nos.: 288
Publisher: Steeple Hill
Release Date: March 2011
Available for Purchase: Amazon, eHarlequin
When bodies start appearing on the streets of New York carefully cut up, Detective Jude Crosby realizes that a new Jack the Ripper is haunting the streets of America. Sacred Evil by Heather Graham, the mayor of New York brings in the FBI’s Krewe of Hunters group to assist Jude in these strange cases. Whitney Tremont has traveled on ahead of the Krewe to start the gathering of information. Jude is not happy to have the FBI intruding into his turf but he is really not happy to the “ghost hunters” sticking their nose into his case. As Whitney and Jude start getting closer, Whitney is afraid to share her psychic talents with Jude but when she discovers the bodies of the historically killed women, Whitney must be honest with Jude but will his disbelief of her skills ruin their beginning relationship.
As the body count starts rising and the media makes the case more difficult by splashing the headlines, causing citizens to try their best to get photos of the displayed dead bodies, Jude and Whitney must work together to stop this killer who is preying upon women. As the past and the present start blurring, the danger escalates for the Krewe members.
Sacred Evil is my favorite, so far, of the Krewe of Hunters series by Heather Graham. The blending of the theory of Jack the Ripper in America to a current serial killer was fabulous and kept me glued to the page. This might be because I am more familiar with this theory than I was of the previous novels. I also really liked Jude, a good guy trying his best to stop the bad guys but having no illusions as to what that does to his social life and personality, his dedication to his father makes him endearing. I have to admit that I was kept guessing until the very last minute as to who the killer was, a lot of theories of individuals but at the very end I was still guessing.
You can read an excerpt here.
Krewe of Hunters Series:
Phantom of Evil
Heart of Evil
The Evil Inside (September 2011)
Title: Sacred Evil
Author: Heather Graham
Format: Paperback, eBook
Page Nos.: 384
Release Date: July 2011
Available for purchase: Amazon, eHarlequin
**I received a copy of this book from NetGalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.
Annabelle didn’t marry for love, she knew she was being married for her money but her husband, now the heir to a Duke, was honest with her from the beginning and she thought they had a good relationship but the latest caricature shows her husband with a separate family. In Annabelle the American by Lavinia Kent, Annabelle withstood the gossiping and titters of London Society when she first moved to London after her marriage but the newest caricature has started all the gossiping again, and the worst part is she doesn’t know if it is true or not.
Thomas, Marquess Tattingstong, never expected to be in line to inherit the Dukedom nor did he expect that he would have to return to London from Boston, where he had met and married Annabelle for her money. As this latest caricature portrays him with a different family and his relationship with Annabelle in a less than flattering light, Thomas is afraid his carefully built world is about to come crashing down around him and he may lose what he didn’t realize he already had.
Annabelle the American redeemed itself after Linnette the Lioness (you can read my review here) disappointed me. Annabelle is lonely and just starting to make friends when everything explodes around her. Kent’s characters are heartwarming and lovably flawed. Thomas’s mistakes in the past, his father’s bad reaction to those mistakes and his desire to make things right with Annabelle when he isn’t quite sure how to make me want to hug him. Once again we are left at the end of the novella with the newest caricature about Elizabeth, who’s husband left barely a month after their wedding and hasn’t been back in four years, and the return of her husband.
The Real Duchesses of London
Kathryn the Kitten
Linnette the Lioness
Annabelle the American
Elizabeth the Enchantress (Sept. 2011)
Title: The Real Duchesses of London: Annabelle the American
Author: Lavinia Kent
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Release Date: August 9, 2011
Available for purchase: Amazon
**I received a copy of this book from NetGalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way