Rose Cottage by Mary Stewart

photo_7357_20090716Having recently moved, some old favorite authors came to my attention while moving boxes.  My husband kept getting irritated with me when I would get distracted by the books, pulling them out and making stacks of  “to be read” books instead of putting the books away.  Unfortunately, my desire to read is always greater than my free time so the stacks will quickly get out of control unless I am reminded that I own the books and just have to pull them out when I want to read them. I decided to read Mary Stewart’s Rose Cottage.  Mary Stewart has been a favorite for years because I love her Arthurian series but I don’t remember reading anything else by her.

The novel is set in England in 1947 (I debated about tagging it as historical but to me historical feels at least 100 years old so I didn’t), right after the end of World War II.  I have read numerous books, both fiction and nonfiction, that take place during WWII but this is the first that takes place in post WWII England.

The story is a great one about family, community and the mistakes that can greatly impact our lives.  I really like the main character, Kathy’s attitude.  Instead of whining about the sad events in her life, she just quietly moves forward making the best of things.  It reminds me that no matter how tough things are, you can always be happy.

The story was a little slower moving than most other books but I actually enjoyed the pace as a change to the normal.  It is a quick read and most of the plot revolves around the main characters search for answers about her past but there is some romance woven within the story.

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

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Upon first hearing of this book, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith, I figured it would either be an absolute riot or the worst book ever written.  I was correct, this book is a riot!  I giggled through the whole thing.  I am a huge Pride and Prejudice fan. I have lost count of the number of times I have read the book and I own three different versions of the movie.  Starting the book, I was expecting an exact replica of the original story with zombies added but, was surprised with the first conversation that the author updated the language.  I have to admit this threw me for a minute and I had to stop and think about if I really wanted to finish the book.  (I know I shouldn’t start a book with preconceived notions but when it comes to this book, I didn’t even realize I had done it until I started the book.) I pressed on and immediately started giggling.  The author went far beyond just the potty-humor I was expecting.  The characters refer to the zombies as “unmentionables”, showing the author’s keen grasp of English Society during this time.

I will admit there was a moment where I felt like it was Pride and Prejudice meets Indiana Jones but, that scene aside,the warrior Elizabeth was fantastic, adding another layer of strength to this already complex character.

The author followed the themes and plot of the original story but he did diverge from the original in the consequences of the protagonists, such as Wickham and Liddia.  I admit, I loved the consequences.  I think it is the bloodthirsty streak in me but it seemed much more fitting than the original’s just sending them off to the North country.

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Crime Scene at Cardwell Ranch by B.J. Daniels

photo_6433_20090515 I thought I would post about a free ebook available right now.  Harlequin Publishing is celebrating it’s 60th Anniversary and, in honor of that, is giving away 16 books online.  There is no sign up required, no fees, they are just giving the books away.  If you have a Kindle, you can also find all the free ebooks in the Kindle store. The website to get the free ebooks is here. Crime Scene at Cardwell Ranch by B.J. Daniels is an interesting mystery.  I felt bad and sympathetic for both main characters, good character development and believable plot line. I liked how there were so many possible suspects and it was hard to guess who did it but there were some clues, looking back.  I have to admit I was disappointed that Jordan didn’t do it because he was just an obnoxious brother and I wanted him to be the bad guy (sorry for the spoiler but I couldn’t help myself).   Reference to sex and some graphic kissing but not full on sex scene, so I give it a four rating.

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A Dance Through Time by Lynn Kurland

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I thought I would start with one of my favorite books A Dance Through Time by Lynn Kurland.  I usually don’t enjoy time travel books because I have a hard time believing they are real. (Yes, I know, I read romance novels but I struggle nonetheless.) One thing I really like about Kurland’s books is the fact that she doesn’t glamorize the time period. Modern Elizabeth finds herself transported back to medieval Scotland. Elizabeth is immediately put into a dungeon pit full of bugs and a woman is burned as a witch at one point in time because she displeased her laird.

Kurland’s wonderful description of the time period allows one to see what it must have been like, the good and the bad.  This book is the first in series that is great and clean (except for Stardust of Yesterday and This is All I Ask is fairly descriptive of physical abuse main character experiences).  Elizabeth is also almost raped in one scene and they describe lifting her skirt but nothing beyond that. There is some brief nudity (James sleeps in the nude) but it is done more in the keeping of the time period than anything else. There are some references to the couple having sex but no description of the act itself and they only have it after they are married.

I highly recommend all of Kurland’s books and eagerly await her next book.

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