Showing posts from December, 2018

Audiobook: The Christmas Hirelings

By: Mary Elizabeth Braddon Narrated by: Richard Armitage Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins Unabridged Audiobook Release date: 12-10-18 Language: English Publisher: Audible Studios Category: Classics, British Literature
Summary Sir John Penlyon is planning to spend Christmas at his estate with his niece and his friend Danby, the closest thing he has to family since disowning his daughter years ago. (She eloped with the parson, who was, of course, penniless.) Danby suggests that at Christmastime the estate needs the presence of small children, and offers to find some—the "hirelings"—despite Sir John’s skepticism. Three children duly arrive, and the youngest, precocious four year-old Moppet, quickly endears herself to Sir John. The season takes flight with merriment, warmth, and even affection, until Moppet—as young children are wont to do in Victorian holiday tales—falls deathly ill. With her life hanging by a tinsel-thin thread, how will the makeshift family cope?
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Audiobook Review: Gothic Tales by Arthur Conan Doyle

Gothic Tales by Arthur Conan Doyle,   Narrated by Gary Furlong  Published October 2nd 2018 by Tantor Audio Length: 19 hrs and 12 mins 9781515931379
Summary Arthur Conan Doyle was the greatest genre writer Britain has ever produced. Throughout a long writing career, he drew on his own medical background, his travels, and his increasing interest in spiritualism and the occult to produce a spectacular array of Gothic tales. Many of Doyle's writings are recognized as the very greatest tales of terror. They range from hauntings in the polar wasteland to evil surgeons and malevolent jungle landscapes. This collection brings together over thirty of Conan Doyle's best Gothic tales. Darryl Jones's introduction discusses the contradictions in Conan Doyle's very public life-as a medical doctor who became obsessed with the spirit world, or a British imperialist drawn to support Irish Home Rule-and shows the ways in which these found articulation in that most anxious of all litera…

Q&A with David R. Gillham, author of ANNELIES: A Novel

Q&A with David R. Gillham, author of ANNELIES: A Novel (Viking; On-sale: 1/15/19; 9780399162589; $26.00)

ANNELIES is a work of historical fiction that asks the question: What if Anne Frank survived the Holocaust? What sparked your interest in reinventing the life of such a treasured writer?
Anne Frank’s story has always been a story of hope, and hope is the common thread of my writing. Especially under conditions where it’s hard to imagine that such a thing can survive. Probably the most famous passage from Anne’s diary is dated in July of 1944, and in it she writes that, even in the face of war and persecution, she still believes in the basic goodness of people. But the question has been asked, could she still have believed this after experiencing the horrors of Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen? It is a challenging question, and one, which I wanted to try at least to answer. This novel is my attempt to do so.
How did you approach writing about a Holocaust victim? How are you able to provid…

Audiobook Review: What Would Cleopatra Do?

What Would Cleopatra Do?: Life Lessons from 50 of History's Most Extraordinary Women by Elizabeth Foley,  Beth Coates Narrated by: Madeleine Maby Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins Release date: 11-06-18 Simon Schuster Audio 9781508269137
Summary Irreverent and inspirational, What Would Cleopatra Do? shares the wisdom and advice passed down from Cleopatra, Queen Victoria, Dorothy Parker, and forty-seven other heroines from past eras on how to handle an array of common problems women have encountered throughout history and still face today.
What Would Cleopatra Do? tackles issues by reminding us of inspiring feminists from the past, telling their stories with warmth, humor, and verve. From sticking up for yourself, improving body image, deciding whether to have children, finding a mentor, getting dumped, feeling like an impostor, being unattractive, and dealing with gossip, we can learn a lot by hearing the motivational stories of heroic women who, living in much tougher times through hist…

Reading Goals For 2019

It seems strange to be thinking about goals for 2019. I mean, didn't 2018 just start? Yet, here we are on the verge on a new year. I spent a lot of time last week thinking about my reading goals for this past year and whether or not I felt like I accomplished them. Then I started thinking about the new year and the bookish things I wanted to accomplish. The one thing that kept coming to mind is all the times I looked over at my bookshelf longingly and wished I had more time to read some of the books already there. Not to mention all the books on my Kindle.

All these thoughts led to me to my 2019 reading goal: To read my own books. I've put myself on a book buying ban. No new books. I've unsubscribed from all (hopefully) emails that I get on a daily basis that tell me which books are on sale to avoid temptation. I've unfollowed bookish accounts that do the same. The only thing I didn't unsubscribe from is my Audible membership. I've decided to keep it.

I hope t…

Review: Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy

Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy Paperback, 320 pages Published October 23rd 2018 by William Morrow 9780062870155
Summary Plucky and ambitious, Marilla Cuthbert is thirteen years old when her world is turned upside down. Her beloved mother has dies in childbirth, and Marilla suddenly must bear the responsibilities of a farm wife: cooking, sewing, keeping house, and overseeing the day-to-day life of Green Gables with her brother, Matthew and father, Hugh.
In Avonlea—a small, tight-knit farming town on a remote island—life holds few options for farm girls. Her one connection to the wider world is Aunt Elizabeth “Izzy” Johnson, her mother’s sister, who managed to escape from Avonlea to the bustling city of St. Catharines. An opinionated spinster, Aunt Izzy’s talent as a seamstress has allowed her to build a thriving business and make her own way in the world.
Emboldened by her aunt, Marilla dares to venture beyond the safety of Green Gables and discovers new friends and new opport…

Many will swoon over this week’s BookTrib giveaway

Many will swoon over this week’s BookTrib giveaway, 20 different Harlequin romances to one lucky winner. As part of BookTrib's Holiday Giveaway, they will be gifting a box of 20 books, matching various themes, each week to one lucky winner through the month of December. Like what you see? Enter from now to December 13th for a chance to win all of these titles in their romance box!
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