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BITTERSWEET BROOKLYN by Thelma Adams Blog Tour and Giveaway #BittersweetBrooklyn #ThelmaAdams #HFVBTPartner @thelmadams @hfvbt @LUAuthors

Bittersweet Brooklyn by Thelma Adams Publication Date: November 6, 2018 Lake Union Publishing Paperback, eBook & Audio Genre: Historical Fiction

In turn-of-the century New York, a mobster rises—and his favorite sister struggles between loyalty and life itself. How far will she go when he commits murder?

After midnight, Thelma Lorber enters her brother Abie’s hangout under the Williamsburg Bridge, finding Jewish mobster Louis “Pretty” Amberg in a puddle of blood on the kitchen floor. She could flee. Instead, in the dark hours of that October 1935 night before the dawn of Murder, Inc., she remains beside the fierce, funny brother who has nurtured and protected her since childhood. There are many kinds of love a woman can feel for a man, but few compare to that of the baby sister for her older brother. For Thelma, a wild widow tethered to a young son, Abie is the center of her world. But that love is about to undo everything she holds dear…

Flipping the familiar script of The Sopran…

The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen Volume II by Collins Hemingway: Review, Guest Post, and Giveaway! #HFVBTPartner @AustenMarriage @hfvbt

The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen Vol. II
by Collins Hemingway Publication Date: August 8, 2016 eBook & Paperback; 332 Pages ISBN-13: 978-1535444958

Jane Austen Lived a Quiet, Single Life-Or Did She?

Tradition holds that Jane Austen lived a proper, contemplative, unmarried life. But what if she wed a man as passionate and intelligent as she-and the marriage remained secret for 200 years?

The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen resolves the biggest mystery of Austen's life-the "lost years" of her twenties-of which historians know virtually nothing.

• Why the enduring rumors of a lost love or tragic affair?

• Why, afterward, did the vivacious Austen prematurely put on "the cap of middle age" and close off any thoughts of finding love?

• Why, after her death, did her beloved sister destroy her letters and journals?

The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen trilogy answers these questions through a riveting love affair based on the history of the times and the details of Aust…

Book to Movie Review: Crazy Rich Asians

Rachel Chu is happy to accompany her longtime boyfriend, Nick, to his best friend's wedding in Singapore. She's also surprised to learn that Nick's family is extremely wealthy and he's considered one of the country's most eligible bachelors. 
Directed by: Jon M. Chu
Writers: Peter Chiarelli, Adele Lim, and Kevin Kwan
Stars: Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh 
I had wanted to watch Crazy Rich Asians ever since I first heard it was being made into a movie. Unfortunately, I never made it to the theaters. I did, however, add it to my Netflix queue and waited impatiently until the disk was in my mailbox. At this point you're probably wondering "Who still rents discs from Netflix?" Me. I do. I feel no shame. I'm grateful that I do because Crazy Rich Asians is not yet available on Netflix streaming or Amazon Prime. You can pay to rent it, though.
I've had the movie in my possession for about two weeks, and I've watched it multiple times …

Audiobook Review: Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen

Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen (Six Tudor Queens #3) by Alison Weir Narrator/s: Rosalyn Landor Publisher: Recorded Books, Inc. ISBN: #9781501906145 Length: 19.75 hours
Summary Acclaimed author and historian Alison Weir continues her epic Six Tudor Queens series with this third captivating novel, which brings to life Jane Seymour, King Henry VIII’s most cherished bride and mother of his only male heir.
Ever since she was a child, Jane has longed for a cloistered life as a nun. But her large noble family has other plans, and, as an adult, Jane is invited to the King’s court to serve as lady-in-waiting for Queen Katherine of Aragon. The devout Katherine shows kindness to all her ladies, almost like a second mother, which makes rumors of Henry’s lustful pursuit of Anne Boleyn—who is also lady-in-waiting to the queen—all the more shocking. For Jane, the betrayal triggers memories of a painful incident that shaped her beliefs about marriage.
But once Henry disavows Katherine and secures h…

Audiobook Review: Another Woman's Husband

Another Woman's Husband: A Novel by Gill Paul  Narrated by: Laura Aikman Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins Published August 21st 2018 by HarperAudio
Summary As the world mourns the loss of Diana, Princess of Wales, one young woman uncovers a forgotten story of passion, betrayal, and a scandal surrounding the British crown in this unforgettable novel by the bestselling author of The Secret Wife. 
Two women who challenged the Crown.
Divided by time. Bound by a secret...
1911: When fifteen-year-old Mary Kirk meets Wallis Warfield at summer camp, she’s immediately captivated by her fearless, brazen, and self-assured personality. And Wallis has a way with the boys who are drawn to her like moths to a flame. Though Mary’s family isn’t crazy about her new best friend, she steadfastly stands by her side—even years later when they’re adults and rumors swirl about Wallis and her reckless behavior with none other than the Prince of Wales. But when Mary’s loyalty to Wallis comes into question, thei…

Review: Prisoner of Night

Prisoner of Night (Black Dagger Brotherhood #16.5) by J.R. Ward Published January 7th 2019 by Gallery Books ISBN13: 9781501195174)
Summary From #1 New York Times bestselling author J.R. Ward comes an unforgettable story of passion and vengeance in the Black Dagger Brotherhood world.
When Ahmare’s brother is abducted, there is nothing she won’t do to get him back safely. She is unprepared, however, for the lengths she will have to go to save his life. Paired with a dangerous but enticing prisoner, she embarks on an odyssey into another world.
Duran, betrayed by his father, imprisoned in a dungeon for decades, has survived only because of his thirst for vengeance. He has been biding his time to escape and is shocked to find an unlikely and temporary freedom in the form of a determined young female.
Battling against deadly forces and facing unforeseen peril, the pair are in a race to save Ahmare’s brother. As time runs out, and the unthinkable looms, even true love may not be enough to …

Audiobook Review: Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan Narrated by Lynn Chen Audible Audio, Unabridged, 13h 53m Published June 11th 2013 by Random House Audio
SummaryCrazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season. When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home, long drives to explore the island, and quality time with the man she might one day marry. What she doesn't know is that Nick's family home happens to look like a palace, that she'll ride in more private planes than cars, and that with one of Asia's most eligible bachelors on her arm, Rachel might as well have a target on her back. Initiated into a world of dynastic splendor beyond imagination, Rachel meet…

Review: The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen: Volume I by Collins Hemingway

The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen: Volume I by Collins Hemingway  200 pages Published June 20th 2015 by AuthorHouse 9781504911023
Summary Tradition holds that Jane Austen lived a prim and proper life as a single woman. But what if she wed a man as passionate and intelligent as she—and the marriage remained secret for 200 years?

The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen is a trilogy that resolves the biggest mysteries of Austen’s life, the “lost years” of her twenties—a period of which historians know virtually nothing.
- Why the enduring rumors of a lost love or tragic affair? 
- Why, afterward, did the vivacious Jane Austen prematurely put on “the cap of middle age” and shut herself away to write her books? 
- Why, after her death, did her beloved sister destroy her letters, journals, and diaries from this period?

The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen trilogy presents an original love story, based on actual history, to put forth a believable, compelling, and plausible answer to Austen’s lost years…

My Year In Books

2018 was a good reading year. I set my Goodreads goal to read 52 books, but I ended up reading more than I anticipated.  I read 20,239 pages across 62 books.

The first book I read in 2018 was The Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes. It was a fantastic way to start the year. 

The last book I read was The Christmas Hirelings by Mary Elizabeth Braddon.

I started and finished the year listening to audiobooks. I think 2018 was the year of audio for me. I believe I listened to more audiobooks than ever before.
The longest book I read was Gothic Tales by Arthur Conan Doyle.

The shortest book was Cocky Author in support of #cockygate

It's hard to pick my favorite book of 2018, so I picked my top 5. And these are in no particular order. 

Crazy Rick Asians by Kevin Kwan. 

The Christmas Hirelings by Mary Elizabeth Braddon

Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy

The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey

A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn
What was your favorite book of 2018?