3/19/15

The House at Riverton by Kate Morton



 Normally, shifts in time in a book will drive me crazy, however, Kate Morton manages to always make this process work for me. 

The reader is introduced to Dr. Grace Bradley, an archaeologist, spending the remainder of her years in a nursing home. She has been contacted by movie producers who want her opinion of their sets for a movie they are making set at Riverton, a manor house where Grace had worked as a housemaid when she was very young. The sets bring memories flooding back to Grace telling the story of the Hampton sisters and the tragedies that befell the residents of Riverton. 

 As the story progresses we see Grace battling with her memories as well as trying to find a way to reveal the secrets of her life before her end. 

One of my favorite authors with a great story. 

★★★½ 
GENRE: fiction 
CHARACTERS: Grace Bradley, Hannah Hartford, Emmeline Hartford, Robbie Hunter, Teddy Luxton 
DATE READ: March 1 - March 18 
NO. OF PAGES: 473 
Challenges: 75, Category, TIOLI, AlphaKit 
SOURCE: loaned from a friend

3/10/15

The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness


This conclusion of the All Souls Trilogy has Diana Bishop (weaver/witch) and her vampire husband, Matthew de Clermont battling not only their own powers but their families and others of their kind.   

This story brings the vampire/deClermont family together to protect Diana and Matthew but also to discover the whereabouts of Benjamin, Matthew's son who has Blood Rage.  Benjamin is an evil vampire who is trying to retaliate against the de Clermonts.  

This final installment brings the characters together and the story to a very interesting conclusion.

 ★★★½

GENRE: fantasy
CHARACTERS: Diana Bishop de Clermont, Matthew de Clermont, Sarah Bishop, Benjamin Fox
Series/ Progress: All Souls Trilogy/3
DATE READ: March 2 - March 8
NO. OF PAGES: 561
Challenges: 75, Category, TIOLI, AlphaKit
SOURCE: Audio Stockpile

3/2/15

In the Garden of Temptation by Cynthia Wicklund



Lady Catherine can't understand why her husband of 7 years insists on dressing her up like a trollop when he has visitors coming.  But on one occasion she meets the Earl of Ashworth, and they become romantically involved.

The reasoning for her husband's behavior and the subsequent events are an interesting tale of Regency romance.

 ★★★

GENRE: Romance/mystery
CHARACTERS: Lady Catherine Bourgeault, Lord Edgar Bourgeault, Adam Stanford (Earl of Ashford)
Series/ Progress: Garden/1
DATE READ: February 25 - February 28
NO. OF PAGES: 225
Challenges: 75, Category, TIOLI, AlphaKit
SOURCE: Nook Stockpile

3/1/15

The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin



Goodwin is superb as an historian and in this book we see Teddy Roosevelt and William Howard Taft as individuals but also we see how working shoulder to shoulder, they created a greater good often at the cost of their own ambitions.

TR's personality comes through as adventurer and master politician. Taft comes through as a loving, generous, gentle giant who twice refused appointment to the Supreme Court (his greatest desire) because he believed his efforts elsewhere were needed.  In this book we also see the development of the power of the press and how a good politician could utilize that power. 

This book was extremely informative, however it could have been just as informative without being so wordy.  Several passages were repetitive and could easily been omitted.

 ★★★½

GENRE: History
CHARACTERS: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Edith Carow Roosevelt, Nellie Taft, SS McClure, Ida Tarbell, Lincoln Steffens
Series/ Progress: Presidents #26,#27
DATE READ: February 1 - February 28
NO. OF PAGES: 912    36 hours audio
Challenges: 75, Category, TIOLI, AlphaKit
SOURCE: Audio Stockpile

2/26/15

I Will Repay by Baroness Emmuska Orczy



This second story in the Scarlet Pimpernel saga tells of Paul Déroulède, a non-aristocratic member of French society, who is unwillingly drawn into a duel with the young Vicomte de Marny which results in the Vicomte's death.  The Duc de Marny forces his daughter Juliette to swear an oath of vengence for her brother's death.  

After Juliette meets Déroulède and they spend time together, they fall in love, but Juliette must decide if she will fulfill her oath.  When Déroulède's treasonous actions are revealed, the Scarlet Pimpernel becomes involved.

 ★★½

GENRE: Classics
CHARACTERS: Paul Déroulède, Vicomte De Marney, Juliette de Marcy
Series/ Progress: Scarlet Pimpernel/2
DATE READ: February 16 - February 25
NO. OF PAGES: 140
Challenges: 75, Category, TIOLI, AlphaKit
SOURCE: Nook Stockpile