Month: September 2017

“Children in the Second World War” by Amanda Herbert-Davies

“Children in the Second World War” by Amanda Herbert-Davies

This book, for me, was a real eye-opener. Being an American, born after the war I had no real understanding of what conditions were like in a country where the war was actually being fought. This book focuses on the experiences of children in Britain, and while I’ve seen movies and TV shows set during the period, it’s a whole different understanding when you hear (or read in this case) from the people who actually lived through it.

The book opens with the recollections of what children were thinking or doing when the war was announced and then moves on to talk about the evacuations, the bomb shelters, shortages, education, war efforts and culminates with thoughts on the end of the war. I think the author has done a fantastic job of weaving together the facts of the war and the thoughts and recollections of people who actually grew up during the war. There are stories from kids who thought that bombed out buildings were a great playground and those for whom the terror of air raids left them permanently traumatized. The various chapters present a comprehensive look at the living conditions during this time, from those who were evacuated to an idyllic countryside childhood to those who were in the heart of the bombing zones and spending their nights in shelters. I hope that reading this book will give people pause when considering the act of war because it is often the youngest among us who bear the brunt of such action. I highly recommend this book as I found it both informative and moving at the same time.

Alinefromabook’s rating: 5-star-rating  5 stars!!

Happy Reading!

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Weekly Round-Up 9/24/2017

Here we are again. A week of antibiotics has me feeling human again, so that’s good. I’m not so happy that I had to get a jacket out last night to go for an evening walk. But I do live in North Dakota so it’s to be expected. Otherwise it’s been a pretty quiet week at my house, though I didn’t get as much reading done as I wanted to. So let’s take a look at my numbers for today.

TBR – I finished 1 book (disgraceful 😞), and added 3. That brings the TBR total to 270.

NetGalley rating – This is good new, my rating has moved up to 86%. 😊

Goodreads challenge – I’m on track with this challenge.

Coming up – Confession time: I have 6 different books that I have started reading and now I’m having one of those “what was I thinking” moments. They just all look so good right now. So here’s what I’m hoping to finish in the coming week.

Children in the Second World War” by Amanda Herbert-Davies Children in the Second World War and “Carnegie’s Maid” by Marie Benedict Carnegie's Maid This one won’t be released until January and my review will be posted close to the release date. It is however available for pre-order on Amazon, just click the link above. That’s all I have for today, guys. Hope you all have a great week. 😃

Happy Reading!

 

“The Trouble With Harriet” by Dorothy Cannell

“The Trouble With Harriet” by Dorothy Cannell

Ellie Haskell is back! She is quickly becoming my favorite cozy mystery heroine. And that handsome husband of hers, Mmm, Mmm. This story was delightful from beginning to end. Ellie and Ben are supposed to be off to France for a romantic getaway while the kids are with the grandparents. Then, just as they are about to leave, Ellie’s long-lost father shows up on their doorstep, with a broken heart and an urn. Seems he fell in love with Harriet while in Germany and then she died in a car accident. Meanwhile, the new vicar’s wife is putting on a play with Cousin Freddy as its star and objects are disappearing from the house. And who was the doom predicting gypsy?

As usual, the author has gathered up a quirky bunch of characters and the type of happenings that could only take place in an English village. The vicar’s wife is a force of nature but she has to be to keep up with her very absent-minded husband. Not only do we meet Ellie’s father but her kleptomaniac aunt as well. The storyline has something new for the reader on every page but she manages to flawlessly wrap it all up at the end. I highly recommend this book if you like to have some fun along with your mystery.

Alinefromabook’s rating: 5-star-rating  5 stars!!

Happy Reading!

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“Birdcage Walk” by Helen Dunmore

“Birdcage Walk” by Helen Dunmore

Lizzie and Diner have recently married. Lizzie is learning her new role as Diner’s wife, while Diner is busy trying to make his real estate development business take off. It’s the 1790’s and there is revolution in France. When Lizzie’s mother becomes pregnant, her loyalties are torn and trouble begins to brew in Lizzie’s mind. Will world events upset Diner’s carefully laid plans? Will Lizzie be able to come to terms with the specter of Diner’s first wife, who died before they met?

This is a complex and delicious story. I really loved the characters that are created here. Lizzie is a delightful young lady who is doing her best to adjust to a husband who is perhaps more demanding than she anticipated. Diner is a bit strange and sometimes I liked him but other times not so much. The mystery of the first wife adds a lot of interest and drama to the story. Basically, I loved this story and highly recommend it.

Alinefromabook’s rating: 5-star-rating  5 stars!!

Happy Reading!

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Weekly Round-Up 9/17/2017

This week’s round-up is taking place in the sick ward because I have a raging sinus infection.😷🤧 I am on antibiotics though, so there is a chance I will live another day. 😊 In other news, the cold weather is starting to creep into the forecast her in North Dakota so it’s time to unpack the cold weather clothes. So let’s look at how I’ve been doing with my reading…

TBR – I finished two books this week and by some miracle didn’t add any, so the TBR is now at 268.

NetGalley – I didn’t finish any NetGalley books this week so score is still at 84%.

Goodreads Challenge – I am currently 1 book behind. 😞

Coming Up – Tomorrow I will be posting my review of “Birdcage Walk” by Helen Dunmore. Birdcage Walk I am currently reading “The Trouble With Harriet” by Dorothy Cannell, The Trouble With Harriet and “Children in the Second World War” by Amanda Herbert-Davies. Children in the Second World War So that’s it for this round-up. I hope you all are avoiding the nasty little viruses that are floating around. See you next week!

Happy Reading!

P.S. Did you notice I discovered how to add emojis? Just goes to show that you can teach an old dog new tricks.

“Rusted Halo” by Jade Alyse

“Rusted Halo” by Jade Alyse

I found this short story to be very intriguing. Sully is a young man who is mute and he lives with his father, the gardener, on an estate. The owner of the estate has two daughters, Selah and Isobel. One is beautiful and the obviously favored child, while the other is just ordinary. Sully is devoted to, and fancies himself in love with, Isobel and she is about to get married. What happens next you will have to read to find out.

I found the relationships in this story especially compelling. In a short space, the author has created a great deal of complexity among the main characters. I was also surprised by the ending which I think the author kept expertly hidden until the final page. If you’re in the mood for something short, I highly recommend this story. Also, this one is available for free right now on Kindle – see the link below.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  4-star-rating  4 stars!!

Happy Reading!

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“Lunatics, Imbeciles and Idiots” by Kathryn Burtinshaw & Dr. John Burt

“Lunatics, Imbeciles and Idiots” by Kathryn Burtinshaw & Dr. John Burt

A History of Insanity in Nineteenth Century Britain & Ireland

This book is for anyone interested in social history. The authors take the reader through the history of the treatment of those with mental illness during the Nineteenth century. The book opens with information about how to trace ancestors who may have been in an asylum. Chapters 2 – 9 talk about the development of asylums and the legal treatment of patients. Each chapter focuses on a different region of Britain and Ireland. Chapters 10 – 20 go on to give information about staff and how they were chosen, the different legal classifications of patients, different types of mental illness, and closes with a rundown of diagnoses and treatments. Throughout the book are scattered case histories of actual patients which illustrate the conditions at the time.

I found this book really interesting. Mental health is something I’ve always had an interest in and it amazes me at times to see how far we have come in western civilization in handling the mentally ill. The book is written in a format that is easy to read and follow. I found a lot of great information and history in this book and would recommend it for anyone interested in history or mental illness.

Alinefromabook’s rating: 4-star-rating  4 stars!!

Happy Reading!

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Thank you to Pen & Sword Publishing for providing a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

Weekly Round-Up 9/10/2017

Welcome back everyone! It’s time for another round-up. Not much happening this week, just work and reading. My son has a cold this weekend so I’m doing all I can to avoid him in the hopes that I won’t catch it. Let’s see how the numbers look today.

TBR – I finished 1 book and 1 short story, so the current TBR is 270. I didn’t add any books this week but, full disclosure, I did request 3 from a list sent to me by Pen & Sword Publishing. Since they haven’t actually arrived yet, they are not on the list.

NetGalley – The book I finished this week was a NetGalley title and that bumped my score up to 84%.

Goodreads challenge – As of today, I am on track.

Coming Up – I will shortly have up my review of the short story Rusted Halo by Jade Alyse. Rusted Halo

In the next couple of days I will post my review of Lunatics, Imbeciles and Idiots by Kathryn Burtinshaw & Dr. John Burt. Lunatics Imbeciles and Idiots

I am currently reading Birdcage Walk by Helen Dunmore. Birdcage Walk

That’s it for now. Hope you all have a good week.

Happy Reading!

 

 

“Blackout” by Marc Elsberg

“Blackout” by Marc Elsberg

What happens when the lights go out and … they don’t come back on? In “Blackout”, Marc Elsberg explores just that question. Electrical grids have failed all across Europe, no one knows why. As the blackouts consume more and more of Europe, power plants and governments are all scrambling to find a solution. In Italy, Piero Manzano finds an anomaly on a power meter but will anyone believe him, will he be able to find the saboteur, will he come out of this alive?

This book is packed with thrills, largely because it all seems incredibly plausible. I was completely captivated with the scenario laid out in this book. The story never lets up and the characters are great. The author even manages to slip a little bit of romance in between the riots and shortages. This is the author’s debut novel and it was just released in the U.S. this summer. If catastrophe stories are something you like, then you will definitely enjoy this book. I don’t want to give anything away but I do highly recommend this book and hope the author’s subsequent work will be made available soon.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  5-star-rating 5 stars!!

Happy Reading!

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