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Re-Read: A Tree Grows In Brooklyn

Sometimes you just need to re-read an old favorite. I’ve been in a book slump starting then abandoning book after book because nothing was grabbing me, finally I just gave up for a few days. Then the other night I decided to try again and while flipping through my Kindle library I stumbled upon A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, a book I’ve loved each time I’ve read it. But this time I started to wonder–is each read the same? Continue reading “Re-Read: A Tree Grows In Brooklyn”

Ten Questions with KJ Charles

Today’s 10 Questions installment features KJ Charles. KJ Charles is a writer and freelance editor. She lives in London with her husband, two kids, an out-of-control garden and an increasingly murderous cat. KJ writes mostly romance, gay and straight, frequently historical, and usually with some fantasy or horror in there. Continue reading “Ten Questions with KJ Charles”

Charlotte Bronte 200 Years Later

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” 
― Charlotte BrontëJane Eyre

Charlotte was born April 21, 1826 the third of six children and the eldest of the trio of Bronte sister authors. Her works include the novels Villette, Shirley, and one of my all time favorites, Jane Eyre in addition to a collection of short works and poetry. At the time I’m sure that Bronte did not think that 200 years after her birth we’d still be reading her work, but with lines like this who could resist. Continue reading “Charlotte Bronte 200 Years Later”

Book Review: Glory Over Everything by Kathleen Grissom

Title: Glory Over Everything

Author: Kathleen Grissom

Rating: 4 stars

Reviewers: Dottie & Jennifer

A novel of family and long-buried secrets along the treacherous Underground Railroad.

Glory Over Everything is considered a stand-alone but is the follow up to Grissom’s The Kitchen House. You can certainly read this book without reading The Kitchen House first but it will add something to your reading of this story to hear how Jamie’s story begun. This novel is the gripping continuation of Jamie’s story. Continue reading “Book Review: Glory Over Everything by Kathleen Grissom”

Book Review: The Lake House by Kate Morton

Title: The Lake House

Author: Kate Morton

Narrator: Caroline Lee

Rating: 4 Stars

Reviewer: Jess

What could a police detective in 2003 possibly have to do with the case of a child who went missing in 1933? Apparently quite a bit. In her latest novel, The Lake House, Kate Morton takes two seemingly unrelated casts of characters and weaves them into a beautifully intricate web of mystery that immediately pulls the reader into the story. Continue reading “Book Review: The Lake House by Kate Morton”

Book Review: Outlander

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Title: Outlander

Author: Diana Gabaldon

Format: Audible/Kindle using Whispersync Voice.

Rating: 5 Kilts

Read: January 2014

Reviewer: Jess

Summary: The novel begins in 1945 shortly after the end of the war.  A former field nurse, Claire Beauchamp Randall is in Scotland reconnecting with her husband, Frank.  Claire and Frank are going through the normal awkwardness of becoming comfortable with each other  once again when something astonishing happens.  Claire is visiting one of the many ancient stone circles scattered about the countryside when suddenly she finds herself in the middle of a battlefield. In 1743.

My Review:
In which I finally meet James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser…

First a little background–I love historical fiction, especially when set in the United Kingdom and I’ve recently become interested in the Jacobite rebellions. I am not intimidated by long books or series, in fact I prefer them most of the time. I also tend to take recommendations from my friends fairly seriously. Knowing all that, I don’t really understand why it took me years to read Outlander.  Plus there’s the added benefit of hotties in kilts. Historical hotties in kilts. That should have been enough to convince me. Well whatever the reason, a group of my online book friends decided to read (or re-read) Outlander for our New Year’s read. What happened was a surprise even to me.

Going into the read, I knew little about the novel except that the romantic leads are Jamie and Claire, somehow Claire travels back in time to meet Jamie in all his kilt-god glory and the story really starts from that point. From the recommendations I’d gotten I expected a well written historical romance, a solid 4 star read. What I got was an emotional roller coaster of love, angst, torture, political intrigue and action. At any point in the book you could find me cursing the book or crying over it, usually both at the same time. Definitely not a fluffy historical romance.

I originally tried to write this review as soon as I finished the book but I was in such a daze from some of the chapters near the end it took a while longer before I could be articulate in any way. Now that I’ve had some time to think about it (and become obsessed in ways I didn’t quite expect) I still don’t know if I can express how wonderful this book is. There are so many characters to fall in love with in Outlander (not just Jamie) and I think that’s why I feel so compelled to continue reading. I dare anyone to read this without crying, laughing, hurting alongside and falling in love with each and every one of them.  What I can say for sure is I’m very glad I read this book and will have to thank my RKB friends for recommending it after I finish strangling them for doing it. Not only will I continue with this series, I know I will read this one again. At some point. With a bottle of scotch and a box of tissues.

 

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