Wednesday, July 17, 2013

This Blog is Closed.

Just in case you haven't noticed, this blog is no longer active. I'm going to disable the comments on it, and if I don't delete it then I will just leave it here to gather dust.

It was a fun hobby for a year and a half, but I've moved on to other things.

Best wishes.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Review & Tour Stop: Baroness by Susan May Warren

Baroness by Susan May Warren 
(Daughters of Fortune #2)
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction  
Pages: 320  
Publication Date: March 2012  
Publisher: Summerside Press  
Source: I received a free review copy to participate in this LitFuse Blog Tour.  
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Book Description (from the author's website):
Lilly and Rosie, daughters of an empire coming of age in the roaring twenties, can have anything they want…except freedom.  Expected to marry well and to take the reins of the empire, they have their lives planned out for them.  But, Lilly, Esme’s daughter longs to return home to Montana, to adventure outside the confines of New York City.  And Jinx’s daughter Rosie dreams of the bright lights of the newly emerging silver screen.  But following their dreams – from avant garde France, to Broadway, to the skies in the world of barnstormers and wing-walkers will take all their courage.  And if they find love, will they choose freedom or happily ever after?

Baroness is the second book in Susan May Warren's Daughters of Fortune series. The first book followed the loves and losses of sisters Esme and Jinx (click here for my review). This book similarly follows the coming of age of the sisters' daughters--Lilly and Rosie. From the beginning, these cousins seem to have very little in common beyond family ties, with very different dreams and desires for their lives. But the paths they take don't follow the plans that anyone, including themselves, predicted.

I really enjoyed the stories of the two main characters. I wasn't sure what to expect and I was hoping their stories would be unique and different from what their mothers had experienced. Warren has done a wonderful job of creating worlds for these women that are both interesting and believable. Lilly falls in love with flying (and a pilot), becoming a wing-walker and eventually learning to fly airplanes herself. Rosie's dreams of becoming a star of the stage and screen get derailed when she gets caught up in a relationship with a mobster. Her escape comes through the love of a professional baseball player, but the danger of her mobster ex-boyfriend lurks around every corner and leads to a frightening climax.

The first few chapters when the girls were living in Paris moved a bit slowly for me, but events picked up quickly enough that I soon became engaged and began to devour the pages. Life in the "Roaring Twenties" provides for wonderfully interesting backdrops and character development. These girls had opportunities open to them that their mothers couldn't have dreamed of at their age (like flying airplanes!). The historical detail throughout the book added a unique and distinct flavor to the girls' stories that I quite appreciated.

I definitely recommend this book to historical fiction fans. It works well within the series, but it can also be read alone without the reader becoming too lost in references to the previous book. I'm quite looking forward to seeing where the next book in the series takes us.

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Friday, March 23, 2012

Book Beginnings on Friday has a New Home!

Thank you so much for joining me for the last year and a half of Book Beginnings! It has been a wonderful run, but I'm ready to pass this fun meme on to another book blogger to enjoy. Gilion at Rose City Reader has graciously agreed to host Book Beginnings on Friday! She was the original inspiration for this meme, so it seemed only fitting that she become the new host! Please go over to Rose City Reader to link up your Book Beginnings posts!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Book Beginnings on Friday, March 16, 2012

I've been sick all week, and basically off the computer for most of it, so I haven't made a decision yet on the new home of Book Beginnings. I'm finally starting to feel better so I'm planning to do that ASAP. Sorry for drawing this out for so long. :(

How to participate: Share the first line (or two) of the book you are currently reading on your blog or in the comments. Include the title and the author so we know what you're reading. Then, if you would like, let us know what your first impressions were based on that first line, and let us know if you liked or did not like the sentence. The link-up will be at A Few More Pages every Friday and will be open for the entire week.

Thanks to Becky at Page Turners for starting this meme and to Rose City Reader for inspiring it!

I'm reading A Sudden, Fearful Death by Anne Perry right now. Here are the first lines:
When she first came into the room, Monk thought it would simply be another case of domestic petty theft, or investigating the character and prospects of some suitor. Not that he would have refused such a task; he could not afford to.
I adore Anne Perry's William Monk mysteries, and this one has been quite thought-provoking considering the current political climate! The story so far has involved a rape, a murder, and talk about birth control and abortion. I've been working my way through the series and have yet to be disappointed. This is book #4 in the series.

So how does your current read begin, and what are your thoughts so far? Please leave the link to your specific post, not just to the front page of your blog. 


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