Monday, July 6, 2015

To Win Her Favor

Gone With the Wind meets Seabiscuit.
That's this book in a nutshell.

Book Rating: Best of the Best

The good old days are here again!!!!

I tell you, it took a lot of guts to read this book. Yeah, yeah, call me chicken, it's okay. But after the last Alexander book I read, I was beginning to think her style wasn't for me any more. I liked her first few series, but the last several books left me wanting.

Not this one! 

This book is a crazy-kind-of-scrambled-up 
GWTW/Seabiscuit. Am I right, or am I right?!? You know I'm right! And how fabulous is that?!?!?!

I can almost hear Mr. O'hara saying, "Land is the only thing that matters--it's the only thing that lasts!" And I can see Mammy with her adorable smile and her sweet tears... and THEN right after that I see horses racing down the track, the jockey's jersey colors flashing across the screen! 

This book was exceedingly well paced, with wonderful depth and--BOY OH BOY--this book's got mother-loads of spice! Ooooh, Mama!!!! Could be considered too steamy by some, but all was appropriate in my way of thinking, especially considering they were married. 

Great hero, great heroine, great plot and great history. *wink*

Glad I gave this one a try. Now you gotta give me your two cents. Did you like it? Is it on your TBR list?

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Covered Deep

You're shocked I know. AN ACTUAL HCR BOOK REVIEW!

I've been wanting to read this one for a while...a good read for a vacay that's for sure.

Book Rating:
Up All Night'er (with reservations...)

I wanted to love this book--I really, REALLY wanted to love this, but for me there were too many things that bugged--you've been bugged before, right? I know that's happened to you.

It actually almost could have ruined the story for me, but before I explain that, let me share the many positives.

1. I loved the setting! I had not expected it to be set in the Holy Land--that was fantastic!

2. The plot kind of reminded me of a Jane Austen/Charles Dickens type story. Lots of characters, many with dark pasts who wished ill on others...I did enjoy that.

3. The hero was kinda perfect. He was "wounded" by decisions from the past and desperately wanted to make a new life. He was very much like Indiana Jones--an adventurous history buff (and I mean buff! LOL) who had traveled the world for ancient art and artifacts, etc. I mean, what's not to love? (So when the heroine can't get over the fact that he made a mistake--however huge--and had obviously truly repented, despite the fact that he desperately loved her and would do anything for her...gah! I mean, get a grip, woman!)

4. I LOVED the history and art that was discussed in this story--mostly by the handsome, intelligent, daring, brave, and fearless hero..........


*shakes head and blinks*

Where was I? Oh yes. I studied art history in depth in college and I was geeking-out over the paintings and sculptures and architecture that was constantly be talked of by such a dashing man.... Very fun!!

Honestly, the heroine was so frustrating!!!!! GAH! For my taste she was too naive throughout the majority of the story, and got too mad for too long at the AWE-some hero--why did he even like her?? I mean, I guess I know why, but still.  It nearly did the story in for me.

I do recommend this book, however. It might just be my personal taste so don't let that sway you. Have you read this one? What did you think?
Let me know!

Happy Reading!!!