Title: The Lacemaker Author: Laura Frantz Published: 2018 Genre: CF,HR Format: Kindle Pages: 418 Source: Own Dates Read: March 1-13, 2018 Grade: A- Synopsis: When colonial Williamsburg explodes like a powder keg on the eve of the American Revolution, Lady Elisabeth “Liberty” Lawson is abandoned by her fiancé and suspected of being a spy for the hated British. No one comes to her aid save the Patriot Noble Rynallt, a man with formidable enemies of his own. Liberty is left with a terrible choice. Will the Virginia belle turned lacemaker side with the radical revolutionaries, or stay true to her English roots? And at what cost?
Review: I admit I was hesitant to pick up a piece of Christian fiction. I’ve had bad experiences with them in the past, so I was wary of a repeat. But this book was actually very nice overall. There were a few places where things seemed to be either resolved too easily or rushed in the writing. I would have liked a bit more conflict or tension in those moments. And the ending did seem a little rushed overall. I kept checking what page I was on, wondering how the book could possibly end so quickly. Reading this made me want to visit Williamsburg again, and it rekindled my admiration of Virginia’s rich history.
She would expect not the worst but the best. She refused to let the delay forebode dire things. (112)
Perhaps the Lord was showing her how brokenness could become abundance in the days to come. ’Twas a hope worth holding on to. (172)
Here I’ve compiled the remaining reviews from the books I read in 2017. There are 15 reviews in total, and I apologize if there are any typos or formatting issues since I haven’t really proofread them (oops). But, without further ado, here are my reviews:
Title: The Hating Game Author: Sally Thorne Published: 2016 Genre: CR Format: Kindle Pages: 384 Source: Own Dates Read: August 7-10, 2017 Grade: A Synopsis:
Nemesis (n.) 1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome; 2) A person’s undoing; 3) Joshua Templeman.
Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive-aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.
Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.
Well, in the context of the novel, it remains to be seen. This section was easier to grasp than I had anticipated. I think it’s Pevear and Volokhonsky’s translation (one day I’ll be able to spell Volokhonsky without looking it up), but I haven’t read any others to confirm. You can find links to the original post from Reading in Bed and my first post a the bottom of this one.
So poor Dolokhov has been demoted because of the whole aforementioned drunken bear shenanigans. His new uniform is a different color and whatever. I’m not particularly concerned. This wouldn’t have been a problem if you hadn’t been so stupid. And just calm down, could you, Dolokhov?
Do you know what I really love? I can be a bit of a history nerd, so when I found out that Tolstoy used an actual letter from Napoleon, in which Napoleon basically called Murat (the French commander dude) an idiot for thinking that the Austrians/Russians had actually surrendered when they hadn’t even spoken to the emperor, I was thrilled. And well, you know, he wasn’t wrong.
To Prince Murat. Schönbrunn, 25 Brumaire [15 November], 1805, at eight o’clock a.m. It is impossible for me to find words to express to you my displeasure. You command only my vanguard and you do not have the right to make an armistice without my order. You are making me lose the fruits of a campaign. Break the armistice on the spot and march to the enemy. Declare to him that the general who signed this capitulation did not have the right to make it, that only the Emperor of Russia has that right. Any time, however, that the Emperor of Russia will ratify the said convention, I will ratify it; but it is only a trick. March, destroy the Russian army…you are in a position to take their baggage and artillery. The adjutant of the Emperor of Russia is a…Officers are nothing when they have no power: this one has none…The Austrians let themselves be fooled in the crossing of the bridge of Vienna, you are letting yourself be fooled by one of the Emperor’s adjutants. Napoleon.
Even though he hasn’t actually done that much, Andrei’s all like, “Well, I have been wounded [read: scratched], so I obviously need to be rewarded.” His horse was shot, and a bullet grazed Andrei’s arm. Really, the horse should get a medal, but anyway Andrei gets all gussed up to go to town to get recognized for his valor…and no one really cares. He expected to see the emperor, but instead he’s taken to the minister of war, who hasn’t actually seen any combat. Seems legit. Anyway, he’s like, “Well done, boy. But we have bigger fish to fry, and you are a small fish. And, really, you could have done better. So…bye.” Andrei’s all let out, but then he does get to display a little authority when he gets back, sees the army in chaos, yells at some folks, and helps a woman stuck in a wagon, so good for you, Andrei!
But then, we have poor little Nikolai. He’s in way over his head. It’s like he’s 6 feet tall and just walked into the 8-foot end of the pool and doesn’t know how to swim. And really, he’s just a baby. He’s still a minor, and he’s really scared. Nobody really cares about that, though, because everyone else has been through it already. So at the end of the last chapter in Part 2, he’s lying in bed, (not too terribly) wounded and disillusioned with it all.
“Nobody needs me!” thought Rostov. “There’s nobody to help me or pity me. And once I was at home, strong, cheerful, loved.” He sighed and involuntarily groaned as he sighed.
“Ouch, it hurts, eh?” the little soldier asked, waving his shirt over the fire and, not waiting for a reply, he grunted and said: “Quite a few folk got damaged today–awful!”
Rostov was not listening to the soldier. He looked at the snowflakes dancing above the fire and remembered the Russian winter with a warm, bright house, a fluffy fur coat, swift sleighs, a healthy body, and all the love and care of a family. “And why did I come here?” he wondered. (200)
Title: When a Scot Ties the Knot Author: Tessa Dare Series: Castles Ever After #3 Released: August 25, 2015 Genres:HR Format: Kindle Pages: 378
Source: Own Dates Read: June 23-24, 2017 Grade: A Synopsis: On the cusp of her first London season, Miss Madeline Gracechurch was shyly pretty and talented with a drawing pencil, but hopelessly awkward with gentlemen. She was certain to be a dismal failure on the London marriage mart. So Maddie did what generations of shy, awkward young ladies have done: she invented a sweetheart.
A Scottish sweetheart. One who was handsome and honorable and devoted to her, but conveniently never around. Maddie poured her heart into writing the imaginary Captain MacKenzie letter after letter … and by pretending to be devastated when he was (not really) killed in battle, she managed to avoid the pressures of London society entirely.
Until years later, when this kilted Highland lover of her imaginings shows up in the flesh. The real Captain Logan MacKenzie arrives on her doorstep—handsome as anything, but not entirely honorable. He’s wounded, jaded, in possession of her letters… and ready to make good on every promise Maddie never expected to keep. (Goodreads) Continue reading “Book Review: When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare”→