Sunday, July 15, 2018

A Cold Death in Amsterdam


Since my son will be on vacation to Amsterdam soon, and because I like mysteries I found this book.
I liked it. The characters were good. Lottie had some baggage but she got the job done. She started out solving a murder of a girl 15 years ago, to some finance fraud with a murder to boot. 

I read some reviews about Lottie dealing more with her personal issues rather than the murder at hand. But I believe that is who she is. Why she does what she does. The secret she carried of the relationship she had with Laura's, (the dead girl) father. The years she struggled with this.

But working on the fraud case she had to deal with Stefanie, who believed Lottie's father was guilty. Didn't hear to much on the Captain. Her partner Hans though had her back.

What is so different though about these cases, they were actually cases (I imagine things were changed to fit the book) from the author Anja De Jager's father ( who was the actual detective)
Maybe that's why people think the book slow.
It had the book a bit slow at times but I think Lottie deserves a second chance. Especially since story leaves you with what will happen to Lottie.

I give A Cold Death in Amsterdam 4 

Saturday, June 02, 2018

The Lucky Ones



Well, finally finished the final book of the trilogy, Bright Young Things. I thought I was going to like it better than I did. This story started out it seemed about Astrid, the last girl character in this group. Didn't mind reading about her. Talk about depth in a character, it wasn't much there. 
And Letty what can I say about her? The author really played her shy and a bit stupid to the end. A few characters thrown in there, like Billie, Astrid's sister. A put together character that got along with everyone, strong and had the girl's backs.

And why is it that most stories are left to finalize everything at the end? Wow you couldn't miss that the main character throughout the trilogy was Cordilia. A tribute to the loss (gain) friendship of Cordilia. Through Billie's eyes was the story of the updates of the girls and their SO. Like a neat little package. And why would the author bring back Cordilia's ex husband? And how did he get Good Egg?
But anyway seems like there was loss of Cord and some good news for Letty and Astrid's lives.
They really were Bright Young Things coming almost from a different world. Turning into seasoned girls.

The threes stories were good. I really liked the first one the best. Someone said that they thought of The Great Gatsby when reading these stories. I can see that, The roaring "20's.

I myself thought there was going to be more grit to it. More jazz, more spreakeasies, more underground mystery. Even though not what I thought, I thought it was good story telling. Not sure if I'm just older for these books,but I don't think I'll be reading any future books of Anna Godbersen's. Guess it isn't for me.
I give The Lucky Ones 4 

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Chasing Paris


I received this book I believe as a kindle freebie. I just recently gotten around to reading it. It wasn't bad. I liked the story. I read the reviews that others had said. One of the critiques was the depth of the characters. Some feel there weren't any. I believe the author really didn't want to much deepness into these characters. I believe it was suppose to be a light read and characters were fluffy.

I had all these notes and highlights that I liked to the book. But as I look over them I decided it was too much for what I want to say about the book but liked all the same.
Amy and April receive letters in the mail from a person that eventually found out it was from their grandmother. A grandmother that they would never know. And family that didn't want the girls to know who Lizzie their grandmother was. But Amy was determined. April was fine not knowing. Curiosity got the better of Amy. With inheritance given and something left to a mysterious man Billy Strath, her mother Debbie, who did not want Lizzie mentioned at all. Amy had to find out.
With found letters between Lizzie and Billy Amy started to piece lives together. While she is going through the letters, on the other side of California was Will. Will came upon a book of Renaissance poems that had notes written in the margin. Since he was an English major he had to find out who this person was. After meeting Amy the both of them put the pieces together. With Amy also being a English major, Debbie told her that she always knew to analyze what was in front of her. And that was Debbie's non angry advice.
Naturally I thought that more romance was going to come from Will. But it was kind of nice to read that Will genuinely became friends with her and his relationship built from that. Of course Miles was the boyfriend that never supported her. And was finally realizing that Miles wasn't right for her.
She found that Lizzie had this life at a time with Billy in Paris. All leads to Paris, Hence the title Chasing Paris. Even though Nana was really Amy and April's Aunt, she also was hoping that Amy would find out what happened.

I was hoping that a trip to Paris would come sooner than it did.When she made that trip more info was found out. Amy called her mom to tell her the hate that she carried for her mother wasn't the reason for her grandfather's death or why Lizzie left. But it was best said from Will, Lizzie was following shadows of lost dreams.
And now the story ends with Lizzie. The dreamer, like her grandmother Lizzie, Amy finds her story of life with Will. Nice twist of Amy's writing that started the book.


I give Chasing Paris 4
If I'm looking for a light read and I hear there are cameo's in the next book from the characters of this one. I'll read Remembering Summer 



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Monday, April 02, 2018

The Kitchen House


 Two characters, Lavinia and Belle telling a story from two different/similar worlds. You already know one character was going to be perceived as not knowing what real suffering is. This story doesn't belong more to one than the other. Lavinia had to move to America at a young age from one country to another. In that case she would rely on her parents.

Why does the captain keep Belle's identity secret? Because it would not look right for white men to have any relations with black women who were slaves. To think that a slave is a relation is not natural. Keeping this secret is tragic for when the son, Marshall is older and takes over the house he goes and hurts Belle plus eventually wants to kill her.

The idea that Lavinia took to collecting bird nest like Meg was a symbolism I did not know. I had to look it up . The signifiance makes sense. Birds migrate and Lavinia was always moving too. From the boat to Tall Oaks and than trying save her daughter Elly. Than moving toward a goal for herself. To make a better life for her family.

Was it better for Lavinia to be taken from boat to be used as a indentured servant ? Probably since her family was gone and what was she going to do? That period of time all was fair, both black and white were taken as some kind of worker.

Marshall was a very complicated character. Sometimes he was kind. Other times a monster. I feel the  that this secret that he kept was something bad that happened to him by the tutor. And he took all that aggression out on people that he didn't mean to, like his sister Sally. So when he took possession of his father's land he played much the slave master. A very black and white thing. No gray area.

I think the reason that Lavinia took to Miss Martha was because maybe she reminded her of her real mother. Even though as a servant she was taken care of by the slaves especially Mama and Belle, there was that motherly bond that both needed each other. There was more room for care than just who she shared quarters with.

Lavinia was responsive to suggestion. I think that helped her and hurt her also. Being young was confusing to know how to use that. Example of the engagement to both Marshall and Mr. Madden's friend.

The relationship between Ben, Lucy, and Belle was weird but I have nothing to remark on that. It takes a village, it takes a friendship.

For Lavinia to think she was enslaved like the rest, for her eyes yes it is fair. But for what the slaves been through was far worse. Her position was the same but she was treated not has harshly. The freedom that she had was her being a indentured servant vs slave that was taken by force and not given opportunity to be free.

Although that this is true I look at it differently. I see a Irish girl, yes she was an indentured servant . But I also see that because she had symphony for the others she was treated no different. Also I see the Irish themselves in Ireland were pulled by force and sold to the highest bidder. Not necessarily to America. Which makes them hurt and degraded as the slaves.

I feel that the author could of delved into Lavinia's family a bit more. Sure she lost mother, father, and her brother but I feel at the end of the tradegy it could be that she would look for more family in Ireland.
I feel most stories end up with some part of it being all tied up with a bow,happy. But isn't there more sad things going on of lately that a good thing is nice to see?
The author I believe was writing the point of the relationships between people. Don't need DNA to feel others your close to is your family. I think she proved that time after time of Lavinia saying that Mama is her family.

I really don't feel much about this book. I look forward to reading the next about Jamie Pyke

I give The Kitchen House  4 


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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Happy(ish)


I was looking for a laugh out loud book. I haven't read anything from this author before so I thought I would give it a shot. For the most part it was funny. But I gotta say it had it's moments that I would say to myself "Really"?
I get it, Jane is a single woman going to guy to guy wanting that Prince Charming. But the way she goes about it Wow! Same ole, same ole. And when someone is the right fit Jane still won't give him a try. It's written that she is mean to Greg. Toward the end Jane has this revelation and decides she is better than what she sees of herself. She can do better work at her job. But come on enough with the mom issues and the way she talks to her mom. She sure made me feel that Jane thought her mom was stupid. 
I'm an animal person too. She loved her goldfish, that came out loud and clear. Surprise that Jane liked her soon to be sister in law and children.

I paint such a bad picture of Jane. But at the end her friends when they came together for her when she lost her pet I could tell her character was changing. She was becoming softer and more confident and put together.She actually was taking an interest in her neighbor Greta. Found out she was no different than Greta. It was a good story. Funny, relatable but a bit disconnected at times. But worth the read I think.

Anyway I had such a hard time getting through the last two chapters. Not because it was hard. But because Oh my God the chapter before the last was such a looong chapter. Too much to say about one thing. Very boring. The author said it herself this is the first time writing a novel. And my last time reading her material. There were so many errors in grammar that it leads me to believe no one proofed this book. I guess that's why it's self published.


I give Happy(ish)   4 
Just because of the grammar errors and it being disconnected at times. 

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