Tag: Books: Contemporary

Review: The Silent Wife

Posted 1 July, 2013 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Silent Wife
By: A.S.A. Harrison
Format/Source: galley copy courtesy of Penguin Canada via NetGalley

Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in their marriage. Much is at stake, including the affluent life they lead in their beautiful waterfront condo in Chicago, as she, the killer, and he, the victim, rush haplessly toward the main event. He is a committed cheater. She lives and breathes denial. He exists in dual worlds. She likes to settle scores. He decides to play for keeps. She has nothing left to lose. Told in alternating voices, The Silent Wife is about a marriage in the throes of dissolution, a couple headed for catastrophe, concessions that can’t be made, and promises that won’t be kept.

There’s been a lot of buzz surrounding this book, likening the book to Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl. I haven’t read that book (will probably read it at some point) but I thought the premise of this novel was interesting enough so I requested for a galley copy. I was approved of one courtesy of the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Contains some spoilers ahead!

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Review: Angel Baby

Posted 29 June, 2013 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Angel Baby
By: Richard Lange
Format/Source: Hardback courtesy of the LibraryThing Early Reviewers Programme

To escape the awful life she has descended into, Luz plans carefully. She takes only the clothes on her back, a Colt .45, and all the money in her husband’s safe. The corpses in the hallway weren’t part of her plan.

Luz needs to find the daughter she left behind years earlier, but she knows she may die trying. Her husband is El Principe, a key player in a high-powered drug cartel, a business he runs with the same violence he has used to keep Luz his perfect, obedient wife.

I received a copy of this novel courtesy of the LibraryThing Early Reviewers programme. The premise of this novel sounded interesting; as I mentioned in one Top Ten Tuesday list, it even reminded me of BBC America’s Orphan Black in a way because of the theme of the main character wanting to find and get back to her daughter. Of course, that’s where the comparison stops but it was enough for me to check out. Since receiving the novel, I also found out that the film rights were aquired by Warner Bros.

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Review: The Book of Secrets

Posted 28 June, 2013 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

The Book of Secrets
By: Elizabeth Joy Arnold
Format: galley courtesy of Random House Publishing Group via NetGalley

Chloe Tyler’s life changed at the young age of eight when she became friends with the Sinclair children. Through some of the most cherished books of all time, Chloe, along with Nate, Cecilia and Grace, found a magical escape from their troubled childhoods. They acted out The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (wondering all the while how Turkish Delights really tasted), admired the sketches of the hookah-smoking caterpillar and the Cheshire cat’s grin in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and plotted their escape alongside Robinson Crusoe. As they grew up, they set up camp fires a la Lord of the Flies and found secret hiding places for their well-worn copy of Catcher in the Rye and A Wrinkle in Time. Nate and Chloe’s friendship blossoms into an intense romance in their teens, where a tragic event will change the course of their relationship. It isn’t until they have been married for twenty-five years that they must finally come to terms with the past that they have turned their back on for so long and their failing bookstore that they once so loved.

I’ve always enjoyed a good book about books (i.e. Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s The Shadow of the Wind, John Connelly’s The Book of Lost Things) so I was immediately intrigued by the premise of this novel. I was fortunate to have been approved of a galley copy of this novel through the publishers. This book will be available on July 2nd. Contains some spoilers ahead!

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Review: The Summer of France + Giveaway

Posted 24 June, 2013 by Lianne in Books / 14 Comments

The Summer of France
By: Paulita Kincer
Format/Source: Paperback courtesy of the author as part of the The Summer of France Book Tour

When Fia Jennings loses her job at the local newspaper, she dreams of bonding with her teenage twins. As she realizes she may be too late to pull her family closer, her husband Grayson pressures her to find another job to pay the increasing bills. Relief comes with a phone call from Fia’s great Uncle Martin who runs a bed and breakfast in Provence. Uncle Martin wants Fia to venture to France to run the B&B so he and his wife Lucie can travel. He doesn’t tell Fia about the secret he hid in the house after fighting in World War II, and he doesn’t mention the people who are tapping his phone and following him, hoping to find the secret.

After much cajoling, Fia whisks her family to France and is stunned when Uncle Martin and Aunt Lucie leave the same day for a Greek cruise. She’s thrown into the minutiae of a running the B&B without the benefit of speaking the language. Her dreams of family bonding time fade as her teenagers make French friends. Fia’s husband Grayson begins touring the countryside with a sophisticated French woman, and Fia resists the distractions of Christophe, a fetching French man. Why the whirlwind of French welcome, Fia wonders after she comes home from a day at the beach in Nice to find someone has ransacked the B&B.

Fia analyzes Uncle Martin’s obscure phone calls, trying to figure out this WW II hero’s secret. Can she uncover the secret and relieve Uncle Martin’s guilt while building the family she’s always dreamed of?

(No violence. No graphic sex, some sexual situations.)

I first came across The Summer of France on Goodreads as one of the giveaways. The premise was interesting, mixing a bit of family drama/relocating to a new place to start over and a family mystery involving an event that happened during World War Two. I’m excited to take part in the blog tour for this novel hosted by France Book Tours. Be sure to check out the end of this post where you can enter to win a paperback copy of this novel (US/Canada only)!

This book is part of the Books on France Reading Challenge 2013 that I am participating in.

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Review: Trains and Lovers

Posted 5 June, 2013 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Trains and Lovers
By: Alexander McCall Smith
Format/Source: Advanced reading copy courtesy of the publisher via GoodReads First Reads Programme

The rocking of the train car, the sound of its wheels on the rails…there’s something special about this form of travel that makes for easy conversation. Which is just what happens to the 4 strangers who meet in Trains and Lovers. As they travel by rail from Edinburgh to London, they entertain one another with tales of how trains have changed their lives. A young, keen-eyed Scotsman recounts how he turned a friendship with a young woman co-worker into a romance by spotting an anachronistic train in an 18th-century painting. An Australian woman shares how her parents fell in love and spent their life together running a railroad siding in the remote Australian Outback. A middle-aged American arts patron sees 2 young men saying goodbye in the station and recalls his youthful crush on another man. And a young Englishman describes how exiting his train at the wrong station allowed him to meet an intriguing woman whom he impulsively invited to dinner–and into his life.

I received an advanced reading copy of this book courtesy of the publisher via a GoodReads contest. I’ve heard of Alexander McCall Smith’s works but I’ve never read any of his stuff (though I’ve heard good things of his work). This is a standalone novel and the premise sounded interesting so I greatly looked forward to reading this novel. This book will be available on June 11.

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