Tag: Rating: 2.5 stars

Review: The End of the Point

Posted 28 June, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

The End of the Point
By: Elizabeth Graver
Format/Source: won a paperback copy of this book from Read Her Like an Open Book

A place out of time, Ashaunt Point, Massachusetts, has provided sanctuary and anchored life for generations of the Porter family, who summer along its remote, rocky shore. But in 1942, the U.S. Army arrives on the Point, bringing havoc and change.

An unforgettable portrait of one family’s journey through the second half of the twentieth century, The End of the Point artfully probes the hairline fractures hidden beneath the surface of our lives and traces the fragile and enduring bonds that connect us. With subtlety and grace, Elizabeth Graver illuminates the powerful legacy of family and place, exploring what we are born into and what we pass down, preserve, cast off, or willingly set free.

I always enjoy a good generational story and family sagas and this novel fits the bill, a family grounded by their home at Ashaunt Point, Massachusetts. I won a copy of this novel from a contest held by Read Her Like an Open Book and thank the blogger and the publishers for the awesome giveaway. The following are my honest impressions of this novel.

This book was released on 22 April 2014. This book also nicely coincides with the Mental Health Awareness Month event that I am participating in 🙂

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Review: In Her Dreams

Posted 24 June, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

In Her Dreams
By: Katherine Givens
Format/Source: eCopy courtesy of the publishers via Armchair BEA

Evangeline Vernon is a woman on the verge of spinsterhood — until the prim and proper Duke of Manchester steps in. Her family is pleased with the match, but the duke is not the passionate man Evangeline craves. Her heart belongs to an alluring, golden-haired gentleman, perfect in every way…except one: he doesn’t exist.

Angela Vernon is everything a proper, well-brought-up woman should be. She knows her place and understands society’s expectations — which include not being jealous of her sister and not coveting her sister’s suitor. But how can she bear the heartache of watching the only man she loves marry not only her sister, but a woman who doesn’t see past his exterior to the man he is beneath?

I won a copy of this novella during Armchair BEA in late May, choosing this title out of a select list of titles. The premise of the novel sounded interesting–I like a good Regency romance every now and then, usually Georgette Heyer–especially how there’s a mismatch here in suitors and whom the sisters wish to marry. So I thought it would be a fun diversion to read. I received a copy of the book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Contains some spoilers ahead!

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Review: Surfacing

Posted 12 October, 2013 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

By: Margaret Atwood
Format/Source: Mass bound paperback; my purchase

Part detective novel, part psychological thriller, Surfacing is the story of a young woman who returns to northern Quebec, to the remote island of her childhood, with her lover and two friends, to investigate the mysterious disappearance of her father. Flooded with memories, she begins to realize that going home means entering not only another place, but another time. As the wild island exerts its elemental hold and she is submerged in the language of the wilderness, she discovers that what she is really searching for is her own past. Permeated with an aura of suspense, complex with layered meanings, and written in brilliant, diamond-sharp prose, Surfacing has grown in reputation as a novel unique in modern literature for its mythic exploration of one woman’s spiritual pilgrimage.

I mentioned this time and again but I’ve never read a novel by Margaret Atwood until now. For some reason I never studied her at school and then with all the books I want to read, her books just never floated to the top of the want-to-read pile. I was browsing in the bookstore a few months ago and decided to finally pick up a book and check her stuff out. I would’ve gone for A Handmaid’s Tale but this volume was very slim and it was one of her first works so I was curious. May contain some spoilers ahead!

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Review: Unexploded

Posted 9 September, 2013 by Lianne in Books / 4 Comments

By: Alison MacLeod
Format/Source: galley courtesy of Penguin Canada via NetGalley

May, 1940. Brighton. Wartime.

On Park Crescent, a sunlit and usually tranquil street, Geoffrey and Evelyn Beaumont and their eight-year-old son, Philip, anxiously await news. The enemy is expected to land on the beaches of Brighton any day.It is a year of tension and change. Geoffrey becomes Superintendent of the enemy alien camp at the far reaches of town, while young Philip is gripped by the rumour that Hitler will make Brighton’s Royal Pavilion his English HQ. He spends hours with his friends imagining life in Brighton under Hitler’s rule. And as the rumours continue to fly and the days tick on, Evelyn struggles to fall in with the war effort and the constraints of her role in life, her thoughts becoming tinged with a mounting, indefinable desperation.

Then she meets Otto Gottlieb, a ‘degenerate’ German-Jewish painter and prisoner in her husband’s internment camp. As Europe crumbles, Evelyn’s and Otto’s mutual distrust slowly begins to change into something else, which will shatter the structures on which her life, her family and her community rest. Love collides with fear, the power of art with the forces of war, and the lives of Evelyn, Otto, and Geoffrey are changed irrevocably.

This book was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2013. Novels set in World War Two usually grab my attention and I think this title actually made it on my want-to-read list before the longlist was announced. I was approved of a galley copy of this novel from the publishers in exchange for an honest review. This book will be available on September 10 (conveniently on the same day as the announcement of the shortlist). May contain some spoilers ahead!

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Review: Framed

Posted 13 July, 2013 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

Framed: A Historical Novel about the Revolt of the Luddites
By: Christy Fearn
Format/Source: eBook courtesy of the author via LibraryThing Early Reviewer Programme

As French émigré Roman Catholics, Lizette Molyneux and her brother Robert are used to an existence on the edge of their Regency Nottingham community. But when Robert is arrested for a crime he insists he did not commit, Lizzie must draw on all her strength and courage to help him. Overcoming poverty, prejudice and the unwanted advances of her employer’s son, she unites with the frame-breaking Luddites to free her brother and to rectify social injustice.

I received a copy of this novel through the LibraryThing Early Reviewer Programme in exchange for an honest review. What caught my attention about this novel was the premise; I was never big on the sociopolitical movements in Britain (which is strange since it’s tied up to its political history) but this story seemed set in a curious period of its history so naturally I was also curious. May contain some spoilers ahead!

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