blurb: Lured by a handful of scribbled words across a faded letter,
Cara Hamilton sets off from 1896 Ireland on a quest to find the brother she'd
thought dead. Her search lands her in America, amidst a houseful of strangers
and one man who claims to be a friend--Rourke Walsh.
Despite her brother's warning, Cara decides to trust Rourke and reveals the
truth about her purpose in America. But he is not who he claims to be, and as
rumors begin to circulate about an underground group of dangerous
revolutionaries, Cara's desperation grows. Her questions lead her ever closer
to her brother, but they also bring her closer to destruction as Rourke's true
intentions come to light.
opinion: A good book, well-written and full of amazing suspense! I usually
associate suspense with books set in the present, but this one had a full dose…and
was set in the late 1800’s. It was exciting and full of action! And I love the
cover. Little side note there. Beautiful, and just right for the book. No Safe Harbor included (as mentioned) a
bunch of suspense and just a little romance. One of the ending scenes was a
little over-dramatic, I thought…something that reads very well, but almost
certainly wouldn’t happen in real life. Other than that, it was realistic and
kept me turning the pages until late at night! I enjoyed it and will read more
by Elizabeth Ludwig.
**I was sent a free copy of this book by Litfuse in return for a review. I was not required to post a positive review. All opinions expressed herein are my own.**
Giveaway coming soon! :) If you can't wait, just go ahead and buy it -- it'll be worth it, I promise. :)
opinion: Great fun fairy tale! I love fairy tales, and this one is no
exception. All the perfect elements combined here…magic, knights, adventure,
bravery, and a highly imaginative yet almost believable story! And trust me –
the latter is NOT easy to achieve. Great personages within the story, I enjoyed
them all immensely. A wonderful book for any pre-teen, teen, or adult. Highly pleasurable!
**People! We're almost done with Novemberisms! What a day to remember...**
**Do you listen to any of these CD's? If so, which ones? What are your favorite Christmas CD's? And that's Katherine Jenkins' CD with the white cover, not her newer (awesome) one, which I was so silly as to loan out to my friends. And that stack..well, it's not all my favorites. It's missing Scotty McCreery. And some others. And I'm rambling now, so I'll just stop. :)**
Genre: Life (I
feel like I way over-use this tag, but I don’t know what other one to use!)
on a 1-10 scale: 8.5
fiction, fiction (contemporary)
period: Present, 1500s
opinion: Enjoyable! It’s two stories, neatly entwined, one contemporary,
one historical fiction about Lady Jane Grey (a fascinating character). The
stories were not every other chapter (thankfully) but more like every five or
ten it would switch, in an obvious manner. I liked the Lady Jane parts most. It
seemed historically accurate as far as everything else I’ve read about that
goes, and the note at the end explained. I will keep this book! :)
opinion: Tolerably interesting. First person, present tense, but not
annoying like some books like that are. It was an interesting peek into life in
Leonardo da Vinci’s time. There was a little too much detail a few times, but
I’d say it’s okay for about 16+. And I enjoyed the author’s note about what was
fiction and what was not! Overall, an okay book, but not one that I loved.
opinion: Intriguing. I couldn’t have stopped reading it if I’d wanted to…
But it was strange. And weird. Yeah. Almost enjoyable…I don’t quite know what
to think of it. It’s not for everyone – my sister started it and wasn’t
interested in finishing. I think I enjoyed it…mostly at least.