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Review: Almost French: Love and a New Life in Paris

Almost French: Love and a New Life in ParisAlmost French: Love and a New Life in Paris by Sarah Turnbull
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this book immensely. It was interesting to see Paris through the eyes of an expatriate. Living in a different culture requires a great deal of adjustment. Sarah shares the dark, difficult times as well as the happy times. In the end Paris became her home and a place she loves. The journey is the one Sarah shares with all of us. There is much to learn, see, and experience. Paris fascinates me more than ever after reading this book. There are parts of life in France that I simply adore and others that I don’t think I would ever understand.

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Cozy Mystery Challenge is Back!

This will be my third year to participate in the Cozy Mystery Challenge.  I enjoy reading cozies and this challenge is always particularly fun!  I have signed up again this year and already read my first book.

 

Cruel as the Grave is the second book in a series of Medieval mysteries written by well known historical author Sharon Kay Penman.  These books are so much fun!  I can’t wait to get the next one.  The book’s setting is primarily London.  Richard the Lionhearted is imprisoned in Austria and his brother Prince John seeks the thrown.  The main character, Justin de Quincey is the Queen’s man.  In between errands for Queen Eleanor, he finds himself caught up in solving mysteries.  In this book, a young girl is found murdered and the nephews of a close friend are the chief suspects.  These books are full of intrigue, spies, and always a good mystery.  This is a highly recommended read!

To learn more about cozy mysteries click here.  This site explains it all!  And to join the challenge click here!  It will lots of fun!

Review: Shanghai Girls

Shanghai GirlsShanghai Girls by Lisa See
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was/is an amazing book. I love Lisa See’s writing. In Shanghai Girls two sisters escape Shanghai and China as the Japanese are invading. They endure unimaginable hardship to come to America. Soon after War World II begins, followed by the Korean War and the Red Scare. This part of American history is rarely taught in schools or at least was rarely taught when I was growing up. I learned a great deal and found the book interesting, fascinating, and disturbing. There is much to gained from reading this book. I am looking forward to the sequel.

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Review: Parisians: An Adventure History of Paris

Parisians: An Adventure History of ParisParisians: An Adventure History of Paris by Graham Robb
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This series of narratives about real people and events in the history of Paris was fascinating. I enjoyed the narratives immensely. It was both fun and interesting to see Paris and its people from varying perspectives. I also learned a great deal. Now I am off to read “The Count of Monte Cristo” or perhaps “Notre Dame of Paris” or something about the Resistance.

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Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a very interesting book. It is written from the perspective of a 15 year old boy with autism. I found this perspective quite fascinating! I enjoyed the story and found myself wanting to know what happened next. I should warn you that the main character loves The Hound of the Baskervilles and in one chapter he tells all. In other words, if you haven’t read this particular Sherlock Holmes story and want to, then read it first or it may be spoiled for you.

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Review: Death by Darjeeling

Death by Darjeeling (A Tea Shop Mystery, #1)Death by Darjeeling by Laura Childs
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I absolutely adored this book! I quite identified with the main character, Theodosia. She owns a tea shop in North Carolina and when a Real Estate Magnate dies while drinking a cup of her tea she must investigate and clear the tea shop’s good name. Theodosia is my age, has curly as I do, and likes many of the same things. This was a charming book and I look forward to continuing the series!

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Review: The Queen’s Man

The Queen's Man (Justin de Quincey, #1)The Queen’s Man by Sharon Kay Penman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love mysteries and I love historical fiction. I had heard that Sharon Kay Penman was a good historical fiction writer and had planned to pick up some of her stuff. I didn’t realize she also wrote mysteries until I stumbled upon this book at the library. I simply had to check it out! I am so glad I did. This book takes place in Medieval England. King Richard hasn’t returned from the Crusades and no is quite certain he is even still alive. His brother, Prince John is eager to claim the throne. A man is killed on his to deliver a message to Queen Eleanor (Richard and John’s mother). Who killed this messenger? Could it have been Prince John? This was a fun book to read. I loved the story and the characters. I can’t wait to get back to the library and pick up the next book in the series.

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