Lilac Girls – Book Review

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This novel is beautifully written with characters that come to life on the pages as they creep into your heart.

This story takes place before, during and after World War II and moves between New York, Poland and Germany as it follows the course of the lives of three women who will come together over a series of horrific events.

Caroline Ferriday is a New Yorker whose life is centered around assisting the unfortunate in other countries – mostly France, but by the end of the book she has become aware of a group of women whose lives she intends to change through her fundraising efforts.

Kasia Kuzmerick, a young Polish teenager, is caught up in a Nazi sweep through her town and sent to a prison camp in Germany along with her sister, Mother and teenaged friend.

Herta Oberheuser, a young German doctor, at a Nazi prison camp whosedesire to become a surgeon leads her to an abyss. She is the dark force whose actions bring Caroline and Kasia together in the end.

This book is based on a true story and brought to light an event not many people have heard about. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves moving. amazing stories about lives, loves and relationships.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

 

 

 

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Fortune Favors the Wicked – Book Review

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I received an eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The flow of this book was good and the characters were different and quite likeable,. I also enjoyed the secondary characters and setting. A woman who has been a courtesan and a former Naval officer who is now blind make for an interesting set of characters.

Both are searching for some gold coins stolen from the government in order to us them to make new lives for themselves.

With all that said, i felt that the abilities of the blind hero stretched credulity. The author states at the end of the book that the character is based on a real person, but I still found it a little difficult to believe his ability to get around in the world in the way he did in the book. Also, the thief seemed a little too nice and surrendered too easily, in my opinion, for someone who was involved in a theft that included the murder of five people and and two attacks on the hero.

 

 

A Lady in the Smoke – Review

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Lady Elizabeth Fraser and her mother are traveling home after a horrible Season in London when their train wrecks. Terrified and alone, Elizabeth meets Paul who helps her and her mother. Later they work together to save others. He’s not of her class. Not socially acceptable as a match for her but she falls hard.

Paul is a surgeon who works for the railroad. He’s suspicious of many of the accidents that have happend lately and is working with the owner of a newspaper to uncover the corruption he knows is at the heart of these accidents that are costing so many their lives. He doesn’t need someone like Lady Elizabeth in his life to complicate matters. But when does Life every play fair?

Together they uncover a plot so extensive and so intermingled with Lady Elizabeths cloudy family history that it surprises even them. Can they save themselve, and the railroad industry before something unspeakable happens?

This book was given to me by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

The History Major – Review

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This was my first read of anything by Michael Phillip Cash. It’s novella length and had me so engrossed that I read it in one sitting.

College freshman Amanda Greene wakes up in her dorm room after a night of partying with the usual results of too much alcohol. But even a hangover can’t explain why everything is just a little off. Her room has changed, her room mate has changed. Even her class schedule has changed.

She’s enrolled in a history class she knows she didn’t take and can’t get anyone to let her drop. And, she’s being pursued by a shadow being that seems to be hellbent on hurting her. Like Amanda, I was wondering what the heck is going on here? I am a fan of paranormal elements and the story dovetails beautifully. Everything is explained and the ending is one I never saw coming.

This book was given to me by NetGalley in return for an honest review.