Saturday, May 3, 2014

2 four 1 Reviews

Happy Saturday! I'm sorry my blogging this past week has diminished! I promise I will be back to our regular blogging next week!

Here are two novels I have recently finished and hope you will enjoy these two reviews! Happy weekend!

Chateau of Secrets by Melanie Dobson:


This is my first read by Melanie Dobson and I really enjoyed her style of writing. I recommend her as an author. She has as has a strong sense of writing and can captive an audience with her compelling details. 

With that said, let's jump into my review and find out what this book is all about. This book is written in present day and also in the past, so you have to get used to it, which can be a bit tricky, but once you're in, you'll have no problems! Chloe Sauver (modern day) leaves her home in the US, nine weeks before her wedding to her families home in Normandy to help a reporter named Riley Holtz. Riley's research interest in finding out why Jews were sent into Hilters Army. However the home Chloe is about to visit in Normandy isn't just any home, but a home with rich history from WWII. She begins to discover and uncover the mysteries of her grandmother, Giesele Duchant (1940s) and the rich history that her family does not even know about, but Chloe is about to embark on a history lesson she will soon never forget. 

Chloe begins to learn that Nazis invaded the Normandy home. She also is on a mystery to discovery what happens to her grandmother, Gisele. We learn a lot about Gisele and her love for her jewish friend when she takes care of her child after she has gone missing. Gisele is not only helps this child, but many other orphaned children. Meanwhile, Chloe learns her soon to be husband, Austin has been cheating on her and she breaks off the engagement. This book intertwines the past and the present, which is exciting and fun. Some parts I enjoyed reading more than others, some parts I skimmed, so I could get to the more present or the past, depending on where I was at in the book. The center theme of this book or I seem to believe it stems around sacrifice or freely giving on oneself. In the past we see how ordinary people like Gisele doing extraordinary things to protect the innocent lives of people. I don't want to give a lot more of the story away, so I'm going to let you do the reading here....Either way, this isn't a book you want to miss because it is very well written and worth your time. It's unlike any novel I've read before. Well done! Thank you to Howard Publishing Company for allowing me to review this book! I was not compensated for a positive review and the opinions expressed here are my own. 

Fair Play by Deeane Gist


I don't even know where to begin to describe how much I LOVED this book. I think Deeanne Gist did a great job with the rich history of the Hull Houses and Jane Adams. As a social worker, I deeply appreciated the research she did behind the scenes to make this book as truthful as possible. Of course with any story, she had to fill in details and make up things, but that did not take away any value from the noble acts of Jane Adams or the writing of this book to depict what actually happened during the Hull House settlements in 1889.
Billy Jack Tate is a woman who is highly educated and dreams of having her who medical practice. In this time period, men believe that women are unable to hold a job outside of the home, let alone even practice medicine. The idea is absolutely absurd to most men. Billy Tate is invited to deliver a speech at the Worlds Fair in Chicago, but she had no idea she would not she would have to fight to allow them to let her in. No matter how much she tries to convince the guard that she is a doctor who has been asked to speak, he will not allow her in. So, she decides to take matters into her own hands. Immediately, I knew I could keep reading the story! Who doesn't love a woman who won't listen to a man? RIGHT??? She crawls backwards through the basement window, but what she didn't know was that Hunter Joseph Scott was watching her.

Hunter a Texas ranger got more than just a good look at her, he found himself needing her assistance that day, even though he did not believe women should be doctors. Luckily for him, she was able to help relieve his pain and he was surprised that she knew what she was talking about.

Hunter begins to learn to earn respect towards Billy, especially as he visits her for his medical needs. One night he find an infant and bring the child to Billy. When the mother cannot be located, Hunter suggests that Billy takes on the child. When she suggests to him about the Hull Houses where children can be cared for, the two learn more about the slums of Chicago than they had anticipated or wanted to know. The two begin to wonder how many other children live this way and and start to take an interest in building a park for children.

This book is awesome and with 433 pages, I simply cannot sum it more, without giving away more of the story. You just need to go out there and get yourself a copy.

The wonderful folks at Howard Publishing allowed me to review this book for my honest review, which I have expressed here. I was not compensated for a positive review, but was only given the book to review.

FAIR PLAY will be released MAY 6 and CHATEAUS OF SECRETS will be released May 13! 

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