October Wrap Up

October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween to everyone celebrating!

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 * Pumpkin images are from Pottery Barn*

 

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October Wrap Up

I completed seven reads this month, abandoned one, and set one aside for further consideration. This month I also met my 2018 Goodreads Challenge of 100 books!

Below are my completed October reads listed in order of my Star ratings (4 & 5 Stars are highly recommended).

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The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter by Hazel Gaynor
Genre: Historical Fiction, Women’s Fiction
5 Romantic Stars
Full review coming Friday 11/2

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The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
Genre: Historical Fiction, WW11, Holocaust
4.5 Brave Stars (5 Stars for compelling story and 3 stars for writing)
Full Review Here

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Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan
Genre: Biographical Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance
4.5 Determined Stars
Full Review Here

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Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo
Genre: Middle Grade Fiction
4.5 Wiley Stars
Brief Review Included Here

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The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton
Genre: Historical Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Mystery
4 Atmospheric Stars
Full Review Here

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The Rain Watcher by Tatiana De Rosnay
Genre: Fiction (some historical elements)
3 Reconciliation Stars
Goodreads Review Here

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That Kind of Mother by Rumaan Alam
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Contemporary Fiction
2.5  Family Stars
Goodreads Review Here

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Abandoned: Still Lives by Maria Hummel

Set Aside For Further Consideration: Bridge of Clay by Marcus Zusak



Happy Reading Book Worms!

“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke

“I love the world of words, where life and literature connect.”
~Denise J Hughes

“Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones.”
~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

“I read because books are a form of transportation, of teaching, and of connection!
Books take us to places we’ve never been, they teach us about our world, and they help us to understand human experience.”
~Madeleine Riley, Top Shelf Text



THUG

Have you seen The Hate U Give movie? Here’s the THUG trailer. 
I’ve read positive reviews with some saying it could be one of the best movies of the year.



Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Books of 2018

If you have a Goodreads account, voting is open for the Goodreads Choice Awards for the Best Books of 2028.

There are three opportunities to vote before the winners are announced in December. Click the link to see the voting schedule.

If you do not have a Goodreads account, it’s fun to look at the categories to see what readers have nominated.



My Fall TBR

I’ll be updating my Fall TBR list as I complete each read, so check this link often!
So far, I’ve read 8 out of the 12 titles listed on my Fall TBR.



Looking Ahead:

Friday I’ll review The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter by Hazel Gaynor (The Last Christmas in Paris). This is a milestone read because it’s my 100th read of the year!



Sharing is Caring

Thank you for reading today! I’d be honored and thrilled if you choose to enjoy and follow along, promote, and/or share my blog. Every share helps us grow.



 Let’s Discuss

What were your favorite reads this month?


***Blogs posts may contain affiliate links. This means that at no extra cost to you, I can earn a small percentage of your purchase price. This money will be used to offset the costs of running a blog and to sponsor giveaways, etc.

Unless explicitly stated that they are free, all books that I review have been purchased by me or borrowed from the library.

Book Cover and author photo are credited to Amazon or an author’s (or publisher’s) website.

October’s Most Compelling Character

October 30, 2018

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Each month I bring you a most compelling or unforgettable character of the month. In October’s last days I’d like to remind you of Lale Sokolov, The Tattooist of Auschwitz. Lale is the main character in the first book I read in October and no character has come close to over taking Lale as the most memorable character of the month.

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Find more information about The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris here.

Find the full review of The Tattooist of Auschwitz here.

Meet Lale Sokolov

Lale in his own words.

Lale is a Slovakian Jew who survived Auschwitz with cunning, determination, courage, a positive attitude, a winsome personality, a hopeful spirit, and his true love. He takes risks to help others and generously sacrifices his extra food portions to feed a few who are at risk of dying from starvation. Lale meets the love of his life, Gita, while they are both prisoners at Auschwitz. He assumes the grave responsibility for her safety and promises her a future……. that they will survive and enjoy a life together outside of Auschwitz. He has enough hope, determination, and courage for both of them.

One of the aspects I appreciate about the story is hearing Lale’s honest and candid reflections about what went right and what went wrong and his angst about some of the decisions he made. Most worrisome for him is his concern that he might be seen as working with the Nazis in his role as the tattooist. In addition, he wrestles with guilt over the benefits he receives from that assignment, but then he realizes that the extra freedoms and extra food he receives can be used to help others.

Although the writing is less than beautiful in places, the content, compelling story line, and unforgettable character make this inspiring fictionalized biography a must read. You will never forget him. It’s important to hear as many stories as possible from the survivors while we have them with us. The author spent three years interviewing Lale when, near the end of his life, he finally felt compelled to tell his story for history.

When reading these types of stories, it causes me to reflect on what I would do in similar circumstances. Would I have the courage to be a Lale and risk everything to help others, and could I have held on to the hope of survival in a Nazi prison?



Please share your most memorable character from your October reading in the comments.



I’ll be back tomorrow with my October Wrap Up!



Happy Halloween to everyone celebrating!
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The Clockmaker’s Daughter [Book Review]

October 26, 2018

The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton

The Clockmaker's Daughter by Kate Morton (cover) Image: a close up picture of a clock face with roman numerals...title and author printed above and below the hands

Genre/Categories: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Supernatural

My Summary:

Told in present and past timelines and from multiple perspectives,  The Clockmaker’s Daughter is a multilayered story with a mystery to unravel. In the present day, Elodie Winslow, a young archivist in London, uncovers a leather satchel which contains a mysterious sketchbook and an old photo. Elodie is curious about the drawing of the twin-gabled house situated on the bend of the river thinking that it resembles the house from a favorite fairy tale she heard from her mother, and she’s drawn to the beautiful and mysterious Victorian woman pictured in the photo. As Elodie proceeds to investigate the items, a voice that stands outside of time transports readers to the 1860s and the life-changing event that happens in the summer of 1862.  During that summer, artists meet at the twin-gabled house on the Thames, known as Birchwood Manor, to relax and inspire their art and creativity. Instead, they experience the unpleasant circumstances of a murder, a missing person, and a stolen family heirloom. Her name has been forgotten by history, but Birdie Bell, the clockmaker’s daughter, watched it all unfold.

Amazon Early Rating (October): 3.8 Stars

My Thoughts:

mysterious….atmospheric…..supernatural…..complex….

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Becoming Mrs. Lewis [Book Review]

October 19, 2018

Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan

Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan (cover) Image: a woman in a red long sleeved dress and hat walks though a set of columns with her back to the camera

Genre/Categories: Historical Fiction, Biographical, Love Story, Marriage

Summary:

Struggling with an unhappy marriage, her writing career and health, and matters of faith, Joy Davidman begins writing to well-known author, C.S. Lewis (Jack). Joy and Jack are both writers and poets and experience a robust and heartfelt correspondence through which they develop a warm and intellectual friendship. Soon, Joy takes a break from her unpredictable, angry, drunken husband and travels to England in hopes of restoring her health, finding inspiration for her writing projects, and meeting C.S. “Jack” Lewis. After spending time with Jack and enjoying a mutual fondness, Joy begins to realize her growing love for him. Despite a lack of personal financial resources and continuing heartbreak over her circumstances, Joy finds the courage to risk it all and the voice to end her marriage and move permanently to England. Through her great friendship with Lewis she finds enduring love, a trusted friend and confidant, and a true writing partner. During this time in history (1950s), Joy’s independence and decisions regarding her marriage and children were most likely questioned. In addition, Jack received criticism for his involvement with a divorced woman. However, we know that Jack called her “my whole world” and upon her death he wrote his popular “A Grief Observed.” In this biographical historical fiction you will be treated to a poignant love story along with beautiful descriptions of England and bookish references.

Amazon Rating ()ctober): Early Ratings: 4.6

My Thoughts:

Many of us read the beloved classic The Chronicles of Narnia as youngsters and some of us have read more of C.S. Lewis’s work. Maybe you’ve heard of the remarkable love story between C. S. Lewis and Joy Davidman or have seen the movie Shadowlands.

In this well researched story, I wasn’t sure what to think at first of Joy Davidman and had difficulty reconciling the Joy we know as the great love of C.S. Lewis with her early portrayal in the story. These are a few of the statements by Joy Davidman about her early love life that caused my concern:

Whom did I choose to first seduce?

I’d thought that…conquering him would satisfy me.

It wasn’t love. It was obsession. The compulsion to own him along with a clawing need to prove I was worthy of such notice.

I’d pursued men with embarrassing veracity. Obsession and possession confused with love.

My design included needing men who could not and would not have me, especially older men.

In addition to questioning Joy’s motives when it comes to love, it’s easy to criticize Joy for decisions in her first marriage and family, but she’s remarkable in her independence, her pursuit of meaning, her courage to take a risk, and her honest reflection about her past history with love. As we learn about Joy’s childhood home and parents, we grow to understand more about Joy and appreciate the actions she takes and her desire to grow. I think her sincere efforts at self reflection are admirable.

Life is complicated for Joy Davidman and C.S.Lewis. Although separated by an ocean, seventeen years difference in age, and individual traumas, love is powerful. She observes:

With Jack it’s not the list or conquest or obsession, “It’s the feeling of finally coming home.”

If you’re familiar with the C.S. Lewis and Joy Davidman narrative, I can promise you that there’s more to learn in the pages of Becoming Mrs. Lewis. It’s fascinating to explore their relationship which involves a respect and admiration for the other’s intellectual and creative endeavors, a shared love of nature and the mystical, a deep friendship, as well as romance. Jack and Joy are soul mates!

Recommended for fans of C.S. Lewis, for readers who appreciate stories of determined, risk taking, and independent women, and for those looking for a new historical fiction read or an inspiring romance. You will enjoy descriptions of the English countryside and discussions about books as well.

My Rating: 4.5 Stars

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Becoming Mrs. Lewis Information Here

Meet the Author, Patti Callahan

Patti Callahan

Patti Callahan (who also writes as Patti Callahan Henry) is a New York Times bestselling author. Patti was a finalist in the Townsend Prize for Fiction, has been an Indie Next Pick, twice an OKRA pick, and a multiple nominee for the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) Novel of the Year. Her work has also been included in short story collections, anthologies, magazines, and blogs. Patti attended Auburn University for her undergraduate work and Georgia State University for her graduate degree. Once a Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, she now writes full time. The mother of three children, she lives in both Mountain Brook, Alabama, and Bluffton, South Carolina, with her husband. Visit her online at patticallahanhenry.com; Instagram: pattichenry; Facebook: AuthorPattiCallahanHenry; Twitter: @pcalhenry.

Additional Materials to Supplement Your Reading Experience:

If you read about and are fascinated by the real life relationship portrayed in Becoming Mrs. Lewis, you will want to watch or rewatch Shadowlands (click for movie trailer).

A Grief ObservedIn addition, you may be interested to read A Grief Observed, a work by C.S. Lewis documenting his grief journey.

Written after his wife’s tragic death as a way of surviving the “mad midnight moment,” A Grief Observed is C.S. Lewis’s honest reflection on the fundamental issues of life, death, and faith in the midst of loss. This work contains his concise, genuine reflections on that period: “Nothing will shake a man — or at any rate a man like me — out of his merely verbal thinking and his merely notional beliefs. He has to be knocked silly before he comes to his senses. Only torture will bring out the truth. Only under torture does he discover it himself.” This is a beautiful and unflinchingly honest record of how even a stalwart believer can lose all sense of meaning in the universe, and how he can gradually regain his bearings. ~Amazon



QOTD:

Is Becoming Mrs. Lewis on your TBR or have you read it?
Are you familiar with the C.S. Lewis and Joy Davidman love story?
Have you seen Shadowlands or read A Grief Observed?



Happy Reading Book Worms!

“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke

“I love the world of words, where life and literature connect.”
~Denise J Hughes

“Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones.”
~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

“I read because books are a form of transportation, of teaching, and of connection!
Books take us to places we’ve never been, they teach us about our world, and they help us to understand human experience.”
~Madeleine Riley, Top Shelf Text



EXTRA Review!

Dear Reader, I’m not sure if we share a mutual love for Middle Grade fiction or not, but in case we do, here’s a recent review!

4.5 stars.
Louisiana's Way Home.jpg:::::sigh::::: I LOVE a great middle grade read from time to time! Do you? If you are experiencing a reading slump I think reading fabulous middle grade titles is a great remedy! Stories like Louisiana’s Way Home explores heavy content without the YA angst or offensive language or graphic violence of adult literature. Usually these middle grade stories can be read in one day (2 at the most). Check my middle grade Goodreads shelf for more great MG recs!

Louisiana’s Way Home is an engaging and ultimately heartwarming story that explores themes of homelessness, belonging, abandonment, finding a family to love you, foster care, friendship, caring adults, determination, loss, hope, disappointment, etc.

A suspension of belief is required to classify this story as realistic fiction. Goodreads reviewer Joe suggests that this story is a modern fairy tale in which a young person experiences danger, evil, and unfortunate circumstances but in the conclusion all ends happily.

Reading this story challenges me to be that adult who watches out for kids…to be the person who is ready and willing to secure their welfare, to offer a safe place or warm gesture, to offer kindness instead of disapproval or criticism.

You will love Louisiana, a unique, wily, memorable, and unforgettable survivor.



My Fall TBR

I’ll be updating my Fall TBR list as I complete each read, so check this link often!



Looking Ahead:

I’m reading and will be reviewing next week The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton. I’ve read mixed reviews from trusted reviewers so I’m eager to see what I think.

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Sunshine Blogger Award✺

Sunshine Blogger Award✺

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October 14, 2018

Taking a break from a book review today for some fun!

The Lexington Bookie unexpectedly and graciously nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award (You’re awesome Amanda, thank you!). I had some pending reviews to finish and this is somewhat out of my comfort zone, thus I’ve procrastinated for a few weeks. So, here we go!

THE RULES:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you by linking their blog  (The Lexington Bookie)
  2. Answer the questions
  3. Nominate 11 blogs with 11 questions
  4. List the rules as well as display the Sunshine Award Logo on your post

AMANDA’S QUESTIONS and My Answers:

  1. Top three non-series books–go.
    :::::Sigh::::: choosing three out of the number of books I read seems like an overwhelming task. So I decided to choose three from a specific genre. The genre with the smallest number of books read (thus reducing my angst at choosing three) is Escapist or Vacation Reads. My top three books in the Escapist/Vacation Read genre include Castle of Water by Dane Hucklebridge (a castaways romance), The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain (science fiction/time travel, histfic, mother/daughter), and How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry (a book about books, romance, quaint seaside English village). These three also might fall into the chick lit genre. All the reviews can be found on the blog if you check the A-Z Index. If you’re looking for a book for your next vacation, start with one of these!
  2. NetGalley, Edelweiss or other?
    I’m a NetGalley newbie!  Tips?!
  3. Favorite animal and why?
    cooperMy favorite animal has to be a Labrador or Golden Retriever. A dog of this breed is truly your best friend, loyal companion, and lives to please. Meet “Cooper.” Favorite exotic animal is an elephant. I love the story of how a group of elephants surround another elephant when that elephant is in danger of being attacked by a predator or when giving birth. It’s a great lesson in having each other’s back.
  4. Book that you thought you were going to love and was super let down?
    There have been several, but this year I can think of two: I’m Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter and Lincoln in the Bardo. I know they’ve received some good reviews and I was looking forward to the reads but they were both not for me and shelved as DNF.
  5. Book that you thought you’d dislike and ended up loving?
    There have been a few, but one that stands out is the Hunger Games Trilogy. (Better than the movies!) Once I started I couldn’t stop and read all three in one week during Spring Break from teaching. I did like the first and second books more than the third and have mixed feelings about the ending, but overall it’s a great series which I devoured and it totally surprised me!
  6. What genres do you enjoy the most?
    This should NOT be a surprise to my followers! Historical Fiction is the genre I enjoy the most (obviously!). But thanks for asking!
  7. Where do you get your reads from (i.e. book shops, online, library, etc)?
    The primary place I go for books is the library! Disclaimer: I use Libby/Overdrive apps to read electronically and rarely make a physical visit to the library. I average 8-10 reads per month and it would be too expensive to buy them all. I’ll let you in on a best kept secret….if the library doesn’t have the book you want, ask them to purchase it and you will be put on a waiting list (I do this through the Overdrive app)…when they buy it, you will be at the top of the wait list! Next, I am always on the lookout for Amazon Kindle deals (I subscribe to MMD Daily Kindle Deals Email and find many great books this way). I usually don’t pay full price for a book unless it’s a new release that I simply can’t wait to read (looking at you Kingdom of the Blind). Of course, my family gifts me Amazon cards for birthdays and holidays so I feel comfortable ordering a book occasionally at full price.  I very rarely purchase a book from a bookstore unless it’s for a gift that I need immediately.
  8. Blogs you love following?
    I’m a blog addict! These are a FEW of the blogs I read on a regular basis! (I’m sure I’ll think of more as soon as I hit Publish…I may come back to edit this as I think of more.)
    Black Coffee With White Friends (important thoughts about race), Top Shelf Text (for ideas on diverse reads), Modern Mrs. Darcy (all things books), The Thankful Heart (inspiration, hospitality, recipes, reflection, etc), Under the Sycamore (photography, lifestyle, family), GraceLaced (art, inspiration), Ann Voskamp (inspiration, meditation, reflection, author of One Thousand Gifts), Jess + The Mess (special needs, blended family), Kendra Nicole (lifestyle, family, and book reviews), The Livesay Haiti Blog (missionaries providing leadership and support for maternal health care), …… for more book blogs see the links of “nominees” below.
  9. Place you’d love to travel to, either in a book or in real life?
    I will never pass up a trip to Hawaii or another exotic tropical location!
  10. Biggest blogging/blogger/book reviewer pet peeve?
    I admire the effort that all bloggers put into their work to help readers choose their next read. Although sometimes it bugs me when reviewers provide a synopsis and a star rating without ever telling the reader what the reviewer liked or didn’t like about the book. Sometimes I wonder if the reviewer really read the book. Which brings me to a second pet peeve and that is bookstagramers (instagramers whose accounts are focused on books) who post beautiful pictures of books and never ever offer a review! Again, I suspect they’re not actually reading!
  11. Favorite book review you’ve written, and link please!
    I have many favorites, but I think perhaps the review that I worked the hardest on was The Hate U Give.

MY QUESTIONS:

  1. Your favorite genre to review.
  2. Your favorite place to read.
  3. Your first book hangover.
  4. Your favorite snack and/or beverage while reading.
  5. Your favorite children’s book.
  6. I’m embarrassed to admit that I’ve never ever read __________.
  7. Three people I’d invite to a literary dinner party are __________, __________, and __________.
  8. The blogger/bookstagramer that has most inspired me is _________ and why.
  9. If I dressed up as a literary character for Halloween, I would choose to be __________.
  10. If I could introduce one literary character to another literary character, I would introduce __________ to __________ because __________.
  11. Have you ever dreamed of owning an indie book store? Give us the details!

MY NOMINEES:

(I have linked to a recent book review post instead of the home page in case the current post isn’t book related)

  1. What Megan Reads (reviews read like you’re sitting across the table for a chat and a cuppa)
  2. Jennifer Tar Heel Reader (especially supportive of new bloggers!)
  3. Novels and Nonfiction  (you will appreciate her professional layout, design, and reviews)
  4. The Ardent Biblio (well-known for exquisite literary dinner parties and gorgeous photography…and of course, reviews)
  5. Traveling with T (reviews of new releases and giveaways)
  6. Top Shelf Text (founder of the Diverse Books Club)
  7. Perfictionist-Tiff (consistently thoughtful reviews)
  8. Reading Brings Joy (delightful person and reviews)
  9. Silver’s Reviews (find the newest releases here!)
  10. Jenna Reads Books, Etc. (thoughtful book reviews and more….always fun with Jenna)
  11. The Pages In-Between (ambitious blogger)
  12. Anyone who would like to join in the fun!! There are so many more blogs I enjoy, but these are the first few that came up in my history.

***Nominees: This is for fun, so don’t feel stressed….if you have the time and inclination, it would be great!

All of these Nominees (book bloggers) have great reviews and are super supportive, so I hope they enjoy the tag and their Sunshine Blogger Award! Please check them out…I know they’d appreciate the “view.”

Thanks again for the fun questions Lexington Bookie!! I hope you enjoy the answers!!

I’ll be back on Friday with a regular review!

The Tattooist of Auschwitz [Book Review]

October 12, 2018

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

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Genre/Categories: Historical Fiction, Holocaust, WW11, Jewish

Summary:

Based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews who meet at Auschwitz, this is a story of the determination to survive, hope, sacrifice, courage, and love. Lale is assigned to tattoo identification numbers onto the prisoner’s arms as they arrive in camp, and this is where he first meets Gita. This assignment gives him some privileges such as a bit of freedom and some extra food which he shares with the most desperate prisoners as he is able. His actions are extremely risky but he is able to save the lives of many prisoners. In the course of his time at camp, he falls deeply in love with Gita, and he is determined to ensure her survival as well. After liberation, Lale and Gita marry, have one son, and establish a home in Australia. They live a private life, and it is after Gita dies that Lale chooses to tell his memorable story.

Amazon Rating (October): 4.6 Stars

My Thoughts:

I’ve read a great deal of WW11 historical fiction. Each story is as compelling as the next. All the stories need to be heard. What makes The Tattooist of Auschwitz even more compelling is that the author was able to spend three years interviewing Lale Sokolov.

Despite being caught in a desperate and heartbreaking situation, Lale is able to survive in the camp because of his pleasant and positive personality, his sheer determination to live, his cunning and courage, and his remarkable attitude. Throughout this compelling story, Lale takes risks, makes sacrifices, and generously shares what he can to help others. Lale’s personality reminded me a little of Pino’s positive attitude in Beneath a Scarlet Sky.

A page turner, The Tattooist of Auschwitz is written in a straightforward way and in a simple story telling style. Its tone is lighter in comparison to some other Holocaust stories I’ve read (although there are obviously some sad passages).

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is recommended for fans of WW11 historical fiction, for readers who appreciate fictionalized  versions of true stories, and for those who enjoy an unforgettable character and an unputdownable story filled with courage and hope.

Here’s a brief YouTube video clip of Lale The Tattooist of Auschwitz in his own words.

***EDIT to ADD: Heather Morris has received criticism of her research for this book, and you can find one review here. I did not read this critique until after I had read and reviewed the book. I’m letting my review stand, but I want to include this review for perspective.

Several years ago I visited the Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, CA and was privileged to hear a Holocaust survivor give her talk. It was memorable and unforgettable. I hope that you can hear a similar first hand account if you haven’t already.

My Rating: 4 Stars (3 stars for writing, 5 stars for a compelling story, themes, and memorable character)

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The Tattooist of Auschwitz Information Here

Meet the Author, Heather Morris

Heather MorrisHeather Morris is a native of New Zealand, now resident in Australia. For several years, while working in a large public hospital in Melbourne, she studied and wrote screenplays, one of which was optioned by an Academy Award-winning screenwriter in the US. In 2003, Heather was introduced to an elderly gentleman who ‘might just have a story worth telling’. The day she met Lale Sokolov changed both their lives. Their friendship grew and Lale embarked on a journey of self-scrutiny, entrusting the innermost details of his life during the Holocaust to her. Heather originally wrote Lale’s story as a screenplay – which ranked high in international competitions – before reshaping it into her debut novel, The Tattooist of Auschwitz.



QOTD:

Do you read frequently in the WW11 histfic genre? Even though I love the genre, it’s not easy reading and can take an emotional toll. 
Have you read The Tattooist of Auschwitz or is it on your TBR?



Happy Reading Book Worms!

“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke

“I love the world of words, where life and literature connect.”
~Denise J Hughes

“Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones.”
~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

“I read because books are a form of transportation, of teaching, and of connection!
Books take us to places we’ve never been, they teach us about our world, and they help us to understand human experience.”
~Madeleine Riley, Top Shelf Text



My Fall TBR

I’ll be updating my Fall TBR list as I complete each read, so check this link often!



Looking Ahead:

I’m reading and will reviewing Becoming Mrs. Lewis next week.

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The Dream Daughter [Book Review]

October 5, 2018

The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain

the Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain (cover) Image: a mother and daughter walk along a path and their image is reflected

Genre/Categories: Fiction, Science Fiction (time travel), Historical Fiction, Mothers/Daughters, Adoption

***This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

Summary:

Readers meet Hunter and Caroline in 1970 when Caroline is a physical therapist and Hunter is a rehab patient. Caroline and Hunter become friends and in time he marries her sister. In fact, Caroline moves in with them and their young son after her husband dies in Viet Nam. Not only is Caroline a young widow, she’s also pregnant. During a routine ultrasound, a problem is discovered with the baby’s heart. In 1970, the heart defect brings a dire prognosis for the baby. Because Hunter comes from the future, he creates an idea for saving the baby that will require all of Caroline’s courage, bravery, and determination. The Dream Daughter is a story filled with hope, love for family, and sacrifice.

Amazon Rating: 4.6 (early reviews)

My Thoughts:

Thank you to #netgalley #stmartinspress for my free e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

What would you do to save your daughter?

If you’re looking for an engaging escapist read with a touch of histfic, the intrigue of time travel, a good measure of suspense, and a poignant mother/daughter theme, then I recommend The Dream Daughter! It does not disappoint!

Some of you are fans of Diane Chamberlain’s work. I believe this is the first of her books that I’ve read. From what I’ve heard, The Dream Daughter is a bit different from her previous work although her focus on themes of family remains strong. I imagine that it must have been challenging and exciting to construct the complex timeline found in this story.

Science fiction/time travel is not my usual genre, but I enjoyed this story. I can especially recommend it as a great selection for when you are traveling or vacationing or need a palate cleanser and are looking for a unique, light, engaging, fast-paced read. For me, it was the perfect read in between heavier histfic reads. Although time travel is a part of the plot, the main focus of the story revolves around a mother and what she will do to save her child.

Caroline Sears is a memorable character for her bravery, determination, problem-solving ability, and commitment to family.

I spent time thinking about the meaning of the title. My current thinking is that Dream Daughter might refer to the fact that the majority of her relationship with her daughter is in the time travel dimension (like one might experience in a dream). If you’ve read this, what are your thoughts about the title?

The Dream Daughter might be a delightful and enjoyable book club selection.

Possible triggers: difficult pregnancy, adoption

My Rating: 4 Stars

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The Dream Daughter Information Here

Meet the Author, Diane Chamberlain

diane chamberlainDiane Chamberlain is the New York Times, USA Today and Sunday Times bestselling author of 26 novels published in more than twenty languages. Her most recent novel is the genre-spanning The Dream Daughter. Some of her most popular books include The Stolen Marriage, Necessary Lies, The Silent Sister, The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes, and The Keeper of the Light Trilogy. Diane likes to write complex stories about relationships between men and women, parents and children, brothers and sisters, and friends. Although the thematic focus of her books often revolves around family, love, compassion and forgiveness, her stories usually feature a combination of drama, mystery, secrets and intrigue. Diane’s background in psychology has given her a keen interest in understanding the way people tick, as well as the background necessary to create her realistic characters. Diane was born and raised in Plainfield, New Jersey and spent her summers at the Jersey Shore. She also lived for many years in San Diego and northern Virginia before making North Carolina her home. Diane received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in clinical social work from San Diego State University. Prior to her writing career, Diane worked in hospitals in San Diego and Washington, D.C. before opening a private psychotherapy practice in Alexandria Virginia specializing in adolescents. All the while Diane was writing on the side. Her first book, Private Relations was published in 1989 and it earned the RITA award for Best Single Title Contemporary Novel.
Diane lives with her partner, photographer John Pagliuca, and her sheltie, Cole. She has three stepdaughters, two sons-in-law, and four grandchildren. She’s currently at work on her next novel. Please visit Diane’s website at http://www.dianechamberlain.com for more information on her newest novel, The Dream Daughter, and a complete list of her books.


QOTD:

Is the time travel element in a story interesting to you?
Have you read The Dream Daughter or is it on your TBR?



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