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Author Spotlight and Giveaway!!!

Hi Everyone,

I am really excited to share today’s post with you all. One of my favorite authors, Diane Chamberlain, is celebrating 30 years as a published author! When I read Necessary Lies years ago, she became one of my must-read authors. Today, I am thrilled to share my review of her latest novel, an interview, and a GIVEAWAY!!! Good luck to you all.

Enjoy!

~Ariesgrl

Dream Daughter

Carly recently lost her husband in the Vietnam War, but she looks forward to meeting their baby soon. When the doctor tells her that her unborn child has a fatal heart condition, Carly is beyond devastated. Her brother-in-law, Hunter, has always been quirky, but she loves him dearly. When he tells Carly there is a possibility that she could save her child, but it means doing the unthinkable and risking everything, Carly must make a difficult decision. How far is Carly willing to go, to save her daughter?

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The Vanishing Man

By: Charles Finch
(Charles Lennox #0.5)

Charles Lennox is trying his hand at being a detective. Not for money, but for the delight in using his talents to help others. However, when the Duke of Dorset calls upon him, he wonders if he may have chosen the right trade. Lennox knows that London has a dark side, but he is baffled by the missing portrait of the Dorset’s relative. Surely there were more important things for a thief to take, but as Lennox continues to press the details, he finds himself caught up in an intricate plot surrounding a decade’s old secret and… Shakespeare, himself!

Charles Finch has provided a fascinating mystery for fans of historical fiction and detective series. Both Shakespeare and Sherlock Holmes would be proud of all the twists and turns throughout this story. The Vanishing Man is a prequel to a well-established series that will have readers hooked by the first chapter. Historical London comes alive, in the pages, and readers will feel like they are walking the streets with Charles Lennox. Charles Finch is a definite must-read author!

Note:

I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy, all opinions are my own.

This review was written for My Sister’s Books.

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Happy Easter

Hi Everyone,

I hope you all have had a nice Easter. If you have been a long-time follower, you know the past four Easters have been hard on my family. My goal this year, was to break the cycle. I just wanted a peaceful weekend, with no hospitals, and no funerals. I was at first determined to avoid this holiday completely, but instead I chose to embrace it. Jagger has had us a bit concerned this weekend, with his paw, but hopefully the rest will allow him to heal. Thankfully, us humans were able to work (a first for me in several years!) and then spend time together enjoying the cool air. I am beyond grateful.

I am finishing up The Vanishing Man tonight. I have really enjoyed this new-to-me author. Have you ever picked a random book and realized it was a prequel to long series? Looks like there’s 12 more mysteries to solve with Detective Lenox! My review will be posted next week.

What are you reading during this holiday weekend?

Enjoy!

~Ariesgrl

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September 2017 New Release

Here is the new book coming out in September that I am looking forward to reading one day:

(12th) The Vengeance of Mothers by Jim Fergus (the highky-anticipated sequel to One Thousand White Women)

Enjoy!

~Ariesgrl

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My favorite August 2017 book…

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I read several historical fiction books in August 2017, even one alternative history book. The best book that I read was…

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My Favorite May Book

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Starting this month, you will see a new post at the end of each month, declaring my favorite books from the stack I read that month.

During the month of May, I read several thrillers, (reviews to come) but my favorite book was…

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My Sister’s Books Review #105

Raymie Nightingale

By: Kate DiCamillo

 

Raymie Nightingale’s world was destroyed when her father ran off with his dental hygienist. Now to correct everything, Raymie must win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire Competition, so her picture will be in the paper and bring her daddy home. There is only a minor problem with this plan and that is the fact that Raymie doesn’t know how to twirl a baton. When she signs up for classes, she meets Louisiana and Beverly. Louisiana lives with her grandmother and is determined to win the prize money so she can get her cat back and provide food for her family. Beverly is so sick of competitions that she wants to sabotage this one, so no one will win. This unlikely trio forms a friendship that will see them through difficult times.

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My Sister’s Books Review #104

The Other Boleyn Girl
(The Tudor Court #2)
By: Philippa Gregory

Abridged Audio

Mary Boleyn was a young girl when her family set her in the path of the King’s eye. As his interest piqued, she fell in love with the King, despite adoring his wife. As she gave birth to his children, she realizes her family is power hungry. Now forced to step aside, as her sister Anne is placed in the role of future Queen, Mary must wrestle with what her family holds dear and what her heart feels is right.

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My Sister’s Books Review #95

The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb

By: Melanie Benjamin

 

Mercy Lavinia Warren Bump, known as Vinnie, was born with dwarfism. She grew to be two feet, eight inches tall, but she never let her size stop her from living life to the fullest. Vinnie did so well in school, she became a school teacher, but deep down she craved more. Through life’s ups and downs, she finally teamed up with P. T. Barnum. The two became close friends and he introduced her to Tom Thumb, one of his other performers.

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My Sister’s Books Review #94

Astonish Me

By Maggie Shipstead

 

In the 1970s, Joan is a professional ballerina. The company she works for has the breakout star from Russia, Arslan Ruskov. Joan is the reason he is in the United States, she even drove the get-away car. Despite the fact that she loves Arslan, he is engaged to another woman and Joan knows she will never be a soloist, so she decides to leave the ballet world. Joan marries her high school boyfriend and they live a nice life, but when their son begins to study dance, Joan is forced back into the lifestyle. Will her secrets be exposed or will her son be able to follow his dreams?

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