Wednesday, November 22

Book Review: Dangerous Decisions by Margaret Kaine

Author: Margaret Kaine
Title: Dangerous Decisions
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: 352
Published: October 2013
I Got It: My shelf (Won in a giveaway)

Helena Standish knows that a good marriage will complete her father's social standing, but she s her papa's daughter and not about to accept any fool. Marriage to the handsome and charming Oliver Faraday appears to offer a perfect match, so what cause does she have for misgivings?

Dr. Nicholas Carstairs has scant patience with frivolous pleasure-seekers and an upper class that closes ranks against outsiders. Why then is he haunted by the lovely girl in the window, someone entirely beyond his reach?

A champagne celebration at Broadway Manor marks the start of a happy future for Helena, but what no one can predict are the consequences of her decision or the appalling danger it will bring.

This has been sitting on my shelf for a little bit and I honestly forgot about it. After unpacking my books recently, I looked at this and remembered how badly I wanted to read it. So I got started reading right away.

I was honestly hooked from page 1. The first 90% of the book was addictive. I could hardly put it down even in the more boring parts. 

The last 10%? Meh. Sure that was supposed to be the most exciting parts with all the suspense and etc, but I simply did not care. I honestly just wanted it all to end and Nicholas to get a win. Poor lad was so mistreated since page 1 LOL! Sure, Helena too got stuck with psycho-Magee, but at least she wasn’t alone like Nicholas. 

Oliver was indeed a crazy person and I could see that from the moment he arrived on the scene. He was off and IDK how Helena and her dad didn’t see it. Fools I say, FOOLS!
This was sad, but a realistic sad. It felt very, very real and I enjoyed the journey even though the ending was a little bit rocky. .

I was also in love with the author’s writing style. Very fluid and easy to read, but she sure could build a world and her characters. I am curious to see what else the author has out there. 

In the end, this was good. Not amazing, but it was really worth the read. I enjoyed how realistic it felt and how alive the characters and world were. The ending was, well, rocky at best, but it was worth it for the rest of it. If you like Historical Fictions or just a good people story, this is a good one. I’ll give this 4 stars. 

Monday, November 20

Blodeuedd's Monday Review: No Other Duke Will Do by Grace Burrowes

Julian St. David, Duke of Haverford, is barely keeping his head above water in a sea of inherited debts. Though he has a long-term plan to restore the family finances, his sister has a much faster solution: host a house party for London's single young ladies and find Julian a wealthy bride.

Elizabeth Windham has no interest in marriage, but a recent scandal has forced her hand. As much as she'd rather be reading Shakespeare than husband-hunting, she has to admit she's impressed by Julian's protective instincts, broad shoulders, and, of course, his vast library.

As the two spend more time together, their attraction is overwhelming, unexpected... and absolutely impossible. With meddling siblings, the threat of financial ruin, and gossips lurking behind every potted palm, will they find true love or true disaster? 

Kindle Edition, 360 p
Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by Forever
Windham Brides #3
Historical romance

My thoughts:
I liked Grace Burrowes books because they are sweet and the couples talk, a lot. I like that. These couple actually seem to get to know each other. I can believe them falling in love.

Elizabeth is getting closer to spinsterhood, not that she cares. She loves her books and you can still steal a kiss or two without being married. Elizabeth! I am shocked.

Julian may be a Duke, but he is poor as dirt. The only thing he has is books, so many books, so many many books. Dang those books, they ruined his family.

Booklover meet Duke with books (Duke who hates books.) A lovely house party where he and his sister should find love (and a party they can not afford). 

There is also the villain, every story needs a villain, and I felt sorry for him the entire book. He was such an idiot and thought of ages old revenge. He needed someone to take him under his her wing and tell him how to behave. I also felt he needed to find love and a woman who can get him to see things. Cos he was not a bad guy, he was just without guidance.

I enjoyed this story. I always do


Sunday, November 19

November Book Discussion: Juliet in August by Dianne Warren

Happy November ya'lls!

This month Blodeuedd and I read and discussed "Juliet in August". I am in blue and Blodeuedd is in black. 
Author: Dianne Warren
Title: Juliet in August
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 336
First Published: 2010 
Where I Got It: My Shelf (Dollar Tree)

Juliet, Saskatchewan, is a blink-and-you-miss-it kind of town dusty oasis on the edge of the Little Snake sand hills. It’s easy to believe that nothing of consequence takes place there. But the hills vibrate with life, and the town’s heart beats in the rich and overlapping stories of its people: the rancher afraid to accept responsibility for the land his adoptive parents left him; the bank manager grappling with a sudden understanding of his own inadequacy; a shy couple, well beyond middle age, struggling with the recognition of their feelings for each other. And somewhere, lost in the sand, a camel named Antoinette.

Damn girl, this was pretty boring.

I knooooooooooow! Gah. It sounded SO good.

It did have promise. I did feel her writing was good, but aghhhh, the story itself was sooooo dull.

Really? I feel like her writing was just meh. The story was okay. I feel like she should’ve stuck with one or two families/people.

I felt like I could roll with her writing, there was something there. And yes one of 2 families would have been excellent. And for something to actually HAPPEN in that dang book.

It did feel like there was ALL this build-up like Antoinette was going to save a small child or something. There was all this tense and build-up and then it just….ended.

Yes! Why even mention Antoinette, when nothing happened? It was just so boring. That town sounded boring. The people sounded boring. Take a story and make something of it. Like Lee’s real parents. Who? I wanted to know. Now I got nothing. And make him find love or something too. And that woman who bought the horse...what? Make a story from it.

I wanted to like this book SO much, but...sighs...I could barely get through it! The people were boring, but they had potential. I felt like I was just waiting and waiting. Honestly...I felt like I was at the airport just waiting and then I was miserable.

Lol. That is a good way of putting it. I’d say waiting at the Bank. Nothing happens. They are late as always. Your phone is dying. And the people around are all grandmas who look sleepy.

Yess. The phone is dying and you just want it to be over and go home. LOL

And you are hungry! And too cold, or too warm. Nothing is quite right. Might throw in a headache there too.

So much misery but you have to do it. I had to finish the book because I kept thinking that SOMETHING has to happen. I also wanted to see if the camel came back. But then it was just over.

Or at least find the camel’s corpse! Like the Lee story, I thought something would happen, but he just rode that horse.

Yesss! I did like Lee a lot, but he was boring too. He was an interesting boring though...if that makes sense

He was pretty boring, but he had the story with potential. But like with everything, nothing happened.

Nope. I wanted Lee to be a hero or something. Save a little kid or save Antoinette...or something. But again...nothing.

And that sums up the book. You keep waiting for something to happen and it never does.

Oo! I was intrigued by Hank and his wife (*blanking on name*). He had cheated on her in their youth and now she thinks he is cheating again. I wanted to find out more about them. See...I really think she should’ve stuck with a couple of people to follow. There was a lot of stuff happening, but nothing happening at the same time. I felt like I was in the Twilight Zone.

You know what I do not even remember them. Was that the couple with too many kids? They all melt together in my head now.

No - he was the rodeo guy and now they are old and he doesn’t do it anymore, but she suspects he is cheating.

Lol, still nothing. Wait the couple with the preggo daughter?

I think their daughter is preggo. I can’t remember. LOL! We are bad people. xD

Because we do not care….

Valid, valid.

I do not have a lot more to say. I skimmed towards the end so the book would END.

Neither do I. All I can say is that I am sorry! LOL! And do not read this book unless you want to sleep. I nodded off 4 times. It is a small book and it took 5 days for me to read it. Too long. Anything else for you?

Lol, nodded off. I struggle all week. The first day went fine then it went slooow and slooower. So yes do not read this book.

Unless you need a nap. ;) LOL Well….your book is next! Hopefully it will be a good one!

Nope, it is that book from NG. That is your book next then ;)

Oh noes! I am excited to read the next one though! It should be good….*fingers crossed*
The end?

The end

About the Authors
Carole and Blodeuedd have been blogging a long while now. The last couple of years the epic duo have been discussing books, watching movies, and even wetting the pen and sharing their stories with the worldwide web. They both love cats, chocolate, and a good story.

Friday, November 17

Movie Review: Suite Francaise (2014)

Film Title: Suite Francaise
Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
Released: 2014
Genre: Drama and Romance
Rating: NR (I would say a PG-13)
Where I Got It: Netflix

During the early years of Nazi occupation of France in World War II, romance blooms between Lucile Angellier, a French villager, and Bruno von Falk, a German soldier.


What words to use for this film? 

This was good. Not amazing, but really good. There was a sort of calm to this movie. Yes, there is a lot of sadness and fear from the French citizens of the little town. However, this felt like very realistic in a lot of way. People are just trying to live.

There is a romance in the story, but it is no love story. It is tragic in a lot of ways. It made me sad and I felt bad for Bruno and Lucille. They both want to be free. Her from her mother-in-law's house. Him from his horrible role of a solider. Sure, he does well, but he hates every minute. If only they had met before the war or in a whole different life. 

I felt bad for everyone in a way except for that major creeper and the mayor's wife. SMH. 

The ending had me so unsure of my feelings. It ended how I thought it would end, but I wanted more. It was good though.

The only major issue that bothered me was the accents. Only the Germans had German accents. The rest of the French citizens all had British accents. Sighs. I mean...I got used to it, but c'mon either be authentic or not. Don't do halfsies. Commit to have the proper accents or don't for everyone. Meh. 

In the end, I really liked this film. I actually watched it twice. It was sad. I didn't cry like I expected, but it was a realistic sad movie. I did love the little impossible romance between Lucille and Bruno. It really feels like a good movie to watch on a rainy day with a cup of Hot Cocoa. This shall stamp with 4 stars.