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26 07, 2016

Review: The Dust That Falls from Dreams by Louis de Bernieres

By | July 26th, 2016|Categories: Authors|Tags: , , |1 Comment

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the dust that falls book coverReviewed by Nina Longfield

The Dust That Falls from Dreams is a story about the history of England leading into and out of the First World War and a story about “the Pals”. The Pals are a group of children who grow up together south of London: Daniel and Archie Pitt, Ashbridge; Sidney, and Albert Pendennis; and Sophie, Ottilie, Christabel and Rosie McCosh. The Pals are childhood chums who do everything together until life and war intercede.

Although beautifully written, it is difficult getting into The Dust That Falls from Dreams. Louis de Bernieres has a flowing narrative way of presenting history, but it wasn’t until the end of the third chapter or beginning of the fourth when I began to feel I was reading about characters and not just history.

25 07, 2016

Giveaway: Leaving Lucy Pear by Anna Solomon

By | July 25th, 2016|Categories: Giveaways|Tags: |12 Comments

leaving lucy pear book coverI have 3 copies Leaving Lucy Pear by Anna Solomon to give away! Open to U.S. residents only

About the book 

In 1917, Beatrice Haven—the unwed teenage daughter of wealthy Jewish industrialists in Boston—sneaks out of her uncle’s house on Cape Ann in the middle of the night, abandons her newborn baby at the foot of a pear tree, and watches as another mother claims the baby as her own. Ten years later, Prohibition is in full swing and Bea has again sought refuge from her troubles at her uncle’s house, but she discovers far more than she bargained for when the rum-running manager of the local quarry inadvertently reunites her with Emma Murphy, the headstrong Irish Catholic woman who has been raising Bea’s abandoned child—now a bright, bold, cross-dressing girl named Lucy Pear, with secrets of her own.

24 07, 2016

Review: Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann

By | July 24th, 2016|Categories: Children's Books, Friendships, Pregnancy, Social Issues, Young Adult|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

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ask me how i got here book coverReviewed by Alexander Morrison

Adrienne was living the good life of a suburban teenager. She had a nice, funny boyfriend. She was a track star for her Catholic high school. She was friendly with her mom and engaged in class. But when she gets pregnant accidentally, all that changes. She wants an abortion, but as a minor, there are roadblocks in her way. As she deals with the emotional fallout from her decision, she finds her relationships with her family, friends, and boyfriend changing, often in ways she never could have predicted.

The plot is familiar, but author Christine Heppermann comes at it from some intriguing, fascinating directions.

24 07, 2016

Mailbox Monday

By | July 24th, 2016|Categories: Etc.|Tags: |8 Comments

Welcome to Mailbox MondayMailbox Monday is hosted by Marcia at the Mailbox Monday blog.

Here are the books that made their way into my physical and digital mailboxes last week:

Paper Review Copies

crooked book coverthe family tree book coveralong the infinite sea book cover

23 07, 2016

Review: Revolutionary by Alex Myers

By | July 23rd, 2016|Categories: Authors|Tags: , |0 Comments

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revolutionary book coverReviewed by Sarah McCubbin

It is 1782 and the war for freedom has been going on for many years. The fight between the colonies and England is drawing to an end, but some battles are just beginning. In his fictional account, Revolutionary, Alex Myers introduces Deborah Sampson, a young indentured servant, who has more aspirations in life than just being bound to a life of service in a family. She is not free to make her own life, but that doesn’t stop her from dreaming and noticing that the young men in society have much greater freedom and autonomy than women. When a recruiter for the army comes to town, she makes a bold move. Dressed as a young man, Deborah enlists. With the promise of a better pay and the opportunity to venture forth freely, she begins a daring adventure of a young woman living among men, fighting alongside them while maintaining all appearances of being a man. There is the constant threat of being discovered. Is the choice she made worth it?

23 07, 2016

Most Creative/Prolific Contributor Award!

By | July 23rd, 2016|Categories: Giveaways, Monthly Contest|Tags: |7 Comments

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stack of books As promised, every month I give away a prize of their choice to the most creative/prolific contributor to Luxury Reading.

For the 3rd month in a row, our undisputed winner (with all the great reviews she posts!) is…

TechEditor!

Kudos to everyone for your great comments! Please post a comment here with your selection!

22 07, 2016

Review: The Cracked Spine by Paige Shelton

By | July 22nd, 2016|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , |3 Comments

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cracked spine book coverReviewed by Caleb Shadis

While I requested The Cracked Spine by Paige Shelton because I thought it looked good, it surprised me by being much more enjoyable than I expected. Delaney Nichols is our protagonist and she has recently been laid off from her job at the museum in Wichita Kansas. She decides to to accept an offer in Edinburgh, Scotland, at a little book shop called The Cracked Spine.

At the airport, while selecting a taxi to take her to the hotel, Delaney meets and befriends Elias. Elias reminds her of a kindly uncle back in the states. And the great thing is, he turns out to be almost like her guardian angel. He offers to show her around Edinburgh though he discovers that trying to ‘help’ her might just be getting him in trouble.

21 07, 2016

Review: Falling by Jane Green

By | July 21st, 2016|Categories: Family Life, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , |4 Comments

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falling jane green book coverReviewed by Meg Massey

Emma Montague left her upper crust family in England to pursue her own life and success as a banker in New York. But several years later, after becoming burnt out by her fast-paced job and a number of failed relationships, Emma is ready for a change. Armed with a severance package after “retiring” from her job, she moves to the seaside town of Westport, Connecticut.

Taking a beach cottage that needs some work, Emma resolves to fix up her new home and figure out what she wants next. She’s intrigued by her new landlord Dominic, and finds herself taken in by his charm, honesty and integrity.

20 07, 2016

Review: I Like You Just Fine When You’re Not Around by Ann Garvin

By | July 20th, 2016|Categories: Family Life, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , |4 Comments

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i like you just fine book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

I Like You Just Fine When You’re Not Around is described as fiction based on fact. If all the events described in this book really happened all at the same time to the same person, it would take the Empire State Building full of psychologists and therapists to straighten out the life of the lead female character, who is, herself, a therapist.

Relationships, whether familial, romantic or platonic do not survive without communication. It seems so simple, yet it is the most difficult thing to do – let alone do well. And thus, we fail, and our relationships right along with us.

When psychologist Tig Monahan loses her cool during a couple’s therapy session, and tells the husband exactly what she thinks of him, she unknowingly turns her existing world upside down.

19 07, 2016

Review: You Know Me Well by David Levithan & Nina LaCour

By | July 19th, 2016|Categories: Children's Books, Friendships, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult|Tags: , , , |5 Comments

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you know me well book coverReviewed by Jennifer Jensen

I may have a different sexual orientation and be almost twenty years older than the narrators of David Levithan and Nina LaCour’s You Know Me Well, but they are the most relatable fictional characters I’ve come across in a long time. High school and its drama may be well behind me, but even in adulthood there are still struggles with love, loss, fear, becoming, and moving forward—all things that Mark and Katie face both together and alone.

In an effort to impress his best friend Ryan, the object of his affections, Mark takes a chance and puts himself in the spotlight at a Pride party. But his decision has some unexpected results;