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22 01, 2017

December Monthly Contest Winner

By | January 22nd, 2017|Categories: Giveaways, Monthly Contest|Tags: |1 Comment

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

Our December winner is…

TechEditor!

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

22 01, 2017

Giveaway: Tides by Jonathan White

By | January 22nd, 2017|Categories: Giveaways|Tags: |0 Comments

tides by jonathan white book coverEnter to win a copy of Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean by Jonathan White! Open to US residents only

About the book

In Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean, writer, sailor, and surfer Jonathan White takes readers across the globe to discover the science and spirit of ocean tides. In the Arctic, White shimmies under the ice with an Inuit elder to hunt for mussels in the dark cavities left behind at low tide; in China he races the Silver Dragon, a twenty-five-foot tidal bore that crashes eighty miles up the Qiantang River; in France, he interviews the monks that live in the tide-wrapped monastery of Mont Saint-Michel; in Chile and Scotland, he investigates the growth of tidal power generation; and in Panama and Venice, he delves into how the

22 01, 2017

Review: The Pen and the Brush by Anka Muhlstein

By | January 22nd, 2017|Categories: Arts & Literature, Biographies, Historical, Nonfiction|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

The Pen and the Brush by Anka Muhlstein is full of surprises. Apparently, – and unbeknownst to me – nineteenth-century French novelists were best buds with the painters of their era. The novelists turned out to be the front line critics of those famous painters–and those edgy painters were a big influence on the famous novelists of their time as well.

This story is more of an outline of the painters and novelists of the nineteenth century, and offers a snapshot into their lives and influences.

19 01, 2017

Review: Four Seasons of Loneliness by J.W. Freiberg

By | January 19th, 2017|Categories: Law, Memoirs, Nonfiction|Tags: , , |3 Comments

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four seasons of loneliness book coverReviewed by Holly Madison

Four Seasons of Loneliness is comprised of four different stories which, to my understanding, are all actual true case studies that the author chronicled over his many years as a lawyer. Each of the stories is quite different, but they all have one central theme–loneliness, and the different forms it can take.

I found this book to be quite remarkable. I was drawn in to each of the different stories completely, and found myself fascinated by some stories and enraged by others.

The first story centers around two children from an incestuous family. Their grandparents and mom had been having sexual orgy-type interactions with the children since they were babies, and they were placed with an adoptive family after their birth family relinquished their rights to the children after being caught.

19 01, 2017

Review: The Fairest of Them All by Cathy Maxwell

By | January 19th, 2017|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Romance|Tags: , |3 Comments

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fairest of them all book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

After dissolving the terms of his arranged marriage to Elin Morris because his brother, Benedict, fell in love with her, Gavin Whitridge is on the search for a suitable woman to take as his wife. However, with not wanting just a marriage of convenience, but a marriage to someone he loves and who makes his blood boil, his quest isn’t nearly as easy as it would seem–even if he is the Duke of Baynton.

Lady Charlene Blanchard is in the care of her aunt, a penniless actress and scriptwriter. Because of their struggle to survive – and because she likes the thrill – Char has been making ends meet by picking the pockets of those better off than she. However, when she is handpicked because of her beauty and bloodline as a potential bride for the Duke of Baynton, she begins to think things may turn around for her.

19 01, 2017

Review: One Half from the East by Nadia Hashimi

By | January 19th, 2017|Categories: Children's Books, Coming of Age, Young Adult|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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one half from the east book coverReviewed by Benish Khan

One Half from the East by Nadia Hashimi is an emotional coming of age children’s novel. The protagonist Obayda’s family has issues. Her father has lost one of his legs in a bomb explosion, forcing their family to move away from their home to a small village in Kabul. Her father almost never leaves his room. One day, Obayda’s aunt has an idea to bring the family luck. She dresses Obayda as a boy, a bacha posh. Now she is Obayd. Soon, she meets another bacha posh, and it changes everything. They’re free to explore the village on their own without any restrictions. However, their transformation won’t last forever, and they must figure out a way to make their freedom last.

18 01, 2017

Giveaway: Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom by Acharya Shunya

By | January 18th, 2017|Categories: Giveaways|Tags: |5 Comments

ayuerveda lifestyle wisdom book coverEnter to win a copy of Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom: A Complete Prescription to Optimize Your Health, Prevent Disease, and Live with Vitality and Joy by Acharya Shunya! Open to US residents only

About the book

Ayurveda is founded on the belief that true health is everyone’s birthright—and that each of us is a self-healing entity who can use nature’s abundance to restore and renew ourselves.

Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom is a breakthrough book for yoga practitioners, spiritual seekers, and anyone ready to learn a “doable” approach to this time-tested art and science of health and well-being.

17 01, 2017

Blog Tour: Beyond Derrynane by Kevin O’Connell

By | January 17th, 2017|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction|Tags: |3 Comments

beyond derrynane book coverPlease join Kevin O’Connell, author of Beyond Derrynane, as he tours the blogosphere with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours!

About the book (publisher’s description)

Wed in an arranged marriage to a man nearly fifty years her senior, sixteen-year-old Eileen O’Connell goes from being one of five unmarried sisters to become the mistress of Ballyhar, the great estate of John O’Connor, one of the wealthiest and most influential men in Ireland.

When O’Connor dies suddenly seven months into their marriage, Eileen must decide whether she will fulfill her brother’s strategic goals for her family by marrying her late husband’s son.

17 01, 2017

Review: It’s Not Fair by Melanie Dale

By | January 17th, 2017|Categories: Christian Living, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality|Tags: , |4 Comments

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it's not fair book coverReviewed by Sarah Dalton

Reading It’s Not Fair is like sitting down with a friend over a cup of coffee for a solid chat and lots of laughing. Serious belly laughs. I had to stop reading this in bed at night after the third or fourth time I snort laughed loud enough to wake my husband up. Melanie Dale has a sense of humor that I can identify with. She is self-deprecating and speaks in movie quotes. I have told several friends about this book and plan to lay in a stock of them to give out as gifts to loved ones.

Before I read this book I was not at all familiar with Dale or her blog, Unexpected.org. I may have to familiarize myself with her after reading some of the blog and Twitter excerpts.

16 01, 2017

Review: Stalking Ground by Margaret Mizushima

By | January 16th, 2017|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

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stalking ground book coverReviewed by Jenna Arthur

When Mattie and her K9 partner Robo are called back early from routine training, Mattie fears the worst. Adrienne, deputy Ken Brody’s girlfriend, has mysteriously gone missing, leaving no note or trace behind her. Brody fears the worst and so does Mattie.

Adrienne, a very dependable woman, never left without first telling someone. She was supposed to have an appointment with a local vet, Cole, to teach his daughter about equine massage but never showed up. This was completely out of character for her and her disappearance quickly sent the entire town into a small state of panic.