The Secret Language of Women is a novel full of love, beauty, intrigue and deception. Zhou Bin Lian is different from her peers. Born to a Chinese mother and a Swiss father, Lian has striking green eyes that make her a bit of an anomaly in China in the 1800s. Lian also assists her father, a doctor, with his practice and is a skilled healer. When her father is called to treat an Italian diplomat who has fallen ill, Lian meets a handsome Italian sailor and her life will never be the same. After meeting Giacomo, Lian’s life fills with light, even though it ultimately is short-lived and the connection that the two share is enjoyable to witness/watch unfurl.
Have you ever started a book and found yourself unsure of where the author was going to take you? Well, that is where I began my journey through A Bridge Across the Ocean by Susan Meissner. I entered a world of ghosts, intrigue and ethereal people. Believe me, I don’t think I will be the same after reading this book.
The plot bounces back and forth between many different time periods, including present day California, and 1940s Boston, England and France. There are many characters who are a part of the tale, but all are connected in some manner or another. Even if only by the fact that they can see ghosts, or people from other dimensions.
Small-town girl Katie Brenner is struggling to make it on her own in London, living in a tiny apartment with strange roommates and struggling to make ends meet. She can’t help but envy her beautiful and put-together boss, Demeter Farlowe. Demeter seems to have it all–the great job, the perfect family and the most beautiful home and clothing. Katie works hard to prove herself to her office mates and to Demeter, and is devastated when Demeter suddenly fires her.
Coincidentally, Katie’s father and stepmother ask for her help in establishing their new glamping vacation business at their farm in Somerset. While Katie dreams of finding a new job, at the moment, she’s desperate to get away from the city and her troubles there.
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Even as a violin prodigy, Olivia Klein courted trouble. But when her marriage to high-stakes investor Rob Van Doren takes another wrong turn, Olivia acts out once too often. A night of bad behavior results in community service hours. Time is to be served with Theo McAdams, an inner-city teacher whose passion for music eclipses Olivia’s. As she inches toward a better place, life surprises Olivia in the form of her first husband—baseball legend Sam Nash.
The Path of Decisions is the second book in Mike Shelton’s series The Cremelino Prophecy. When I reviewed the first book, I pointed out how the story felt a little rushed, or almost abridged for a fantasy novel. I will say that this one has a lot more meat on its bones. It still is a very fast paced book for a fantasy and pretty lean, but I suspect there are many people who don’t like fantasy because of the bloat, and would really enjoy this series for being streamlined.
Darius is young, and filled with confidence after his success dealing with the the ‘invading’ army from the south. The King has summoned him back, and since the real reason for the summoning was not given to the messenger, he didn’t realize the urgency of the command. As a matter of fact, he resents being commanded home. So when he also hears about the troubles being stirred up by the Preacher and his ‘supposed’ army, he decides to take a detour on the way home and ‘deal’ with the upstart.
If you have an interest in political intrigue/turmoil in the last decade of the 1500s in London – especially the factions of Essex and Cecil — you should enjoy A Second Daniel. Unfortunately, it’s not exactly my cup of tea, and I can’t say with any certainty that I know more now than I did previously. Although it’s quite well-written, there is really little sense of place and/or time. You could easily imagine yourself watching a Shakespearean epic on stage at a theater near you. This week or next. You know – costume drama?
There’s little by way of description, which goes a long way toward establishing time and place. The presence of horses does not necessarily a historical novel make. And this is a fairly straightforward novel.
Solimar Castro-Valdez is eighteen years old and has the red, white, and blue stars in her eyes of the hope life in American has to offer her. Her father pays dearly to allow her passage on the potentially perilous journey across the Mexican border and into Berkeley, California. Soli finds both love and hardship along the way and eventually arrives at her cousin’s home. Unbeknownst at the time, and completely off the charted path, Soli discovers that she is pregnant and realizes that her son, Ignacio, can anchor her in this new land, giving her an identity and purpose in an otherwise invisible and aimless life.