By edict of the king, Alec Kincaid, a powerful Scottish laird, must take an English bride for his own. Neither he, nor Jamie, the wife of his choosing, a feisty beautiful woman, were particularly pleased with the command, but both live up to their duties. Alec finds Jamie’s beauty to be entrapping and distracting, he longs to posses and tame her, vowing to make her his. Jamie, however, vows to never succumbed to the highland barbarians arrogant brooding nature and tantalizing touch. She resists him whole heartedly, but he’s more than he first appeared, and she finds her heart thawing inch by inch. Soon it’s not only her heart in danger as strange accidents occur and rumors about Alec murdering his first wife flare up. The Bride by Julie Garwood, is a delightful romance, that tugged the heart strings and made me smile.
Everything I heard about this book spoke highly of it, all to its praise, reviews were practically singing of it, and if I am honest I was a bit…disappointed. Now don’t get me wrong it wasn’t that I didn’t enjoy the book, in fact I could hardly put it down, it was simply my expectations for it were quite high, probably due to the unrelenting singing, so the reality fell a little flat. If I had heard nothing of the book I may have enjoyed it more.
So as you read ahead realize for anything negative I say, I did in fact enjoy the book. (Slight spoilers ahead in reference to general things about the story and minor plot points.)
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In 1776, the American revolution was crushed, the British still control the colonies, and the year is now 1777, the Year of the Hangman. The revolutionists have gone into hiding. George Washington, their general, is set for the noose, and Benjamin Franklin’s newspaper Liberty Tree is banned as revolutionary propaganda. Creighton Brown is a fifteen year old British citizen who finds himself in the colonies despite his wishes, and is quickly caught up in the politics and wills of others. The Year of the Hangman by Gary L. Blackwood, is a great example of alternate history with powerful character development.
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“Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.” With these words Celeste Ng begins a book designed to punch you in the gut emotionally, and leave you gasping, as you read the tale of a Chinese-American family struggling to fit in and live in a small Ohio town in the 70’s. Lydia is the favorite daughter of this five person family, and is buried under the weight of her parents expectations. When she is found dead in the lake, the precarious balance that held this fragile family together crumbles, and long forgotten secrets and failings come to light. The family struggles to cope with the loss and discover what truly happened that night on the lake. Everything I Never Told You is a profoundly moving story about expectations and life.
I was super conflicted by this book.
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