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Old 07-10-2013, 03:49 PM   #1876
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So glad you enjoyed The Shoemaker's Wife and the Valentine books! The third book in the Valentine series, The Supreme Macaroni Company, comes out this fall on November 5th. Hope to see you when I tour through!

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#40 Brava, Valentine by Adriana Trigiani
I read these based on a friends recommendation after I told her how much I loved "The Shoemaker's Wife", and she was right. I really enjoyed the rich story lines in this pair of books about a family shoemaking business in New York. The company is known for its custom-made wedding shoes, and it must find a way to become profitable in todays economy. I am hoping there will soon be a third in the series that will wrap up some of the story lines.

#41 A Seal's Seduction by Tawny Weber (sexy romance; Kindle freebie; I'd read more by this author)

#42 Empty Net
by Toni Aleo
#43 Trying to Score by Toni Aleo
These were good stories that exemplify bad editing. Toni Aleo's first book is one of my all-time favorite love stories and I forgave the bad editing there, hoping she'd correct in the follow-on stories. Unfortunately, the editing in these 2 books was so bad that I am unlikely to read any more unless the Amazon reviews say she has suddenly found a good editor or beta readers.

#44 Never Seduce a Scot by Maya Banks
#45 Never Love a Highlander by Maya Banks
I discovered Maya after I met her at a book signing in September. Her romances continue to entertain. The characters are strong and loveable, and the descriptions of the settings really pull you in to the story.

#46 Texas Secrets: The Gallaghers, Book 1 by Jean Brashear
#47 Texas Lonely: The Gallaghers, Book 2 by Jean Brashear
#48 Texas Bad Boy: The Gallaghers, Book 3 by Jean Brashear
These were wonderful! I think the first one was a Kindle freebie and served its purpose of finding a new reader. Once I read it, I HAD to read the rest of the series because the characters were so wonderfully developed, intriguing and likeable. I have a new author to add to my must-read list!

#49 The Wanderer by Robyn Carr

#50 Chasing Justice (Piper Anderson Series, Book 1) by Danielle Stewart. This was really good and suspenseful, and I will definitely read the sequel.

#51 Dangerous Race by Dee J. Adams. Interesting story about a woman race car driver, with some suspense. Interesting and light reading.

#52 True North by Marie Force

#53 Treading Water: The Treading Water Series, Book 1 by Marie Force
#54 Marking Time: The Treading Water Series, Book 2 by Marie Force
#55 Starting Over: The Treading Water Series, Book 3 by Marie Force
#56 Coming Home: The Treading Water Series, Book 4 by Marie Force

I really enjoy this author and was thrilled to find some books of hers that I hadn't read yet. "True North" was good, but the "Treading Water" series was excellent. The first of the "Treading Water" series was a heart-wrenching story about an architect whose wife is hit by a car and goes into a coma, leaving behind three young daughters.

#57 - Off Limits by Sawyer Bennett. I'd read another book by this author and really enjoyed the story line and the characters, so I was happy to see a sequel (and that the characters from the first book showed up again, too). The author has a third book in the series coming out soon and it is on my to-buy list.

#58 - Once Around by Barbara Bretton. Very good.
#59 At Last by Barbara Bretton. Another very good one. Didn't disappoint.

#60 Just this Once (Escape to New Zealand) by Rosalind James. This was a wonderfully written romance, placed in an exotic locale and featuring a rugby player as the male lead. Very engaging!

I'd upped my goal for the year to 52, but I am thinking I probably should increase it again, this time to 100 books, especially since reading your reviews has me constantly adding to my "to read" list.
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Old 07-11-2013, 01:33 PM   #1877
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I just finished "A Moveable Feast" at lunch. I liked some of the 'chapters' and others not so much. Overall, I give it a 4/5. Reading it after reading "The Paris Wife" made it that much more interesting. I do believe he truely loved Hadley. She was the one and only true love of his life. It's obvious he regrets what he did to them and their marriage.

Hem was a complicated man. He comes off as arrogant and overly-confident for a young man that hadn't (at that point in time) accomplished much; however, I think he was overcompensating for his fear of failure and of being nothing.

I have moved on to "A Farewell to Arms" and have also bought a book of his short stories, many of which are referenced in "A Paris Wife". I'm looking forward to reading these and also want to read more about Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. I'm undecided on reading "Hemingway and Gellhorn" the story of him and his 3rd wife. I am so in love with him and Hadlely's love story that I can't imagine reading about him and one of his other wives'.

I'm going to make a pilgrimage to Boston to the JFK library to visit the Hemingway room sometime soon. I can't get enough of his story and those of the "lost generation". It's almost become an obsession.
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Old 07-11-2013, 04:42 PM   #1878
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#61 - Life as a Victorian Lady by Pamela Horn
#62 - Life in a Victorian Household by Pamela Horn

I'm fascinated by the Victorian era, so I was eager to read these books; they were 99 cent downloads on my Kindle.

Life as a Victorian Lady depicts the various stages of girls growing up in England in the middle to late 1800s. Because of the laws of primogeniture, girls were practically compelled to make advantageous marriages whether there was any love involved or not. She who did not ended up dependent on her father until his death, when she would then become dependent on her father's heir, who may or may not be a loving brother, happy to support an unmarried sister. Those who married became responsible for ordering their own houses, dealing with servants, entertaining their husbands' friends and business associates, many times having to deal with their mothers-in-law who might not be ready to give up their positions as queen bee. They had little to do with their children, either by choice or circumstance. Divorce was unheard of, and in the rare circumstances when a divorce was granted, the wife was completely shunned by Society, while the husband suffered no consequences.

Life in a Victorian Household covers the inhabitants on the other side of the green baize door - the servants. Poor children of the Victorian era had no opportunity to get an education, so when they were sent out to earn money to support themselves or to help support their families, their only option for legitimate employment was service. Sleeping in unheated attics or basements, eating whatever might be left over from the family's meals, many felt that they were fortunate to have a roof over their heads and food in their bellies. Their training was mostly on-the-job, and it included everything from hauling coal from the basement to carrying hot water up several flight of stairs to fill a bath for the master. There was silver to be polished, tables to be laid, vegetables to be prepared, pots to be scrubbed, bed and table linens to be washed, mended and ironed, fires to be laid, carpets to be swept and stoops to be scrubbed. There was a definite hierarchy, with the butler lording over the master's valet, the footmen, the grooms and the gardeners. The housekeeper was in charge of the upstairs and downstairs maids, the tweeny and sometimes the mistress's lady's maid. The cook had her own little kingdom, ruling the kitchen maids and the bootblack, who did all the odd jobs all the other servants thought they were too high and mighty to do.

Because I read a lot of Victorian mysteries, I knew some of this, but these books really went into a lot of detail that I didn't know. It makes me very glad I didn't live in Victorian England; my family surely wouldn't have been of the servant-hiring class - we would have been the servants!

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Old 07-11-2013, 05:27 PM   #1879
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I am ashamed to say I have not picked up my book in awhile my excuse is I am saving it for the flight but seriously I will try to get to it by Sunday
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Old 07-11-2013, 05:52 PM   #1880
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So glad you enjoyed The Shoemaker's Wife and the Valentine books! The third book in the Valentine series, The Supreme Macaroni Company, comes out this fall on November 5th. Hope to see you when I tour through!

xoxo Adriana

Oh, my goodness!!! I am SOOOO excited to see this post. I have LOVED every single one of your books I've read so far. And I am truly looking forward to the November 5 release date!!! I will definitely keep an eye open for information on any signings within driving distance. Thank you!!
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Old 07-11-2013, 09:12 PM   #1881
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38/50 - Confessions of A Prairie ***** by Alison Arngrim (How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated)

This book was a quick, fun, interesting read. If you're a fan of Little House on the Prairie, I would recommend reading it. If you want answers to burning questions such as why did Carrie roll down the hill in the opening credits or what Michael Landon was wearing under his prairie clothing ( ), this is the book for you.

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Old 07-11-2013, 09:21 PM   #1882
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My goal is 40 and I am on no.21. Read a lot on vacation these past three weeks. Nothing spectacular, mostly free downloads, mysteries mostly with a few romance thrown in for good measure.
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Old 07-12-2013, 09:17 AM   #1883
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38/50 - Confessions of A Prairie ***** by Alison Arngrim (How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated)

This book was a quick, fun, interesting read. If you're a fan of Little House on the Prairie, I would recommend reading it. If you want answers to burning questions such as why did Carrie roll down the hill in the opening credits or what Michael Landon was wearing under his prairie clothing ( ), this is the book for you.

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Old 07-12-2013, 10:46 AM   #1884
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So glad you enjoyed The Shoemaker's Wife and the Valentine books! The third book in the Valentine series, The Supreme Macaroni Company, comes out this fall on November 5th. Hope to see you when I tour through!

xoxo Adriana

Well, I can certainly see why KeenerCam invited me over here! Wow!! My all-time favorite author is here! So thrilled to see you here, Ms. Trigiani! Looking forward to The Supreme Macaroni Company since I loved all the Valentine books so much.

I don't know if you'll remember, since I'm sure you meet like a bazillion people on your book tours, but I was the one that told you I love your hair when you were in Stamford, CT. What a great night that was! LOVED your stories!!
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It was a great book. There are some serious parts of it where she talks about her childhood abuse (among other things), but the majority of the book is a really neat behind-the-scenes look at Little House and her experiences on the show.
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Old 07-12-2013, 09:44 PM   #1886
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Finished book #45- The House on Tradd Street by Karen White

Since I enjoyed On Folly Beach so much, I decided to read more from this author. This is #1 in a 3 book series which all take place in Charleston (more info for my trip). This was a great, spooky mystery that I thoroughly enjoyed! The main character can see ghosts & just inherited an old house in Charleston with a mystery to solve. I just finished this about 10 min ago & will dive right into book 2 after I finish this review. I can't wait to see houses like these while in Charleston.

Practical Melanie Middleton hates to admit she can see ghosts. But she's going to have to accept it. An old man she recently met has died, leaving her his historic Tradd Street home, complete with housekeeper, dog and a family of ghosts anxious to tell her their secrets.
Enter Jack Trenholm, a gorgeous writer obsessed with unsolved mysteries. He has reason to believe that diamonds from the Confederate Treasury are hidden in the house. So he turns the charm on with Melanie, only to discover he's the smitten one...
It turns out Jack's search has caught the attention of a malevolent ghost. Now, Jack and Melanie must unravel a mystery of passion, heartbreak and even murder.


Next book- #2 The Girl on Legare Street
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I've been on a light beach read kick - mostly romance. None of these were great - I liked them but nothing I feel compelled to recommend or rave about. Although I did like Mariah Stewart and Jill Shalvis books enough to read others in the series.

56 Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia
57 Undertaking Love by Kat French
58 The Cinderella Deal by Jennifer Cruise
59 A Brisket, A Casket by Delia Rosen
60 Instant Gratification by Jill Shalvis
61 Hometown Girl by Mariah Stewart
62 Home for the Summer by Mariah Stewart
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Old 07-13-2013, 07:08 AM   #1888
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I just finished Yellow Crocus which was a Kindle freebie last week. It was pretty good.

It's is part of genre of "household slave cares for plantation-owners child and makes a huge difference in the child's life." The characters were well developed and the storyline, while simple, was interesting.

I believe this book is always free if you have a Prime membership but is occasionally free for all.
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Old 07-13-2013, 07:56 AM   #1889
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I just finished Yellow Crocus which was a Kindle freebie last week. It was pretty good.

It's is part of genre of "household slave cares for plantation-owners child and makes a huge difference in the child's life." The characters were well developed and the storyline, while simple, was interesting.

I believe this book is always free if you have a Prime membership but is occasionally free for all.
Now I know what to get next month - thanks!
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Old 07-13-2013, 09:04 AM   #1890
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Book #53 Little House on the Prairie

Review: Ok, so I bought the big binding from Barnes and Nobles because I have fond memories of this series. It is summer and my childhood memories involved fighting with my siblings, sunburns and Little House on the Prairie. Now, here is the thing. I don't know if I should count the series (there are five books) as 'ONE' book because even though it contains the first five books of the Little House series (Big Woods, Little House on the Prairie, Farmer Boy, One the Banks of Plum Creek and By the Shores of Silver Lake), they are rather short books meant for children and are well...all in one. I will list it as ONE book instead of five but please someone give an opinion if thought otherwise.

Anyways, I loved these books as a kid and bought the Barnes and Nobles version as last minute grab. I got sick recently and for some reason the book series is comforting. The story of Ma, Pa, Laura, Mary and Carrie (later on there is Grace who seems to arrive out of nowhere in the last book) reminded me of how much I wanted to be like Laura and do all the things she did even if doing things like swatting a blown up pig's bladder (I kid you not) and seeing headcheese getting made isn't my idea of fun but c'mon there is something awesome about Pa playing a fiddle every night and churning butter (to my feverish mind that sounded kind of cool). As a kid I did try the syrup and snow thing. Ok, so no one told me that you aren't supposed to use the normal syrup we have now and it was a total mess.

If you want to take a step back into childhood, reading the stories are a good idea.
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