For a few months I watched Sasha Alsberg’s booktube channel. She’d do unboxing videos of getting ARCs from different publishers. I was intrigued. I wanted free books to review. I started a blog and reviewed five books I’d recently read. I, then started searching for book blogger review opportunities. I was thrilled to discover NetGalley, Blogging For Books and TLC Book Tours. All three of these companies have been gracious in giving me an opportunity to get to review for them. My TBR is quite scary thanks to all the lovely books I’ve been approved to review. If you love to write and read, then think about starting a blog today. It only took 5 book reviews to be accepted to review for the above 3 companies. I always get excited when I see book mail from HarperCollins.
The It Girls by Karen Harper is a historical novel about sisters Lucille and Elinor Sutherland. Lucille is the eldest who adores designing clothing for women and Elinor is the younger who loves to write romance. This novel follows their family life, love life and careers. This takes place during the late 1800 to early 1900’s. There are many themes that run throughout this book from relationships to money, to what a woman’s role is. The theme I think that stood out the most is the importance of family. The cover of this novel is gorgeous with an image of what the two sisters may have looked like with an image of the Titanic at the bottom.
This novel is rich in the description of the era that the two sisters lived in. The relationship dynamics are a tad head spinning as it seems both sisters love life’s were intense. If you enjoy historical fiction this novel might be just right for you. I received an ARC of The It Girls by Karen Harper for free in exchange for my honest review from TLC Book Tours. To buy a copy click here. If you are interested to find out more about Karen Harper click here. Once you finish this novel I’m sure you’ll want to find out more about Lucille and Elinor.
I didn’t know anything much about what Unforgivable Love was going to be about. This novel follows the lives of Mae, Elizabeth, Cecily and Val during the early civil rights movement of the late 1940’s. Mae and Val are rich and use their wealth to get just what they want wether it’s sex, or wealth. They are mirror images of each other in their lack of character. There are secrets, lies, betrayal and love. This story is set in the south and in Harlem. The descriptions of both places is well done. I think having never read the novel, or seen the film that it’s a retelling of didn’t help me. If you’ve watched, “Dangerous Liaisons,” then you may enjoy this novel.
I try to give a book the benefit of the doubt, but honestly this novel was not my cup of tea. The writing was nice, but the storyline I found boring after 150 or less pages. I’m struggling to finish this 500+ page book. Maybe I am not a long novel kind of girl, but the storyline of manipulation back and forth got boring very quickly. I don’t hugely care for any of the characters. I can’t stand Mae or Val.
A few days later…..
I did get to the end of this novel retelling of “Dangerous Liaisons,” and I must say the ending redemed it’s self. I was given my free copy of Unforgivable Love by Sophfronia Scott from TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest review. I feel awful not liking the book, but it’s just not my genre. I’m sure the author’s other books might be to my liking.
If you enjoy WWII historical fiction you will love Alix Rickloff’s novel: The Way To London. Lucy Standhope is a spoiled young woman who has always lived in her mother’s shadow. Through the years Lucy has had avariety of governesses as well as different boarding schools. While living with her mother and stepfather in Singapore she is whisked off to go live with her aunt in England after her romantic interest proves to be a conflict of interest for her step father. Lucy is not ready for war torn England. On her way to England she encounters a handsome man named Michael whose on his way home after being discharged from the service. One day when Lucy is bored at her aunt’s she finds a young boy hanging off a cliff. She rescues him not realizing how this young boy. Bill, is going to change the course of her life. This novel follows their journey to get Bill back to his mum in London and Lucy to get her try at auditioning for Hollywood.
This book has great, lively and humerous dialogue. The descriptions are authentic to the time period and the characters are lovable. I am a fan of this era, so I enjoyed reading this historical novel. It was charming, insightful on the topic of family, relationships and love. I don’t know what it would be like to be raised as if you were a bother to your own mother. To crave maternal affection and not know what what that that’s like is so sad. This novel shows how if you’ve never been shown love it’s not too, late for someone to show you what it’s liked to be loved for who you are. If you are interested to buy this book click here to buy it from HarperCollins. I will definitely be wanting to find a copy of Secrets Of Nanreath Hall. I got my free ARC care of TLC Book Tours in exchange for my review.
Growing up I read Little Women by Louisa May Alcott and of course saw the modern movie of it. This novel is about the life of Louisa May Alcott’s youngest sister, May. She is the fairest one of the family and loves to draw. When she gets a bad review of her artwork featured in Little Women, May decides to buckle down in seriousness regarding her artwork.
Follow May on her journey from struggling artist in Massachusetts to her move to London, France and back again to study art. May is torn between pursuing her artistic career or returning home to help Louisa care for their mother who is aging. Family duty or career advancement? No matter what year it is all of us have experienced the quandary of listening to a family member’s request or sticking to our own plans. It’s a tight rope that’s not easy to walk along.
This novel covers many topics from sibling rivalry to being a single woman on your own stuck in a man’s world, trying to be taken seriously. This book has great descriptions of France, London and Massachusetts. I am not the most educated when it comes to art and art terms, but this book gavies quite the primer. I enjoyed this novel. The only thing I didn’t like is that it’s, too long. If it was about half the length I think it might be more appealing.
I received my free ARC copy of The Other Alcott by Elise Hooper from TLC Book Tours for my personal review. If you are interested in learning more about May Alcott via this in depth historical novel click here to get this book from HarperCollins. If you are interested to learn more about Elise Hooper click here to connect with the author. Happy reading!
I didn’t even read the blurb about All Our Waves Are Water by Jaimal Yogis. All I knew was it was a memoir and I love memoirs. This book is about Jaimal and his search for life’s meaning through going on trips to India, Bali, San Francisco, etc. He was raised Buddhist by his parents, but throughout his schooling he is exposed to other faiths and beliefs. Jaimal discovers that the sacred can be found in many other faiths, even places he didn’t expect like the wailing wall in Jerusalem. He also, discovers that the most unlikely people can wake you up to realize what you truly have when you all you feel is blah about your life. One love of Jaimal’s life is surfing. It’s his way to regroup, get exercise and hone his surfing skills. He uses surfing as a way to describe how he has found the meaning of life.
At first this book was alright, but nearing the end I got sucked in and then I was on the last page wanting to read more. This book made me laugh and think outside the box. I’ve never been surfing, but after this book I might want to be brave and try it one day. I received my free ARC copy of All Our Waves Are Water from TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest assessment. If you are interested to get your own copy click here to purchase it from HarperCollins.