Friday, March 27, 2020

Anna, the Princess, and the Pendant #Book #Review

Synopsis:
Seventeen-year-old Anna Elizabeth Owens is a typical teen-age girl growing up in Morrisville, North Carolina, until the day her great-grandmother requests her presence at her bedside. In her late seventies, the older woman has a special gift for Anna and she shares a mysterious message.

"Tonight, as my journey in this world ends, so begins your journey into the vast world of dreams. After tonight, your dreams will take you to places of your wildest imaginations. Just remember, we all have good and bad dreams. Henceforth, both good and bad journeys will lead you to your destination."

While living in parallel worlds of dreams and reality, Anna discovers the power of love with a young man named Alex, and Princess Isis discovers the pain of sacrifice on her journey for survival. Eventually, she must choose between the throne and her one true love: a slave named Amon.

Laden with intrigue, romance, action, and adventure, this powerful tale explores Anna's coming-of-age experience from a young girl to a young woman while enthralled in the adventures of her dreams.
 

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My Review:
Anna Owens is a strong willed independent you woman.  She visits her dying great grandmother and is given a gorgeous emerald pendant.  Her summer and life is forever changed.

This was a fantastic coming of age novel.  I loved that the main character was a stong, independent young woman that could not be easily coerced.  I think this was a great romance.  It also shows that the choices we make may seem that the effects are temporary, but sometimes last a lifetime.  I thoroughly enjoyed Anna/Princess Isis' journey.  I think every teenage girl will enjoy the romance and maybe see beyond the love story.  The only issue I had with this book was that the intimacy was a little too graphic but otherwise it's a great read.
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Friday, March 13, 2020

The Scroll #Edelweiss+ #Book #Review

Synopsis:

One last dig. One final descent into the twisted tunnels of ancient Jerusalem. Will the truth be found among the treasures that lie beneath the holy city?


Dr. David Chambers, leading archaeologist, has spent his professional career uncovering the facts in the artifacts. His work sets the standard for biblical research in the Holy Land. But surrounded by the evidence, David has sunk into an abyss of doubt. A painful experience with a seemingly unresponsive God has left him without hope. The Old Testament scriptures that used to fill his mind with wonder now drive him to frustration. His unanswered questions have ripped him from both his academic pursuits and the love of his life, his fiancΓ©e, Amber.

An old friend and mentor reaches out to David, enticing him with the riches described in the enigmatic Copper Scroll. Losing ground with his peers, his love, and his faith, David Chambers has a choice to make. Will he undertake one final dig to unlock a secret that could alter the course of history? Do the mysteries of the Old Testament hold the key to the political turmoil of the Middle East?

In a world where faith has been eclipsed by the allure of doubt, The Scroll offers a different journey: a gripping adventure to find truth worth dying for.
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My Review:
David Chambers had turned his back on God, Biblical Archaeology, and the love of his life...Amber Rodgers.  But when his dear friend contacts him about searching for the items listed on the copper scroll, worth millions of dollars.  David jumps at the chance.  Little did he know, this quest would reunite him with Amber and his nemesis Nuri.  Can his Archaeology lead him back to his faith and the woman he loves?

I love fictional archaeology novels because the always bring back fond memories of Indiana Jones and Tomb Raider movies.  This book does not disappoint!  There's quite a bit of suspenseful moments, not to mention action and adventure as they try not to be followed to the various dig sites.  This was a fantastic novel and I hated to see it end.
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A family tragedy. A grieving father. A daughter with a mind for mystery.

On the outside, the Hunters seem like a perfectly normal family. Lydia is a loving mother and wife, who wants nothing more than the best for her loved ones. John is a devoted husband and caring father. An over-protective homicide detective, there’s nothing he wouldn’t do for his beloved wife and teenage daughter.

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When Lydia is found dead at her workplace, John must confront losing the love of his life. His shattered heart aches for himself and his little girl. As Diana’s grief spirals out of control, the authorities rule the death a suicide. But when the facts don’t add up, Diana and her father begin to suspect something isn’t right.

Two detectives… One a streetwise cop. The other a teenage genius. Both are determined to solve the mystery, and bring justice to the killers who tore their family apart.

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Monday, March 9, 2020

Secret Brother by @VC_Andrews #BookReview

Synopsis:
The most unexpected Dollanganger story of them all, new from the author of Flowers in the Attic and Petals on the Wind—both now major Lifetime movie events.

A young boy suffers amnesia from a trauma he suffered in what feels like must have been another life. He’s adopted into a wealthy family—but what will happen when he learns the truth about his past?
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My Review:
Secret Brother is Book 3 of The Diary series.  Corrine and Garland are finally wed, but she's so self-absorbed that she doesn't even notice that Garland is controlling her and that enormous house has more secrets than you can imagine.  As Garland eventually has her around just to look pretty, she begins having difficulty controlling their son's tandrums, she becomes jealous of Dora.  It seems that everyone knows about these secrets except Corrine.

After the death of VC Andrews, I thought that no one could replace her or have a writing style similar to hers.  But Secret Brother was a very happy surprise.  I was drawn in from the very beginning, this was a fantastic novel.  It is a wonderful addition to  the Flowers In The Attic series.
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About the Author:

Virginia Cleo Andrews (born Cleo Virginia Andrews) was born June 6, 1923 in Portsmouth, Virginia. The youngest child and the only daughter of William Henry Andrews, a career navy man who opened a tool-and-die business after retirement, and Lillian Lilnora Parker Andrews, a telephone operator. She spent her happy childhood years in Portsmouth, Virginia, living briefly in Rochester, New York. The Andrews family returned to Portsmouth while Virginia was in high school.

While a teenager, Virginia suffered a tragic accident, falling down the stairs at her school and incurred severe back injuries. Arthritis and a failed spinal surgical procedure forced her to spend most of her life on crutches or in a wheelchair.

Virginia excelled in school and, at fifteen, won a scholarship for writing a parody of Tennyson's Idylls of the King. She proudly earned her diploma from Woodrow Wilson High School in Portsmouth. After graduation, she nurtured her artistic talent by completing a four-year correspondence art course while living at home with her family.

After William Andrews died in the late 1960s, Virginia helped to support herself and her mother through her extremely successful career as a commercial artist, portrait painter, and fashion illustrator.

Frustrated with the lack of creative satisfaction that her work provided, Virginia sought creative release through writing, which she did in secret. In 1972, she completed her first novel, The Gods of the Green Mountain [sic], a science-fantasy story. It was never published. Between 1972 and 1979, she wrote nine novels and twenty short stories, of which only one was published. "I Slept with My Uncle on My Wedding Night", a short fiction piece, was published in a pulp confession magazine.

Promise gleamed over the horizon for Virginia when she submitted a 290,000-word novel, The Obsessed, to a publishing company. She was told that the story had potential, but needed to be trimmed and spiced up a bit. She drafted a new outline in a single night and added "unspeakable things my mother didn't want me to write about." The ninety-eight-page revision was re-titled Flowers in the Attic and she was paid a $7,500 advance. Her new-generation Gothic novel reached the bestseller lists a mere two weeks after its 1979 paperback publication by Pocket Books.

Petals on the Wind, her sequel to Flowers, was published the next year, earning Virginia a $35,000 advance. The second book remained on the New York Times bestseller list for an unbelievable nineteen weeks (Flowers also returned to the list). These first two novels alone sold over seven million copies in only two years. The third novel of the Dollanganger series, If There Be Thorns, was released in 1981, bringing Virginia a $75,000 advance. It reached No. 2 on many bestseller lists within its first two weeks.

Taking a break from the chronicles of Chris and Cathy Dollanganger, Virginia published her one, and only, stand-alone novel, My Sweet Audrina, in 1982. The book welcomed an immediate success, topping the sales figures of her previous novels. Two years later, a fourth Dollanganger novel was released, Seeds of Yesterday. According to the New York Times, Seeds was the best-selling fiction paperback novel of 1984. Also in 1984, V.C. Andrews was named "Professional Woman of the Year" by the city of Norfolk, Virginia.

Upon Andrews's death in 1986, two final novels—Garden of Shadows and Fallen Hearts—were published. These two novels are considered the last to bear the "V.C. Andrews" name and to be almost completely written by