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Book Blogger Hop; How Do I Choose the Next Book to Read?

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It's Friday and time for a new Book Blogger Hop post, courtesy of Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. The question of the week was "How do you choose the next book to read?".
Book Blogger Hop For me, it's a bit of priority. If I have any library books; Netgalley books or books I need to read for a blog tour, I read them first. After I finish them, I read books for readathons. If I'm totally available and don't have any commitments such as blog tours, library books or Netgalley books I need to return or books for readathons, I use my TBR jar.

My method might seem insane to some people, but that's how I do it.

Omtale; Jeg klarer det ikke alene av Kristian Bergquist

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For noen få måneder siden var jeg heldig nok til å motta et leseeksemplar av diktsamlinga Jeg klarer det ikke alene av Kristian Bergquist fra forlaget. Nå har jeg lest boka og i dag kommer omtalen.

Beskrivelse fra forlaget
Hvordan er en best sammen med andre mennesker? Kanskje ved å være alene? Kristian Bergquists nye diktsamling, hans syvende i tallet, trekker litt i den tråden da den liksom spør seg selv: Hvorfor forlater jeg alt, når det siste jeg vil er å bli forlatt? Og hvor kommer tanken på å avslutte fra, når jeg bare vil fortsette som før?

I Jeg klarer det ikke alene drar poeten helt bokstavelig til skogen og hytta. Bort fra en befolket verden. For å leve alene. Se på trærne og himmelen. Fange dyra i sin flukt. Lese og skrive. Spise og sove. Bryter litt ny jord. Jeg klarer det ikke alene, sier altså tittelen, samtidig som poeten gjør nettopp det: klarer seg, alene. Men det er likevel ikke en selvmotsigelse. Det er bare en av livets elementære og elendige sannheter: at ingen v…

Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge; What I Read When I'm Not Feeling Well

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It's Wednesday and time for a new Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge post, courtesy of Long and Short Reviews. The topic of the week was what I read when I'm not feeling well.
In my case, I often read historical fiction and/or feelgood novels, such as The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George or A Daughter's Courage by Renita D'Silva.

Top Five Tuesday; Dystopian Books

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It's Tuesday and time for a new Top Five Tuesday, courtesy of Bionic Book Worm. The theme of the week was favourite dystopian books.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
For the Clan by Archer Kay Leah
The MaddAddam Trilogy by Margaret Atwood
Silo by Hugh Howey
Jennifer Government by Max Barry

Review; The Distance Between High and Low by Kaye Park Hinckley

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A few months ago I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the novel The Distance Between High and Low by Kaye Park Hinckley through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review.

Description from Goodreads
“The Distance Between High and Low” is a Southern Gothic novel about the consequences for two young people who set out to learn the identity of their father. Teenaged twins, Lizzie and Peck live in the house of their widowed grandmother Pearl--a house of history and secrets-- along with their unstable, drug-addicted, artist mother, Lila, and Izear, a half-Cherokee Indian devoted to Pearl who took him into her house many years before. Often with dark humor, the story focuses on the strivings of complex characters in the fictional town of Highlow, Alabama from the 1960’s into the 1980’s.

My Thoughts on the Book The Distance Between High and Low was an interesting book to say it the least. Both the plot and the characters were complex and their stories we…

Review; The Dog Who Dared to Dream by Sun-Mi Hwang

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A while ago I read the book The Dog Who Dared to Dream by Sun-Mi Hwang and today I'll post my review.

Description from Goodreads This is the story of a dog named Scraggly. Born an outsider because of her distinctive appearance, she spends most of her days in the sun-filled yard of her owner's house. Scraggly has dreams and aspirations just like the rest of us. But each winter, dark clouds descend and Scraggly is faced with challenges that she must overcome. Through the clouds and even beyond the gates of her owner's yard lies the possibility of friendship, motherhood and happiness - they are for the taking if Scraggly can just hold on to them, bring them home and build the life she so desperately desires.

My Thoughts on the Book The Dog Who Dared to Dream is a heartbreaking and emotional read, but it's a well written book that I would highly recommend.

Weekend Cooking (Review); Pizza! by Pippa Cuthbert and Lindsay Cameron Wilson

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Recently, I was fortunate enough to recieve a press copy of the cookbook Pizza! by Pippa Cuthbert and Lindsay Cameron Wilson through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review.

Description from Goodreads
Pizza is a weekly staple dinner simply because it’s delicious, easy, and fun to personalize, no matter your food preference. The ultimate DIY guide to making pizza at home, this recipe book provides more than 70 creative topping and crust ideas from traditional favorites to new flavor combinations that are perfect for meat-lovers, vegetarians, fish fanatics, and the kids! See for yourself all the possibilities and try a new pizza every week with this must-have book!
My Thoughts on the Book This cookbook has easy to follow instructions and the book has several sections of recipes, which makes it easy to find whatever recipe you're looking for. If one loves pizza, this is a nice cookbook to have in the collection.

Book Blogger Hop; Do I Read Historical Fiction?

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It's Friday, which means it's time for another Book Blogger Hop post, courtesy of Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. The question of the week was "Do you read historical fiction?".
Book Blogger Hop I love reading historical fiction and it is one of my favourite genres, aside from crime, thrillers, fantasy and sci-fi.

Omtale; Når jeg drikker av Martin Svedman

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For noen måneder siden var jeg såpass heldig at jeg fikk tilsendt et leseeksemplar av diktsamlinga Når jeg drikker av Martin Svedman fra forlaget. Nå har jeg lest den og i dag kommer omtalen.

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11-år gamle Henrik strekker seg ut på badegulvet etter å ha drukket vodka. Han ler, han gråter, han oppdager at han har en begavelse for ekstase. Når han som ung mann begynner på siviløkonomstudiet, har foreldrene til Henrik prøvd å få bukt med alkoholproblemet hans i årevis. Han har vært innom avrusing og hos en rekke fagkyndige. Henrik klarer å la være å drikke en stund. Problemet er at han alltid begynner igjen. Som student treffer Henrik Sofie. Henrik liker at Sofie har sans for tall og kompliserte regnestykker og at hun har peiling på Mozarts pianokonserter. Han elsker at hun drikker like raskt som ham. Men da Henrik og Sofie flytter sammen, endrer Sofie personlighet. Hun slutter å drikke.

Når jeg drikker er en diktsamling som tegner et portrett av en alkoholiker gj…

Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge; Books I Had to Read in School and Didn't Like

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It's Wednesday and time for another Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge, courtesy of Long and Short Reviews. The topic of the week was books I had to read in school and didn't like.
I had to read a big number of books while majoring in English. I can't remember them all at the moment, but I do remember disliking Memoirs of Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar and The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot.

Omtale; Jeg vet meg et land av Victoria Bø

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For noen måneder siden var jeg såpass heldig at jeg fikk tilsendt et leseeksemplar av romanen Jeg vet meg et land av Victoria Bø fra forlaget. Nå har jeg lest den og i dag kommer omtalen.

Beskrivelse fra forlaget
Jeg vet meg et land er en roman om ønsket om å gjøre det rette, om å finne kjærligheten og sin plass i en tid fylt av usikkerhet og motsetninger.Musikeren Eilif Abelsen kjemper med seg selv og sprengkulda i et mørklagt Oslo. Han vil gjøre noe, yte motstand mot tyskerne. Men hvordan? I den strenge krigsvinteren ser Eilif strimer av lys bare i klaverspillet til studenten Astri og i den forunderlige blåtonen i stemmen til en kvinne han ikke kjenner. Mager og lungesyk finner han likevel viljen til å våge, men hvem kan man stole på i Oslo nå? Eilif må ut av byen og takker ja til å være organist i Valdres. På veien får han med seg en avis, og da han tar imot, kjenner han at det ligger noe inne i den. Det er brev, brev som ikke må komme i feil hender. Dagene er annerledes i bygda, ro…

Announcing the Autumn Reading Challenge

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It's soon officially autumn and I've decided to host an informal and laidback autumn-inspired reading challenge from September 1st to November 30th.

There will be no pressure from me in doing ALL the categories. You can even combine them, if a book fits into more than one category if you want or read several books for one or more categories. Also, feel free to do some interpretation(s) on the prompt(s), as they are fairly open.

The categories are;
A spooky novelA book with an autumn-inspired cover (autumnal colours, leaves, pumpkins, apples, etc)A book about a monsterA book that takes place during the autumnA book that has autumn or an autumn month in the titleA book about natureA book set at school/college/university/academiaA non-fiction book "Reporting back" what you've read is not mandatory, only encouraged. Feel free to comment below what you've read, or if you're on Instagram, feel free to use the hashtag #trykksverteautumnchallenge2019 .

Reading sh…

Review; Yara's Tawari Tree by Yossi Lapid

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Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of Yara's Tawari Tree by Yossi Lapid at Netgalley. I've read the picture book and today I'll post my review.

Description from Netgalley
Yara lives with her Mama in the Amazon jungle trying to rescue her beloved but increasingly troubled rainforest home.

When Yara falls gravely ill, the forest returns the love and saves Yara’s life.

Written in rhyme and featuring vibrant watercolor illustrations by Joanna Pasek, this is the introductory volume to a new picture-book series showing children how all living things on our beautiful planet depend on one another.

My Thoughts on the Book It's an absolutely stunning and enchanting picture book with beautiful watercolour illustrations and an important message about deforestation.

Weekend Cooking (Review); The Best Veggie Burgers on the Planet, revised and updated: More than 100 Plant-Based Recipes for Vegan Burgers, Fries, and More by Joni Marie Newman

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It's time for a new Weekend Cooking post, courtesy of Beth Fish Reads. Recently I recieved an ARC of the cookbook The Best Veggie Burgers on the Planet, revised and updated: More than 100 Plant-Based Recipes for Vegan Burgers, Fries, and More by Joni Marie Newman through Netgalley. I've read it and today I'll post my review.

Description from Goodreads
Hold on to your buns, the burger revolution has begun! The Best Veggie Burgers on the Planet takes the popular veggie burger to the next level of flavor and fun with more than 100 daringly delicious, internationally inspired vegan burgers—burgers that stack up to any patty around (meat-full or meat-free) and will wow not only your vegetarian and vegan friends, but all the skeptics, too.

In this revised edition of the original, you'll find more than 30 new recipes featuring healthier options, fewer processed ingredients, and more whole-food, plant-strong ingredients like jackfruit and aquafaba (plus icons for no added oil/…

Book Blitz; Best Player by Jaqueline Snowe

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Book Blogger Hop; What Authors Do I Always Read and Recommend?

It's Friday yet again, which means it's time for another Book Blogger Hop, courtesy of Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. The question of the week was "What authors do you always read and recommend?".
Some of the authors include James Holland, S. K. Tremayne, Jan Boris Stene, Yrsa Sigurdardottir, Peter May, Ingar Johnsrud, John Hart, Katerina Diamond and Agatha Christie.

Omtale; Thoron - Jenta fra den grønne øya av Gunhild Haugnes

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Tidligere i år var jeg såpass heldig at jeg fikk tilsendt et leseeksemplar av den historiske romanen Thoron - Jenta fra den grønne øya av Gunhild Haugnes fra forfatteren. Nå har jeg lest den og i dag kommer omtalen av boka.

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Thoron vokser opp hos sin hedenske mormor på den irske landsbygda. Lenge er hun uvitende om at hun er datter av den norske kongen Håkon Håkonsson. Som 14-åring seiler hun over havet og møter sin norske familie akkurat idet kampen om kongemakten går inn i den siste dramatiske fasen.
Selv må Thoron slåss for kjærligheten, for friheten, for å leve slik hun vil. Samtidig hviler en tung arv på hennes skuldre. Det er noe hun må gjøre for å få sjelefred, noe som strider mot alt hennes far står for.
Bli med på en reise til 1200-tallet. Aldri har landet vært så stort, rikt og mektig. Men det er mennene som rår.
Mine tanker om boka Siden jeg hadde lest den første boka i serien, gledet jeg meg til denne. Jeg ble ikke skuffet, da den var spennende å lese…

Review; Death Rattle (The Guns of Samuel Pritchard #1) by Sean Lynch

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A few months ago I was lucky enough to recieve an ARC of the western novel Death Rattle (The Guns of Samuel Pritchard #1) by Sean Lynch through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review.

Description from Goodreads
From acclaimed author Sean Lynch comes the epic saga of Samuel Pritchard, a young man coming of age in the Civil War, riding tall with the Texas Rangers, and becoming one of the greatest gunfighters of his time . . .

THE LEGEND BEGINS

In 1863, a teenaged boy fled his home in Atherton, Missouri, to escape the power-hungry men who murdered his father and stole his family's land. He joined the Confederacy under an assumed name and led guerilla raids in the Civil War. Then came a decade as a Texas Ranger. Now, after ten blood-soaked years, he is finally coming home. Finally using his real name. And finally getting revenge against the cold-hearted devils who destroyed his family and his life . . .

This is the story of Samuel Pritchard. Now a s…

Top Five Tuesday; Top 5 Books Under 300 Pages

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It's Tuesday and probably time for a ew Top Five Tuesday post, courtesy of Bionic Book Worm. The theme of the week was books under 300 pages.
Here's some of my favourites;
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
Animal Farm by George Orwell
The Cryptic Lines by Richard Storry
The Old Man's Request by Joab Stieglitz
Greyfriars Bobby by Eleanor Atkinson

Omtale; Vundersmed: Morrigans kall av Jessica Townsend

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Tidligere i år var jeg såpass heldig at jeg fikk tilsendt et leseeksemplar av fantasyromanen Vundersmed: Morrigans kall av Jessica Townsend. Jeg leste den kort tid etter og i dag kommer omtalen av boka.

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Fantasi, nye oppdagelser og vennskap venter Morrigan Kråkh når hun flykter fra den dødelige forbannelsen og blir med i det Vunderlige selskap. De lover henne beskyttelse og tilhørighet resten av livet, men Morrigan får ikke den velkomsten hun hadde håpet på. For å gjøre ting verre har Ingenlund gått fra å være en trygg havn til å bli et farlig sted. Medlemmer av det Vunderlige selskap forsvinner, og det er noen som truer Morrigans nye venner og setter de opp mot henne. Og Esra Skrall, den ondeste mannen som noen gang har levd, vil gjøre alt for å lure Morrigan vekk fra det Vunderlige selskap. Morrigan har kanskje overvunnet den dødelige forbannelsen, bestått de farefulle prøvene og blitt med i det Vunderlige selskap, men reisen hennes har bare så vidt begynt. D…

Review; A Radical Guide for Women with ADHD: Embrace Neurodiversity, Live Boldly, and Break Through Barriers by Sari Solden and Michelle Frank

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Earlier this year I was lucky enough to recieve an ARC of the non-fiction book A Radical Guide for Women with ADHD: Embrace Neurodiversity, Live Boldly, and Break Through Barriers by Sari Solden and Michelle Frank through Netgalley. I've now read the book and today I'll post my review.

Description from Goodreads
Live boldly as a woman with ADHD! This radical guide will show you how to cultivate your individual strengths, honor your neurodiversity, and learn to communicate with confidence and clarity.

If you are a woman with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), you’ve probably known—all your life—that you’re different. As girls, we learn which behaviors, thinking, learning, and working styles are preferred, which are accepted and tolerated, and which are frowned upon. These preferences are communicated in innumerable ways—from media and books to our first-grade classroom to conversations with our classmates and parents.

Over the course of a lifetime, women with ADHD…

Book Blitz; Mine of Mine by C. F. E. Black

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Weekend Cooking (Review); The Pasta Friday Cookbook: Let's Eat Together by Allison Arévalo

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As Beth Fish Reads hosts the weekly meme Weekend Cooking, I decided to take part this week. Recently I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the cookbook The Pasta Friday Cookbook: Let's Eat Together by Allison Arévalo through Netgalley and today I'll post my review.

Description from Goodreads
Community. Connections. Comfort.
52 pasta recipes. 16 seasonal salads. A year of gathering around the table to share a meal, strengthen bonds, and make memories.

Pasta Friday is a weekly pasta tradition that turns neighbors into friends, and friends into family. Restaurateur and food writer Allison Arevalo shows you how to start your own tradition by cooking comforting, delicious pasta dishes to feed your family on a busy weeknight, or for a crowd on the weekend.

It’s not about entertaining, but sitting down with family and friends to eat together, and connect over big bowls of cannolicchi with red pepper sauce, pappardelle with slow-cooked pork ragu, trofie with pesto, and more.

Find th…

Book Blogger Hop; Do I Own More Than One Copy of a Book?

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It's Friday and time for another Book Blogger Hop post, courtesy of Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. The question of the week was "Do you own more than one copy of a book?".
Book Blogger Hop Yes, I do. I have several editions of both Bram Stoker's Dracula and the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling.

Review; The Restless Wave by Sarah Meyrick

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A few months ago I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the historical fiction novel The Restless Wave by Sarah Meyrick through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review.

Description from Goodreads
When Nell comes across an old envelope in a desk drawer, the discovery sets her on a path to uncover a secret dating back to the Second World War.

Immensely empathetic, The Restless Wave contrasts the perspectives of Edward, born in Colonial India and later to serve as a military chaplain in the D Day Landings; Hope, a misfit who relinquishes Swinging London for the hippy trail, and Nell, a talented teacher in a deprived area of Oxford.

My Thoughts on the Book This is an interesting novel, where the different narrators have their own struggles and they (the characters) are linked to each other. It takes a while before the dots between them are connected, but the historical background (such as D-Day) is obviously researched.

Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge; Favourite Food

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It's Wednesday and time for a new Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge, courtesy of Long and Short Reviews. Even though this is usually a literature related feature/meme, the topic of the week was favourite food and how I use it (as in recipes).
I'm not going to deny that I prefer seafood, especially salmon, over "landbased meats" such as chicken and beef (and I don't eat pork at all).
Here's three salmon recipes I sometimes use; Hoisin-Glazed Salmon Baked Honey Sriracha Lime Salmon Creamy Salmon Fettuccine
Another thing I do love, is chocolate and here's three chocolate related recipes; Nutella Chocolate Cake Chocolate Swirl Buns Chocolate Yoghurt Loaf Cake

Top Ten Tuesday; Historical Fiction Novels by Authors of Colour

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It's Tuesday, which means it's time for another Top Ten Tuesday post, courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl. As it was freebie week, I decided to write a top ten list of historical fiction novels written by authors of colour.
My picks are;
Home by Toni Morrison
Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta
The Last Brother by Nathacha Appanah
The Wedding Gift by Marlen Suyata Bodden
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
A Daughter's Courage by Renita D'Silva
When the Elephants Dance by Tess Uriza Holthe
In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner
The Hakawati by Rabih Alameddine

Omtale; Ritualer av Kristin Hauge

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For noen måneder siden var jeg såpass heldig at jeg fikk tilsendt et leseeksemplar av romanen Ritualer av Kristin Hauge fra forlaget. Nå har jeg lest den og i dag kommer omtalen av boka.

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Hva gjør vi når døden puster oss i nakken? Søker ut, søker ly, eller søker sammen?

Vi møter tre personer i denne romanen: Ally og foreldrene Viktor og Harriet. Ally er på vei hjem fra utenrikstjeneste i Afghanistan. Victor får en tung beskjed hos fastlegen. Harriet skal ut på reise. Livene deres er fremdeles preget av skilsmissen for mange år siden. De har hemmeligheter for hverandre, og klarer ikke å snakke med hverandre om det viktigste. Nå står de overfor hvert sitt livsvalg. Vil valgene de tar føre dem lenger fra hverandre eller nærmere?

Ritualer er en dypt menneskelig roman om kunsten å leve, og kunsten å dø, fra en av våre mest interessante, nye forfattere.

Kristin Hauge (født 1958) har vært diplomat for norsk utenrikstjeneste ved ambassadene i Kabul og Khartoum. Hun …

Review; The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

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As I've seen the novel The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris all over the place, I decided to read it for the Historical Fiction Challenge and today I'll post the review.

Description from Goodreads
In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a Tätowierer (the German word for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners.

Imprisoned for more than two and a half years, Lale witnesses horrific atrocities and barbarism—but also incredible acts of bravery and compassion. Risking his own life, he uses his privileged position to exchange jewels and money from murdered Jews for food to keep his fellow prisoners alive.

One day in July 1942, Lale, prisoner 32407, comforts a trembling young woman waiting in line to have the number 34902 tattooed onto her arm. Her name is Gita, and in that first encounter, La…

Review; A Vicarage Homecoming by Kate Hewitt

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Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the novel A Vicarage Homecoming by Kate Hewitt through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards, but I haven't published my review until now.

Description from Netgalley
Can she find happiness and love in the place she once only wanted to leave? As the youngest Holley sister, Miriam has always been a bit of a rebel. After spending several years backpacking through Europe and Australia, she’s now back home… unemployed and pregnant, with no boyfriend or husband in sight. At first, Miriam only wants to hide away from the shocked and prying eyes of her father’s parishioners, but her sisters won’t let her. Determined to help her find her way, they urge Miriam to accept a job working as an assistant to Simon, the new vicar… and to think about what will happen when the baby comes. As Miriam starts putting down roots, she finds an unexpected friendship in her sister Rachel’s ex-fiancé, Dan Taylor. And as she thinks about her futu…

Book Blogger Hop; Do You Always Have a Book With You?

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It is Friday and time for a new Book Blogger Hop post, courtesy of Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. The question of the week was "Do you always carry a book with you?".
Book Blogger Hop I mostly carry a book with me at all times, but I might add that if I'm running errands such as grocery shopping, I don't.

Book Tour & Giveaway; Lizzie Borden by Elizabeth Engstrom

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Lizzie Borden by Elizabeth Engstrom Genre: Historical Mystery, Thriller
Did she do it?

A hundred years ago, it was the Trial of the Century. A young woman stood accused of brutally murdering her father and stepmother in a crime so heinous that it became a benchmark in human tragedy.
A hundred years later, the Lizzie Borden case still resounds in the imagination. There are those who staunchly defend Lizzie’s innocence while others vehemently declare that she did it, and that the murder was justified.
In Elizabeth Engstrom’s brilliant novel, the dark psychology of the Borden household is laid bare. Lizzie, her sister Emma and their parents Andrew and Abby Borden, are sharply illuminated—as are the paranoia and concealed hatred that secretly ruled the family. Domestic violence and dysfunctional families are not inventions of modern times.
“Every door in the Borden house is metaphorically locked, and each room holds the terrible secrets of its occupant…Engstrom skillfully and subtly builds a …