After destroying the sinister Druid Stone and freeing his people from its
dark control, Merlin finds himself a royal advisor without a king. Along with
his friend Garth and Natalenya, his betrothed, Merlin treks north with the
orphaned Arthur in hopes of keeping the young ruler safe from soldiers misled by
their turncoat captain. Relentlessly pursued by his old nemesis Vortigern,
Merlin and his band make for the fortress of Dintaga.
But dangers multiply when Merlin realizes that Vortigern is not his only
enemy. Even his own sister appears bent on Merlin’s destruction. As the threat
on all their lives increases, Merlin discovers their only hope is sailing to the
lands of eternal darkness and once again cleansing the world from an ancient and
Leona's Review :
This is the second book of the Merlin series by Robert
Treskillard. The first is Merlin's Blade and best read first but Merlin's Shadow
can be read as a stand alone book. On pages 9, 10 and 11 there is "The Story So
Far" so the reader will have an idea of Merlin's Blade, the first book of
Merlin's Spiral Series.
Merlin is trying to protect the young Arthur and plans to flee
north to Dintaga, the fortress of King Gorlas, from Vortigern. The group is
Merlin, Natalenya, Merlin's betrothed, Garth, an orphan who lived at the abbey,
Caygek, a fili ( The order of sages and poets within the wider order of the
druidow. Filidow is the plural, and they are led by the arch fili.), and
Colvarth, chief bard of Britain.
There is more violence I think in this book that the
first book of the series, Merlin's Blade. Merlin goes through lots of torture
over and over.
The group is captured by the Picts where they become
slaves, a thrall or thrail in Pickish. The Picts, or Prithager or Picti, are
the people who live in the wild lands of the north. I found this on the Net:
Merlin seems to have lost some of his faith in God in this
book and he questions his faith. "A spark of hope-and of faith-filled Merlin's
heart. Faith in the God who had led him during each painful step of his life:
his childhood, his blindness, his battle with the Stone (book 1)- even during
the journey of suffering over the last half of a year. Faith in the One, who had
until now, protected them all." (page 403). This is where Merlin is trying to
understand his questioning.
He has regained his eyesight in this book but still has his
scars. Merlin feels he is ugly and that Natalenya no longer should love him and
she feels she is ugly and that is why Merlin is no longer close to
The Stone is still an important part of the book but not as
much in Merlin's Blade.
Merlin's sister, Ganieda, now hates and curses
Merlin after the death of her mother, Monda, and their father, Owain. She seems
to become closer to her grandfather, Morganthu, but does not always trust him.
He is her mother's father. Tellyk, a wolf who befriends Ganieda, is also present
in this book as well as the first. In Merlin's
Shadow, there is The Voice which is "a shadowy figure that appears to Ganieda
and instructs her".
I was watching a show about Merlin on the History Channel last
week and the term "light and dark" was used instead of what I was using, which
was "good and evil". This defines what is happening in the books and to the
As in Merlin's Blade there is a glossary of names and places
and so appreciated by this reader. (page 424) It helps to know the characters of
the books and I liked the three maps in front of the book. There is also a
pronunciation guide. (page 423).
The letter "V" is used in place of the letter "U" in the
titles of the chapters as well a cross for the "T".
There are three parts in this book
Part One: Fool's Choice (page 19)
FAST AS A FOX, THE HIDER HIDING;
WILD AS THE WOLF, THE HUNTER HUNTING;
HARD AS THE HORSE, THE BURDEN BEARING;
HIGH AS THE HAWK, THE SEARCHER SPYING;
PRISON BY SEA, FEAR THE RED SUNRISE
Part Two: FOOL'S LOSS ( page 147)
SHARP AS TALONS, THE CAPTOR'S CUTTING;
BLACK AND BLACKER, THE FANG DEATH SPREADING;
GLOP AS GLUTTON, THE EATER EATING;
DROWSE AS DREAMER, THE SLEEPER SLEEPING;
FORTRESS ON HILL, WARE THE WICKED GUISE.
Part Three: FOOL'S FAITH (page
DARK AS THE DIRGE, THE SHARKS SWIMMING;
SWIFTH AS THE SWAN, THE CIRCLE SHINING;
LOUD AS THE LASH, THE PAGENS PRAYING;
GALL AS THE GRAVE, THE SLAYER SLAYING;
FOR ANCIENT YOUTH, AND INNOCENT'S
Merlin's Shadow is dedicated to: For Robin Psalm
I received a complimentary copy of Merlin's Shadow to read and
review. The opinions are my own. I will give this a 5 star rating and look
forward to reading Merlin's Nightmare by Robert Treskillard.
I highly recommend to readers who like Merlin, Arthur and
Betsy Devonshire, full-time owner
of the Crewel World needlework shop and part-time sleuth, has hooked more than a
few crooks in the USA Today bestselling Needlecraft Mysteries. Now
Betsy learns the hard way that a murder is still murder, any way you color
is a natural-born yarnsmith—so it’s only fitting that some of her favorite items
to stock come from the dye-works of Hailey Brent. Hailey makes hand-dyed
knitting wool, silk, soy, and corn yarns. She uses only natural vegetable dyes,
creating soft and beautiful colors. Which means her yarns are expensive, but
well worth Unfortunately,
someone thinks they’re worth killing for.
Hailey’s body is discovered shot dead in her workshop, Betsy discovers that
there was a lot about Hailey she would have never guessed. Like her penchant for
stealing other’s property for her own use. Her use of dangerous additives to
create her so-called all-natural fibers. And a scheming mind that had made her
more than one enemy.
Betsy must wring the truth from a bevy of colorful suspects. Because the truth
just might mean the difference between living—and
This is the first book I have read by Monica Ferris; it was recommended
to me by a friend. One of the main characters, Ruth Ladwig, has been a good
friend of mine for years and she has taught me most of what I know of dyes.
Hailey Brent has been shot to death in her basement where she used to dye
fabrics. Mike Malloy is the police detective in charge of the case. Betsy
Devonshire, an amateur sleuth, is helping him on the case. The book has lots of
activities happening but I feel it helped with the story. Lots of characters,
who are defined, so no real confusion when new characters are brought into the
book. I have read some reviews and see some of the characters have been in other
books but the introductions of the characters made it a stand alone book.
The reader learns about dyes, needlework threads, needlework, plants,
coin collecting and places in Minnesota. Betsy lives and has her needlework
shop, Crewel World, in Excelsior, Minnesota. It was fun to read about places I
knew. The book is great for those who do needlework and love to learn. Monica
Ferris has added men who do needlework in the story. Reminded me of Rosey Grier
who did needlework. It makes me want to pick up my embroidery and start a new
The book does not spend all the time on the murder so we see new
characters and even what they feel. Description of food, scenery and clothing
help make this book. As always, it is so nice to have a cat or pet in any story.
There is a cross stitch pattern in the back oft the
I am giving "And Then You Dye" a 4 star. I checked out this book from my
library. I look foward to reading other works by Monica Ferris and I am glad my
friend introduced me to this author. A great cozy mystery that is a fast
A strange meteorite. A deadly
enchantment. And only Merlin can destroy it.
A meteorite brings a
mysterious black stone whose sinister power ensnares everyone except Merlin, the
blind son of a swordsmith. Soon, all of Britain will be under its power, and he
must destroy the stone—or die trying.
Merlin's Greatest Weakness Could Become His Greatest
When a meteorite crashes near a small village in
fifth-century Britain, it brings with it a mysterious black stone that bewitches
anyone who comes in contact with its glow---a power the druids hope to use to
destroy King Uthur's kingdom. The only person who seems immune is a young, shy,
half-blind swordsmith's son named Merlin.
As his family, village, and
even the young Arthur, are placed in danger, Merlin must face his fears and his
blindness to take hold of the role ordained for him. But when he is surrounded
by adversaries, how will he save the girl he cherishes and rid Britain of this
deadly evil ... without losing his life?
Book includes location map and
detailed character index.
Merlin's Blade by Robert Treskillard
The book is dedicated: In loving memory of my mother, with thanksgiving for
her life and love. Psalm 65 (page 5)
This book is about Merlin as a young man. An attack by a wolf has left him
scarred and almost blind; Merlin sees blurred objects.
I have always had an interest in Merllin and Arthur. Most books I have read
have Merlin as an old man. Arthur is under the age of 2 years old in this book
and does not appear until about half-way into the book.
Merlin is the son of a blacksmith, Owain; his mother is dead. He has a
stepmother, Monda, and a half-sister, Ganieda.
The leader of the druids, Morganthu, wants the people in the village to
back to the old ways and destroy King Uther, the High King of the Britions and
the father of Arthur.
My feelings from the book the story is about good and evil. There is a
stone that must be destroyed and it is the destiny of Merlin is to destroy it.
The Druid Stone has power: "In the Druid Stone you will fulfill your deepest
desires" says Morganthu to Tregeagle, the tax collector.(page 159).
The Stone is "a strange stone that was found by Morganthu at the edge of
Lake Dosmurtanlin" (page 431 of the glossary). The Stone is almost an important
character of the book.
This book is complicated in so many ways but such a wealth of information.
I liked the forging of a sword for King Uther and the descriptions of how the
blade is made. (page 203). The prayers and ballads added to the book and helped
bring it into the time era.
I have copied the first few lines of a ballad on page 185:
"She struck the strings, smiled at the hustling men, and closed her eyes. A
small portion of the power of the bards claimed her and she sang:
They arose- skillful warriors,
From Kembry- Gwyneth Dyn of old.
The young chieftain, Red Brychaid's son,
With his steel blade, ready and bold. "
Some main characters are Merlin; Owain; Natalenya, who Merlin loves; Garth,
who lives at the abby and a character I really liked; Dybris, a monk; Uther, the
The letter "V" is used in place of the letter "U" in the titles of the
chapters. I liked this feature as it again brought the reader into the time
There is violence if the book as expected in the days of swords.
There are two maps (page 419 and 420), a pronunciation guide (page 421) and
a glossary of the characters and places in the book (page 422-432). The glossary
was so appreciated by this reader. Acknowledgements (page 416)
There are three parts: Part One: Guile's Dust (page 13); Part Two:
Shackle's Power (page 109) and Part Three: Blade's Edge (page 223)
Part One:Guile's Dust
Birthed as flame, the Dragon Star falling;
Wrapped in water, the deaf one calling;
Circled in shadow, the bound one weeping;
Maliced evil the banks entombing;
Hidden on hill, there the deep lake lies.
Swift as the moon the white stag running,
Fleet as the owl the hunter hunting,
Sharp as the claw the swift spear
Red as the sun the fresh life flowing,
Leaved in green, there all Britain dies.
Hammered with muscle and bone soon breaking,
Swathed in hellfire the black void quaking,
Pierced by hard light the demons shaking,
Quenched in blood the temper awaking,
Smoke and death, there the bright sword lies.
I received a complimetary copy to read and review from booksneeze.com. The
opinions are my own
I give this a 5 star and recommend it to readers interested in this time
period of the Year of Our Lord 407 (page 7) and Merlin.
When 18-year-old Hana Silna travels to Prague to reclaim her
family's ancestral home, she finds herself on an unexpected adventure in a city
brimming with ancient secrets. She discovers a riddle by the infamous alchemist
Edward Kelley that claims to lead to a long-last flask. The contents of that
flask could change the fate of the world.
When a ruthless enemy kidnaps her family, Hana has to find
the flask to rescue them. On her quest she meets a mysterious man with a
penchant for poetry, a Gypsy girl with a haunting past, and Alex, the
motorcycle-riding son of a U.S. diplomat. Alex -- who's trying to save his
sister from a crippling disease -- joins Hana on her race across Bohemia to find
the hidden flask. It's hard to trust anyone when the stakes are this high --
especially when surrounded by experts at deception.
There's only one flask and Hana desperately needs to find
The Riddle of Prague is the first of
the Quicksilver Legacy Trilogy.
This was a really good read about mystery and
searching for the 400 year old flask that holds the elixir for
Hana Silna is flying to Prague from the United
States to sign the papers for the home of her mother that has been returned to
them by the government. This book takes place in 1991 before the luxury of cell
phones and lap top computers. Hana's mother is having surgery and is unable to
Hana meets Davis Borton on the plane; he becomes a
major part of the book.
She is greeted by her mother's cousins and meets
her mother's mother, Babi. She does not know who Hana is as
she is somewhat senile. I wish Babi had been more of the book because I felt she
knew a lot more and could do more that the story allowed.
Babi does warn Hana that Simona is not who she says
Hana meets Alex Williams, the son of a U. S.
Diplomat and his sister, Thalia, who suffers from Werner Syndrome. Alex owns a
motorcycle and descriptions of the driving in the city of Prague are pretty
There are so many names in this book I will list
some of them that become so much of the story. Hana Silna, Alex Williams, David
Bolton, Simona, Michal, Elizabeth Weston, Valentina, Stefan, Denisa, Nadja, Don
Julius, Julian, Luminitsa, Edward Kelley, Marketa, Ben Williams, Niku, L'ubo,
Franta and many more. Some are not characters in the book but the names are part
of the past and the story.
There is intrigue, murder, escapes and fear in this
gripping book. At one point Hana feels "So many radically unexpected things have
happened that I'm feeling like Alice after she fell down the rabbit hole" (page
96). It is rated for Young Adults but as an older adult I enjoyed it. I give it
a 5 star even though I was disappointed in the end. I finally decided to think
of as Sherlock Holmes always running into Professor Moriarty and continuing the
I won a copy of The Riddle of Prague from
LibraryThing.com. The opinions are my own. I will re-read this book even though
I know the ending.
The Silver Madonna and Other Tales of America's Greatest Lost
Treasures By W. C. Jameson
The twenty-four tales in this book
are of the most famous lost treasures in America, from a two-foot statue
reportedly made entirely of silver (the Madonna ) and a cache of gold, silver,
and jewelry that was rumored to also contain the first Bible in America to
seventeen tons of gold its value equal to the treasury of a mid-sized nation
buried somewhere in northwestern New Mexico. What makes these tales even more
compelling is that none of these known-to-be-lost treasures have been
discovered, although modern detecting technology has made them eminently
Published September 6th 2013 by "Taylor Trade
Publishing" (first published January 1st
The Silver Madonna and Other Tales of America's Greatest Lost
by W. C. Jameson.
This is the first book I have read by W. C Jameson and one I
The first of the book has a map, always appreciated, which
identifies the locations of the Treasures in this book. I must say I was excited
to find my hometown of Monahans, Texas and the Monahans Sandhills State Park. I
have been going to the Sandhills since I was a child.
This is a fast reading book and certainly for the readers who
like the treasure magazines and tales. The stories are short and interesting.
Other books by W. C. Jameson are Buried Treasure of The
America Series ( 28 books) which include treasures in Texas, California,
Missouri, New England and more. Beyond the Grave Series which are about Billy
the Kid, John Wilkes Booth and Butch Cassidy. More series on food, poetry,
fiction, books on writing, mysteries, ghosts and monsters.
Contents of The Silver Madonna stories are:
Map (before introduction)
Introduction (page 1)
1. The Silver Madonna (page 3)
2. The Lost Treasure Ship of the California Desert (page
3. The Goat Herder's Lost Treasure (page 23)
4. The Lost Treasure of Shafter Lake (page 31)
5. The Lost Dutchman Mine of the Superstition Mountain (page
6. The Huachuca Canyon Treasure (page 45)
7. Seventeen Tons of Gold at Lost Mesa (page 53)
8. The Lost Treasure of Cancino Arroyo (page 59)
9. The Lost Grierson Fortune (page 67)
10. The Red Bone Cave Treasure (page 73)
11. The Silver Bullets (page 79)
12. The Lost Gold Mine of the Cossatot (page 85)
13. The Lost Treasure Skeleton Canyon (page 91)
14. The Lost Yoachum Dollars: An Ozark Mystery (page
15. The Beale Treasure (page 113)
16. Incan Treasure in Texas and America's First Bible (page
17. Lost Treasure in the Monahans Sandhills (page
18. Chief Victorio's Gold (page 129)
19. The Lost Billy Bowlegs Treasure (page 137)
20. Gasparilla's Lost Treasure (page 147)
21. Colonel Dunham's Lost Payroll (page 153)
22. Cumberland Mountain Silver Mines (page 163)
23. Devil's Canyon Gold (page 171)
24. The Incredible Journey of the Confederate Treasury (page
A Word About Sources (page 187)
About the Author (page 189)
This book is dedicated: For Laurie
The author lives in Llano, Texas. (If you get there, there are
great Bar B Q places).
It seduces her like a lover. It
bewitches her like a spell. It is something mysterious and powerful that Darcy
McBride must follow beyond the cliffs of Kerry. Ireland in 1755 is a terrible
place ravaged by famine and the brutal occupation of the British, there seems to
be no escape. Darcy joins a group of smugglers who trade illegally with the
French and when operation is discovered, she is transported to the English
Colonies for servitude. Shattered by war and bloodshed, Darcy finds the
colonists on a feeding frenzy of survival. She refuses to be devoured and meets
them with determination and fire stopping them in their tracks. When she
confronts the brash and attractive Jean Michel Lupe', a surveyor for the Crown,
sparks fly, and Darcy meets her match. His blend of refinement and frontier
masculinity unsettles and entices her. Together, they are swept into a whirlwind
of violence and intrigue that threatens their love and their
"As he stepped out into the pouring rain, Jean Michel had to
regain his composure. He was not sure he liked the feelings that were churning
inside him. This McBride woman had the ability to reach into his soul and open
doors he thought were closed forever. She ignited a desire in him that was
beyond anything he had ever imagined. Confused and overwhelmed, he blamed it on
long months without carnal pleasures, and pushing it from his mind; he started
down the path for the McDermott homestead."
Edition, Text to speech enabled, 414
Published April 2011 by Amazon Digital Services (first published 2002)
Beyond the Cliffs of Kerry
Beyond the Cliffs of Kerry by Amanda Hughes
This is my first read by Amanda Hughes and I was not
The story begins in 1755 in Ireland where Darcy McBride and
her brother are part of a smugglers group in order to survive in hard times.
Life in Kerry has been difficult for Darcy and her brother, Liam, They are the
last of their family; the others have died during the Great Hunger of 1740. The
smugglers are caught and Darcy becomes an indentured servant. She is bought by
Nathan Lawrence, a British soldier. Her new life begins in Massachusetts where
it is still the "frontier".
I like the use of defining the chores at this time period such
as the skinning deer, baking the beans, making a Sally Lund cake and gardening.
I have never heard the term "three sisters" which is corn, beans and squash.
Years ago, I was a volunteer in the exhibit of the Maya Indians of Mexico at a
museum in St. Paul, Minnesota and I referred to corn, beans and squash as a
staple. More information is available on the Web for those interested. When
reading a book such as this, we are reminded of how easy we have it when we can
go to the store and buy so many things pre-made. It also details the clothing at
the time as well as building the cabins.
This is a love story and there are sexual times in the book.
As an indentured servant, a woman must obey the commands of the man who bought
her; it is still well done. Some bad language but it fits the time and
There is death as the settlers fight off the Indians and the
English and French are at war. Some gory scenes during the fights and the heart
begins to beat faster as people flee and run for their lives. "Life on the
frontier was indeed cruel". (page 337 Kindle edition)
God is present on the book even though it is not a Christian
love story. "When he (Jean Michel) became frustrated he remembered what Etienne
had told him years ago, that God always reveals the way; simply wait for it to
unfold." (page 309 Kindle edition)
Even though this book tells about the hard conditions there
are still some good times in the book. Friendships are made and there is love
Some characters are:
Darcy McBride- The main woman character. She has so much
strength and is a true heroine of any book.
Jean Michel Lupe- A surveyor in America who falls in love with
Etienne- A priest from America who comes to Ireland. He
teaches Darcy to read and they become close friends.
Nathan Lawrence- He buys the papers of Darcy and now owns her
for seven years.
Liam McBride- Brother of Darcy.
Bran Moynaham- Sold into indentured servant for seven years
and was returning to Ireland. He was to marry Darcy before he went to
Telia- A good friend of Darcy who lives in
Raoul LaRoche- A French Voyager who befriends Darcy in
The book is dedicated : To my mother. She taught me to love
books and to love Ireland.
Acknowledgements: Special thanks to Ronnell Porter for the
cover art and design.
I downloaded this book on Amazon.com because it looked
interesting. Ireland is one place I have not visited. I also have not read a
book about the American frontier in years. I give it a 5 Star rating. I would
re-read this book and recommend it to people who like historical novels. The
opinions are my own.
The war is over, but at Fairhaven Plantation, Charlotte's struggle has
Following her father’s death, Charlotte Fraser returns to Fairhaven, her
family’s rice plantation in the South Carolina Lowcountry. With no one else to
rely upon, smart, independent Charlotte is determined to resume cultivating the
superior strain of rice called Carolina Gold. But the war has left the
plantation in ruins, her father’s former bondsmen are free, and workers and
equipment are in short supply.
To make ends meet, Charlotte reluctantly agrees to tutor the two young
daughters of her widowed neighbor and heir to Willowood Plantation, Nicholas
Betancourt. Just as her friendship with Nick deepens, he embarks upon a quest to
prove his claim to Willowood and sends Charlotte on a dangerous journey that
uncovers a long-held family secret, and threatens everything she holds
Inspired by the life of a 19th-century woman rice farmer, Carolina
Gold pays tribute to the
hauntingly beautiful Lowcountry and weaves together mystery, romance, and
historical detail, bringing to life the story of one young woman’s struggle to
restore her ruined world.
Carolina Gold by Dorothy Love takes us back to the time era
after the Civil War of the United States. The book begins in Charleston, South
Carolina, 3 March 1868.
Charlotte Fraser has lost her father and is about the meet
with his lawyer. She is 23 years of age and alone as both of her parents are
gone, her mother when Charlotte was 12 years old. Their plantation grew rice
before the war and Charlotte if trying to grow the crop again.
Carolina Gold concentrates on a young woman trying to survive
without help, a home that has been partially destroyed and money that is very
tight for Charlotte as well as her neighbors who also lost so much during this
trying time. It does not spend a lot of time on the war period but after the war
and the problems they have. There are also some good times that are refreshing,
the beach for example.
Charlotte tutors the children of Nicholas Betancourt, who has
lost his wife; the children and Charlotte become very close. I really liked the
character of Daniel and was so glad he was added to the book. In fact, all the
characters played an important role. Every woman needs a good friend such as
Charlotte's father told her "you must have patience and
faith." (page 150)
"Circumstances has given me little choice" says Charlotte.
Real life situations such as "swatting flies", "humidity and
wiping the face with a handkerchief" and "bleeding patients". Some politics and
just enough to add to the time period. Books and education were some of the
main topics and played an important role.
Many occasions in the book which add to the story and always
seem to advance the projects such as reading, drawing, sickness, crops ruined
and searching for what and why her father was telling her before he
I liked this book and give it a 5 star. There was a lot of
history and I personally thought feelings for the characters. The clothes of
the period, carriages, needlework, church, sickness, New Orleans, the South,
books, the beach and when and how to do the crops. No bad language and a love
story that is of the time era such as courtships.
I would have liked to see a recipe for Augusta's tea cakes,
they sounded good.
The front of the book has a map (always appreciated) and the
back has a Reading Group Guide. (page 323) Question # 3: How did the war change
the roles of Southern women? How were these changes shown in the
The book is "Dedicated to the memory of Elizabeth Waties
Allston Pringle (1845-1921), whose remarkable life and work inspired this novel"
There is also a picture of her on the dedication page.
Author's Note on page 320.
Acknowledgements on page 325.
About the Author on page 328.
I received a complimentary copy of Carolina Gold from
booksneeze.com to read and review. The opinions are my own.
A Charmed Placeby Antoinette Stockenberg From goodreads.com: "Maddie Regan and Dan Hawke were college lovers who were compelled to go separate ways after a horrific event for which Dan was blamed. She settled down and raised a family; he roamed the planet as a war correspondent. But a near death experience brings Dan in search of the only woman he has ever loved. His plan to win Maddie is simple: take up residence in a lighthouse just a stone's throw from her family's summer home, and then make her fall back in love with him. He knows her family will object and suspects that her daughter might; but he refuses to believe that Maddie herself -- the woman who has haunted his dreams for two decades -- can be any less in love with him than he is with her. It's not that simple for Maddie. She has a jealous ex-husband to deal with ... a feisty, resentful teenager ... a widowed mother unable to emerge from mourning ... and the ongoing heartbreak of her father's unsolved murder. Is it possible to throw all of that aside for the chance to be happy?" Kindle Edition, 359 pages Published February 21st 2012 (first published June 15th 1998)
Leona's Review: This was a fairly quick read even with a lot of happenings in the book. Michael is a jealous ex-husband of Maddie and their 14 year old daughter is sometimes unsure of which parent is best for her. Dan and Maddie are college lovers and he has rented a place next to her home on Cape Cod. The reader deals with hurricanes, psychic research, teenagers, saving a lighthouse, Maddie's pregnant sister-in-law and stubborn brother, murder, Michael as a jealous ex-husband, nostalgia, sex on the beach, sex, friendship, women around the age of forty, old flames, Cape Cod, near death experience for Dan, a lighthouse and borrowing sugar. Even with the number of things happening, it did not overwhelm me. I am giving it a 3 star because of the unnecessary sex between Maddie and Dan. Not needed at all and some circumstances were (I thought) "pathetic" as was said on Kindle page 214. This would have been a 4 star from me if not added. We are dealing with a teenager in this book and I think it would have been a good read for younger readers if omitted. Maybe as an almost Hallmark movie type would have helped. A professional note. Why would Edward Timmons have a Carnival Cruise Line cruise brochure? As a travel professional, I would have suggested a cruise line like Celebrity or Holland America for his age. I love Carnival and have sailed them many times but usually not for his age group as a first cruise, if this was a first cruise. I would read other books from Antoinette Stockenberg and appreciate the free download. The main characters are: Maddie Timmons Regan- mother, ex-wife and love of Dan Dan Hawke- an ex-war correspondent who has been in love with Maddie since college Tracey- the 14 year old daughter of Maddie and Michael Michael Regan- ex- husband and involved in a psychic study Edward Timmons- murdered father of Maddie Sarah Timmons-mother of Maddie George- brother of Maddie Claire- sister-in-law of Maddie Norah and Joan- friends of Maddie I downloaded this free book from amazon.com. The opinions are my own. You may find Antoinette Stockenberg on facebook and her site www.AntoinetteStockenberg.com Leona Olson www.mnleona.blogspot.com
Book review of Cry of the Peacock by V. R. Christensen.
marriage, a fortune, a position of wealth and influence. These are the dreams
and ambitions of any Victorian woman of sense. Or are they? Perhaps not for
Arabella Gray. The death of Abbie’s father, the overseer of a large country
estate, leaves her without means or resources, without, even, a place to live.
Her landlords, in an extraordinary display of charity, invite her to live at
Holdaway Hall. But the invitation is as puzzling as it is generous. Why are the
Crawfords, who have never paid her any notice before, so concerned with her
wellbeing now? It’s a question
the younger Crawford brothers would like to have answered as well. Certainly
Miss Gray is a mercenary upstart. Certainly their brother is mad for fancying
himself in love with her. Such a union would make them a laughing stock. They
mean to put a stop to it, but when they learn that her past is closely—even
disturbingly—connected with their own, they are brought up short, forced to ask
themselves some very hard questions. As Abbie herself soon learns, there is a
great mystery at the heart of her landlords’ extraordinary offer. Everything she
has ever dreamt of might be hers for the taking, but is the price worth it? More
than her happiness alone rests upon her decision. If she refuses Ruskin
Crawford’s offer of marriage, will she be able to live with the consequences? If
she does, will she be able to live with herself? In the end, all
must ask themselves some very hard questions. What does it mean to be a man or
woman of honor and integrity? What does it mean, after all, to be a gentleman?
And what, exactly, is the price of a woman’s heart?" Leona's Review: I liked this book. I had just finished reading two dark
books and needed something different. I have always liked the Victorian age
books and this fit the bill and it was not as dark. It begins September 1890 in London. There is the death of a
child just delivered and Abbie is quite upset We are introduced a little to
Abbie, her sister, Mariana, the lawyer, William Meridith, Aunt Newhaven's home
and one of the Crawford brothers. Chapter One begins with two Crawford brothers at their
London club where David and James are talking about David seeing Abbie outside
of Abbie's aunt's home. The Crawford family has plans for Abbie, Arabella, to marry
the eldest son, Ruskin. There is a secret from the past about the Crawford and
Gray families. The book is based on this secret. Even some in the family are
unaware, as well as Abbie, of the reasons for the intentions of the marriage to
Ruskin. The parents of Abbie and Miranda are dead. The book deals with electricity, gas, the London tube,
hydraulic lifts and cable. Names such as Emile Rogers
and the Benz engines are also mentioned
(http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/s/other-forms-of-victorian-transport-and-communication/). David had an interest in these projects and Abbie also found it
interesting. I have included two sites to read for those who would like to know
more on the subjects. I personally like to learn when I read and I find this
information very much part of the book. The book also mentions needlework, sewing, dresses, cabs,
hair styles, mourning clothing, the library of books, dark woods of the old
homes, politics, workers, unwed mothers, arranged marriages and the proper
conduct of the women for society. Many English words are used also (or at least
I find them so): salver, a tray for serving food is one. There were drawings at each chapter which added to the
book. The main characters are: Abbie, Arabella, Gray. Miranda Gray, Abbie's sister. Mr. William Meridith, lawyer and friend of the Gray family
and the Aunt. Sir Nicholas and Mrs. Crawford, parents of the three
sons. David, James and Ruskin Crawford. Katherine Barnwell, whose has a presumed arranged marriage
with David. Aunt Newhaven who runs the Magdalen home for unwed women in
need of care and understanding. Hetty Summerson who is having a child and is at the
home. I liked this book but did find some typos. Kathryn in used
one time for the name Katherine (Kindle page 185) and another is Becky and no 's
for the word (Kindle page 247). A couple of others I also saw. It did not stop
me from enjoying this book and giving it a strong 4 Star. Read some reviews about the book on
goodreads: www.goodreads.com/book/show/17874099-cry-of-the-peacock Site of the author, V. R Christensen. You may also sign up for her newsletter.www.vrchristensen.com I downloaded a free book from amazon.com to get this book. The
opinions are my own. Leona Olson www.mnleona.blogspot.com