Today I am one of the stops on the blog tour for Reflected Destinies by Florence Keeling! I will be sharing an extract that she loved to write…an almost kiss! There is also a giveaway going on to win a signed copy if you are lucky enough to live in the UK!
Laura is happy and content, she has a new boyfriend and loves her job teaching primary school pupils in London. But when she inherits a rundown house from a stranger on her 30th birthday, memories of her prom night come flooding back, memories of a scary encounter and an antique mirror in the very same house.
Laura visits the house with all its secrets and as she unravels the clues she reveals the biggest secret of all: her own destiny. But how can you change the future if it’s already written in the past?
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Reflected Destinies is ultimately a love story and you’ve got to have kissing in a love story. Here is one of my favourite scenes to write…an almost kiss.
“I’ve been to the end of the back garden and I’ve walked to the front gate but I didn’t seem to be able to go any further.” He was munching crisps now. “Why do you think this is happening?”
“I really don’t know.” She wished she did. “Has anything like this happened before?”
“You mean have I walked through mirrors into different centuries before?” He laughed gently. “No, this is my first time.” He smiled at her with raised eyebrows and just a subtle hint of innuendo.
“Is it hot in here?” Laura felt her cheeks going red and stood up to open the window, fanning herself as she leaned up against the wall.
“Perhaps it was when you came here.” He got up and walked towards her. Placing each hand on the wall, one either side of her he leaned closer. “Perhaps we’re connected in some way,” he whispered in her ear.
His voice sent a tiny shiver down her neck but she wasn’t cold. Dear God, she wasn’t cold in the slightest. Where had the prudish man from earlier gone? Here he was almost kissing her. Then she remembered the two bottles of wine he had almost devoured on his own and vowed to get him drunk more often.
“Maybe,” she squeaked, not trusting her voice as he caressed her cheek with the back of his hand then ran his thumb over her lip.
“So beautiful,” he murmured bringing his mouth closer and closer to hers. Laura shut her eyes in anticipation, her breathing shaky.
Hurry up and kiss me already, she thought to herself then opened her eyes when no kiss came. Ben was nowhere in sight so she called his name.
“Bloody timing eh?” She followed his voice to find him heading up the stairs and after checking her watch found it to be two minutes to three. “Shall we continue this tomorrow?” He held out his hand towards her and she took it, falling into step beside him.
About the Author:
Florence Keeling adopted for her pen-name her Great Grandmother’s name, chosen because of the shared birthday of April Fool’s Day. She is married with two teenage children. Born and raised in Coventry, England she now lives just outside in Nuneaton. Reflected Destinies is her first novel.
Florence Keeling also writes for children under the name of Lily Mae Walters.
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Author: Courtney Summers
Published: September 4, 2018
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: September 3-13, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars
Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.
But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meagre clues to find him.
When West McCray—a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America—overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.
Sadie is very unique and I mean this in a good way. You can really see how society is changing with the way books are now being written; and Sadie is the perfect example of this change. We have two narrators: Sadie and a podcaster.
Sadie is a YA novel as in the character is YA in age (Young Adult) but for me she was more of a NA(New Adult) character with the themes in the novel. This one is definitely NOT for younger YA readers. It deals with difficult subject matter: abuse, murder, and revenge.
The narrations go back and forth between Sadie and podcaster West McCray. He gets pulled into Sadie’s story and really does want to find her. Without West McCray Sadie would have just been ‘another missing girl’. As West is determined to find her, we the reader also want to find her! Sadie’s pov is not an easy one to read as she has had a very difficult life. Sadie believes she knows who murdered her sister and relentlessly tries to find him at all costs.
For most of the novel I thought it was going to be a 4 or 4.5 star read for me until it got to a certain point and then I had different feelings! It’s hard to say too much about Sadie without giving spoilers.
There is also a ‘real’ podcast that enhances the read! You can search for The Girls podcast on Apple Podcast. If you are an Android user, don’t feel left out: You can get The Girls via Google Podcasts. This was how I was able to access the podcast. There are six episodes then a Courtney Summers interview. I recommend reading the novel and then listen to the podcast when each ‘episode’ finishes in the novel. The audio podcast really adds to this experience. A great job was done with the podcast to make it feel ‘real’. If this is the future of books, bring it on!
Sadie is highly recommended. Thank you to Wednesday Books for the copy I was sent!
Author: Jennifer A. Nielsen
Published: August 28, 2018
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 5 stars
Chaya Lindner is a teenager living in Nazi-occupied Poland. Simply being Jewish places her in danger of being killed or sent to the camps. After her little sister is taken away, her younger brother disappears, and her parents all but give up hope, Chaya is determined to make a difference. Using forged papers and her fair features, Chaya becomes a courier and travels between the Jewish ghettos of Poland, smuggling food, papers, and even people.
Soon Chaya joins a resistance cell that runs raids on the Nazis’ supplies. But after a mission goes terribly wrong, Chaya’s network shatters. She is alone and unsure of where to go, until Esther, a member of her cell, finds her and delivers a message that chills Chaya to her core, and sends her on a journey toward an even larger uprising in the works — in the Warsaw Ghetto.
Though the Jewish resistance never had much of a chance against the Nazis, they were determined to save as many lives as possible, and to live — or die — with honor.
This book blew my socks off! I’ve read Nielsen before and enjoyed her books, but this one takes the cake and the icing and the candles and all the presents too! I’ve been reading a lot of Holocaust fiction lately and I had my eye on this book for a while. It was released just last month and I picked it up almost as soon as Amazon delivered it.
At first, I was nervous that I wasn’t going to like Chaya. She seemed to have an air of superiority about her that didn’t suit her. She was quick to acknowledge her own service and sacrifice. That did get much better the further into the book I got. She became believable and realistic with her fear and courage. Esther was more pitiful than anything but it was nice to see her grow and mature throughout the story. The resistance network in Poland was impressive and even though I knew the history and what happened, I found myself hoping that just this once, things would turn out differently. I’ve been thinking a lot about the Jews and other victims of the Holocaust, that something like that would never happen in America because our mindset is completely different from Europeans. I am by no means victim-shaming, I’m simply pointing out that Americans, with our guns and natural rebelliousness, would have put up far more of a fight. This book showed that there were many people who showed that “not all sheep go like lambs to the slaughter.” I loved seeing how people refused to be cowed and exterminated without resisting.
The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, though technically a failure, is shown to be such a heroic effort in this book. I’ve never studied it in detail, but the people involved in the Uprising were people of courage and hope and I was so inspired by their sacrifices. I also appreciated how Nielsen showed the impact of young people in the resistance. In the face of such evil and the slaughter of their people, even teens took up arms and were willing to sacrifice themselves to save the lives of people they didn’t know. This is another book that every single middle and high school history teacher should have on his or her shelf as required reading. I found myself tearing up at the end and then wanting reread it all over again! I cannot say enough good about this book and I recommend it to everyone, especially any teen!