Tag: novella

Friant’s Video Friday: Book Review: The Secret Room by Cynthia Mercati

Today Kim is bringing you a video review of The Secret Room  by Cynthia Mercati.

The Secret Room
Author: Cynthia Mercati

Published: August 15, 2000
72 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

Annie of Holland learns about her values and the importance of hope and memories while helping care for a Jewish family hiding in her father’s church during WWII.

Kim’s Video Review:

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Book Review: Yellow Jessamine by Caitlin Starling

Yellow Jessamine
Author:
  Caitlin Starling

Series: Neon Hemlock
Published
: September 5, 2020

131 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

Powerful shipping magnate Evelyn Perdanu lives a tight, contained life, holding herself at a distance from all who would get close to her. Her family is dead, her country is dying, and when something foul comes to the city of Delphinium, the brittle, perilous existence she’s built for herself is strained to breaking.

When one of her ships arrives in dock, she counts herself lucky that it made it through the military blockades slowly strangling her city. But one by one, the crew fall ill with a mysterious sickness: an intense light in their eyes and obsessive behavior, followed by a catatonic stupor. Even as Evelyn works to exonerate her company of bringing plague into her besieged capital city, more and more cases develop, and the afflicted all share one singular obsession: her.

Panicked and paranoid, she retreats to her estate, which rests on a foundation of secrets: the deaths of her family, the poisons and cures that hasten the dissolution of the remaining upper classes, and a rebel soldier, incapacitated and held hostage in a desperate bid for information. But the afflicted are closing in on her, and bringing the attention of the law with them. Evelyn must unearth her connection to the spreading illness, and fast, before it takes root inside her home and destroys all that she has built.

Kim’s Review:

This is another one I saw on Instagram and became downright enamored but this cover. We have definitely found a contestant for the 2021 Most Gorgeous Cover Tournament, maybe even a winner? Well one can hope. But the pages under the cover … I still haven’t figured this book out yet.

It’s definitely a somber, chilling, gothic tale. I liked reading it and the setting and the characters. The story itself held me until the very end. But all I am now is puzzled. I’m not sure what this book was even about. I think the closest thing I can compare it to is Rappaccini’s Daughter, but only if Du Maurier wrote it and not Hawthorne. Thankfully I’m not frustrated by this book. If anything, I want to read it again and try to figure it out again. Overall, I liked it. But I don’t get it. So I will indeed read it again.

Purchase Links:
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Blog Blitz: Blue Skies by Alana Oxford

As a part of the blog blitz, today I share my review for Blue Skies by Alana Oxford. I awarded this one 5 stars!

Book Description:

Life isn’t always a walk in the park, but when Patrice takes her Pomeranians to the park after a rough day at the office, fate steps in. An unlikely hero comes to the rescue when one of her dogs gets loose. Short, pale, and kind of cute, Seth doesn’t have a lot of confidence with the ladies, but he hits it off with Patrice.

But some things might be too good to be true. While Patrice wonders if Seth could possibly be “the one”, fate steps in again with a horrible twist. Will it be a deal breaker or just a storm before bright blue skies?

Blue Skies
Author:  Alana Oxford

Published:  August 29, 2020
100 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: October 6-8, 2020
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars

Jessica’s Review:

This was a fun and quick read, and as you get closer to the end you find yourself reading faster to see what happens! 

This was a welcome break from the thrillers I read, and this year in general.  Blue Skies is a cute romcom novella, where at 100 pages you get a complete story.  As I was getting closer to the end I was not sure it was going to have everything summed up but we did.  

I adored both Patrice and Seth. You are rooting for those two to get together, but when you find out what the twist is… Wow….  It is definitely unexpected and makes you unsure of what is going to happen. 

Blue Skies deals with a relatable situation that anyone with multiple dogs could find themselves in while walking.  In fact, when I had the opportunity to join the blog tour, my sister had just had a similar run in that Patrice had at the park:  She has two dogs and one got loose and ran off.  My sister did not have a ‘unlikely hero’ come to her rescue, but a group of people helped her with her dogs.  Everyone is fine, but because of this story I just had to sign up for the blog tour!  I pictured my sister and her two dogs as Patrice and her Pomeranians  as I read the novella.  This definitely added to my enjoyment of the novella as I read it. Another coincidence is that I have an aunt named Patrice:  How about that!?!?!? 

This is my first read from Oxford and I hope to read more from her. 

This fun novella is definitely recommended in this year of chaos that 2020 has become.

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

About the Author:

Alana Oxford is a Michigan author of romcoms, sweet romance, and humorous women’s fiction. She wants her stories to bring sunshine and smiles to her readers. She enjoys improv comedy, moody music, everything book related, and has an ongoing love affair with the United Kingdom.

Contact Alana:
Twitter: @AlanaOxford
Instagram @AlanaOxford

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