Kris Kusneski ~ The Prophecy
The Back Blurb :
When the writings of 16th-century visionary Nostradamus ring alarmingly true, Jonathon Payne and David Jones find themselves in a life-or-death race to stop those who would use the seer’s predictions for their own dark purposes. In an adventure that spans two continents and several centuries, Payne and Jones must locate a sacred text that may change everything we know about the future.
My View :
This was the first Kuzneski book I read and I was hooked from start to finish, true it can get a bit confusing with the long conversation’s that seem to go on across chapter’s but it is a really good romp and thank’s to this one I did start my Payne and Jones section on my bookshelf. It is fast paced and thrilling, the characters are brilliant especially the main two Payne and Jones they seem to bounce of each other which is so nice when reading a book, everything is in brilliant detail from the character’s to the smallest thing is so wonderfully researched that it is very real and very believable. This is definitely one for those who are not the most committed reader’s as it is fast and enjoyable, so I strongly suggest that all those that don’t read a lot to give this a go. A great read.
Alyson Richman ~ The Lost Wife
Back Blurb :
Josef Kohn is a successful New York obstetrician who still dreams of his first wife, Lenka, an art student he left behind in Czechoslovakia while fleeing the Nazis. Lenka, who he believes died during the war, continues to haunt his dreams, while his second wife, Amalia, remains more of a ghost to him than is Lenka. As we follow Lenka’s journey to the ghetto of Terezin, where she is forced to draft technical drawings for the Germans and is a witness to the secret paintings of an underground group of artists involved in their own form of resistance against their captors, we see not only the endurance of the human spirit, but also of the artist, whose desire to create and document, cannot be extinguished. From the glamorous ease of pre-War Prague, to the ensuing horror of Nazi Europe, we witness both the dawning of Lenka’s and Josef’s love affair to its tragic unraveling. Each character must forge their own path for survival and each must struggle to adapt to post-war America, while their secrets, their past, and the ghost of their first marriage, are known only to them. The Lost Wife is a story that explores the depth — the power — of first love, the resilience of the human spirit, and our capacity to remember.
My View :
This is a powerful, raw and very emotional novel, it pull’s at your heartstrings’ with just a few word’s and it is one of those book’s that will stay with you for a very long time after turning the last page. The character’s are flawless, they so well researched and written, especially Lenka who is so strong and proud, and so selfless; she is this amazing young woman who has gone through so much hardship,and yet she still has faith that everything will turn out for the best, even when she is at her lowest you can see the strength in her character and we see her change from this slightly awkward teenager that has nothing to worry about to this strong-willed woman. I just love how after decades’ of being parted how both Lenka and Joseph have gone through their own personal war’s how they finally find each other that is so touching and it doe’s send goosebumps’ running down your arm’s. True it has some very harsh and brutal part’s especially in Lenka’s story but that is to be expected with the era and with what went on in that time, Personally it wouldn’t seem quite as real if those horrendous time’s in our history wasn’t conveyed as they are, those atrocious thing’s happened and by reading this book and book’s like it we are remembering and we are paying respect to all those unfortunate people who are no longer with us to tell their own story. Apparently this is based on a story that Alyson Richman had been told about a married couple who were separated during the war only to be reunited decade’s later. People need to read this, it is one of those book’s that every household need’s to have on their bookshelf. Simply stunning.
Kate Emerson ~ Secret’s Of The Tudor Court
I am slightly obsessed with Tudor Novels; I know that the story of the Tudor’s is so well-known as they were a fascinating, if a slightly narcissistic bunch but they were entertaining. I have read a lot of Tudor based book’s and true they are all the same and some are quite lengthy and you do tend to get bored very easily which that can’t really be helped as these were real people and real event’s and you can only stretch the truth so far; but Kate Emmerson’s go at telling the Tudor story really come’s of’; mainly I think because she doesn’t focus on the actual royal’s themselve’s but she tell’s the story through the eye’s of various other character’s. It is that change of direction that make’s her book’s so striking that you can read them all and not get bored. The Tudor story is obviously there but Emmerson has entwined the life of her character’s with those of the royal’s and I really do like that touch it make’s such a well-known era be a bit more normal and down to earth. She doesn’t go on into lengthy chapter’s that are just boring she stick’s to the basic’s but she doe’s in a way that keep’s you reading, which is a refreshing change for this genre. Anyone who like me is fascinated by the going’s on by the famous the famous Tudor’s then like me they will enjoy Kate Emmerson’s take on them as what’s more she has done an all bunch of them and each one focus’ on a different person so on the whole you get the Tudor’s story through all different perspective’s; which is a very nice change. Emmerson is definitely a historical novelist to read. Not just an enjoyable yarn but highly educational.
I am a fan of a good series’, I find them more compelling and fascinating then one-off novel’s, I love how you get to know more and more about each character as the series’ goes along. I know some don’t like to commit themselves’ to them but I love following a certain character as they make they way through the book’s, it’s fascinate’s me how their personality’s unfold’s and grow’s into some thing that you can treasure and say “Yeah! I’ve read them” I have been through so many series’ everything from Thriller’s to chick lit and Historical, Personally the best series’ are the one’s that you know are only going to have so many episode’s and that way you know that eventually they are going to finish. A lot of series’ do go on and on for far too long and the problem with those is that you do get bored with them.
So here are six of my favorite’s.
#1 The Inferno Club ~ Gaelen Foley
This is the best thing that Foley has ever done, they are so good that you can re-read them again and again and again and you will never get bored. These follow the stories’ of seven special agent’s working for a secret society for the king, they protect the king and the realm from every outer and inner threat’s especially the evil secret society called the promethean’s, the agent’s are stunning in every respect, they are wonderfully drawn up that you do fall in love with them, unlike a lot of series’ I don’t really have a favorite because each one is just as good as the one before. This is by far my favorite series’ ever and I cannot stress this enough but this serie’s has to be read. Amazing
#2 The Languedoc Trilogy ~ Kate Mosse
I love this trilogy it is amazing, Kate Mosse is such an amazing writer her imagination and her skill is unbelievable, these are really long book’s but please don’t let that put you off because these are very special. I love the fact that while you are reading each one you don’t realize that you are reading a trilogy as each one is set in a different era with different charecter’s but then something pop’s up and you remember that yes that was in the last one, they really are stunning, my personal favorite is the last one Citadel, it is so moving that at time’s you can be sitting there with tear’s streaming down your face. Simply breathtaking.
#3 The Hathaway’s ~ Lisa Kleypas
This is so soothing and calming that you do instantly fall in love with the adorable Hathaway’s, this follow’s the individual live’s of the Hathaway sibling’s as they try to gorge out a life for themselves’ through many trial’s. Like Foley Kleypas is a wonderful story-teller and you really feel like you are living these very trial’s with this band of uncivilized and unruly set of sibling’s, this is so enchanting that you just need to read from start to finish.
#4 The I Heart Series’ ~ Lyndsey Kelk
This is definitely a Chick Lit favorite of mine, the character Angela is so normal and down to earth that nearly every girl on the planet can relate to her in some way. This basically follow’s Angela’s wacky adventure’s as she start’s a new life in New York, she is a very real character she has flaw’s that we all have she is clumsy and not very civilized and she is hilarious at time’s. This is ultimate Chick Lit, Kelk has done another series’ but this is the one that you need to read, unlike a lot of series’ where you can dip in and out when you like you have to read these in order to understand the story.
#5 The Payne & Jones Series’ ~ Kris Kuzneski
This is the first thriller on my list and it is so good; What I like about this is that even thought the characters’ Payne and Jones are the same the plot is always different with each book, which off course keep’s you hooked as you never know which direction the story is going and you never get bored, you have the series’ aspect’s with following the two main character’s which you do see each character evolve as the series goes along and as each book is so different each one is a lot like a stand alone series’ and another great thing about these is that you don’t need to read them in order. This is perfect for new reader’s who like a bit of action but also like great plot’s.
#6 The Maiden Lane Series’ ~ Elizabeth Hoyt
This is yet another historical Romance but the difference between this and a lot of other’s is that you have to read this from book one if you don’t you will get confused about who’s who and what’s going on. This follow’s the tale of a select few Aristocratic family’s in London which as you will soon see are all linked in one way or another. These are a lot darker than what is usual for Historical Romance, but that make’s it stand out and get’s you hooked. I do admit that the first one’s are better than the newer one’s; but’s it’s still a worthy series’.
Lisa Kleypas : Secret’s Of A Summer Night (#1 The Wallflower’s)
Four young ladies’ enter London society with one common goal; they must use their feminine wit and wiles to find a husband. So a daring husband-hunting scheme is born. . .
Girl number one is Annabelle Peyton, determined to save her family from disaster. Using her exceptional beauty and wit to tempt a suitable nobleman shouldn’t be difficult, but Annabell’s most persistent admirer – Wealthy, powerful Simon Hunt – has made it clear that while he will introduce her to irresistable pleasure, he will not offer marriage.
Her friend’s, looking to help, conspire to entice a more suitable gentleman for Annabelle, for only then will she be safe from Simon – and her own longing’s. But on one summer night, Annabelle succomb’s to Simon’s passionate embrace and tempting kisses. . .and discover’s that love is the most dangerous game of all.
The back blurb really doesn’t live up to the actual novel, it doe’s start of a little slow but once it get’s into its stride then this really is a lovely introduction to the wallflower’s. We meet each one and even though this is prominently about Annabelle and Simon it doe’s introduce us to each one and if you read Secret’s Of A Summer’s Night then you will definitely pick up on the subtle little tease’s that you get about the girl’s especially Lillian Bowman (Who is the focus of the second book) she is a fascinating character but one that I will leave alone until later. The story is very tried and tested within the Historical Romance genre but that is what is so good about Kleypas’ work, she is a talented writer and very good at bringing new life into what can be a very tiring genre. There is some really lovely scene’s in this book that are so well written that they do stick into your mind, without giving too much away; I particularly like the part nearer the end when Annabelle run’s into a burning building to save Simon, in that scene alone she really prove’s not just to her self and Simon but to the reader’s as well that she is a strong and passionate woman, who will do anything for her family. This is definitely worth a look, it may not suit someone who is just coming into reading Historical Romance as it is a series’ and for a lot of people the idea of committing themselves’ to a series’ is a little daunting, but still it is such a worthy beginning in which is most likely a brilliant series’.
I absolutely love Lisa Kleypas, she is a very talented novelist and I think she just excel’s at Historical Romance, The Bow Street Runner’s Series was the first I read from Kleypas and I do think these are the best she has done. They are rich atmosphere, the plot’s are wonderful and so easy to read, the character’s are equally brilliant and so well drawn up that they do seem so real. Unlike a lot of Historical Romance novel’s you don’t get bored after a few page’s and end up falling asleep, which I have done in the past and these book’s do stay with you a long time after you have put them down. So definitely worth a read.
#1 Someone to Watch Over me
This is the first one and it is a great introduction to the Runner’s, this first one we get to know Sir Grant Morgan, a cynical charismatic giant of a man who has pulled his self out of the slum’s of the London gutter to be one of the highest respected Runner’s. Grant is called out in the middle of the night to attend a drowning at the river Thames but on getting there is find’s out that the victim is someone he know’s, someone who he not only despises but he attracted to. The victim has lost her entire memory and she is told that she is the highly prized, scandalous courtesan Vivian Duvall and she find’s herself under the protection of Grant Morgan who she believe’s he has mistaken her for someone else.
#2 Lady Sophia’s Lover
Can lady Sophia seduce the most eligible man in London?
The second one in the trilogy and we meet Lady Sophia Sydney and Sir Ross Cannon, she would do anything to ensnare the unattainable Sir Ross her goal is to ruin his reputation and cause scandal that would be the talk of all London. So she charm’s her way into his life by gaining his trust and living in his house. But can her charm’s work on the Monk of Bow Street? unfortunately she can come across as cold and heartless until you get to know her and then you see she that everything she doe’s she doe’s for a reason. Like the first it is a good read and as we go along we are learning more and more about these charming character’s.
#3 Worth Any Price
What is the price of love?
Ex Crime Lord and Bow Street Runner, Nick Gentry is reputed to be the most skillful lover in all of England, Known for solving delicate situation’s. He is hired to seek out Miss Charlotte Howard, he believe’s his mission will be easily accomplished – but that is before he meet;s the lady in question for instead of a willful he discover’s one in desperate circumstances, hiding from a man who would destroy her very soul. The last Installment of the Bow Street Runners Series doe’s not disappoint in fact in my view this is the best of the three, it is fast paced, stunning and very sexy there is a lot of sizzling vented up emotion’s from the beginning, by far the best character’s in the entire trilogy is Nick, on one hand he is charming and caring and on the other he is ruthless and vindictive such a fascinating character and just one in a truly fascinating series’.