Reviewing A Last Goodbye

Good evening,

I recently finished a book that was set around World War II mostly in Scotland and my were there a lot of emotions to sort through! I would like to thank Avia Publishing for reaching out to me, this review is taking place because I’d like to share what I think and all opinions are my own.

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This book is now available for purchase and can most likely be found at your local bookstore. Two places that I usually go to find books are:

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This is a story about love, friendship, war, wilds of Scotland, and the consequences of actions.

Ellen has grown up as fairly sheltered as the only daughter of a Scottish sheep farmer named Duncan in the early 1900s. She is a sweet young girl who is close to her Dad, enjoys life on the farm and isn’t in a hurry to see what’s out in the world. Her mother died giving birth to her and she took over the domestic duties as soon as she was old enough to. Though aware of life on the farm and accustomed to working hard, she’s never traveled much further than Glasgow and her closest friend is on a neighboring farm some distance away. At the tender age of sixteen, Ellen has no inkling of what the world is like nor a very good understanding of being on the brink of adulthood and certainly little understanding of what it’s like to attract the notice of a guy.

Tom Fairclough is a young Yorkshire man who has grown up being surrounded by sheep and seeks to gain a better understanding of life as a shepherd. He happens upon a need for help in Scotland so answers the call and immediately falls in love with the countryside near Duncan’s area. He is also drawn to Ellen though has set his sights on a childhood friend whom he hopes to one day marry once he’s become more settled as a shepherd.

Life seems to be going well for both of these people from different countries and though the work is hard, it’s very satisfying for them and things seem to be slowly falling into place for Tom. As sometimes happens though, life enjoys throwing curveballs into the mix and decides to take a different approach on these two vastly different people. Tom’s hopes of his childhood friend Clara returning his affections doesn’t turn out at all and the actions he does in a fit of temper will have some serious consequences including sleeping with innocent Ellen and having a child with her.

Tom is not a very likable character to me. In the beginning he seemed like an okay person and I felt bad when he was rejected by Clara. It’s perfectly understandable to be upset by that rejection but it doesn’t excuse choosing to roll in the hay with a young impressionable girl who also happens to be the Boss’s daughter. He later thinks that Ellen trapped him into a marriage which was a cage of his own making because laying when laying with a young girl who had no inkling about birth control has a very likely chance of producing a baby. His fits of temper, physically lashing out at Ellen and later bouts of taking off without saying anything also showed what an over all jerk Tom was and this was before being sent off to fight in France during World War I.

In the midst of the turmoil that Ellen found herself going through with being a Mother and trying be a good wife to Tom, there were many changes about to happen nearby as well as being on the brink of World War I. There is talk of a reservoir being built nearby to be able to make ammunition for soldiers off fighting in France, the railroad being expanded and all able bodied men are being sent off to help fight the enemy including Tom.

Ellen finds herself trying to balance being a young Mom, life on the farm, worried about her husband who leaves on bad terms before being shipped off to France and finds herself being the unlikely nurse to a young German prisoner of war named Josef. At first she is very reluctant to help the enemy but finds herself drawn to the young man who speaks little English but is kind and tries to help out once he slowly starts feeling better. Ellen is drawn to Josef through his kindness and wishes her husband would be half as considerate. Once he’s well, Ellen can’t seem to stop herself from developing an unlikely friendship with Josef who she helps teach him English and those feelings turn into so much more particularly as the few letters her husband sends aren’t very affectionate nor does Tom send many letters.

Over the next three years there will come many changes between Ellen and Tom who become more distant as time goes on, Tom’s temper gets even worse and life becomes more complicated. As Tom pushes away Ellen with his moodiness and mixed affections, Ellen is drawn more towards Josef and realizing that sometimes the person you were meant to be with isn’t always the first person you meet.

This book kept my attention from beginning to end and I could almost picture the beautiful landscape of Scotland in the early 1900s and the terrible conditions men were facing while fighting abroad. Josef is one of my favorite characters who is such a precious, talented young man with a very generous heart. He’s just one of many people that really weren’t made to be forced to be in the military.

This story also shows how complicated things can be when two people are forced into a marriage and how unsuited married life can be especially when stuck in such a rural area. Full of beautiful scenery, the back breaking work of shepherds in Scotland in the 1900s, a dash of unrequited love and the importance of thinking before acting, it was a novel I found myself fully immersed in. I’m looking forward to reading more book by Dee!

I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I have and also want to give a good kick in the butt to Tom as much as I do.

Well that wraps up my bookish ramblings for this evening. I hope you have enjoyed them, that it’s made sense and been fairly entertaining. It’s always fun to write reviews, particularly when there’s a character or two who have really bugged me.

Until next time, happy reading!

~Meg

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Reviewing Secrets and Tea At Rosie Lee’s

Good evening,

I was recently asked if I would like to join the blog tour for a recent release and of course I said yes. I have included a list of all the blogs that are participating.

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This particular was released the beginning of this month so you can go get your own copy if you so choose. So without further ado, I present to you my latest read.

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Abby Cowan is a thirty seven year old woman who owns a small cafe called Rosie Lee’s in East London that hasn’t been doing so well lately and may very well go out of business if Abby isn’t able to drum up more business. Her daughter Lucy is off to college soon, her love life hasn’t seen the light of day in years, her Dad went away mysteriously when she was fifteen and she doesn’t seem to get on too well with her Mother most days.
It’s a lot for a person to try to take on and life’s about to get even more tricky when she runs into her first love Jack Chance while helping her best friend Liv cater a party, it tilts her world on its access. His family moved without warning shortly after her Dad left and though there seemed to be a budding romance, she hadn’t heard a word from him since. Caught between wanting to give in to her libido or completely pretend she couldn’t care what he does either way, Jack isn’t about to let her go so easily this time.
Then one day Abby receives a call about her Mom that will change everything she thought about her Mom, reveal secrets that have been kept since she was fifteen including what really happened to her Dad.
It will take the strength of family and friends to help show Abby that life is just getting started for her and sometimes there’s a chance to make a go at the one that got away.

It was such a pleasure to read this book and there’s so much to take in. I loved Abby’s relationship with Lucy, Flo and Liz who all were there for her and always trying to look out for her. Abby and Lucy are Mother and Daughter but they are also very close and have formed such a wonderful bond.

I also loved how Abby and Jack just couldn’t stay away from each other for long once he was back in the East End of London. They may have led different lives but it’s obvious how crazy Jack is for Abby though I do think he could have tried harder to stay in contact in the beginning. It makes sense why Abby is reluctant to be around Jack because the feelings keep knocking her over and yet she’s scared at the thought of being hurt again.

This book was an interesting mix of funny, heartbreaking, the power of friendship, large amounts of tea and the importance of believing in yourself. I hope you’ll enjoy this story as much as I have!

Well that’s me off to bed so I can get up for work to earn money for more books! I hope you’ve enjoyed my bookish ramblings and feel free to drop in again to see what next I talk about.

Happy Reading!

~Meg

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Furyborn Review

Good evening,

Sorry I haven’t posted much lately. Life has been really busy and time has just gotten away from me this month! The good news though is that I have been reading and just recently devoured a book that I want to gush to you about.

As you can see, I’ve been taking this book just about everywhere with me just in case I had a spare moment to read. What’s not to love about a book that has a beautiful and soft cover, that new book smell and floppiness to it that only softcovers can? I do also have a love for hardcovers though which is what the book is being released as. It’s being released tomorrow as a matter of fact so you can head to the bookstore in the morning to get yourself a copy or preorder on your e-reader!

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So enough gushing, time to get on to where I tell you my thoughts. I would like to first note that I generously received an ARC of this book though this review is being posted because I want to share the love of this book and all thoughts are completely my own.

This book has been one of my most anticipated books since first hearing of it and I was so excited to be given a copy because I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. Now I can see why I wanted it so badly and I loved this book from beginning to end. I read and finished it in less than four days which is quite a feat for me and I read every moment I could because I needed to know what would happen next!

This is the story of two women (Rielle who is known by history as the Blood Queen and Eliana who is a bounty hunter that heals quickly from wounds) who are one thousand years apart in timelines so it’s rather hard to believe there’s a connection between these two very different women… and yet… sometimes the most elusive connection can lead to surprising discoveries.

Both of these women are powerful in their own rights and both also have a choice as to whether help save the world or let it burn. Sometimes the most important decisions can be the hardest because there’s a slim chance that things will work out because life is always full of surprises.

I loved that both Rielle and Eliana are fiercely protective of those they love and are not afraid to make some hard choices to protect their loved ones though in a variety of different ways.

Rielle has spent much of her life being sheltered with her father being a commander to their King though she’s had her fair share of struggles with trying to wrestle with her powers and keep it a secret for fear that she may be led to the slaughter. I liked getting to know Rielle because she’s a funny, kind, powerful and protective young woman who will do anything to keep her loved ones safe and is also very smart. She’s about to get in over her head but luckily she has at least a couple of people to count on to be there for support.

Eliana is known as the Dread of Orline and has done a number of different jobs to put food on the table and protect her brother as well as Mother. Even though she’s an assassin, I really liked her character because she’s one tough, loyal person who is loving to those she cares for and will do anything to keep them safe. The jobs are starting to wear on her though and one job gone wrong may very well be the key to her salvation.

Full of magic, intrigue, the power of love, adventure and twists… I still can’t quite wrap my head around some parts because it was all so amazing and I highly recommend checking out this book. I can’t wait to see what is in store for all the characters in the next book! Also I’d love to have my very own Chavaile and super loyal Ludivine, Simon, Remy and Audric!

So as you can see, I really enjoyed this book and I’m so grateful to have gotten the chance to read it before release day. Now to let the somewhat patient waiting begin until I can have the next book in my hands!

Thank you so much for dropping by and I hope you’ve enjoyed my bookish ramblings. Happy Reading!

Slainte

~Meg

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Bookish Weekend Ramblings

Hello my dear fellow bookworms,

We have been hit with an unexpected Winter storm in April! Hopefully it melts quickly and is the last one of the season. I have stayed home because the roads are icy and I’d rather be inside where it’s warm.

Since I’m stuck inside, has been the perfect excuse to do lots of reading and take bookish photos. Not that I need much inspiration for either because I enjoy them both.

I devoured a 300+ book in less than 24 hours for my Library Book Group pick which is called The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin. I already owned a copy so it made sense to just read my own. This book was so good and had me on the edge of my seat. It was also so heartbreaking and and a bit of wonder. I don’t want to spoil anything though stayed tuned for a review soon.

Now I am ready  to get back into the world of Strange the Dreamer which I started yesterday. I’m reading it for my Runes O.W.L.s which is part of a Magical Readathon being hosted by Book Roast  I’ve read four out of thettwelve so far! If you couldn’t tell by the dreamy look on my face, I’m loving Ancient Runes!

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Also I am just loving Lazlo’s world that he dreams of and the book itself has that new paper smell! My boyfriend looked at me like I was crazy when I said that outloud but didn’t comment because he knows I’m just quirky like that.

In other bookish news, I recently received an ARC of My Ex-Life by Stephen McCauley from #flatiron_books

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Furyborn by Claire Legrand from #sourcebooksfire

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I can’t wait to dive into the bookish worlds I am surrounded by and see what new books I can to my favorites!

Well I am off to read and I hope you’ve had a great bookish weekend so far!

Happy Reading!

~Meg

Together Forever Review

Good evening,

I know it has been a while since I have shared anything bookish here and for that I apologize. I have fallen off the wagon so to speak (or is it I got back on? I can never remember) due to life getting very busy so it has been a crazy few weeks to say the least. I haven’t posted recently but I have been reading when I can and according to Goodreads I am ahead of my reading schedule! I am here now to post and ready to gush about books because I’m a bookworm and I am shameless when it comes to getting excited about reading.

I was recently sent a digital ARC through Netgalley and all opinions are my own. The book that I finished very recently is called Together Forever by Sian O’Gorman and it was such a sweet story! Reading this book was similar to having a hot cup of tea after a long chilly day which is to say it was relaxing and heartwarming!

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This was such a lovely story about an Irish woman named Tabitha who lives in Dublin who is a Mom, Politician’s wife, daughter and Principal of an all girl’s school. She loves her daughter, being a principal and spending time with her best friend Clodagh. Her husband may be more absent than present as he’s usually off traveling for work, they are more room mates than a married couple and her mother in law is not an easy person to get along with but all things considered, Tabitha thinks she has a pretty good life and she’s okay with how things are.

Then an old flame shows up back in town, throws a monkey wrench into the works and Tabitha realizes that maybe she isn’t quite so content with a lackluster marriage, that she’s not ready to throw in the towel on having excitement in life and that sometimes life has a way of surprising you.

I really enjoyed this book especially since it was set in Ireland which I am always up for reading about. This book was equal parts exciting, mysterious, funny and soothing which all adds up to a wonderful book that reminded me why these kinds of books always pull me in. I am looking forward to reading more by this author and hopefully more about Ireland!

Sian is actually publishing another book based in Ireland called Always and Forever that is due out May 1st which is less than a month away! It sounds like it may be more somber than Together Forever but I don’t mind and have added it to my to be read list pile. I swear every month my to be read list keeps being added to by leaps and bounds!

Well that concludes my bookish ramblings for the time being. I hope to be back soon with more bookish ramblings whether that be a blog about a book I’ve read or my random bookish thoughts. Either way, you can be certain I will be gushing about books in some form or another. So until then:

Happy Reading!

Slainte

~Meg

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A Place To Remember Review

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I was recently asked if I’d like to take part in a bookish blog tour and of course I said yes!

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I read this book of my own will and was given an advanced digital copy. There are some secrets that are just too big to keep quiet. This is the story of Ava and her daughter Nina who have lived in Australia all their lives. Nina has no idea that her mother used to live a different life thirty years ago and when she learns the truth, sets out to find Ivy May in Queensland where events happened that changed Ava’s life forever.
It’s a story about what was, what could have been but also about what could be if the Date is kind enough to allow it.
Thirty years ago Ava was a young woman working at a B&B as the cook with dreams to make enough money to travel and carry on her Father’s dreams who died unexpectedly. When she meets John Tate, her boss’s son who also happens to be a good cook and a decent person, she finds herself drawn to him though tries to fight her feelings. What starts out as friendship turns into so much deeper, sweeter and yet heartbreaking.
Fast forward to thirty years and Ava is no longer a young woman with a daughter who is about to learn some of the secrets her Mother has kept all these years.
Life is rarely simple and soon Nina will learn about her Mother’s life as a young woman and may just be able to find a way to balance the past with the present and hopefully have a future full of less heartache.
A poignant story set in beautiful Queensland, Australia where the Tates have owned lots of cattle over the year and John is the fifth generation to live on the property.
Sometimes what you’ve been looking for has been there all along.
I’m so glad I read this book!

So I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my thoughts and it’s been a pleasure to travel without leaving the comfort of my home. If you’d like to see who is a part of this tour, I have just the thing.

 

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Well that concludes my bookish ramblings. I hope you’ve enjoyed it and feel free to drop by again to hear my thoughts on books I read or other bookish things.

Until next time, happy reading!

Slainte

~Meg

 

 

Miss Mary’s Daughter Review

Good evening,

Recently I was asked if I would like to review a book, give my thoughts and join in on a blog tour. Of course I said yes because it seemed like the kind of book that I enjoy reading about and I’m so glad that I agreed to it. I was sent a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and any opinions are my own.

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This is the story about a twenty year old Englishwoman named Sophia Ross living in the late 19th Century who finds out that sometimes what you know of your parents isn’t always the full truth. Her mother Mary Ross was born and raised in Cornwall as a Penvarrow on a lovely estate known as Trescadinnick located near the sea.

As a young woman, Mary had left her heritage behind because her father refused to bless the union of Mary and her beloved who came from a respectable family but did not come from money. Sadly her husband was killed in an accident a couple of years ago and now Mary finds herself slowly falling pray to a wasting disease that she inherited from her Mother. Desperate to find possible help for her daughter who won’t have much of an income once she passes, she reaches out to her father Thomas in a letter though it doesn’t reach him until after she has passed away.

Sophie is surprised when a woman shows up on her doorstep looking just like her recently deceased Mother who insists she is her Aunt Matty and is stunned to learn that not only is this woman the twin to her mother but that she also has a Grandfather, another Aunt and family through marriage in Cornwall. She is invited to meet her family though resists at first because she’s not sure what to make of it all though also finds herself trying to find work and a place to live because she won’t be able to afford to live in her childhood home for much longer. Aunt Matty generously pays the rent for a year and Sophie is persuaded to come for a visit while also bringing her maid Hannah who has been a part of her life since she was a baby.

Once meeting her newfound family, Sophie is uncertain what to make of these people whom she didn’t know about until recently and their mixed reactions to her showing up. Her grandfather Thomas is the matriarch who is overbearing, bossy but also shows that he cares a lot about his family and has recently suffered a stroke. There’s Aunt Louisa who obviously resents her presence and wasn’t able to get out of the house like her other sisters or out from under the thumb of Thomas. There’s Charles who is Louisa’s stepson though Louisa has always loved him as her own and then Charles’s six year old daughter AliceAnne who is quiet and rather shy.

Sophie loves the views of the surrounding areas and the village nearby rather charming but as a whole she’d much rather go back to her house in London where things make much more sense and there isn’t such a gloominess that seems to hang around at Trescadinnick though she does find herself caring for the precocious AliceAnne. There’s also the strange circumstances of her Uncle Joss who passed away before she was born and how no one refuses to talk about what happened or why his room has been locked since his tragic death.

She finds herself drawn to a young Doctor who makes repeated trips to check up on Thomas though her Aunt Louisa finds it strange that he has to stop by so much and it generally makes Thomas irritable though at first it could be put down to being older and not wanting a fuss to be made.

Things are about to be shook up even more as time goes on while Sophie spends time at the estate for a couple of months and the past is about to come back to rule its ugly head. Sometimes when something just doesn’t seem right about a person, that gut instinct can lead to a real reason why even when some may shrug off the thought.

Sophie will find herself having to make some tough decisions and that life certainly has a way of throwing curveballs. She will have to rely on her smarts and the belief that sometimes things can be too good to be true.

This book was full of a lot of mystery and at times it was hard to figure out what was really going on. It’s amazing how sometimes the ones that seem to be the nicest are in fact using that has a cover for what’s really going on beneath the surface.

I really enjoyed Sophie’s character who has a big heart, stubborn, not afraid to stand her ground and an accomplished musician. She wouldn’t let Thomas bully her into doing things she didn’t want to do but she also had a naive side about her. It’s to be expected especially having grown up sheltered between her two loving parents and devoted nurse turned made Hannah.

I adored Hannah who was not only down to earth but also very practical, not afraid to speak her mind and such a sweetheart to stay with Sophie even when there was a chance she might not be paid for her services as a maid. She became a surrogate Mother particularly once Mary had passed on and is someone you would for sure want on your side.

There were a couple of characters that surprised me and one that I was really shocked to learn was in fact a really mean person. This is why it’s so very important to be careful and get to know someone before being quick to assume they are a good person.

This book was full of mystery, the power of family, a lush Cornwall background, unexpected friendships and what consequences can come about when being close-minded. I’m glad I was given a chance to read this book and I hope you’ll enjoy it as well!

Thank you so much for dropping by to hear my thoughts on this book and that about wraps up my bookish ramblings for this evening. Feel free to drop in again!

Happy Reading!

~Meg

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