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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Bookish Weekend

Good morning,

It’s been a relaxing bookish weekend for me so far. I received a beautiful copy of Hazel Wood in my Owlcrate, bought three books I really wanted with my gift card that my sweetie gave me for Valentine’s Day (Labyrinth, Celtic Myths & Myths from 8 Different Cultures), a friend borrowed me a copy of Literature of the Western World.

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I was very lucky to receive an ARC of Bruja Born in the mail and I didn’t own a copy of Labyrinth Lost so what better excuse to get a copy than with a gift card? Plus Barnes and Noble sent me a 30 % off coupon in the mail which I couldn’t pass up using! My boyfriend patiently waited nearly two hours for me to decide on which books to get.

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Last night I burned a small candle also from my OwlCrate box called Through The Wardrobe which smells amazing and was able to use my beautiful ceramic Owl candle cover. That’s probably not the official name of it but I think you know what I mean.

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Now I’m relaxing with a pile of books I hope to dive in and out of throughout the day. I’m nearly finished with Daughter of Albion & hoping to get a good chunk of reading done with The Winter People which is the Book Club pick I’m a part of that meets this Tuesday. So  There’sfar I like The Winter People but it’s a bit creepy so I’ve avoided reading it at night because I scare easily. There’s going to be a sequel to Daughter of Albion out some time this year which I’m so excited about!

I hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend and been able to read to your bookish heart’s content. I’m off to do some reading before tomorrow when it’s back to the daily grind.

Happy Reading!

~Meg

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The Runaway Wife Blog Tour

Good evening,

I was recently asked if I’d like to join in on reading a digital ARC of The Runaway Wife by Rosie Clarke and to join in on the blog tour. Of course I said yes so I am here today to share my thoughts on the book. All opinions are my own.

 

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This is the story about a young English woman in the 1920s who is pressured by her mother and society to marry well in order to help provide for her family whose once proud estate is slowly crumbling due to some bad investments that her Dad made before he passed and the crash of the Stock Market.

She finds love while visiting a lovely Inn with a dear friend but alas things don’t go as planned because Belle feels the pressure to marry a man who is well off but the man she meets whose name is Paul is not rich by any standards though does well on her own.

Forced into a marriage with a man named Richard Jensen whose mood is mercurial at best when he forces her into a compromising position and takes advantage of her after too many drinks, it’s certainly a rock start to a marriage that her Mother approves of but her dearest friends tried to warn her away from. He’s essentially a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

Belle may have all the comforts of money, goods and beautiful surroundings but it’s a poor substitute for how mood her husband is, how emotionally and physically abusive he is and generally a terrible person to be around for her well being.

When he does a terrible act to her one night in a fit of rage, Belle knows that she needs to get away from the man before he possibly kills her and manages to find a temporary place of refuge. Afraid Richard will find her, she tries her best to lay low while trying to heal from her ordeal and figure out what she wants to do with her life.

Just as she’s starting to enjoy her quiet life helping out at a hotel, working for employers who are very kind and generous, her past is about to come rudely knocking at the door. Belle will have to make some tough decisions, rely on people in unlikely places and just maybe take a leap at having the life she’s always wanted to.

I would just like to point out that there may be a trigger warning concerning abuse and rape but overall it was a very interesting book. It was an interesting story on how quickly someone can change in a matter of months and that sometimes you are much stronger than you initially believed.

An interesting mix of family dynamics, 1920s England, finding love, the pressures of trying to marry well and how appearances can be deceiving. This was not a light book but I really appreciate how the author handled the dark points of the novel without going into detail.

Well I hope you’ve found my review interesting and might like to pick up this book.

Here’s a list of the other bloggers taking part in this tour.

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Feel free to check them out! I get a lick put of having my name on there! So that concludes my bookish ramblings. I will be back soon with more bookish content.

Until then, happy reading!

Slainte

~Meg

 

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How To Stop Time Review

Good evening,

I don’t really know how to stop time.. though that could be handy especially with trying to catch up on my never-ending TBR pile. but anyways, this actually refers to a book that I recently finished and it was quite the page turner! Before I go further, I would like to note that I generously received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review. Any thoughts are completely my own.

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This book was one of my most anticipated books for 2018 and I was not disappointed with the hype. Not to mention that cover is awesome and fits in so well with what the book is about!

It’s a story about a man by the name of Tom Hazard who looks to be just under fourtey years old but is in fact four hundred thirty nine years old and was born in France. He is one of several people who age very slowly and has the potential to live to nine hundred. He was born in an era where people were very superstitious and someone being accused of witchcraft was alas a very popular thing especially in smaller towns.

This book is an account of the adventures, memories, love, heartache and friendships he has made over the years though it has hardly been an easy time for him and recently has had severe headaches as well as wondering what he should really be doing with his life. He has been under the thumb so to speak of Hendrich, the leader of a group of people known as the Albatross, who pretty much runs things like the mafia since the late 1800’s and is also quite the paranoid nine hundred year old man.

All Tom really wants is to live a normal life, find his daughter who he’s been trying to find for the last four hundred years or so, get rid of the headaches and stop having to move around every eight years due to the fact that he ages so slowly. When he decides to settle in London as a History teacher, he adopts an Akita named Abraham and finds himself drawn to the French teacher Camille though he tries hard to resist because he thinks it’s for her own protection.

Just when Tom thinks he’s close to finding out where his daughter is, Hendrich sends him to Australia for a week in the hopes of convincing an old friend called Omai, whom he met in Tahiti back in the 1700s, of his to get out of the lime light. Reluctant to go but also wanting to see his old friend, Tom soon realizes that not everything is so easily cut and dry. He’s just about at the end of what he can deal with but Omai refuses to fall in line just because someone wants to and Tom realizes that there’s much more to life than living under the thumb of Hendrich who always seems to have a hidden agenda.

Things are about to get even more complicated when Hendrich shows up in Australia, Tom will soon realize what really matters and he just may well get out alive and maybe just maybe find love again.

Full of mystery, a travel through time, humor, a touch of heartbreak and the power of true friends, it was such a pleasure to read this book. I’m so glad that I was given the chance to read it early and I couldn’t seem to put it down. I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy getting a glimpse into the past and quirky characters.

I am pretty sure this is a standalone book but I can’t help but hope that there could be a continuation with this series. The way it ended was wonderful but I enjoyed the book so much that I want more! I would love to see what other memories Tom would like to revisit and how he’s doing in life now that some things have been resolved!

Well that wraps up my bookish ramblings. I would love to talk more about the book but I don’t want to give away any spoilers because that wouldn’t be very fun. So I hope you have enjoyed my thoughts on the book and maybe give it a try. It reminded me a bit of The Time Traveler’s Wife though the ending wasn’t as sad but it was still similar in the fact that both main characters had a unique condition, both had to deal with people who were mean at times and both loved women who were regular humans.

Thank you so much for dropping by and please feel free to drop in again. I will be back soon with more bookish thoughts so until then, happy reading!

Slainte

~Meg