My last blogpost was all about thrillers.This time I switched gears a bit and found several really good books of historical fiction at the top of my TBR. You'll have to be a little patient for the reviews, as I want to post closer to their release dates.
The last few titles I read were:
A Paris Apartment by Michelle Gable (she's on a book tour now for
Losing the Light by Andrea Dunlop (courtesy of BookSparks #mywinterisbooked promo)
A Girl Like You by Michelle Cox (debut author, releasing April 19. Review to follow later hopefully with author interview)
Remember the Ladies by Gina Mulligan (debut author, releasing May 18. Review to follow later, hopefully with author interview)
Fall of Poppies (multi-author. I will review in a later post here for Tasty Book Tours featuring spotlight and author interview)
Seven Year Switch by Claire Cook
Annabelle Lee by Mike Nappa
While A Paris Apartment is chick-lit, there was a touch of history to the story that had its basis in a true story.
Fascinating story based on a true story. It's 2 tales woven together. Present day auctioneer April is sent to Paris to catalog the contents of the apartment of Madame de Florian, a courtesan from the 19th century. The place has been closed up since just before WWII, and April finds it filled with treasures. She also find Madame's diaries, which almost more interesting that her things. April begins to read the diaries and that's one tale that you will read. The second is April's story, her troubled marriage, her attraction to the handsome French lawyer representing Madame's estate and the reason she loves old treasures so much.
Losing the Light I read and reviewed for Booksparks, part of their #mywinterisbooked author and book promo. Releasing tomorrow. Plus there's a giveaway on Goodreads.
Losing the Light is a story of betrayal and manipulative friendships. Brooke finds herself in trouble with the dean of her California university when word gets out she's sleeping with one of her professors. In order to keep the scandal to a minimum they offer to send her to France for a semester, where she'll study French and other subjects in Nantes. Another girl, Sophie, is also going and though she and Brooke don't know each other, they become fast friends prior to leaving the U.S. The girls are staying in separate host homes, but wind up spending many hours together in class and after class socializing in the bar, restaurants, and lounges. They both make a tacit agreement to immerse themselves in the culture and not hang around too much with the other Americans. They become friendly with Veronique during a conversational mixer. She invites the girls to a party she's hosting where she introduces them to her cousin Alex, a photographer from Paris, slightly older the girls. After the party the 3 girls start socializing regularly and that includes Alex when he's in town. Brooke finds herself falling in love with Alex, but always feels shadowed by Sophie's confidence and beauty. I loved this line towards the end of the book as the friendships start to unravel, Brooke realizes Sophie is the most interesting thing about her. Meaning Brooke feels she is nothing without Sophie. There are several unexpected twists at the end and the author leaves us to decide a bit on the outcome of the relationship between Brooke, Sophie, and Alex. The book has a nice, dark, feeling as I was reading it, as though things are not what they seem.
Seven Year Switch by Claire Cook is a lighthearted story. The second of her fiction offerings that I have read. Claire is a multi-talented lady. She has written 2 nonfiction, Never Too Late: Your Roadmap to Reinvention and Shine On: How to Grow Awesome Instead of Old. I just love were personal story. She wrote her first novel in her minivan while her kids were at swimming practice, at 50 she walked the red carpet when her second book was made into a movie. She thinks it's never too late for anyone to follow their dreams! There's a lot of great information at her website:
Lastly, my review of Annabel Lee by Mike Nappa. Plus there's a giveaway on Goodreads:
This was my first book by Mike Nappa. I did not know going in that he was an author of nonfiction and inspirational books or that he had published two other mysteries under a female pen name (supposedly a housewife from Florida!), because no one would take him seriously! Well, this was seriously a well written mystery. I read a lot of mysteries and I know what I like in mysteries and what works in mysteries. This has all the elements and it appears that it's going to be a series. Trudi Coffey is a smart, tough, and pretty P.I. Her ex-husband Samuel, is a CIA operative. Some of the great things about this book are the multi-faceted characters. These two still have a spark of attraction or love interest which makes for a good story. They are searching for the niece of a another CIA operative, who has been killed in an ambush on his farm. The clues to her whereabouts are hidden in one of Trudi's possessions. There are others seeking those clues and the little girl, but they have evil motives. Trudi and Samuel, with the aid of The Mute, a highly trained ex-Marine work together to find the girl before Dr. Smith and his mercenaries do. The book is fast paced and action filled. I found the story had elements of Dan Brown's Angels and Demons and I liked the way the author tied Edgar Allan Poe into the story and clues. Thank you to the author and publisher for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.