Lacy Eye by Jessica Treadway

Lacy EyeLacy Eye by Jessica Treadway
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Disclaimer: I won this book after entering a giveaway on The Reading Room.

Lacy Eye is a powerful, depressing book about the murder of one parent and the injury of another. The mother and father are attacked in their bed one night over Thanksgiving. The mother survives, but is unable to remember the event in detail. The man who killed her husband is her daughter’s boyfriend or so she thinks. Everyone around her, including her other daughter, believe her youngest daughter had something to do with the event. She is unable to see this until it is too late.

Lacy Eye is a difficult read for anyone who is a parent. It is depressing to follow the main character as she tries to figure out if her daughter was involved in the murder of her husband. The lengths she will go to, to not remember are amazing.

As a parent, the one thought that continued to run through my brain while reading this was, “what would I do if this happened to me?” Even after finishing the book, I still could not answer this question. I found myself wanting to reach through the book and shake the mother until she stopped living with blinders on.

This book is disturbing because we all know someone who lives in a very small box and refuses to see what type of person their own child is. We know the mother who says “it is just a phase.” or “He didn’t mean it like that.” or “He is so misunderstood. If only people would stop judging him..”

Lacy Eye describes the behavior of someone close to me so well, I had to check who the author was several times. This is not a feel-good work of fiction. It won’t make you warm and fuzzy. If you are prone to depression, this might not be the book for you. If you know someone who has a hard time seeing their own children as the world sees them, you might want to give them this book when it comes out in March 2015. Then again, they might not even understand why you are giving it to them.

A big thanks to The Reading Room, author and publisher for allowing me the chance to read this book. I will be looking for more books by Jessica Treadway.

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Independently Wealthy. A Novel by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal

Independently Wealthy: A NovelIndependently Wealthy: A Novel by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Disclaimer: I won a copy of Independently Wealthy:A Novel, by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal, after entering a Goodreads 1st Reads giveaway. Published by Thomas Dunne Books, a divison of St. Martin’s Press.

Independently Wealthy is the 2nd book and sequel to New Money, also by Rosenthal. Independently Wealthy picks up where New Money left off. It is not a requirement to read New Money before, but, if the reader tends to get confused because of lack of back story in this novel, then by all means, check out New Money 1st. Thomas Dunne Books even offered to send me a digital galley link for New Money, if I needed it.

Independently Wealthy opens up with Savannah Morgan living in Manhattan during Christmas. Savannah inherited a massive amount of money after the death of her father, in New Money. She was united with a family she never even knew existed and starts a new richer life in Manhattan. She ends up going to work for her brother, who after their father’s tragic unexplained death, takes over the company. Savannah is obsessed with finding out the truth about her father’s death. The reader follows her as she tries to track down information and people, all under the radar of her very controlling bother.

Savannah is a southern girl who never knew who her father was and certainly did not know he was loaded. She takes to living in a expensive apartment in Manhattan and showering the people in her life with expensive gifts, even if they don’t like them. She has her own driver and gives him a big present for his family at Christmas. Savannah wasn’t born a rich heiress, yet, she at times comes across as flaky and out of touch. There are several, several references to they type of car her boyfriend is driving, a Honda and the type of clothes he is wearing and she is wearing, that almost makes the reader feel like Savannah is a snob. I don’t think this is what the Author was trying to do, but the constant references about clothes, shoes and cars, including their brands, made me not like Savannah at times. For a girl who has just become wealthy, she has a large appetite for expensive things and seems to have a good deal of knowledge about those items. There are times, when the type of shoe or car is not relevant to the story and becomes distracting.

This is an easy read and is a good snuggle and watch the snow fall book. It is lighthearted in places and captures the vibe of winter in NYC and Manhattan. I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more from Rosenthal and Thomas Dunne Books.

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Reign’s Rape Problem

Very interesting article by The Belle Jar on the TV show Reign.

The Belle Jar

TW for rape

When I first heard about the CW show Reign, I knew that it was going to be my next guilty pleasure. A young Mary Stuart and her ladies-in-waiting living with Catherine de’Medici in Renaissance France? Yes please. Court intrigue and awkward teenage romance? Yes please. Weird pagans in the woods and flower crowns and a murderous queen and a (very anachronistically hot and young) Nostradamus? DOUBLE YES PLEASE. PASS THE FLOWER CROWNS, SON, I’M IN.

I talked my friend into watching it with me, and by the end of the first episode we were both hooked. We would make a ritual out of it – order a pizza, get a bottle of wine, and then sit down to make fun of plot holes and not-very-historically-accurate clothing and overblown teenage FEELINGS for an hour. But as much as we giggled over the poor life choices of the characters, and as…

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Calling all Jack the Ripper Fans.

Jack the Ripper: The Forgotten VictimsJack the Ripper: The Forgotten Victims by Paul Begg
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is a must have for any Ripperologist. Written by Paul Begg and John Bennett and published by Yale University Press it is a welcome addition to the numerous books out there about Jack the Ripper. This book not only touches on the subject of the ‘canonical five’ but on other murders and slayings which had a strong resemblance to Jack the Ripper’s accused crimes.

The authors do a great job of providing clear information regarding other murders of women in and around London and how they may relate to Jack the Ripper. Many of these ‘lost’ women are overlooked when it comes to the famous murders. It is possible, according to the authors, that these other murders were products of the mystery killer, Ripper, or someone who was a fan of Ripper.

Each chapter focuses on a different, lesser known murder around the same time of the Ripper murders. The authors provide a picture of London in disarray, poverty, and panic. It gives life to women who would have been forgotten.

This book also contains stories of murders from around the world that were either attributed to Ripper or similar to the murders committed in London.

Inside the book are several black and white photos and drawings relating to the murders.

The authors have included as much detail as possible for each woman. This is a very graphic book and not for anyone who has a weak stomach.

I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in information about Jack the Ripper, the culture of London in 1888 and the lost victims of this time.

(Thank you to Goodreads, 1st reads giveaway, Yale University Press, and the authors Paul Begg and John Bennett for providing me with the opportunity to read this book. I won this book after entering a Goodreads, 1st reads giveaway, July,1 2014.)

C.L. Hailey.

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A Room for Another Heart Review.

Room for Another HeartRoom for Another Heart by Yvonne C. Hebert
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I won a signed paperback copy of Room for Another Heart by Yvonne C. Herbert, MA after entering a First Reads giveaway on Goodreads.

This book is short and easy to read. It is “set in the Northern Michigan Manistee Forest,” per the back cover.

The setting is what drew me to this book. The book focuses on a recently widowed woman and her struggles after her husband’s death in the Iraq war. She lives on a farm and decides to start boarding the dogs of soldiers.

What I liked about the book.

I enjoyed the animal stories, the setting and the tone of the story. This book is easy to read in a few settings, which makes it the perfect book for a short trip or weekend read. I enjoyed the black and white photo’s. They were a wonderful surprise. The story flowed steadily along and was easy to keep up with. The story about the bear, was my favorite part. I was able to visualize the setting without any problems. The author did a great job of describing the setting for the reader.

What I did not like about the book.

The first thing which bothered me, was the author’s use of her Master title. To some, this may seem petty on my part, if so, disregard this part of my review. I really do not care if an author has a Master in Psychology when I am reading a fiction book which does not have anything to do with her degree. I applaud the author’s dedication to learning and her career, but it seemed a little like ‘hey look at me’. The 2nd thing I did not like about the book, it felt restrained. As if, the author was holding back the story. I really wish there would have been more back story on Tom, her new love interest, as well. Overall, this story was predictable.

I will look for more stories from this author. A big thank you again goes out to the author, and Goodreads for allowing me to read this work. Thank you, Yvonne C. Herbert for signing my copy.

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Falling from Horses. A book review.

Falling from HorsesFalling from Horses by Molly Gloss
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I won an ARC of Falling from Horses by Molly Gloss after entering a First Reads Giveaway contest on Goodreads.

This was an interesting and powerful read. Bud Frazer travels to Hollywood by bus in 1938. He is 19 years-old and has lived on a Ranch almost all of his life. He wants to become a stunt rider in the Western Films in Hollywood. While on the bus, he meets a strong willed young woman by the name of Lily Shaw. She is also on her way to Hollywood. She has dreams of becoming a screen writer. The two become friends and their lives parallel each other through-out the book. Bud ends up finding out more about the Westerns he loves and is changed because of it.

Falling from Horses brings up topics some know about and even less talk about. The horrible treatment of livestock during the making of the popular Westerns of the time, is the underlining focus of this book. The novel transports the reader back to a time when horses, mules and other four-legged bests were just props to be used at the whim of the director. It is a hard read, if you are an animal lover. Falling from Horses peels back the the chaps,the flowing dress, and the western heroes to reveal the darker side of the American Western.

The novel is told in two parts. This might create some confusion for some readers, at first. One part is Bud when he is in Hollywood. The other part contains flashbacks to his childhood and the untimely death of his younger sister on his home ranch. The closer the reader gets to the end of the novel the more often these flashbacks happen.

This novel reads like a autobiography. Molly Gloss is an amazing story teller. In Falling from Horses she brings the dust and grit of this time in history to the surface. She doesn’t hedge around the not so glamorous facts of this time period. She hits you with it right in the face. After one reads Falling from Horse, the American Western will never look the same.

Thank you the Author, the publisher and Goodreads for the opportunity to read this fantastic novel.

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