Sunday, January 26, 2014

The Ghosts of Belfast by Stuart Neville

The Ghosts of Belfast is the story of Gerry Fegan an ex-hitman for the IRA. After leaving Maze Prison Gerry starts drinking and is nearly drunk every night, and he starts to see the ghosts of twelve people he has killed and they want vengeance on those who were responsible. All Gerry wants is to sleep aand have some peace so he plans the murders. This is a well written and informative book about the IRA. The characters are well thought out, there is alot of violence and brutal murders. I highly recommend this book. Thank you to Net Galley and Soho Crime for allowing me to read and give my honest review of this fine novel.

Lost Beneath the Ice by Andrew Cohen

This is a story about a ship the HMS Investigator was sent on a mission to find Sir John Franklin who was lost at sea.The Investigator's Captain Robert McClure had his own agenda, he never found Sir John but he did find the Northwest Passage. This book tells the story of the hardships suffered by the Investigators crew and officers, while they were stuck in the ice for three winters. The ship remained a mystery for a century and a half until in 2010 when the Parks Canada sent a team to find it. This was a well told story and the research was excellent. Thanks to Net Galley and Dundurn for allowing me to read this book.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Rosslyn Chapel Decoded by Alan Butler

Of the few books I have read about the Chapel this is by far the most informative. I learned so much about architecture,art, the many religions and the many mysteries surrounding the Chapel and the Sinclairs. The pictures showed what a wonderful and beautiful place it truly is. I want to visit Scotland some day and the Chapel is on my list, but while reading, I truly felt like I was there. Wonderfully written and I highly recommended it. I wrote this review based on a digital ARC from the publisher Watkins Publiushing and Net Galley.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The Governess of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky

Julia Forster is hired as a governess for William Ramsey's 2 children, the story is set in the early 1900's England. She has just returned to England after being in India as a missionary with her parents. The family had to return to England because her father became ill and she needed a job to help support the family, The storyline was well written and the description of Highland Hall was as though I was in the rooms. I enjoyed reading it immensely.

Monday, January 13, 2014

And Then Came Peace by Greg Masse

This book has a wonderful storyline and characters that at times feel real, such as Mikha'll and his speeches. This author has an extensive knowledge of the worlds religions and tells them in way that I found mesmerizing. Although my religious beliefs are not that strong this book has given me food for thought that maybe someday there can really be peace. I received this book from the publisher in return for an honest review.

Falling into Place by Hattie Kaufman

Hattie told us her story from her sad and painful childhood right through her marriage,divorce and religious conversion.She gives us hope that something bad can turn out wonderful! She gives people hope that they can obtain whatever they want if only they try and persist, I find it admirable that she finally finds God after so many years of running from it. This was a book of life and faith. 5 stars

the Burn List by Stan Stamper

This was a book that had a great storyline and characters. It tells a story of an ex-Navy Seal helping his sister who is a journalist, whose husband and child were killed by the Miami Mafia. Annie exposed the mafia and as a result they tried to kill her but killed her husband and child instead. She had a breakdown and was sedated for 2 years, John her brother has hired a nurse to take care of her and he also made a list of all the criminals to eliminate. Thanks to Net Galley and Hugo Publishing for allowing me to read and give an honest review.