The Hangman (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #6.5) By: Louise Penny
Published: 2010 Published by: Grass Roots Press
Format Read: Paperback Genre: Mystery, Short Story, Series
Rating: 3.5/5 ♥♥♥.5
While out on a morning jog in the woods a man stumbles across the body of a man hung from a tree. What looked like a suicide is determined to be much more and Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is called to the small secluded town to investigate.
The Hangman is part of a collection of short stories that is geared towards encouraging people to read. At under 100 pages, I picked this up for a read-a-thon and flew through it.
The Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series has been on my TBR for quite a while now, so I was pleasantly surprised when I came across this at my local library.
This was a fairly simple story, in the ‘locked room’ style. However instead of a ‘locked room’ it was set in a secluded town called Three Pines. The author included a detailed backstory for the suspects that fit well into its short length. Although I did enjoy it, I wish that there were more clues throughout instead of having the reader find out many facts when the truth is revealed. I am hopeful that the full length installments for the Armand Gamache series will allow for more of a build up.
I recommend The Hangman to mystery fans who are looking for a quick read.
Published: September, 2017 Published by: Fleming H. Revell Company
Format Read: NetGalley, eBook Genre: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction
Rating: 3/5 ♥♥♥
I was sent a copy of The Christmas Blessing by Melody Carlson, from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
After a brief whirlwind romance, Amelia and James decide to marry, but are separated before tying the knot when he is called to report for duty as a pilot during the second world war. Shortly later she discovers that she is expecting his baby, then news arrives that his plane had been shot down over the Pacific. Alone and afraid, Amelia gives birth to a son she names Jimmy and decides to turn to James’ family for help. The Christmas Blessing follows her as she makes her way penniless to search for a family who doesn’t know that she or baby Jimmy exist.
The Christmas Blessing was a quick holiday story set in the home front of 1944 as war rages on. Amelia’s life was riddled with tragedy, however the tone of the writing was quite light.
While I was able to relate to our main character was a single mother, but I didn’t quite feel enough emotion was conveyed as well as I would have liked. The World War II era time line was my favourite part of this story. However I enjoyed the characters and plot in Melody Carlson’s The Christmas Joy Ride, much more.
That being said it was a cute story that would make for a nice holiday movie and I would recommend it to fans of this author.
The Islands of Doctor Thomas By Francoise Enguehard
Published: 2009 Published By: Breakwater Books
Format Read: Paperback Genre: Canadian Literature
Rating: 3/5 ♥♥♥
A successful architect returns to his childhood island home; St. Pierre et Miquelon. There he and a young family friend become fascinated with the discovery of a collection of photographs by a Dr. Louis Thomas dating back to 1913.
I came across The Islands of Doctor Thomas at my local library and was intrigued by the setting. While St. Pierre et Miquelon are French islands, they are located very close to Newfoundland on the Atlantic Ocean. Even though it is on my bucket list to visit, I know very little about them.
So naturally this book interested me from a geographical point of view. It also compared the culture of these islands and how they differ and compare to that of France and North America (specifically Newfoundland).
The authors writing style (which was translated from French) is reflective and rich in metaphors. The story is very connected to the nature of the islands and the mood of those who live there.
Although the overall tone was quite melancholy it was still beautifully written. Unfortunately some of these traits went over my head and I don’t think that I was able to truly appreciate the meaning behind Enguehard’s words.
I would recommend The Islands of Doctor Thomas to those who enjoy literary fiction.
Published: October, 2008
Published By: Harper Collins Canada
Format Read: Trade Paperback
Genre: Historical Fiction, Young Adult
Rating: 3/5 ♥♥♥
In 1899 New York City’s high society appearances are everything. Gossip columnists report their every move. The Holland sisters grew up in the lap of luxury until their father’s death left their family in a financial crisis and their reputation rests on keeping this a secret.
I am writing this review after reading The Luxe for the second time. I first read it shortly after its release, but didn’t get a chance to continue on with the series. Now that I have refreshed my memory of the story, I plan to read book two; Rumors.
My thoughts after rereading this book mirror those that I had after first time I read it. The late 1800’s New York City setting remains my favourite part of The Luxe. The upstairs/downstairs story also drew me to this book.
Unfortunately it wasn’t very detailed in terms of the time period. Especially in the case of the dialogue or language. These aspects felt too modern for me. Although I wonder if the author took this approach in a bid to attract young adult readers.
With the exception of Diana, I didn’t really like any of the characters in this book. I also thought that the decisions Elizabeth made weren’t really I line with her character traits.
I would still recommend Anna Godbersen’s The Luxe series to fans of young adult with a light hint of historical fiction.
In the article, Tammy gives some good advice for those who are just starting out in the industry. Although her focus is on travel writing the tips she gave can also be applied to small blogs like mine as well.
If you are anything like me, you were super sad to see the Gilmore Girls end in 2007 after 7 seasons. And likewise you were super excited for its revival Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, that was released last year on Netflix.
But now you are back to missing our favourite mom and daughter duo, right? Me too!
Well I recently stumbled across a 2016 article by Johanna Golden (from Book Bub Blog) entitled:
September 1st already! Wow this summer just flew by.
Here are some of my high’s and low’s in August…
I decided to move on from my first blog Melissa Lee’s Many Reads and create a fresh new start here on WordPress with ML’s Red House Reviews.
I’m pretty sure my laptop bit the dust. So I’m writing this post on my Dad’s computer, so I apologize for the lack of creativity in this wrap-up. I’m crossing my fingers and hoping that I didn’t lose all my files and photos.
I had my best reading month so far this year.
Joined a local Mommy group and have met some wonderful ladies.
Charles turned 4 months old. He is such a happy baby and loves to babble and laugh.
Spent most of the month of August nursing a bad back, which is never fun. It is even less fun when you have a little one to care for.
Now lets talk books..
2 of these books were re-reads and the other 2 were for Bout of Books, which I failed miserably.