#TheRealLolita by #SarahWeinman

🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸 out of 5 🌸s

#TheRealLolita by #SarahWeinman

This book grabs you from the first page and refuses to let go. You are not allowed to look away, no matter how uncomfortable you may be.

The story of Florence “Sally” Horner was the unacknowledged source material for much of “Lolita” by Vladimir Nabokov. She was a very real little girl who was kidnapped by Frank LaSalle and forced to accompany him on an almost two year road trip across America. All the while, this child was brutalized by LaSalle, who would later confess to his crime in open court.

Sally Horner died tragically two years after her rescue, in a car crash, never able to live a normal life.

The book convincingly tracks the similarities between Sally’s real life horrors, and the fictionalized ones of Lolita. Nabokov even mentions Sally in his novel.

I was left wishing desperately that the book had had nothing whatsoever to do with “Lolita”. I wanted Sally to have her own voice apart from Nabokov’s depraved imaginings. Nonetheless, I loved this book and I recommend it highly.

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#Caroline

🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸 out of 5 🌸s

Caroline by #SarahMiller is an astonishing book. The writing is close to perfection, and the atmosphere is so richly imagined that you can almost smell the smoke of a prairie fire.

I didn’t want this book to end. I am going to immediately reread it, something I very rarely do.

Caroline tells the beginnings of the #LittleHouseonthePrairie story, from the point of view of Caroline Ingalls. As a child in the 1970s I was blessed to be able to watch the Michael Landon drama on TV, and I must admit that it was the voice of Karen Grassle I heard while reading this.

The book deals with this country’s Westward expansion, and it does show the prejudices then prevalent against Native Americans. I think it is handled well by the author.

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#ACountryWedding

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#ACountryWedding by #LeighDuncan

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Like all Hallmark movies and books, this one is a romantic, happy, clean read, and I genuinely enjoyed it.

Bradley Sutton, country star, is engaged to actress Catherine Mann, and their wedding is approaching quickly. He decides to take a trip back to his childhood town before the wedding, intending to put his childhood home up for sale.

Sarah Standor, his childhood friend, still lives in town, running a ranch for rescue horses. The pair had innocently exchanged “marriage vows” when they were 13.

Gradually the pair come to realize that perhaps you can indeed go home again.

Beautifully written. I recommend this lovely, heartwarming novel.

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#SunriseCabin

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#SunriseCabin by #StaceyDonovan

I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review.

I am unashamedly in love with the entire new line of @hallmark novels based on the films on @hallmarkchannel This book is no exception.

Paige, a teacher who reminds me of nobody so much as Ms. Frizzle, is renting a cabin near Boulder Colorado, and as a native Coloradan I loved the authentic Colorado touches in the book. She is also a writer of children’s books who is hopeful of being published. Paige discovers, to her chagrin, that the cabin she’s renting is now for sale.

Dylan is in banking and his family once owned both the cabin that’s being sold and the main house that went with it. He’s smitten by Paige when they meet in a bakery, and the two soon discover that Dylan’s nephews are Paige’s students.

No spoilers here, because I honestly hate spoilers, but suffice it to say that this book, like all things Hallmark, has a happy ending. It’s the perfect book for an early fall read, and is so snuggly and lovely that I read it twice.

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#OurHouse

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#OurHouse by #LouiseCandlish

This book. If they don’t make a film of it, it would be a drastic oversight on the part of filmmakers everywhere.
Our main characters are Fiona (Fi, for short) Lawson and her philandering husband Bram (short for Abraham). It’s no secret that Bram is a multiple cheater. Fiona makes the decision to split from him, and that’s when things get interesting.
The two decide to share their house, so their sons’ lives are not disrupted by the split. In a trendy choice called birds’ nesting, Fi and Bram will each live at the house on a set schedule, the other times to be spent in an apartment rented so that the rotating days and nights will work. The boys will remain in the main home at all times.

The whole thing comes crashing down when Fi arrives at the house a day early and discovers that it is no longer her home. Bram has betrayed her in a terrifying way.

The rest of the book is filled with so many twists and turns that you’ll get whiplash. I can’t recommend this book highly enough. It rapidly became one of my all-time favorite reads.

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#GiveMeYourHand

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#GiveMeYourHand by #MeganAbbott

I wanted so badly to give this book 5 🌸s, but in the end I just couldn’t.

I’ll try very hard not to give away any spoilers. The book centers around three women, all of whom are working in a lab. Dr Severin runs the lab, and Diane Fleming and Kit Owens work for her.

Diane and Kit first meet at a summer camp as kids, and their lives intersect at various points from there. As teens, Diane confesses something to Kit, and the book centers on this confession.

Through the years, Kit and Diane end up in the same place at the same time, and the consequences are, ultimately, brutal.

I didn’t rate this book as highly as I wanted to for a couple of reasons. 1) By the end, I wanted to strangle Kit Owens. 2) I wanted desperately to know much more about Diane.

I do highly recommend this book, it’s brilliantly plotted and deviously twisted.

#OctoberKiss

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#OctoberKiss by #KristenEthridge

This was a truly relaxing and fun read, light and filled with all the things we’ve come to love about #hallmark and #hallmarkchannel Love, whimsy, hope, faith.

The protagonist is Poppy, in her 20s and stumbling through life. She has moved in with her sister and her sister’s kids while her sister’s husband is overseas. Up til now, Poppy has been wildly unsuccessful in her many ventures in life.

That changes when she becomes nanny to Zoe and Zach, children of her sister’s friend Ryan. Ryan is the absolute definition of workaholic, to the point where he pays very close attention to his phone and zero attention to anything and anyone else.

Halloween comes along, and Poppy and the kids decide to honor the memory of Laurie, Ryan’s deceased wife, by going all out for the holiday.
The book ends, as expected, with love triumphing over all adversity.
I received a copy of this delightful book in return for an honest review. I recommend it!

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