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(Review) Astor Place Vintage by Stephanie Lehmann

Publication Date: July 1, 2013.
Publisher: Touchstone.
Genre: Fiction.
Pages: 416.
Source: Gift.
Rating: 3 stars for good.

Amanda owns a vintage clothing store in Manhattan, New York City. She is single and quickly approaching 40. She has a complicated relationship with a boy she's known since high school. Amanda meets an older woman wanting to sell her classic vintage clothing to Amanda. Amanda finds a diary tucked away in one of the articles of clothing. The two women barter and bargain. Amanda keeps the diary and becomes absorbed in the author's story.
The book travels back and forth between the worlds of modern day Amanda and the diary's author Olive Westcott. When the diary begins, it is 1907. Olive is an independent minded young women of a new era in America. She yearns to have a career. The two women have certain qualities in common, but they live in different times.

My Thoughts:
What I loved about the story is vintage clothing, a hidden diary, another era…

(Review) Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Publication Date: Originally published 1936. My Scribner copy was published 2007.
Publisher: Scribner.
Genre: Fiction, Southern Literature, Civil War.
Pages: 959.
Source: Self-purchase.
Rating; 4 stars for very good.

This book is counted for the following book challenges.

I have no idea what happened to the blog and host who was the promoter of the Gone With The Wind Read-a-Long. The blog is shut down. I knew other bloggers who were working through Gone With The Wind, but I'm not seeing current posts on the book.
I'm pleased that I can now state I've read Gone With The Wind. I know a few people who've shared they've read Gone With The Wind multiple times. They fell madly in love with the story and continue to read and reread it. But I don't think I'll read the book again. I'm glad I read it, but don't care to read it again. Actually...and I know this is going to be shocking, but I love the movie better. The books last 300 plus pages were annoying. …

(Review) The Lady of The Rivers by Philippa Gregory

Publication Date: October 18, 2011.
Publisher: A Touchstone Book/Simon and Schuster
Genre: Historical fiction.
Pages: 443.
Source: self-purchased.
Rating: 2 1/2 to 3 stars. Somewhere in the rating land of okay to good.

The Cousin's War is a series of 6 books:
Book One---The White Queen
Book Two---The Red Queen
Book Three---The Lady of the Rivers
Book Four---The Kingmaker's Daughter
Book Five---The White Princess
Book Six---The King's Curse

I've read The Kingmaker's Daughter and The Red Queen. I gave 5 stars to The Kingmaker's Daughter and 4 stars to The Red Queen. I did not like The Lady of The Rivers as much. I vacillated between 2 and 3 stars. What pushed the score to 3, is I loved the portrayal of admiration, partnership, respect, and love between Jacquetta and her husband Richard Woodville.

Links for more information:
Jacquetta of Luxembourg, from Philippa Gregory's webpage.
Jacquetta of Luxembourg, from Susan Higginbotham's webpage.  
Richard Woodville, …

(Review) Solomon's Bride: The Tiger and The Dove, Book Two by Rebecca Hazell

Publication Date: April 7, 2014.
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.
Genre: Fiction.
Pages: 384.
Source: Free copy from Rebecca Hazell in exchange for a review.
Rating: 2 1/2 stars for okay to good.


My previous review of book One, The Grip of God. 

Sofia was taken captive by Mongol invaders from her Rus' kingdom in book one. In book two, Sofia and her servant are able to escape to Iran. She has left one people group who held her captive and has become captive to another people group. The new group is of a different culture and religion from the Mongols, and they are both completely different from her eastern European homeland. Book one explored the Mongol culture, society, and religion. Book two explores the Islamic religion.

My Thoughts:
The first book in this series I loved and gave it five stars for excellent. But Solomon's Bride did not catch hold of my interest. The last quarter of the book I felt a small investment in Sofia's life.…

(Review) The Cost of Courage by Charles Kaiser

Publication Date: June 16, 2015.
Publisher: Other Press. 
Genre: Nonfiction, French Resistance during World War II, Nazi Germany, Boulloche family.
Pages: 288.
Source: Free ebook copy from NetGalley in exchange for a review.
Rating: 5 stars for excellent.

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The Cost of Courage is the story of the history of World War II, the Nazi German occupation, and one family who worked in the French Resistance for liberty.
The Boulloche family comprised of the parents, two sons, and two daughters. Three of the children while in their 20s were members of the resistance.

My Thoughts:
World War II and the Holocaust are two genres I read frequently. My dad was in the army during World War II and he was a D-day Veteran landing on Omaha Beach. From an early age, I had an interest in World War II history. Listening to the stories dad shared with mother and I at the dinner table kindled the interest and it has never left.
The Cost of Courage centers around the Boulloche family…

A Poetic Introduction to July