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I got a lot of Advance Review Copies last month and this should be a reminder to me that I need to read more from my shelves but oh no, I have holds waiting for me. I’ll tell you about those another time.

Let’s talk about some of these new books because there is a great mix of mystery, fiction, favorite authors, and new to me authors.

Here are the new books:

The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin
The Other Me by Saskia Sarginson
The Unrestored Woman by Shobha Rao
The First book of Calamity Leek by Paula Lichtarowicz
The Bomb Girls by Daisy Styles
Marriage Material by Sathnam Sanghera
Remember to Forget by Ashley Royer
Missing Pieces by Heather Gudenkauf
River Road by Carol Goodman
Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica
Platinum Doll by Anne Girard
Where My Heart Used to Beat by Sebastian Faulks
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick

I wish I could spend all weekend in bed just reading my new books. So have you read any of these and if it was you, which one would you pick up?

Happy Weekend all!

Against A Brightening Sky

againstbrightsky“In an age of empires, princes were raised to rule, and often, to fight and die.”

Against A Brightening Sky
By Jaime Lee Moyer

The Delia Martin mystery/paranormal series comes to a conclusion with this third book. The story opens during the spring of 1919 and Delia is now more immersed in the world of magical arts with the help of her friend Isadora. She also continues to help her husband, Police Captain, Gabriel Ryan on his cases but this time around they may be in over their heads.

As the couple attends a St. Patrick’s Day parade the festivities quickly turn to chaos when gunmen start shooting into the crowds. There is confusion and fear as they try to get out of harm’s way and all along Delia knows there is a new ghost following her.

Who is this ghost seeking her attention? The couple and their friends will soon be in charge of keeping a young woman who can’t remember anything safe but the ghosts and other entities that begin to show up lead them to believe that she must be someone important.

The standout characters in this series are Delia and Gabriel. While the author does a good job of incorporating other characters and bringing back favorites, I think that by telling the stories in alternating chapters from the viewpoints of Delia and Gabriel, it is much easier to see the growth these two have had since the beginning of the series.

I was surprised to find out that this book was the end of the series. I feel like there were more stories that could have been explore and I thought Delia and Gabriel still had more to share with the readers. Their love story hasn’t been easy and they’ve had their share of grief.

The paranormal aspects of this mystery were interesting and there is one character that is very creepy and I thought gave this mystery a more somber mood than previous entries. All in all a satisfying conclusion to the series.

Source: Library copy

Teaser Tuesday

TeaserTuesdays-ADailyRhythm3I’m back for another Teaser Tuesday hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. The rules: grab your current read, open to a random page, and share two (2 or 3) “teaser” sentences from that page while avoiding any spoilers.

My teasers are from a couple of different pages but I think a lot of you will guess where these teasers are from:

“The old gentleman died; his will was read, and like almost every other will gave as much disappointment as pleasure. He was neither so unjust, nor so ungrateful, as to leave his estate from his nephew; but he left it to him on such terms as destroyed half the value of the bequest.” Pg. 2

“In this state of her spirits, a letter was delivered to her from the post, which contained a proposal particularly well timed. It was the offer of a small house, on very easy terms, belonging to a relation of her own, a gentleman of consequence and property in Devonshire. The letter was from this gentleman himself, and written in the true spirit of friendly accommodation.” Pg. 19

Did you guess where these teasers are from?

They are from Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. My mom and I watched the movie last weekend and I decided that it was time to actually read the book. Have you read this and how does it rank compared to other Austen books you’ve read?