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Monday, November 23, 2020

The Gentleman and the Thief: The Dread Penny Society #2 by Sarah M. Eden


(Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book!)

about book:

A standalone novel in The Dread Penny Society set in 1865 London brimming with secrets, scandal, suspense, and romance.

From the moment Hollis Darby meets Ana Newport, he's smitten. Even though he's from a wealthy, established family and she isn't, he wishes he could have a life with her by his side. But Hollis has a secret: the deep coffers that have kept his family afloat for generations are bare, so he supports himself by writing penny dreadfuls under a pseudonym. If not for the income from his novels, he would be broke.

Ana Newport also has a secret. Though she once had a place in society thanks to her father's successful business, bankruptcy and scandal reduced his fortune to nothing more than a crumbling town house. So Ana teaches music during the day, and at night she assumes the identity of the "Phantom Fox." She breaks into the homes of the wealthy to reclaim trinkets and treasures she feels were unjustly stolen from her family when they were struggling.

When Hollis's brother needs to hire a music tutor for his daughter, Hollis recommends Ana, giving him a chance to spend time with her. Ana needs the income and is eager for the opportunity to get to know the enigmatic gentleman. What neither of them expects is how difficult it will be to keep their respective secrets from each other.

When a spree of robberies rocks the city, Ana and Hollis join forces to solve the crimes, discovering that working together deepens the affection between them. After all, who better to save the day than a gentleman and a thief?

my thoughts:

What a book! I absolutely LOVED Sarah M. Eden's novel, The Gentleman and the Thief. It's the second book in her The Dread Penny Society series and it is fantastic! Chock full of mystery, suspense, and romance - this book has it all in spades. It is gripping from the start and you simply can't put it down for anything. I'm serious. I read this book all the way through and found myself completely hooked! I just loved getting to know Ana and Hollis - they were quite a pair.  Ana is a music teacher who teaches during the day and robs from the rich at night. Hollis is from high society, but his family's money is all gone. So to make ends meet, he has been writing penny dreadfuls. He's smitten with Ana and soon they are spending time together as she tutors his niece.  The more time they spend together, the more they get to know one another, including their secrets.  And the more they begin to like one another. Especially, when they team up to help solve a spree of robberies.  Their knowledge combined makes for quite an effective force and soon they are in deep.  And that is all I will write about this terrific story. You just have to check it out for yourself - you will LOVE it to bits!

Sarah M. Eden has written such a great story. Her writing is top notch, her characters are unforgettable, and the story itself is unputdownable. You can't help but get caught up in all the drama and thrills. And, you can' help but chuckle at Holli's flirtatious comments and root for him and Ana to fall in love. I just loved reading about Victorian London and this dynamic duo - what a treat!

I would happily recommend The Gentleman and the Thief to fans of Sarah M. Eden's books and anyone looking for their next exciting read. Definitely check it out!


Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book!

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

The New Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia by Tom Stevenson

 

(Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!)

about book:

This essential reference for oenophiles — long used as the go-to text for the prestigious Master Sommelier examination — is the most comprehensive guide to the world of wine, featuring authoritative information on the history, culture, geography, and taste of vintages around the globe.

Fully updated and revised for the first time since 2011, this new 800-page edition of Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia reflects the most recent trends in the dynamic world of wine, written by experts around the globe. Beautifully illustrated with more than 400 images and 100 brand-new National Geographic maps, this definitive guide is arranged geographically to highlight the regions and climates that produce the best vintages. From the countries of Southeast Europe to the Eastern Mediterranean, each page is packed with information on flavor notes, vineyard profiles, tasting room guides, grape know-how, and special information on unique varietals. The book also features top wines organized by maker and year; a troubleshooter’s guide to potential wine faults; a taste chart to help identify flavors; up-and-coming producers; unusual wines, food pairings, and more. You’ll find time lines depicting the chronology of wine from 500 million B.C., expert sommelier tips, and thousands of recommendations for the latest and greatest reds, whites, and rosés. The most up-to-date and comprehensive wine reference in the world, this stunning book is an oenophile’s dream–and a must-have for anyone looking to become an expert in wine.

my thoughts:

Talk about the perfect gift for wine lovers this year! The New Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia is chock full of information about the state of wine and it is fascinating! There are tons of photographs, illustrations, and maps. And, of course loads of tidbits about the regions and what they produce, the variety of wine, tasting notes, and so much more. This book is fantastic! You get some great ideas for food pairings and what to pick up as a gift for your wine-loving friends. It is such a treat to just settle down with this book and flip through it and learn about all things wine. I absolutely LOVED it!

I would happily recommend this book as Christmas gift for wine lovers. It would be such a great addition to their coffee table library. And, I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone looking to learn more about wine - you will definitely enjoy falling into The New Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia!

Here's the link to the TLC Book Tour schedule for: Wine

Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Drives Of A Lifetime: 500 of the World's Greatest Road Trips Second Edition by National Geographic

(Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!)

about book:

This lavishly illustrated travel planner features 500 of the world’s most memorable driving experiences, from legendary Highway 1 in California to Japan’s famous Irohazaka Winding Road.

Compiled from the favorite trips of National Geographic’s legendary travel writers, Drives of a Lifetime spans the globe to reveal the best celebrated and lesser-known road trips on the planet. Inside this fully updated and revised edition–featuring more than 20 new drives–you’ll find routes through spectacular landscapes, ideas for quick getaways, leisurely journeys of discovery, and revelations of secret worlds beyond Google Maps. Some are legendary long-distance odysseys; others are easy day trips close to home, taking you down charming local byways. All will inspire you to pack up the car and hit the road. The possibilities are endless: Take Colorado’s San Juan Skyway for a 10,000-foot climb over towering mountain passes. Or travel the ancient Silk Road on an expedition across Central Asia and through time. Or why not drive the perimeter of Puerto Rico, a tropical paradise with many beaches along the way? Whatever your taste and budget, you’ll find plenty of routes tailored to your interests. Alongside detailed descriptions, full-color maps guide the way and planning tips help you make the most of your journey; top 10 lists offer quick, easy side trip ideas. Beautiful, informative, and inspiring, this luxurious volume is a lifelong resource that readers will treasure.

my thoughts:

National Geographic has done it again. They have created another MUST-HAVE book. This time round they are all about road tripping. Yep, Drives Of A Lifetime is THE book to grab if you want to map out trips by car that will take you cross country or traveling the roads in Central Asia. This book has it all. You can flip through sections devoted to ocean views, hills galore, and historical hot spots. There are gorgeous photographs to get lost in, plenty of tips, maps, and basic information to help you figure out when to go and where to go. Talk about the BEST travel book ever!

I just loved flipping through Drives and immersing myself in all the photos and maps. I had so much fun planning out trips I can't wait to take in the coming years. There are so many beautiful places to visit in the world - you can't help but create a long list of all the places you want to see. I absolutely LOVED spending time with this book. I have it out on my coffee table as a reminder of what's to come for the new year. This is one book that I know I'll be going back to again and again. 

I definitely recommend Drives Of A Lifetime to fans of National Geographic and to anyone looking for their next travel read - you will LOVE this book to bits!

Here's the link to the TLC Book Tour schedule for: Drives Of A Lifetime 

Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Hell and High Water: A Maeve Malloy Mystery by Keenan Powell

(Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!)


about book:

Alaskan attorney Maeve Malloy isn’t sure she’s cut out to be a lawyer. All she wants is to be treated like everyone else. Hiding her past, she takes a kitchen job at a remote lodge while she sorts out her life. The day after she lands at Fox Island, a tourist is killed and a rampaging bear has trapped her and the lodge’s guests inside.

The locals cops can’t get to the lodge because of a storm so they ask Maeve for help. Her cover is blown and she’s thrown back into investigating the who, why, and wherefore of the murder before a killer among them can strike again.

my thoughts:

Wow! What a story! I absolutely LOVED Hell and High Water: A Maeve Malloy Mystery by Keenan Powell. It was fantastic! Talk about a gripping, suspense-filled whodunit. 

Maeve is an attorney who was suspended by the bar.  She served her suspension and as a result is beginning to question whether or not law is the right field for her. So, she takes a job as a dishwasher at a remote lodge on Fox Island. She's barely started her job when a body is found. The cops can't get to the lodge, because a huge storm has hit. So, they ask Maeve to help out by investigating. Talk about being in the wrong place. Yep, Maeve is forced back into her role of attorney and must use her investigative skills to figure out who among the group is the killer. Yikes! What a situation to be in! Oh, and did I mention the bear. There is a bear hellbent on attacking the people inside the lodge. How crazy! A murderer and a rampaging bear - what's Maeve to do?!

Keenan Powell has written a terrific mystery that will have you guessing all the way through. There are twists and turns that will surprise you and shock you. There are so many suspicious guests that you won't be able to help but suspect them all. And there is a murderer on the loose who may just strike again. Talk about a fun and thrilling read! You will be swept away right from the start and keep on reading until late into the night. This is one book you won't want to put down for anything. Its sooo good!!!

I would happily recommend Hell and High Water for fans of Keenan Powell and anyone looking for their next great read - you will LOVE this book!! I know that I can't wait to read more of Powell's books. Definitely check this one out!

Here's the link to the TLC Book Tour schedule for: Hell and High Water


Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!

Thursday, October 22, 2020

America The Beautiful: A Story In Photographs by National Geographic

 

(Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!)

about book:

This glorious book of photography, featuring more than 200 magnificent National Geographic images of all 50 states, is a gift-worthy celebration of America’s unique natural and cultural treasures.

America the Beautiful showcases the stunning spaces closest to our nation’s heart–from the woods in the Great Appalachian Valley that Davy Crockett once called home to the breathtaking sweep of California’s Big Sur coast to the wilds of Alaska. It also celebrates the people who have made this country what it is, featuring a wide range of images including the Arikara Nation in the early 1900s and scientists preparing for travel to Mars on a Hawaiian island. Culled from more than 130 years of National Geographic’s vaunted archives, this provocative collection depicts the splendor of this great nation as only National Geographic can, with a dramatic combination of modern and historical imagery–from the creation of architectural icons like the Golden Gate Bridge and Lady Liberty to the last of the country’s wild places currently preserved in our national parks.

Organized by chapters focused on region (west coast and the Pacific, east coast, the south, and the Midwest) that are themselves inspired by verses of the original poem America the Beautiful, this book also features a moving introduction offering perspective on the country’s unique journey. You’ll also find behind-the-scenes commentary from the world-renowned photographers who captured this unforgettable imagery, and observations from the conservationists, activists, and historians who help keep America beautiful today. Profound and inspiring, this is a book for everyone who has ever marveled at the beauty of the United States.

my thoughts:

Wow! America The Beautiful by National Geographic is AMAZING!! I am in LOVE with this book. It is going to be prominently displayed on my coffee table forevermore. This is a book that I know everyone will want to flip through and get lost in - it is seriously that beautiful. National Geographic never disappoints and this time round they hit it out of the park. This gorgeous book is filled to the brim with fantastic photographs of America and its divided by region, so you get to armchair travel throughout the entire country.  There are tidbits and observations included by the photographers, activists, and historians. It's fascinating and breathtaking. You can't help but be in awe of the vastness of America and the diversity of it. It is truly beautiful.  I enjoyed turning the pages and getting swept away to parts of the country that I've never been to, but now want to visit. This is a book you want to get your hands on - it's just so amazing! You have to experience it for yourself. 

I would definitely recommend National Geographic's latest tome, America The Beautiful: A Story In Photographs to everyone - it is an excellent book that you won't want to miss out on. 

Here's the link to the TLC Book Tour schedule for: America The Beautiful

Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!