If you know me you know how much I admire Carrie Hope Fletcher and now the cover for her new book When The Curtain Falls is here and I AM SO SO SO EXCITED!
In 1952 two young lovers meet, in secret, at the beautiful Southern C ross theatre in the very heart of London’s West End. Their relationship is made up of clandestine meetings and stolen moments because there is someone who will make them suffer if he discovers she is no longer ‘his’. But life in the theatre doesn’t always go according to plan and tragedy and heartache are waiting in the wings for all the players . . .
Almost seventy years later, a new production of When the Curtain Falls arrives at the theatre, bringing with it Oscar Bright and Olive Green and their budding romance. Very soon, though, strange things begin to happen and they learn about the ghost that’s haunted the theatre since 1952, a ghost who can only be seen on one night of the year. Except the ghost is appearing more often and seems hell bent on sabotaging Oscar and Olive. The young couple realise they need to right that wrong from years gone by, but can they save themselves before history repeats itself and tragedy strikes once more?
Synopsis Claire’s spellbinding journey continues through the intrigue-ridden French court and the menace of Jacobite plots, to the Highlands of Scotland, through war and death in a desperate fight to save both the child and the man she loves.
Review Dragonfly in Amber is the second part about Claire and Jamie’s adventure in the war-wrecked Scotland. In part 2, we follow the two main characters when they try to prevent the deathly battle that Claire knows will come. To save herself and her beloved Jamie, they enter a journey they will never forget. The journey also unfolds a dark story from the past.
I liked Dragonfly in Amber even though I thought it was way to long and it could have been shorted down a bit, but it’s a good and exciting story that takes us through the Scottish history which I personally love because I´m not that familiar with it. A good and exciting book. Let´s see how long it will take to read the next one in this series.
Soo I have been really good the last few years on not buying new books and instead prioritize the unread books I have in my shelves and I have done soo good but these last 2 months, starting with the London trip, has made me go on a book buying adventure and now I have bought so many new books I´m almost ashamed of myself. From now on I will continue on the book buying ban wagon and only buy a few selected books next year. And the only one I know now that I´m going to buy next year are Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller because I just miss Alosa soo soo much!
December has arrived my friends and with December comes new books and here are the ones I find interesting for this month. No new interesting releases this month by authors I have already read but some other goodies…
Synopsis One night, Mia Dennett enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn’t show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. At first Colin Thatcher seems like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia’s life.
When Colin decides to hide Mia in a secluded cabin in rural Minnesota instead of delivering her to his employers, Mia’s mother, Eve, and detective Gabe Hoffman will stop at nothing to find them. But no one could have predicted the emotional entanglements that eventually cause this family’s world to shatter.
Review This book was a spontaneous purchase when I was out shopping a year ago when I wanted to broaden my reading a bit. I have just discovered Thrillers and I like them alot! Stupid as I am, I’ve always associated Thrillers with Crime, which I absolutely can´t read without getting bored, but Thrillers, yes, it’s a new favorite genre!
What made me want to read this book was simply that the situation simply took another turn from what was supposed to happen, and I was very curious about that. I really enjoyed to read the events from different perspectives , namely Mias, Colins, Mias mother Eve and the cop Gabe. I didn´t know what exactly happend before the last chapter and that was also something I really liked. For being a Thriller, it became a very cozy and emotional read. The “surprising twist at the end” was not surprising at all, I had seen it coming when I had read just over half the book but it was well written and really good. I felt that it was a worthy end because it could have ended in so many different ways, and in this way, all the readers got an ending they liked.
1946, and Claire Randall goes to the Scottish Highlands with her husband Frank. It’s a second honeymoon, a chance to learn how war has changed them and to re-establish their loving marriage.
But one afternoon, Claire walks through a circle of standing stones and vanishes into 1743, where the first person she meets is a British army officer – her husband’s six-times great-grandfather.
Unfortunately, Black Jack Randall is not the man his descendant is, and while trying to escape him, Claire falls into the hands of a gang of Scottish outlaws, and finds herself a Sassenach – an outlander – in danger from both Jacobites and Redcoats.
Marooned amid danger, passion and violence, her only chance of safety lies in Jamie Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior. What begins in compulsion becomes urgent need, and Claire finds herself torn between two very different men, in two irreconcilable lives.
Scotland in the 18th century is a dark story. The women were possessions, men warriors. In the midst of this war between the Scottish clans and the English, Claire arrives and she will soon experience what the history books have taught her, that it is the strong who survives. Claire is an outspoken woman who initially captures Jamie and the others with her rough language and her talent in medicine. But not many trust her, she is English. Is she a spy?
I like this story, it’s really dark at times exactly as it was at that time. I like the characters, although I can agree that Claire takes some stupid decisions sometimes, but then again what would you do in her situation, that is the question? The story is really exciting at times and it’s very hard to put the book away for a longer time. And of course, it’s the beginning of an epic love story as well. How can you not love that?
I’m really bad at re-reading books because I have a huge To-Be-Read pile right now, but sometimes I re-read a series in Swedish called A Faraway Island and it´s about two sisters who during the Second World War were moved, for their own safety, to a small island outside of Gothenburg surrounded by the ocean. We follow the sisters struggle to be accepted in society, find friendship, family and an education. And maybe some love as well. I saw that they have actually translated the books into English as well and I´m so happy about it because now more people can read about them.
Another book I have re-read from time to time are The Host by Stephanie Meyer because I really enjoyed it and still do. I suppose the sequel has been put on ice since Stephanie started writing something else now. Such a pity because I think another book in the series could have been really interesting emotionally. But I love the first book and it ended well even though there is an opening for a second book if Stephanie would like someday. We just have to wait and see.
Below are examples of other books that I actually want to re-read someday because I want to remember that I loved them reading them years ago. Do you have any book you would like to re-read?
The Underland Cronicles by Susanne Collins I remember that they were so charming yet kind of exciting even for a grown up to read.
Kindred Hearts by Rowan Speedwell A story about finding yourself in a historical setting. How can you not love that? What happens when you find yourself having feelings for another guy?
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater When I started this book I was all like, nooo not a story about horses but darn it this book was soo exciting and I remember it leaving me with the feeling Woow What Did I Just Read?
Do you have a book or series that you have re-read many times?