Wednesday, May 16, 2012

WWW Wednesday ~ 5/16/12


To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

(FYI, click on the book for a link to amazon)

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• What are you currently reading?

Shades of Earl Grey (Tea Shop, Bk 3)
 
This is the 3rd book in the series.  I have the 4th book ordered but I'm not sure if I'll go any further than that.  I'll have to see how they turn out.

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• What did you recently finish reading?

Book #1:
Gunpowder Green (Tea Shop, Bk 2)


"Gunpowder Green"  Tea Shop Mystery Book 2
Author:  Laura Childs
Rating: 3/5 (These are cozy mysteries but I'm not sure that they are my favorite choices of books to read.)

The Indigo Tea Shop, Charleston's favorite spot of tea, has just come out with its latest flavor: Gunpowder Green. Theodosia Browning cannot wait to hear its praises as it is unveiled at the annual yacht race. — But when she hears the crack of an antique gun meant to end the race, a member of Charleston's elite falls dead. Theodosia has a hunch that his demise was no accident -- and will go out of her way to prove it. But if she doesn't act fast, Theo will find herself in hot water with some boiling-mad Charlestonians -- and more that a little gun-chai...   


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Book #2:

Before Ever After: A Novel



"Before Ever After"
Author: Samantha Sotto
Rating: 5/5 (This book was AMAZING!  I read it cover to cover and could not put it down!  A must read.)

Three years after her husband Max's death, Shelley feels no more adjusted to being a widow than she did that first terrible day. That is, until the doorbell rings. Standing on her front step is a young man who looks so much like Max–same smile, same eyes, same age, same adorable bump in his nose–he could be Max's long-lost relation. He introduces himself as Paolo, an Italian editor of American coffee table books, and shows Shelley some childhood photos. Paolo tells her that the man in the photos, the bearded man who Paolo says is his grandfather though he never seems to age, is Max. Her Max. And he is alive and well.

As outrageous as Paolo's claims seem–how could her husband be alive? And if he is, why hasn't he looked her up? – Shelley desperately wants to know the truth. She and Paolo jet across the globe to track Max down–if it is really Max– and along the way, Shelley recounts the European package tour where they had met. As she relives Max's stories of bloody Parisian barricades, medieval Austrian kitchens, and buried Roman boathouses, Shelley begins to piece together the story of who her husband was and what these new revelations mean for her "happily ever after." And as she and Paolo get closer to the truth, Shelley discovers that not all stories end where they are supposed to. 
 
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Book #3:

Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict

"Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict"
Author:  Laurie Viera Rigler
Rating:  5/5  (I really enjoyed this book and think any Jane Austen fan would.  It was a fun read!)

In this Jane Austen-inspired comedy, love story, and exploration of identity and destiny, a modern L.A. girl wakes up as an Englishwoman in Austen's time. — After nursing a broken engagement with Jane Austen novels and Absolut, Courtney Stone wakes up and finds herself not in her Los Angeles bedroom or even in her own body, but inside the bedchamber of a woman in Regency England. Who but an Austen addict like herself could concoct such a fantasy?
Not only is Courtney stuck in another woman's life, she is forced to pretend she actually is that woman; and despite knowing nothing about her, she manages to fool even the most astute observer. But not even her love of Jane Austen has prepared Courtney for the chamber pots and filthy coaching inns of nineteenth-century England, let alone the realities of being a single woman who must fend off suffocating chaperones, condomless seducers, and marriages of convenience. Enter the enigmatic Mr. Edgeworth, who fills Courtney's borrowed brain with confusing memories that are clearly not her own.
Try as she might to control her mind and find a way home, Courtney cannot deny that she is becoming this other woman -- and being this other woman is not without its advantages: Especially in a looking-glass Austen world. Especially with a suitor who may not turn out to be a familiar species of philanderer after all.
 
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Book #4:
Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict: A Novel
 
"Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict"
Author:  Laurie Viera Rigler
Rating:  4/5 (I didn't enjoy this one as much as "Confessions....".  Maybe becaues it was in the present time but as the book progressed I enjoyed it more.)

The eagerly anticipated sequel to Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict — Laurie Viera Rigler's debut novel, Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict, was a hit with fans and critics, and a BookSense and Los Angeles Times bestseller. Its open-to-interpretation ending left readers begging for more-and Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict delivers. While Confessions took twenty-first-century free spirit Courtney Stone into the social confines of Jane Austen's era, Rude Awakenings tells the parallel story of Jane Mansfield, a gentleman's daughter from Regency England who inexplicably awakens in Courtney's overly wired and morally confused L.A. life.

For Jane, the modern world is not wholly disagreeable. Her apartment may be smaller than a dressing closet, but it is fitted up with lights that burn without candles, machines that wash bodies and clothes, and a glossy rectangle in which tiny people perform scenes from her favorite book, Pride and Prejudice. Granted, if she wants to travel she may have to drive a formidable metal carriage, but she may do so without a chaperone. And oh, what places she goes! Public assemblies that pulsate with pounding music. Unbound hair and unrestricted clothing. The freedom to say what she wants when she wants-even to men without a proper introduction.
Jane relishes the privacy, independence, even the power to earn her own money. But how is she to fathom her employer's incomprehensible dictates about "syncing a BlackBerry" and "rolling a call"? How can she navigate a world in which entire publications are devoted to brides but flirting and kissing and even the sexual act itself raise no matrimonial expectations? Even more bewildering are the memories that are not her own. And the friend named Wes, who is as attractive and confusing to Jane as the man who broke her heart back home. It's enough to make her wonder if she would be better off in her own time, where at least the rules are clear-that is, if returning is even an option.

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Book #5:

Love Finds You in Groom, Texas (Love Finds You)

"Love Finds You in Groom Texas"
Author:  Janice Hanna
Rating:  4/5 (I really loved the characters in this book and it made me want to visit the area.  I think the romance went a bit quickly but I guess that happens sometimes. )

Always the groomsman, never the groom… It’s 1914, and Jake O’Farrell has gained an unusual reputation among the locals: He’s played the roles of groomsman and best man in all four of his older brothers’ weddings, but he’s never been able to find the woman to capture his heart. And now with the upcoming wedding of his best friend, Jake will become the last single man in the town of Groom.

Anne Denning has made the difficult decision to move with her sisters to Texas, but a train derailment forces them to seek shelter in Groom, near Amarillo. Mrs. O’Farrell, hopeful that Anne will catch her youngest son’s eye, invites the girls to stay at her home until the train is repaired and ready to pull out. Anne has no idea of the blissful chaos that lies ahead!

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• What do you think you’ll read next?


Love on the Line

 
My next read will be "Love on the Line".  Deeanne Gist is one of my favorite Christian authors.  I'm reading this as part of the "Bout of Books Read-a-Thon".  You can see my goals and progress for the read-a-thon HERE.

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Have a great Wednesday!

6 comments:

  1. Before Ever After was pretty good. It had a nice flow to it :)

    http://carabosseslibrary.blogspot.com/2012/05/www-wednesday_16.html

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  2. Never Heard of these books but they have pretty covers!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    Valerie @ Intriguing Reads

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  3. I really want to read Before Ever After! So many great choices.

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  4. I LOVED Love on the Line. Deaanne Gist is one of my favorite authors - my favorite is A Bride Most Begrudging. :)

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  5. A lot of books for you Colletta this week! :)
    Here you can find my WWW post:
    http://www.peekabook.it/2012/05/www-wednesdays-may16.html

    Valentina
    www.peekabook.it

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  6. Thanks for stopping by earlier this week! I loved "Love on the Line." Hope you enjoy it!

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