Historically Based Fiction
The Jazz Files
This book is a historical fiction on the 1920's suffrage. Opening this book I expected it to be a slow paced book on the topic of women's suffrage with some mystery mixed in. The first thing I noticed was the map of central London with little flags on the areas featured in the book. For instance it shows where Delilah's flat is. Next up is the character list; this list is great because it tells me who everyone is, I often referred to this section when I was unsure who someone was in the book. It looks like:
Poppy Denby- Cub reporter on the Daily Globe
Dot Denby- Poppy's aunt.
A former West End leading lady and infamous suffragette.
What I did not like about the book was the trick the Dot Denby played on Poppy. She told Poppy and her parent that she wanted to employ Poppy as a companion, however when Poppy arrived Dot told her it was just a little job and that she did not need a companion. Instead she wanted to get Poppy a career of her own after some tries Poppy eventually get an assistant editor's job at the Daily Globe. The job is pretty much just for a maid or organizer, but Poppy uses it to get her foot it the door and from their the plot is off. I have to say that I was very wrong about the pace of the book as soon as the senior reporter is killed the book really takes off. I would recommend this book to history fans, mystery fans, and those who love a good murder novel. I was sent a copy of this book for free for only my honest and unbiased review.
Yankee in Atlanta by Jocelyn Green
I was sent a free copy of Yankee in Atlanta by Jocelyn Green for only my honest and unbiased review of Yankee in Atlanta by Jocelyn Green. I found the book to be an interesting read. I enjoyed reading about how the main character Caitlin was pretending to be a man and how she ended up in the army. I found some of the plot confusing because this was book three in the series and I missed the previous book. However I can tell you that the writing style of the author is moving and the book keeps a fast pace. The details are adequately described. I would recommend reading books one and two before this novel.
A Sweet Misfortune by Maggie Brendan
I was sent a free copy of A Sweet Misfortune by Maggie Brendan for only a honest and unbiased review of A Sweet Misfortune by Maggie Brendan.
A Sweet Misfortune by Maggie Brendan is a book that begins with John getting a letter from Preston asking him for help with Rachel. From there the book moves quickly as John abducts Rachel from a saloon she was working at to save her reputation. I found this part to be very sexist to be honest, but it does fit with the historic time period. From the abduction onward the book moves very slowly. If I was not reading this book for review I would have stopped reading it a few chapters in. The book is a very slow romance. I personally would not recommend it unless you like that type of book.
Beyond the Silence by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse
I was sent a free copy of Beyond the Silence by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse for only my honest and unbiased review of Beyond the Silence by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse.
I found the book to be an enjoyable read. It began with the woman who is to become the nanny of young jimmy leaving her grandfather's home and being told to never return. From this moment the young women's life is changed forever she has regained her freedom and already has a job as a nanny. However her employer is believed to be his wife's killer by most of the town, yet he did not kill her. This adds a thriller element of the story as the reader wonders if he is in fact a murderer. The story moves at a medium pace neither fast nor slow. It jumps between multiple character perspectives.
Until the Dawn by Elizabeth Camden Review
I was sent a free copy of Until the Dawn by Elizabeth Camden in exchange only for my honest and unbiased review of Until the Dawn by Elizabeth Camden.
Until the Dawn by Elizabeth Camden is a book about a young woman named Sophie who was trespassing at a old mansion to run her own weather station. She is discover by the owner Quentin who is furious however they reach a truce when Sophie is able to reach his troubled son. This is very much the entire premise of the book. Now while that might sound boring to some I found the book to be an interesting read. The book has a lot of drama in it. I personally enjoyed the character interactions and he uncovering of who the bodyguards really were. I enjoyed the book and I would recommend it to those who enjoy historical fiction.
I was sent a free copy of Somewhere I belong by Glenna Jenkins in exchange only for my honest and unbiased review of Somewhere I belong by Glenna Jenkins.
Somewhere I belong by Glenna Jenkins
Somewhere I belong by Glenna Jenkins is about P.J. Kavanaugh, P.J. Kavanaugh just lost his father. P.J. Kavanaugh is living right in the middle of the Depression and his mother is uprooting his family to move them back from Boston to the country. The farm has an endless supply of chores, his teacher is not only a drunk, but a bully too, and the winter is harsh and coming on fast. All P.J. Kavanaugh wants is to return home to Boston.
P.J. Kavanaugh live takes another change when a Babe Ruth charity baseball came announcement comes in a letter. However P.J. Kavanaugh's mother will not allow P.J. Kavanaugh to go, but a farm accident quickly change P.J. Kavanaugh's mother's mind.P.J. Kavanaugh goes to Boston and watches the game with his friends, but his heart longs for the country. This longing leaves P.J. Kavanaugh wondering: where does P.J. Kavanaugh truly belong the country or the city?
About Glenna Jenkins
Glenna Jenkins is a:
- member of the Editors Association of Canada
- partner in Editors East
- offer writing services
- offers coaching
- offers copy editing
- offers structural editing
Glenna Jenkins lives in historic Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Glenna Jenkins is a true Maritimer, Glenna Jenkins was born and raised in Nova Scotia and Glenna Jenkins' Prince Edward Island roots hail back to 1830.
Glenna Jenkins has written:
- Stories in Riptides: New Island Fiction
- Somewhere I Belong
- Stories in Jilted Angels: A Collection of Short Stories
As I wrote at the top of this hub "I was sent a free copy of Somewhere I belong by Glenna Jenkins in exchange only for my honest and unbiased review of Somewhere I belong by Glenna Jenkins."
I want to start off by saying this is not one of my favorite genres; I personally consider science fiction and fantasy to always be my first favorites as far as book genres go. Yet now that I am reviewing and reading more and more books my genre tastes have expanded. I still consider science fiction and fantasy to be my favorite genres. Yet now I often read other genres and find the books to be well written and enjoyable. So while this is not my favorite genre I will still review it honestly and possibly enjoy it!
Okay, so I did not actually enjoy this book, but I did not hate it either. I just found it a bit bland. If you are interested in history or enjoy historical fiction then you will enjoy this book. I have never been a history fan so I found this book a bit dull. My favorite part was the Babe Ruth game, but that did not happen until the end of the book. I would have prefered the book to have the game more in the middle. Now this was not a bad book, I just felt it was filled with too much drama and that it was too long for what it was. The book kind of went like:
- Family moves to country
- Boy pretends to be sick
- Boy goes to school anyway
- Boy gets picked on by classmates and teacher
- Comes home homework and chores
- Repeat three through five many times
- Boy starts to adapt
- Babe Ruth Game
- Where does boy belong?
The book was pretty much a historical fiction drama about school in the past. There are some interesting facts mixed into the book. I would recommend this book for a school reading project as it is an easy read and has plenty of elements to write about. I think that the book would have been more interesting to a lot of people if the author added more sport aspects in to the book, maybe it could have focused a bit more on babe Ruth. Or maybe the boy could have felt some sort of deep admiration for Babe Ruth and wanted to go into sports like Babe Ruth did.