Books To Take You Away From It All

Monthly Archives: August 2014

The adventures begun in the Feyland trilogy continue, where a high-tech computer game becomes a gateway to the treacherous Realm of Faerie. Rich-boy gamer Royal Lassiter lives on easy mode—until everything falls apart. Dark faeries are plotting to invade the mortal world, his controlling mom has turned home into enemy territory, and he can’t deny his irresistible attraction to newcomer Brea, despite the danger lurking in her mysterious eyes. Forced to undertake a perilous mission for the Dark Queen of Faerie, Brea Cairgead finds living among humans and hiding her true nature as one of the fey folk a fearsome challenge—especially when her emotions prove all too vulnerable to a certain human boy. Torn between impossible loyalties, she must serve her queen… though it may cost her heart. Can love between mortal and fey ever have a happy ending? (From Goodreads.com)

 

 

Sissy: Anthea Sharp draws us back into the magical world of Feyland with another beautiful novel of romance and adventure. I dare you to look at the cover and not be drawn into the story.

Bubby: I am always so excited when a new Feyland book comes out! This one shows us a whole new side of Roy Lassiter, the boy we hate to like. He actually has some depth. Who knew?

Sissy: Anthea Sharp just keeps getting better and better! I do not hesitate to recommend that everyone read Royal: Feyguard Book 2.

Bubby: A great novel to help you pretend that it’s still summer. Just what I needed.

Click HERE to buy Royal by Anthea Sharp at Amazon.com

We received a copy of Royal from the author in return for a fair and honest review.

© Bubble Bath Books 2014

 


Can a stack of long-hidden love letters from a WWII war hero inspire a heartbroken woman to love again? Reeling from a bitter divorce, Adrienne Carter abandons Chicago and retreats to the sun, sand, and beauty of Southern Florida, throwing herself into the restoration of a dilapidated old Victorian beach house. Early into the renovations, she discovers a tin box hidden away in the attic that reveals the emotional letters from a WWII paratrooper to a young woman who lived in the house more than a half-century earlier.

The old letters—incredibly poetic and romantic—transcend time, and they arouse in Adrienne a curiosity that leads her to track down the writer of the letters. William “Pops” Bryant is now an old man living in a nearby town with his handsome but overprotective grandson, Will. As Adrienne begins to unravel the secrets of the letters (and the Bryants), she finds herself not yet willing to give up entirely on love. (From Amazon.com)

 

Bubby: We’re back! Wow, what a summer. I think Sissy would agree that what we really need now is 6 months of really boring life. No drama, no excitement, no big events, nothing. But for some reason, I doubt that will be the case!

Sissy: I know. From your lips to God’s ears, Bubby. At some point during the summer, I don’t know when, we both read this book and found it to be so sweet and poignant. We knew we needed to share it with you! Two love stories happen within its pages, one beginning in the WWII era and one in the present day. The thing that weaves them all together is the bundle of love letters bound with one lavender ribbon – hence the title. And let me tell you: those letters were beautifully written. I fear in this fast paced age of texts and tweets that such lovely writing is becoming extinct. I have a bundle of love letters that my husband wrote me when we were courting. Does that make me sound ancient?

Bubby: Yes, but so does everything you say, so…

Sissy: Wow. I see your summer experiences have not polished off your rudeness! My love letters are a magnificent treasure, just like the ones in Heather Burch’s novel.

Bubby: I actually think that I do have a few letters somewhere from my dear husband. I’ll have to see if I can find them. I’m sure that they are quite romantic, just like yours.

Sissy: Not possible. My husband is the King of Romance.

Bubby: I don’t know about that. My husband bought me a yard full of sod for our 20th anniversary. And an ironing board for my birthday. Can’t beat that! (For the record, we went to Spain last month and celebrated our anniversary early, and I REALLY wanted that ironing board so…) I have to say that of the two love stories, I prefer the older one. It’s just so sweet to see love that stands the test of time. Besides which, there’s a nifty little twist that really makes the whole story sing. I could expound but then Sissy would have to kill me.

Sissy: I only want to kill you because you got to go to Spain and I didn’t.

Bubby: Get over it.

Sissy: Anyway, if we can stop talking about SPAIN, if you are looking for a heartwarming reading interlude, One Lavender Ribbon by Heather Burch will truly satisfy you. 3.7 bubbles from me.

Bubby: It was a wonderful story. Heather Burch does a fantastic job of evoking romance, nostalgia and hope. Loved it. 4.25 lavender bubbles.

Click HERE to buy One Lavender Ribbon by Heather Burch from Amazon.com

© Bubble Bath Books 2014


Nobody in the family talks about Ellen’s grandmother Lola, who was swallowed up by the circus and emerged as a woman who tamed tigers. When Ellen’s husband, Wayne, beats her nearly to death, she runs to the only place she knows where a woman can completely disappear—the same Big Top that once sheltered her grandmother. Though the circus moves from one town to the next, Wayne tracks it, and Ellen, relentlessly. At the same time, Ellen learns more about her feisty, fiery relative, and the heritage that is hers for the taking—if she dares. With her violent husband hot on her trail, Ellen must learn to stand up and fight for herself, to break the cycle of abuse, and pass down a story of love and redemption to her children. (Netgalley.com)

Bubby: I have to give props to Sissy on this one. I was not overly interested in reading The Language of Silence. I have difficulty reading or watching anything that deals with domestic violence or the abuse of children. I’m just too much of a softie. And circuses have clowns and clowns scare me because they are creepy. Put the two together and I decided that this was not a book for me. But Sissy made me read it. And I am glad. It was great. I really hate to say it, but Sissy was right. This time.

Sissy: Do we have to keep revisiting the old sad theme of how I’m always right?  The language of Silence was maddening to read, at times, because it is so hard for a person not in an abusive relationship to understand how difficult it is to get out of one. A normal reaction would be to say to the victim, “Just leave the bum. No one is allowed to treat you that way. Call the cops!” It seems so cut and dried. But it’s so not. The thing that made this book readable and not just another sorry sad tale was the magic in it.

Bubby: And Aunt Ruth. I love Aunt Ruth. I want to be Aunt Ruth.

Sissy: Yes, I was going to say Aunt Ruth and her “sight” and the back story of Lola and the circus that is interwoven throughout the book take this book to a magical level. Plus spangled costumes and feather plumes.

Bubby: I passionately hated Ellen’s mother, Josie. You’d think that someone who had grown up knowing her father was abusive to her mother would not only recognize the signs in her own daughter but actively seek to educate and protect her child. Not Josie. Her reaction when Ellen tells her about the abuse? “For Pete’s sake, Ellen. Don’t do anything to set him off. You know how moody men can be. You just have to smile and carry on.” Bull hooey. My daughter tells me her husband has hit her? She’s moved out and he’s got a restraining order and we have new ammo for the shotgun. And if my son ever hit his wife or kids? He’d better start running and not stop.

Sissy:  She made me so furious!  Such a dark ages point of view–“Do whatever you need to keep the man happy, and if he’s not happy it’s your fault.”  I think I would add to Bubby’s answer to abusive men–how about our connections to the Samoan mafia?  Didn’t know about that, did ya?!  But karma leads Ellen and Aunt Ruth full circle–back to the place where Lola found happiness and where Ellen eventually finds her own.  How about a dark and handsome trainer of Andalusian horses named Luca?  I think Bubby would get all giddy here and say “Yumm!”

Bubby:  Absolutely! I love the redemption of the circus. It’s where Lola found her true love and life and where Ellen does as well. It’s also where Lola’s husband got what he deserved (no spoilers!) and it’s the same for Ellen’s husband (to an extent) also.

Sissy: I think the answer for all abusive men (and women) is 10 minutes with an angry tiger…

Bubby: Sissy! No spoilers! I can’t wait to read more from Peggy Webb. The Language of Silence gets 4 sequined bubbles from me.

Sissy: A lovely tale. I hate the name Wayne. By the end so will you. 4 bubbles from me.

Click HERE to buy The Language of Silence by Peggy Webb from Amazon.com.

We received a copy of The Language of Silence from NetGalley in return for a fair and honest review.

© Bubble Bath Books 2014