The Very Picture of You by: Isabel Wolff

The Very Picture of You

It has been many, many years since I have read and loved Isabel’s book A Vintage Affair. I purchased this book years ago hoping to love it just as much. Unfortunately, I was bored. I didn’t really get into the book until the last 100 pages. Some of the first 1/3 of the story was decent but otherwise, I kept wanting to put it down.

This is a story about a portrait painter and the stories that her sitters tell. Maybe the subject matter wasn’t for me. I wonder if I go back and reread A Vintage Affair, if I would still like it as much as I did back then.

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Park Bench by: Christophe Chabouté

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Description from the Publishers through Netgalley

My Review:
At first, I wasn’t sure that I was going to like this.  It is strictly images and roughly drawn ones without any words.  However, as you turn each page the stories that are told are magnificent.  You see the lives lived and only constant is this one park bench.   I absolutely love this graphic novel and the more I think about it, the sweeter the story is.
I gave this book 5 crowns.
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Woman No. 17 by: Edan Lepucki

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This was an interesting read.  I didn’t know much about it going into the story and what I did know was incorrect.  The main female characters Lady and S had a very intriguing dynamic.  There relationship didn’t seem to fall into one specific category and that led to some issues.
I enjoyed this book and would pick up the author’s other works.  This is not a typical fiction book and that made it more engrossing.
I gave this book 4 crowns.
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I recieed this book from http://www.bloggingforbooks.com in exchange for an honest review.

The Bookshop at Water’s End by: Patti Callahan Henry

The Bookshop at Water's End

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My Review:
This was a sweet story of two women who are trying to come to terms with things that have happened in their lives over the years from the time that they were children through the present.
They return to the place were they met and spent some of the best summers of their lives as well as one of the worst.  With their children in tow, they confront their pasts and try to prepare for their futures.
I really enjoyed this story and loved that one of the main focal points of this story is this well loved bookshop that was had its’ own ups and downs and has survived.
I gave this book 5 crowns.
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I received this E-ARC from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Sunshine Sisters by: Jane Green

The Sunshine Sisters

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Alice I Have Been by: Melanie Benjamin

Alice I Have Been

This is a historical fiction novel about the life of Alice Liddell Hargreaves, the inspiration behind Alice in Wonderland.  I listened to this on audio book and found it intriguing.  I was a bit disturbed by the relationship between Alice and Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll).  This book is a mix of fact and fiction and I don’t know which parts are which but I was not too happy about the closeness of their relationship.

This will not change my love of Alice in Wonderland but it did make me want to know the truth.  I thought the characters were well developed and I really did get absorbed into the story.  My heart broke for Alice as she struggled through life.  I recommend picking this up to read as an aside for anyone that is a fan of the Alice stories.

I gave this book 4 crowns.

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The Simplicity of Cider by: Amy E. Reichert & GIVEAWAY

The Simplicity of Cider Publication Date: May 16, 2017

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