Here it is already the end of another month. Where does the time go? I have been busy as usual reading some wonderful books for the month of March of 2020. Here are the 7 books I read and reviewed for March. I read fewer books this month due to the work I did on a new book of my own.
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Jjspina5.0 out of 5 stars A Compelling Heartfelt Multi-Generational Saga!Reviewed in the United States on March 4, 2020Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseA Fire Sparkling would make an unforgettable movie on the big screen! It was a compelling heartfelt multi-generational saga that gripped this reader. Each time I tried to get away from the book to do chores or even eat or sleep I was pulled back in.
The author has done an incredible job of creating memorable characters and a fascinating premise. When a son discovers compromising photos of his mother with a Nazi soldier he is forced to find out the truth along with his daughter. They must ask his 97 year old mother what those photos mean and if he is the son of a Nazi.
The story progresses through the eyes of the elderly mother who relates her life during WWII. She reveals the secret she has kept all those years to protect her family but what she doesn’t know is there is more to this secret than she even knows.
This was an astoundingly captivating story relating the horrors of wartime and how many had to suffer at the hands of Hitler and his henchmen. It is a horrifying historical account interspersed with a heartfelt romance running through it.
A thoroughly enjoyable story that I highly recommend
The Tattooist of Auschwitz is an unforgettable story based on the life of a concentration camp survivor. The author relates this tale in great detail of all the horrors during wartime at Auschwitz-Berkinau camps. The main protagonist Lale is assigned the job of tätowierer, tattooing all prisoners with numbers.
This job has saved Lale’s life in many ways and enables him to help others less fortunate in the camp. When he meets a woman, Gita, he is permanently marking, he makes eye contact with her, which he usually avoids. He feels an instant connection and from then on he is smitten and protective of her.
This is a powerful story of love and survival during wartime. It expresses how strong or not people can be when truly tested. Lale proves to be an indomitable force that can’t be stopped. He helped so many others who were not as strong and resilient to survive the horrors of these camps. It brought tears to my eyes what all the prisoners had to endure at the hands of the evil doctor and cruel guards.
An unforgettable story of strength and perseverance that tears at the heart. The author has done a wonderful job creating this heartfelt story of this Holocaust survivor who lived to tell his tale. I highly recommend this gripping story that will leave you with tears well spent and a grateful heart for those who survived and aching for those who did not.
This is the book 1 of this series with Medical Examiner, Samantha Owens. Sam is drawn into this complex case by her former boyfriend’s mother who doesn’t believe her son’s death was a random case. She believes he was murdered.
When Sam delves into the autopsy she finds conflicting evidence that leads her to believe something entirely different than what the police believe happened. She tries to work day to day since the death of her husband and twins but suffers from PTSD since the tragedy.
Will she be able to hold it together and find out what happened to this man and who was responsible for his murder? Will she be able to come to terms with the loss of her own family to see this case through?
This is a deep story that has many dark sides to it not only from the main protagonist but also many of the other characters. Some have had tragedy in their lives through time in a branch of service and are suffering from mental and psychological issues disabling them from getting back to civilian life.
An intriguing beginning to this new series.
The Girl Who Lived Twice is another heart-pounding book about Lisbeth Salander, the wild girl with the dragon tattoo who is indestructible. Mikael Blomkvist is again looking for her and worried that Lisbeth’s many lives may soon run out.
I have read all of the books in this series and have enjoyed following along with the crazy exploits of this incredible young woman. Mr. Lagercrantz has done a commendable job of continuing on the story of Lisbeth first created by Stieg Larson.
I wonder what complicated problems the author will come up with next for Lisbeth to tackle. It will be something to look forward to.
Eventide is book 3 and the final installment of this intriguing mystery/paranormal/horror series. This book completes the mystery of Hode’s Hill and its secrets.
In this tale the mystery revolves around a haunted house, Stewart Manor, and its previous occupants. When a new owner, Madison, purchases the house she experiences some strange things. Some of her items such as keys, glove and other things go missing; her tires are slashed; she experiences cold spots; detects a foul smell in the basement and hears voices arguing in some rooms. She is tormented but refuses to be driven out of her home.
She is an empath and feels the pain and torment of others. She knows that something evil occupies her home and is determined to find out what that is.
The author is a master of suspense and paranormal genre. She keeps the reader in a tight grip as she maneuvers her tales through some gripping scenes that can cause nightmares in this reader.
I thoroughly enjoyed this final book and look forward to more from this creative author.
A enjoyable read based in the 1940’s, a time when women were treated as secondary to men. The main protagonist, Aloysius Archer, has a way with women but he also has a way of getting into trouble without trying.
Archer is an ex-con who served time even though he was not guilty. He did, however, get out on good behavior before his time was up. He is forced to travel to a town during his parole time that is full of corruption, greed, murder, and more suspects than you can count. He must do all he can to keep out of trouble as he tries to pay back a debt from a job he takes on.
Baldacci does a nice job creating a mystery that gripped this reader until the last page when everything is pulled together satisfactorily. This was a different kind of story for this best-selling author – a step out of his comfort zone but an enjoyable period mystery just the same.
The Stranger Inside kept me riveted all the way through. I thought I knew who the killer was but the author put in road blocks, twists and turns and surprises that made me question what was going on.
I don’t want to give anything away but that this story will keep you turning pages as you try to solve the mystery. The author has created quite a thriller with a dysfunctional family, each member has his/her own demons to overcome. The two children struggle to get over the suicide of their father. The sight of him hanging never leaves their minds. The mother tries to keep her family together against all odds, the ill health of her son and the mental health of her daughter and her own unhappiness caused by ignoring her own mental health.
When a man comes into their lives she wants to trust him and let herself become involved with him. But things begin to happen and she feels unsure of him and their relationship when her daughter questions his background.
This was a quick read that I finished in one day. I couldn’t put the book down! I will definitely look for more by this author to see what other thrillers she has written.
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