The High Mountains of Portugal – Yann Martel

Product Description(Amazon.com)
In Lisbon in 1904, a young man named Tomás discovers an old journal. It hints at the existence of an extraordinary artifact that—if he can find it—would redefine history. Traveling in one of Europe’s earliest automobiles, he sets out in search of this strange treasure.

Thirty-five years later, a Portuguese pathologist devoted to the murder mysteries of Agatha Christie finds himself at the center of a mystery of his own and drawn into the consequences of Tomás’s quest.

Fifty years on, a Canadian senator takes refuge in his ancestral village in northern Portugal, grieving the loss of his beloved wife. But he arrives with an unusual companion: a chimpanzee. And there the century-old quest will come to an unexpected conclusion.

MY THOUGHTS:  This was my book clubs choice for March.  Most of the gals at book club didn’t really like this book.  But I loved it.  A great story spanning many years.  At first you wonder how are all these stories connected.  But they are connected, not only by the area but by the people.  I won’t give any clues as to why they are connected…..I don’t want to ruin it for you, if you read it.  If you like reading stories that span years, you will like this book.  I give this book 4…..

This is also for my Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge.  This is for the letter P.

since I posted anything but books.  So I thought I’d get back into the swing of things.  I’m joining Heather over at Books and Quilts for Needlework Tuesday.  Want to join in?  Just click on the link and you’ll be there.  What is Needlework Tuesday? 

Needlework Tuesday is a regular weekly post where I share the progress of my various needlework projects over the past week. I enjoy the encouragement that I receive from my readers and in return visit their blogs and cheer them on with theirs.

I’ve been working on my Redwork blocks.  There are 8 blocks.  When done I’ll be making a quilt out of them.  I’ve also got 8 more blocks I’m going to do in blue.

This is blocks 5, 6, 7, & 8.   As you can see block 7 is almost done. 

I’ve also finished my At The Beach Afghan. 

I’ve also embroidered a little chicken.  Don’t know what I’m going to do with it yet, but I have some ideas rattling around in my head.  I’ll update when I get it figured out.

Don’t forget to hop over to Heather’s place to check out Needlework Tuesday.

The Rosie Effect – Graeme Simsion

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Don sets about learning the protocols of becoming a father, but his unusual research style gets him into trouble with the law. Fortunately his best friend Gene is on hand to offer advice: he’s left Claudia and moved in with Don and Rosie.

MY THOUGHTS: This is book 2, the first book, The Rosie Project, was really good.  Check it out, just click on the link.  Don and Rosie are expecting their first baby, but as usual Don over does it.  His research leads him all over New York.  And it drives Rosie to brink of leaving Don and going back to Australia.  Really great book.  This is also my book for March at my book club.  We of course read The Rosie Project.  2 great books….check them out.   I give this book 4….

This book is also for my reading challenge……Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge.
This for the letter R….. 

I’m doing one reading challenge this year.  I wanted something that was easy and would last me the whole year.  So went searching the web and found one over at DollyCas, it’s the 2017 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge.  Want to know more?  Just click on the link and you will go right to the sign up page.  I will be making my list and put it in my tabs at the top of the page. 

Info…..
It’s an alphabet challenge!!! The challenge is to read one book that has a title starting with every letter of the alphabet.
So there are two different ways you can set up your own A-Z Reading Challenge.

A – How I plan to do it: Make a list on your blog from A-Z. Throughout the year, as you go along, add the books you are reading to the list. Towards the end of the year, you can check and see which letters you are missing and find books to fit.

OR

B – Make a list now of 26 books, picking one for each letter of the alphabet. For example: A – Assault and Beretby Jenn McKinlay B- Bookman Dead Style by Paige Shelton  C – Cold Pressed Murder by Kelly Lane   D – Dead Cold Brew by Cleo Coyle etc.
Books can be read in any order and all formats – print – e-book – audio – are acceptable for this challenge!
Deserves to Die – Lisa Jackson

Product Description(Amazon.com)
Judged

As he watches, her body drifts below the water’s surface, forever altered. Before he disposes of each victim, he takes a trophy. It’s a sign of his power, and a warning–to the one destined to suffer most of all. . .

Condemned

In Grizzly Falls, Montana, Detectives Selena Alvarez and Regan Pescoli are struggling with a new commander and a department in the midst of upheaval. It’s the worst possible time for a homicide. A body has been found, missing a finger. Alvarez hopes this means a murderer with a personal grudge, not a madman. But then a second body turns up. . .

Executed

As the clues begin pointing toward a suspect, Pescoli’s unease grows. Even with Alvarez barely holding it together and her own personal life in chaos, she senses there’s more to this case than others believe. A killer has made his way to Grizzly Falls, ready to fulfill a vengeance years in the making. And Pescoli must find the target of his wrath–or die trying. . . 
Series: An Alvarez & Pescoli Novel (Book 6) 
Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages 
Publisher: Zebra; Reprint edition (July 29, 2014) 
Language: English 
ISBN-10: 1420118528 
ISBN-13: 978-1420118520

MY THOUGHTS:  As usual I started this series in the wrong place.  But it is a great stand alone book.  The author adds enough info that you can pick up on the characters lives.  There are  two mysteries contained in this book. The first is who is killing women and cutting off their ring finger. The second is who is after Jessica/Anne-Marie and why.  Jessica is running for her life from her husband, but why?  Then an old flame shows up and wants to take her back to New Orleans.  Who wants Jessica back in New Orleans, her family, husband or the cops.  You’ll have to read the book to find out.  I give this book 5…..







Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge….Letter D

Happy People Read and Drink Coffee – Agnes Martin-Lugand

Product Description(Inside Front Cover)
Diane seems to have the perfect life.  She is a wife, a mother, the the owner of Happy People Read and Drink Coffee, a cozy literary cafe in Paris.  But when she suddenly loses her beloved husband and daughter in a car accident, the world as she knows it instantly vanishes.  Trapped and haunted by her memories, Diane retreats from friends and family, unable and unwilling to move forward.
But one year later, Diane shocks her loved ones with her surprising decision to move to a small town on the Irish coast.  Finally determined to rebuild her life, Diane’s new home is all quiet and comfort-until she meets Edward, the attractive yet taciturn Irish Photographer who lives next door.  Abrasive and unwelcoming, Edward resents Diane’s intrusion into his life of solitude.  Diane wants nothing more than to heal in peace, but her neighbor’s gruff manner provokes her.  Can their standoff bear the weight of an undeniable attraction?
 Paperback 
Language: English 
ISBN-10: 1760292109 
ISBN-13: 978-1760292102

MY THOUGHTS:  This is my book club’s choice for October.  Very good book, grabbed me at page 1 and I finished it in 2 days.  The description above pretty much is what the book is about.   But the ending isn’t what you would think.  I was totally not ready for the ending, didn’t see that one coming.  The good thin is, that is a sequill to this book due out in 2017.  So I’ll be looking forward to it coming out next year.  I give this book 5…..

This book is for 1 of my reading challenges…
52 Books in 52 Weeks

Rogue with a Brogue – Suzanne Enoch

Product Description(Amazon.com)
London, 1817: Stuck in a Mayfair ballroom thanks to his lovestruck brother, highlander Arran MacLawry wants nothing but a bit of distraction from an arranged betrothal-and a clever auburn-haired lass in a vixen’s mask promises just that…until he discovers that she’s the granddaughter of the Campbell, chief of clan MacLawry’s longtime rival. Despite their families’ grudging truce, falling for fiery Mary Campbell is a notion too outlandish even for this Highlander…
THE THRILL OF THE FORBIDDEN
Raised on tales of savage MacLawrys, Mary is stunned to realize the impressively strapping man in the fox’s mask is one of them. Surely the enemy shouldn’t have such a broad chest, and such a seductive brogue? Not that her curiosity matters-any dalliance between them is strictly forbidden, and she’s promised to another. But with the crackling spark between them ready to ignite, love is worth every risk… 
Series: Scandalous Highlanders (Book 2) 
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages 
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks (July 29, 2014) 
Language: English 
ISBN-10: 1250041619 
ISBN-13: 978-1250041616

MY THOUGHTS:  This is the second book in the series.  It is a romance book set in 1817 England.  Two people who aren’t suppose to meet, let alone fall in love, is what the whole book is about.  The MacLawry clan and the Campbell clan are at odds with each other.  They have a truce for now, but Arran and Mary have just upset the apple cart.  They have fallen in love and now they are on the run, to make to Gertna Green so they can be married before anyone catches them.  Is this going to cause a war between clans,  that’s a definite yes, but hopefully Arran and Mary can stop it.  Really good book.  I give this book 4…..

 

This book is for 1 of my reading challenges….
Good Reads/Wacky Readers/Fun in the Sun Challenge

The Woman in the Photo – Mary Hogan

Product Description(Amazon.com)

In this compulsively-readable historical novel, from the author of the critically-acclaimed Two Sisters, comes the story of two young women—one in America’s Gilded Age, one in scrappy modern-day California—whose lives are linked by a single tragic afternoon in history.
1888: Elizabeth Haberlin, of the Pittsburgh Haberlins, spends every summer with her family on a beautiful lake in an exclusive club. Nestled in the Allegheny Mountains above the working class community of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, the private retreat is patronized by society’s elite. Elizabeth summers with Carnegies, Mellons, and Fricks, following the rigid etiquette of her class. But Elizabeth is blessed (cursed) with a mind of her own. Case in point: her friendship with Eugene Eggar, a Johnstown steel mill worker. And when Elizabeth discovers that the club’s poorly maintained dam is about to burst and send 20 million tons of water careening down the mountain, she risks all to warn Eugene and the townspeople in the lake’s deadly shadow.
Present day: On her eighteenth birthday, genetic information from Lee Parker’s closed adoption is unlocked. She also sees an old photograph of a genetic relative—a 19th Century woman with hair and eyes likes hers—standing in a pile of rubble from an ecological disaster next to none other than Clara Barton, the founder of the American Red Cross. Determined to identify the woman in the photo and unearth the mystery of that captured moment, Lee digs into history. Her journey takes her from California to Johnstown, Pennsylvania, from her present financial woes to her past of privilege, from the daily grind to an epic disaster. Once Lee’s heroic DNA is revealed, will she decide to forge a new fate?
Paperback: 432 pages 
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (June 14, 2016) 
Language: English 
ISBN-10: 006238693X 
ISBN-13: 978-0062386939

MY THOUGHTS:  This is my book club’s choice for September.  This is a really awesome book, I really enjoyed reading it.  If you love to read about history, this is a great book that takes you back to 1888, Johnstown, Pennsylvania for the great flood.  There is a historical person in the book also, Clara Barton, who started the American Red Cross.  It jumps between 1888 to present day with ease, the story line just follows the past and the present wonderfully.  I give this book 5….

This book is also for 1 of my reading challenges……
Women’s Fiction Challenge

Against the Wild – Kat Martin

Product Description(Amazon.com)
Alaska
Where the men are as bold and untamed as America’s last wilderness

It’s been three years since Lane Bishop tragically lost her fiancé, and she’s finally ready to risk her heart on someone else. The hot look in Dylan Brodie’s eyes says he’s going to be that man.

But when Lane flies to the remote 1930’s fishing lodge to help him renovate, she discovers a little girl who won’t speak, eerie legends and strange sounds in the night. And when she investigates the history of the lodge, she uncovers a legacy of injustice and murder.

As danger stalks his daughter and the woman he is coming to love, Dylan must risk everything to uncover the shocking truth. 
Series: The Brodies Of Alaska 
Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages 
Publisher: Zebra; Reissue edition (May 27, 2014) 
Language: English 
ISBN-10: 1420133829 
ISBN-13: 978-1420133820

MY THOUGHTS:  This is the second book I’ve read from this series and of course not in order.  But each one is a good stand alone book.  So don’t let that hold you back from reading these books.  This one involves Dylan Brodie.  He has a little girl, Emily, that has been traumatized by her mother leaving them and on top of that her mother is killed in an auto accident.  Dylan has closed his heart off, thinking he would never find love again.  Then he runs into Lane.  Lane is an Interior Designer who has come to renovate Dylan’s Lodge.  While they chase down someone who is haunting the lodge and a murderer, Dylan and Lane fall in love, but don’t want to admit it to each other for fear of getting hurt.  Do they stay together?  Does Emily ever talk?  You’ll have to read the book to find out.  I give this book 5….

 

Fire Storm – Andrew Lane

Product Description(Amazon.com)
In Fire Storm by Andrew Lane, young Sherlock’s friend and her father have vanished. Their house looks as if nobody has ever lived in it; the neighbors claim never to have heard of them. Sherlock begins to doubt his sanity, until a clever clue points him to Scotland. Following that clue leads him into a mystery that involves kidnapping, bodysnatchers, and a man who claims he can raise the dead. Only the budding detective Sherlock can untangle the mind-bending–and dangerous–puzzles that ensnare his friends. Think you know Sherlock Holmes? Think again! 
Series: Sherlock Holmes: The Legend Begins (Book 4) 
Hardcover: 352 pages 
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (October 1, 2013) 
Language: English 
ISBN-10: 0374323119 
ISBN-13: 978-0374323110

MY THOUGHTS:  As usual I started a series in the wrong place.  Now I have to go back to the beginning.  But this is also a really good Stand Alone book.  If you love a good mystery, this one is really good.  This is about young Sherlock Holmes.  And he is looking for some dear friends that have come up missing.  He runs into a lot of people that wants information that only Sherlock has.  But Sherlock isn’t sharing.  As Sherlock and his friends go searching for his missing friends, they run into a lot of villains.  They have to out think them and get ahead of them.   With Sherlock’s uncanny way of thinking, they find the clues and find their friends, but they have to get away from all the villains.  Do they make it back to London?  Read the book, it’s really good.  I give this book…..

This book is for 1 of my reading challenges….
Monthly Keyword Challenge