Behind The Front Lines: The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir Review

“Human nature defeats me sometimes, how greed and spite can lurk so divisively around the utmost courage and sacrifice.”

What happens to the women when the men go to war?

This is, in my opinion, the essence of The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan. While we meet a whole host of characters, including men, the story largely centers around five women in the choir. One is a widow whose son is off in the war, two sisters embroiled in love stories all their own, a Jewish refugee from Czechoslovakia with secrets of her own, and a midwife whose actions make her want to outrun everything she knows.

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Time For Tea: Ladies Take The Lead

What’s In My Mug: Jane Eyre by First Edition Tea Co.

I love books with strong female characters. No question.

I love reading books by female authors. No question.

I love when the books written by female authors have strong female characters, particularly when they are the main focus. No question.

Why is this the case?

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Escape: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children Review

“I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was.”

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs has been floating around my vicinity for quite some time now, both because of social media accounts I happen to follow as well as the recent movie. I would like to say, though, that I have not seen the movie just yet. Since I knew it was based on a book, my rule about reading the book first came into play.

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Savvy Readathon

How many books can you read in 12 hours?

For the moment, I am coming in at three books.

Today I have been participating in The Savvy Reader’s Readathon, which will run until 9pm today. It has come at the perfect time for me, considering I feel as if I am personally behind in my goal for the 50 Book Pledge this year. Okay so 38 books, which is my current number, is not bad, but I want to read at least 102 this year, and I am behind the mark on where I was this time last year. In any case, this Readathon has given the perfect reason to sit down and read for an extended period of time. Any extended period of time for reading is a prime opportunity for me to shoot ahead. Once I get on a roll, I really get on a roll.

So far today I have read Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets, The Prisoner of Azkaban, and I just finished The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. My next read, I’ve decided, is going to be Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I am unsure if I will finish this one, considering its length, but I will give it my best shot!

In terms of a review, well, you know I am in love with all of the Harry Potter novels. I remember writing a blog series on them during my last re-read in 2015. As for The Underground Railroad…I am still processing this one. That said, I definitely think it surrounds an interesting subject matter!

Now, it’s time for me to get back to reading. You can follow along with my progress on my Twitter feed (@jess_groom). The official hashtag for this event is #SavvyReadathon, and you can hear about everyone else participating if you search for this hashtag. Feel free to join me and the others in reading! It’s fun, I promise!

Family Ties: The Lavender Garden Review

“In essence, being alive is a bloody long and hard walk to death. Why not make it as pleasant along the way as you can?”

The Lavender Garden by Lucinda Riley is an interesting novel, to be sure. I read one of her books last year, The Girl on the Cliff, and really enjoyed it so I thought I would give another one of her books a shot. It is similar to The Girl on the Cliff, in that it has flashbacks and interesting connections between characters. At the same time, however, I found this one was entirely different. Now, I know this is a different book, but at the same time…well, let me tell you about it.

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