Archive for July, 2012

July 27, 2012

Winter Sea – Please Read

Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley

This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. The story is gripping and pulls at you with its haunting allure. It starts out with an author named Carrie taking a detour road along the coast of Scotland on her way to meet her agent. Something about an old castle by the sea seems familiar, it draws her in and a story begins to form of a young woman who travels to stay with relatives after the death of her family. Carrie rents a cottage nearby so that she can continue to be inspired by the castle and the ocean. She meets a man, the son of the owner of the cottage who in his own right can play the hero.  As she writes and checks her facts she begins to notice that nothing is wrong. Dates, times, people’s names it’s all the same almost as if the soul of the young woman is telling her the story.  So beautifully written and all the little details all wind together to tell a story of love so hauntingly beautiful it holds you until the very end. 

July 3, 2012

The Second Empress: A Novel of Napoleon’s Court – Michelle Moran

The Second Empress: A Novel of Napoleon’s Court – Michelle Moran

I received an advanced reading copy of this book from

A story about Marie-Louise who after Emperor Napoleon divorces Josephine becomes his second wife. This novel follows the time that Marie-Louise is married off to Napoleon until his final exile to Elba. This is a well written story from three separate viewpoints one from Marie- Louise, Pauline (Napoleon’s Sister) and Paul (a favored servant to Pauline). It was a fun and interesting read and I was not able to put it down. It was interesting to see the dynamic portrayed between Napoleon, his sister, and Paul. Though i do prefer her other books to this one not in content but in its smoothness. It was over all a good read and I recommend it to anyone who likes books about Napoleon or Michelle Moran’s other books.