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February 6, 2014

The House of Bathory by Linda Lafferty Book Recommendation

by Celticlady

 

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Book Details

  • Paperback: 486 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (January 14, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477808647
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477808641

In the early 1600s, Elizabeth Báthory, the infamous Blood Countess, ruled Čachtice Castle in the hinterlands of Slovakia. During bizarre nightly rites, she tortured and killed the young women she had taken on as servants. A devil, a demon, the terror of Royal Hungary—she bathed in their blood to preserve her own youth.
400 years later, echoes of the Countess’s legendary brutality reach Aspen, Colorado. Betsy Path, a psychoanalyst of uncommon intuition, has a breakthrough with sullen teenager Daisy Hart. Together, they are haunted by the past, as they struggle to understand its imprint upon the present. Betsy and her troubled but perceptive patient learn the truth: the curse of the House of Bathory lives still and has the power to do evil even now.

The story, brimming with palace intrigue, memorable characters intimately realized, and a wealth of evocative detail, travels back and forth between the familiar, modern world and a seventeenth-century Eastern Europe brought startlingly to life.

Inspired by the actual crimes of Elizabeth Báthory, The House of Bathory is another thrilling historical fiction from Linda Lafferty (The Bloodletter’s Daughter and The Drowning Guard). The novel carries readers along with suspense and the sweep of historical events both repellent and fascinating.

About the Author
The daughter of a naval commander, Linda Lafferty attended fourteen different schools growing up, ultimately graduating from the University of Colorado with a master’s degree and a PhD in education. Her peripatetic childhood nourished a lifelong love of travel, and she studied abroad in England, France, Mexico, and Spain. Her uncle introduced her to the sport of polo when she was just ten years old, and she enjoys playing to this day. She also competed on the Lancaster University Riding Team in England in stadium jumping, cross country, and dressage. A veteran school educator, she is the author of The Bloodletter’s Daughter and The Drowning Guard. She lives in Colorado.

Book Recommendation Only, Not a Review.

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December 27, 2012

Gilded Age by Claire McMillan Book Recommendation

by Celticlady

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Intelligent, witty, and poignant, Gilded Age presents a modern Edith Wharton heroine—dramatically beautiful, socially prominent, and just a bit unconventional—whose return to the hothouse of Cleveland society revives rivalries, raises eyebrows, and reveals the tender vulnerabilities of a woman struggling to reconcile her desire for independence and her need for love. ELEANOR HART had made a brilliant marriage in New York, but it ended in a scandalous divorce and thirty days in Sierra Tucson rehab. Now she finds that, despite feminist lip service, she will still need a husband to be socially complete. A woman’s sexual reputation matters, and so does her family name. Ellie must navigate the treacherous social terrain where old money meets new: charitable benefits and tequila body shots, inherited diamonds and viper-bite lip piercings, country house weekends and sexting. She finds that her beauty is a powerful tool in this world, but it has its limitations, even liabilities. Through one misstep after another, Ellie mishandles her second act. Her options narrow, her future prospects contract, until she faces a desperate choice.

With a keen eye for the perfect detail and a heart big enough to embrace those she observes, Claire McMillan has written an assured and revelatory debut novel about class, gender, and the timeless conundrum of femininity.

Hardcover, 244 pages
Published June 12th 2012 by Simon & Schuster (first published January 1st 2012)
ISBN
1451640471 (ISBN13: 9781451640472)
edition language
English
October 6, 2012

Close My Eyes by Sophie McKenzie~~ Released July 2013 ~~ Book Recommendation

by Celticlady

 

Close My Eyes
by Sophie McKenzie

About Close My Eyes

GONE GIRL meets BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP in this riveting psychological thriller about a grieving mother who finds out years after her daughter’s death that her child may still be alive.

It’s been eight grief-filled years since Geniver Loxley lost her daughter, Beth. Once a writer, Gen has settled into a life of half-hearted teaching while her husband, Art, makes his name and their fortune — and pressures her into trying IVF once again. For Gen, it would feel like a cruel act of replacement; life without Beth is inconceivable, unbearable — but still it goes on.

And then a woman arrives on Gen’s doorstep, saying the very thing she longs to hear: that her daughter was not stillborn, but was spirited away as a healthy child, and is out there, waiting to be found. So why is Art reluctant to get involved? To save his wife from further hurt? Or is it something else…something more sinister? What is the truth about Beth Loxley?

CLOSE MY EYES is a deeply chilling and addictively compelling page-turner that grabs onto the reader and doesn’t let go.

Author

Sophie McKenzie is also the bestselling author of more than 15 novels for children and teens in the UK, including the award winning GIRL, MISSING and SISTER, MISSING. She has won numerous awards, was one of the first Richard and Judy children’s book club winners, and has twice been longlisted for the prestigious Carnegie Medal. When she’s not writing herself, McKenzie works as a creative writing teacher. She lives in London with her son.

Source: Bookreporter.com

 

March 28, 2012

The Reading Woman | Gift Collection | Gone Reading

by Celticlady

The Reading Woman | Gift Collection | Gone Reading.

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