Book Review: The Christmas Cottage, by Samantha Chase

The Christmas Cottage / Ever AfterThe Christmas Cottage / Ever After by Samantha Chase

  • Print Length: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (November 26, 2012)
  • Publication Date: November 26, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00O4CPOI8
  • My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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    AudioBook Review:Portraits of the Dead, by John Nicholl

    Portraits of the DeadPortraits of the Dead by John Nicholl

  • Listening Length: 8 hours and 14 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: John Nicholl
  • Audible.com Release Date: October 18, 2016
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01M6WXWJF
  • My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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    My Review:

    I have come to expect severe psychological depravity when I read John Nicholl’s books. This book did not disappoint in that aspect. The evil kidnapper has taken and killed at least five other women before he took Emma. Emma is held in a darkened area without knowing day from night, hours from days and days from weeks. He insisted on servitude from her while he tortured her and taunted her. It was chilling and sickeningly fascinating. John Nicholl has a history of working as a social worker and uses the terror he faced in that career in his own stories.

    While Detective Inspector Gravel searched for Emma not knowing if she was alive or dead. Reaching out to the serial Killer while looking for few clues. With trusting people listening to vague and erroneous clues, the police struggle to find this serial killer.

    This book is intense. It is just so cold and creepy. I read it on Halloween and was then a little nervous about being out and about at night with the little trick or treaters. It was just that good.

    The Narration:

    It is truly chilling listening to Jake Urry in his concise and gravelly voice. It takes the story to a new level when Mr. Urry narrates a thriller such as this. He does an amazing job with the voices of women, older adults, young women. His range is amazing. I am really impressed with the narration.

    My Recommendation:

    If you are a fan of thrillers, this one is a great one to read and delve into the mind of a psychopath. The telling is sinfully delicious and the story is well plotted and full of misdirection. It helps that you come to know about the serial killer one revelation at a time. I am such a fan of John Nicholl and Jake Urry. When they work together it is a masterpiece.

    Where to Find, Portraits of the Dead:

    The audiobook, paperback and Kindle formats are available at your favorite retailers and by clickign the links below.

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    Audiobook Review: Portraits of the Dead, by John Nicholl

    Portraits of the DeadPortraits of the Dead by John Nicholl

  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: FeedARead.com (August 19, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1786972670
  • ISBN-13: 978-1786972675
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    Book Review: The Impetuous Heiress, by Jane Ashford

    The Impetuous HeiressThe Impetuous Heiress by Jane Ashford

  • Mass Market Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; First Edition edition (June 5, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451129687
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451129680
  • My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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    Book Review of a Classic: The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett

    The Secret GardenThe Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Publisher: HarperPerennial Classics (March 20, 2012)

  • Publication Date: March 20, 2012
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007JLKG4S
  • My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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    Audiobook Review: Titanic Poetry, Music & Stories, by Ken Rossignol

    Titanic Poetry, Music & StoriesTitanic Poetry, Music & Stories by Ken Rossignol

  • Written by: Ken Rossignol
  • Narrated by: Trevor Palczynski
  • Length: 2 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release Date:11-18-13
  • Publisher: Kenneth C. Rossignol
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    Book Review: The Scent of Jasmine, by Jude Deveraux

    The Scent of Jasmine (Edilean, #4)The Scent of Jasmine by Jude Deveraux

    • Print Length: 434 pages
    • Publisher: Pocket Books; Original edition (December 28, 2010)
    • Publication Date: December 28, 2010
    • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B003UYUS32

     

     

    My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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    Book Review: Mr. Waldorf Travels to the Great State of Texas, by Beth Ann Stifflemier

    Mr. Waldorf Travels to the Great State of TexasMr. Waldorf Travels to the Great State of Texas by Beth Ann Stifflemire

  • Series: The Spectacular World of Waldorf
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Waldorf Publishing; first edition (September 1, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1943276358
  • ISBN-13: 978-1943276356
  • My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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    AudioBook Review: Copper’s Keeper, by A. I. Nasser

    Copper's Keeper (Slaughter #3)Copper’s Keeper by A.I. Nasser

    • Written by: A.I. Nasser
    • Narrated by: Jake Urry
    • Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
    • Series: Slaughter, Book 3
    • Unabridged Audiobook
    • Release Date:08-26-16
    • Publisher: ScareStreet.com

     

     

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    Book Review: Our Man in Charleston: Britain’s Secret Agent in the Civil War South, by Christopher Dickey

    Our Man in Charleston: Britain's Secret Agent in the Civil War SouthOur Man in Charleston: Britain’s Secret Agent in the Civil War South by Christopher Dickey

    Print Length: 410 pages

  • Publisher: Crown (July 21, 2015)
  • Publication Date: July 21, 2015
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00OWWC25S
  • My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    About The Author:

    Award-winning author CHRISTOPHER DICKEY, the foreign editor of The Daily Beast, is based in France. Previously he was the Paris bureau chief and the Middle East editor for Newsweek. He served as Cairo bureau chief for the Washington Post and, before that, as the paper’s Central America bureau chief. His books include the acclaimed memoir Summer of Deliverance as well as Securing the City, Expats, With the Contras, and two novels about espionage and terrorism.

    My Review:

    This is the story of Robert Bunch, the British government’s consul in Charleston, South Carolina, before the start of the civil war. I have never read such chilling accounts of the slave industry as I did in this book. To know that even after it had been banned in the south a ship was confiscated and proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that it was carrying what was left of four hundred plus Africans to America, it was treated as a nonoccurrence.

    After reading these secret memos that Robert Bunch sent back to England, you can understand the distaste for the south that he conveyed. He had seen into the deepest darkest aspect of life in Charleston. He had been privy to the leader’s inner workings and their flawed decisions about human trafficking.

    When the Echo was brought into Charleston’s harbor, the city was given a birdseye view of the destruction, horrors, and inhumanity of slavery. Yet, when given an opportunity to prosecute the perpetrators, aka the ship owners, they were let go by the leaders of the legal system in Charleston. This shines a different light on what we in the south were told about slavery and Northern aggression. The north was not left out of the slavery problem as they were many times the owners and builders of these slave ships. Ships built to hide hundreds of illegally acquired Africans.

    Bunch was in the thick of things in Charleston and he saw things that many were not able to see. Sending dispatches back to England allowed them to have inside knowledge of the slave mentality of the Southern states and America​ in general. Written in an easy to understand manner, I was pulled into the history of the prewar south.
    An excellent read that encapsulates the real reasons behind that war and why Great Britain was so staunchly anti-confederacy. I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

    My Recommendation:

    I can highly recommend this well crafted and researched book to anyone that wants to know​ the truth behind the slavery question of pre-civil war America This book brought so many points to the forefront that I had never seen in print before. It is an excellent resource. I felt I had to give it 5 stars, as it was wonderfully written.

    Where to Find Our Man in Charleston:

    This​ book is available in Hardback, Paperback, Audiobook, Kindle, and Nook.