Forgotten Places

Forgotten Places

If you like history and historical fiction novels with a hint of romance and a twist at the end this will be a good fit for you. 

Forgotten Places is a story loosely based on true events that happened back in the 1800’s in Van Diemen’s Land which is now Tasmania. An escaped convict Alexander Dalton has been hiding in the wilderness for 11 years, when out of nowhere Grace Ashwell, a nanny and a little girl, Violet, stumble on his hiding spot while on the run themselves. 

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You - Review

You - Review

Disturbing and creepy are the first words that come to mind when I think of this book, and that's exactly why I would recommend this book to everyone. First of all, to teach women that creeps are out there and they need to be careful, but also to experience a story told from a perspective that many don't get to see.

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Voyager by Diana Gabaldon

Diana Gabaldon really knows how to tell a good story, her attention to detail and character development are amazing. This book is the third in the Outlander series.I wasn't sure how she was going to pull off having a 20 year separation between Claire and Jamie, but she did a great job. You do get to know what happened with each of them during those long years. And anticipate the reunion. Lots of shocking secrets are revealed and when Laoghaire makes an appearance I wanted to scream at the book. We also meet a chinaman and get to know Roger and Brianna more and I think this is where Lord John makes his official arrival into the series. (By the way Lord John has his own series by Diana Gabaldon) The first half of the book ties all the loose knots, but the second half is spent on a voyage to save young Ian who was kidnapped (I think by pirates). And that's really where the actions starts, but I personally preferred getting to know what they were up to for those 20 years. If you fell like it startes dragging when they are on the ship, don't worry and just keep reading, the ending picks up with some twists and turns.Dianas' characters really come to life, and like I've said before, she makes you feel like you're part of the book and not just reading it. I couldn't put it down, I literally carried it with me room to room around the house. I can't recommend this series enough. I just looooove it. Hopefully it will continue to rock my socks off. There are quite a few more to go. 

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

Ok so I'll be honest for the first half of the book I thought I was just going to give up on it. I couldn't get my head around all those characters. There was too much going on in the first few chapters. I felt like I just popped in unannounced and had to catch up to the story. And then once I did catch up on what was going on I didn't feel like Fannys story was important enough. Austen paced the book well, maybe too well. There was too much unimportant information between the important, interesting events.

The story of Fanny starts with Mrs. Norris inviting her to live in Mansfield Park, because Fannys' mother just had another baby and with her no good husband her sister (Mrs. Norris) decided to help. But she herself couldn't suppost Fanny, instead she told her brother in law Sr. Thomas to keep her. He and his wife reluctantly agreed to help the girl. They had four of their own children Maria, Julia, Tom and Edmund. Fanny was treated as she was, poor and ignorant. Her cousins Maria and Julia made fun of her and never let her forget that she was below them. But Edmund took her under his wing and protected her. He made sure she was treated equal.  That's the beginning, the rest pretty much covers how her life evolved at Mansfield Park, how from a poor young girl she grows up to be a civilized young lady. If your read Pride and Prejudice this might be a disappointment to you, it doesn't have the same suspense, you can pretty much guess the whole story from the beginning.