The Twentieth Wife

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The Twentieth Wife (Taj Mahal Trilogy, #1)The Twentieth Wife by Indu Sundaresan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love books that transport me back in time. Add in an exotic foreign land and I’m hooked. The Twentieth Wife (The Taj Mahal Trilogy, Book One) enchanted me from the first page. This book is an interesting education about the power of love.

Women still have a long way to go yet to achieving full equality with men. However, it would be too easy to look at The Twentieth Wife as only an example of our historic inequality. I hope perceptive readers will see that there is so much more in this history of how one woman loved one man.

For example, it also shows us that there is more than one way to achieve power. Even in the 16th century a few women played a critical role in foreign-policy, world economics, and how to run a country. They should be remembered as our heroes. For it is with their history that we learned that women have always been strong enough to achieve their goals. Certainly, history will remember Mehrunnisa for her beauty. However, Indu Sundaresan has shown us that this classically graceful woman was strong in her values, her love for one man, and her ambitions.

I’m looking forward to reading the other two books in this trilogy as Sundaresan is an amazing storyteller. She brings historical figures alive as well as their culture. While my circumstances prevent me from traveling to India, Sundaresan successfully transported me there and gave me a look into the country’s history unlike any other tour guide could.

The other Taj Mahal Trilogy books are:
– The Feast of Roses, Book Two
– Shadow Princess, Book Three

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All the Little Liars

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All the Little Liars (Aurora Teagarden, #9)All the Little Liars by Charlaine Harris

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

 

About this book:

Charlaine Harris returns to her Aurora Teagarden series with book 9, All The Little Lairs. This was my first Teagarden book and within the first 10 pages all I kept thinking was why I hadn’t put this higher up in my To Be Read pile?

I loved Aurora the minute I met her. I love Harris’ love for public libraries.

In All The Little Liars, Harris has woven a page-turning mystery set in a small town that is growing to a large suburb adjacent to Atlanta. Everybody knows everybody which is both quaint and aggravating. To top it off Aurora and her famous novelist husband, Robin Crusoe, are just getting adjusted to married life and the pregnancy they have kept hidden from friends and family. And because family traumas never have good timing, Aurora’s half brother, Philip, is now living with the newlyweds as he couldn’t deal with the separation of his parents. Everything seems new for Roe (Aurora) who is constantly thinking of this new life growing within her that is already making its presence known with morning sickness and exhaustion. All in all it seems like it is going to be a nice homey Christmas. That is until Philip and three other teenagers go missing.

Life immediate turns surreal, but Aurora and Robin can’t sit at home doing nothing. And we are happier readers because they don’t.

Calling All The Little Liars a page-turner doesn’t do it justice. I found myself with that avid reader problem: do I put down the book and get some sleep or stay up all night and have fun reading it until the end? For several days I only allotted myself 10 pages a day as I tried to extend my reading pleasure. But I got to the point where I couldn’t put down. I had to know. Much to my husband’s disappointment I gave in and read all night. I loved every single page all the way to the end. And I was rewarded with a beautiful sunrise as I hugged the book and sad good-bye to Aurora — for now. I’m hooked on this series and the first eight books will be on reserve at my library today. Don’t miss out on this lovely read that feels like you have reconnected with a long lost friend and the two of you haven’t missed a beat in your friendship.

Learn about other books in this series:

– Real Murders (Aurora Teagarden, #1)
– A Bone to Pick (Aurora Teagarden, #2)
– Three Bedrooms, One Corpse (Aurora Teagarden, #3)
– The Julius House (Aurora Teagarden, #4)
– Dead Over Heels (Aurora Teagarden, #5)
– A Fool and His Honey (Aurora Teagarden, #6)
– Last Scene Alive (Aurora Teagarden, #7)
– Poppy Done to Death (Aurora Teagarden, #8)

I received a free copy but voluntarily reviewed.

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The Lioness of Morocco

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The Lioness of MoroccoThe Lioness of Morocco by Julia Drosten

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Publisher: AmazonCrossing
Release Date: June 1, 2017
Category: Historical fiction
Setting: England, Morocco, Portugal

Very few books set in a foreign land have been able to so immerse me into a culture. Several times, I forgot I was reading a book and felt like I was looking out my window and seeing a whole New World.
Not only did the setting make me fall in love with Morocco but the characters in the conflict enveloped me in a story I didn’t want to leave. I love the main character, Sibylla, who grew emotionally during the story. But every woman in the story evolved during this epic family saga.
In addition, I have a greater understanding of how trade impacted countries from an economic standpoint as well as an environmental and social standpoint. The story itself had everything you want in a book: adventure, war, heartache, and love. While this book will appeal to many who read romance novels this goes far beyond just a romance and truly shows the historical value of one little plant, the saffron. The Lioness of Morocco is exactly what historical fiction should be.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

I received a free copy but voluntarily reviewed.