Monday, November 13, 2017

Mini Reviews (23)

I so badly wanted to love this book but it just didn't do it for me.  I was expecting to get to know Eliza Hamilton in this story: her life before, during and after her marriage to Alexander Hamilton but that's not what this story was really about.  This was a more a story Alexander through Eliza's eyes and it got boring after a while to see her gush over Alexander non-stop for the whole book.  I did learn a lot about Alexander from the story but I don't think I really knew Eliza.  It was all completely focused on Alexander and I think the story made Eliza into a lovesick puppy.  Also, Eliza lived for 50 years after his death and there was nothing about that part of her life.   I feel bad for not loving the story but it really didn't work for me. 2 stars.

Sugar Pine Trail is the 7th book in RaeAnne Thayne's Haven Point series and I'm pretty sure it's my new favorite.  I absolutely loved Jamie Caine!  I loved watching the relationship between him and Julia grow and his relationship with the two boys was adorable.  It also had just the right amount of holiday cheer.  RaeAnne Thayne really knows how to create lovable characters and she outdid herself with this book.  I have enjoyed this series so much and I can't wait to see where she takes us next. 4 stars.

I don't think I have ever read anything by this author but I really liked this book.  I love the idea of a female investigator in the early 20th century.  Lady Emily was smart and inquisitive and it was fun to follow her through St. Petersburg as she tried to solve a ballerina's murder.  The author's descriptions of St. Petersburg were gorgeous and showed both the wealth and poverty of the city.  I enjoyed the story as a whole though I thought the ending was a little rushed.  I'll definitely be picking up more of Ms. Alexander's books in the future. 3 stars.

 I received all three books from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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