L's TBR Treasure Quest

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L's TBR Treasure Quest

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1This-n-That
Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 29, 2017, 8:45pm



2This-n-That
Muokkaaja: toukokuu 30, 2017, 2:22pm

I am late to the party this year but continuing on with my personal quest to read those treasures I own.


1 America's First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie/April/5 stars
2 From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon/April/3 stars
3 The Practice House by Laura McNeal/May/3 stars

3floremolla
huhtikuu 25, 2017, 11:21pm

>2 This-n-That: Hi and welcome! Looking forward to finding out what you've got in there.... :)

4This-n-That
huhtikuu 25, 2017, 1:09am

Thanks, Donna. :-)

5MissWatson
huhtikuu 26, 2017, 11:05am

Welcome and happy reading!

6rabbitprincess
huhtikuu 26, 2017, 7:45pm

Welcome back and have fun!

7Jackie_K
huhtikuu 26, 2017, 8:14pm

Welcome from me too!

8avanders
huhtikuu 26, 2017, 2:43am

Welcome to 2017 ROOTing!

9connie53
huhtikuu 27, 2017, 5:59am

Welcome back, Lisa! Good to see you hear again.

10This-n-That
huhtikuu 27, 2017, 1:24pm

Thanks, everyone! Your encouragement is much appreciated.

11This-n-That
huhtikuu 27, 2017, 6:00pm

Root #1: America's First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie

This is a fictionalized account of Patsy (Martha) Jefferson Randolph's life, which also gives the reader many glimpses into her devoted relationship with her father. I wanted to emphasize the word fictionalized, because in a Note From the Authors there is a detailed explanation about why they chose to write the story as they did, including the need to take some creative license concerning specific situations. Even with a bevy of historical documentation and primary sources, some details were left open to interpretation, especially regarding events that the family probably tried to keep secret. In those instances, incriminating documents may have been destroyed, as is alluded to in the book. I would not recommend reading the Note From the Authors before beginning the book though, as it gives away too many details.

Overall the dramatized and romantic aspects of the story didn't bother me too much. In fact, it may have been a depressing story lacking in cohesiveness without some of the additions. In most cases, I felt the authors made decisions based on the spirit of existing historical documents. The political and social discussions kept me interested and wondering what was going to happen next. I felt transported to a different time period but then also was occasionally reminded of how some things haven't changed very much in the political realm. Perhaps different technology and tactics are used but the game playing still exists today.

This isn't quite on par with Gone With the Wind as very few can match Margaret Mitchell's eloquent writing style, but I would highly recommend America's First Daughter to readers with an interest in American political history, or southern family sagas.

For More Information: (noting there may be spoilers)

http://www.stephaniedray.com/books/afd/

http://www.historyundressed.com/2016/03/americas-first-daughter.html

https://www.monticello.org/site/plantation-and-slavery/thomas-jefferson-and-sall...

12floremolla
huhtikuu 27, 2017, 9:22pm

>11 This-n-That: great review, Lisa - I'm trying to get to grips with my own country's history or I'd be taking this as an instant BB!

13This-n-That
Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 27, 2017, 9:32pm

>12 floremolla: Thank you. Maybe you'll be able to try this one in the future? I was hoping to fit in a few Scottish books this year but haven't gotten to them yet.

I don't read a lot of historical fiction books revolving around American politics but this was a really interesting and well researched story. On Amazon, I found there is a subgenre called Biographical Historical Fiction, so I seem to enjoy books from that category. Circling the Sun is another example of a well researched book that I enjoyed reading, as did local bookclub members.

14avanders
huhtikuu 27, 2017, 2:39am

Congrats on already pulling your first ROOT! :)

15floremolla
huhtikuu 28, 2017, 7:52am

>13 This-n-That: I'm struggling to get into my historical tome Glencoe because there are so many historical characters and place names I've never heard of and I keep forgetting who's who! With well researched historical fiction the facts tend to stick in my mind more easily, almost without trying.

Circling the Sun sounds interesting and one for the wishlist, thanks! I didn't read Karen Blixen's biography but loved the movie, Out of Africa. It would be good to hear another side of that story.

16This-n-That
Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 28, 2017, 3:11pm

>15 floremolla: Oh, I can understand why you are having difficulty getting into Glencoe. That sounds like a tough one to read, especially since it is a non-fiction account.

The local book group I belong to went on a non-fiction reading binge after enjoying Circling the Sun. We really liked West With the Night by Beryl Markham but unfortunately didn't care for Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen. The movie version of Out of Africa is quite different than the book.

I hope you enjoy Circling the Sun, whenever you have an opportunity to read it.

17This-n-That
huhtikuu 29, 2017, 8:37pm

ROOT #2: From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon

This is primarily a historical fiction work, discussing how the Catholic Church aided and hid many Jewish citizens in Italy during WWII. Eva Rosselli and Angelo Bianco are the fictional characters that allow Amy Harmon to tell this story, although there are a few characters based on real people. I must also mention the element of romance, because that is the common thread that ties the whole book together.

I had difficulty rating this one and wavered between 3 and 4 stars. In all fairness, the historical fiction novel I read prior to this earned a 5 star rating, and this novel couldn't measure up to that. Plus, there are a lot of other WWII novels out there, so it is difficult not to make comparisons.

From Sand and Ash kept me engrossed but the latter half of the book was less interesting than the first. I was actually absorbed in the historical elements more than anything else, especially the setting and religious details. Unfortunately, as the book progressed, the author included some plot twists that seemed coincidental and sappy (think, The Notebook). Also, some of the language in the book sounded Americanized and too modern for an Italian setting during 1943. For example, We’ve taken Rome, but if things continue as they have for the last nine months, it’s going to continue to be a slog, and we sure as hell won’t be getting out of Italy until Germany surrenders, or we do. Maybe it is just me, but somehow that doesn't sound authentic. Well, it didn't make me feel transported to a different place and time anyway.

On a positive note, even given the gravity of the subject matter, I got through this book fairly quickly. From Sand and Ash would make a good movie and probably would be popular with the twenty-something age group. I appreciated the Author's Note at the end, and am glad to see more historical fiction writers adding additional information to their books. As a reader, it is good to know which aspects of a story are true and which are entirely fictional. Finally, I wanted to mention that a friend had mentioned they enjoyed the audio version of this book. Perhaps listening to it would help make the language seem more appropriate to the setting and time period.

18This-n-That
Muokkaaja: toukokuu 30, 2017, 2:31pm

ROOT #3: The Practice House by Laura McNeal.

Although the majority of story was compelling enough to keep me interested, after a promising start the plot headed off in a weird direction and I didn't care for the last third of the book. I also felt the author took the easy way out with one of the characters, while trying to provide some resolution to the story. 3 stars.

Only one Root read during May, so onto June ....... hopefully I will have more free time to read then. :-)

19Tess_W
toukokuu 30, 2017, 3:12pm

Missed on welcoming you, Lisa, but welcome and happy rooting!

>11 This-n-That: Great review, that book is on my TBR pile!

20avanders
toukokuu 30, 2017, 10:23pm

woo hoo 2 more ROOTs!

21This-n-That
toukokuu 31, 2017, 1:41pm

Thanks, Tess and Avanders.

22connie53
kesäkuu 4, 2017, 6:37am

2 ROOTs in one month is excellent, Lisa. Keep up the good reading!

23This-n-That
kesäkuu 29, 2017, 1:50pm

Just a quick post, as I know the end of June is approaching. This has been a slow reading month for me, with no ROOTs to report. I recently began a new job and summer is in full swing ..... Hopefully next month I will be able to settle back into my usual morning reading routine.

Thanks to everyone for your words of encouragement! Much appreciated!

24avanders
heinäkuu 16, 2017, 3:26am

Hi, just stopping by to say hi :)
It's okay - some months are like that!
Hope you're enjoying the new job!

25Tess_W
heinäkuu 16, 2017, 3:39am

>23 This-n-That: Life often gets in the way of reading! Hope you are enjoying your new job.

26connie53
heinäkuu 20, 2017, 5:53pm

>23 This-n-That: Good luck with the new job, Lisa. Books will always waiting patiently for us for when we need them.

27Jackie_K
heinäkuu 22, 2017, 11:51am

Best of luck for the new job (and congratulations!).

28avanders
elokuu 24, 2017, 1:59am

Just dropping by again to say hi :)
I couldn't possibly catch up on the threads here (explanation on my own thread), though I wish I could!
I hear that you feel like you have a little more time again at some point after having a kid... here's to hoping ;)

Hope the new job is going well!!

29This-n-That
Muokkaaja: tammikuu 27, 2018, 12:26am

>24 avanders: >25 Tess_W: >26 connie53: >27 Jackie_K: >28 avanders:

My apologies for not seeing these posts sooner and responding. After June, my reading levels tanked along with my participation in online forums. Depending on the environment, new jobs can be good learning experiences in many ways but also very stressful. I am just starting to get back to my usual level of reading and also my enjoyment of the process.

Thanks to everyone for your kind posts and thoughtfulness.