book review

A Lady Never Tells

A Lady Never Tells

Candace Camp


Publisher: Pocket Star
Publication date: 27-Apr-2010
Date Finished: 26-Oct-2016
Format: paperback
Pages: 451
Series: Willowmere (#1)
Genres: Romance, Historical Romance, Regency
ISBN: 9781439117972
Source: book sale
Rating:2 star2 flames

Meet three noble bachelors and a quartet of American girls of questionable manners! New York Times bestselling author Candace Camp delights with an exciting new series featuring love, laughter, and intrigue.

When Mary Bascombe’s stepfather tries to sell her and her sisters to  the highest bidder after their mother’s death, she resolves to take  drastic action. Although their British mother was estranged from her family, Mary decides the four will flee to London and take their place in society as granddaughters of the Earl of Stewkesbury.

Dashing Sir Royce Winslow doubts the honesty of the young women’s claim—despite their charms, they seem to be hiding something. His attraction to feisty Mary, however, is no ruse, so when the sisters are shipped off to Willowmere, the earl’s country estate, to acquire some polish, Royce is quick to join them. When an unknown villain attempts a kidnapping, Royce and Mary are thrown together as they confront the danger . . . and Royce learns that while high society may sing the praises of proper behavior, it is a most improper American who is winning his heart.” Goodreads


If there was any book that could be classified as “meh,” this would be it. As you probably know, if you have followed my blog for awhile, I LOVE a good romance novel and this one was quite disappointing.

To start off, the title had little to nothing to do with the plot. This is a pet peeve of mine that occasionally comes up with historical romances, and it always irritates me. Another aspect is that this book took me forever to finish. The story was not very captivating. At times there was too much going on and at others there was too little. Incidents kept occurring, characters kept being dumb, etc. So overall, this was very “meh”.



W…W…W…Wednesday…October 26th

My weeks have been getting progressively busier and busier, and that has not stopped me from starting new books.


Rowling, J.K.; Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildLepore, jill; The Secret History of Wonder WomanMaas, Sarah J.; Queen of ShadowsCass, Kiera; Happily Ever Afterwells-h-g-the-time-machinecamp-candace-a-lady-never-tells

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, & John Tiffany
The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill LePore
Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
Happily Ever After by Kiera Cass
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
A Lady Never Tells by Candace Camp

I made no progress in the first four of these (although I am considering getting the audiobook of Queen of Shadows so I can listen to it where ever I go, as the book is not very portable). In addition to that I am almost done with A Lady Never Tells, I’ll most likely finish it tonight and then move my Wednesday reviews to Thursdays.  Lastly, I downloaded an app called Serial Reader (which is linked to the name).  This app allows you to read small segments of a classic a day, to give one some casual reading, as well as help one get through those classics we want to read, but lack motivation to read. For my first book on this app, I opted for a shorter one, The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. It has been divided into 14 segments, so at the end of two weeks, I’ll have finished it. It’s a cool app, I recommend it!
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Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday: The Time Machine

The Time Machinewells-h-g-the-time-machine

By H.G. Wells

The fire burned brightly, and the soft radiance of the incandescent lights in the lilies of silver caught the bubbles that flashed and passed in our glasses. Our chairs, being his patents, embraced and caressed us rather than submitted to be sat upon, and there was that luxurious after-dinner atmosphere when thought roams gracefully free of the trammels of precision.” Chapter 1

The Time Machine BY H.G. Wells

From Goodreads

“I’ve had a most amazing time….”

So begins the Time Traveller’s astonishing firsthand account of his journey 800,000 years beyond his own era—and the story that launched H.G. Wells’s successful career and earned him his reputation as the father of science fiction. With a speculative leap that still fires the imagination, Wells sends his brave explorer to face a future burdened with our greatest hopes…and our darkest fears. A pull of the Time Machine’s lever propels him to the age of a slowly dying Earth.  There he discovers two bizarre races—the ethereal Eloi and the subterranean Morlocks—who not only symbolize the duality of human nature, but offer a terrifying portrait of the men of tomorrow as well.  Published in 1895, this masterpiece of invention captivated readers on the threshold of a new century. Thanks to Wells’s expert storytelling and provocative insight, The Time Machinewill continue to enthrall readers for generations to come.”


Here are the rules and how to participate in Teaser Tuesday. This meme is hosted by A Daily Rhythm and goes like this:

  1. Grab your current read
  2. Open to a random page
  3. Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  4. Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
top ten tuesday

Top Ten Halloween Movies

I am not a fan of scary things… at all. I intentionally avoid things I know will frighten me, so choosing a topic for this Halloween freebie was difficult. I don’t read many books that are scary/ Halloweeny, so I decided to focus on movies this time. Here are my top ten Halloween movies, only one of which had adults as the target audience. I grew up watching these movies, as most of them came out around the time I was 7-15, so they all have a dear place in my heart.

Which Halloween movies do you love?

The Top Ten Tuesday meme is hosted by the Broke and Bookish

book review

Go Set a Watchman

Go Set a Watchman

Harper Lee


Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication date: 14-Jul-2015
Date Finished: 19-Oct-2016
Format: hardback & audiobook
Pages: 278
Series: To Kill a Mockingbird (#2)
Genres: Historical Fiction, Classics, Adult, Literature, Literary Fiction
ISBN: 9780062409850
Source: Birthday present & Audible
Rating:4 star

“From Harper Lee comes a landmark new novel set two decades after her beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird. Maycomb, Alabama. Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch–“Scout”–returns home from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise’s homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town and the people dearest to her. Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt. Featuring many of the iconic characters from To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman perfectly captures a young woman, and a world, in a painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the past–a journey that can be guided only by one’s conscience. Written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman imparts a fuller, richer understanding and appreciation of Harper Lee. Here is an unforgettable novel of wisdom, humanity, passion, humor and effortless precision–a profoundly affecting work of art that is both wonderfully evocative of another era and relevant to our own times. It not only confirms the enduring brilliance of To Kill a Mockingbird, but also serves as its essential companion, adding depth, context and new meaning to an American classic. -Goodreads


Last year around this time of year I read “To Kill a Mockingbird” for the first time. Unlike many of my friends, I did not have to read the book in high school. When “Go Set a Watchman” came out last year, my grandma gave me a copy for my birthday, and I finally got around to reading it. For the most part, I listened to the audible audiobook recording of the book which is narrated by Reese Witherspoon. Her voice pulled me into the story. It was a fantastic performance.

As for the story itself, I was entranced. When I finished the book I entered a minor book slump because it had me thinking and contemplating so much. I went through a bit of self-reflection while listening to the story and after I finished it. It revalidated my belief that we don’t have to  agree with our parents and that sometimes we can differ greatly from those who raised us. Thinking differently just means that we are rational, educated individuals with minds of our own. This book was superb. I recommend it to fans of “To Kill a Mockingbird”, but you should be aware that it may shatter you.

 Have you read Go Set a Watchman yet?


W…W…W…Wednesday…October 19th

While I had a weekend at home, most of it was spent lazying about. I did manage to read a book, start another, and get further in one.


Rowling, J.K.; Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildLepore, jill; The Secret History of Wonder WomanMaas, Sarah J.; Queen of ShadowsCass, Kiera; Happily Ever Aftercamp-candace-a-lady-never-tellslee-harper-go-set-a-watchman

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, & John Tiffany
The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill LePore
Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
Happily Ever After by Kiera Cass
A Lady Never Tells by Candace Camp
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

This past week I touched on A Lady Never Tells, but unfortunately did not touch most of the other books. I started the audiobook of Go Set A Watchman a couple days ago, and I am loving it. I only have 2 hours left in the book, so I may end up finishing it today.
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