Tuesday, April 22, 2014

S - Blogging Challenge "Someecards Book Style"

A to Z Challenge is posting every day in April except Sundays (we get those off for good behavior.) And since there are 26 days, that matches the 26 letters of the alphabet. On April 1, blog about something that begins with the letter “A.” April 2 is “B,” April 3 is “C,” and so on.



Today's letter is S. 
Someecards because sometimes you just gotta laugh. Enjoy!














Monday, April 21, 2014

The Space Between by Diana Gabaldon




















The Space Between (Outlander book 7.5)

By Diana Gabaldon

Book Blurb:
Joan MacKimmie is on her way to Paris to take up her vocation as a nun. Yet her decision is less a matter of faith than fear, for Joan is plagued by mysterious voices that speak of the future, and by visions that mark those about to die. The sanctuary of the nunnery promises respite from these unwanted visitations . . . or so she prays. Her chaperone is Michael Murray, a young widower who, though he still mourns the death of his wife, finds himself powerfully drawn to his charge. But when the time-traveling Comte St. Germain learns of Joan’s presence in Paris, and of her link to Claire Fraser—La Dame Blanche—Murray is drawn into a battle whose stakes are not merely the life but the very soul of the Scotswoman who, without even trying, has won his heart.

I haven't a clue what to rate The Space Between. Just because it was written by my favourite author doesn't mean the book automatically receives a 5 star from me. To be honest, after reading The Space Between, I did a lot of head scratching and saying, "huh?"

I certainly finished the story with more questions than I had going into it. I think I need to read this novella a second time. When Diana Gabaldon makes a point to write something, it usually means that I need to remember something for the future. 

The Space Between is not a romance nor is it historical fiction. It is a...what the heck was it? A filler? A puzzler? A definite head scratcher. 

I did really like that Joan MacKimmie seems to be a seer of some sort. I think there is a lot of story that can be created with that bit of added knowledge. Michael only lost his wife a month previous so the poor man is still very much in mourning. My heart ached for him. I loved that Diana provided flashback memories of Michael with his wife as we got to meet her and miss her along with him. 

Master Raymond reappears and so does the Comte St. Germain. You may remember them from the long ago Paris days with Jamie and Claire. Lots and lots of questions about The Space Between is generated because of these two. I am not going to spoil anything but I did say out loud, "What the heck?" more than a few times. 

I can't say that I LOVED it, nor did I not like it. So for me, a 3 star is a good rating since I liked it. 



R - Blogging Challenge "Regency"

A to Z Challenge is posting every day in April except Sundays (we get those off for good behavior.) And since there are 26 days, that matches the 26 letters of the alphabet. On April 1, blog about something that begins with the letter “A.” April 2 is “B,” April 3 is “C,” and so on.




Today's letter is R. 
Regency Era England

For me, the Regency Era (roughly 1795 to 1837) is my favourite to read for historical romances. I just love reading how bare ankles can cause a scandal or if a woman was to be found alone with a man, it could mean that they would have to be married or it would be considered scandalous. 
I also love that simple kiss on the hand or a gentle touch to the wrist can set hearts aflutter. 

But most especially I love the fashion. Which is odd for me considering I am not a fashion savvy woman. Yes the women's gowns are breathtaking in description. You need only reach for the nearest historical romance cover to see that for yourself. 


But what about the men? Seems that so many of the gorgeous covers only include shirtless men. Well okay I get it, that makes a cover gorgeous too but I really like the men's fashion of the day too. I love reading about the tight buckskins. The high Hessian boots and the tight white crisp cravat makes me feel how important and imposing they must have looked. There is just something so sexy about a tight perfectly tied cravat. Why lets look to Mr. Darcy for a perfect example. 



I can't help it. Every time I see Mr. Darcy I just want to undress him. Ok Mr Darcy dressed or undress, good right?!

What about you? Are you a fan of the Regency era in books? What are your favourite parts of the era?