Friday, December 18, 2015

The Mexican Slow Cooker by Deborah Schneider

I've been dying to get my slow cooker out. Winter screams slow cooker and it would be so awesome to come home to dinner already there.

My husband is from Mexico, so I was excited to get this book. It has some of the classics we both enjoy. Mole! Menudo! Tamales! Chile Verde! It also has some bakes and casserole type dishes. They all look amazing and I am now ready to try my hand at it. I think my first may be the tamale pie.

Thanks for the review copy!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The Determined Heart by Antoinette May

Mary Godwin, Daughter of authors and free thinkers William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft, is raised unconventionally. Her stepmother abhors her, her father loves her but is constantly worried about money and bills. When she meets Percy Bysshe Shelly, Mary finds herself falling in love with the free Bysshe. Soon, their love leads them to abandon their lives, including his wife and children. As their life together begins, life for others is irrevocably changed.

I had never read about Mary Shelly or Percy Bysshe Shelly. They proved to be an interesting couple. I found myself sympathizing with Mary a lot of the time. While I liked Bysshe, I also found myself liking the other characters that came into their lives. It was a very good book. Very enjoyable!
Thanks to the publisher for a review copy. 

Monday, December 14, 2015

My Lady Viper by E Knight

Anne Stanhope, married to Edward Seymour, has placed all her hopes with the Seymour family. Her sister in law has just been crowned Queen of England. Anne schemes to keep the Seymour family fortunes on the rise, making enemies, throughout the rest of King Henry VIll's reign.
This book was good. I had never read about Anne, even thought she was a force at court throughout Henry and Edward's reign. She can be a bit hard to handle, but enjoyable. I loved seeing the behind the scene action and the scheming. Good quick read!
Thanks to the publisher for a review copy.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Colossus by Colin Falconer

Colossus the battle elephant and his rider, Gajendra, are taken into Alexander the Great's Army after his battle in India. Gajendra is anxious to prove himself as both loyal and useful to Alexander to improve his lot in life. He dreams of being a general and marrying the most beautiful woman in Alexander's harem. Mara, a Carthagian priestess and daughter of  General Hanno, is in disguise as a boy and has been taken in as Gajendra's elephant dung boy and has come to love Colossus. Their lives intersect with wonderful and disastrous consequences.
I have enjoyed Colin Falconer's books for years now, starting with The Feathered Serpent. Falconer again brings history with a twist to life. I enjoyed Gajendra's life and his portrayal of the almost insane Alexander. The plot flows so nicely, you will quickly find yourself at the end of the book. Very good book.
Thanks to the publisher for a review copy. 

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Oswald: Return of the King by Eduardo Albert

Oswald, exiled son of King Aethelfrith of Northumbria, would rather join the church that become king. But when his half brother is killed, Oswald reluctantly takes up his father's claim of the throne. Together with his brother, Oswiu, and his raven, Bran, Oswald becomes high king of England. Life changes and the wheel of fortunes turn.
This book starts begins with a slower pace and then grabs you. Oswald's claim to the throne seems frail at best, but he proves himself. The interactions between siblings is so touching, but true. I really enjoyed this book!
Thanks to the publisher for a review copy. 

Friday, December 4, 2015

Exchange of Princesses by Chantal Thomas

This is a novel over the marriage of Louis XV.
It is labeled as fiction, but read very non fictiony. I didn't make it very far. :(

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Naked by Eliza Redgold

Godiva, the strong but indulged daughter of Coventry, suddenly becomes Lady of Coventry after her parents are killed in a surprise attack. Rushing to her aid is the stoic and silent Earl Leofric of Mercia. Her most trusted friend, Edward warns of the battle hardened savior. But Godiva has no choice, she must marry for Coventry.
This book tells the earlier story of Godiva, and her love affair with Leofric. I enjoyed it, but it seemed rather short. But I did devour it in one afternoon. The twists were good. I also liked that the characters were all flawed.
Thanks to the publisher for a review copy.