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Saturday, December 6, 2014

A Light in the WildernessA Light in the Wilderness by Jane Kirkpatrick

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A light in the Wilderness is not the usual type of book I read. However, having received it from Netgalley, I gave it a try.

The story follows a freed slave, Letitia, and her journey through life after slavery. Not surprisingly, her new life as a free woman is not much different than her previous life as a owned slave.
The story kept me interested, while tugged at my heart strings. At times I was upset and extremely frustrated -- because whether we accept it or not, population reactions to recent events in our society stem from deep, embedded roots in our history as a country. This book is an example of that.

I feel this is a book everyone should read. the writing itself is plain and direct, telling Letitia's story through a marriage, children, (marrying a white man), and the Oregon trail. Although her story ends in a hopeful tone and she encounters many good people that help her along the way, it doesn't take from the pain and humiliation that Letitia suffers at the hands of others. All because of circumstances beyond her control: gender and skin color.

I strongly recommend this different read, and face the fact that we still have a long way to go not only as Americans, but as human beings.

***ARC by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Hard to Come By by Laura Kaye

Hard to Come By (Hard Ink, #3)Hard to Come By by Laura Kaye

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This installment of the Hark Ink series was one I was looking forward to,and for one reason: Marz.
Marz Marz Marz!!!

I'm a huge Laura Kaye fan, and absolutely love her writing.
Why not 5 stars? Emilie.
Although Laura is a master at making the impossible plausible, I could not connect with Emilie. For a woman going through the events of this book, her behavior seemed out of character--taking into account what she lived and faced in a short amount of time. No spoilers but, the timeline and her behavior kinda threw me for a loop.
Marz of course, sexy and alpha as his brothers in arms!
I still love the series and still miss Easy (wish he got a whole book).
So if you enjoyed the other Hard Ink books, you will sure love this one. Way to go Laura!

**Arc copy provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

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