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[Teaser Tuesdays] The Painted Veil

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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: * Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two "teaser" sentences from that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! You don't want to ruin the book for others!
* Share the title and author so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers!
The Painted Veil is a classic by W.Somerset Maugham. The story is about a beautiful young woman named Kitty Fane, who unsatisfied with her marriage starts an affair with charming Charles Townsend. When her husband Walter finds out, he sets out a vengeance—Kitty must follow him to his new posting as a bacteriologist in remote mainland China to fight the cholera epidemic.

‘Why don’t you go to him and throw yourself on his mercy? If he’s as much in love with you as you say he’s bound to forgive you.’ ‘How little you know him!’
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[Review] Clouded Vision by Linwood Barclay

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Title: Clouded Vision(This link goes to Amazon) Author: Linwood Barclay Page: 96 pages Genre: Short Stories, Mystery/Thriller
Subject: Murder First Published: 2011



Ellie wakes covered in blood. She’s trapped in a car on a frozen lake. CRACK. The ice is breaking. One more crack and the car will plunge into the water below, taking Ellie with it …
Meet Keisha Ceylon—she’s a nasty piece of work. She tricks families with visions she says will lead them to missing loved ones. However, one of those dodgy visions gets too close to the truth. Someone doesn’t like it—and they’re ready to kill to keep a terrible secret safe.
- Synopsis from book cover
Good old thriller with an interesting main character. I was sold by the very first sentence. When reading a thriller as a short story you know that it’s going to be fast-paced and straight forward—and after reading series of books with hundreds of pages, sometimes that’s just what you need =)
What I did not expect was that I find this book quite enj…

[Review] The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

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Title: The Prince of Mist(This link goes to Amazon), Originally in Spanish: El Principe de la Niebla Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Translated to English by: Lucia Graves Page: 202 pages Genre: Young Adults, Paranormal
Subject: Brothers and Sisters, Magic First Published: 2010 (Spanish edition: 1993)


1943. As war sweeps across Europe, Max Carver's father moves his family away from the city, to an old wooden house on the coast. But as soon as they arrive, strange things begin to happen: Max discovers a garden filled with eerie statues; his sisters are plagued by unsettling dreams and voices; a box of old films opens a window to the past. Most unsettling of all are rumours about the previous owners and the mysterious disappearance of their son. As Max delves into the past, he encounters the terrifying story of the Prince of Mist, a sinister shadow who emerges from the night to settle old scores, then disappears with the first mists of dawn.
- Synopsis from LibraryThing
Carlos Ruiz Zafón …

“By hook or by crook, I will read”

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[Review] The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O’Farrell

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Title: The Hand That First Held Mine(This link goes to Amazon) Author: Maggie O’Farrell Page: 374 pages Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Subject: Psychological Fiction, Family Secrets, Motherhood, London (England) First Published: 2010


Fresh out of university and in disgrace, Lexie Sinclair is waiting for life to begin. When the sophisticated Innes Kent turns up on her doorstep in rural Devon, she realises she can’t wait no longer, and leaves for London. There, Lexie carves out a new life for herself at the heart of bohemian 1950s Soho, with Innes by her side.
In the present, Ted and Elina no longer recognise their lives after the arrival of their first child. Elina, an artist, wonders if she will ever paint again, while Ted is disturbed by memories of his own childhood—memories that don’t tally with his parents’ version of events.
As Ted search for answers gathers momentum, so a portrait is revealed of two women separated by fifty  years, but linked by their passionate refusal to settle for or…

[Teaser Tuesdays] The Bronze Horseman

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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: * Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two "teaser" sentences from that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! You don't want to ruin the book for others!
* Share the title and author so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers!
I am currently reading The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons. It’s quite a long story—600+ pages—and I’m only about halfway through. But I am enjoying it very much I wish I don’t have to go to work so I can read all day long!
It is a magnificent epic of love and war during Russia’s struggle against Hitler’s invasion. This week’s teaser is a bit longer than usual but I just have to put it here—the writing was so beautiful!

War was the ultimate chaos, a pounding, soul-destroying snarl, ending in blown-apart men lying unburied on the cold earth. …

Mailbox Monday [6]

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Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia @ A Girl and Her Books, and hosted by Mari Reads for the month of May.
I have read Jonathan Safran Foer, Jed Rubenfeld, Kate Morton, Maggie O’Farrell and Carlos Ruiz Zafón before so I’m particularly excited to get these books:


Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer The Death Instinct by Jed Rubenfeld The Distant Hours by Kate Morton The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
And these books I discovered while blog hopping:



The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
The Heart of the Night by Judith Lennox
The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham

[Review] At Home with the Templetons by Monica McInerney

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Title: At Home with the Templetons: A Novel(This link goes to Amazon) Author: Monica McInerney Page: 593 pages Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Subject: Victoria (Australia), Country Life, Friendship, Domestic Fiction First Published: 2010


When the Templeton family from England takes up residence in a stately home in country Australia, they  set the locals talking—and with good reason. From the outside, the seven Templetons seem so unusual … peculiar even. No one is more intrigued by the family than their neighbours, single mother Nina Donovan and her son Tom. Before long, the two families become entwined in unexpected way, to the delight of Gracie, the youngest of the Templeton daughters.
In the years that follow, the relationships between the Templetons and the two Donovans twist and turn in unpredictable and life-changing directions, until a tragedy tears them all apart. What will it take to bring them together again?
- Synopsis from book cover
At Home with the Templetons I would say is a…

[Review] The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna and Solar by Ian McEwan

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Title: The Memory of Love(This link goes to Amazon) Author: Aminatta Forna Page: 464 pages Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Subject: Psychologists, Surgeons, Sierra Leone - History - Civil War (1991- 2002)  First Published: 2010



Freetown, Sierra Leone: a devastating civil war has left an entire populace with terrible secrets to keep. In the capital's hospital Kai, a gifted young surgeon is plagued by demons that are beginning to threaten his livelihood. Elsewhere in the hospital lies Elias Cole, a university professor who recalls the love that obsessed him.
Title: Solar(This link goes to Amazon) Author: Ian McEwan Page: 304 pages Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Subject: Middle-aged Men, Physicists, Marital Conflict, Global Warming - Prevention First Published: 2010


Michael Beard is a Nobel prize-winning physicist whose best work is behind him. Trading on his reputation, he speaks for enormous fees, lends his name to the letterheads of renowned scientific institutions and half-heartedly head…

Theme Thursday [6]-Female Person

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Theme Thursdays is a fun weekly event that will be open from one Thursday to the next. Anyone can participate in it. The rules are simple:
A theme will be posted each week (on Thursdays) Select a conversation/snippet/sentence from the current book you are reading Mention the author and the title of the book along with your post It is important that the theme is conveyed in the sentence (you don’t necessarily need to have the word)
Ex: If the theme is KISS; your sentence can have “They kissed so gently” or “Their lips touched each other” or “The smooch was so passionate” This will give us a wonderful opportunity to explore and understand different writing styles and descriptive approaches adopted by authors.

Theme Thursdays is hosted by Kavyen @ Reading Between Pages.


As for the children. No gratitude from them either, ever. That brat Charlotte was the worst of them, the arrogant little cow. What she needed was a good kick up the …. As for Audrey – had there ever been a more self-…

[Review] The Little Book by Selden Edwards

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Title: The Little Book: A Novel(This link goes to Amazon) Author: Selden Edwards Page: 486 pages Genre: Historical Fiction
Subject: Time Travel, Vienna (Austria), Austria - History - 1867 - 1918 First Published: 2008


An irresistible triumph of the imagination more than thirty years in the making, The Little Book is a breathtaking love story that spans generations, ranging from fin de siècle Vienna through the pivotal moments of the twentieth century. - Synopsis from Goodreads
The Little Book is a story about Frank “Wheeler” Standish Burden III who in present time San Francisco of the year 1988 suddenly finds himself mysteriously transported to 1897 Vienna. Wheeler comes from a long-standing accomplished (and Harvard-educated) lineage dating back from his grandfather, Frank Burden who was an athlete competing in the first modern Olympic. His father Frank Burden Jr. whom Wheeler never really knew was also an athlete and a war-hero who perished during the WWII. Even Wheeler himself, stayi…

Mailbox Monday [5]

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Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia @ A Girl and Her Books, and hosted by Mari Reads for the month of May.

Books that found their way to my bookshelves this week:

When the Templeton family takes up residence in an imposing and long-empty manor in the countryside of Victoria, Australia, the locals begin to buzz with gossip. The seven Templetons moved from England and seem unusual, peculiar even—especially when they begin to lead tours through the stately home while dressed in period costume. No one is more intrigued by the family than their neighbors, single mother Nina Donovan and her son, Tom. Though they try to keep their distance from the often shocking Templeton dramas, Nina and Tom find their lives unexpectedly entwined with this enigmatic family, much to the delight of Gracie, the youngest Templeton daughter. Then one day, a tragedy tears them all apart. In the grand estate, the stage is set for years of betrayal and heartbreak, love and affection, to be revealed—and, perhaps,…

[Review] The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent

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Title: The Heretic's Daughter: A Novel(This link goes to Amazon) Author: Kathleen Kent Page: 348 pages Genre: Historical Fiction
Subject: Salem Witch Trials, Salem - Massachusettes (1600 - 1775) First Published: 2008

In 1752, Sarah Carrier Chapman, weak with infirmity, writes a letter to her granddaughter, revealing the secret she has closely guarded for six decades. Her story begins a little more than a year before the Salem witch trials, when she and her family arrive in a New England community already gripped by superstition and fear. Hysteria escalates as neighbor is pitted against neighbor, friend against friend, until more than two hundred men, women, and children are swept in prison---Sarah’s mother, Martha Carrier, among them. In an attempt to protect her children, Martha asks Sarah to commit an act of heresy---a lie that will most surely condemn Martha even as it will save her daughter.
- Synopsis from book cover
I have heard about the Salem witch trials but never really …