In The Greatest Knight
Chadwick draws us in with a thrilling and suspenseful tale of knights in battle, courtly intrigue, and Medieval daily life. Marshal is a man of integrity, surrounded by those who are willing to sacrifice anything to gain more power and money. He walks a constant tightrope, attempting to keep his promises and do what is right without losing everything that he has.
I don’t normally pick up books that are strictly historical fiction, but I was tricked by the cover into thinking this was a romance. By the time I figured out that it wasn’t, I was so into the story that I didn’t care. This is a great book that I think almost anyone would enjoy.
I just recently spent six days glued to my couch, clinging desperately to my decongestants and tissue box. Although it was an unpleasant experience, it did give me a chance to catch up on my reading. Here’s my top three reads from my days on the couch:
One for the Money
by Janet Evanovich is one of the funniest books I’ve ever read. Stephanie Plum is an unemployed New Jersey girl who is forced to work for her bail bondsman cousin, Vinnie. Originally, she applies for a job filing, but since that job has been filled, she becomes a bounty hunter. The mystery is good, but the true joy of this book is the tales of Stephanie’s ineptness at her new job.
The Department of Lost and Found
by Allison Winn Scotch has a slightly more serious tone, but is still light enough for sick-time reading. Natalie Miller is an ambitious political assistant with bad luck in love. When she is sidelined by cancer, she’s given an opportunity to rexamine life and how she wants to live it. Although about a challenging subject, Scotch manages to present Natalie’s story with humor and hope.
by Sherry Thomas lives up to the title. A Victorian version of the Cinderella story, Delicious is the tale of Verity Durant, a woman whose culinary creations render entire dinner parties speechless with delight. She is content in the kitchen until her employer dies, leaving his house to his brother, a man from Verity’s past. Her passions, both culinary and otherwise, make for a great story of love, loss, and the power of good food.
Suzanne Collin’s second book in the Hunger Games trilogy is another riveting sci fi thriller that kept me on the edge and wanting more. Katniss succeeded in winning the first Hunger Games and disrupting the Capitol’s one-winner rule with the help of Peeta. Now it is time for the Victory Tour and the next games and the President has horrible plans to keep the districts in line once again.
Dystopian novels are defined as including an often futuristic version of a society in which conditions of life are miserable and characterized by poverty, oppression, war, violence and terror resulting in widespread unhappiness, suffering and other kinds of pain. So why would someone want to read such dismal fare? Catching Fire
also includes characters who define what is great about humankind. They show sacrifice, love and humility for each other and in this case, fight for the greater good.
The final outcome of Panem will be revealed in the third novel due out next fall. If you cannot wait that long then try another exciting dystopian novel, The Maze Runner
by James Dashner.
>While James Bond was out battling the likes of Dr. No and Goldfinger, sipping shaken-not-stirred martinis and racing around in his specially equipped Aston Martin (or BMW, depending on which version of Bond you fancy), Miss Moneypenny was sitting quietly at her desk, typing up his reports and daydreaming about the womanizing secret agent, right? Wrong. Kate Westbrook’s The Moneypenny Diaries paints a very different picture of M’s loyal secretary. Haunted by the disappearance of her father on a mysterious covert mission during World War II, Jane Moneypenny joins MI6 in the hope that the connections she makes in Britain’s spy agency will lead her to the truth about his fate. Meanwhile, the secrecy surrounding her day-to-day work complicates her personal relationships, and the information she is privy to involves her in dangers far removed from her office at MI6 headquarters. And then there’s 007, the dashing but troubled agent with whom she shares a flirtatious friendship, and for whose welfare Jane spends many a worried, wakeful night.
Full of action, intrigue, and factual information about the operations of spy agencies in the Cold War era, The Moneypenny Diaries will leave you with a new appreciation for the woman too often lost in James Bond’s shadow.