Archive for December, 2019

People from Dickens

People from Dickens by Rachel Field.


Publisher: SCRIBNER’S; First Edition edition (1935)
ASIN: B000J55A8I




Publisher: Charles Scribner’s Sons<br>Date of Publication: 1935<br>Binding: hardcover<br>Edition: First Edition<br>Condition: Very Good/No Dust Jacket<br>Description: 8vo – 8″ – 9″ Tall 1st printing. Full cloth binding with color paper pastedown on front. Light all-over shelf scuffing. Gift note inked on half title page. Color endpapers. 208pp. Color plates. Pen and ink illustrations.


I just finished the last book for 2019.. and it was a beauty!

I found this book at a thrift shop a few years ago.  I never read it before.  I bought it for it’s cover and the artwork within the book… and probably the fact that at that time I was reading some books of Dickens and Wilke Collins.

I am so glad I put this book away and kept it!  I love everything about his book!  I already mentioned the artwork.  The pages were so thick and rough I had to keep looking at the page numbers because they felt like 2 pages stuck together.  The book was published in 1935.  Every so many pages you could see the threads that sewed this book together!  The pages were all turning brown but I still loved this book. (and will keep it in the special group of “keepers”).


It is 8 short versions of 8 of Dickens books, read as if they were each the entire book instead of a short story of the book.  Simply put…this was a most delightful book to read! Even if you aren’t a reader of Dickens.. this gives a great example of his writings and lets you find out if you might actually want to read one of his entire books!

I give it a grade A !!

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The Orphan’s Tale

The Orphan’s Tale by Pan Jenoff.


Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: MIRA;(February 21, 2017)
ISBN-10: 0778319814



Amazon Review:


A powerful novel of friendship set in a traveling circus during World War II, The Orphan’s Tale introduces two extraordinary women and their harrowing stories of sacrifice and survival

Sixteen-year-old Noa has been cast out in disgrace after becoming pregnant by a Nazi soldier and being forced to give up her baby. She lives above a small rail station, which she cleans in order to earn her keep… When Noa discovers a boxcar containing dozens of Jewish infants bound for a concentration camp, she is reminded of the child that was taken from her. And in a moment that will change the course of her life, she snatches one of the babies and flees into the snowy night.

Noa finds refuge with a German circus, but she must learn the flying trapeze act so she can blend in undetected, spurning the resentment of the lead aerialist, Astrid. At first rivals, Noa and Astrid soon forge a powerful bond. But as the facade that protects them proves increasingly tenuous, Noa and Astrid must decide whether their friendship is enough to save one another—or if the secrets that burn between them will destroy everything.


Well… it was a heart rendering story. It didn’t quite do it for me though. Not enough “excitement” or who did something in it for me.


Amazon gives a good review of the book, I couldn’t say it as well, so go by that if you wonder if this book is for you.

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Right Behind You

Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner.


Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Dutton; (January 31, 2017)
ISBN-10: 0525954589


Amazon Review:


Eight years ago, Sharlah May Nash’s older brother beat their drunken father to death with a baseball bat in order to save both of their lives. Now thirteen years old, Sharlah has finally moved on. About to be adopted by retired FBI profiler Pierce Quincy and his partner, Rainie Conner, Sharlah loves one thing best about her new family: They are all experts on monsters.

Then the call comes in. A double murder at a local gas station, followed by reports of an armed suspect shooting his way through the wilds of Oregon. As Quincy and Rainie race to assist, they are forced to confront mounting evidence: The shooter may very well be Sharlah’s older brother, Telly Ray Nash, and it appears his killing spree has only just begun.

As the clock winds down on a massive hunt for Telly, Quincy and Rainie must answer two critical questions: Why after eight years has this young man started killing again? And what does this mean for Sharlah? Once upon a time, Sharlah’s big brother saved her life. Now, she has two questions of her own: Is her brother a hero or a killer? And how much will it cost her new family before they learn the final, shattering truth? Because as Sharlah knows all too well, the biggest danger is the one standing right behind you.


This book is about FBI profilers and how they track down a killer .

It’s a man and his wife with their soon to be adopted daughter, who turns out to be the sister of the suspected killer!

It was a very good read.  Always trying to figure out who’s right and who’s wrong and who the murderer could be if not the person they believe it is!

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The Silent Patient

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides.

Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Celadon Books; (February 5, 2019)
ISBN-10: 1250301696




Amazon Review:


The Silent Patient is a shocking psychological thriller of a woman’s act of violence against her husband―and of the therapist obsessed with uncovering her motive.

Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.

Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London.

Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations―a search for the truth that threatens to consume him….


This was a good  murder mystery.  I like when a book is trying to get answers to “secrets” in order to find out who murdered the victim .  The book had very short chapters.. always a good point for me, and moved along rather quickly.  Either that or because the book before this was nearly 500 pgs this one seemed short! 

I seem to enjoy books that has a person who can’t talk or their memory is not what it should be.. this one fit the bill !  A enjoyable , fast read.

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