Literary Friday ya’ll……

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Last weekend, I had 3 goals: plant dahlia bulbs, vacuum house, iron my jeans before I ran out of clean jeans to wear. Success- I was 3 for 3. Oh I paid for my gardening adventures the next day, but I accomplished my goals. But a glass of wine and Big Little Lies on HBO go a long way toward soothing sore muscles.

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#FuturisticFriday review: The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff

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Photo credit: Mira

This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.

The Orphan’s Tale

Summary: The Nightingale meets Water for Elephants in this powerful novel of friendship and sacrifice, set in a traveling circus during World War II, by international bestselling author Pam Jenoff. 

Seventeen-year-old Noa has been cast out in disgrace after becoming pregnant by a Nazi soldier during the occupation of her native Holland. Heartbroken over the loss of the baby she was forced to give up for adoption, she lives above a small German rail station, which she cleans in order to earn her keep.

When Noa discovers a boxcar containing dozens of Jewish infants, unknown children ripped from their parents and headed for a concentration camp, she is reminded of the baby that was taken from her. In a moment that will change the course of her life, she steals one of the babies and flees into the snowy night, where she is rescued by a German circus.

The circus owner offers to teach Noa 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 unlikely friendship is enough to save one another—or if the secrets that burn between them will destroy everything. Continue reading

#FuturisticFriday review: The Shimmering Road by Hester Young

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Photo Credit: Putnam Books, 2/14

This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.

The Shimmering Road

Summary: A pulse-pounding mystery from the author of “The Gates of Evangeline” featuring Charlotte Charlie Cates, an unforgettable heroine whose dark visions bring to light secrets that will heal or destroy those around her…

When soon-to-be mother Charlotte Charlie Cates begins to have recurring dreams about harm coming to her unborn daughter, she knows these are not the nightmares of an anxious mom-to-be. They are the result of her mysterious gift. But before she can decipher what these dreams might mean, Charlie learns that the mother who abandoned her when she was a toddler is the victim of a double murder in Arizona. The other victim Jasmine, a half-sister Charlie never knew she had has left behind a child, a little girl who speaks to Charlie in her dreams and was present on the night of the murders. Convinced that she must help her orphaned niece, Charlie travels to Tucson, Arizona, where she must confront her painful ties to her mother and delve into her sister s shadowy past.

To untangle the web of secrets that will reveal the truth of her nightmares, Charlie can no longer avoid her family’s checkered history. Who is in the racy photos that turned up in Jasmine’s apartment? Where is her niece’s father, whom Jasmine was rumored to have been seeing again on the sly? Was her mother’s charity work in Mexico really as selfless as it seemed? And most important of all, what did her niece really witness on the night of the murders?

The search for answers leads Charlie across the Mexican border, from the resort town of Rocky Point to the border town of Nogales, and elucidates the meaning of her dreams in most unexpected ways. Ultimately, to protect her niece and her unborn child, Charlie must battle not just evil but the forces of nature, in one final terrifying encounter in the Tucson desert.

A thrilling mystery that combines literary suspense and romance with a mystical twist that is unputdownable. If you love Kate Atkinson and Alice Sebold, you should not miss Hester Young. Continue reading

Book Spotlight + Giveaway of One Good Mama Bone by Bren McClain

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One day, as it tends to happen on Twitter and Facebook, I saw a trusted author friend talking about a book. I may be remembering it all wrong, but I do believe that it was Miss Kimberly Brock praising this book, One Good Mama Bone and then my friend Erin at Deep South Magazine asked me if I had heard of this book. Then, a  publicist contact reached out about this book- and I knew that I needed to make sure that readers of Traveling With T had a chance to not only hear about this book, but to win a copy (US only). Continue reading