In Consequence: A Retelling Of North And South

In Consequence 2I read Trudy Brasure’s first book, A Heart for Milton about two years ago and loved it so much that I read it again.  Since I enjoyed her first book so much, I decided to read her second “what if” version of Elizabeth Gaskell’s wonderful story.  I like Trudy’s first book more because the ending I liked better than in this one.  Having said that, In Consequence is a good book on its own.  I enjoyed reading it very much.

I was nervous that this new version was going to have conflicts all over it keeping John and Margaret apart until near the end of the book, but that is not the case.  Thank goodness for that because I would not have enjoyed the book if that was the case.  I cannot stand to read a romance novel where the hero and heroine are at odds until the last chapter.  That is basically what Elizabeth Gaskell did and I have to admit that I am not crazy about that aspect of her novel. Continue reading →

The Turkish Lover

the-turkish-loverThe Turkish Lover is the third memoir installment of Esmeralda Santiago.  The first is When I Was Puerto Rican and the second is Almost A Woman.   In this book Esmeralda goes into more detail about her seven years long love affair with Turkish film producer, Ulvi Dogan.  Esmeralda met Ulvi in Manhattan when she was 20 and he was 37.  Ulvi is from a culture that condones male chauvinism, and he is exactly that.  Esmeralda falls under Ulvi’s spell to my complete amazement.

This book is well written, but frustrating to read because Esmeralda spent seven years allowing this man to control her life.  She mentions Ulvi in her book, Almost A Woman, and I thought that Esmeralda was with him for no more than a year.  I was shocked to learn in this book that she was with him for so long. Continue reading →

The Tutor’s Daughter

The tutors daughterThis book is by the same author who wrote The Girl in the Gatehouse.  I will not be reading anymore books by this author.  Julie Klassen writes Christian romance novels, and there is nothing wrong with that if that is what you love.  I need a little more going on.  I do not like erotica books, that is for sure.  In erotica people are having sex just because they can, and love does not necessarily have anything to do with it.  I realize that there is an audience for erotica, but it simply is not my cup of tea.  I do not mind reading romance novels that contain sex scenes.  I have literally read hundreds of them since I was 19 years old and read Shana by the late Kathleen Woodiwiss, but erotica is not the same as romance novels.  There are certain “formulas”  specific to writing  romance novels that do not hold for erotica. Continue reading →

Madame de Florian And The Paris Apartment

decouvrez-lincroyable-appartement-parisien-de-madame-de-florian-laisse-inoccupe-pendant-70-ans1I am sure that you remember the blog post that I did titled “A Time Capsule In Paris.”  One of the people who read it was kind enough to let me know that a book of fiction based on Madame de Florian’s abandoned apartment has been  written.  It is due to be out this spring.  The author’s name is Michelle Gable, and you can read about it on her website HERE.   I look forward to reading the book, and then writing a review on it here on Collar City Brownstone.  The author recently completed putting the finishing touches on her literary masterpiece, as you can see from the photo on the right hand side.  The Paris Apartment 2I certainly wish that I had all the time I needed to write books, but Xenia’s life right now is taken up with finishing up school.

Michelle Gable also has a fan page on Facebook.  Her book can be pre-ordered on Amazon.

The Paris Apartment manuscript photo courtesy of Michelle Gable.

Hello, My Love!

I was sent this e-book by the author, E. Journey, back in August of 2013 to read and review.  Since the fall semester had just started, I was not able to fit in reading it until this past weekend.  Hello, My Love is a fast and easy read.  You can actually get it done in one day.  It took me two days since I was out for a good portion of the day on Saturday. Continue reading →