Really Random Tuesday: Tudor Obsessed, Otis and Crochet

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Appearing on random Tuesdays, Really Random Tuesday is a way to post odds and ends–announcements, musings, quotes, photos–any blogging and book-related things you can think of. I often announce my book giveaway winners in these posts….The lovely Suko hosts RRT.

Here’s my randomness…

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Several weeks ago I became somewhat Tudor obsessed as I binge watched the whole series on NetFlix during semester break. The show which follows King Henry VIII’s life from his first wife until his death, was very good. Although they did take some liberties with the timeline as far as deaths and whatnot I really enjoyed it. I snapped the picture above, and if you take a look, you might agree with me that Henry VIII did not look like the actor who plays him Jonathan Rhys Meyers. I didn’t mind and I think Rhys Meyers did a great job portraying the famous monarch. There is nothing wrong in making the king good looking for the show’s sake right?
There is just something fascinating about that era and the way these people lived. There was so much drama and so many hidden agendas at court it really is interesting to think about.
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Author Interview and Spotlight Denise K Rago

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Hello everyone. Today I would like to welcome author Denise K. Rago to my blog. Denise is one of the authors I am happy to have met via book blogging, not only does she pen intriguing paranormal romance, she is a sweet person as well.

Denise is the author of the Immortal Obsession series. I have read Immortal Obsession and Blood Tears and enjoyed both. I recommend the Immortal Obsession reads to fans of vampires, romance and paranormal intrigue. These are books that take you from 18th century Paris to modern-day New York and I was happily swept away as I read them.
Please join me in welcoming Denise here today as she answers my nosey questions.

BW: Welcome back to my blog Denise and thank you for taking the time to stop by and chat. Please tell us a bit about yourself.
DKR: I have worked in Special Education for 25 years as well as receiving a Master’s Degree in Museum Professions. I am passionate about art history, reading, the French Revolution and of course, vampires. I have kept journals since high school and have always wanted to write novels.
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Adultery by Paulo Coelho

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Source: Free review copy via Amazon Vine
Title: Adultery
Author: Paulo Coelho
published: 2014
pages: 255
genre: fiction
first line: Every morning, when I open my eyes to the so-called “new day”, I feel like closing them again, staying in bed, and not getting up.
rated: 4 out of 5 stars

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Blurb:
Linda knows she’s lucky.

Yet every morning when she opens her eyes to a so-called new day, she feels like closing them again.

Her friends recommend medication.

But Linda wants to feel more, not less.

And so she embarks on an adventure as unexpected as it is daring, and which reawakens a side of her that she – respectable wife, loving mother, ambitious journalist – thought had disappeared.

Even she can’t predict what will happen next…

My thoughts:

Having heard such wonderful things about Paulo Coelho I had been eager to read his work.
What I found within these pages was shocking on the surface, but as I kept reading and delved in a bit deeper, I found much more.

The story is narrated by Linda, who seems to have everything, a loving husband, two children, a successful career as a journalist and financial stability. The story is set in Geneva, Switzerland.

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The Daring Ladies of Lowell by Kate Alcott

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source: free review copy via Amazon Vine
title: The Daring Ladies of Lowell
author: Kate Alcott
published: February 25, 2014
pages: 304
genre: historical fiction
first line: Alice stepped gingerly into the darkened dormitory, holding her breath against the unexpected.
rated: 4 out of 5 stars
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blurb:
From the New York Times bestselling author of THE DRESSMAKER comes a moving historical novel about a bold young woman drawn to the looms of Lowell, Massachusetts–and to the one man with whom she has no business falling in love.

Eager to escape life on her family’s farm, Alice Barrow moves to Lowell in 1832 and throws herself into the hard work demanded of “the mill girls.” In spite of the long hours, she discovers a vibrant new life and a true friend—a saucy, strong-willed girl name Lovey Cornell.

But conditions at the factory become increasingly dangerous, and Alice finds the courage to represent the workers and their grievances. Although mill owner, Hiram Fiske, pays no heed, Alice attracts the attention of his eldest son, the handsome and reserved Samuel Fiske. Their mutual attraction is intense, tempting Alice to dream of a different future for herself.

This dream is shattered when Lovey is found strangled to death. A sensational trial follows, bringing all the unrest that’s brewing to the surface. Alice finds herself torn between her commitment to the girls in the mill and her blossoming relationship with Samuel. Based on the actual murder of a mill girl and the subsequent trial in 1833, THE DARING LADIES OF LOWELL brilliantly captures a transitional moment in America’s history while also exploring the complex nature of love, loyalty, and the enduring power of friendship.

My Thoughts:
I found The Daring Ladies of Lowell by Kate Alcott to be fantastic historical fiction.
The story is centered around women working in Lowell in 1832 in a mill. I think the Industrial Revolution is a fascinating time period as so much was going on during that time in history.

The main character, Alice Barrow, has left life on the farm with dreams of making her own money and helping her father out. When she arrives at the boarding house where the women mill workers are housed, she is intimidated but still eager to work. Among the women workers she makes friends with Lovey, a high-spirited girl who breaks all the rules.

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Mailbox Monday 3.2.15

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Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Mondays are always nicer when books are involved right? This past weekend flew right on by and I ended up going to the bookstore on a whim and to my local library to get some research done for a class assignment. The library visit was extra nice because once a month they have someone come and play the piano that is set up by one of the reading areas. It was really nice to browse the shelves with soft, live piano music playing in the background.

I took the above Go Away I’m Reading pic at my local Barnes and Noble and I’m tempted to grab this little sign next time I pop in. I think it would look nice sitting on my bookcase.

For this weeks MM post I am highlighting two books….
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