Child of the Mist

Child of the Mist (These Highland Hills #1) by Kathleen Morgan

Thoughts Before Reading:

I got this book free on BookBub, which can be a hit or a big miss. Let’s see how this one goes…

Synopsis:

Scotland 1565

Scotland in the 16th century was a time when superstitions ran rampant and witches were burned.

Two families have warred for century and a new blood feud has arisen between Clan MacGregor and Clan Campbell. After a series of bloodshed between the two and the capture of the leader of the Campbells, the leader of the MacGregors has come up with a solution: unite the houses in matrimony.

Both parties are not happy about it, as Anne MacGregor is a feisty, independent woman who has been raised with the ideology that all Campbells are disgusting barbarians. Niall Campbell wants nothing to do with the MacGregors as he has been raised to hate them by birth.

However, both agree to wed as both have been trained from the womb that their people come first. It isn’t an easy marriage as both are upset they have no real say in the matter, they are from different cultures (Anne likes to do herbal remedies and roam about, the Campbells are extremely superstitious and don’t believe their women should go about on their own).

To make matters worse, Niall knows that the only way his men were lately ambushed and he was captured was that someone had betrayed him. And not just someone…it had to be his cousin or uncle or one of his closest friends. But which one?

Hmm…

Niall tries to figure out who betrayed him, while trying to protect Anne who isn’t fitting into the Campbell life.

But then Anne starts to fall in love with her husband and tries to do all she can to root out the betrayer and help her new people. Will Niall discover the betrayer in time? Or will Niall and Anne lose their lives before he can discover the truth?

Hmmm…

Thoughts After Reading:

I thought this was really interesting until the jealousy and yelling of the main romantic lead really started to annoy me.

I’m so disappointed.

Plus the fact that if he and Anne just talked or if he bothered to talk to people instead of yelling, things might not have gotten so crazy. His yelling how he wasn’t a liar and her having to understand his “trust issues” just gave me flashbacks of my abusive ex-husband.

Plus it was super obvious who the betrayer was. It was like think, Niall think!!!

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The View from Prince Street

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The View from Prince Street (Alexandria #2) by Mary Ellen Taylor

Thoughts Before Reading:

So three years ago I read At the Corner of King Street and loved it. I thought it was amazing. I loved the characters, the plot, the two threads: Sarah Shire-Goodwin, Scottish immigrant settling in the new colony of Virginia; and Addie Morgan, a women trying to distance herself from her family and the disease that destroyed it.

There were family curses, witch’s bottles, recollection, and a spunky sassy historian Margaret who becomes Addie’s partner in salvaging and unraveling the mystery of the witch’s bottles. I really hoped to see more of her in the future; maybe even her own book or series?

Synopsis:

Dr. Rae McDonald is known as having a heart of stone, an ice queen-but others believe she is trying to be a matchmaker for her clients.

Rae has a sad background. Her sister and her were in a car crash, her sister dying. After that Rae made some very bad decisions and ended up pregnant, choosing to give the baby up for adoption.

Since then she has become detached and suppresses all feelings.

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Meanwhile, Addie Morgan and Margaret McCrae, from the last book, have taken over the salvaging company. Addie is also raising her niece Carrie. One day they are salvaging an area and discover another witch bottle on Rae’s property.

The book follows a second thread from the 18th century and involved the women from the previous novel and a new one.

Hmm…

Rae’s sister’s best friend, Lisa Smyth, also survived the car crash, but never told the whole truth about it. It turns out there is a link between her and Rae’s family.

Hmm…

The past and the present intertwine and all must come out for them to move forward.

Thoughts After Reading:

I didn’t like it. Rae was so boring and an ice queen. No emotion.

This book was very disappointing to me as it was a real snooze.

I enjoyed all the characters in the first book more.

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Rosemary’s Baby

Rosemary’s Baby (Rosemary’s Baby #1) by Ira Levin

So I have seen this film and loved it. When the book was donated to the library and added to the collection-I couldn’t help it. I needed to read it. I had to see if it was as good.

It blew me away! The movie was great-but Ira Levin is on par with Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde-no matter how many times have seen the film or read the book every time feels like the first time.

This book was AMAZING. I mean the film really was fantastic in staying close to the book but the writings was so amazing.

I mean-read it. I loved it. I couldn’t put it down. The emotion-Rosemary is so sweet and young and caring. She loves Guy even though he is a narcissistic prig.  All she wants is a nice home with her handsome husband and to have a baby.

You feel for her as she works on her home-her hopes and dreams and they are all dashed because of her horrible husband who trades his wife’s love to get a better career.

I can’t do this book justice. It was so good. Read it is all I can say. You will love it. You will love it so much you won’t be able to stop. Trust me. If you like any mystery, horror, thrills, suspense, etc-you will LOVE this as much as me.

And just in time for Halloween, Ihope you all have a happy-safe-holiday.

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High Road to the Stake: A Tale of Witchcraft

High Road to the Stake: A Tale of Witchcraft

Highroad to the Stake: A Tale of Witchcraft by Michael Kunze

Thoughts Before Reading:

I had to read this for my class on Early Modern Europe, but didn’t.

I know. Since I couldn’t return it I decided to just hold on to it and read it later.

Plot Synopsis:

This book is the account of the Pappenheimers family. This unit of five-father Paulus; mother Anna; sons Jacob (sometimes called Michel), Gumpprecht, and Hoel (sometimes called Hansel). They were a lower class family that moved around like gypsies.

An arrested thief named them as his conspirators in murdering pregnant women and called them witches. They were arrested and taken to Munich.

There they were tortured and accused of committing over hundreds of thefts and murders, basically any unsolved crime.

Michael Kunze gives a deatailed account of life in the 17th century, and a detailed account of the horror of the witch hunts and trials.

Thoughts After Reading:

I have tried to read this book five times and barely make it out of the first few chapters.

Ugh

It is so dense and I just can’t connect to the work. I’m not sure if it is his style or maybe the translation, but after the fifth time trying to read it; I just kissed it goodbye.

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The Witch Hunter’s Tale

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The Witch Hunter’s Tale (A Midwife Mystery #3) by Sam Thomas

Thoughts Before Reading:

With Halloween coming, I decided that I needed to review a spooky story. I thought The Witch Hunter’s Tale would be just the perfect thing.

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So in the last book we saw that there was a lot of upheaval in the city. The parliament men were trying to “reform” the city, Edward was killed, Joseph had become a maniacal tyrant trying to bring his “justice”, and Bridget adopted a murdered prostitute’s daughter, Elizabeth.

Whoa

So many know of the Salem witch hunts, but what most don’t know was that there was a worse event involving witch hunts that occurred in England.

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That such time has come now with the cry for witch’s blood and murder abounding in the city.

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Life is hard this winter as the war between the King and Parliament, coupled with an excruciating summer has brought poverty abounding through the streets. In such desperate times it is easy to blame the misfortune on scapegoats; one easy prey being older ladies who are “witches”.

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For a woman who once spent her time alone with her servant Hannah and busy with her clients; her family has increasingly grown. She has her assistant midwife-in-training, Martha; nephew Will, who was cheated out of his inheritance by his brother Joseph; Elizabeth; and Tree, the orphan who resides at the jailhouse.

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As a midwife, one of the charges besides birthing babies is to search for signs of witchcraft on those accused.

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She is luckily saved when someone is announced as having a baby, passing her duty on to Rebecca Hooke, her arch nemesis.

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And to make things worse; the person in charge of the witch hunts is none other than Joseph, the evil brother.

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Martha and Bridget go to see Hester, the accused witch, to figure out why Rebecca and Joseph are teaming up to put her away, but they discover very little. Just more questions.

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The next day, Martha and Bridget sit in on a private meeting of the aldermen, hoping to figure out what their motive are and find a way to stop the two from taking over the city.

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The two present a very charismatic argument to why they must rise up and stop the threat of witches in the city. Much to our groups’ chagrin, they appear to hold the city in the palm of their hands.

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George Breary is trying to help them stop Joseph and Rebecca and asks Bridget to marry him in order to not only protect her, but pull their resoucres. Bridget goes home to think about it, but George is murdered before she can give an answer.

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To make things even steeper, Joseph and Rebecca have arrested over two dozen “witches”, and housed them in the jail.

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Soon Bridget’s house and she are threatened, with her running out of time and protection.

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She finds herself doing something she never would expect, teaming up with one she hates in order to destroy Joseph.

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Thoughts After Reading:

This was extremely suspenseful and a real page turner.

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The only thing was that it had some real painful moments and the ending is not what I wanted.

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You better fix it Thomas!!!! I want those two together!!!

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From my sister blog: janeaustenrunsmylife.wordpress.com

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