Replay by Ken Grimwood ★★★★☆ #bookreview

replayThis is a fantasy/sci-type book that is not generally my cup of tea. I like time-travel books though so I thought I would give this a chance. It is about a man that dies at the age of 43, but instead of just dying, he returns to age 18 with all of his memories from the next 25 years still intact. He lives all over again in real time, until age 43. Then he dies again and the cycle starts over – and he “replays” his life in a seemingly unending loop. This book is less about time travel to me and more about what would you do differently if you could live your life over. How many times have we all said “If I knew then what I know now”? Well, would you change things? Could you change things? This book explores what could have been and what could never be as we follow his life through the replays and see how altering things ultimately affects him and those around him. I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 simply because, for me, I felt myself getting a tad bored during the middle (and that is never a good thing) but ultimately I really enjoyed this book. It was the World Fantasy Award winner for Best Novel in 1988.

Published originally in 1987.

My rating – 4 out of 5

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Daughters of the Lake by Wendy Webb ★★★★★ #bookreview

lakeGothic horror/gothic romance is one of my all-time favorite genres, and it is so hard to find well written books in that genre. But look no more! Wendy Webb ROCKS! Daughters of the Lake is a gothic murder mystery – full of intrigue, betrayal, folklore, dreams, fog, and things that go bump in the night. It is like I custom ordered a book from the author! Quick synopsis – Almost divorced Kate is staying at her parents house when she discovers a dead woman and baby washed up on the shore of Lake Superior. No one can identify the woman or the baby – but Kate has been dreaming about her and works to discover who she is and how she was killed. I devoured this book and desperately wanted more – I will be reading everything by Ms. Webb from now on!

Published November 1, 2018 by Lake Union Publishing

My rating – 5 out of 5

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Enchantress of Numbers by Jennifer Chiaverini ★★☆☆☆ #bookreview

numbersAs an engineer and someone who loves numbers I really wanted to love this book. But it was way too long and it didn’t emphasize the interesting part of her life. This book is about Ada Lovelace, the only legitimate child of Lord Byron. She was exceptionally smart and is credited as being the first “computer programmer” due to her work on the Babbage’s counting machine.

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The End of Temperance Dare by Wendy Webb ★★★★★ #bookreview #bookblog

img_5240-1For a “bumps in the night” book this one may take the cake! A gem by Wendy Webb, this one centers around an artist’s retreat that is housed in an old tuberculosis sanatorium near Lake Superior known as Cliffside Manor. I’m sure you can surmise from that one sentence that strange things begin to happen. There is just something about old hospital settings that Continue reading “The End of Temperance Dare by Wendy Webb ★★★★★ #bookreview #bookblog”