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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Shattered Hearts by Lee Ryder

Another must grab by Lee Ryder, only .99 for a limited time.

A plague has destroyed all the adults in the world and left the children alone to begin anew. Fleeing the dangerous city streets and pregnant with another man's child Jess and her new found family travel through the vast cemeteries searching for the Promised Land. Will they find it before the baby arrives?
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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Broken Earth by Lee Ryder

 Huge sale, only .99 through August 5th!!

In a world with no adults, no laws to protect them, and no government to control the streets where dangerous gangs wage war over territory in the city, children forge forward to change what their forefathers took for granted. In crumbling cities that are surrounded by immense cemeteries where danger lurks around every corner. 

Jess lost her family when the plagues came leaving her alone and afraid to take on life in the city head on. Ian lost everything to the plague except for his sister Lucie. Can he protect Lucie from the violent life on the streets that threatens to steal her innocence? 

With danger closing in around them; struggling against immeasurable odds can they survive in Broken Earth?

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The First Time by Lee Ryder

All Lee Ryder's books are on sale for .99. So check out The First Time then take a look at the rest.

The rings are exchanged, loving toasts have been joyfully made, and they danced till dawn. Now alone in their hotel room, Annalise awaits a different rite of passage...her first time.

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The Outlaw River Wilde by Mike Walters Bookreview

A most comical and engaging story!

Book Review:

The Outlaw River Wilde is a comical sci-fi alien book. Mitch is an usual character who grows curious when strange events start happening. His friend is shot with a disappearing arrow and Native Americans on horses make appearances. He manages to get stuff on camera and video as the story progresses and finds there’s more to it then he originally thought.

The author has a good voice for humor and makes this story a light hearted adventure. I will give away a sorta spoiler here and say it ends on a cliffhanger. The good news is book two is available. I was relieved when I saw that. I’m curious to find out what happens and learn more about the curious alien happenings. 

Fun story for an afternoon of laughs.

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Midnight Brunch, Book 2 in the Casa Dracula Series by Marta Costa Audiobook Review

Full of laughs!

My Review:

I first read book three in the Casa Dracula series a couple years ago. I just finished Midnight Brunch the second book in the series. I know I’m going backwards but it’s a fun series and for the careful reader they don’t need to be read in order, although, I’m sure it would make the series even better.
Milagro is a writer, well she tries, and who loves gardening. At one point she is bitten by a vampire.

Since I haven’t read book one I can’t offer more on that. The vampires and other super naturals in this book are simply humans with genetic chromosomal deformalities. In her case she lived whereas most people die. That being the case she has a few side effects that make her a little more than human. Her boyfriend Oswald is a vampire and a plastic surgeon.  They live on a farm with his family.

I love this series and found myself laughing hysterically at times. The author’s creation of the world inside the story is genius and her descriptions are priceless. It’s far more than a romance, or comedy, or even paranormal. It’s a wonderful combination of everything and perfectly balanced.

I listened to book two on audio narrated by Patricia Fructuoso. She really did a fantastic job with the narration giving Milagro and the other characters more life. She consistent, clear and uses the stories clues to fluctuate her voice as needed.

Absolutely a book worth reading/listening too!


Forbidden Forestby Tenaya Jayne Audiobook Review

This was a new author and an entertaining listen.

My Review:
I really enjoyed the Forbidden Forest. I listened to this on the road and it’s been a couple weeks. Forest is the main character and she is a shifter/elf. The next vampire king is placed in her care while she transports him into the forest to see a wizard who took away his eyesight so he can restore it. As much as the story is about restoring his eyesight it’s not. It’s more a tale of love between Forest and the future vampire king.

What caught me and kept my attention was the imperfections in both. Forest as a half breed is unwelcomed or accepted by society and whoever heard of a blind vampire. No one. Their imperfections and how they handle them made it a good story. It gave them character as they journeyed into the forest and brought them together as they got to know one another.

I listened to the audio version I want to give the narrator Khristine Hvam her share in the story. She did an excellent job. In fact I think she gave the book justice. It was a great story but her narration breathed life that wasn’t there into the characters.

I love fantasy and suspense. This book had both. I absolutely recommend it for anyone who loves at least one. Fantastic story.


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Illusions by Kristen Middleton Audiobook Review

Well, the final book in the Night Roamers series. I have to say it was a fun series.

My Review:
I have to start this saying I’m proud of myself for listening to an entire series within the same year. I normally don’t do that. It’s an enticing series with constant action and a good flow between narrative, dialogue and suspense. 

Illusions being the last book in the Night Roamers series gave closure to a story that really could have gone on for longer. But I can’t give any spoilers here. Nikki gets her man – Duncan/ Ethan… err I can’t say. Some bad guys get their just desserts and Nathan… hmm… again I can’t give spoilers.

The narrator did grow on me but I was never sold by her performance, however, the story made up for her inadequacies. 
The series as a whole is fun and entertaining. There’s suspense, intrigue and romance. Who in their right mind wouldn’t love it I don’t know. I did, great series.


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Joe Martino The Thirteenth World

I have to say this story sounds very intriguing. It's right up my alley.

Check out Joe Martino's book Way of the Gray!
The Thirteenth World: Book One 

The Way of the Gray follows the life of Garrüdd the Gray, formally Garrüdd the Red, A warrior born and First Lieutenant to Medjekydn, King and Lord of all the Lands of Rofalsmyr.
With much of his life behind him, half of which was in exile, his wife now dead, he embarks on a quest to slay an ancient dragon or die in glory and enter the halls of Valhalla. 

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Sabrina's Vampire by A.K. Michaels Book Review

A refreshing break as I write the third book in my thriller trilogy.

Sabrina’s Vampire is a fun story. Sabrina, a cop who’s on leave after a major incident. She knows she doesn’t have a job to come back to so takes a vacation to Las Vegas where she meets Kyle. Instantly the two are attracted to one another in a way neither can explain. She does things she’d never do and he can’t get her out of his mind. It’s really a sweet story.
The story flows quick and steady from one chapter to the next and there are plenty of steamy scenes to engage any reader. It’s the kind of book I enjoy after a plot twisting suspense so I will be reading the other two books in the series and looking forward to it.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Last Dance of the Roses by CS Patra Audiobook Review

I'm enjoying this author's versatility.

The Last Dance of the Roses is a kind of love story between Rose and Blake. They’ve known each other since they were small children. Now adults they carry on a sexual relationship. He is a musician and she a dancer. Her life is all about dancing and Blake worries. His loves her more than anything. As the story lapses we find out more about Roses past and see how it affects her future.

This is a slower paced story and the plot crescendos when a horrible accident befalls Rose. I’ve listened to a few books by this author and enjoy her versatility. She doesn’t stay within the structure of a single genre but crosses over many. So depending on my mood I could pull up anyone of her books and listen. Kudos to her. 

I enjoyed the story and the narrator was good but a male narrator didn’t work for me with this story since it’s mostly about Rose. He also didn’t really have the voice for the pacing of this novel. I think a female narrator would have been a better choice but he did good.

Warning don’t read without a box of Kleenex.

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The Contracts: The Reaper's Apprentice Book 2 by CS Patra Audiobook Review

Enjoying this series!

The Contracts: The Reaper’s Apprentice Book is about a group of demon slayers. This group in particular has been left out of missions and are disappointed over it. Eventually they are chosen for an important mission on their home soil. The series so far is about the relationship between demons and humans.

I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I did book 1. It had a slower pace and was more difficult to follow but I did enjoy hearing the side of the demon slayers and finding out more about them. There is a nice little twist I didn’t expect at the end. Of course I can’t say what it is that would give too much away. Overall it’s a decent read worth listening to.

I wasn’t so sure about the switch in narrators but he did a good job.

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Fearing the Biker by Cassie Alexandra Audiobook Review

This series is intoxicating!

Fearing the Biker is the third book in the series and it focuses on the developing relationship between Jessica and Jordan. Jessica is a nurse who was raped by a biker in the very first chapter of the first book. The guilty biker was evil as they come. After that we learn nothing more about her yet we learn quite a bit about the biker who gets his just desserts. In book 3 we get to know her and she isn’t into the biker life at all but when her life is at stake she’s thrust into it and falls for Jordan better known as Judge.

The story flows quick moving from one action filled scene to the next. As a reader or listener I love that because it holds my attention. There are enough details to give a picture of what’s happening without bogging down the story. The author holds nothing back including language and explicit scenes. It’s not for younger readers but for adults and is very entertaining. The story didn’t disappoint.

The only thing that threw me was the switch to a different narrator. From an author’s perspective it makes perfect sense because the story centers around two new individuals as a listener it took me several chapters to get into the new narrator. No complaints, she did a great job.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

At the Altar series by Kirsten Osborne


 NEW RELEASE: Nursing in Northlake (At the Altar Series book 9)

 13598890_2067010790189799_86494238_n.jpg More info to come                
 OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES: Married in Montana (book 1) married-in-manhattan--200x300.jpgSavannah is tired of the dating scene, even though she wants to get married and have a family. She knows her mother will never move on with her own life as long as Savannah is single. Savannah goes to see a matchmaker, specializing in setting up couples who meet at the altar. At first, she thinks Scott is a dream come true, but his blundering soon makes her crazy. Scott, a Montana bison rancher, doesn't have time to find a wife. His work is all-encompassing. Besides, he tends to have a hard time getting women to go out with him more than once. When he runs into a matchmaker he's known all his life, he tells her about the problems he's had to see if she can help him. When he meets Savannah at the altar, his heart stops for a moment. She's exactly what he's looking for. Will their diverse backgrounds keep them apart? Or will they be able to work through their differences to make their marriage a loving relationship?
Meddling in Manhattan (book 2)
manhattan-web-200x300.jpgAfter the most recent in a stream of horrific blind dates, Addie's roommate suggests she see a professional matchmaker to try to find love, instead of allowing people who are less qualified to set her up. When she doesn't agree, her friend sets up a meeting without her knowledge. After meeting the woman, Addie decides to let her try to find someone for her, but she doesn't hold out much hope. Jake watched his best friend find love through the services of Matchrimony, but doesn't consider it himself. He's persuaded to contact matchmaker, Dr. Lachele, by his friend and his wife. When he meets his new bride, he's thrilled with the match. Will they be able to get past his obsession with his work to find love? Or will they give up too quickly?
Wishing in Wisconsin (book 3)
11701497_1868883133335900_590608668_o-200x300.jpgCindy Lambert thought she was done with the small town of Blevins, Wisconsin, but here she is, back in her home town, managing a bed and breakfast and following her grandmother's dream. The problem is, she's tired of being alone, and there are no single men for miles that she's interested in. Plus, with her busy schedule, she has no time to date anyway. When her best friend coerces her into contacting a matchmaker, she decides to make it work for her. Trey Zayne, a web designer from Texas is sick of his sister constantly trying to set him up with women he has no interest in. When he's contracted to do a website for a company called Matchrimony, he finds himself fascinated by the concept. A relational psychologist will interview him and find him a match. The only catch? They will meet at the altar. Can a techie from Texas fit in with a small town girl from Wisconsin? Will they find more than companionship and move straight to love?
Dreaming in Dairyland (book 4)
11705925_1867735950117285_1680825295_o-200x300.jpgCissie Rivers finds herself jealous of her best friend, Cindy, for the first time in her life. Cissie's always been smart, pretty, and a wonderful singer, but Cindy has found love, and Cissie is still alone. She isn't sure how much longer she can wait for matchmaker, Lachele, to find her perfect man. Patience has never been one of her virtues. Deputy Sheriff, Bob Anderson, takes one look at Cissie Rivers and knows she's the woman he wants to spend the rest of his life with. The only problem is, he can't seem to approach her. Every time he even thinks about it, his tongue swells in his mouth so he's certain he'll start stammering. When he finds out that Cissie is waiting to be matched by Lachele, he contacts Matchrimony immediately. Will Cissie be able to forgive him when she realizes he's engineered the match? Or will she opt out of their marriage after the first year is up?
Kissing in Kansas (book 5)
Kissing--200x300.jpgSamara Royal feels like life is passing her by. A bookworm who prefers to spend her free-time curled up with a good novel, she doesn't have a lot of opportunities to meet men. Watching her boss, Dr. Lachele, match up happy couple after happy couple only makes matters worse, so she goes to Lachele and puts her love life into the good doctor's hands. Henry Crider has a five year plan, but inheriting his brother's four year old twin daughters throws the plan all out of whack. He needs a nanny, housekeeper and cook all in one, so he approaches Matchrimony about finding him a bride. He can't fall in love for at least five years, so he needs to harden his heart. Surely his bride will be happy to be exempt from bedroom duties. When he sees Samara walking down the aisle toward him, he knows that she is what his heart needs. Will he be able to keep his vow of celibacy? Or will they fall for each other despite his plans?
Only in Oklahoma (book 6)
only-in-OK-200x300.jpgMichaela Hunter is at a crossroads in her life. Having just graduated from college, she's about to lose her internship, which is her only job. When she's asked by friend and matchmaker, Lachele Simpson, to agree to marry a man chosen for her, sight unseen, she's hesitant. After a bit of convincing, Michaela agrees to the plan, though she has her doubts about how it will work out. Pastor Jon Larson has watched a couple matched by Matchrimony for eight months, and he's impressed with how well the couple does together. Frustrated with the single women in town chasing him, he gives Dr. Lachele a call, hoping she can find him a match like she found for his friend. As soon as he sees Michaela, he knows she's the woman for him. Will they survive the honeymoon? Or will the pressures of everyday life keep them from having the love they deserve?
Blushing in Boston (book 7)
boston-200x300.jpgBrenda Holt is certain she'll never find love. At the urging of her friend Michaela, she contacts a matchmaker, hoping the woman will work magic and find her a man she can spend her life with. The only catch is, they will be introduced at the altar. When she first meets Daniel Axford, she's convinced that Matchrimony has made its first mistake. After a rough childhood, Daniel establishes an online dating site, running the business as its CEO. When using his own company doesn't work well for him, he hires a matchmaker to find a suitable bride. Not expecting to feel more than a passing affection for his new bride, he's startled when he sees her, afraid if he gets too close, he'll lose his heart. Can he spend the rest of his life with this woman without falling in love? Or will she break through the wall he's built around himself to find the man within?
Longing in Louisiana (book 8)
51cVcMsvKOL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgMichelle Strempel firmly believes that she isn’t worthy of being loved. After her fiancé of almost three years tells her he’s got to break off their engagement, she decides to take matters into her own hands. With all the hours she’s spent planning a wedding, she’s going to have one on the day she’s planned. So she contacts Dr. Lachele Simpson from Matchrimony. Seth Henderson has no time to find a bride, but when he sees how happy his best friend, Daniel Axford, is with his new wife, he wants the same thing. He asks for a sweet little thing just like his friend received for a bride. When he meets Michelle, he can tell she’s got an inner strength that surprises him. Will he be able to get past her fears that she’s unlovable? Or will they spend the rest of their lives in a loveless marriage?
61wHzoMo-cL._UX250_.jpgUSA Today bestselling author Kirsten Osbourne knows how to write romance. Each book is an experience that transplants the reader, indulging them in decadence, intense emotion and sweeping love. Hailing from the state of Wisconsin, she has lived in Texas for over thirty years as a mother, writer, and wife. Married to the love of her life for more than fifteen years, she knows that true love exists and shares that vision with the world. She writes contemporary and historical romance as well and also ventures into the realm of paranormal romance. She invites you to join her in her world of fantasy, love, and make believe, no matter the location, where there is always a happily ever after at the end. AUTHOR LINKS: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Amazon | Pinterest | Goodreads  

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Kirsten Osborne Culpepper Cowboys

Have you read the Culpepper Cowboys yet? Aren't they dreamy? No time like the present to get started.

Culpepper Cowboys Book 1

Karlan Culpepper has worked his entire adult life, and most of his youth, to build up the ranch he knew he would someday inherit.
When his grandfather dies, and the terms of his inheritance include he and his three brothers marrying within six months, and at least one of them having a baby on the way within the year, things get trickier. Contacting Dr. Lachele Simpson, a professional matchmaker, seemed the only way to go!
Hope, the oldest of the Quinlan Quadruplets needs nothing more than to get out from under her parents’ roof, and take her sisters with her. She feels stifled, and she wants more than anything to marry. After a long weekend of testing, the four sisters embark on a road trip that would change their lives. Hope quickly agrees to marry Karlan, one of the four brothers waiting for her and her sisters in Wyoming. Will they be able to make their marriage work? Or should they have waited to get to know one another a little better like all their siblings had?

Rancher’s Remorse
Culpepper Cowboys Book 2
By Merry Farmer

Faith Quinlan agreed to marry Cooper Culpepper as part of the deal she and her sisters signed to help the Culpepper boys fulfill the terms of their Granddaddy’s will so they could keep the family ranch. But what Cooper doesn’t know might hurt him. Faith is more than willing to help Cooper out—as he discovers, to his delight, on their wedding night—the trouble is, she thinks she’s not able.

But Faith has more than one secret. Her quaint doll-making hobby is more than just a little fun, her dolls have become a nationwide phenomenon. When a reporter shows up to do a story about Faith, Cooper gets all the wrong ideas…and those wrong ideas could spell disaster for their brand-new marriage. Can Faith face her fears and tell Cooper the truth…before Cooper carts her off to the loony bin or jail?

Cowboy’s Conundrum
Culpepper Cowboys Book 3
Joy Quinlan has spent her entire life trying to be the personification of her name. When she moves to Wyoming with her three sisters, she is determined to keep looking happy, as she always has. She worries that none of the four exciting Culpepper men will be
interested in her, but sexy Kolby makes a beeline for her as soon as they meet.
Kolby Culpepper has known for years that his heart must remain removed from any relationship. When he spots Joy sitting on his mother’s sofa, he knows she’s the Quinlan Quad for him, but he becomes more determined than ever to keep from loving again. Will this unlikely pair be able to see past their hang-ups? Or are they destined to spend the rest of their lives without love?

Teacher’s Troublemaker
Culpepper Cowboys Book 4
By Merry Farmer
Her whole life, Chastity Quinlan has dreamed of NOT living up to her name. But now that she is free of her parents’ iron rule, ready to say “I do” to Chris Culpepper, it looks like all that is about to change….

Chris Culpepper is more than happy to marry fun and feisty Chastity. He’s looking forward to helping her obliterate the implication of her name. But if it’s not one thing (*cough* wool allergy) it’s another (*double cough* teeth marks).

But with all the sexual energy flying around, the true strength of Chastity and Chris’s coupling may not be between the sheets. Each of them have dreams that they’ve left behind, thanks to pressure from their family. Now, with their powers combined, they may just find the courage to pursue those dreams, in spite of the odds stacked against them.

Baker’s BargainCulpepper Cowboys Book 5Grace Quinlan is tired of living under her parents’ thumbs. She’s done volunteer work for years as a baker, and she feels it’s time to spread her wings and open her own bakery. She takes her cousins, who are equally skilled in baking, along with her twin, and they move to Culpepper, Wyoming, where her older sisters have all found love.When lawyer Marcus Wells meets Grace on her first day in
Culpepper, he immediately knows she’s the woman he wants to spend the rest of his life with, despite her propensity for telling him awful lawyer jokes. After spending a few days together, getting to know one another, he immediately asks her to marry. Can she overcome her strict upbringing and find happiness with him? Or will her past haunt them both for the rest of their lives?

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Baby Girl Box Set Audio is now available!

Excited isn't even the word. Baby Girl Box Set is now in audio! When it comes to my books I'm picky about narrators but when I found Wendy McCleskey I knew she'd be perfect.

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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Interview with USA Today Bestselling Author Kirsten Osborne

It's a huge pleasure to interview and bring you USA Today Bestselling Author Kirsten Osborne!

Tell us a little about you?  

Kirsten - Born in Wisconsin, I moved to Texas when I was fifteen and have lived here since, except for a short stretch going to college in Louisiana. I married shortly after college graduation, and have a twelve-year-old son. I was a stay-at-home homeschooling mom up until three years ago, when my husband decided to be the stay-at-home adult-type-person. Now I get to devote full-time hours plus to writing. I’m in my happy place writing all day every day. It’s a beautiful thing when you can merge your hobby with your career.

So, what have you written?

Kirsten -  I currently have seventy-five books available. I only write romance, but I write a lot of it!  I’ve written short stories, novellas and novels.

Give us an insight into your main character?

Kirsten - The main character of Longing in Louisiana is Michelle Strempel, who is actually named after a fan of mine. She is a high school principal who is jilted just before her wedding, so she calls Dr. Lachele Simpson (named after another fan!) who agrees to find her the perfect man and introduce them at the altar.

What genre are your books? 

Kirsten - I have books that are Western Historicals, Contemporary Romance, Regency Romance, Paranormal Medieval Romace, and Contemporary Western Romance. 

What draws you to this genre?  

Kirsten - Well, there are several genres that I’m drawn to, but
mostly I love a marriage of convenience story, and most of my books take that form.

Where do your ideas come from? 

Kirsten - Every person I see, everything I hear gives me a new story idea. I just wish there was enough time to write them all!

What is the hardest thing about writing? 

Kirsten - Actually keeping my butt in the chair long enough to get a book done. Let’s face it. That’s where the work is when it comes to writing. I really don’t mind edits much. And I love to write, but it’s hard to be disciplined enough to write book after book and keep the quality high.

What is the easiest thing about writing? 

Kirsten - The ideas. I’ve had so many people ask me if I pay for ideas, and I just laugh. The ideas never stop! 

If your latest release is part of a series, tell us a little about the series? 

Kirsten - Longing in Louisiana is the eighth book of my At the Altar series. The series is about a middle-aged counselor, who realizes her favorite thing in life is watching people find their true loves. She opens a matchmaking business where she introduces people at the altar, hence the name of the series. They are all romantic comedies and so much fun to write!

Tell us a little about you as a person. 

Kirsten - Hmmm…that’s a hard question.  I love chocolate, sunsets, and staying up all night. I love the ocean and wish I lived closer to it, but I also love mountains and want to live closer to those. Of course, I hate the heat, so I would choose a mountain over a beach.
I write through the night, so the homeschooling doesn’t interrupt my schedule too much. I love spending time with my family. I’m a workaholic and very goal driven. If I set a goal for a day, I rarely allow myself to sleep before I reach it, unless there’s a really good reason for not reaching it. I love to read. I’m addicted to the Hallmark show When Calls the Heart, and I get overzealous about fangirling it.

Besides writing what are your favorite things to do? 

Kirsten - I’m a huge fan of Disney. My family and I usually go to Disney World at least once per year. I have Disney stuff all over my house, including a big Cinderella castle in my living room. My favorite princess is Belle, and I know you were wondering!  I enjoy movies, travel, and quiet days at home.

Do you have a favorite movie and/or book? 

Kirsten - My favorite movie is Notting Hill. I watch it a couple of times per year when I want to shut my brain off and do nothing.

Find Kirsten Osborne
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Friday, July 1, 2016

Karen Ingalls Davida Book Review

I really enjoyed this book. It's well written and captivating.

My Review:
I chose to read this book as it’s unlike what I usually read and I really loved it. The story is based on a true story although, the author had to fill in the blanks. The book starts with Albertina, a young Swedish girl, traveling to the U.S. with her mother after the death of her father. They have family in the U.S. Albertina quickly grows into a beautiful young woman who catches the eye of Augustus Saint-Gaudens. He is an artist and wants to hire her as a model. They become involved in a relationship beyond that of model and artist.

This story is beautifully written and captivated me from start to finish. I can’t say I like Augustus at all. He seemed very emotionally selfish and inconsiderate but financially extravagant. Albertina on the other hand, I really liked. She was a strong woman but I question her taste in men. However, the story takes place soon after the civil war in the U.S. and the country was a very different place then. Part of the beauty in the writing is the feelings the story invoked in me. Only the most talented writers can do that.