You know how they say that you cannot judge a book by its cover. WELLL sometimes I think that is crap. I ALMOST always judge a book by its cover. If I hate the cover...I leave it at the library. This time my TIME HONORED test of picking books by their cover SERIOUSLY paid off. I found a WHOLE series of books that I like.
First off, THE TEA ROSE by Jennifer Donnelly.
Keeping with my new RATING system from last year...this would not be a G-rated book. I am thinking it would be pushing the PG-13. There are a couple of reasons....1. These people are poor, working class, Irish and English folks. They use the typical OLD SCHOOL working class, PUB typle language. Got me??? There are also a few parts where you might need to cover your eyes...AKA skip a few paragraphs. ORRR not...UP TO YOU:) I knew that going into this book, so I was not surprised or turned off by the writing, but YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!
If you are a Historical Fiction fan and if you like a little romance mixed into your History...AND you don't mind a little RISK-AY in your reading then I recommend this (even though I swore off RISK-AY in 2011...shhh!!).
My last read of 2011 was THE WINTER SEA by Susanna Kearsley. I REALLY liked this book too. AND it was PG, so I guess I redeemed myself. This book is HARD to explain, so here goes. There are TWO different stories told. Story One is told by Carrie in modern day. She is an author who is drawn to a Scottish castle as the setting of her next book. She begins to feel VERY connected to the story, almost like the caracters are TELLING her what to write. Story TWO is about Sofia (the main character in Carrie's book). She is living in 1706, IN the Scottish castle. Get it???? The stories are very intertwined and JUST when you get drawn into one character's story....you get switched back to the OTHER. This was a GREAT book....I LOVED the history, the romance, AND the Scottish accents:)
I am toooooo tired to sludge through last years book and whip up my LIST of 2011 completed books, so that will be a post for another day...Hopefully tomorrow!!!