I'm reading a whonderful book by Shana Abe, "The Second Mrs. Astor: A Heartbreaking Historial Novel of the Titanic." And when I say this one can tug at your heart strings, I am not kidding.
I won't post the full synopsis here as you can find it on the book's Amazon detail page. But I have to share this absolutely gorgeous cover.
Beautiful, right? And if you're a member of Amazon Prime, you can read this wonderful novel for free! It's full of glorious descriptions of faraway places and clothing, the joys and fears of a newlywed, and the Titantic. It tells a tale of love, hope, and loss in such a majestic way that I don't think any other book about John Astor and his second bride could ever compare to it. Read it for yourself because you won't be disappointed, especially if you love historical fiction/romance. And you can use the link above to buy your own copy or check it out if you have Prime.
Everyone who knows me knows I'm a big fan of suspense. I watch it, write it, and read it. But I've never been into mysteries like Murder She Wrote or Matlock. I always wanted books and television shows with more emphasis on the suspense. But yesterday changed all that!
I went to Barnes and Noble just to look which never actually happens. I'm hoping one day it will which is, I suppose, why I keep trying. At any rate, I strolled through the books, pausing at my favorite authors, and something drew me to the mystery section. First, I stopped at the new books section which had a couple of cozy mysteries displayed. I opened one, and the first line immediately caught my attention.
So then I head to the section where ALL the mystery books are displayed, and one by one, I started checking out the opening lines. If a book hooks me from the start, I'm in for the long haul. One of the first books I picked up was A Potion to Die For by Heather Blake, which is the first book in her A Magic Potion Mystery series. Check out the first line:
If there was a Wanted poster for witches, I was sure my freckled face would be on it.
Oh, yeah. I was caught, and the book went home with me...as did five others, all cozy mysteries that I can't wait to read. I started with Heather's book, and I'm over halfway finished. I've been laughing all the way through it. How have I let myself miss out on these?
A Potion to Die For is warm, funny, with a hint of romance and magic—everything I love to read in books! And the heroine, Carly Bell Hartwell, is someone I'd love to be friends with. I'm so excited to have discovered a new-to-me author and genre!
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