Sunday, March 29, 2015

Sunday Reads: At The Water's Edge

By: Sara Gruen 

Set during World War II, we follow the main character Maddie from a spoiled and entitled girl in Philadelphia to the Highlands of Scotland. She is practically dragged there by her husband Ellis and his best friend Hank. Ellis is desperate to prove himself to his family and the rest of the world as they take off on a dangerous, but exciting adventure. Through the ordeal Maddie comes to question her upbringing and life choices as she is faced with new realities around her. This is a nice beach read that I would classify as historical fiction. The beginning was slow to engage and the ending wrapped up a little too quickly for me.

*Note: I received a free digital copy for my honest review. 
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Friday, March 13, 2015

Photo Friday: Siem Reap

Monkey at Angkor Thom
Siem Reap, Cambodia
January 2015

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Sunday Reads: Mist Of Midnight

By: Sandra Byrd

Mist of Midnight is a historical fiction novel that takes place in England during the late 1800s. Rebecca, the main character, returns to her family estate after living in India most of her life. She moved with her parents and brother as a missionary family and spent most of her life there. The rest of her family perished during the mutiny in India and having no where else to go, she returns to England to claim her inheritance. The only problem is, a distant cousin has claimed ownership. She quickly learns that a imposter had already claimed her inheritance but died soon after. Rebecca must find a way to prove she is who she says in order to gain what is rightfully hers.    

Byrd contributes an intriguing novel that kept me hooked until the very end. There is an array of characters and as the reader, I was kept guessing as to whom Rebecca could trust. This is the first book I've read in awhile that has captivated my interest so intently. 

*Note: I received a free digital copy for my honest review

Friday, March 6, 2015

Photo Friday: Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh, Cambodia
January 2015

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Through The Lens: February 2015

I spent almost all of February on the road. It was another fabulous month of new experiences in China. Here's a look at my month: 
  1. Exploring the park outside DuFu's thatched cottage in Chengdu
  2. Experiencing the first signs of spring in Chengdu
  3. Witnessing the preparations at Wuhou Ci for Spring Festival
  4. Spending the day at Dafo, Leshan; the largest Buddha in the world
  5. Watching swans bathing at the botanic garden in Luoyang
  6. Visiting the Longmen Grottoes in Luoyang
  7. Shopping on Wangfujing in Beijing
  8. Walking through BeiHai Park wishing for summer so I can take a boat ride on the lake
  9. Climbing through the ruins at Yuanmingyuan Park
What did your month look like?

All That's Glittered