February Bookshelf

I’m a little late in posting about the books I read for February but I just got back from an 8 day cruise vacation! My first cruise ever! It was completely wonderful and I’ll be posting about it soon so stay tuned but that is the reason for my absence on the blog as of late.

Anyway, I am keeping up with my reading resolution for this year and the books I chose to read in February were good ones! I finished The Kingmaker’s Daughter, which I started in January and reviewed last month. I also started and finished D is for Deadbeat and The Kitchen House. I am currently reading Mindless Eating, which is not really a diet book as much as it is an “awareness” book. It’s been enlightening so far. I’ll review that one at the end of this month but here are my reviews for February:

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D is for Deadbeat:
This book was given to me by a friend and if I’m being honest I wasn’t that thrilled to start reading it just because I have so many other books on my list that I want to read. But once I started reading I got sucked into the story. It’s a murder mystery and book #4 in an alphabet series by Sue Grafton. The books follow a Private Investigator, named Kinsey Millhone, as she strives to uncover various mysteries and murder crimes. I can’t speak to the rest of the series but I truly enjoyed this book. It was a quick, easy read and not terribly graphic like some murder mysteries are. It also keeps you guessing til the very end which is exactly what I want in a murder mystery.

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The Kitchen House:
I truly could not put this book down once I started. The Kitchen House is essentially about slavery in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s. The story is told from the dual perspectives of Lavinia, a girl from Ireland who becomes an orphan and is raised by black slaves, and Belle, the house master’s biracial daughter. The character development in this book is phenomenal and my heart broke for each of the characters as circumstances, prejudice and ignorance, miscommunication and betrayal all play out in the story. The book brought me to tears several times. It’s not an uplifting story but there are certainly parts that flicker with hope, bravery and resilience.

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