Friday Finds – April 17, 2009


April 17, 2009

It is Friday again…and time to recap all those fantastic books which tempted me and have now ended up on my wish list. As always, clicking on the book title will take you to Amazon; clicking on the featured blog will take you to that blogger’s review of the book.

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton as featured on Lesley’s blog Lesley’s Book Nook. Leslie did not actually enjoy this book – but she wrote: “I have a strong feeling that fans of The Thirteenth Tale, The Shadow of the Wind, and The Tea Rose (the latter of which I adored) might love it and give it rave reviews.‘ While I have not read The Tea Rose (I did enjoy The Winter Rose by the same author), I loved the other two books…so I think I need to give this one a try. I also read Morton’s first book (The House at Riverton) and really liked it.

The Last Days of Summer by Steve Kluger as featured on Lesley’s blog Lesley’s Book Nook. Lesley featured this book as one of her historical fiction favorites. In her review of the book she wrote: ‘I laughed out loud and I cried. I hugged the book to my chest when I finished and whispered, “Great book!” I thought about various actors, wishing this were a movie as well as a book. I’ll read it again and recommend it to everyone. Yep, great book.‘ This epistolary style book sounds like one I would also love. Thanks for the recommendation, Les!

Conscience Point by Erica Abeel as featured on Nicole’s blog Linus’s Blanket. Nicole writes: ‘Conscience Point is an ambitious novel in a lot of ways.  The language is rich and dense while being haunting and beautiful.  It has its own particular cadences and rhythms.AND ‘This novel reaches out and touches so many genres that whether  you’re looking for Gothic, suspense, mystery, romance or a literary novel, you’ve come to the right place.I love books with rich language, and I always enjoy a little bit of Gothic, suspense and mystery…so this one has been added to my wish list!

Little Face by Sophie Hannah as featured on Jackie’s blog Farm Lane Books. I have learned to trust Jackie’s reviews – we often share similar likes and dislikes – so when she wrote: ‘Little Face is the best thriller I have read in a very long time‘ I sat up and took notice. This is a story about a missing baby and is a psychological thriller. I love these kinds of books to sandwich into more slow moving reads. This one goes straight to my wish list.

So what books caught your attention this week and where did you find them? Visit Jenn at Should Be Reading today to link to your post and see what other reader’s are finding to read.

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    • Molly on April 17, 2009 at 07:28

    Well, I am a huge fan of The Thirteenth Tale, so I will definitely have to check out all of Kate Morton’s books!

    I also immediately added Little Face to my TBR pile after I read Jackie’s review.

    • Popin on April 17, 2009 at 07:35

    The Forgotten Garden looks really amazing. I haven’t read any of the books Lesley mentioned, but they’re all on my wish list as well.

    Little Face reminds me slightly of the movie Changeling. I’ll have to add that to my wish list.

    ~ Popin

  1. Thank you for featuring my book recommendation. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it if you do decide to give it a try.

    I was interested in Lesley’s quote about the Forgotten Garden – I loved 13th Tale, but couldn’t get through Shadow of the Wind – so I wonder what I’d think of it!?

  2. I also featured The Forgotten Garden in my FF post this week, although mine is based on a positive review. I loved The Thirteenth Tale, so Lesley’s review works for me too!

  3. I read Conscience Point in January! I really liked the book; here’s my review:

    Those other books sound good too!

    • Kim on April 17, 2009 at 10:52

    The Last Days of Summer is such an enjoyable read–I bet you will like it! I have had my eye on The Forgotten Garden just because of the beautiful cover–having loved The Thirteenth Tale I have high hopes for this one. Great post!

  4. I enjoyed The Forgotten Garden–very good story there. I feel that sometimes it’s difficult for authors to follow up their first novel with something strong the second time around, and Kate Morton delivered here. Definitely for fans of The Tea Rose, though I’m puzzled at the comparison with Shadow of the Wind (other than that they’re both well-written novels). I also agree with Kim above about the cover.

    • Wendy on April 17, 2009 at 16:49

    Molly: I also loved The Thirteenth Tale…it was such a gothic, lush book. I wish she’d write another one!

    Popin: I haven’t seen The Changeling…but I don’t tend to watch a ton of movies.

    Jackie: you are quite welcome, my dear 🙂 I liked The Shadow of the Wind quite a bit, but it didn’t quite grab me like The Thirteenth Tale – they were both gothic books which had a strong literary element…so maybe that is the connection?

    Avisannschild: I’ll need to go check out your post and read that positive review! Thanks for the heads up!!

    Serena: Good to know – I’ll drop in and read your review (although I am now beginning to suspect that I may have already featured this book on FF and used your review already *laughing*…will have to check!

    Kim: I love the cover art too 🙂 I’m a sucker for great covers. Glad to know you also enjoyed The Last Days of Summer.

    Katherine: Another in the plus column for that book – YAY! I agree that second novels sometimes don’t live up to debuts…

    • Karen on April 18, 2009 at 15:13

    I loved Kate Morton’s first book but didn’t find her second novel quite as well written – did still enjoy the read though. Looking forward to hearing what you think about it.

    • Wendy on April 20, 2009 at 13:23

    Karen: I think sophomore attempts are hard for new writers…but it is good to know that even though it wasn’t as good as novel #1, you still enjoyed it.

  5. So glad to see my novel Best Intentions on the list!!!! I love connecting with readers. Let me know what you think after you’ve all read it.
    Looking forward to hearing from you!

  6. Thanks for the shout-out (twice!), Wendy. I hope you enjoy The Forgotten Garden. It certainly could have been a matter of poor timing for me.

    I’m anxious to read more by Steve Kluger. A friend recently wrote to tell me about another book called My Most Excellent Year. Apparently, it’s a teen novel by Kluger. I want to read it and Almost Like Being In Love.

    I’ll be anxious to hear your thoughts on the books. Sorry to be such a poor blog-hopper. We were in St. Louis for several days and I’m just now catching up on book blogs. My photo blog is all-consuming and I so need to work on my time management! 😉

    • Wendy on May 1, 2009 at 11:44

    You’re welcome, Les. I have never read anything by Kluger…I have no idea when I’ll actually get to either of these books; but when I do, you’ll see them reviewed here! Don’t apologize for decreased blog hopping – we all have lives outside of the blogs, so I completely understand!

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