Review: Birds of a Feather (Maisie Dobbs #2) by Jacqueline Winspear

Having read the first Maisie Dobbs book a couple of years ago, I wasn’t terribly intrigued and dying to read the next book.

I was a little underwhelmed with the first book, it was ok but Maisie wasn’t the same as some of my other favorite female detectives.

Well I didn’t want to write the series off all together so back then I bought the second book in the series and then just kept it in my TBR queue for a rainy day.

A 18 hour plane ride seemed like as good as any time to read the next book so I decided to pick it up.

It’s the spring of 1930 and Maisie is still struggling to ‘move on’ from her post-war depression and continue to grow her detective agency. Her side kick Billy, is continuing to struggle with post war life and Maisie herself cannot move on from the love of her life returning from war beyond damaged. The only thing that Maisie has is her work.

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Prague Day 7: Communism and The Castle

So after yesterday’s tourist meltdown, we had yet another day free to do whatever we pleased in this wondrous city.

Many of our tour guides had told us that we needed at least 3 hours at the main Prague Castle to go through it all, so we figured that today would be our Castle day.

The Castle itself, is more the fortress like buildings surrounding the massive St Vitus Cathedral. The Castle is actually listed by the Guinness Book of Records as the largest ancient castle in the world.

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Prague Day 6: Holy Relics and the Huddled Masses

Today, shit got real….real quick. Today was the day for beautiful places of worship and annoying ass European students on holiday.

I should have known when I couldn’t sleep last night that today was going to be challenging. For some reason I’ve had the hardest time adjusting to the time change, normally when I travel to Europe, I have no issues as long as I get one solid 12 hour night of sleep which usually happens the first day I’m here so then I’m good to go for the rest of vacation.

Well this time I’ve slept about 4-6 hours a night in intervals. Tuesday night I slept a straight 7 hours and last night, only 4. So needless to say I woke up this morning irritable. After 3 cups of coffee at the hotel, we decided it was time for get up and out for the day.

Since it’s supposed to rain tomorrow we decided to get in all of our ‘outdoor’ things in today since it was going to be sunny and 61. We decided to try and get off the beaten tourist track, since yesterday the Asian tour groups were enough to do us both in. So we headed to St Peter and Paul Cathedral, which is about a 3 mile walk from our hotel. We left early (9:00 am) so we could avoid the ‘crowds’. The walk itself wasn’t bad but the last quarter mile or so was all uphill with stairs and considering our feet are already pretty fatigued, that climb was tiring.

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Review: Scent of Triumph by Jan Moran

I love war time romances…like with a passion! It has been a long time since I’ve read a book in one sitting… a LONG TIME.

This book took me by complete surprise at how compelling it was.

I was addicted from the very beginning and literally could not put it down until I finished it.

I don’t know what it is about forbidden romances that just gets me but there just is!

I was immediately struck by the raw attraction between Danielle and Jon. Danielle and her husband Max are on their way back to Poland to be united with their son and family.

Their are on board a passenger ship crewed by Jonathan Newell-Grey, on the eve of WWII when a German U-boat fires on them….sinking the ship.

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Book Blast/Spotlight: MK McClintock’s British Agent Series

Please follow M.K. McClintock’s Book Blast for her British Agent Series, from April 13-17, and enter to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Book One: Alaina Claiborne

01_Alaina ClaibornePublication Date: January 8th, 2013
Trappers Peak Publishing
ISBN: 978-0615742502

Series: British Agent Novels, Book One
Genre: Historical Romantic Mystery

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?How far would you go to avenge your family and save the one you love?

In nineteenth-century England, Alaina Claiborne had a loving family, a cherished friend, and devoted servants. She spent her days riding across the grassy hills of the English countryside, joyful and at peace.

Then tragedy strikes and her world is forever changed. Searching for those responsible is her only focus . . . until she meets Tristan.

?Tristan Sheffield, a man of many talents, searches out those who don’t want to be found. His past is filled with secrets and deeds he would rather leave deeply buried. However, when his life unexpectedly entwines with Alaina’s, he soon discovers they share more than a mutual desire to catch a murderer.

On their hunt for a man driven by greed, Tristan and Alaina find that love is the greatest weapon against evil, and they’ll stop at nothing to survive.

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