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The Woman in White: #Spooktober Book Review

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins was not exactly what I expected. I thought it would be more of a Gothic novel but it’s more of a mystery novel. It was still a great book. The Woman in White is considered to be Collins’ greatest work.

The book is set in the United Kingdom – Cumberland County, London and Hampshire.

There’s not just one main character. The story follows sisters Laura Fairlie and Marian Halcombe, as well as The Woman in White, Anne Catherick. The drawing teacher, Walter Hartright, helps the sisters to piece together the mystery.

The Woman in White meets Hartright on the way to Limmeridge House, where Laura and Marian are residing. Anne has just escaped from the asylum, where she was placed by Sir Percival Glyde, Laura’s fiance. The question for most of the book is why is Sir Percival so interested in finding Anne? She must know something about him that could damage his reputation but what?

After leaving Limmeridge House, Hartright joins an expedition to South America. He and Laura are in love but she still marries Sir Percival. Laura and Marian both move to Sir Percival’s estate at Blackwater Park, where they meet Count Fosco, who is married to their estranged aunt. Count Fosco and Sir Percival are definitely plotting against Laura and Marian in order to get Laura’s fortune. It is unbelievable what people will do for money.

I cannot tell you anything without giving away everything. Trust me when I say, it’s a great book and worth reading.

If you like mysteries like Agatha Christie or Hitchcock movies, then you will love this book. If you are plotting against someone to get their money, then you should read something else.

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Stolen Bloodline: #Spooktober Book Review

Stolen Bloodline by L.G. Rollins is set in London, possibly in the late 1800s or early 1900s. There wasn’t a specific year listed anywhere but I didn’t get the feeling that it was set in modern times. There aren’t telephones, televisions or computers.

If I had to guess, the book takes place during the Edwardian era (1901-1919). No one talks about the King or Queen of England but they do talk about the Emperor of China. The last two Emperors of China reigned from 1875 until 1912.

Jasper Wimple is an artist and extremely charming. For the short time, I thought that Jasper was a vampire. He’s a charming artist with amazing hair but also doesn’t really have any relationships with anyone. Apparently, he’s not a vampire but it doesn’t make him less interesting.

He’s been entrusted with the safety of Ju and Mrs. Zhi by the ghost of Mr. Zhi. The ambassador of China killed Mr. Zhi many years ago. At first the ambassador just wants to end the lives of Ju and Mrs. Zhi but he believes that Jasper can help him obtain a secret formula, which could make him extremely powerful. The ambassador threatens to harm Jasper’s family if he doesn’t photograph the secret formula.

Jasper has fallen in love with Ju. It’s a no brainer. She’s beautiful, kind and a talented dancer. However, she has put him in the friend zone because he flirts with everyone.

So what is Jasper going to do? How can he protect his family and the Zhis? How can he get out of the friend zone?

If you are interested in books set in Edwardian times with a hint of Steampunk and supernatural beings, then this might be a good fit. If you don’t like Steampunk, ghosts or romance, then this might not be the right book for you.

L.G. Rollins website

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Her Dear and Loving Husband: #Spooktober Book Review

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The book is set in Salem, Massachusetts. It’s the perfect setting for a book about vampires and witches.

Sarah has had awful nightmares for many years. She has also recently divorced her husband and moved to Salem. In many of the dreams, it’s like she’s seeing someone else’s memories. She also sees a man without a face that she thinks is her husband – not her ex-husband. Who is he? Are her dreams really memories?

While taking a tour of Salem, she is intrigued by one of the houses and its owner, James. Apparently, Sarah looks like his wife who passed away. James doesn’t tell her that his wife died during the Salem Witch Trials or that he is a vampire. Sarah and James start spending quite a bit of time together and are starting to fall in love. At first, James isn’t sure if he likes Sarah because she looks like his wife.

Her best friend/boss is a witch, J . J and her coven want to help Sarah learn more about what’s going on with her dreams. J also knows that James is a vampire and pleads with him to tell Sarah. She thinks it will help them both to move forward with their relationship.

After some hesitation, Sarah agrees to do a past life regression session. The session reveals so much that I cannot tell you. It will all make sense to you after you read the book for yourself.

Besides the issues with Sarah, James is trying to avoid a vampire hunter who is also a reporter. He’s pretty sure that the vampire hunter is going to expose him and his vampire friends.

If you like vampire romances, then you will enjoy Her Dear and Loving Husband. If you are a vampire hunter or have something against witches, then you might not like this book.

P.S. There’s a linkup here if you are interested.

Haunted Road Trip for Spooktober

 If you are looking something a bit spooky to do this Spooktober, Car Rentals has invented a spook meter to rank seven of America’s most haunted roads. Who wouldn’t love a good old-fashioned scary road trip? When my boyfriend finds out about the haunted road trip, he will have the car packed in record time.

There is a unique story along with a podcast or book to discover even more of the legends on each road. The roads are conveniently laid out in a bone-chilling route that takes around six hours to complete.

If you are brave enough, follow the spooky link to uncover the detailed stories of Amerca’s most haunted roads.

Link Up Party: https://fresh.inlinkz.com/party/42996f230af74bd79aebe46678819d4b

Jane Austen, A to Z: Costume

There’s a ball this weekend. I have nothing appropriate to wear. Jeans and a sweatshirt won’t make the cut. They might not let me attend the ball in my regular clothes. Whatever shall I do?

Well, there are a few options for those of you interested in finding a costume for a Jane Austen ball.

  1. DIY: You could find a dress pattern and make it yourself. There are links on Pinterest and YouTube. I added a link about a Regency hairstyle.
  2. Etsy: This option could save you from having a panic attack. Since I cannot sew, I would go with this option.
  3. Thrift Stores: You might be able to find accessories or jewelry that would work with your costume. Unfortunately, the chances of finding an empire dress might be fairly slim.
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/155303887182061864/

Links:

American Duchess: Regency

My Friend Jane: How to Dress Like a Jane Austen Character

How to Make A Regency Costume from a Thrift Store

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter
http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/

Hoping for a Mad Hatter Halloween: #Blogtober15

Mad Hatter Halloween
1- What year did you first go trick-or-treating?
I’m not sure. Let’s say 1976 or maybe 1977 . . . eeeek!!

2- Favorite kind of candy?
Reese’s miniature cups. Also, caramels.

3- What are you going to be this year?
I’m hoping that I can get this Mad Hatter costume ready before next week.

4 – Favorite costume you’ve had?

Once I was Magenta from Rocky Horror Picture Show. That was fun. Unfortunately, I have gotten rid of the maid’s costume. I must have been temporarily insane.
5 – Favorite spooky creature?
Does Edgar Allan Poe count? He should.

6 – How hyped do you get for Halloween?
Super hyped! I freaking love Halloween!!!!

7 – Halloween Pinteresty thing that you’ve always wanted to try?

8-Favorite part of Halloween?
Dressing up. Candy is a bonus.

9 – Orange or black?
Black.