Today, I have an excerpt for you all from the book The Scent of Leaves by Kathryn Trattner.
WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT
Janet has always dreamed about leaving her small town behind and starting over somewhere fresh. The only thing keeping her going is a photography obsession and her film camera. For her, life is a series of late nights spent working at a local gas station and days earning a final college credit before graduation. But she’s been putting it off for so long she’s starting to feel like it might not happen.
One night Tom appears, charming and handsome, and going out of his way to get to know her. Suddenly he’s everywhere in her small town, appearing and disappearing at odd moments, creeping in on her days and nights. As they spend time together, Janet falling more under his spell each day, she begins to realize that reality is different around Tom. Small things begin to happen, odd occurrences turning into strange events, as Janet is pulled deeper into the mystery surrounding him.
In this modern retelling of the classic Ballad of Tam Lin the world is brought into sharp focus through the lens of a camera. The line between what is and is not real blurs, nature stealing in around the edges, and Janet comes to understand that there is more at stake than just a broken heart.
From the author, Frances Paul comes an electrifying standalone romance thriller that breaks all the rules! Kennedy & Tristan is a suspense that will have you holding your breath as you turn each page.
In a time of war even love can change sides.
A young Civil Engineer student travels to Italy to complete her studies at a prestigious university. Instead, she crosses paths with Tristan Moretti, a man whose business dealings dwell deep within the underworld–a world she never thought she’d be a part of.
But Tristan becomes a force Kennedy can’t ignore. A man whose touch she can’t get enough of. She knows it’s dangerous. She knows falling for Tristan will lead to a lifetime of consequences. Still, she can’t stay away.
Tristan has taken his father’s place as head of the Moretti Family–a role he’s been preparing for his whole life. He knows the kind of darkness that lurks within the shadows of his world, how it corrupts innocence, and ruins lives. But once he realizes Kennedy is the only woman he’ll ever want, nothing can stop him from having her. He’s determined to rule with her at his side and vows to protect her no matter the cost.
As a lethal power slithers its way into their world and shakes the very foundation of the Moretti family, Tristan and Kennedy find themselves at the edge of survival where a decision must be made.
Do they stand together and fight…or will they be torn apart and fight each other?
Recently, I watched two films, August Rush and Leap Year, and read a book, A Thousand Splendid Suns. While the films were good overall, the book was wonderful.
In A Thousand Splendid Suns, penned by Khaled Hosseini, the narrative seamlessly blends the stories of the two women protagonists, Mariam and Laila, against the backdrop of the Taliban invasion in Afghanistan.
A Thousand Splendid Suns is as much “a story about a woman’s freedom from brutal and systematic oppression as it is about human endurance and courage to move on and start afresh.” It’s a story of hope.
As far as the films are concerned, I liked both of them, although when I checked the Internet, none of the films were appreciated by the critics. Carping is the profession of critics…
I watched two movies, The American Hustle and Seven Years in Tibet, and decided to pen down my thoughts about it. To begin with, none of the movies left any deep impression on me but both were good.
The first movie that I watched was The American Hustleboasting of a star cast of Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, and Jennifer Lawrence. It’s an entertaining movie about two con men—Irving Rosenfield (Bale) and Sydney Prosser (Adams)—who play it small but are trapped by a FBI official, Richard DiMaso (Cooper), who wants to climb up the corporate ladder by entrapping some big fish (read Congressmen) into a scam.
This is going to be a small post to announce that I have decided to take a blog hiatus. Due to increasing workload, I am unable to devote time to blogging, as of now. Also, for the past few weeks (due to increase in workload), I have read only a few books. For a blog focused primarily on book reviews, this means nothing to write about. ☹ Further, I am increasingly finding it difficult to do networking, and blog-hopping due to paucity of time.
Once pressure on work front decreases to some extent, following which I can again start reading books, I will be back. Hopefully, this will be a short hiatus for a month.