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We’ve Moved!

In Uncategorized on November 3, 2010 at 10:49 am

The Brazen Broads Book Bash has moved to a new home.  While we loved our home here on WordPress, our new home at Blogger has some extra features we really like.  We hope you’ll come visit us there as we begin a new chapter in our book review blog (you didn’t think we could leave without a bad pun, did you?).

Brazen Broads Book Bash new home:  http://brazenbroadsbookbash.blogspot.com/

Alexandria and Moira
Brazen Broads Book Bash

The Ruthless Charmer, Julia London

In author information, Book Reviews, fiction, romance novels, romantic heroes, Uncategorized on November 3, 2010 at 1:33 am

The Bad Reputation Of An English Rake ……..Is So Very Good…

Lady Claudia Whitney is disturbed at the re-appearance of Julian Dane, Earl of Kettering and notorious rake, during her visit to France.  Harboring hidden love Claudia flees, returning to England, unable and unwillilg to trust herself in his presence.  Julian is the unrepentant rake Claudia imagines, with one curious problem of his own.  He has loved Lady Whitney for the last few years.  The memory of tragic events their shared history evokes, and each one’s belief that their love is unrequitted threatens to keep them separated until the fateful party at Harrison Green’s London home.  Julian pushes further than he should with a proper lady of Claudia’s social standing when he realizes her desire matches his own; and when gossip-monger Mrs. Frankton happens upon them in a questionable position, Claudia’s reputation is bound for ruination.  Julian proposes the only acceptable alternative, marriage, and at her father’s insistance, Claudia has no choice but to marry the man she is certain will break her heart.

Julia London nicely brought the couple together in The Ruthless Charmer, however, once together the pair make one bad relationship choice after another.  Honestly, London’s male character has the more level head of the two, and for being a rake, he is quite responsible in his business dealings.  Overall, Julian Dane’s character is ably put together, London writing just enough torment into his soul and swagger in his step to make him tempting.  London also described some very passionate scenes between the newlywed couple worth reading.  Her heroine, Claudia, brings to light the plight of many womens’ sufferings in the early 1800’s through her extensive charity work, which was perhaps the most redeeming quality of Lady Claudia’s character.  Regency romances abound in drama, and The Ruthless Charmer, is no exception.  Readers should be prepared, for London’s drama in this novel is …..ruthless.

Recommendation:  * * * _ _   The Ruthless Charmer offers a smooth English rake for readers seeking that particular poison, but is otherwise an average period romance.

~Moira

The Princes of Ireland: The Dublin Saga, by Edward Rutherfurd

In author information, Book Reviews, historical fiction, Uncategorized on October 26, 2010 at 1:00 am

History and Fiction Meet on the Liffey Plain……

Edward Rutherfurd takes readers back in history to explore the misty-green, magical land we know today as Ireland, focusing on Dublin and surrounding areas.  Spanning eleven centuries, The Princes of Ireland begins in Dubh Linn, 430 AD, and introduces the characters whose families will carry the saga through the mid 1500’s.  Rutherfurd blends historical fact and fiction seamlessly together, creating the paths the descendants of Celtic, Nordic, and English lines take over the course of years.  Quite lengthy, the novel boasts 770 pages, but in actuality, there are three major time periods dealt with, each with its own characters and events.  Because of this, the story doesn’t feel overdrawn; it stays fresh and flowing, but I must admit, during the second storyline set in the 1100’s, I had to force myself to read through portions.  This was the only section I struggled with, and I very much enjoyed the novel overall.

Edward Rutherfurd has written a number of novels including Sarum, Russka, London, and The Forest, and I will definitely check out another of his works, as this novel was well crafted.  More than an evening’s commitment, The Princes of Ireland, is involved.  This broad appreciated the pronunciation guide and maps, but they are not necessary to understand or enjoy the story.  I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.

Recommendation:  * * * * _ If you have the time and inclination to get involved in a great, but longer, novel and have an interest in history, Edward Rutherfurd’s, The Princes of Ireland, will surely satisfy.

~Moira

Love and Respect For A Lifetime, by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

In Book Reviews, nonfiction, social science, Uncategorized on September 23, 2010 at 7:29 pm

Love And Respect For A Lifetime, Dr. Emerson Eggerichs’ newly published book on marriage offers little more than the redundant restating of the Golden Rule.  While admittedly wise phrases and tidbits grace the pages of Eggerichs’ book, it does not offer couples any real advice on how to deal with issues it recognizes as areas of conflict in marriage such as money, child rearing, sex, or communication.

Eggerichs’ book also suffers from what I refer to as ADHD publishing.  Many of the 153 pages have only one sentence centered on an otherwise empty space, reminding this avid reader of a child’s book.  Boasting more than thirty years of counseling and research, Eggerichs states in his introduction, “Using these powerful tools, you can save a struggling marriage from the divorce court or a ‘ho-hum’ marriage from boredom and concealed bitterness.”   Unfortunately, no tools are discovered in the six separate sections of the book beyond vague statements such as this one from section 1, entitled The Wisdom of Love & Respect, “Here is the secret to marriage that every couple seeks, yet few couples ever find…Unconditional respect is as powerful for him as unconditional love is for her.  It’s the secret that will help you achieve a brand new level of intimacy.”

In the end, Eggerichs’ 153 pages do state one obvious truth that is powerful marital advice.  Love your neighbor (treat your spouse) as you wish to be treated.  Practice this second most important commandment and save the $15.99 you would have spent on Eggerichs’ book.

Recommendation:  * _ _ _ _ (one out of five stars)

Do not confuse this book with Dr. Eggerichs’ Love & Respect: The Love She Most Desires, The Respect He Desperately Needs, which is a much larger book.  The covers of these books are almost identical.  I read this complimentary copy of Love & Respect For A Lifetime courtesy of Booksneeze.  The opinions in my review are solely my own.

~Moira Naveen