Return to your Skin by Luz Gabas

Return to Your Skin by [Gabás, Luz]

Release date: August 15, 2017 

There is something about reincarnations that appeals to me. It is more like history in the present driving the future, but I am more drawn to it when it involves injustice and more so a promise, which is evident in this book. (continued here)

Summary

Brianda, a young engineer, leaves her comfortable life in Madrid to learn more about her ancestors. When she travels to a cold, isolated village high in the Pyrenees to explore her roots, Brianda discovers a family secret—and a new love interest. The mysterious Corso, who is challenging destiny by restoring the neglected manor he has inherited, offers to help Brianda in her research. Together they uncover another woman named Brianda in the family archives, a woman who lived four centuries ago.

Heiress to the distinguished lord of Orrun, Brianda of Lubich defied convention by refusing to marry and carry on the family lineage. In a land convulsed by wars, twenty-four women were accused in one of the most dramatic episodes in the history of Spanish witchcraft. Due to her unconventional ways, Brianda became a target. She makes a promise to her true love, a promise she may not live to keep.

Where to buy the book:

Amazon: Kindle ebook at $3.99

Paperback at $10.59

I am most certain that you’ll love Luz more after checking out her author page and her other books-> here.

36 Questions that Changed My Mind about You by Vicki Grant

This book will be released in October 17th this year and when I requested to read it on NetGalley, I was looking forward to two things : teen drama and a resolution to some kind of conflict.

I got both and then some.

The story begins with an experiment; two strangers, 36 questions between them and the assumption is that they’ll develop some kind of personal relationship, or even love, when they come to the end of it. Hildy is the first one to walk into the room, she is nervous and for her she hopes that in a way she will learn to draw nearer to people and not push them away. Paul on the other hand is moody. He wants to answer some silly questions, make forty bucks and walk away. Well, that’s what they think, but once they start going through the questions it becomes more of a conversation, and they become vulnerable, slowly opening up and leaning to each other for comfort.

It’s got your typical teenage angst and the rush to resolve things that’s evident in young people, which often leads to complicating matters.

I  loved: the fact that this felt like listening in on two people’s conversations. It got better because of how their struggles unraveled. Hildy was seeing her parents draw apart from each other and Paul was an orphan, making his way alone in life.

I did not like: the stereotypical way the characters were drawn. I almost wished that they swapped roles and personalities. For once, why couldn’t the girl be making her way alone in life, brooding and calling the shots (especially on making peace with the guy).

This book makes for a good read and in an awkward way, I’d love to try answering those 36 questions, not with a stranger but with my best friends Jill and T, I’m sure the answers would be epic!

Check out some more thoughts on: Goodreads

What I’m reading and listening to

It’s a sunny morning here in Kisumu. I have had an interesting week so far and nothing makes my day more than knowing that I’ll be catching up with Abdulla and Sangita in Pearls of the Past, after having read Love Comes Later.

Pearls of the Past by [Rajakumar, Mohanalakshmi]

I am currently open to new music and of late my attention’s been on Dua Lipa and Allie X,  because for some reason I find myself calm and a bit wild while listening to their music and writing, that must count for something right?

Here’s to a great week ahead!

 

Before We Say Goodbye by Louise Candlish

Olivia and Dean’s mom, Maggie, was the one who’d up and leave without a word and return when she felt like it. What started out as a weekend turned into weeks, months and a year, so much so that they named her “The Deserter.

The story begins with Maggie’s demise and she leaves behind an address for her daughter Olivia. The address belongs to Richie, her one true love. Olivia leaves behind her husband and two sons in search of Richie hoping to make peace with a past she’s never forgotten.

What the author succeeds in is depicting Olivia and Dean’s reluctance to forgive their mother for deserting them. In their dialogues, you get rage from Dean and confusion from Olivia,and for someone who is depicted as manipulative, Maggie’s decision to share Richie’s address with Olivia serves her best in showing that obsessing about the past can destroy the present.

I do wonder what path the story would have taken had Maggie lived to see Olivia seek out Richie.

Pen Pals by Martin Gore

Summary: Pen Pals tell the story of Murgatroyd Pens, an iconic British brand produced in an old mill town in northern Britain, and of the Murgatroyd family who created it. As with all families they have secrets, and decisions made previously come back to haunt them. In strike torn 1976 family matriarch Jean Murgatroyd is faced with an impossible decision as her headstrong son James runs the business towards bankruptcy. In 2000 Jean dies and the long standing emnities of the family surface in a battle for the future of Murgatroyds and with it the future of the one horse northern town in which it operates.

I got my serving of an epic family saga by reading this book. I loved the pace and if there is one thing that I believe the author succeeds in with this one, is that he does not spill the beans or reveal the mystery behind what unfolds in the book. He leaves all this to the reader and it is a great feeling to be immersed in a story.

I got this off NetGalley and I am grateful to them, Troubador Publishing Limited and especially Martin Gore because I am looking forward to reading more of his books.

Release date: June 18, 2017

Get a copy on amazon today: Kindle $5.79 and Paperback $12.99, here’s the link.

 

The Mango Season by Amulya Malladi

If you’d love an insight into Indian traditions and a family’s take on arranged marriage, then this would be right up your shelf.

Let’s assume that my love for mangoes made me want to read this book, because the recipe on mango pickle is one that I had mastered long before I read this book. You have a 27 year old successful young woman, Priya, going back home to India, because she cannot delay her trip home any longer and she chooses to visit during the mango season because her family gathers together and are joyful during this time.

Her sole purpose is to let them know that she would like to choose her future partner, as opposed to accept an arranged marriage, but what are her chances with an overbearing mother, a strict grandfather and many more cousins who have been there before her?

I’m glad that I got this off Netgalley; because I’d have missed out on a young woman’s desire to choose for herself against the beliefs of her family, her people, her country and more so the love that she has for the man she would like to be married to and the people who brought her up.

Get it on Amazon: here

 

This is How We Talk by Julian Furman

I am currently reading:

This is How We Talk by [Furman, Julian]

It’s the first time I’ve heard of Julian Furman, and so far his style of writing is friendly. The way he brings to life- Tel Aviv, makes me wonder how easy it would be to forget the war, bombings, curfew at day time while getting lost in the night life and partying that Yonatan immerses himself in.

I have just gotten to 60% of my reading because it took me a while to alternate between Yonatan’s past and present.

Check it out—> here’s a link to the amazon page.