Started 3/30 Finished 2nd Read 4/5
I started this book on a Wednesday, and I finished it Thursday thanks to a long car ride. Love Practically came out in March so this was my first chance to read it. I love the way Nichole Van writes, the way she develops a story.
This time she introduced the two main characters in the Prologue. Then we meet them 20 years later in chapter 1. They’re dealing with all the things that have happened since that first chance meeting. I finished it in the car and started rereading. I love reading a book again. You notice things that you didn’t catch the first time.
Nicole wrote an author’s note at the end of her story. They fascinate me because they tell how an author developed a story from idea to finished book. You’re getting the inside scoop, straight from the writer’s keyboard!
PS – I’m looking forward to September. That’s when the 2nd book comes out.
As a young woman, Leah Penn-Leith fell hopelessly in love with Captain Fox Carnegie—the only irrational mark on her decidedly sensible life. Fox, unfortunately, did not return her regard.
Their story should have ended there. After all, Fox left for India. And Leah returned home to Scotland to rear her much younger brothers.
But twenty years later, Fox appears on Leah’s doorstep—older, scarred, and world-weary—proposing a marriage of convenience between them. He needs a mother for his young ward, and Leah, with her capable good sense, comes highly recommended. What woman could say No to such a proposal? Not Leah. Fox has always wreaked havoc on her ability to think rationally.
After their marriage, Leah confronts the chaotic reality of Fox’s life. His castle, ten miles up a rugged Highland glen, is shambolic. His ward, Madeline, is a precocious handful. Fox’s time in India is shrouded in rumor and mystery. Worst of all, Fox himself is distant and broken, his personality as altered as his scarred body.
Throughout it all, Leah is left with two questions: What happens to a woman after her most-cherished fantasy comes true? And can a marriage, begun in practicality, transform into something deeper? Something like . . . love.
Started 3/23 Finished 3/30
I read Shadow of Night back in July of 2012. It’s one of my all-time favorite books. How could I not love it when I got to time travel back to meet Elizabeth I? When I finished, I couldn’t wait to read the final installment.
Then 2 years passed. The Book of Life finally came out in August of 2014, and it was worth the wait! It wrapped up all the loose ends, and it finally answered everything I wanted to know about Ashmole 782. It gave me the satisfying ending that I was waiting for, plus a few surprises along the way. That’s why I’ve reread this series 3 or 4 times since 2014.
The #1 New York Times bestselling series finale--sequel to A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night, that sets up Time's Convert. Look for the hit TV series “A Discovery of Witches” airing Sundays on AMC and BBC America, and streaming on Sundance Now and Shudder.
After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness’s enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew’s ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches—with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency. In the trilogy’s final volume, Harkness deepens her themes of power and passion, family and caring, past deeds and their present consequences. In ancestral homes and university laboratories, using ancient knowledge and modern science, from the hills of the Auvergne to the palaces of Venice and beyond, the couple at last learn what the witches discovered so many centuries ago.
With more than one million copies sold in the United States and appearing in thirty-eight foreign editions, A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night have landed on all of the major bestseller lists and garnered rave reviews from countless publications. Eagerly awaited by Harkness’s legion of fans, The Book of Life brings this superbly written series to a deeply satisfying close.
Started 3/10 Finished3/23
I just finished A Discovery of Witches. To my surprise I found a quote that helped me imagine the little girl in my bat story. She needs to show signs of becoming a baby witch, and now I can finally picture how that might happen.
Now onto Book 2, Shadow of Night. It’s my favorite, because I get to travel back in time to meet my favorite historical figure . . . Elizabeth I. The year is 1590, and Elizabeth has 13 years left to live. To meet her on the page, watch her interact with Matthew and Diana, it’s an incredible journey that you can only take in a book.
The #1 New York Times-bestselling sequel to A Discovery of Witches, book two of the All Souls Series. Look for the hit TV series “A Discovery of Witches,” streaming on AMC Plus, Sundance Now and Shudder. Season 2 premieres January 9, 2021!
Picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliffhanger ending, Shadow of Night takes reluctant witch Diana Bishop and vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont on a trip through time to Elizabethan London, where they are plunged into a world of spies, magic, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the School of Night. As the search for Ashmole 782--the lost and enchanted manuscript whose mystery first pulled Diana and Matthew into one another's orbit--deepens and Diana seeks out a witch to tutor her in magic, the net of Matthew's past tightens around them. Together they find they must embark on a very different - and vastly more dangerous - journey.
"A captivating and romantic ripping yarn,"** Shadow of Night confirms Deborah Harkness as a master storyteller, able to cast an "addictive tale of magic, mayhem and two lovers."**
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