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Two Scoop Tuesday

Two Scoop Tuesday

Hello everyone!! Welcome in! How about a double feature? I thought that I would get a little crazy and shake things up here! So here is a special edition featuring…….not one, but TWO books!!!! Check it out!! Can’t wait for vacation, only 2 more days of work to go.

First Frost

By Sarah Addison Allen

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This book was released in January of 2015. It is the second book in the Waverley novels. The first was Garden Spells. I reviewed that one awhile back and it was great. It is available as a hardcover and e-book right now. I obtained this one from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. It is 291 pages long. I breezed through this one. Lol.

It’s October in Bascom, North Carolina, and autumn will not go quietly. As temperatures drop and leaves begin to turn, the Waverley women are made restless by the whims of their mischievous apple tree… and all the magic that swirls around it. But this year, first frost has much more in store.
Claire Waverley has started a successful new venture, Waverley’s Candies. Though her handcrafted confections–rose to recall lost love, lavender to promote happiness and lemon verbena to soothe throats and minds–are singularly effective, the business of selling them is costing her the everyday joys of her family, and her belief in her own precious gifts.
Sydney Waverley, too, is losing her balance. With each passing day she longs more for a baby– a namesake for her wonderful Henry. Yet the longer she tries, the more her desire becomes an unquenchable thirst, stealing the pleasure out of the life she already has.
Sydney’s daughter, Bay, has lost her heart to the boy she knows it belongs to…if only he could see it, too. But how can he, when he is so far outside her grasp that he appears to her as little more than a puff of smoke?
When a mysterious stranger shows up and challenges the very heart of their family, each of them must make choices they have never confronted before. And through it all, the Waverley sisters must search for a way to hold their family together through their troublesome season of change, waiting for that extraordinary event that is First Frost.

This was like revisiting old friends. The book continues where Garden Spells left off. It contains elements of the supernatural, magic and fantasy. There is a magical tree candy with special benefits and the Waverleys with special powers. This probably sounds kind of kooky, but in the book it very realistic. I like her smooth and flowing writing style. The novel is well written and easy to understand and moves along quickly. I love books about North Carolina and South Carolina. Since I have been there I can relate to the area. I really loved this one. I was anxious to read this one since I really enjoyed the first book in the series. Kudos to Sara she has another winner with this one. I will be waiting for her next book!! I give this one a 4 out of 5 stars.

The Moonlight Palace

By Liz Rosenberg

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I bought this book for my Kindle on Anazon.com. It is 176 pages and was published in 2014 by Lake Union Publishing.

Agnes Hussein, descendant of the last sultan of Singapore and the last surviving member of her immediate family, has grown up among her eccentric relatives in the crumbling Kampong Glam palace, a once-opulent relic given to her family in exchange for handing over Singapore to the British.

Now Agnes is seventeen and her family has fallen into genteel poverty, surviving on her grandfather’s pension and the meager income they receive from a varied cast of boarders. As outside forces conspire to steal the palace out from under them, Agnes struggles to save her family and finds bravery, love, and loyalty in the most unexpected places. The Moonlight Palace is a coming-of-age tale rich with historical detail and unforgettable characters set against the backdrop of dazzling 1920s Singapore.

This is a short novel about a girl Agnes that is growing up in a multicultural family. It has an unlikely mix of characters that somehow all live together in an old ramshackle palace in Singapore. It is full of turmoil, struggle and political upheaval. I found it interesting how each character was portrayed and the deceptions that occurred. Overall this was a quick and easy read. Interesting information on the history of Singapore.  The characters were interesting in their own right. It may have been better to elaborate and have told each character’s story. I would have liked an outline or time line of the history of Singapore. I give this one a 3 out of 5 stars.

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