2020 Quarterly Bookshelf (Jul. – Sept.)

July seems so far away now even though it was only three months ago! This quarter did not have as many books as the previous one did. I kind of entered a bit of a reading slump after Midnight Sun where it is taking me a bit of time to finish a book. (I know that I read three books after that one but my overall reading has fallen.) I hope that changes in the last quarter of 2020…

*Beware! There might be some spoilers in my reviews!*

Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1) by Kerri Maniscalco

“Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life…” (Full Summary)

This was my second read of this book and I still very much enjoy it. I love almost anything that is historical fiction and even more when it is set in England, a place that I would love to move to. I like this take on the Jack the Ripper crimes and how it is tied with the main character. Even better when I first read this book, I did not expect the ending of this book.

The Disappearance of Alistair Ainsworth (The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes Mysteries, #3) by Leonard Goldberg

“Joanna and the Watsons receive an unexpected visitor to 221b Baker Street during a nocturnal storm. A rain-drenched Dr. Alexander Verner arrives with a most harrowing tale…” (Full Summary)

This is the third book in the series and I am still loving it as a whole. When I was introduced to the series, I really liked the idea that Sherlock Holmes had a daughter who was very much like him. The time period of this book is set around World War I, which makes my historical fiction loving heart happy. I did enjoy this book a bit more than the second one, which I had difficult keeping straight when I was reading it. This one was much easier to follow. This one did deal with a missing person and less about murders, however there was still one! If you like historical mysteries but not heavy on the gory details, then I would give this series a try. Even better if you like anything to do with Sherlock Holmes.

Midnight Sun (The Twilight Saga, #5) by Stephenie Meyer

“When Edward Cullen and Bella Swan met in Twilight, an iconic love story was born. But until now, fans have heard only Bella’s side of the story…” (Full Summary)

My full review of this book is located on a different blog post which you can find here!

The Art of Deception (The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes Mysteries, #4) by Leonard Goldberg

“In the west end of London, an apparently crazed individual is on the loose, breaking into art galleries and private homes to slash valuable paintings of women…” (Full Summary)

Another great book about The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes. I really enjoyed this one a lot. While I do not know much about Renaissance artwork, I did not feel lost about what was been talked about. The murder mystery was done really well and I did like the ending. As usual, I had an idea on who were the criminals but that did not stop me from enjoying it as a whole. Here is to hoping for another book in the future. Also, I feel like these books should be turned into a tv show. Just a thought.

Atomic Love by Jennie Fields

“Chicago, 1950. Rosalind Porter has always defied expectations–in her work as a physicist on the Manhattan Project and in her passionate love affair with colleague Thomas Weaver…” (Full Summary)

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. This was my first time ordering from The Book of the Month club so I am pleased with what I got. I love the idea of a female scientist who worked for The Manhattan Project but felt remorse for the lives that the bombs caused even though it helped end World War II. The love triangle in this story was played very well and did not annoy me as others have in the past. I enjoyed all the romance bits and bobs throughout the book. The ending felt bittersweet to me and I hope Rosalind and Charlie get a happily ever after that I feel like they deserve. I did not want Weaver to go like that which the whole Russian story fall a bit flat for me. If you like historical fiction set in the 1950s or 20th Century then I recommend picking up this book.

Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #2) by Kerri Maniscalco

“Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories…” (Full Summary)

This one definitely took me a bit of time to finish reading. Mostly because of another book that came out when I was reading this one. I enjoyed seeing Audrey and Thomas’s love story grow more. At times I got a bit bored and lost focus on the story but was able to find my way back. It felt more paranormal than the last one and less murder mystery even though there was murder. Maybe had to do with the vampire-ness surrounding even though they are not real in this book. Overall, enjoyed the book and excited to the read the next one in the series.

I know during this time a lot of people have been reading a lot more. So what have you been reading this year? Leave a comment below!

Lots of Love,
Shannon

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