The Patriots by Sana Krasikov *Release Day*

The Patriots

A novel that requires careful reading. The format of different points of view and times, from the 1930’s to 2008.

While Florence’s story is told in the third person, Julian narrates his own story. I personally would have rather had them both tell their own stories, but as a whole, it is a good look at a time in our history that a lot of people would rather not look at or admit to.

Florence is a very smart young lady and is disillusioned with the U.S. and ends up emigrating to the Soviet Union which is under Stalin’s rule. I think history is clear on his views on educated women and Florence finds out first hand.

Julian, finally gets out of the country and takes the opposite route of his mother and comes to the U.S.
While he lives and works in the U.S., he travels frequently to Russia, where his son is living.

When Julian finds out that the old KGB records are being released to the families of those persecuted or killed, he applies for the release of his mother’s records and tries to understand what was happening when he was a child and all he knew was that people were not nice to him and it had something to do with his Mother.

A brutal, but honest work of historical fiction, that rings very true and is on a topic that most people don’t even know about or understand.

Thank you Netgalley and Random House for the great read!

What We Are Reading This Week

First Thank you all for your supportive comments and well wishes yesterday. It helped a lot!

Some really good books have been read this past week. Here is just a sneak peek at a few!

There is a little bit of everything here this week. Some that will scare the heck out of you. Some that will make you cry, laugh and think hard about what you know and don’t know.

None of these are out yet but will be coming out soon so stay tuned to see what the BookClub thought of these!

xxPatricia

When Anxiety Has You By The Throat

I’ve been away for a couple of days now. It’s been 7 months since I contracted an infection in my left eye from a contact lens. A brand new contact lens. At first it was a wild time just trying to save the eye and then it was healing it. I have written plenty about it the last few months and at my last visit my Doctor told me it was completely healed and that I would need 2 operations. One to remove the deep scar and then a corneal transplant.

Yesterday was my check up and getting all my measurements done for the transplant, which will come first. I was ready. More than ready for this to be over. But it just didn’t go that way. I had so many drops yesterday that when I got home and could see a little bit my pupils were so big I looked like some Emo character or a Meth user as someone told me.

Now I have full faith in the Dean McGee Eye Institute and my surgeons. They are in the top 100 of Best lists all the time. Yesterday they said we are starting with the transplant. There will be about an 8% rejection rate and for the next year you will have to be extremely careful not to bump it or rub it or even looks at it. Okay I made that last one up but I’m moping now so let it go. After that year, they will go in and remove the small cataract that formed when I was on the steroids. There is a very fine line between healing and harming with steroids.  I basically zoned out after that. Shut down. Came home and sat in a chair silently for hours until I fell asleep. Dreaming of a Stephen King scenario with someone else’s cornea. A dead someone else.

To admit that I’m scared to death and horribly angry is not something I’m used to doing. I am the strong one. I am the one who does the helping, the advocating on behalf of the patient. And now I just feel like crying.

You can’t really see anything wrong with my eye but I can’t see out without it looking like 4 layers of plastic wrap are hanging there. I will never be able to wear a contact in that eye again. My mother reminded me yesterday that I was 16 when I started wearing them. That I went to the eye doctor and worked out a payment plan and brought those suckers home.

The good news is that my right eye isn’t great on far away but excellent close up so I can read!  But if you too suffer from anxiety you know that even that isn’t enough to keep you from spinning it into something much worse.

Thanks for listening and thanks to all of you who have messaged me encouraging words.

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xx Patricia

Every Thing Belongs To Us By Yoojin Grace Wuertz Book Release Day!!

Everything Belongs to Us

Seoul, 1978. At South Korea s top university, the nation s best and brightest compete to join the professional elite of an authoritarian regime. Success could lead to a life of rarefied privilege and wealth; failure means being left irrevocably behind.
For childhood friends Jisun and Namin, the stakes couldn t be more different. Jisun, the daughter of a powerful business mogul, grew up on a mountainside estate with lush gardens and a dedicated chauffeur. Namin s parents run a tented food cart from dawn to curfew; her sister works in a shoe factory. Now Jisun wants as little to do with her father s world as possible, abandoning her schoolwork in favor of the underground activist movement, while Namin studies tirelessly in the service of one goal: to launch herself and her family out of poverty.
But everything changes when Jisun and Namin meet an ambitious, charming student named Sunam, whose need to please his family has led him to a prestigious club: the Circle. Under the influence of his mentor, Juno, a manipulative social climber, Sunam becomes entangled with both women, as they all make choices that will change their lives forever.
In this sweeping yet intimate debut, Yoojin Grace Wuertz details four intertwining lives that are rife with turmoil and desire, private anxieties and public betrayals, dashed hopes and broken dreams while a nation moves toward prosperity at any cost.

Set in a time of great upheaval and change, protests and women living at the bottom rung of society, this book explores the relationships between the haves and the have nots as well as family structures in this time and place.

Jisun and Namin are total opposites socially but they both know they want more.

Everything Namin does is to further her goal of becoming a doctor and getting her family out of poverty. She is exceptionally bright, which affords her more access to education than most in her town.

Jisun is rebelling against her father and his wealth and power not only in businesss but over her as well.

I would like to have heard more in the end from Namin’s point of view.

I really liked the look at the part Americans have played in this country for years and the animosity towards them and the women who dared to love them.

It was a good story.

Thank you to Netgalley and Random House for this one! Release is Today!

Little Girl Lost (DI Robyn Carter Book One) by Carol Wyer

Little Girl Lost

A perfect family hiding disturbing secrets. A killer who wants the truth to be told.

This is the first book in the DI Robyn Carter series from Carol Wyer.

Just when I’m ready to give up on thrillers for a bit along comes Carol Wyer with this edge of your seat non-stop suspense and terror!

Told from three different points of view, DI Robyn Carter, who has just returned to her job after losing the man she loved as well as their baby, Alice, the little girl who suffered tremendous trauma in the house of the man her mother was engaged to, and Abigail, who is being tormented and taunted about her own past.

Three different women and the different ways in which they handle the trauma they have suffered. Death, rape, murder, and so many secrets.

The characters are all complex and you feel so much empathy for them. Robyn is filling her life with work and working out to avoid the feelings of loss and guilt she carries. Trying to find out who this missing man is and how he is connected to another murder. Robyn is a great character but then they really all were.

Alice, poor little girl whose own mother blamed her for ruining her life, is looking for revenge. It’s what she is living for. Getting even with the people who she blames for ruining her life and her mothers.

Abigail has a new baby, an adoring husband and a few friends but she is happy. Until it becomes clear that someone doesn’t want her to have any of that. Someone wants her life.

This was a really good serial killer novel. One of those edge of your seat, bite your fingernails and lock the doors novels. And I loved every horrifying moment of it! Only one question….when is the next one?

Thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for this one!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A humorous writer and blogger whose light hearted novels and articles encourage others to laugh at life and grow old disgracefully.
Her best selling novels have won several awards for humor and her witty non-fiction book, Grumpy Old Menopause won The People’s Book Prize Award in 2015.
She has been interviewed on numerous BBC radio stations including BBC Radio 2 Simon Mayo and on BBC Breakfast television and Sky.
Carol writes for magazines and websites and also blogs for the Huffington Post HUFF/50.

The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr (YA)

The One Memory of Flora Banks

Seventeen-year-old Flora Banks has no short-term memory. Her mind resets itself several times a day, and has since the age of ten, when the tumor that was removed from Flora’s brain took with it her ability to make new memories. That is, until she kisses Drake, her best friend’s boyfriend, the night before he leaves town. Miraculously, this one memory breaks through Flora’s fractured mind, and sticks. Flora is convinced that Drake is responsible for restoring her memory and making her whole again. So when an encouraging email from Drake suggests she meet him on the other side of the world, Flora knows with certainty that this is the first step toward reclaiming her life. 
With little more than the words “be brave” inked into her skin, and written reminders of who she is and why her memory is so limited, Flora sets off on an impossible journey to Svalbard, Norway, the land of the midnight sun, determined to find Drake. But from the moment she arrives in the arctic, nothing is quite as it seems, and Flora must “be brave” if she is ever to learn the truth about herself, and to make it safely home.

In my efforts to read more YA I saw this book and the blurb sounded intriguing. And it is. You most definitely don’t have to be a YA to enjoy this. Any and all lovers of good stories will find it spellbinding!

I almost hate to say anything about the story other than the blurb. So let me say I loved this story! I loved Flora Banks. She can remember everything that happened before she was 10, but she is unable to retain any new memories for longer than a few hours.

Until one day something happens and that one memory sticks. Clinging to the hope that this could be a miracle that only this one boy in this one memory can solve, she resolves to track him down. In the Arctic. Alone.

That mix of bravery and sheer determination makes her one of the most interesting characters I’ve come across. I read this straight through in one sitting. I couldn’t stop any more than Flora could!

Thanks to Netgalley and Penguin Group for this beautiful story!  Release Date set for May of 2017