The Poppy and the Rose by Ashlee Cowles

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The Poppy and the Rose by Ashlee Cowles

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1912: Ava Knight, a teen heiress, boards the Titanic to escape the shadow of her unstable mother and to fulfill her dream of becoming a photographer in New York. During the journey she meets three people who will change her life: a handsome sailor, a soldier in the secret Black Hand society that will trigger World War I, and a woman with clairvoyant abilities. When disaster strikes the ship, family betrayals come to light.

2010: When Taylor Romano arrives in Oxford for a summer journalism program, something feels off. Not only is she greeted by a young, Rolls Royce-driving chauffeur, but he invites her to tea with Lady Mae Knight of Meadowbrook Manor, an old house with a cursed history going back to the days of Henry VIII. Lady Knight seems to know a strange amount about Taylor and her family problems, but before Taylor can learn more, the elderly woman dies, leaving as the only clue an old diary. With the help of the diary, a brooding chauffeur, and some historical sleuthing, Taylor must uncover the link between Ava’s past and her own….

DISCLAIMER: I received an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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The Wednesday Pen || September 2020 Writing Recap

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Does 4k words justify a fresh Wednesday Pen?

Especially when last month, I told myself I wouldn’t measure it in word count, but instead in progress on the relevant project? And when I…did not meet that goal in time for the newest Wednesday Pen?

Even if it doesn’t count, folks, we’re doing it anyway. Welcome to the September edition of the Wednesday Pen!

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Weekly Wrap || October 3rd, 2020

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October 3rd, 2020

Easily the most important part of this Weekly Wrap is that I wrote it in the aftermath of baking butterscotch-chocolate-chip cookies.

They were so warm and soft and tasty. I’m so sorry I cannot share them with you all. Hopefully you’re okay with me sharing my week instead!

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Monthly Wrap || September 2020

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September 2020

I don’t known how your September 2020 went, but I’ll admit mine was…perhaps less than stellar. It’s not the rush of good news I craved, and it’s not particularly awe-inspiring.

But it’s still another month, which calls for another Monthly Wrap. Can’t go breaking tradition, now can we?

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I Hope You’re Listening by Tom Ryan

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I Hope You’re Listening by Tom Ryan

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In her small town, seventeen year-old Delia “Dee” Skinner is known as the girl who wasn’t taken. Ten years ago, she witnessed the abduction of her best friend, Sibby. And though she told the police everything she remembered, it wasn’t enough. Sibby was never seen again.

At night, Dee deals with her guilt by becoming someone else: the Seeker, the voice behind the popular true crime podcast Radio Silent, which features missing persons cases and works with online sleuths to solve them. Nobody knows Dee’s the Seeker, and she plans to keep it that way.

When another little girl goes missing, and the case is linked to Sibby’s disappearance, Dee has a chance to get answers, with the help of her virtual detectives and the intriguing new girl at school. But how much is she willing to reveal about herself in order to uncover the truth? Dee’s about to find out what’s really at stake in unraveling the mystery of the little girls who vanished.

DISCLAIMER: I received an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.



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Weekly Wrap || September 26th, 2020

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September 26th, 2020

Making it to yet another Weekly Wrap feels like an achievement sometimes, this week especially. I can’t seem to keep my head on straight, and the end of the week is my chance to reflect and maybe even get my life in order. Will it work this time?

Truthfully, probably not. If all my problems could be fixed in a weekend, making it to Saturday might not feel like an achievement. But we’re going to try and make it work anyhow! Nothing like a little relentless optimism, right?

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Would You Rather Tag

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Between being out of school for a long while, and the global pandemic, it’s been a while since I’ve played a party game.

And what party game is more fun than a good round of Would You Rather? Thankfully, Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads tagged me to give it a whirl (a whole month ago, which I didn’t notice due to broken pingbacks! 😩), and I’m ready to give it a go!

Of course, I’ll freely admit I can be indecisive when it comes to all things bookish. Why do I have the sneaking feeling this is going to be hard? 😳

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Tower Talks || Little Dragons Café

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Sometimes, you love a game too much before you actually play it.

This was the case for Little Dragons Café, a game I purchased for the Switch a while back. I’d bought it on sale since I wasn’t sure I wanted to pay $60 for it, and had my hopes pinned on the adorable dragon that follows your protagonist around!

Folks, I made a mistake, and here’s all the reasons why.

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Mini Reviews || Leverage Tie-In Novels

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Normally, I’m wary of TV to novel projects.

I mean, who isn’t? When someone picks up an existing IP, you desperately want them to understand it better than even the creator, unless you’re willing to end up with something out of character and flat. Thankfully, the Leverage tie-in novels mostly fit the bill, hitting the right notes in believable characterization and almost unbelievable schemes. At 300 pages and $8 a pop, they’re each an evening of entertainment, and I’m glad I purchased the set!

But don’t take my word for it without the specifics, okay? Instead, check out today’s mini reviews!

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