Monday, July 9, 2012

Bargain ebooks

A few months ago Reading for Sanity posted a review by the lovely Melissa Paul detailing some very bad bargain ebook purchases (read here). I have certainly had similar experiences but today would like to highlight a few gems I have uncovered in the bargain bin.

The Mill River Recluse - Darcie Chan

This is the story of a woman who spends more than sixty years within the confines of her home. During this time she performs small miracles for the towns people - folk who have never made an effort to get to know her but whom she regards as family. This is an original and touching story with a classic feel to it. There is a hint of mystery that will keep you turning the pages. I'd give it 4 stars.
Paid $0.99






Elizabeth Street - Laurie Fabiano

This tale follows the lives of an Italian immigrant family. A blend of the present and the past are seamlessly combined to divulge the story of the family's struggle to live a life free of fear and harassment in America. The story begins with Giovanna's brave trip to the US alone and continues as her family finds itself wrapped up in a feud with the Black Hand, precursor to the Mafia. I'd give this one 4 stars as well.
Paid $3.99


Alchemy - Mike Wood

This coming-of-age tale is full of humor, mystery, and the romance of first love. Al, age 15, discovers a notebook written by his missing dad and sets out to uncover the secret of his disappearance. During his search he meets up with Cammie, a girl traveling with her marine biologist father. As Al and Cammie work to unravel the mystery within the notebook, they fall for each other. Mike Wood wonderfully depicts these feelings of first love while not losing focus on the main storyline. This one also gets 4 stars.
Paid $2.99

Winter Sea - Susanna Kearsley

While researching a new book Carrie McCelland finds herself renting a small cottage in Cruden Bay. During her stay she uncovers the story of her ancestor, Sophia, a woman who secretly wed the love of her life the day before her was forced to go into battle. This story draws the reader in and traps them within the tale until the last sentence is read. I gave it 4.5 stars. You can read my full review here.
Paid $2.99


The Year She Fell - Alicia Rasley

Secrets surround the four Wakefield sisters, who grew up in a privileged lifestyle encompassed within a community of poverty. When one sister seeks to confront the ghosts of the family's past drama ensues. The characters in this tale are fully developed and keep the reader invested. The entertaining storyline makes up for the somewhat amateurish writing style. I'd give this one 3.5 stars.
Paid $0



Seeing Sky Blue-Pink - Candance Ransom

Maddie's mother remarries, moving the family from the city to the country. Maddie struggles to come to terms with all the changes taking place in her life. I read this one with my son and we were both touched by Maddie's story. My son still refers to the sunset as sky blue-pink. This short, sweet story gets 4 stars.
Paid $1.38

2 comments:

The Book Snoop said...

I've read another freebie by Alicia Rasley and loved it - The Wilder Heart. Watch for that one to go free or just buy it. I think it's $0.99. So well written.

Jenna

Lindsey Rietzsch said...

Here's a FREE ebook to add to the list. It was just released this week and can be downloaded for FREE between now and Saturday. It's an inspirational book about success, failure and God.

Here's the link http://www.amazon.com/Successful-Failures-Recognizing-Opposition-ebook/dp/B008I74N64/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1341954839&sr=8-2&keywords=lindsey+rietzsch

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