Book Review: A Flower for A Queen by Caroline Vermalle and Ryan von Ruben


Details              ISBN:I9783838758053                                                                                                                           7.49 USD                                                                                                                                                                                                   Ebook                                                                                                                                                                                                        Bastei Entertainment, JKSCommunications

Synopsis:  England, 1770. Young gardener Francis Masson is asked by the King to search for a                                 rare orange blossom in South Africa. As his ship departs, Mason has no idea that he’s about                             to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. During his hunt for the mysterious flower, he                                     doesn’t anticipate the untamed nature of the African continent, nor the subtle scheming of                               competing plant hunters. As he makes the acquaintance of eccentric botanist Carl Thunberg                           and his elegant accompaniment, Masson’s fate once again takes an unexpected turn … 
               A lively adventure novel set against the vibrant backdrop of the South African countryside






Thank you to Samantha Lien from JKS Communications as well as netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book. I thank NetGalley as well because I couldn’t get on with the version that I received from Samantha due to its PDF formatso I downloaded a copy from NetGalley.

This books cover is absolutely beautiful and I can honestly say that it is the perfect introduction to an absolutely amazing book which is why I have given it 5 stars.

The book started with a bang which kept you wanting more, a man and his son racing home before a snow storm hits and their carriage hits someone. The father is quite happy to leave the person out in the cold and injured but the son insists on going to find him and take him home with them for him to re cooperate. Which is exactly what they do.

Although you don’t know it at the time this man is in fact the person or at least one of the people that the story’s about.

I found it interesting to read about the culture, beliefs and politics of the time, as well as what life was like in Africa.

The twist in the story around the Grandma of the family being the Woman from the story that the Old Man, Masson was telling them was really grate. This was grate because when he was saying about how he had spent the rest of his life travelling to try to find her because she was his true love you felt really sorry for him. But then when it came to pass that the Grandmother was her I felt he could finally be happy at last.

This story was a beautiful one of love, friendship, loyalty, family and adventure. I loved this book so much that there is no doubt that I will recommend it to other people as well as buy it as a gift for others.






Book Tour: Good Chinese Wife by Susan Blumberg-Kason



Displaying 9781402293344-PR.jpg   Details:      Formats- Kindle Edition      ASIN: B00J8QDJIM                                                                                                                                           File Size: 14036 KB      Print Length: 352 ÷                                                                                                                       Paperback     ISBN-10: 1402293348/ISBN-13: 978-1402293344                                                                     352 pages                                                                                                                                                            Language – English                                                                                                                                                                                    Publisher – Sourcebooks (21 July 2014)

  Book Synopsis:   When Susan, a shy Midwesterner in love with Chinese culture, started grad school in                  Hong Kong, she quickly fell for Li, the man of her dreams. As they exchanged vows, Susan was sure                her life was perfect…until things took a sinister turn. In her  eye-opening memoir, Susan   recounts                her struggle to be the perfect Chinese wife to her increasingly controlling and abusive husband. At f                first, she dismisses her own values to save the marriage. But when Li threatens to take their son, Jake,          back to China f or good, Susan must find the courage to stand up for herself, her son, and her future.

DISCLAIMER:  I received this book from NetGalley for review a while ago but then was asked by Sam Lien from JKSCommunications to take part in a book tour for it as well.


This was a beautifully written book which told the story of a young girls life from being a post graduate student studying in Hong Kong to being a mother who leaves her marriage because her Chinese husband isn’t being supportive, which is why I would give it 5 stars & recommend it to other people.

It was a fascinating book because it enabled you to learn about Chinese culture and beliefs and how they can sometimes not mesh very well with western beliefs and customs. Although even taking that into account Cai did do so really nasty things even to their baby son, including threatening to send him back to China for his mother to raise him.

I also loved how Susan finally made the decision to Leave Cai finally when she got some legal advice about what would happen if Jacob was taken back to China against her wishes and found out that she likely wouldn’t be able to get him back. It was fantastic to see the light to ignite in her and made her make the decision to not to just leave Cai but to leave him that weekend, along with her son and with her mothers help to do it.

It was also very interesting to see how Cai reacted to the letter and the fact that Susan had left him because rather than getting really angry and detached as he usually would have done he actually was really upset, & heartbroken. But then following her leaving and their Divorce he rarely saw their son, no more than twice a year. However that was still more regular than how often he saw his daughter from his first Marriage.

I loved the fact that a chance meeting between two young people at University led to a marriage and the birth of a much wanted child, then to a separation and divorce.

Book Tour: Good Chinese Wife Author’s Guest Post

Culture vs. Personality in a Cross-Cultural Relationship

When I married my former husband, Cai, I assumed we would have cultural differences. We came from such different backgrounds. He was from a small town in central China; I grew up in a suburb just north of Chicago. We didn’t ignore these differences at first, but discussed them and looked forward to a life together that differences at first, but discussed them and looked forward to a life together that would never grow dull.

That didn’t happen, as I write in Good Chinese Wife: A Love Affair With China GoneWrong. It wasn’t just China that threw me for a loop, it was Cai and his ever-erratic Wrong. It wasn’t just China that threw me for a loop, it was Cai and his ever-erratic behaviour. The difference between marrying Cai and someone from Chicago or anywhere else in the US was that whenever we hit a problem, it was all too easy to pass it off as a cultural difference. We were still learning about each other’s cultures, even though I thought I was an Old China Hand before I met Cai. Little did I know, however, that years of Mandarin, Chinese politics, and Chinese history classes were of little help when it came to living in a Chinese family.

I remember the first time Cai laughed at me when someone went awry. We were walking down our mountainous campus in Hong Kong when I tripped and fell. It wasn’t a serious fall, but I skinned my knee and twisted my ankle. Instead of helping me up, Cai stood there. And he laughed. I was flabbergasted by this behaviour and sulked for a few minutes before he accusingly asked me what was wrong. What was wrong? I just fell, I replied. And you laughed. Cai turned toward me and explained that he only laughed because he was worried about me and wanted to lighten the mood. He said it was the Chinese way. And it was. I learned then that that’s quite a common reaction to when someone gets hurt.

Looking back, that was an easy culture clash to deal with. If only they had all been so straightforward!

When Cai started staying out late with his professors on a research trip to the scenic city of Suzhou, I also racked that up to culture differences. The Confucian teacher-student one, to be exact. He left me alone in our hotel room so he could stay out until the early hours of the morning playing cards and chatting. I couldn’t go along because Cai claimed the professors would be in their underwear and it would obviously make them uncomfortable if I tagged along. I was sure this was just another cultural difference I had to understand. And certainly there would be

As our differences became more obvious, I found it very difficult to differentiate between culture and personality. Was the silent treatment Cai gave me on a two-and-a-half hour train ride a cultural difference or a personality problem? I’m thinking it was the latter, but at the time, I was trying to figure out this cultural difference. Was I really the spoiled American Cai called me at the Shanghai Railway Station, or was he the knuckle headed husband who didn’t want his wife to get her way for once? These questions wreaked havoc on my marriage to Cai when we lived in Hong Kong and traveled often to mainland China. I thought things would calm down when we moved to San Francisco, but they only grew worse.

If there is one lesson I learned from that marriage, it would be that I never should have dismissed all of our conflicts as cultural differences I just needed to better understand. When something doesn’t sit right, no matter if it’s with someone from another culture or one’s own, it’s always best to speak up right away. Cross-cultural relationships can work just as well as intra-cultural ones, but there needs to be a mutual level of respect between the two people for that to happen.

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Kindle Book (read along book) – The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer) by Michelle Hidkin

Kindle Book – Reboot (Reboot) by Amy Tintara

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Paperback, review – Anna (The Starseed) by Meghan Riley

Paperback – Saga Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples

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Kindle Book – Dreams of the Dead (Waking) by Thomas Randall

Kindle Review book – Rock it by Jennifer Chance

Kindle, Netgalley Book – Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Kindle book – Sleight of Hand (Stolen Hearts) by Kate Kelly

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Book Review: Bargain with Angels by Sussy

BOOK INFORMATION   Book Details:  Published: May 06, 2014                                                                                                                                                                                                       Words: 3,040                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Language: English                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ISBN: 9781310985997

Book Synopsis: There are people who dream, and then there is people who dream and act on it. Paul is such a guy. Driven by his         burning desire to see people living above ground again, he is relentless in his quest to find the old satellites he’d read about in         his grandfather’s old diary. Despite the lack of support by the underground community, he spends as much time he can above           ground, as much as the UV and his suit will allow. However he gets a bit more than he bargained for when he comes face to             face with the impossible and gets an offer he can’t possible refuse. Or can he?



I absolutely loved this book because due to the clever and descriptive writing of the author it was an absolute page turner, which is why I gave 5 stars. It was also a grate book because of it’s new take life in a post appocalyptic world. The main character in the book is a character that it is easy to connect with and the interaction he had with the angel after his fall on the surface really made you see what an amazingly devoted family man he is. This was evident by the fact that when the angel asked him give him his children in exchange for him (the angel) putting the planet back to what it was but he refuses and offers him self up instead. The angel wants some human DNA/genetic material to help to prevent him and his kind dying out which is why he makes contact with Paul. When the angel made him self known to Paul through the authors writing you are able to feel his sense of impending doom as there’s a change in the writing style which conveys a short period of darkness.

I would and will recommend this book to other people.