“Stalking Jack The Ripper” by Kerri Maniscalco — Book Review

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About The Book:

  Audrey Rose Wadsworth is a young lady who has a different sort of hobby than most ladies in nineteenth century England have. The hobby? Well, she likes to assist her uncle in performing autopsies. It is because of this unique past time that she gets involved with the victims of Jack the Ripper, and therefore decides that she wants to find him. Only, doing so will test her heart in ways she may never have imagined…

My Review:

  The cover of this book is gorgeous (Doesn’t it just call out for those who pass by it to pick it up?). I myself have seen this book, but ignored it for some time despite the lovely cover. Then I listened to a sample of the audio book version, and, my interest piqued even more, I decided to give the full thing a listen.

The story is dark. There are a lot of sad happenstances, and gory details add to the grayish mood. Nonetheless, it was fascinating. It is one of the few stories I have recently read where I really was not sure what was going to happen. When I thought the story was having a lagging moment, something would happen to keep my interest. I love it when a story can keep me guessing for fair amounts of time. Otherwise, I can grow a little bored.

Another thing I like is that the author really painted her story world well without overwhelming me with too long descriptions. It’s almost as if I truly visited White Chapel, The Wadsworths’ Residence, laboratories, and even a mental asylum. 😛

As for characters, I liked the heroine, and found  some of her sense of humor entertaining. Some of the other characters were interesting, like Thomas and Audrey’s uncle. I liked her relationship with her brother, and I found the fact that her father was an extreme germ-a-phobe amusing (Probably should not have…). As for Jack the Ripper— well, I won’t tell you who he was in the story, but…just, why? WHY?

Since I listened to this book instead of reading it, I thought I would mention that I found the narrator’s voice to be perfectly chilly. She does a pleasant job of bringing the characters to life, and her tone really sets a mysterious atmosphere.

Negatives…. Hm, there were some curse words, and there were some negative references to God that I found off-putting.

Except for the negative stuff, I did really like this book, and am looking forward to its sequel’s release. I give “Stalking Jack The Ripper” by Kerri Maniscalco a rating of four.

Book Review Ratings:

5. Great Book!

4. I  liked it!

3. Okay.

2. Did not like it.

1. Did not finish.

 

 

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“It Happened at the Fair” by Deeanne Gist- Mini Book Review

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 About:

The story follows a young man named Cullen. Cullen is a farmer who just so happened to invent an automatic fire extinguishing system (Pretty big deal in the late nineteenth century.). After his father practically forces Cullen to show his invention at the Chicago World’s Fair, Cullen finds himself in the very noisy machinery building at the fair (not to mention very far away from his fiance…). Due to the loud noise of the building—and the fact that he’s losing his hearing— Cullen soon seeks out the help of a teacher who he hopes will help him to learn to lip read so he can understand what his prospective customers are saying. A romance soon begins between him and the teacher, but what about the girl waiting for him at home?

My Review:

I honestly don’t have a lot to say about this book, though not because it was bad or anything. I actually quite enjoyed it, and managed to read it in two days (not something I often do). It was a fun read that was filled with such detail that I now feel like I went to the the Chicago World’s Fair even though I didn’t because (obviously) I was not living in the late nineteenth century. The romance was sweet, and the main characters were lovable. It wasn’t my favorite book by Deeanne Gist, but I found it an overall likable read that I recommend to those who enjoy a romantic story that transports them back in time. (Seriously, the detail’s that good, ya’ll.)

I give “It Happened at the Fair” by Deeanne Gist a rating of four.

Book Review Ratings:

5.Great Book!

4.I  liked it!

3. Okay.

2. Did not like it.

1. Did not finish.