From the prologue:
I am surrounded by forgotten women. [opening of The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba]
"I think you'll find, Mr. Pulitzer, that as a woman, I'm able to infiltrate parts of society your other reporters can't access. Why, look what Nellie Bly has done in her reporting . . . " [first line of first chapter in The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba]
I lurch up in the bed, the darkness of the room disorienting me. For a moment, I can't remember where I am, if I am in our little house on the Isle of Pines, or in Recogidas, but the bed and sheets feel too fine to be either place. In sleep, in my dreams, I am back in Recogidas, the familiar sounds and smells of the prison assaulting me. [excerpt from 56% from The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba]
I currently am reading Chanel Cleeton's upcoming release (05/04) The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba. Although it is listed as the 4th book in the series, my understanding is that each book can be read as a stand alone as they each feature different characters which is good because this is my first book by the author. It got off to a great start; the opening caught my attention right away. The prologue was an instant hook for me given my interest in reading historical novels about women, especially those less talked about. Of course, any mention of Nellie Bly is likely to pique my interest immediately and so the first chapter opening was a hit for me as well. Combined together, I have high hopes this novel.
At the end of the nineteenth century, three revolutionary women fight for freedom in New York Times bestselling author Chanel Cleeton’s captivating new novel inspired by real-life events and the true story of a legendary Cuban woman–Evangelina Cisneros–who changed the course of history.
A feud rages in Gilded Age New York City between newspaper tycoons William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer. When Grace Harrington lands a job at Hearst’s newspaper in 1896, she’s caught in a cutthroat world where one scoop can make or break your career, but it’s a story emerging from Cuba that changes her life.
Unjustly imprisoned in a notorious Havana women’s jail, eighteen-year-old Evangelina Cisneros dreams of a Cuba free from Spanish oppression. When Hearst learns of her plight and splashes her image on the front page of his paper, proclaiming her, “The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba,” she becomes a rallying cry for American intervention in the battle for Cuban independence.
With the help of Marina Perez, a courier secretly working for the Cuban revolutionaries in Havana, Grace and Hearst’s staff attempt to free Evangelina. But when Cuban civilians are forced into reconcentration camps and the explosion of the USS Maine propels the United States and Spain toward war, the three women must risk everything in their fight for freedom. [Goodreads Summary]
On the morning of February 14, exactly seven hours, fifty-two minutes, and thirteen seconds before the earth's two largest tectonic plates released decades' worth of strain under a busy suburb just outside San Francisco; exactly eight hours, eight minutes, and fifty-three seconds before the energy dislodged from the seismic shifting triggered an even more catastrophic displacement farther north along the San Andreas Fault; exactly eight hours, nine minutes, and twelve seconds before all gas, power, water, cell, and satellite communications were severed from San Francisco and its environs; exactly eight hours and twenty-two minutes before thousands of tiny sparks and larger ignitions got out from under the valiant efforts of a drought-plagued understaffed fire department and prematurely exhausted volunteers; and exactly ten hours and eleven minutes before the real danger to the old precariously built packed-like-sardines city--fire--proved its indomitable hunger, Max Fleurent was on the phone with his mother. ~ Opening of All Stories Are Love Stories
Have you read All Stories are Love Stories? What were you reading five years ago?
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Do you think you will ever get tired of blogging? (submitted by Julie @ JadeSky)
I began blogging in the summer of 2006 and my blog has gone through several transitions during that time, as have I. My love for reading and books though has never faltered. I take breaks now and then. Sometimes I need to step away from blogging for awhile to regroup, catch up or am just feeling overwhelmed, although more often it's because life gets in the way. I enjoy blogging and having a place to share my thoughts about books and my love for reading. I like being among other readers who understand my bookish quirks and obsessions. Not to mention all the books I might not have read or come across had it not been for other book bloggers!
The book blogging community has changed considerably since I first started blogging. It's grown exponentially and a lot of the people I was blogging alongside early on have moved on. I keep on though. I enjoy getting to know people from around the world and from all walks of life. There was a time when I did consider giving blogging up, when it felt more like an obligation and not as fun as it once was. After a break and making changes in how I blog and in the way I approach blogging, I found my joy for book blogging again. Plus, I really miss the community when I'm away. I enjoy connecting with other readers and I find blogging to be a great stress reducer, not to mention a creative outlet. Someday I may decide it is time to move on. But for now you are stuck with me!
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Be sure and tell me what you are reading and are up to!
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