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December 10, 2011

Perfect: Haiku for the Single Girl


Haiku for the Single Girl by Beth Griffenhagen
Netgalley.com
Published October 2011 by Penguin
ISBN13: 9780143120018
Read November 2011



I picked this up to read during my lunch break one day. I wasn't sure what to expect. As a single girl approaching 35, I'm a bit cynical about how people view singleness. However, Beth Griffenhagen was spot on. She definitely gets the age where when becomes if. 


This little book was a fun read that covered all the emotions a single girl feels at some point in their singleness. You know, the "it's great to be single, I can travel without thinking of someone else's schedule" and the "it sucks to be single, the hostess just asked if I'm waiting for the rest of my party" feelings. While I couldn't relate to the many sex related Haikus, I really enjoyed the book.


If you looked at my Holiday Buying Guide, you'll notice Haiku for the Single Girl was a bonus buy. It would make a great gift exchange gift.


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December 7, 2011

Queen Hereafter promo

If you follow me on twitter you know that I have some great authors lined up to appear on Girl Who Reads. The first author will by Susan Fraser King. Her novel, Queen Hereafter, is available in paperback today. I wanted to give you a little info on the book before Susan's guest post.



Summary from Goodreads.com
 
Refugee. Queen. Saint. In eleventh-century Scotland, a young woman strives to fulfill her destiny despite the risks . . .

Shipwrecked on the Scottish coast, a young Saxon princess and her family—including the outlawed Edgar of England—ask sanctuary of the warrior-king Malcolm Canmore, who shrewdly sees the political advantage. He promises to aid Edgar and the Saxon cause in return for the hand of Edgar’s sister, Margaret, in marriage.

A foreign queen in a strange land, Margaret adapts to life among the barbarian Scots, bears princes, and shapes the fierce warrior Malcolm into a sophisticated ruler. Yet even as the king and queen build a passionate and tempestuous partnership, the Scots distrust her. When her husband brings Eva, a Celtic bard, to court as a hostage for the good behavior of the formidable Lady Macbeth, Margaret expects trouble. Instead, an unlikely friendship grows between the queen and her bard, though one has a wild Celtic nature and the other follows the demanding path of obligation.
Torn between old and new loyalties, Eva is bound by a vow to betray the king and his Saxon queen. Soon imprisoned and charged with witchcraft and treason, Eva learns that Queen Margaret—counseled by the furious king and his powerful priests—will decide her fate and that of her kinswoman Lady Macbeth. But can the proud queen forgive such deep treachery?

Impeccably researched, a dramatic page-turner, Queen Hereafter is an unforgettable story of shifting alliances and the tension between fear and trust as a young woman finds her way in a dangerous world.


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