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The Woman on the Orient Express by Lindsay Jayne Ashford

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Summary: Hoping to make a clean break from a fractured marriage, Agatha Christie boards the Orient Express in disguise. But unlike her famous detective Hercule Poirot, she can’t neatly unravel the mysteries she encounters on this fateful journey.

Agatha isn’t the only passenger on board with secrets. Her cabinmate Katharine Keeling’s first marriage ended in tragedy, propelling her toward a second relationship mired in deceit. Nancy Nelson—newly married but carrying another man’s child—is desperate to conceal the pregnancy and teeters on the brink of utter despair. Each woman hides her past from the others, ferociously guarding her secrets. But as the train bound for the Middle East speeds down the track, the parallel courses of their lives shift to intersect—with lasting repercussions.

Filled with evocative imagery, suspense, and emotional complexity, The Woman on the Orient Express explores the bonds of sisterhood forged by shared pain and the power of secrets.

My Review: 

I confess I have never read Agatha Christie (gasp I know, the horror) I am a book junkie and have not read a single book by one of the greatest.

When I discovered this book I was instantly interested as this book takes you to Iraq and Syria and I am always looking for books set in unusual settings. This story involves the newly divorced Agatha Christie in the throws of a very public humiliation with her first husband, having a break down and deciding she needed a change. Which apparently all of this happened.

What makes this story fascinating is the story surrounded very real events while adding elements of fiction that made this one amazing page turner. I also think I am going to start reading Agatha Christie, I mean don’t get me wrong I know her stories as they are often retold in the media, but I think it is time I actually read them.

The stories and back drop where mesmerizing and I could not help wanting to go on this adventure. IT has elements of romance, mystery and thrills that has me turning page after page and wanting more. I loved this book. IT was very well written and if you are an Agatha Christie fan I suspect you will love it even more than I do. This is certainly a must read and a gem on Kindle Unlimited.

Passenger (Passenger #1) by Alexandra Bracken

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Summary: passage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are play­ing, treacherous forces threaten to sep­arate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever

 

My review: I absolutely loved how the author took three very strong characters from very different time periods and made them come together.  The author did a fantastic job making you feel for each character.

I loved Etta and Nicholas I loved even more how the author used a half black character.  I think this is something that is missing in the YA genre and I absolutely loved reading the story and the chemistry that has developed between the two.

Also do I really have to wait a whole freaking year for book 2?  This really sucks.

When it comes to the time travel aspect, I have mentioned numerous times how much it bothers me that authors can’t seem to dumb time travel down to where us mere mortals can understand.  While there were times the author got technical, it wasn’t so technical that I stopped reading.  I enjoyed this concept of time travel and I really can’t wait for for book 2.