Destiny gave up a carefree life in France with a man who wanted to marry her to rush back home to the States after her brother and sister-in-law died in a plane crash. Destiny took over the care of her three young nephews and left her art and love, William, behind. Fast forward 20 years and Destiny has decided to reclaim her life.
Destiny wants be the head of Carlton Industries European division, her family business. Her nephew Richard, head of the company gives her the position although her only qualification is that her last name is Carlton. She rushes to London to begin her independence and immediately puts herself into William’s orbit. William happens to be the head of a rival company and the two are forced together by business and by choice. The nephews do not approve of this liaison and send their wives to London to find out what is going on. There is lots of family drama and a little business intrigue too.
Destiny was a wonderful main character. As a 50 something heroine she brought a lot of charm and it was refreshing. I thought the book was fun, even if a bit unbelievable. It was an enjoyable read.
My Monday quiz seems to have many of you stumped. I thought I would include this link to a website for fun Shakespeare games with great graphics.
Who knows, maybe it will help you answer a few of the quotes on the quiz. Games include: Hamlet’s Duel, What’s in a name? (find a match for Juliet), Name that Play, and SAT-Shakespeare Aptitude Test.
Here’s how to play…Identify the quote by telling me what book it’s from. Leave a comment with the # of the quote and the title of the book and I’ll cross it off the list. No Googling, that’s cheating and no fun! If you know them all, please don’t guess every one.
Hint: The quotes came from these plays. Some are used twice. A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It, Hamlet, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Richard III, Romeo & Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night
1. “Parting is such sweet sorrow” ROMEO & JULIET
Beware the ides of March” Jason, Julius Caesar
3. “Off with his head!” RICHARD III
4. “The course of true love never did run smooth” A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
The lady doth protest too much” Janet, Hamlet
6. “All that glitters is not gold” THE MERCHANT OF VENICE
Double, double toil & trouble” Jason, Macbeth
8. “To sleep, perchance to dream- ay, there’s the rub” HAMLET
A plague on both your houses” Jason, Romeo &Juliet
10. “All the world’s a stage” AS YOU LIKE IT
11. “Cowards die many times before their deaths” JULIUS CAESAR
12. “Something wicked this way comes” MACBETH
Lord, what fools these mortals be” Lisa, A Midsummer Night’s Dream
14. If music be the food of love, play on” TWELFTH NIGHT
“The winter of our discontent” Duane, Richard III
My husband loved this book and thought I would enjoy it too. The title made me wary (I don’t read books by economists!), but the few things he told me about the book while reading it intrigued me. This is a book about a guy who likes numbers and who like to be able to explain everything, especially those sometimes silly questions that pop into our head as quickly as they pop out. Levitt actually tries to answer them.
I think the best way to address the wide range of topics in this book is to list the titles of the six chapters. 1.What Do Schoolteachers and Sumo Wrestlers Have in Common? 2. How is the Ku Klux Klan Like a Group of Real Estate Agents? 3. Why Do Drug Dealers Still Live With Their Moms? 4. Where Have All the Criminals Gone? 5. What Makes a Perfect Parent? 6. Perfect Parenting, Part II: Would a Roshanda by Any Other Name Smell As Sweet?
I was not as interested in some of the topics as others, but overall I was interested enough to keep listening. I think the way he explained how incentives (economic, social and moral) ruled the world was a new way to look at things for a non-economist like myself. I was also shocked to learn that TWO US Presidents were Ku Klux Klan members, Harding and Truman. And his argument that the legalization of abortion was responsible for the reduction of crime on the 1990’s was one I hadn’t heard before.
I would recommend this book. I listened to the audio read by the author, but I think you’d be better off with the book. The reading of some charts and lists were not always easy to keep straight when driving 🙂
CHECK BACK NEXT MONDAY FOR THE NEXT ONE. CONGRATS TO GOLDA!
Here’s how to play…Identify the quote by telling me what book it’s from. Leave a comment with the # of the quote and the title of the book and I’ll cross it off the list.
Here’s a hint, these five quotes came from the first 21 books on my Favorite 100 list.
#1 “It was times like these when I thought my father, who hated guns and had never been to any wars, was the bravest man who ever lived.” Golda-To Kill a Mockingbird
#2 “Yeah, Quirrell was a great teacher. There was just that minor drawback of him having Lord Voldemort sticking out of the back of his head!” Golda- Harry Potter
#3 “And was Mr. Rochester now ugly in my eyes? No reader: gratitude and many associates, all pleasurable and genial, made his face the object I best liked to see; his presence in a room was more cheering than the brightest fire.” Golda- Jane Eyre
#4 “One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them, one ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.” Fellowship of the Ring – Jason
#5 “Rabbits need dignity and above all else the will to accept their fate.” Golda- Watership Down
This is the best historical romance I have read in years. There is the beautiful woman born into privilege and there is the hardened escaped convict watching his back. The two are thrown together at random, but stay in each others orbit through circumstance and lust. Lucy is a proud woman who is used to getting what she wants and Shoz is a proud man used to getting what he wants. What they both want is each other.
Shoz goes to work for Lucy’s grandfather until he is shot in the back. He is then thrown in jail for a crime he didn’t commit and he takes Lucy as a hostage to escape. They travel from Texas to Death Valley, where Lucy meets his son and is forced to work for a woman who despises her. Eventually Lucy and Shoz marry, but they are forced apart by her family after they are discovered. There is more adventure in a Cuba on the brink of rebellion and in New York, where Lucy’s reputation is ruined.
While I’ve always known I like my romantic heroes manly and flawed, the first chapter in the book goes further than even I was comfortable with in introducing us to the hero, Shoz. I wasn’t sure that he could be redeemed. This is also not a book for the politically correct. When reading I was jarred by the use of the word rape and had to keep reminding myself it meant to ravish or plunder.
If you are a fan of historical romances then this book if for you. It is also a part of the Bragg saga if you are familiar with Brenda Joyce. I’m looking forward to reading more from the series.