Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Booking It - May

This is the first time I’ve participated in the Booking It party over at Life As Mom. Since I received a Kindle as a Mother’s Day gift and already downloaded and read two books, I figured this is as good of time as any to join in and give my perspective on what I’ve read.

I’ve stepped outside of my typical comfort zone (Michael Patterson, Lisa Kleypas, etc) because quite frankly I’m APPALLED at how expensive a lot of the books on the Kindle are. I completely understand paying higher prices for new releases; however a lot of the older books are more expensive than the printed paperbacks that I buy. To combat that expense, I went on the Amazon website and typed in “free books”. There were quite a few books listed for free. A number of them were the first book in a series so I will probably at some point break down and buy some of them but for now I’ve loaded up on the freebies.

One of the new authors that I chose to read is Marta Perry and the book “Hide in Plain Sight”. This book by no means is going to the ‘next greatest novel’ but it was definitely a good quick read.

                                      Hide in Plain Sight

“Hide in Plain Sight” is the first book in a trilogy about three sisters. The book takes place in Amish country and there are Amish characters interspersed throughout the book but the main characters are ‘English’. The lead character is a woman who is quickly climbing the ladder where she works and the conflict she faces between helping her grandmother and sister during their time of need and her own desires for security and a career. There is the requisite villain who is creating the chaos that our heroine needs to be saved from by the handsome ‘mysterious’ stranger. Here is what I liked about the book.

  • Quick and easy read. I deal every day with financial matters and ‘business’ reading, when I actually pick up a book to read I really want it to be light and fluffy.
  • No ‘adult themes’ in the book. Even though this is a love story there were no passages in this book that needed to be skipped. My daughter is a voracious reader and I would be very comfortable with her reading this book
  • Likable characters, even though I do think there could have been a little bit more substance to the characters. They were likable but I felt like you just got to know them on the surface.
  • Ending was not a dead giveaway. I was about a third of the way through the book before I had an idea of who the villain was.

 If you are looking for a free (as of this writing so please double check before purchasing on your Kindle), easy read this is definitely a book I would recommend you check out. I will be keeping my eyes open for more Marta Perry books (and the sequels to this one) in the future.


 Note: I’ll be posting this over at Life as Mom “2011 Booking It”. If you are visiting from there, welcome to my blog, I hope you enjoy your visit. If you haven’t visited “Life as Mom” yet I would encourage you to head over there and see what she has to offer.



  1. Hey there - visiting from Life as MOM! :-) I'm such a sucker for real books where I can feel the pages, but I do have the Kindle program for my computer and have taken advantage of several of the free books that they offer - especially some of the classics. Good stuff. Welcome to the Booking It group!

  2. I agree about feeling the pages. I've put off getting the Kindle so long because of that. The fact that I can load up on books without physically having to lug all of them around is what has converted me. Glad you stopped by!

  3. I right there with you feeling the pages,too. But I love how the Kindle never loses my page as I seem to drag my book everywhere with me. I agree it does take a little bit of hunting to find the good free books.

  4. I also like the fact that the Kindle doesn't lose the pages. I have a couple of quick trips planned and I'm excited about having plenty of books to read on them. I will still keep my paperbacks though for the bathtub :)

  5. I just got a Kindle a few months ago, and I love reading on it. I actually think I like it better than a real book, although I didn't think I would. I agree that it's ridiculous how expensive some of the books are. I mean, it's just information that is downloaded to my Kindle; there's no substance there that costs money to reproduce. Oh, well. I guess it's supply and demand.

    I will check that book out. I'm looking for light, easy reads these days as I deal with morning (all day) sickness.