Far Side of the Moon by Liisa Jorgensen

Disclaimer: I received this finished copy from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Far Side of the Moon

Author: Liisa Jorgensen

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 3/5

Recommended For…: history, biography

Publication Date: December 7, 2021

Genre: Historical Biography

Age Relevance: 16+ (romance, abuse, PTSD, depression, alcoholism, anxiety)

Explanation of Above: The book shows some of the romance between the main characters, but mostly is a deep dive into how Susan handled Frank’s departure to the moon. There are flashbacks and mentions of abuse, PTSD, anxiety, depression, and alcoholism.

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

Pages: 336

Synopsis: The decades-long love story of a NASA commander and the leader of the Astronaut Wives Club

Far Side of the Moon  is the untold, fully authorized story of the lives of Frank and Susan Borman. One was a famous astronaut—an instrumental part of the Apollo space program—but the other was just as much a warrior. This real-life love story is far from a fairy tale.

Life as a military wife was beyond demanding, but Susan always rose to the occasion. When Frank joined NASA and was selected to command the first mission to orbit the moon, that meant putting on a brave face for the world as her husband risked his life for the space race. The pressure and anxiety were overwhelming, and eventually Susan’s well-hidden depression and alcoholism finally came to light. Frank had to come to terms with how his “mission above all else” mentality contributed to his wife’s suffering. As Susan healed, she was able to begin helping others who suffered in silence from mental illness and addiction.

Discover how Frank and Susan’s love and commitment to each other is still overcoming life’s challenges, even beyond their years as an Apollo commander and the founder of the Astronaut Wives Club.

Review: For the most part this was a good book. I liked the premise of it and I found it a very interesting look at what Susan and Frank went through. I liked how the book was a deep dive into Susan’s past and I found her story far more interesting than others. The book is a well written historical book and it would be a great read for anyone who’s interested in this time period/event. The book had well developed characters and world building as well.

However, I found the pacing a bit too slow for my liking and I while I enjoyed the book I found that sometimes the pacing made it hard for me to continue reading.

Verdict: It was good.

Games in a Ballroom by Jentry Flint

Disclaimer: I received this arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Games in a Ballroom

Author: Jentry Flint

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 3/5

Smut Rating: 0/5

Recommended For…: romance, historical fiction, Regency era romance

Publication Date: May 3, 2022

Genre: Historical Fiction Romance

Age Relevance: 16+ (grief, abuse, death, romance)

Explanation of Above: The book contains scenes and flashbacks of abuse. There is death and grief mentioned in the book. There’s also romance with no smut and it’s a slow burn.

Publisher: Shadow Mountain

Pages: 272

Synopsis: She was forbidden to love him.
He only wanted her heart.
Can a childhood game bring them together?

London, 1815

Olivia Wilde has resigned herself to never finding a love match. Her father has insisted she marry a man with a title, but the men her father deems acceptable are either boring or are only interested in increasing their own diminishing coffers. With her future looking dismal, Olivia vows to enjoy the last few months of freedom with her childhood friends, including Emerson Latham. His devilish smile and flirtatious teasing stirs up feelings she knows she cannot entertain.

Emerson is struggling to rise to his responsibilities after his father’s death. Though he is still learning his place, one thing he knows for certain is that he wants Olivia Wilde to be his wife. Emerson had long ago fallen in love with her quick wit, beauty, and passionate heart. Yet, without a title, he will never be permitted to court Olivia openly. But he has a plan that may give him a chance to court her in secret.

As the Season kicks off, Emerson proposes a playful game of tag. Olivia’s friends are delighted by the idea, though Olivia is wary. After all, the game must be played in secret as they tag each other at dinners and balls. As the romance builds between Olivia and Emerson, so does the risk of being discovered. Not only are their reputations at stake, so is their safety if they are caught by Olivia’s strict father.

Can their love find a happily ever after before the game ends?

Review: For the most part I thought the book was interesting. The book had a promising premise and it is a great book for Regency-era romance and slow burns if you’re into that. The characters are developed well and the world building was pretty well done.

However, the book didn’t have a lot going for it plot wise. The book dragged on and on in the middle and it was hard to read after a bit. The book also had really slow pacing and I just didn’t enjoy this one as much.

Verdict: It’s good, just too slow for me.