Saturday, April 17, 2021

This OR That #Giveaway Week 11! Midnight at the Blackbird Café by Heather Webber OR Orphan #8 by Kim van Alkemade #Orphan8 #MidnightAtTheBlackbirdCafe


I have sooooo many books! 

The This or That Giveaway! feature that I post every Saturday is a way for me to clear my shelves and to share some of the many books I have. It's a way for me to cull my collection and give someone else the chance to enjoy these treasures.

Good luck and be sure to stop back next week!


Midnight at the Blackbird Café was such a fun read. I found myself devouring it on my vacation last fall. It wasn't a review book, just one that was on my TBR list. I'm seriously going to read more of this author's books!

Midnight at the Blackbird Café
by Heather Webber
Paperback ~ Pub date January 2020

The USA Today Bestseller Heather Webber's Midnight at the Blackbird Café is a captivating blend of magical realism, heartwarming romance, and small-town Southern charm.

Nestled in the mountain shadows of Alabama lies the little town of Wicklow. It is here that Anna Kate has returned to bury her beloved Granny Zee, owner of the Blackbird Café.

It was supposed to be a quick trip to close the café and settle her grandmother's estate, but despite her best intentions to avoid forming ties or even getting to know her father's side of the family, Anna Kate finds herself inexplicably drawn to the quirky Southern town her mother ran away from so many years ago, and the mysterious blackbird pie everybody can't stop talking about.

As the truth about her past slowly becomes clear, Anna Kate will need to decide if this lone blackbird will finally be able to take her broken wings and fly.


I read Orphan #8 with my book group back in 2016. We all loved it and had a great discussion. I didn't review it at the time but it would have earned 5 ⭐s from me.

Orphan #8
by Kim van Alkemade
Paperback ~ August 4th 2015

In this stunning new historical novel inspired by true events, Kim van Alkemade tells the fascinating story of a woman who must choose between revenge and mercy when she encounters the doctor who subjected her to dangerous medical experiments in a New York City Jewish orphanage years before.

In 1919, Rachel Rabinowitz is a vivacious four-year-old living with her family in a crowded tenement on New York City’s Lower Eastside. When tragedy strikes, Rachel is separated from her brother Sam and sent to a Jewish orphanage where Dr. Mildred Solomon is conducting medical research. Subjected to X-ray treatments that leave her disfigured, Rachel suffers years of cruel harassment from the other orphans. But when she turns fifteen, she runs away to Colorado hoping to find the brother she lost and discovers a family she never knew she had.

Though Rachel believes she’s shut out her painful childhood memories, years later she is confronted with her dark past when she becomes a nurse at Manhattan’s Old Hebrews Home and her patient is none other than the elderly, cancer-stricken Dr. Solomon. Rachel becomes obsessed with making Dr. Solomon acknowledge, and pay for, her wrongdoing. But each passing hour Rachel spends with the old doctor reveal to Rachel the complexities of her own nature. She realizes that a person’s fate—to be one who inflicts harm or one who heals—is not always set in stone.

Lush in historical detail, rich in atmosphere and based on true events, Orphan #8 is a powerful, affecting novel of the unexpected choices we are compelled to make that can shape our destinies. 



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  1. Definitely the mountains for me! I'm not really a beachy person, although I do love sitting and listening to the waves. And I don't like the heat either. I do love the beauty and coolness of the mountains and listening to the wind blowing through the pine trees.

  2. I love the beach since it is relaxing and soothing. Reading at the beach is my favorite setting and place to be.

  3. I would prefer to read in the mountains.

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  4. I prefer the beach, especially Lake Michigan beaches--enough cool breezes to make it perfect.

  5. In the mountains -- camper, tent, cabin... all good!

  6. I would rather read in the mountains.

  7. I'd rather read at the mountains.

  8. I would rather read at the beach. The sound of the waves crashing is so relaxing.


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