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[Dutch] Dineke Epping: Op de vleugels van de wind


Auteur: Dineke Epping
Genre: Historische Roman
Pagina’s: 544
Uitgegeven: Voorhoeve, Utrecht, 2014.

Kaft tekst:
Vier jonge mensen beginnen een nieuw leven in Amerika.

Engeland, 1856. De toekomstplannen van de welgestelde Katie Shellesdale vallen in duigen als uitkomst dat haar vader betrokken is bij een grootschalige fraudezaak en haar vriend hun verloving verbreekt. Wanneer Katie een uitnodiging krijgt om de bruiloft van haar penvriendin in New York bij te wonen, grijpt ze deze kans om aan haar geruïneerde leven te ontsnappen. Tijdens de overtocht naar Amerika ontmoet Katie de gelovige Jim Watson en Ierse Scott en Megan. Tussen hen ontstaat een ongewone vriendschap. Ook Jim heeft redenen om een nieuw leven te willen beginnen. Redenen die hij liever verborgen houdt…
Als Jim en Katie in Amerika te maken krijgen met teleurstellingen en tegenslagen worden hun geloof en hoop op een betere toekomst flink op de proef gesteld. Lukt het hen om af te rekenen met de schaamte, haar en leugens van hun verleden? Is een nieuw begin daadwerkelijk mogelijk?

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[Dutch] Simone van der Vlugt: De kaasfabriek

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Auteur: Simone van der Vlugt
Genre: Historische roman
Pagina’s: +- 381
Uitgegeven: Ambo|Anthos, Amsterdam, September 2020

Synopsis (kaft):
Amsterdam, 1892. Lydia rouwt om de dood van haar ouders, die kort na elkaar zijn overleden. Ze heeft hun huis in Amsterdam en buitenhuis in Purmerend geërfd. Ondanks het verlies zit ze vol ideeën voor de toekomst en voor het uitvoeren van haar vaders plannen: een moderne kaasfabriek beginnen, op stoomkracht en met een hoge productie. Maar als vrouw alleen mag ze geen onderneming starten: ze moet samenwerken met een moderne boer uit de omgeving, Huib Minnes. Samen bouwen ze de grootste kaasfabriek van Noord-Holland.
Antwerpen, 1914. Nora, de dochter van Lydia, trouwt met Ralph Reymaekers en het paar vestigt zich in de havenstad. Na een ernstig conflict met haar moeder over haar afkomst is Nora blij weg te zijn uit Waterland. Maar dan breekt de Eerste Wereldoorlog uit en moeten ze in een gruwelijke nacht vluchten uit Antwerpen. Hoe zal de toekomst eruit komen te zien voor deze vooruitstrevende vrouwen?

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The Wind of Change (insert dramatic music here)

Dear all,

As some of you might have noticed, I’ve decided to expand my horizons (does that thing where one’s arms mimic a rainbow) by including reviews of books from Dutch authors as well.
Via this blog post, I humbly beg the forgiveness of my non-Dutch speaking/reading public for slightly diverting from the – let’s be honest – properly established English works out there. Then again, I am Dutch, after all. When my mother in law gave me this amazing book last Christmas (whistles that song)… well… I was properly seduced I was.

Because of this venture into unknown territory, I’ve decided to make a separate page containing a-z Dutch written reviews of books I read in Dutch. The review title will also include [Dutch] to clearly mark the overall Dutchness of the review.

Just in case there are some Dutchies following my blog: do you guys have any recommendations?

On that note, I’ll leave you to your lives, books, and (for some of you) soon to be lunch.

Best wishes,



[Dutch] Jacqueline Zirkzee: Het Heksenhuis

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Auteur: Jacqueline Zirkzee
Genre: Historische fictie (boek zelf zegt roman, maar ik vind dan wel dat het een historische roman is).
Pagina’s: 354
Uitgegeven: Uitgeverij de Brouwerij, Maassluis, 2020.

Goodreads Synopsis:
Complotdenken in de zeventiende eeuw: hekserij veroorzaakte ziekten en rampen. Een avontuurlijk verhaal op basis van bestaande personen, brieven en processtukken over de massale heksenjacht in het Duitse bisdom Bamberg.
De jonge vrouw Eva ontmoet op de vlucht voor ‘heksenbisschop’ Förner diens tegenstander, de jezuïet pater Spee. Hij schreef een boek tegen de vervolgingen, maar mag dat van zijn orde niet zelf publiceren. Met haar gezelschap onderneemt Eva een gevaarlijk tocht. 

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Robert Jordan: The Wheel of Time; the introduction to the review

Dear all,

This is my way of making a(nother) comeback! Why? It is because I finally have the time. I recently submitted my MA thesis English literature (it has not been graded just yet so please pray for me), which means that I am finally free to move on with my life and leave uni behind for good (huzzah).

In honor of this epic piece of news, one requires an equal or more epic announcement: I started Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time series March 2020 (I was in great denial about finishing my BA Archaeology) and I’ve finally reached book 7! If this is not an announcement of some magnitude, I don’t know what is… I’ve so far read (according to Goodreads) 5500 pages of this amazingly epic series, and let met tell you: it is an epic worthy of it’s name.

Since the series is 14 books of a shitload of pages in total, I chose to divide the review into two parts. Part 1 will encompass books 1-7, part 2 (shockingly) encompasses books 8-14. I’m almost (well… 300 pages almost) ready with part 7, so the first review will be presented to you all shortly(ish).

For now, I think this suffices as an introduction to the contents of the coming reviews:

The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legends. Legend fades into myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again. In one Age, called the Third Age by some, an Age yet to come, an Age long past, a wind rose in the great forest called Braem Wood. The wind was not a beginning. There are neither beginnings nor endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time. But is was a beginning…

Robert Jordan, A Crown of Swords. The Wheel of Time book 7, page 49.

Until we meet again for the first part of this series’ review.

All best, Cindy


Jim Butcher: The Dresden Files; Grave Peril


Grave Peril (The Dresden Files, #3)

Author: Jim Butcher
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Pages: +-  378
Published: September 2001, part 3 of the Dresden Files.

Goodreads Synopsis:
Lost Items Found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment.

Harry Dresden’s faced some pretty terrifying foes during his career. Giant scorpions. Oversexed vampires. Psychotic werewolves. All par for the course for Chicago’s only professional wizard.

But in all of Harry’s years of supernatural sleuthing, he’s never faced anything like this: the spirit world’s gone postal. All over Chicago, ghosts are causing trouble—and not just of the door-slamming, ‘boo’- shouting variety. These ghosts are tormented, violent, and deadly.

Someone—or something—is stirring them up to wreak unearthly havoc. But why? And why do so many of the victims have ties to Harry? If Harry doesn’t figure it out soon, he could wind up a ghost himself….

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Geen categorie · Movie & TV Show Reviews

Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge – Film Review

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Released in the Netherlands 24 May 2017.
Viewed 25 May 2017.

Storyline (by IMDB)

Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar, escape from the Devil’s Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea…including him. Captain Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artefact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas.

This Review can contain spoilers.

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Series · Tina Gower: The Outlier Prophecies

Tina Gower: The Outlier Prophecies; Correlation of Fate

34944381Author: Tina Gower
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Kindle edition 304 pages, published 27 April 2017

Goodreads synopsis
The accidental death case of a woman hanging upside-down is the last thing Kate Hale wants on her plate. Too close to the tampered cases she’s had to deal with from the fall out of the anti-fate groups of New Karma and Wyrd. Too risky with her ex, Kyle Dillingham, at her heels. And is her partner Ian Becker ready for the challenge? Or is it Kate that’s unable to accept her own unpredictable future?
But when the case reveals more questions that connect it to her real target, finding out what happened to the elusive Michelle Kitman, Kate can’t resist cracking it open and coming clean to her pack. Even if it means she’s playing right into her enemy’s plan and fulfilling the Outlier Prophecy.

I voluntarily received a copy from the author.
This does not affect the contents of my review or my opinion.

“There shouldn’t have been anything sinificant about the dead woman hanging upside down from a clothesline over Market Street, yet according to my calculations there is.” – First lines Chapter 1.

Last time, Shifter Variance left me a little conflicted because I had the feeling that it was a good book, but just there to be the bridge between book four and this final book.

Correlation of Fate was not at all like this.

You know the feeling you get when everything seems to be over, but you know that it really isn’t? Well, this book proved that this happens. There was action, drama, personal history, family bonding, and a lot of unexpected events. (Yes, this book has it all).
It took me a little while to get into the book, probably because I was a little distracted myself so don’t blame the book, but once I was in I wasn’t able to put it down.

At this point, I’m finding it difficult to organise my thoughts and put them into writing. On the one hand, there is just so much I want to say (but won’t because spoilers) and on the other, I’d rather not say anything because I want you guys to read this book for yourself. All I will tell you from here onwards is the things that I liked, things that I wasn’t that fond of, and lastly some great new that made me really happy.

As usual, there was nothing but love for the character development and the writing. Not only did the important characters develop on their own, but they were also able to develop as a group in order to work together and support each other. Again, Gower provided more information about the characters and their personal history, which was a great touch because it helped me to understand some particular actions in this book and books that came before. Some minor characters were introduced, which came as a little surprise to me since I figured this was the last book in the series, but luckily each seemed to have a part to play in the book. Although some of them didn’t really have a big part to play, and for some reason that felt off, they were no hindrance to the book.

As far as the characters go (aside from my undying love for Ali) the complexity of one in particular really got to me. This person is our villain (if you can really call her that). Yes, she seems like a cold hearted lady, but there is so much more going on. While Kate is trying to figure out what is to come, she discovers more and more about Kitman, and it is only in this book that her true intentions are exposed. In a strange way, her actions even seem to make sense, though this will probably depend on the view of the reader. I will not say more about this but do bear it in mind when reading the book and try to show a little sympathy.

Honestly, the rest just lived up to my standards. It’s that simple. Since I started this series I’ve come to expect a certain standard and Gower hasn’t let me down yet. I was as captivated as ever by the surprises, the characters, their development, and the ever growing world that this series brings. It seems that with every book the world within expands and provides ever more space for new adventures and cases which can be solved by this team. I’m going to give this book 4 stars because it is worth it.

BUT, before you will see those four stars in my post, I want to mention something which I noticed in my copy: THE SERIES ISN’T GOING TO END!!! *Balloons, fireworks, chocolate, happiness all around*. There’s going to be more Ali! I’m so excited! 😀

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Have you read this book? If yes; what are your thoughts? If not; would you like to give it a shot? and why? Do leave your comments in the comment section below! See you next time 🙂