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A Celebration of Mediocrity

Excerpt from A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman:        "Nowadays people changed their stuff so often that any expertise in how to make things last was becoming superfluous. Quality: no one cared about that anymore.... No one could change tires. Install a dimmer switch. Lay some tiles. Plaster a wall. File their [...]

By | 2017-05-18T21:35:11+00:00 May 5th, 2017|General Observations|0 Comments

Adult Coloring Craze for Relaxation

So, when I'm not reading, writing, reviewing, or doing anything literary related I've jumped on the coloring craze bandwagon. As a child I used to color - always keeping within the lines LOL - and I thought the best thing in the world was the 64 color box of Crayola Crayons with a sharpener embedded [...]

By | 2017-05-18T21:35:12+00:00 May 4th, 2017|Author Artwork|1 Comment

Book Review: A Bridge Across The Ocean by Susan Meissner

Set between two eras – the present and World War II – this is the story of three European war brides who come to America on the RMS Queen Mary and of the modern-day woman who reconnects them. Annaliese Lange is a German girl living near the Belgian border. She loves to dance and becomes [...]

By | 2017-05-18T21:35:12+00:00 April 22nd, 2017|Book Reviews|1 Comment

Book Review: Titanic Affair by Amanda Grange

The more Titanic-based stories I read, the more they sound alike. Anyone wishing to write a Titanic story truly has most of their work done for them as the facts of the event are never-changing. In Titanic Affair by Amanda Grange we have another of these romances set against the backdrop of the tragic Titanic [...]

By | 2017-05-18T21:35:12+00:00 April 21st, 2017|Book Reviews, ebook review|0 Comments

Book Review: The Lucky Hat Mine by J.v.L. Bell

Millie Virginia is a Southern bred young woman trapped in a dead-end position as governess to two irascible children whose mama is a delicate but deadly New Orleans flower. As a child she was orphaned and has no family to turn to. To escape her situation, Millie answers a newspaper ad for a wife. After [...]

By | 2017-04-18T17:28:41+00:00 April 18th, 2017|Book Reviews|1 Comment

Book Review: Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon

Sand and Ash is by far the best book I’ve read this year. Taking a different view of the German persecution of Jews during World War II, the reader is brought back to Italy in 1943 where we meet Eva Roselli, a Jew, and Angelo Bianco, an American born boy who is sent to live [...]

By | 2017-04-10T21:45:57+00:00 April 10th, 2017|Book Reviews, ebook review|0 Comments

The House I Loved by Tatiana de Rosnay (Book Review)

Before the rebuilt broad boulevards of Paris earned it the name “City of Light”, there were the narrow, often dark cobblestone streets of a city recently emerged from medieval times. A city where an ancestral home was exactly that, a place where generations of one family were born, lived, loved, and died; a place where [...]

By | 2017-05-18T21:35:12+00:00 April 6th, 2017|Book Reviews|0 Comments

A Scone To Die For by H.Y. Hanna (Book Review)

Come along to the Cotswolds and Oxford University, where you’ll meet twenty-nine year old Gemma Rosa who has returned from Sydney, Australia to give herself a second chance at getting her life right. Gemma uses all of her savings to purchase the Little Stables Tearoom in Meadowford-on-Smythe. The newly renovated establishment has been open for [...]

By | 2017-05-18T21:35:12+00:00 April 6th, 2017|Book Reviews|0 Comments

I Close My Eyes by Regina Puckett (Book Review)

Take one duke who is reluctant to marry and continue his ducal line; add another duke’s daughter whose every social appearance ends in disaster due to her seeming clumsiness. Place both in a quiet corner of the Earl of Braxton’s ballroom where the lady (Jane Blackmore) seeks to shield her ruined gown behind some large [...]

By | 2017-05-18T21:35:12+00:00 April 6th, 2017|Book Reviews|0 Comments