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The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant (Book Review)

I bought this book based on having read The Red Tent by the same author. I knew her writing to be compelling in that book and in some ways that is also true of this story. The Boston Girl opens with  85 year old Addie Baum recording her early life memories for her granddaughter Ava. [...]

By | 2017-06-08T17:57:03+00:00 June 8th, 2017|Book Reviews|0 Comments

Higgins Hotel by Carla Coffman (Book Review)

This murder mystery centers around the Higgins Hotel set in a small town in southern West Virginia. Jack Higgins the owner of the hotel which is the base of operations for a cast of colorful characters: Blossom, the maid turned manager, who fills in for Jack's wife BooBoo in more than a professional manner; Cindy [...]

By | 2017-06-08T17:50:03+00:00 June 8th, 2017|Book Reviews|0 Comments

Memorial Day Memories

Does anyone remember when this holiday was fondly called Decoration Day?  You'd most likely need to be over 55 to have a first hand memory of that. When I was a child Decoration Day was a holiday of remembrance of our deceased war veterans and we would decorate their graves in memory of their service [...]

By | 2017-05-28T20:38:15+00:00 May 28th, 2017|General Observations|0 Comments

Book Review: Bad Kitty Takes The Test by Nick Bruel

This is the first book of this series that I've read and I must say I wasn't impressed. Maybe I'm too old for this kind of schtick (I'm over 50) but I don't think so. As a cat owner, I also found the book to be a bit overly critical of a cat's intelligence. Why [...]

By | 2017-05-27T20:21:51+00:00 May 27th, 2017|Children's Book Review|0 Comments

Book Review: Grand Central: Original Stories of Postwar Love and Reunion

Grand Central Station in New York City is a crossroads of life and has been for many generations. This collection of ten short stories centers on Thursday, September 20, 1945 and follows the individual yet intertwined stories of different people as they each arrive at a cross-road in their lives. All of their stories involve [...]

By | 2017-05-27T19:54:41+00:00 May 27th, 2017|Book Reviews|0 Comments

Book Review: Master of Blackmoor by Julie Shelton

Danielle DuLac is desperate. With her father recently deceased and her position as a teacher no longer viable after her father's recent death, she accepted a position as governess to a pompous Lord whose only goal was seduction. She left his employ, as did many others, but he refused to provide her with a reference [...]

By | 2017-05-27T18:54:25+00:00 May 27th, 2017|Book Reviews|0 Comments

Overseas by Beatriz Williams (Book Review)

I finally pulled this book down from my bookshelf where it has sat for the past three years. I am delighted to say I have found a wonderful new author (at least new to me). Overseas is the debut novel of Beatriz Williams and it is a time travel book unlike any other I’ve read. [...]

By | 2017-05-13T19:12:37+00:00 May 13th, 2017|Book Reviews|0 Comments