Everyone remembers the stories by Washington Irving,
THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW and Rip Van Winkle are early
examples of American literature that have become ingrained
in American culture. But in this book, which was
titled The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent., there
thirty-two other Read more...
In HELLO FROM THE GILLESPIES, Monica McInerney has crafted
a multi-faceted storyline that is often hilarious and
surprisingly touching. Every Gillespie has a secret aspect
of their lives, except possibly for Ig, the youngest, who
is blunt and non-judgmental about others. Except for
kissing—he doesn't want Read more...
ROMAN REUNION is the third title in the delightfully
alliterative Destination: Desire series by Crystal
The premise of this book presents a common problem. Tate
Patton is a workaholic husband who puts almost all his
and effort into his career as a lawyer. Karen has been Read more...
NOT QUITE FOREVER, Catherine Bybee's latest offering in
NOT QUITE series, is "quite" wonderful. The
apparent love of writing seems to channel through her
heroine, Dakota Laurens. Dakota is a romance novelist and
when we see her delight in research and observation of
other Read more...
Monica McCarty has written a battle of the sexes in which
the contenders have only one thing to lose—the love of a
lifetime. In THE ARROW, Cate is a deceptively small and
helpless looking woman, but she has been trained as a
warrior and knows how to protect herself Read more...
I have to admit, lately I have been reading mostly light-
hearted books, quickly read, and just as quickly
The synopsis A LIGHT IN THE WILDERNESS by Jane Kirkpatrick
intrigued me. It seemed to be something unique—the story
a freed slave heading to the Oregon Country. But Read more...
Readers of the Weekday Brides/i> series by Catherine
will not be disappointed with book five, TAKEN BY TUESDAY.
We have met these characters, Judy and Rick briefly in
other books and have even seen the kindling of their
romance. In this book, we learn more about them Read more...
THE TWELFTH NIGHT MURDER is the third book in Anne
Rutherford's Restoration Mystery Series. As I
read the two preceding books but, I can assure readers
this is a stand-alone book. All the necessary elements of
the story are contained between the Read more...
What if Anne Boleyn had given birth to a son after Princess
What kind of king would he most likely have been? How would
this have affected Elizabeth? Would she still have turned
out as pragmatic and patient as the older sister of the
King? Would this king go Read more...
GONE GIRL... Undeniably, the most creepy, charismatic,
malicious, and mercurial thriller (or crime drama?) that
I've read in a long time. Gillian Flynn writes two
narratives in which both of the narrators are unreliable.
Think of a marriage in which The Bad Seed and The Good Son
grow Read more...
I had forgotten what the synopsis of THE COMPETITION was
all about. It was simply the next (by publication date)
book on my long list of books to review. It started out
telling about a particular high school student, Christy
Shilling as she realizes her dream of being a varsity Read more...
This is the first book that I have read by Catherine
Coulter. I don't know where I have been, since POWER PLAY
is the eighteenth book in her FBI Thriller series!
exactly feel like there were chunks of information missing
by not reading the Read more...
Even though I am fascinated with this period of history, I
was still a little apprehensive about reading yet another
novel about it. So much has been written of the Tudors and
their times. Some of the books I have read are superficial
and inadequately researched or read like a Read more...
THE SWEET SPOT started charming me from the beginning. By
page five I was laughing out loud. Stephanie Evanovich has
a way with words and clever repartee and the characters
were promising and believable.
Amanda Cole is funny, real, and not perfect. Chase Walker
is a gorgeous, successful, and rich Read more...
THE COTTAGE ON THE CORNER is the first book that I have
read by Shirlee McCoy. I understand that this is the second
book in the Apple Valley series. While this is true, I
could read it as a stand- alone story. I was intrigued by
the stories Read more...
I came to this book without expectations. I have read very
few Christian romances, but an Amish romance? Never!
CROSSROADS by Barbara Cameron was a surprise. It had an
honest feel to it, but surprisingly wasn't all preachy and
pompous. The characters had the same problems that people
other Read more...
Imagine my delight at finding this book! An additional way
to introduce books and authors into my social life!
COCKTAILS FOR BOOK LOVERS is a unique concept. In the
of the author, Tessa Smith-McGovern, "cocktails,
conversation, and culture have always gone well together."
Fifty classic and contemporary authors Read more...
I only have one negative comment about FROM A DISTANCE. I
will state it now and be done with it. The
lighthouse on the cover of the book does not have red
stripes on it like the one in the story does. That being
said, I have only praise for Read more...
Any readers of Regency historical novels will enjoy this
book. Joanna Waugh is obviously a loyal fan of Jane Austen.
In fact Fortuna, the female protagonist, enjoys books
by "that person who wrote Pride and Prejudice" immensely.
Her cousin Leticia enjoys them too and reads them to her
whenever a Read more...
I was so excited about THE HURRICANE SISTER and a discovery
thought I'd made that I did something I don't usually do. I
took a sneak peek into what other reviewers were saying.
Evidently, some reviewers did not find this book to be the
complex compelling Read more...
Dot Dittman is an avid reader. She
often reads two or three books at the
same time.It can get confusing
sometimes. Dot has
been married for 42 years (all to the
same unfortunate man) and is mother to
10 children and grandmother to 25
activities (besides reading books)are
flower gardening (even if her
grandchildren pick all her flowers),
cooking for large get-togethers, and
planning to run away from home. She
received an associate's degree in
English at North Idaho College in 2012
at the ripe age of 59 and she still
hasn't figured out what she wants to be
when she grows up (if she decides to
grow up, that is). Dot aspires to be a
published writer and so far has had one
short story published in The Trestle
Creek Review. She is currently working
on her first novel.