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Book Review: At the River’s Edge by Mariah Stewart

Ballantine Books, 2014 At the River’s Edge is Book #7 in Mariah Stewart’s Chesapeake Diaries series. I have read them all. There are a couple of reasons I’ve stuck with the series. First of all, Mariah Stewart is a blog-friendly author. Secondly, I love the way she writes. She logically presents her characters and the […]

Book Review: Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Morrow, 2013 Orphan Train is the story of two girls who have a lot in common. They don’t meet until Vivian is 91 and Molly is 17. It’s 2011 when we first meet Molly. As defined by parental presence, Molly is an orphan. Her dad is long-gone and her mom is in prison. She’s been […]

Book Review: The Supreme Macaroni Company

Author: Adriana Trigiani Publisher: Harper, November 2013 Genre: Fiction Format: Kindle via NetGalley Source: Publisher via TLC Book Tours My Rating: B So many of my fellow Book Bloggers have been singing the praises of Adriana Trigiani for a long time. I finally decided to give this one a try. First, here is the summary […]

Book Review: Country Loving

Author: Cathy Woodman Publisher: Arrow,Random House in UK – September 2013 Genre: Fiction Format: eReader Source: Publisher vis TLC Book Tours My Rating: B I liked this novel a lot. It gave me the chance to spend some time on a dairy farm in Devon (south of London). I like stories where things are a […]

Take A Look At My New Quilt Plus A Book Review

Author: Sandra Dallas Publisher: St. Martins Press, 1998 Genre: Historical Fiction Format: Audiobook Source: Public Library My Rating: B I’ve had this book on my To-Read list for a couple of years. Something happened that made me push the book to the top and prompted me to read it. That something was a quilt I […]

Book Review: A Talent for Trouble

Author: Jen Turano Publisher: Bethany Press, October, 2013 Genre: Historical Romance Format: Paper and eReader copies Source: The publisher via TLC Book Tours My Rating: B I love a good old-fashioned historical romance. This one was very good. In it I found all the things that make up a good romance: lots of witty banter, […]

A Look Back At John F. Kennedy

JFK’s LAST HUNDRED DAYS:The Transformation of a Man and the Emergence of a Great President Author: Thurston Clarke Publisher: Penguin Press, July 2013 Genre: Biography/History Format: Audiobook, Read by Malcolm Hillgarther Source: The publisher My Rating: B Everyone in my generation has answered this question numerous times: Where were you on November 22, 1963? It’s […]

Book Review: Elephants Can Remember

Author: Agatha Christie Publisher: Collins Crime Club, November 1972 Genre: Mystery Source: Public Library Format: Audiobook, Read by John Moffatt My Rating: B Ariadne Oliver is one of Agatha Christie’s characters that she slips into her novels occasionally. I have liked every one of her appearances. In this one she had the lead. Hercule Poirot […]

A Fun Graphic Novel: Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong

Author: Prudence Sheen Illustrator: Faith Erin Hicks Publisher: First Secod, May 2013 Genre: Graphic Novel My Rating: B The bright cover of this graphic novel caught my attention at the library. I stood there and read the first few pages and was hooked. It’s the story of two high school boys plus a couple of […]

Agatha: Sad Cypress

Publisher: Dodd, Mead & Co., 1940 Genre: Mystery Source: Library My Rating: B I’m sure many of you have been wondering if I had given up on my quest to read all of Agatha Christie’s 87 novels. The answer is no – I haven’t given up, but my progress has stalled. I think I just […]