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Hi! My name is Margot. My blog is about the things I love to do. That could be what I'm reading, places we visit, my family, food, or whatever else is happening. I hope you'll stay and visit a while. Contact me by email: joyfullyretired (at) gmail (dot) com.

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Book Review: The Godforsaken Daughter

Author: Christina McKenna Publisher: Lake Union Publishing, March 17, 2015 Genre: Literary Fiction I agreed to read and participate in the TLC Book Tour for this book as I was reading Maeve Binchy’s A Week In Winter. I loved the whole feel of Ireland and the rural Irish people I met in that novel. I […]

2015 Award Winner: The Crossover

Author: Kwame Alexander Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014 Genre: Middle Grade Fiction (Ages 9 to 12) Award: Newbery Medal Winner for 2015 Twelve-year-old twins Josh and J.B. not only love the game of basketball, they’re very good players. They come by it naturally as their father was a championship-level, professional player. Dad and mom, a […]

Book Review: A Week in Winter

. Author: Maeve Binchy Publisher: Orion, 2012 Genre: Fiction Format: Audiobook, Narrated by Rosalyn Landor I feel as if I’ve just had a week’s vacation in Ireland. I spent a week listening to the lilting voice of Rosalyn Landor as she read Maeve Binchy’s last novel. I swear I saw the craggy landscape and smelled […]

Book Review: Reconstructing Amelia

Author: Kimberly McCreight Publisher: Harper 2013 Genre: Literature/Women’s Fiction Format: Audiobook Narrated by Khristine Hvam Kate is a junior partner in a big New York law firm. She is always under a lot of pressure and feels she must work long, long hours. Kate is also a single mom to Amelia, a smart, level-headed teenager. […]

Book Review: The White Princess by Philippa Gregory

Publisher: Simon and Schuster, August 2013 There is a whole army of readers who live for these historical-English-monarchy-style books. I’m not one of them. I don’t know why, I guess I just never got started. But, thanks to my book club friends, I can now say I have read one – The White Princess. I’m […]

Book Review: The Goldfinch

Author: Donna Tartt Publisher: Little, Brown and Company, October 2013 Awards: Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (2014) Format: E-reader (Kindle) and Audiobook (Narrated by David Pittu) I’ll tell you right off the bat, I had trouble reading this book. Nearly everyone I know (online and off) told me I should read this book. So, of course, […]

Book Review: One Minus One

  Author: Ruth Doan MacDougal Publisher: Putnam, 1971 Format: Audiobook, Read by Amy McFadden (5hours, 34 minutes) One Minus One was a dip into the nostalgia pool. Back in the old days, magazines such as GoodHouekeeping, Redbook and Ladies Home Journal would run whole novels in the back of their magazines. I thought most of […]

Book Review: Looking For Salvation At the Dairy Queen

Author: Susan Gregg Gilmore Publisher: Shaye Areheart Books, 2008 Genre: Southern Literary Fiction Format: Audiobook, Read by Tavia Gilbert From the time she was a child, Catherine Grace Cline’s main goal in life was to get out of Ringgold, Georgia. It’s not that her life was horrible. It wasn’t. There was just something inside Catherine […]

Book Review: The Long Way Home by Louise Penny

One of the top reasons I love Louise Penney’s books is the quality of her continuing characters. Armand Gamache, the main character, is for me, the rock at the center. The supporting characters, circle around Gamache as they play various roles in the drama. The other top reason I love these books is that each […]

Book Review: Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

Author: Rebecca Wells Publisher: Harper, 1998 I’ve just spent nearly 15 hours with a group of female friends who live in central Louisiana. It wasn’t actually a physical visit. It was a mental and emotional visit via my iPod, but it felt so real that you can’t tell me those people aren’t still alive. Vivi, […]