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Book Review: Rooted In Love: An Amish Garden Novella

Beth Wiseman Published by Thomas Nelson, June 2014 Every once in a while I like reading a good Christian Romance. Back in 2009 I read Beth Wiseman’s debut novel, Plain Perfect. It was a well written, thoughtful Amish story, but I lost track of her writing in the intervening years. When I saw her latest […]

Book and TV Review: Walt Longmire is Back

The first time I read this book, I devoured it. I loved the setting and the main character, Sheriff Walt Longmire. I was excited when TNT picked up Craig Johnson’s novels and made them into a TV series called Longmire. So far, the TV series has kept close to the original books as far as […]

Newberry Award Winner 2012: Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

This week is National Children’s Book Week. I’m happy to share the word and throw a little light on a group of books that has given me so many pleasurable reading hours. I didn’t leave those books behind when I became an adult. I find many of them to be among the most entertaining books […]

Book Review: Delicious!

Author: Ruth Reichl Publisher: Random House, May 6, 2014 Genre: Literary/Food Fiction Source: The publisher via TLC Book Tours I’ve been anticipating this book for a long time. I knew I would love it before I even had it in my hands. There was, however, one question: after decades of nonfiction writing, could the author […]

Book Review: FanGirl by Rainbow Rowell

St. Marti’s Griffin, Sept 2013 When I find a top-notch book, one that moves me emotionally or makes me think or stays in my head for a long time, I want to find out what other books the author has written. I’m sure you do the same. Occasionally I’m disappointed, but not often. I find […]

Newberry Medal Winner 2014: Flora and Ulysses

I’m finally ready to begin working on the Newberry Reading Challenge. Because of my Triple Dog Dare Challenge, I couldn’t read anything new for the first three months of the year. It had to be books already on my shelves. Now that I’ve completed my challenge, I’m ready to catch up on these wonderful award-winning […]

Agatha: Easy To Kill or Murder Is Easy

As you know, I’ve been working my way through all of Agatha Christie’s novels in publication order. After reading her first thirty-seven books, I was getting a little tired of Hercule Poirot. I have a hunch Agatha (after thirty-eight books we are on a first name basis) was feeling the same way. I say that […]

Book Review: Sackett’s Land

There’s nothing like good historical fiction set in the “Old West.” Many of those stories were written by one of that genre’s legends, Louis L’Amour. That was back in the hey-day of the Western. In Mr. L’Amour’s one hundred plus novels he featured lots of different characters plus the characters in at least three different […]

Book Review: Shock Wave by John Sandford

Putnam – 2011 Virgil Flowers is my favorite character from all of John Sandford’s long line of character-rich novels. Lucas Davenport is good, but Virgil is just plain fun. In Shock Wave Virgil’s assignment is to figure out who is building and setting off bombs. Pye-Mart (think WalMart) is a new big-box store coming to […]

Book Review: Across the River and Into the Trees

by Ernest Heminway Publishes by Scribner’s Sons, 1950 A friend from one of my book clubs encouraged me and the rest of the club to read this novel. Its one of her favorites by Ernest Hemingway. The setting is Venice, Italy, a place my friend has happily visited. The story is from the point of […]