Category Archives: book review

POP Go the References

When we were discussing advice to young, new or would-be writers, I omitted some pieces of advice. One is: Avoid ‘pop’ references. As far as I am concerned, they age your work and make it seem irrelevant very quickly. Of … Continue reading

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Rambling Reader Reviews 2020, Part Five

I did a LOT of reading this month. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m getting weary of the story I’m trying to write, or if I’m tired of all the sewing I’ve been doing. It’s also possible that I’m … Continue reading

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Gladys Aylward: The Little Woman

Since the first time I saw it on TV as a teenager, one of my favorite movies has been “Inn of the Sixth-Happiness”, with Ingrid Bergman, Curt Jürgens and Robert Donat.  I bought a VHS tape of it when as … Continue reading

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Book Review: Brunch at Bittersweet Cafe

Blurb Baker and pastry chef Melody Johansson has always believed in finding the positive in every situation, but seven years after she moved to Denver, she can’t deny that she’s stuck in a rut. One relationship after another has ended … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Joke’s On Me

Blurb: Stand-up comic Frankie Goldberg’s Hollywood life falls apart with an exclamation point when a mudslide destroys her hopes, her home, and her entire collection of impractical footwear. She returns to her mother’s B&B in Woodstock, New York, expecting the … Continue reading

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Rambling Reader Reviews 2020, Part Four

I’m still sewing like crazy, but I managed to read five great books this month. Yes, I’m still laughing my way through the Miss Fortune Mysteries – I just can’t put them down! But I sandwiched in a few others, … Continue reading

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Scary? No, I Don’t Do Scary

I thought I’d share a review with you today. I just read Nothing to Fear by Coralie Tate so here goes. Blurb: She needed a creative haven. She got a house with its own agenda. An autumn storm—the likes of … Continue reading

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Rambling Reader Reviews 2020, Part Three

Our stay-at-home orders are still in effect, and I’m still sewing like crazy, in addition to grading final exams. But I did find some time to read. If you get a chance to check some of these out, you might … Continue reading

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Guest: Donna Feyen, “More Than a Review”

We write here at 4F, 1 H. We have in guest authors talking about writing their books, so after some years, I thought I would turn the tables and bring in someone who reviews books all the time. Please welcome … Continue reading

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Book Review: Saving Raine

BLURB: Matt, Raine went to California because her parents thought it was safe. It’s not. You’ve got to get her out as soon as possible. She could die, Matt. When 19-year-old Matt Carney gets a cryptic message from his father … Continue reading

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