Category Archives: Books

Never-ending TBR, Part Nine

I read three cozy mysteries and a romance this month. Here are my thoughts. I enjoyed them all, so maybe you’ll find something that interests you! Love Letters from Home by Melissa MacKinnonMelissa is a busy mom, military wife, and … Continue reading

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Games…Sigh

Favorite game to play as a child? As an adult? We were a game-playing family when I was growing up; I think in the 50s and 60s just about everyone was. When I was really young we lived in an … Continue reading

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Poor Relations

I used to say that I liked to read everything but romance, but falling in with the Hound, Foxes and their friends changed that. I narrowed it down to say that I enjoyed everything but Regency, and now I have … Continue reading

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Out of His Element

Charlie Smithers on his own… in the wild Reviewed by Jeff Salter The Adventures of Charlie SmithersBook 1 in The Charlie Smithers SeriesC.W. Lovatt[his debut novel… 2012] Tagline: Harry Flashman, step aside, old son. Make way for Charlie Smithers. Book … Continue reading

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Guest Author: Michele Pollock Dalton and the “Already Home” Series

I’ve mentioned before how one great benefit of participating in author events on social media is the opportunity to meet other authors, especially those who write in my genre. One author I met at an event this past spring is … Continue reading

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Despair and Hope: Hope Always Wins

Our Wednesday Fox asked, “What book changed how you see the world and why?”  We’ve discussed favorite childhood books, compared books to their on-screen version, and even listed our all-time favorites, but this question really threw me for a loop. … Continue reading

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Never-ending TBR, Part Eight

I’ve got three mysteries and a romance for you this month! Two are by authors new to me, and two are from familiar favorites. Crossed by Death by ACF Bookens Stitches in Crime, Book 1This was a nice cozy mystery set … Continue reading

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Review: The Rosie Project

With all that has been going on in the world, (and I watch a lot of different news sources), with what is going on with the family, (it changes by hour), and with what is going on with my new … Continue reading

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If You Like Pina Coladas…Escape

This week we are asked about our favorite place to ‘escape’, I’d be very happy to tell you about choosing between my private beach getaway and my yacht, that is, if I had them. (What a wonderful dilemma that would … Continue reading

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Couldn’t She Make Up Her Mind?

Couldn’t She Make Up Her Mind? Once again, I listened to an audiobook to get my intellectual needs met while I worked around the house. It may be tenacity that I stayed with it even when I started getting disappointed … Continue reading

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