History for Kids – California Gold Rush

Not long ago we were in San Francisco listening to a presentation on local history. Even though I am a native Californian, I must have slept through the history lessons in class. The discussion prompted me to check out a few books from the library, all of them children's books. I confess I don't usually... Continue Reading →

The Whispered Word – Book Review

I thoroughly enjoyed The Whispered Word by Ellery Adams. You can read my review of the first book in the series here. Here's the book blurb from Amazon: Nora Pennington, owner of Miracle Books, believes that a well-chosen novel can bring healing and hope. But she and the other members of the Secret, Book, and... Continue Reading →

Bronte’s Mistress – Book Review

There are few books that I think about for days after I finish them. I am a voracious reader. I will open up a book, get into the story, and then when I am done with the book, I move on to the next. Not so for Bronte's Mistress by Finola Austin. As nearly anyone... Continue Reading →

Ready Set Rogue by Manda Collins

I picked this book up after reading another book by Manda Collins, A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem. I found the plot of that book entertaining, and who doesn't enjoy a well off widow doing basically whatever she likes, but especially bucking tradition? Ready Set Rogue is one of those romance novels I don't... Continue Reading →

The Secret, Book and Scone Society

The Secret, Book and Scone Society by Ellery Adams is a well-written book. Here's an extract from the Amazon blurb: Strangers flock to Miracle Springs hoping the natural hot springs, five-star cuisine, and renowned spa can cure their ills. If none of that works, they often find their way to Miracle Books, where, over a... Continue Reading →

A House Divided by Sulari Gentill

I really wanted to like this book and the main character. A House Divided by Sulari Gentill caught my eye for the local and timeline. It is set around the same time as Kerry Greenwood's Phryne Fisher books, which I enjoyed, especially after being introduced to Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries TV series. And actually, there... Continue Reading →

Al Capone Does My Shirts – Book Review

This book, at one point, Al Capone Does My Shirts, made me angry. I love the premise of following a 12-year-old boy, Moose, as he and his family move into staff housing on Alcatraz. The set up is interesting, and the scenes with the warden and other details were also good. What bugged me most... Continue Reading →

Truth, Lies, and Second Dates

Something about this book caught my eye. Then the story was outrageous enough to catch my interest and get me reading. Truth, Lies, and Second Dates by MaryJanice Davidson was actually a fun read. It is the third book in a series, but you do not have to have read the series to appreciate this... Continue Reading →

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

The copy of Tuesdays with Morrie that I picked up is the 20th Anniversary Edition. I've seen this book over the years. I might have picked it up and put it down. I just never really started reading it. I always wondered what the big deal was. Now I know why people love this book.... Continue Reading →

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