Happy Friday

I have a few book reviews today.  I actually found that there were a few books I had neglected to add to my spread sheet or to my Goodreads.  So I spent some time getting that all caught up this morning. So here are my newest reviews, just maybe not in order.

Pride and PrejudicePride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another classic reread. It’s still as good as it was when I read it years ago.

A Soldier's Promise (Crystal Lake Series)A Soldier’s Promise by Laura Scott

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a Christian based love story set in the fictitious town of Crystal Lake. Julie, an ER nurse is on duty when Derek and his six year old daughter Lexi are involved in a motor vehicle accident. Having no one in town, Derek accepts Julie’s offer of them staying in her vacant townhouse. She lives in it’s twin next store and has been renovating the vacant one. To repay her kindness, Derek works on the renovations. One thing leads to another and Julie learns that Lexi’s grandparents want to take her away from her dad which has caused them to flee St. Louis. Julie convinces Derek it is better to go back and face them then continue running. It is a touching story with a happy ending. 🙂 I loved it.

When Love Calls (The Gregory Sisters, #1)When Love Calls by Lorna Seilstad

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A lovely story about Hannah Gregory who is raising her sisters due to her parent’s death from influenza. She struggles to find a job where she can manage to follow the rules. She meets the handsome Lincoln when he show up at her family farm to inform her that it has been repossessed by the bank. She attempts to fight it, but she and her sisters are left homeless. She sees an add for telephone operators. The “Hello Girls” at the Iowa Telephone Company. She procures a job, and meets Rosie. They become fast friends. When Rosie realizes Hannah must find a place to live, her mother rents her small cottage to Hannah.

True to Hannah’s personality, she has trouble with all the rules at work. She is reassigned to evening shift to a more relaxed supervisor, but still has trouble.

She is surprised that Lincoln shows up the day she has to move out.  He brought a wagon to help them move. She is furious; he is the one taking her home away. But since no one else is there to help, she relents and they get her moved into a small rented house. She questions his motives. After a lot of fireworks, she realizes that Lincoln is being sincere with his intentions. And love blooms.

However there is trouble. Someone is setting fires; Hannah’s life long friend is accused of setting them and is arrested. Lincoln represents him which causes a problem for him at work. The senior partners are not  sure that he should continue representing Hannah’s friend. It gets a little complicated with everyone having their own agenda. I enjoyed this book very much.

A Mother's Day Murder (Mt. Abrams Mystery, #1)A Mother’s Day Murder by Dee Ernst

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another cozy mystery series. This is the first I have read this author. She had a bit more mystery to it with a couple of things I didn’t see coming. The heroine finds herself involved in looking for the missing mother of two little boys that go to school with her daughter. She catches their father in a couple of lies that lead her to the conclusion that she has been murdered by him. A few of her friends jump on board with the sleuthing and they involve a police detective. Like I said there were a few twists and turns with a hint of romance brewing. A quick easy read.

Little WomenLittle Women by Louisa May Alcott

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is one of my favorite books from when I was a young girl. A timeless classic. Had to read it again. I have a quilter friend that made a quilt entitled Little Women. The fabrics are reproduction Civil War fabrics.

This has been a crazy week.  We’ve had a lot of rain and it just makes me want to sit and read. Unfortunately, I don’t have a maid to do the chores.  So, I have been dragging myself around the house doing the cleaning and…well you get what I mean.  I have gotten a little sewing done too.  As soon as I get some pictures taken, I’ll post them.  As  you can see I haven’t even been blogging.  I don’t want to fall into that habit again.  I really do like sharing my thoughts with ya’ll.  Did you like that “ya’ll”.  I am becoming southern.  🙂  I think I always belonged down here in the South.

Read something good today, take a stitch or two, and have a blessed day.

Friday Reviews And More

Blueburied Muffins (Black Cat Cafe Cozy Mystery #1)Blueburied Muffins by Lyndsey Cole

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is another cozy mystery series. I liked the character Annie who returns to her hometown to get away from the trouble her ex-boyfriend is in. She is afraid she will end up right in the middle of it. She receives a message that her aunt’s cafe burned down and that is when she decides to head home. She has been estranged from her parents, so she goes right to her aunt. They reopen a new cafe in a new building. The first morning Annie arrives she finds her ex dead in a booth. Many more strange things happen to Annie and her aunt. It’s a fun easy read with a few surprises.

He Kills Me, He Kills Me NotHe Kills Me, He Kills Me Not by Becki Willis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first book I have read from Becki Willis. It’s a romantic mystery that keeps you guessing until the end. The romantic scenes were definitely R rated, but done tastefully. Ashli is being stalked and the police don’t take her seriously so she hires a private detective to protect her. Of course Lange is drop dead gorgeous and she is the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen. Ashli, however doesn’t realize her beauty, inside or out is anything special. There is more going on than trying to catch the stalker. Lange has no family and feels like he has no roots. He slowly opens himself up to the possibility of new love complete with family and a home. I really liked the book. However, I am noticing that many of these kindle edition of books have many mistakes in them. I am not sure if they are not edited well, or if there is some problem in creating the ebooks.

  I only had two books to post today.  We spent most of yesterday running around.  I had my reader with me, but somehow the book I was reading disappeared.  Never had that happen before.  Then I started to read another book and my reader’s battery died.  By the time we had supper and got home, I decided I needed a break from reading for the evening.  I am determined to complete my 100 books challenge for the year.  So, I have been binge reading.  I tend to do things in binges.  That’s how I quilt too.  🙂

  Speaking of quilting.  I am getting ready to make a quilt for my grandson Andrew.  He has Aspberger’s and he is a sweet heart. He loves logos and signs and he has always loved Route 66 and old cars.   So I found the best fabric.  It’s called “Get Your Kicks” by RJR Fabrics.  It came out in 2012 so I was really lucky to find it.  Actually, my husband found it for me on Ebay.

Isn’t this great?  It has all the road signs along Route 66, the map and the old cars.  I plan to make the Turning Twenty pattern for Andrew.  I think it should look great in these fabrics.  
  I have to find fabric for Aidan’s quilt.  Aidan is my second grandson and he is such a love bug.  He wants to have sea creatures.  But he doesn’t want the comical ones.  Of course my grandchildren always want a theme that is no longer popular.  I am not having much luck with fabric for Aidan.  I may have to talk to him about using another theme.  He loves animals, so maybe he’ll find something else he would like.  
  Alannah is my first granddaughter and the boys little sister.  She is a dancer and can’t get enough of it.  She does ballet, clogging, tap, jazz, and lyrical.  She’s at the studio every day during the week. She started competing when she was 5.  She will be 8 on July 1st.   I had picked up fabric with ballerina’s on it for her quilt, but I think it might be too young for her now.  So I will have to talk to her and see what she prefers.  She loves clothes and shoes and purses.  She takes after her mom, aunt and grandmother.  🙂  So I guess none of us can complain.  

Catching Up On My Book Reviews

  After taking a break from reading while in Miami. After all I had a baby to keep me busy. She is soooooo cute! My wonderful granddaughter. Anyway, now I’m in Orlando and since my girlfriend works I started up again. So I decided it was time I add my most recent reads to my blog.

Dead Girls Don't Blog (Murder Blog Mysteries #1)Dead Girls Don’t Blog by Pamela Frost Dennis

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This story was based on a real crime that had taken place. A young girl was raped and murdered and her attacker was up for parole. The blogger finds out about the parole and starts a petition to keep him in prison. This causes some interesting situations for Katy. She ends up in a serious situation and solves a cold case in the process. It was an easy read.

Three Girls and a Baby (Three Girls, #1)Three Girls and a Baby by Rachel Schurig

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the story about three friends who live together after college. Ginny gets pregnant by her ex boyfriend Josh after a one night stand. She has no idea what to do. Her room mates Annie and Jen support her through this ordeal all the time telling Ginny that she needs to tell Josh she is pregnant. Ginny is reluctant to tell him because she doesn’t want him to think she is trying to trap him into marriage. The three girls decide they don’t need Josh to help raise baby, they will do it together. Annie and Jen continue to tell Ginny she needs to let Josh know about the baby. Ginny runs into Josh’s mother at the OBGYN’s office and she realizes she is pregnant. An easy read. I really enjoyed it.

Sharpe Edge (Maycroft Mystery Series)Sharpe Edge by Lisa B. Thomas

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A fun easy read.

The beginning was a little disjointed to me, but I am glad I read on. The heroine, a school teacher turned reporter/amateur sleuth, gets involved in solving the suspicious accident of one of the towns elite residents. The daughter of the dead woman is her brother’s girlfriend which is how she is how she gets involved. A fun easy read with a few surprises.

Watching Willow WattsWatching Willow Watts by Talli Roland

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An easy read.

Set in a small village outside London with a quirky group of people. But maybe they just seem quirky to this American. Complete with a villain. A bit far fetched concept, but cute.

Murder Vows (Storage Ghost Murders, #2)Murder Vows by Gillian Larkin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I just love cozy mysteries and ghost stories

This fit the bill just right. I really liked the storage wars concept. Will definitely look for other books in this series. Well written, but did have a few editing errors.

The Sweet Dreams Bake Shop (Sweet Cove Mystery, #1)The Sweet Dreams Bake Shop by J.A. Whiting

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A fun easy read. Sometimes you just need a feel good story

Frank: The VoiceFrank: The Voice by James Kaplan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An interesting behind the scenes biography of Frank Sinatra. He’s always been one of my favorite entertainers.

Courting CateCourting Cate by Leslie Gould

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lancaster County Pennsylvania Amish

My husband was born in Litiz and he has family that remain in Lancaster. I always love to visit when we go back to Pennsylvania. I have always been fascinated with the Amish. This was an easy and fun read with a romantic twist.

Book Reviews

PHOTOGRAPHY: James Carren's Ultimate ALL-IN-ONE Digital Photography Box Set!!! (Photography, Photoshop, Dslr Photography, Digital Photography, Photoshop cc, Photography Books)PHOTOGRAPHY: James Carren’s Ultimate ALL-IN-ONE Digital Photography Box Set!!! by James Carren

So far I find these books helpful and easy to read. I have read other books on photography, but they were more difficult for me. I am hoping to improve my photography. I love taking pictures, but have not discovered all my camera can do for me. I think my progress will be slow since I am experimenting after each book.

Tricky Twenty-Two: A Stephanie Plum NovelTricky Twenty-Two: A Stephanie Plum Novel by Janet Evanovich

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love these books! I started reading them because I lived in Trenton, NJ and I am so familiar with the setting. And they make me laugh. Not just a little chuckle, but an outright laugh out loud kind of laugh. Looking forward to #23.

The Shop on Blossom StreetThe Shop on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I do enjoy Debbie Macomber’s books. This is the first of another series by her. I love how the characters develop into a group of friends, not just members of the same knitting class. I belong to a knitting/crocheting group at my church and a quilt guild, so I can relate. I have started the second book in the series and am not disappointed.

Review: The Death of Santini: The Story of a Father and His Son

The Death of Santini: The Story of a Father and His Son The Death of Santini: The Story of a Father and His Son by Pat Conroy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first book of Pat Conroy’s that I have read. I found it a little difficult to get into it because I thought his thoughts were all over the place. But I persevered. I am glad that I did. I thought his recollections of his childhood and his parents marriage were written well and definitely held me. I am not sure that the childhood described is unusual for the circumstances and time period in our country. Having had an Irish grandmother, I recognized some of the traits shared by Don. I also can remember the popularity of drinking in the 50’s. At least in my experience of spending my childhood in the 50’s.

It was interesting to see how his feelings evolved about his father and the respect he developed for him. It was good to see humor as well as tears expressed in the book.

The saddness of Tom’s suicide and Carol Ann’s delusions made me aware of the delicate nature of family.

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