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review 2018-12-17 17:19
older woman
Someone to Trust - Mary Balogh Someone to Trust - Mary Balogh

Elizabeth Overfield decides that she really should enter into another marriage, her last husband died and blamed her for his woes, she's trying to forget them but echoes keep coming back.  

She's an older widow and he's a very eligible bachelor but there's an attraction here and they both want more than what's being offered to them, they keep coming back to each other but there's 9 years between them with her being the older. He also has to deal with his mother's macinations.

The initial meeting is at the Westcott Christmas party and they both leave expecting to leave the attraction behind, but fate intervenes and it will change everything.

Loved the story and the characters, great fun.

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review 2018-12-15 06:05
A combination of one of my favorite topics and least favorite form
Dog Songs - Mary Oliver
Be prepared. A dog is adorable and noble.
A dog is a true and noble friend. A dog
is also a hedonist.


I don't know if I've posted about poetry here before. Probably not. Despite many attempts (when I was younger) -- including a few classes, I'm just not a poetry guy. I can appreciate the occasional poem -- and there are a few poets I can really get into, but on the whole? Not my thing.


But part of the 2018 While You Were Reading Challenge, was to read a collection of poetry -- and I came close to grabbing an Ogden Nash book off my shelves, but my wife had been given a collection a year or so ago of poems about dogs. And it's been at least a month since I posted something about dogs, so it's about time.


So yeah, there are 35 poems about dogs -- most of them (all of them?) seem to be based on Oliver's own dogs -- a couple of dogs get a handful of poems about them. Those, obviously, you get a pretty good idea about. Otherwise, it's just one-shots about some great-sounding dogs.


Oliver does a great job conveying a strong impression about a dog in just a few lines -- or even a few words. "He was a mixture of gravity and waggity" is one of the best lines I've read in 2018. I do think she goes over the top in terms of the wisdom or deep knowledge, etc. of dogs. But when she focuses on behavior, or personalities of specific animals, I find her pretty entertaining -- and even moving.


I'm not saying that I'm going out to grab every Oliver collection in print or anything, but I liked most of these poems -- several of them I liked a lot.


There's also one essay in this slim volume. Skip it. Oliver is a poet, not an essayist.


Does this book need Burgoyne's illustrations? Nope. But they're nice to look at, so I'm not complaining. I'd be more than happy to hang some of these around the house.


✔ Read a collection of poetry.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2018/12/14/dog-songs-by-mary-oliver-john-burgoyne-a-combination-of-one-of-my-favorite-topics-and-least-favorite-form
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review 2018-12-14 18:21
Where You Lead by Mary Calmes - My Thoughts
Where You Lead - Mary Calmes

I would call this a longish short story.  It was also a little frantic and frenetic, I thought.  Written in the first person, I honestly never got a feel for Pete, the main character.  And consequently I never got a feel for his partner, Carver.  Pete is a Treasury department agent and Carver is an artist. 

There was a lot of banter between the two, but I wasn't overly fond of it.  Some of it sounded a little mean-spirited and too snarky.  And I wasn't sure exactly why Pete had fallen for Carver and vice versa, aside from the physical attraction - which was mightily indulged in throughout the story.

So I was disappointed, because I like Mary Calmes' work.  And it illustrates why I tend to shy away from works of this length. 

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review 2018-12-11 12:51
Silent Night by Mary Higgins Clark
Silent Night - Mary Higgins Clark

The story happened only in twenty four hours and it contained interesting characters.

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review 2018-12-09 07:26
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Mary Ann Shaffer,Annie Barrows

Book blurb: The war is over. Juliet Ashton is grappling with writer's block when she receives a letter from Dawsey Adams of Guernsey - a total stranger living halfway across the Channel, who has come across her name written in a second-hand book. Juliet begins writing to Dawsey, and in time to everyone in the extraordinary Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society. The society tell Juliet about life on the island - and the dark years spent under the shadow of German occupation. Drawn into their irresistible world, Juliet sets sail for Guernsey, changing her life - and theirs - forever.


What I thought: The book is simply delightful. It has become my second favourite book of this year. The novel is written using letters between Juliet and the society. It is quick-witted, unassuming and charming. It introduces you to the island of Guernsey, its life under the German Occupation and, yes, you do want to visit it when reading the book. The characters are so rounded, believable and lovable, I wanted to actually meet them, but on second thought I realised that the book is set in 1946 and the characters are fictional. Aw! I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a break from all those heavy-going crime/thriller/drama novels that inundate our bookshelves these days. Don't miss this gem!

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