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review 2020-07-04 13:52
The Watchmaker's Daughter by C J Archer
The Watchmaker's Daughter (Glass and Steele) (Volume 1) - C.J. Archer

From Amazon’s book page:

India Steele is desperate. Her father is dead, her fiancé took her inheritance, and no one will employ her, despite years working for her watchmaker father. Indeed, the other London watchmakers seem frightened of her. Alone, poor, and at the end of her tether, India takes employment with the only person who'll accept her - an enigmatic and mysterious man from America. A man who possesses a strange watch that rejuvenates him when he's ill. Matthew Glass must find a particular watchmaker, but he won't tell India why any old one won't do. Nor will he tell her what he does back home, and how he can afford to stay in a house in one of London's best streets. So when she reads about an American outlaw known as the Dark Rider arriving in England, she suspects Mr. Glass is the fugitive. When danger comes to their door, she's certain of it. But if she notifies the authorities, she'll find herself unemployed and homeless again - and she will have betrayed the man who saved her life.

This really summarizes the story well. I don’t think I could have said it better. Anyway, this was a good read. I’d read about this book a long time ago and decided I wanted to read it ’some time’. When I had the opportunity to download it for free, I was pleased. I’m even more pleased now. This book was everything I had hoped it would be. It’s very well written. It seems to be a bit ’steampunk’, but to begin with, it comes across mostly as a historic story. India struggles with the role society demands she plays. She knows she has a talent for watches, but doesn’t have a clue how far that talent goes. In fact, there is so much she doesn’t know, but as she works with the mysterious mr Glass, she is beginning to suspect there’s far more to watchmaking than she’s been led to believe. And why do most of her father’s old colleagues seem to fear her?

In my opinion this is a very good fantasy story, at least if you like a sort of alternate history.

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text 2020-04-10 16:59
Historical Places Spring Break

With travel plans cancelled, I decided to host spring break on my blog this week. Here are the posts if you're interested in some virtual travel.



Nassau, Bahamas

Charleston, South Carolina

Hot Springs, Arkansas

Boston, Massachusetts

San Antonio, Texas

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text 2020-03-26 13:38
Virtual Travel: London

I have been resharing posts from my Historic Places blog series while everyone is stuck at home. I hope you are all well. Hopefully, social distancing is not such a chore for my bibliophile friends. If you are interested in some virtual travel, here are 'stops' in London.


St Paul's Cathedral


Big Ben


Tower of London



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text 2019-08-08 07:47
Plaza Hacienda, Summer Time In Old Town

Summer Time in Old Town is an annual event in Old Town, Albuquerque, which takes place every weekend from May to August. It centers around live music staged at the gazebo and delicious food from restaurants in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Furthermore, for all shopaholics, Old Town local shops have a plethora of special gifts, sales, and items for all participants of this exciting occasion. This is complemented well with the breathtaking scenery of Plaza Hacienda, Old Town, Albuquerque. With tasty Mexican cuisine, pleasant live music and extraordinary and fun activities, Summer Time in Old Town is a fun and engaging event for the whole family to enjoy.



Plaza Hacienda, Food Culture & Entertainment


Plaza Hacienda in Old Town, Albuquerque is the place to be every weekend from the month of May to August. Plaza Hacienda offers aesthetic beauty along with great shops and the best restaurants in Old Town. All shops and stores present a diverse culture that makes Summer Time in Old Town one of the best family events in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Old Town menu is something that you should not scoff at. The best restaurants in Old Town serves the first-rate cuisine which extends to authentic Mexican dishes. Live entertainment is also on the menu. Our top-tier musical performers will provide continuous entertainment, as you partake in all that the local shops and restaurants of Old Town, South Valley has to offer.



Summer Time in Old Town


If you and your family are looking for food and entertainment in Old Town,  Summer Time in Old Town, Albuquerque is where you ought to be. With a wide array of activities, you will be able to immerse yourself in the culture of historic Old Town, Albuquerque. Being a historical site,  there are many art galleries, stores, and shops in Old Town, Albuquerque that provides specials for the participants of Summer Time in Old Town. Additionally, Old Town restaurants are one of the best experiences that one has to offer since each restaurant provides a taste of genuineness from a diverse background of cultures. If you are desiring authentic Mexican food, then you are in luck since Old Town has the best Mexican restaurants in Albuquerque, New Mexico. With all this, Summer Time in Old Town will provide food and fun in Old Town, Albuquerque.



Summer Time Music in Old Town


Melodious music can speak to the soul. This is why Summer Time in Old Town, Albuquerque event of 2019, places emphasis on great music for everyone to enjoy. We gather the finest musicians in Albuquerque, New Mexico to perform live at the gazebo in Old Town for our valuable participants. Enjoy the music that each performer has to offer as you shop, partake in activities, eat at the Old Town, Albuquerque restaurants with trees, and spend the day with your loved ones. Whether you enjoy smooth, soothing music or a fast-paced tempo, we have something for everyone. Summer Time in Old Town is the best Old Town, Albuquerque event for this weekend.



Old Town Shopping, Art & Culture


Plaza Hacienda is home to a wide selection of local stores and shops in Old Town, Albuquerque. Shopping, art, culture, food, and fun in Old Town are what builds the vibrant atmosphere at Plaza Hacienda. Culture and food go hand in hand, and you can experience both by being a patron at one of many local restaurants in Old Town that provides mouthwatering cuisine. We also boast having the best Mexican restaurants in Old Town, Albuquerque. Old Town art galleries are also available for any art enthusiast. Each piece of painting, jewelry, and handcrafted pieces will be on display at Summer TIme in Old Town event in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which happens every weekend from May to August. Looking for Plaza Hacienda? You can find us on any map of Old Town, Albuquerque.



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text 2018-09-06 16:35
L’inconnu du Pont Notre Dame by Jean-Francois Parot

I’m going to read this next. As far as I can tell, it’s not here in Booklikes’ database and I don’t feel up to adding it manually from my phone. I’ve probably said it before, I really hate typing on a little screen. My regular phone is broken. 



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