Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch written by Eileen Spinelli and illustrated by Paul Yalowitz is the prefect book to read in February in relation to Valentines Day. This touching story is about a man, Mr. Hatch, in the community who keeps to himself most days. Until, he receives a valentine from a secret admirer. Mr. Hatch begins talking to everyone keeping in the back of his mind that he wants to find this admirer. He becomes more outgoing and helps everyone in the community. This continues until the postman brings to Mr. Hatch's attention, that he made a mistake and delivered the valentine to the wrong address. To find out what the community does next, you'll just have to read for yourself because this book is truly heart wrenching. I see myself using this book in my classroom before our Valentines Day party. This would encourage all students to put thought into their valentine, because even a few kind words can change a person's life. We could do a sequencing activity with this text or write a letter to Mr. Hatch to accompany this book. This story is a 3.9 on the accelerated reader leveling system.
Today’s post is for Donna Hatch’s Courting the Countess. We will have info about the books and author. A great interview with Donna. As well as a great giveaway. Make sure to check everything out and enter the giveaway.
Happy Reading :)
When charming rake Tristan Barrett sweeps Lady Elizabeth off her feet, stealing both her heart and a kiss in a secluded garden, her brother challenges Tristan to a duel. The only way to save her brother and Tristan from harm—not to mention preserve her reputation—is to get married. But her father, the Duke of Pemberton, refuses to allow his daughter to marry anyone but a titled lord. The duke demands that Elizabeth marry Tristan’s older brother, Richard, the Earl of Averston. Now Elizabeth must give up Tristan to marry a man who despises her, a man who loves another, a man she’ll never love.
Richard fears Elizabeth is as untrustworthy as his mother, who ran off with another man. However, to protect his brother from a duel and their family name from further scandal, he agrees to the wedding, certain his new bride will betray him. Yet when Elizabeth turns his house upside down and worms her way into his reluctant heart, Richard suspects he can’t live without his new countess. Will she stay with him or is it too little, too late?
Tell us about your writing - What genre do you prefer to write?
I write historical romance—specifically the Regency—that has been described as sweet but with a lots of sizzle.
What about you as a person? What do you do to relax?
I walk daily—both for exercise and because I enjoy it. I also like to hike. Music is also a big deal for me. I sing and play the harp. I also love ballroom dancing.
Do you write to a music, and do you want to share your playlist?
I usually turn on Pandora when I write. There is a Regency Era music station that I like. I also listen to instrumental/new age—nothing with lyrics or a drum beat. If I’m somewhere without internet, I listen to a harp or piano CD.
Donna Hatch is the author of the best-selling “Rogue Hearts Series,” and a winner of writing awards such as The Golden Quill and the International Digital Award. A hopeless romantic and adventurer at heart, she discovered her writing passion at the tender age of 8 and has been listening to those voices ever since. She has become a sought-after workshop presenter, and also juggles freelance editing, multiple volunteer positions, and most of all, her six children (seven, counting her husband). A native of Arizona who recently transplanted to the Pacific Northwest, she and her husband of over twenty years are living proof that there really is a happily ever after.
I love this book, not because it is a marvel of literary genius (it isn't -- it's good but not marvelous), but because more than any other book I've ever read, the characters speak to me almost as well as if I had written them myself. Lucy and Ash and the inhabitants of Mooney, Texas are appealing and human and flawed in a way that is entirely on my own wavelength. I've never been to East Texas, but these folks feel like people I have always known.
This is the first in a series of (so far) four books starring Lucy and Ash, and it is far and away the best in the series. I enjoyed the second, The Last of the Honky Tonk Angels , almost as much as I like this one -- and in fact, I re-read both of them about once every two years. After these two books, though, Marsha Moyer does what I am too often tempted to do in my own writing: she is so enthralled with her characters that she keeps telling their stories long after the blush is off the rose.
*** Originally posted at GR December 2011.***
I was provided with a free copy of this book as part of a Twitter travel book club.
Ben Hatch has the task of writing a guide book about France. Packing his family into the family car and letting out the house, the Hatch family set off on what they think will be a dignified and pleasant family trip around the French countryside. The scrapes, adventures and misadventures that Ben, his wife Dinah and children get up to on the Road to Rouen are perhaps not all that they envisaged...
I enjoy a good travelogue. I find it a brilliant way of finding out about other countries and about the people taking those trips. Sometimes it's about living vicariously through others. We may have all dreamed of giving it all up for a small house in a sunny climate or taking a few months off work to travel but how many of us would actually do it?
The Road to Rouen introduces you to places that you would probably never knew existed in France. Some you may want to visit, others, the vegetable theme park for example, you may want to skip. I found this a great introduction to the little known areas of France.
However it was also more than just a story about a road trip. In fact is was more about the Hatch family, how Ben and Dinah's relationship fared under the stresses and strains of a long road trip in the confined space of a smelly Passat. It was also interesting to see how the trip brought the family together, how major decisions were made and how the journey allowed the children to flourish.
What I can't fail to mention is how funny this book is. I could often be heard laughing out loud to some passage or other, in fact more often than not. I would try to explain a funny excerpt to my husband, this becoming more difficult as I started to laugh even more and usually the situation would just end with me in tears of laughter and him shaking his head at me. A few highlights were the donkey ride, the canoe trip and the one that has me laughing even now as I remember it, the infamous trip to Disneyland.
If you are looking for a funny, moving, light-hearted read then this book could be right up your road!