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review 2018-10-15 02:13
Not Afraid of No Ghosts
The Other Side - J.D. Robb,Patricia Gaffney,Mary Blayney,Ruth Ryan Langan

Typical anthology, some stories were good, though most were meh. I would probably have put this aside after the JD Robb story, but kept plugging away.


Possession in Death (In Death #31.5) by JD Robb (3.5 stars)- This is a futuristic romance taking place in 2060. It was nice to read an In Death story showing all of Eve's coworkers and people important to her. We start off with everyone at a fun BBQ which is quickly overshadowed by murder. I do wish that the more recent works had everyone together in them and actually just hanging out. I had no idea how much I missed that until I read this story. We have Eve called away and finds herself holding an older Romany woman (Gizi) who was stabbed to death. Eve agrees to find Gizi's granddaughter Beata that has gone missing. Eve realizes slowly though that somehow she has been possessed by Gizi. She and Roarke work together to see if they figure out what happened to Beata in order for Eve to return back to normal. I liked the thought of Eve being able to see ghosts and help lay them to rest. Frankly it's not much different from her dreams which have seemed to gotten more prophetic at times during the series. In the end though, the entire story-line moved a little too fast (not surprising since this is a short story) and we don't get a chance to digest things.


The Other Side of the Coin by Mary Blayney (5 stars)- This is a historical romance taking place in 1810. The one story not about ghosts in any way was my favorite. I liked the idea of the Earl of Fellsborough (Harry) swapping bodies with his wife (Bettina). They have an argument and both throw a mysterious coin that is nearby and wish for things at the same time. Bettina wishes that Harry could be in her shoes and Harry wishes that his wife would trust him. It was pretty funny to read them trying to deal with the ins and outs of being men and women in this time period. We also got to see their views on a lot of things such as the slave trade too. The funniest scene though was when the Earl got a period (in his wife's body) and I maybe laughed so hard I hurt my ribs. The agony he was in and the countess just rolling her eyes was hilarious. 

“Does it feel like some monster from hell is working its way through your stomach and below and the only relief will be when it explodes out of you? But before that can happen the pain fades, but only for a few moments.”

“Yes.” He sounded amazed at her insight.

“It happens every month, my lady,” Bettina said with a sarcastic emphasis on the honorific. “Indeed, it will happen monthly right before your courses for the next twenty years.”

“God help me.” 

I also like how Blayney played with romance scenes in this one too. 


Dancing Ghost by Patricia Gaffney (3 stars)-This is a historical romance taking place in 1895. A young woman (Angie Darlington) hires a man (Henry Cleland) who claims to be a paranormal investigator. Angie doesn't really believe that Henry can find or sense ghosts. She is merely trying to use him to prove her grandparent's house is haunted in order to prevent her cousin from selling it. I just found myself bored while reading this. Neither characters interested me much. I was more interested in the literary sayings about love that were appearing on a mirror in a bedroom. 


Almost Heaven by Ruth Ryan Langan (2 stars)-This is a contemporary romance. Ted and Vanessa are an older and happily married couple. They leave a party celebrating their daughter's engagement and died when the brakes fail. They get to stay on this side as ghosts and are told they can hang around for a while, but not interfere. Things get dicey though when they realize that someone purposely murdered them. This and the next story are among my least favorite in this anthology. Probably because we don't get any character development from Christina and Jake. They are just props in the overall story and you don't really root for them. I also didn't like Ted that much when he admits he thought their young son Tyler (who suffers from autism) was not intelligent. I just hard cringed at that line. 


Never Too Late for Love by Mary Kay McComas (2 stars)-This is also a contemporary romance. MJ is hell-bent on selling her mother's home and then comes to find her ghost and the ghosts of her two aunts who have passed on. The story had too much going on, and McComas trying to throw a love story in there didn't help either. I just didn't think that the story-line was remotely interesting since it seemed like all MJ was talk. And I didn't buy her romance with the guy next door (Ryan) he was beige as hell. The ending just fell flat. I wish the anthology had wrapped on a stronger note. 


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text 2018-10-14 21:16
Reading progress update: I've read 50%.
The Other Side - J.D. Robb,Patricia Gaffney,Mary Blayney,Ruth Ryan Langan

Yikes. If I wasn't reading this for a square I would totally DNF it.


So far only one story is really tied together with a ghost, Eve Dallas's "Possession in Death" (In Death #31.5). it initially is okay with Eve and Roarke having a BBQ at their home with Eve's fellow cops and friends. She is still feeling awful after closing the case on two thrill killers from the last book (FYI, I forgot how much I loathed that book). Eve gets a call and goes out and finds a woman dying after being stabbed, someone though Eve invites her into herself and is able to see the newly dead. It works mostly, and I did love that Roarke this time was very much about doing what he could to get Eve back to herself. 


"The Other Side of the Coin" by Mary Blayney has the Earl and Countess of Fellsborough switching bodies. I know that many people who have read these anthologies know that Blayney also has the whole magical coin thing going on. This was pretty interesting and I loved the resolution. No ghosts though.


I started "Dancing Ghost" by Patricia Gaffney and so far am not a fan. Reading two people sending letters back and forth to each other is boring me to tears. At least this one is about ghost hunters it seems operating in the 1800s. 


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text 2018-10-12 01:42
Reading progress update: I've read 20 out of 351 pages.
The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side - Agatha Christie

I've had this on my shelf since December 2012, if you can believe it. Figure now's a good time to read it. It's funny to read Miss Marple complain about the youth and those newfangled Super Markets. Just shows some things truly never change. 

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text 2018-10-08 19:31
Reading progress update: I've read 1%.
The Other Side - J.D. Robb,Patricia Gaffney,Mary Blayney,Ruth Ryan Langan



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text 2018-09-27 15:07
Advantages of French Furniture and Why This Type Of Furniture Is Ideal for Your Home

The fame of French furniture goes back to the seventeenth century, maybe much prior. You can really discover heaps of renovated "ratty chic" furniture style that originated from the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth hundreds of years. Antique furniture pieces are re upholstered to accomplish a dainty yet sentimental look to it.

The quintessential furniture of French impact is made of wood. It could be a reflected bedside table, a dressing table, side table or an eating table. Wood is quite often fused in it. This isn't only a straightforward sort of wood. French-style furniture for the most part makes utilization of tough hardwood that will keep going for a considerable length of time.

French style furniture is likewise portrayed by its rich bends. For example, a front room lounge chair may have wooden casing with complicated, bended outlines on its armrest, backrest and feet. The ordinary French household item isn't utilitarian in its look. It generally figures out how to awe with its many-sided, embellished points of interest.

Also, the upholstery is intended to move wonder. Developers make utilization of material materials with decorated prints or with luxurious prints proposed to give the impression of extravagance and riches.

Points of interest Of Using French Furniture

On the off chance that you are pondering utilizing this sort of furniture in your home, you should need to look at the accompanying favorable circumstances:

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  2. 1.This kind of furniture is straightforward yet rich in the meantime

What is extraordinary about this sort of furniture is that it can make straightforward and inadequate rooms exceptionally exquisite looking. For example, you have basic plain-shaded dividers and you have not very many room embellishments, you can simply include a pleasant dash of class to the room by utilizing the French kind of furniture. The rich bends of the furniture combined with the normally printed frill as of now function as outline. You require not burn through cash on different embellishments that will make your room look jumbled.

  1. 2.It is anything but difficult to work with this sort of furniture

The thing about French style furniture is that it is anything but difficult to work with. On the off chance that you have no plan motivation, simply taking a gander at the style of these furniture sets will give you a thought on how you need your space to be planned. Moreover, they are anything but difficult to be consolidated into the home. You will have a simpler time of it searching for drapes, side tables, glass vases or blooms that will work with your table. On the off chance that you have a reflected bedside table, you will think that its simple to locate a coordinating bed or blanket.

  1. 3.They keep going for quite a while.

This sort of furniture is typically produced using the best materials and upholstery. It isn't amazing to discover heaps of antique French kind of furniture nowadays. Indeed, you can put resources into these old fashioned pieces and just renovate them to make them look great in your home. New materials function admirably with the old material of the furniture.

For the more up to date ones, ensure you search for a furniture maker that utilizations hardwood materials. Ask the producer how you can keep it fit as a fiddle.

  1. 4.The French style of furniture goes in any room.

Reflected bedside table goes in your room. That sentimental looking long feasting table goes so effortlessly in your customary lounge area setting. You can likewise discover a grouping of lounge love seats and stools propelled by French sort of furniture. It is anything but difficult to make a subject in your entire house. The French style can be adjusted for a wide range of furniture, and in this manner can fit into any of the rooms in your home effortlessly.

For what reason Is This Ideal For Home Use?

The focal points above should answer this inquiry. Basically, French sort of furniture is perfect for both customary and present day homes. They are undemanding. They inspire a feeling of tranquility and appeal in the room that can't be accomplished by more present day styles of furniture. They are likewise useful, solid, and rich, the aftereffect of long stretches of refinement of center plan standards.

Many individuals may accept that this kind of furniture looks better in a young lady's room or a house claimed by a lady. Be that as it may, this style is in reality extremely versatile. Simply search for darker shades of wood and upholstery and you can make it work in a space for men. It will never leave style regardless of what the century is.

So ensure you consider incorporating French furniture in your home. That reflected bedside table with light tones and complicated bended points of interest will be a scene-stealer. Your French-style furniture will be furniture that will catch the consideration of visitors and will make them feel particularly welcome in your home.


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