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review 2016-08-08 02:05
The Winding Road - Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

"THE WINDING ROAD" is the 34th novel in the Morland Dynasty Series. It has all the classic hallmarks of the previous novels: complex, compelling, and fascinating characters; fantastic places that take on the attributes of vital, living beings; and a keen sense of life in motion.


The story carries on into January 1925. Polly Morland - the sole daughter of Edward 'Teddy' Morland, the lord and master of Morland Place in Yorkshire - is living in a fine house on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, where she has been living for the past few years. She is a celebrated beauty and a successful fashion designer with her own fashion house and a burgeoning list of monied clients. A proposal of marriage from Ren Alexander, a darkly handsome, astute businessman with a mysterious past and political ambitions (and the connections to go with those ambitions) comes as a surprise. She had known him for some time, and while having enjoyed their outings together, never once considered marriage. When she tells Lennie, a distant cousin and close confidant --- who has pined for Polly for years, from the time he first met her a decade earlier when he had travelled to Britain to join the British Army to fight in the First World War --- he has his misgivings. But he is supportive of her and attends Polly's wedding, which was a rather grand event. Notwithstanding that, Lennie pays for a private detective to find out all he can about Ren and his past.


The novel also shifts among different members of the extended Morland Family line - shedding considerable light on the goings-on of the Comptons, the Brancasters, the Westhovens, and the Peakes. In the hands of a less skilled and assured writer, this scattering of characters across various places could result in a muddled mess, confusing the reader as to what the story is really all about. Thankfully, Cynthia Harrod-Eagles shows consummate skill in breathing life into characters that will fill and enrich the imagination of any reader. Love, crises, heartache, hope, and tragedy abound. There is never a dull moment in this novel, which carries the reader through the rest of the decade and brings home the shock and aftershocks engendered by the Wall Street Crash of October 1929 and resulting economic depression.


I'd like to cite the following words from "THE WINDING ROAD", which for me summed up the passage of an era so well described in it --- 'The revels of the whole country this last year [1929] - indeed, this whole decade [the 1920s] - had come to a sudden end. America had danced and played, growing richer almost by the day. Golf, tennis, sea bathing and beach picnics, the cinemas, the theatres, the restaurants, ever-fancier automobiles, sassy clothes, jazz, cocktails - it had been quite a revel. And now the party was over.'


And for Morland Place itself, it is again faced with challenges that could lead to its dissolution after being part of the family for 500 years. But I don't want to give too much away. At 662 pages, "THE WINDING ROAD" will kept the reader spellbound throughout.

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review 2016-03-13 20:25
A Dark and Winding Road by Matthew Weber
A Dark and Winding Road - Matthew Weber

*Horror; Short Story Collection*

Nicely done. Very talented writing. Fast-paced with some twists. Probably not something you want to read if you're at home by yourself in the middle of the night. I might have gasped a time or two while gripping the edges of my Kindle.

I appreciated the disclaimer/warning at the beginning. Included were warnings that the following stories contained "death, graphic violence, profanity, blasphemy, sexual content, and other themes and images that commonly disturb". This statement should also probably include these themes as also related to children.

Of the eleven stories, my favorites include The Clinic, My Own Personal Monster, and The Hitch.

The Clinic, while definitely fitting into the horror genre, also flirts with crossing over into the psychological thriller genre. The MC is basically an evil child who is coming into adulthood and his parents are at a loss as to what to do with him. They've run out of options. I would have loved this story to have been longer. If Weber ever rewrites this as a full-length novel, I'm definitely all in.

My Own Personal Monster... because no horror collection is complete without a sasquatch story. Not only the subject matter, and the engaging writing, but I also very much enjoyed the ending. I really thought it was going to go another way.

The Hitch is about a hitchhiker who seems to be having some problems. I can't say too much without giving away the spoiler, but I can say I appreciated Weber's craftmanship of the story/narration.

My least favorite of the eleven stories was Bobby's Holiday Wish List. It was well-written. In fact, it was even one of the stories that made me audibly gasp. It's only my least favorite due to the subject matter being a little too dark for my taste.

I also feel compelled to mention that the editing on this book was impeccable. Props to the editor. And cover designer.

Five stars!!

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photo 2015-11-04 02:36

Boo, Blue, & Kisses with Lou
Such a Freaking Beautiful Crew
Parties at the Zoo
Chocolate Fondue, Aqua Shampoo,

& Nothing but Thank You
His Heart Always True
and You Know What is Due
Baby We at Number Two!!!!!

Source: instagram.com/p/9pNb5ZjWqJ/?taken-by=monroearieltk
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photo 2015-10-31 18:17

I Want You to Have a Wicked
and Spooky Good Time!

The HerOutSpokenLips Countdown

is Winding Down!

Wear a Costume that you love,

kiss someone by a pumpkin, and

drink some orange soda today!!!!!!

BOO & LOVE-----------MONROE

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review 2014-07-31 13:38
Gro├čvaters Geschichten von den Tieren - Thomas Winding

Lauter kurze, schräge Geschichten. Mini-Einschlafgeschichten, sozusagen. Aber auch als Erwachsener kann man noch dazu lernen. ;)

»Wenn du am Südpol ankommst, dann musst du gut auf deine Gummibärchen aufpassen.«

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