Chasing Fire by Nora Roberts

Chasing Fire by Nora Roberts was a good read, one I curled up with and only put down once–and that was to refill my tea glass because the teenagers weren’t handy! 😉 Not suspenseful, but I wanted to know what was next…

When mid-reading, I simply devoured it and enjoyed it. It wasn’t until later that I realized how vivid the pictures were and still are to me…I caught myself ‘seeing’ it, ya know?

I really liked these characters, of course Gulliver most of all. He reminds me of my husband, always seeing the big picture, always making things easier just by offering who he is and what he does best…

Ella was a memorable character for me…likely because I, too, have lost my mother and have a wonderful woman for a stepmother. I appreciated Ella’s understanding of Rowan’s feelings and also her empathy for people in general.

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The rest of my reading lately has been a stack of good magazines and numerous websites…I shall  post on those one day soon…

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Drop on by the Sunday Salon page on Facebook to see what other folks have been reading lately…always some good posts and good book ideas.

The Inn at Angel Island by Thomas Kinkade


“…maybe a sign from above was not like a fortune cookie, predicting your future, but more like a marker in the road, an arrow pointing out a new direction, saying  ‘You can go this way if you choose. Didn’t you notice?’ ”

In the past, I have liked reading the novels written by Thomas Kinkade (yes, the ‘Painter of Light’, one and the same), so I was happy to see a new book that kicks off a new series. The Cape Light series from a few years ago was a good read, to my recollection. With that in mind, I had high hopes for this first book of a new series.

I am typically not a fan of what is labeled as ‘Christian fiction’ as I feel all too often the stories sound fake or preachy. While maybe these Kinkade novels are not classified as Christian fiction, they do have an element of faith and some characters do talk about God from time to time. It is subtle and quite perfectly placed, in my opinion.

I really enjoy this author and The Inn at Angel Island was no exception. I am eagerly awaiting the next book to see what happens on the island…how Liza fares…what role Daniel will play…Claire has my interest piqued—is she faithful and insightful and mystical all in one?

Looking forward to the next one in this series…

Slightly Springy Sunday Salon

The Sunday Salon

February has given way to March, the s-n-o-w has finally melted, the spring winds have arrived and sunshine is slowly but surely returning…hope SPRINGS eternal!

As always, I’ve so many books n articles n websites n magazines n the like to write about that I haven’t written about ANY of them! *shakin’ head* I’m so weird. No, you say? Who else do you know says they have so MUCH to blog about books they’ve read that they just don’t blog at ALL?!? *nods* Yeah, I thought so.  Yada, yada…let’s see…most recent reads to talk about…

Upon starting to read Maddie Dawson’s The Stuff That Never Happened , I confess to being a bit leery–okay, a LOT leery. At first glance, this was going to be a book about a midlife crisis, about a discontented middle aged couple with a freshly emptied nest who realized they had lost the ‘us’ along the way.  As I am 40 years old and coming upon our 20th wedding anniversary with our children just turning 18 and 16, I was skeptical of this book–for I was and still am not interested in a midlife crisis affair story. Mind you, that was my assumption of this book, not what the story actually turned out to be.

I typically do not read a whole lot of book reviews that give in depth details, and if you’ve read this space much you know that my comments about books aren’t so much reviews as they are…well, comments. What grabbed me or didn’t grab me, not a synopsis or detailed story summary.

One of my absolute favorite things to read are author back story comments…what he or she was thinking, what spurred this story, things like that. It was just this sort of thing that nudged me to read The Stuff That Never Happened. I read this post (clickityclick right there) and picked up the book that afternoon. As I read, I couldn’t help but like the characters and all their flaws, each individual was perfectly and wonderfully human.  What a good story…that’s likely my best compliment to a book–a good story that turns the pages all by itself.

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A couple of days ago I started reading The Paris Wife by Paula McLain . So far this has been another wonderful page turner for me. I simply love Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast, so much so that I have not managed to write about it anywhere…I just haven’t found the words. (I should note here that I had never read any of Hemingway’s work beyond a few excerpts here and there until this one)  The Paris Wife is the fictional perspective of Hemingway’s wife, Hadley, of the same time period. I am just a bit into the book and am delighted thus far.  The author apparently really did her research, learning about the girl and the woman she would become, poring over the letters written between Hemingway and Hadley in order to give her version of Hadley complete authenticity. How talented and skilled is that?!? So far so good with this one…

~Happy March Sunday…I hope it’s a glorious day in your world!~

Sunshine and Daisies

A Sunday Salon Post

*sunshine and daisies* *sunshine and daisies*

 

This is my mantra in these long, dark, cold, snowy days of w-i-n-t-e-r.  Even some of us who are accused of being ridiculously happy and optimistic on a regular basis are getting rather worn down by the daily snowfalls and ice and cold.  Enough about that…  *sunshine and daisies…*

Reading lately has been a jump around endeavor for me, short stories, magazines, internet reading.  (See above paragraph and read between the lines for restlessness)  Jumping around, however, does not imply lack of engagement or enjoyment. I have read some great stuff!

One of the most intriguing and fun things I read this week was Joanne Harris’ TwitterTales—yep, stories done ‘live and free-range’ (her words) and Twitter. While some people might scoff at the cluttering of their beloved Twitter-stream, book junkies like myself (and most of you Sunday Saloners, I’d wager) find such to be completely enchanting.  I read this author’s story Chocolat a few years ago and enjoyed the magic enough to buy a copy to keep—those who know me know I only purchase books I have read from the library or a friend and become smitten with. Thanks to finding Ms. Harris on Twitter, I have sought out a few more of her stories via the library—why I didn’t before I’ve no idea—and am looking forward to reading them.

...they shall return...

 

As for other short story reads, I put Hemingway’s The First Forty Nine short story collection on my eReader. I’ve been reading one here and there as it strikes me. I know I’ve rambled on about my recent discovery and enthralled-ness(is that a word? let’s make it a word) of Hemingway’s short stories, but it has been so interesting and riveting to explore an author so many love or love to hate for myself for the first time.

I’m looking forward to stopping by more Sunday Salon posts today, Happy Sunday!

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Sunday Salon Debut

I have browsed Sunday Salon book blogs for quite some time now, joining in here and there via comments and links to this blog space, but today is my first official ‘Sunday Salon’ post. The Salon had been full for some time until a recent Facebook page creation where now there is room for everyone.  C’mon by, take a look, join in if you’d like.

My latest reads are quite varied and eclectic. I’d say that’s how I am all the time except I do get on reading tangents of particular authors and subjects from time to time. This week’s page browses contained some good stories, some classics, some great websites and some light stuff…some new ventures, some old friends…a grand adventure, all.

*The Truth Is A Cave In The Black Mountains– a short story by Neil Gaiman. This was part of a wonderful fall into a magical rabbit hole of Internet browsing one morning. You know those? The ones where you’re surfing along and click after click leads you to new places full of interesting things? I don’t know how long I spent browsing Gaiman’s blog. As far as I know, I’d never read any of his work and am not sure how I ended up on the blog. I was taken by his tone or something on the blog and read pages and pages…I *love* it when that happens.

...dreaming of warm n sunny places...

*Rafferty’s Wife by Kay Hooper– while I have read some Kay Hooper books in the past and found them to be pretty good reads–the ones about psychic crime solvers, the titles escape me–but this one was more fluff. I liked the characters but the story wasn’t really present. Oddly enough, I’ll read the next one about one of the other characters to see if the story is better because I did like the characters.

*My sister recently sent me ‘Secrets Of A Fire King’ by Kim Edwards. I have been and am still enamored with short stories for some time and am looking forward to reading these.

*Again with the short stories, I downloaded John Grisham’s Ford County: Stories collection to my Sony eReader this morning. The title caught my attention first then the descriptions I read intrigued me.

*While Kyle Cassidy ‘s work is photography, I enjoyed his writing along with the photos. I wandered through ‘The Hive’ and  ‘Travel Diaries’ as well as his other work on the site.  This delightful journey was part of my magical rabbit hole fall earlier this week.