Thursday, March 1, 2018

Netgalley

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Are you a Netgalley member?  If you love to read and review, this is the place to be!  My first book in the Eden Hall Series, Finding Eden, is available free on Netgalley for the month of March, 2018.  Check it out!  I'd love to hear what you think.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

The Morning After


It is the morning after the night before
And I know it could not be again.
Was it good for you? It was good for me.
Do you think we could ever be friends?
I know that’s a question that shouldn’t be asked;
It makes people feel ill at ease.
But I thought at the time you could offer an answer;
Some soft consolation to please.
Now I see I was asking too much of a man
Unprepared to answer my eyes.
But I know soon he’ll learn to counter those questions,
To stroke and to smile as he lies.
Well, it’s the morning after the night before,
And I’m eating my breakfast alone.
I’m thinking of other mornings like this
And of other men that I’ve known.
I’m sure there will be more mornings like this
Though I really don’t need any more.
The memories of the mornings I try to forget,
While just remember the nights before. 

Sheri Richey (ssrichey)
Sheri Richey

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Corner to Corner Crochet - C2C


I'm loving this new stitch!  It took me a little time to catch on, but it is very easy and is very pretty!

If you want to give it a try, you can check out this website.  It has instructional guides and videos.

How to Corner to Corner Crochet for Beginners

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The Whistler by John Grisham


We expect our judges to be honest and wise. Their integrity and impartiality are the bedrock of the entire judicial system. We trust them to ensure fair trials, to protect the rights of all litigants, to punish those who do wrong, and to oversee the orderly and efficient flow of justice.  But what happens when a judge bends the law or takes a bribe? It’s rare, but it happens.
     
Lacy Stoltz is an investigator for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct. She is a lawyer, not a cop, and it is her job to respond to complaints dealing with judicial misconduct. After nine years with the Board, she knows that most problems are caused by incompetence, not corruption. But a corruption case eventually crosses her desk. A previously disbarred lawyer is back in business with a new identity. He now goes by the name Greg Myers, and he claims to know of a Florida judge who has stolen more money than all other crooked judges combined. And not just crooked judges in Florida. All judges, from all states, and throughout U.S. history.

My Take:
Now I noticed the reviews are mixed, but I really enjoyed this book.  I also listened to the audiobook on audible.com and although that is a different experience, I still enjoyed the book.  If you are from or familiar with the North Florida panhandle, you will be especially interested because the book is based in Tallahassee but ranges from St. Augustine to Pensacola in action settings.  I find it always seems special when the descriptions of surroundings are something familiar to you.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Rough Passage to London by Robin Lloyd


Lyme, Connecticut, early nineteenth century. Elisha Ely Morgan is a young farm boy who has witnessed firsthand the terror of the War of 1812. Troubled by a tumultuous home life ruled by the fists of their tempestuous father, Ely's two older brothers have both left their pastoral boyhoods to seek manhood through sailing. One afternoon, the Morgan family receives a letter with the news that one brother is lost at sea; the other is believed to be dead. Scrimping as much savings as a farm boy can muster, Ely spends nearly every penny he has to become a sailor on a square-rigged ship, on a route from New York to London—a route he hopes will lead to his vanished brother, Abraham. 

My Take:  I won this advance proof in a Goodreads Giveaway and feel very fortunate for that.  I loved the story and the premise behind its writing. I enjoy researching my family history also and found the story even more engaging because it was an idea born from his family tree. I only wished he would have included a genealogy chart at the end to show us the family that followed and his relationship to the Sea Captain Elisha Ely Morgan.

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton


A tiny girl is abandoned on a ship headed for Australia in 1913. She arrives completely alone with nothing but a small suitcase containing a few clothes and a single book -- a beautiful volume of fairy tales. She is taken in by the dockmaster and his wife and raised as their own. On her twenty-first birthday they tell her the truth, and with her sense of self shattered and with very little to go on, "Nell" sets out on a journey to England to try to trace her story, to find her real identity. Her quest leads her to Blackhurst Manor on the Cornish coast and the secrets of the doomed Mountrachet family. But it is not until her granddaughter, Cassandra, takes up the search after Nell's death that all the pieces of the puzzle are assembled. At Cliff Cottage, on the grounds of Blackhurst Manor, Cassandra discovers the forgotten garden of the book's title and is able to unlock the secrets of the beautiful book of fairy tales.

My Take:   I enjoyed this book and I really didn't expect to like it much.  It was a gift and I'm not usually a reader of things set in Australia, but even though I wouldn't have selected it myself, I'm glad I read it.  It was truly a woven tale.  I especially enjoyed the surprise twist to the mystery at the end.  No spoilers here!