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6/10/2019 at Alinefromabook

Hey friends! Sorry for the long silence. We had a bit of a family emergency here that distracted me for a few days. I have been doing some reading and have 4 reviews I need to write. I’ve also been keeping an eye out for my jackrabbits. We had 2 show up in the front yard the other day and one of them was sitting in a spot where 3 of the sprinkler heads meet. He just sat there letting the water fall all over him for about 5 minutes. I guess it was the rabbit version of a bird bath. One of these days I’m going to have my phone with me when the rabbits show up so I can take some pictures to share. Until we get either a cat or a dog (the debate rages on) the rabbits are my only pets.

Well, I just wanted to touch base and say Hi. I think I’ll try to get a start on those reviews now. Have a great week!!

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“Montauk” by Nicola Harrison

“Montauk” by Nicola Harrison

Blurb:

Montauk, Long Island, 1938.

For three months, this humble fishing village will serve as the playground for New York City’s wealthy elite. Beatrice Bordeaux was looking forward to a summer of reigniting the passion between her and her husband, Harry. Instead, tasked with furthering his investment interest in Montauk as a resort destination, she learns she’ll be spending twelve weeks sequestered with the high society wives at The Montauk Manor—a two-hundred room seaside hotel—while Harry pursues other interests in the city.

College educated, but raised a modest country girl in Pennsylvania, Bea has never felt fully comfortable among these privileged women, whose days are devoted not to their children but to leisure activities and charities that seemingly benefit no one but themselves. She longs to be a mother herself, as well as a loving wife, but after five years of marriage she remains childless while Harry is increasingly remote and distracted. Despite lavish parties at the Manor and the Yacht Club, Bea is lost and lonely and befriends the manor’s laundress whose work ethic and family life stir memories of who she once was.

As she drifts further from the society women and their preoccupations and closer toward Montauk’s natural beauty and community spirit, Bea finds herself drawn to a man nothing like her husband –stoic, plain spoken and enigmatic. Inspiring a strength and courage she had almost forgotten, his presence forces her to face a haunting tragedy of her past and question her future.

Desperate to embrace moments of happiness, no matter how fleeting, she soon discovers that such moments may be all she has, when fates conspire to tear her world apart…

My Thoughts:

This is the author’s debut novel, and I am impressed. Historical romance is not my usual genre and when this book came up on my TBR I couldn’t remember why I had selected it, but I was not disappointed. The story is rich with well developed and colorful characters and the setting is spectacular. I’ve never been to Montauk but with the author’s descriptions I was able to develop a beautiful picture in my mind. Of course, I do like history so the timeframe of 1938 was interesting to me. The author painted a vivid picture of “high society” at the time with its post-Depression excesses and lavish lifestyles. What makes the story more compelling is how the lives of the inhabitants of the fishing village were incorporated into the drama and played a critical role in Beatrice’s narrative. I found Beatrice to complicated, haunted, and lost, but even more she is a very caring person who wants to improve the lives of those around her. She’s educated but doesn’t seem to know herself very well as the story opens. She can also be just a little too impulsive at times, which only adds to her charm. The story is told by Beatrice and I really enjoyed the first-person narrative. Bottom line: this book was an enjoyable departure from my usual mysteries and true crime. Well done!

Alinefromabook’s rating:   Glowing StarGlowing StarGlowing StarGlowing Star

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Links:   Amazon   |   Goodreads   |   Author’s website

 

5/25/2019 at Alinefromabook

Friday Night Bunny Hop

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned here before that we have wild rabbits around our neighborhood. I look forward every spring to the arrival of the bunnies in my yard and this year was no different. Most years I’ll see a momma and baby in the spring and by the end of summer the babies are all grown up. Well, this year I’ve been waiting and waiting, checking the yard every time I go by a window and no bunnies had arrived. Then last night I’m sitting on the sofa and my husband is at the kitchen sink and all of a sudden he starts saying “Bunnies, Bunnies!” So I run to the window and sure enough there are 2 bunnies in the yard.

The 1st one pretty quickly hopped off the the first and disappeared and I said to the 2nd bunny, “Oh, come over here where I can see you better”. And the next thing I know this rabbit is hopping UP the steps of my deck toward where I’m standing at the patio door. He pauses there and I so wanted to get my camera but was afraid he would see the movement and get scared and go away. So instead I watched and admired him while he did a little turn around the patio table, paused again where I could get a good look at him, and hopped off down the stairs. Now, I’m not an outdoorsman and you won’t find me up close and personal on an African safari. But I do enjoy these kid of chance encounters with wildlife and this was the perfect ending to my busy week.

White-tailed Jackrabbit (Lepus townsendii)

Primarily clad in brown and gray tones, white-tailed jackrabbits get their name from their conspicuous, white tails. Native to the Western and Midwestern portions of the United States and Canada, white-tailed jackrabbits are most active at night–an adaptation that helps them avoid birds of prey. White-tailed jackrabbits consume a wide variety of herbaceous plants, twigs, bark and fruit.

White-Tailed Jackrabbit

Writing Prompt – Zodiac

When I hear the word zodiac the first thing that pops in my mind is stars and mystical creatures. And then I remember that as a child I was taught to stay away from anything related to the zodiac. “Never read your horoscope” “Don’t ever talk about what your sign is.” “These things are Satanic and will corrupt you, stay away!” As I grew older and came to the realization that God was not going to strike me down with a bolt of lightning if I did the things I was forbidden to do, I began to be a little curious. So one day, I read a description of the characteristics of my sign, Leo, and I didn’t identify with any of them! But often I will see the characteristics of a particular sign in other people. So maybe I’m just an oddball or maybe there’s a lot more to the zodiac and astrology that I every thought. I don’t know if I will ever be a believer but I don’t avoid the topic anymore. Like with other religions, I think it is helpful to have a basic understanding of other systems of belief so that we can better understand the people that subscribe to those systems of belief. And even if you are a staunch conservative Christian it remains part of your belief system that a star led the wise men to Jesus. So maybe there is something to the zodiac.

Thank you to Sammi Cox for providing today’s writing prompt.

5/17/2019 at Alinefromabook

So we have arrived at the end of another week. I’m am worn out and since I don’t have to work this weekend I may not even get out of my recliner until Monday morning. The weather will be offering no incentive either as there is a 100% chance of rain tomorrow. I haven’t done too much actual reading this week but I have finished 2 audiobooks. If I can bear the strain of typing maybe I’ll get some reviews written while I’m relaxing.

My TBR currently stands at exactly 200 which I think is an increase since I last checked but to be honest, I have been paying very close attention recently. The most exciting thing for me in books is that John Connolly’s latest, which is scheduled for release in October, came available for request on NetGalley this week. I would be over the moon with excitement if I get approved. Wish me luck! I have 2 books that I’ve started and, fingers crossed, I’ll finish one in the next couple days.

In family news, my son finished his first year of college and started a summer course. And today, in a rare burst of energy, he cleaned up the kitchen for me and made crepes. With the school year ended and students leaving the 3 local colleges the city is starting to feel a little empty. The exodus will continue after Memorial Day as local families move out to the lakes for the summer. We however, are among the few locals who don’t really get into lake life and will stay put until vacation time.

We were watching a couple of political commentators on PBS this evening and come to find out there is a division between voters over age 45 and voters under age 45 in this country. I can’t help but chuckle at this because they say it like it’s some kind of new thing but I could swear that I remember hearing the adults in the 70’s talking about a very similar division when they were electing Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. The older I get, the more I realize that as a society we just keep fighting the same battles over and over. The names and faces change but ultimately the issues don’t really change. Yes, it’s time again for the presidential race in the US. We have a year and half to sort through the dozens of candidates before casting our votes upon the winds of fate next year. Let the scandals begin!

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5/6/2019 at Alinefromabook

Hello faithful followers and visitors. Lest you start to think I’ve fallen off the face of the earth, I’m here to tell you that I have not. I have merely been working 10-12 hour days for the last week and a half. This week will be better though because I get to take 2 days off . . . to have dental surgery! How exciting is that! Maybe while I’m recovering I’ll have a chance to get caught up on my reviews.

I’m currently listening to “A Game of Ghosts” by John Connolly and today I downloaded the audiobook of “The Woman in the Woods”. Yesterday I was able to finish the last chapters of “The Night Window” by Dean Koontz and my next read is “Montauk” by Nicola Harrison. So that’s what’s happening over here in my little corner of the world. Hope you all have a great week!

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4/28/19 at Alinefromabook

Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you are all having a relaxing day. The sky is rather gray and cloudy but we had lots of sunshine yesterday. The snow is finally gone and the grass is starting to green up nicely. We’ve also got leaves budding on the trees which I love to watch. The songbirds are back. I was awoken by one this morning, though it sounded more like he was giving a lecture than singing a song. I still waiting to my first rabbit of the year. There are lots of wild rabbits in our area and they have a little path going across our yard but still waiting to see the first one this year.

April has been a pretty stressful month at work. We’re making this big transition of job duties which has might learning a lot of new stuff on top of what we already do. That has meant quite a bit of overtime and less reading time. Hopefully it will all settle down in the next two weeks and I can be a bit more relaxed. My son will be finishing his first year of college in the next couple of weeks. It’s hard to believe it’s already been a year. The end of a school year also means he has another birthday coming up.

I have been doing some reading and listening. Hopefully, I will get reviews up soon of “A History of Women in Medicine”A History of Women in Medicine by Sinead Spearing, and “The Murderer’s Son”The Murderer's Son by Joy Ellis, audio book version. I am currently reading “The Night Window” The Night Windowby Dean Koontz. My next listen will be “A Game of Ghosts”A Game of Ghosts by John Connolly and my next read is one that my father has been asking me to read. It’s “On Pluto”On Pluto by Greg O’Brien, subtitled “Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s”. I may have mentioned here that my mother has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and my dad says that after I read this book he will tell me what page she is on. I’m really not sure I want to know what’s to come but curiosity will win the day. So with fear and trepidation I’m going to dig into this man’s story.

That’s it for today’s random rambles. I hope you all have a great week and read some fabulous books along the way.

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“Burial Rites” by Hannah Kent

“Burial Rites” by Hannah Kent

Narrated by Morven Christie

Blurb from Amazon: In northern Iceland, 1829, Agnes Magnúsdóttir is condemned to death for her part in the brutal murder of her lover. Agnes is sent to wait out her final months on the farm of district office Jón Jónsson, his wife and their two daughters. Horrified to have a convicted murderer in their midst, the family avoid contact with Agnes. Only Tóti, the young assistant priest appointed Agnes’ spiritual guardian, is compelled to try to understand her. As the year progresses and the hardships of rural life force the household to work side by side, Agnes’ story begins to emerge and with it the family’s terrible realization that all is not as they had assumed.

My thoughts: This story is dark and at times disturbing, but beautifully written and, in this case, beautifully narrated. I imagine that Agnes must have been a very difficult character to write. This woman is condemned to death but doesn’t know when, and while waiting she must continue to live and work to earn her keep. Her full story comes out in pieces either through conversations with other characters, or from her own inner musings. Agnes’s story is, as much as possible, based on the actual facts of her life and what a horrific one it was. I would not expect life in Iceland in the 1800’s to be in any way easy, but this woman, even as a child, was never offered even the smallest of comforts. I think the story does an excellent job of spotlighting the social issues of the time, some of which are still relevant today. There are also some interesting musings on what it means for a society to invoke capital punishment. This is a thought provoking and fascinating look at a life that never really had a chance. If your looking for something a little different, I would definitely recommend this one.

Alinefromabook’s rating: 4-star-rating  4 stars!!

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Links:   Amazon   |   Goodreads   |   Author’s website

 

4/6/2019 at Alinefromabook

I can’t believe it’s already the 6th day of April. I’m really not sure what happened to the first 5 but here we are. North Dakota is in the midst of the Spring Melt which means that we are currently on flood watch. The Red River of the North is within walking distance of my house so there is some cause for concern but according to the latest predictions our house is not in danger this year. Nevertheless, my flood insurance is fully paid up.

I’ve been thinking recently that my writing doesn’t really communicate all that I want to say and I want to do something about that. One of the bloggers I follow is the writer Sammi Cox and every weekend she publishes a Weekend Writing Prompt. So I think I’m going to start taking her up on this challenge. This week’s prompt is Silence and I might actually have some thoughts on that topic. I’ll post whatever I come up with here and you guys can let me know what you think. Any tips for improvement would be appreciated.

I think it’s been a while since I did a numbers update so I thought I would do that now. My TBR is currently at 197. I started the year with 194. I could have sworn I wasn’t acquiring very many books. According to Goodreads, I’ve read 21 books already this year but I must confess that most of that reading has actually been listening. I am pleased with the status of my Goodreads challenge though. My best reading discovery this year has been the Audible Daily Deal. I’ve had the chance to try out new authors authors and genres without laying out a lot of cash. I’m also pleased that my NetGalley rating has reached 87%.

Coming up this week I will be posting reviews of “The Forbidden Door” by Dean KoontzThe Forbidden Door and “Burial Rites” by Hannah Kent.Burial Rites  I am currently listening to “The Waiting Room” by Emily BleekerThe Waiting Room and I am reading “A Murderous Malady” by Christine Trent. A Murderous Malady

So that’s where things are at here. I hope you all are having a great weekend and I will talk to you again soon.

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“The Energy Codes” by Sue Morter

“The Energy Codes” by Sue Morter

The 7-Step System to Awaken Your Spirit, Heal Your Body, and Live Your Best Life

Blurb: Eighteen years ago, health pioneer and practitioner Dr. Sue Morter had a remarkable and profound awakening. While meditating, she spontaneously accessed an energy field—a level of consciousness—beyond anything she had ever imagined. This dramatic experience changed her life, freeing her from years of struggle and pain.

It also set Dr. Morter on a mission to discover how to create such radical transformation for her patients. Through years of advanced study and research in energy healing and medicine, she developed the Energy Codes, a life-changing program that has now enabled thousands of people all over the world to overcome pain, disease, fatigue, anxiety, and depression, and to awaken their innate creativity, intuition, and inner power.

Bridging ancient healing practices with cutting-edge science, The Energy Codes offers a detailed road map to help you experience deep healing in your life. Grounded in practical, accessible exercises, including yoga, breathwork, meditations, and Dr. Morter’s proprietary B.E.S.T. protocol, The Energy Codes will help you activate untapped energy and neurocircuitry in your body, empower your hidden potential, and become one with your true, essential self.

My thoughts: I’m not quite sure how to start with this one. This book doesn’t fit neatly into a category. It’s not exactly a spiritual book, but I think it requires a certain level of belief in the premise if you plan to use the steps outlined within. I did find this book fascinating though. Though most Christians would probably label this book “New Age” there are, in my opinion, some similarities between the Christian concept of the Holy Spirit and this author’s description of an energy outside of ourselves that we can tap into to improve our lives. One of the things I liked about this book is that it’s written and presented in a very orderly yest easy to read manner. Her descriptions of the steps have enough detail to be replicated while also being concise. There are many stories of people who have used this methodology and seen great improvements in their lives. Will I be trying the methods for myself. Not sure but reading this book has definitely given me food for thought.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  4-star-rating 4 stars!!

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Links:   Amazon   |   Goodreads   |   Author’s website