Ellie Haskell is back! She is quickly becoming my favorite cozy mystery heroine. And that handsome husband of hers, Mmm, Mmm. This story was delightful from beginning to end. Ellie and Ben are supposed to be off to France for a romantic getaway while the kids are with the grandparents. Then, just as they are about to leave, Ellie’s long-lost father shows up on their doorstep, with a broken heart and an urn. Seems he fell in love with Harriet while in Germany and then she died in a car accident. Meanwhile, the new vicar’s wife is putting on a play with Cousin Freddy as its star and objects are disappearing from the house. And who was the doom predicting gypsy?
As usual, the author has gathered up a quirky bunch of characters and the type of happenings that could only take place in an English village. The vicar’s wife is a force of nature but she has to be to keep up with her very absent-minded husband. Not only do we meet Ellie’s father but her kleptomaniac aunt as well. The storyline has something new for the reader on every page but she manages to flawlessly wrap it all up at the end. I highly recommend this book if you like to have some fun along with your mystery.
I found this short story to be very intriguing. Sully is a young man who is mute and he lives with his father, the gardener, on an estate. The owner of the estate has two daughters, Selah and Isobel. One is beautiful and the obviously favored child, while the other is just ordinary. Sully is devoted to, and fancies himself in love with, Isobel and she is about to get married. What happens next you will have to read to find out.
I found the relationships in this story especially compelling. In a short space, the author has created a great deal of complexity among the main characters. I was also surprised by the ending which I think the author kept expertly hidden until the final page. If you’re in the mood for something short, I highly recommend this story. Also, this one is available for free right now on Kindle – see the link below.
I apologize that my blog has been so quiet this week. First week back at work just had me so exhausted I couldn’t even think about writing anything. I did manage to finish reading one book, “A Perfect Obsession” by Heather Graham and my review will go up later today or tomorrow morning at the latest. A bookish sidenote: my son is taking a dual-credit English this year and the first book they will read is “The Metamorphosis” by Franz Kafka. They will be reading several books this year that I’m not familiar with so I’m thinking I might have to reorganize my TBR and read with him. I keep you posted on that. So, let’s check the numbers…
TBR – I did succumb to the NetGalley temptation again this week and picked up 2 books. The current total is now 273. I think I still have a couple of requests pending so that number might go up some more this week.
NetGalley – Dropped one point to 81%.
Goodreads Challenge – Slipped a bit this week and I am once again 1 book behind schedule.
I’m currently reading “The Party” by Robyn Harding and I’m having a hard time putting it down so I expect to get that review out later this week.
If you are following the Journeys Through Bookland narrations, I should have at least one, maybe two, up this week. Hopefully, I’ll have a better routine going this week. So that’s it for now guys. Have a great week and
Are you having trouble feeling successful? It might be because of your Mindset. In this book the author discusses the differences between the Fixed Mindset and the Growth Mindset. I found this absolutely fascinating and easy to relate to. The author has written in a very approachable style making the psychological concepts easy for the casual reader to understand. There are tons of real-life examples of how the Mindsets play out in people’s lives used throughout the book and different chapters focus on sports, business, teaching, etc. Included are snapshots of well-known people who have struggled with a Mindset or used one to reach their full potential. There are some great insights for the average reader on how to change your Mindset in order to help reach your goals. I also really appreciated the amount of focus the author placed on how to foster a healthy Mindset in children, whether you are a teacher, a coach, or a parent. Finally, I found Marguerite Gavin’s narration to be really enjoyable to listen to. Psychology buffs should really enjoy this book.
Hello everybody, I hope you all got lots of celebrating in this past week or so, at least those in U.S. and Canada. We had beautiful weather for our 4th of July day out. Unfortunately, I fell a little behind with my reading and blog posting this week but let’s take a look at my numbers.
TBR – I added 3 books this week and finished 2, so the new total is 278.
Reviews – “Watch Me Disappear” comes out on Tuesday and my review goes up tomorrow. Also coming out on Tuesday is Kathy Reichs new book “Two Nights”. My review will go up Tuesday morning. This is not a Temperance Brennan story, so be sure to check it out. As usual, I will put links at the bottom of my reviews so you can find them quickly if you’re interested.
Goodreads – I’m still behind here and beginning to despair of every catching up.
NetGalley – I’m actually making some progress here. My score is now up to 75%!
Coming Up – I’ve got a couple of narrations scheduled for this week, “Whittington and His Cat” and “The Story of Joseph”. In books I’ve got “Watch Me Disapper” , “Two Nights” , and “Mindset” an audio book review.
Have a great week everybody! Happy Reading and Listening!
Whew! This is the longest narration I’ve done so far. I am definitely developing sympathy for the work that goes into making audiobooks. This is another story by the Brothers Grimm and it’s an interesting one. I know we consider these children’s stories now but I’m not sure if that was the original intended audience for this because of the violence. The runtime is about 48 minutes if you have time to listen to it all in one sitting. I hope you enjoy!
A poignant story about unraveling the mystery of an untreatable illness. The Baxley family is a pillar of their community but a strange illness is taking family members at early ages. They consult with leading doctors but no diagnosis or treatment is in sight. As the youngest generation comes of age they must confront the prospect of the illness affecting them and make choices that could alter their lives forever.
In this book, Gina Kolata traces both the Baxley family and the science behind their family illness in expert fashion. This book reads more like a story than a case report and I think this is largely due to the structure she uses. The chapters alternate back and forth between the scientists working to decipher the cause of the illness and the family as they deal with its consequences. It moves at a really good pace and the alternating storyline keeps the reader engaged and wondering what happens next. This story is both poignant and tragic, and full of hope. I really enjoy a book where the author can take a very scientific subject and make it approachable for the average reader. I highly recommend.