Monthly Archives: September 2013

Book Review: Mrs. Poe

Mrs. PoeMrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m not usually an historical book reader but I like books like this one a lot. It’s a story based on real life events.

The story is about a woman who’s painter husband left her and her children to paint portraits of and have affairs with other women. Fanny Osgood is the woman. She has two daughters and is a writer, an aspiring poet.

She falls in love with Edgar Allen Poe who is the toast of New York at the time. It’s a love story that takes place in a time where women were not as free as they are today. It ends sadly.

I was drawn right into the story and the time. I highly recommend this book! 🙂

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Book Review: Newton Neighbors

Newton NeighborsNewton Neighbors by Suzy Duffy

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh how I loved this book! I got sad last night when I realized how close to the end I was because I didn’t want it to be over.

The story was great, the characters like people I wanted to know. I could “see” Crystal Lake Lane like I was actually there.

I have not read Suzy Duffy’s previous work but it’s now on my list.

Maria and Ricky have two kids and been married for a while. Mike and Cathi have also been married for a while with two kids. Jessie is the knock out babysitter from England. The husbands work a lot, the wives are secretly jealous of the lives the other lives. The story takes us through their lives, their problems, their good times and how it all gets sorted out. Noreen, the neighbor, is a wonderful character – funny, smart, kind.

I highly recommend this book and think you will love it, too! 🙂

Please stop by on October 7 when I will be featuring this book again!


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Book Review: Plus One is a Lucky Number

Plus One is a Lucky NumberPlus One is a Lucky Number by Teresa F. Morgan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really liked this book. It was fun and easy to read with great characters.

Sophie, an unassuming engineer, is a bridesmaid in her friend’s wedding. The invitation is for plus one but Sophie doesn’t have anyone to bring. Her friend, James, spies the invitation and sets his friend, Adam, up to go with Sophie as her plus one.

There are some unexpected occurrences that take place at the wedding that Sophie didn’t prepare Adam for but he continued to act like her boyfriend. They grow very comfortable with one another and their relationship becomes real.

A happily ever after story that I really enjoyed. 🙂

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Cold Front!

It has been a long, hot summer here. Granted, it hasn’t been as hot as it can be but it just seems never ending now that we’re in the middle of September and I really don’t want a 96 degree birthday in October.

Yesterday, I believe the cold front arrived. It was cool when we headed out to walk.


The clouds looked cool. Sort of like fire.


And I took one of the coolest photos ever of The Price Tower.

Price Tower - Bartlesville

This morning, it’s 54 degrees. It was forecast to be 45 but I’ll take it. The cold front arrived and it’s a little bit cooler. Not quite fall but we’re getting there. 🙂

Book Review: The Nazi Hunters: How a Band of Survivors and a Young Spy Agency Chased Down the World’s Most Notorious Nazi

The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World's Most Notorious NaziThe Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World’s Most Notorious Nazi by Neal Bascomb
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a very interesting book. I’ve read a lot of books about the Holocaust but never about the capture of Adolph Eichmann and was looking forward to reading about it.

This is a true story about the capture of Adolf Eichmann, the head of operations for the Nazis’ Final Solution and one of the most notorious Nazis.

I was on the edge of my seat as I read how the team of Israeli’s planned to capture Eichmann and carried out their plan to a successful conclusion. I enjoyed the photos and other exhibits shown of the events in the book.

If you are interested in this topic or want to learn more about it, I know you will find this book as interesting as I did.

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Book Review: Dangerous Curves Ahead

Dangerous Curves Ahead (Perfect Fit, #1)Dangerous Curves Ahead by Sugar Jamison
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really liked this book. It was fun and I was cheering for Ellis who was doing life her way.

Educated as a lawyer, Ellis puts that aside to open a store for hard to fit women. As a plus sized girl, she is fully aware how hard it is to look cute when you aren’t a traditional size. She meets Mike, again, and falls in love with him which she also hadn’t planned.

I loved the characters in this book. I wanted to be Ellis’s friend and her parents were terrific, funny and quirky.

Two thumbs up for Dangerous Curves Ahead! 🙂

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Book Review: After The Kiss

After the Kiss (Sex, Love & Stiletto, #1)After the Kiss by Lauren Layne
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Such a cute book! I read it straight through today.

I loved the story of a girl who was going to go undercover to write a story for her magazine about taking a relationship to the next level. She connect with a guy who has made a bet with his best friend that he can date a girl just to have a fling and not think about her becoming his wife and being with her forever.

I loved this happily ever after story and highly recommend it! 🙂

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