Thursday, July 30, 2009

Twenty Wishes

by Debbie Macomber

In the latest installment of the Blossom Street series, we meet the widows. They get together on Valentines day, walk on bubble wrap, then make a list of twenty things they want to do. Of course, all of the lists include find love (duh), therein lies the purpose of the series.

Ann Marie decides to volunteer as a lunch buddy to eight year old Ellen and when Ellen's grandmother has heart surgery, Ann Marie becomes Ellen's foster mother. Barbie goes to a movie and meets Mark. Elise gets a job at the yarn store. Lillie meets Hector when she buys a red BMW convertible.

There were no knitting patterns.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

The Blood Ballad by Rett MacPherson

You know what I like about Rett MacPherson's Torie O'Shea series? It's the fact that the people are so real. If you live in a small town, you are going to run into the same kind of off beat characters and everyone in town knows your business. I like that Torie's daughters are far from perfect, that they feel like they are not as loved as the other sister, and they fight like my sister and I did long ago.

The latest installment in the Torie O'Shea mystery series by Rett MacPherson involves Torie's long deceased great grandparents in murder, adultery, and copyright infringement.

Glen Morgan the grandson of the famed country group, The Morgan Family, approaches Torie about a book he is planning saying that his grandfather had an affair with Torie's great grandmother and fathered Torie's grandfather. While investigating the veracity of Glen's claim, a man is murdered, a CD about a long ago murder arrives in the mail, and Torie's teenage daughters fight.

All in all, what more can you expect from a cozy mystery.

Sunday, July 19, 2009


Teen angst, young love, vampire boyfriend, disapproving family members, you name it, it's all in this book.

The much heralded vampire series by Stephanie Meyers is supposed to be the new Harry Potter, the books that made the young people of the world want to read. I know everyone is gaga over this series and, while it is an easy read, I don't understand the hype. Am I too jaded? Am I spoiled by my love of Harry and his adventures? There just doesn't seem to be enough of what I want to read in Twilight.

Bella moves to Forks, Washington, and falls in love with Edward. Edward just happens to be part of a vampire coven that doesn't attack people. Edward and Bella fall in love and Edward's family has to rescue Bella from a bad vampire. That's about it, what am I missing?

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Fearless Fourteen

It's been a while since I've blogged anything. First I found Facebook and then my computer was in the shop for three weeks. But here I am, back on track and the most recent book I've read is Fearless Fourteen.

The latest (paperback) chapter in the Janet Evanovich, Stephanie Plum series is Fearless Fourteen. In this installment Stephanie is followed around by a washed out 60's singing diva, who wants to shoot a reality series about a modern day bounty hunter. Of course, the way Stephanie approaches her job as a bond enforcement agent, is not fodder for a reality show. Trust me, I love reality.

When Stephanie's latest bonded client is kidnapped, Stephanie and Joe end up looking after a 14 year old Goth computer nerd who tags everything in sight (including the dog).

Last night I started Twilight. I'm hoping it lives up to the hype.