Leaving Home packs a big emotional punch for such a small package. Three short pieces on the theme of leaving home in one way or another. At just 1hrLeaving Home packs a big emotional punch for such a small package. Three short pieces on the theme of leaving home in one way or another. At just 1hr and 25mins, it's a super quick listen beautifully narrated by the author.
Weights and Measures: opens with "The loudest sound in the world is the absence of a child." This could not be more true. Parents grieving the loss of their child, there is no worse pain. I was in tears for much of this story, the loss of my daughter forever changed me. I thought the symbolism of growing from or being reduced by loss, interesting but with or without it, the pain resonated.
Jodi Picoult's letter to her son as he left home for college was beautiful and very touching ... I shed a few more tears. She recalls his arrival in the world, her love, fears, hopes and dreams for him, advice and life lessons. You raise a child to send them off into the world but I don't think I was quite so brave when my youngest son moved out of home.
Ritz: the story of a mother who runs away from home takes a vacation on her own, told from the perspective of her 15 year old daughter. I understood the overwhelmed, unappreciated feeling, wanting to escape responsibilities but the way this mother just upped and left was not a 'vacation' it was a little cruel. Everyone needs 'me' time and yes the family coped with her unplanned absence but for me the end didn't justify the means. And the father mentioned things that had me thinking there was more going on but the length of the story prevented exploration of it. ...more
Blood Phantom is the short story prequel to the first book in the Lharmell series, Blood Song. I kid you not this is one highly addictive ser3.5 stars
Blood Phantom is the short story prequel to the first book in the Lharmell series, Blood Song. I kid you not this is one highly addictive series and after Blood Storm and that ending I had serious withdrawals so Blood Phantom was a short, sweet 'fix' of Lharmell ... just enough to have me salivating for the final installment, Blood Queen.
It was great to get inside the enigmatic Rodden's head, get a glimpse of things from his perspective and I just love his dry sense of humour. I enjoyed the interaction between Prince Amis and Rodden too, Amis doesn't get a lot of page time in the series, he's not really a major character but it was nice to see the bond between these two.
At only 15 pages it's something of a teaser, I might have even stamped my feet coming to the end ... wahhh where's the rest?
*Squeee!* Blood Queen April 15th 2014 ... bring it on Rhiannon Hart (she's the author with the Lharmellin size evil streak)
A lovely read while waiting not so patiently for the next installment in the Sons of Sin series. I was surprised at how fleshed out Lydia & Simon'A lovely read while waiting not so patiently for the next installment in the Sons of Sin series. I was surprised at how fleshed out Lydia & Simon's story was, no easy feat in a novella.
Days of Rakes and Roses is delightful, a tantalising teaser, like potato chips, easy to gobble but leave you wanting more.
Looking forward to the next 'sinful' installment A RAKE'S MIDNIGHT KISS, Sir Richard Harmsworth’s story due out late August. I've got my fingers crossed for an ARC on Netgalley ... put a good word in for me will you Anna ;)
Cover: Everyone knows I'm a cover whore but did you know I have a 'thing' for roses? My Mum & Dad were avid members of The QLD Rose Society and I have a rose garden in memory of my baby girl in heaven. This gorgeous cover ties in beautifully with the story and gets my seal of approval! ...more
I actually picked up When First They Met after reading The Inn At Rose Harbor, the first book in a new series set in Cedar Cove. This short ebook storI actually picked up When First They Met after reading The Inn At Rose Harbor, the first book in a new series set in Cedar Cove. This short ebook story shares how Jo Marie and Paul of the striking blue eyes first meet at a football game, their mutual attraction and Paul's Thanksgiving marriage proposal. It also includes the first chapter of The Inn At Rose Harbor and a yummy recipe for the biscotti Jo Marie serves to guests at Rose Harbor Inn. Not much to this one but still a sweet treat....more
This was a moving short story, well written but giving that it gave new meaning to "short" it did leave me wanting more. While the couple remain namelThis was a moving short story, well written but giving that it gave new meaning to "short" it did leave me wanting more. While the couple remain nameless their journey to intimacy after the husband's stroke is sensitively captured by the author and the emotion of their relationship is palpable.
She could feel the unevenness of his muscle tone. One side of his body was solid and firm, while the other was soft and pliable. One side was the way things used to be, and the other was the way things were right now.
For this couple love and patience prevailed over physical limitations and emotional trauma. A hopeful read which I'm sure would be appreciated by those experiencing a similar situation.
An amusing horror story that gave me quite a few giggles.
Teddy's mum is a zombie, his best friend Tryker is pretty cool with it, but Teddy's dad is nAn amusing horror story that gave me quite a few giggles.
Teddy's mum is a zombie, his best friend Tryker is pretty cool with it, but Teddy's dad is not quite as accepting of mum's new, all-flesh diet.
“You know the guy next door, the one who was always coming over to complain about stuff?”
“Tall, skinny, sour-faced guy?”
“That’s the one. He came by yesterday, ranting about something, and my mom attacked him like a lioness bringing down a giraffe. It was horrifying but at the same time…”
“At the same time, TOTALLY AWESOME!” said Tryker, interrupting as he sprang up in the bed. “I wish my mom could do cool shit like that instead of wasting her time on that stupid book club. And gardening.”
Teddy’s trace of a smile changed to a frown. “Of course, I did feel bad about what happened to the Avon lady.”
“Hey, even zombie moms aren’t perfect.”
A great story for reluctant readers with fitting 'teen-speak' and a touch of gruesomeness that would be suitably 'appreciated' by boys in particular....more