**spoiler alert** Ward's tome-length novels usually take forever to get through, but this one moved quickly. The focus stayed mostly on Rhage and Mary**spoiler alert** Ward's tome-length novels usually take forever to get through, but this one moved quickly. The focus stayed mostly on Rhage and Mary, who discover that they want to be parents despite Mary's infertility. Together they figure out they want to adopt. The other 'mated pairs' do some soul-searching about parenting too. Some of them already have kids, some don't want them at all, etc. Rage and Mary move quickly through adoption, since there's a kid on the spot who needs a family, but Ward manages to imply some sort of mystical fate-connection to justify it. Which makes perfect sense in a book about modern-day GTO-driving vampires in upstate NY.
Quinn's babies are born. Layla, the baby mama, is still trying to figure out what to do about her feelings for Xcor, who's being held prisoner. There's a new vampire guy (Assail) in the mix, and a new pretrans called Jo who doesn't realize yet that she's a vampire. The other Brothers are still stomping around killing lessers. Something's going on with the Scribe Virgin that has intriguing possibilities for future plots. There's lots of stuff about counseling and domestic abuse, since that's what Mary does for a living. So there's still lots of complicated backstory and lots of other plot threads, but the central focus on Rhage and Mary help the other things move along. It's better than the last few novels, which were waaaay too much. I think Ward is more effective when she sticks to the original Brotherhood, expanding on and adding to their storylines instead of trying to flesh out new characters. It's a big and confusing enough 'verse already....more
Imagine that the Queen of England (Queen Elizabeth II) stumbles across the local bookmobile while out walking her dogs, and feels duty-bound to go insImagine that the Queen of England (Queen Elizabeth II) stumbles across the local bookmobile while out walking her dogs, and feels duty-bound to go inside and check out a book. Imagine that she has rarely had time in her life to read for pleasure, and that this brief, awkward encounter sets her on a new path of self-discovery. What does one like to read? How does one absorb and fully understand what one has read? And how does one make time for it all?
This brief little novel is full of so many things - humor, insight, history - with lots of very quotable language about reading, readers, and writing. Perfect for a rainy afternoon; cup of tea optional but highly recommended....more
This is one of my favorite books from childhood. It's a turn-of-the-century tale about a pair of young sisters and their father, a classics professor.This is one of my favorite books from childhood. It's a turn-of-the-century tale about a pair of young sisters and their father, a classics professor. Their mother has died, and Professor Miller decides to take a position at the new eastern Kansas classics college. He and the girls ride the train from Ohio to Topeka, where he buys one of the first gas-powered automobiles and drives them to their new home in little Gloriosa, KS.
The girls are young, but they ask their father not to hire a housekeeper -- they decide it's better to keep house themselves than be bossed around. They settle into their new home and begin to make friends, leading to various adventures involving goats, hats, berry picking, the Temperance Society drill, and a telescope. Lou Emma, the oldest, begins to dream of having a mother again, but her sister Maddy is less sure - and what does Prof. Miller think? Can the Millers find someone who wants a 'second-hand family?'
I loved the family rules - 1) the family sticks together, no matter what, 2) never interrupt Papa when he's studying, and 3) keep clean, keep fed, keep happy - anything else is fancy work. And I loved Lou Emma's voice as the narrator - she's a sweet, shy, like able girl who struggles with missing her mom and speaking up for herself.
Funny and tender and well-written -- I checked it out a million times, along with the rest of the series. If only copies weren't so hard to buy these days, but it's been out of print forever......more
I read this whole series over a weekend, so they're a quick, fun read. I found them unique (to me) because the characters are truly young, all 20 someI read this whole series over a weekend, so they're a quick, fun read. I found them unique (to me) because the characters are truly young, all 20 somethings. The heroines don't have careers figured out yet and are generally college-aged. The heroes are all the members of a band - the type that kicks off when the guys are still in high school, and becomes a huge pop hit by the time they're in their mid-20s. What I think I liked best was the first-person viewpoint. All the stories are told from the heroine's perspective, with no skipping in and out of the hero's perspective to talk about how beautiful/graceful/awesome the girl is. So while they're steamy stories, it's all from her point of view, which I found refreshing. I don't read as much romance as I used to, but if this is a new trend starting to gather steam, I think it'll be very welcome to readers of many ages....more
This is a useful book - a new way to think about work, and organizing your work, and managing work that others do too. I'm a little afraid to try it,This is a useful book - a new way to think about work, and organizing your work, and managing work that others do too. I'm a little afraid to try it, since I'm not sure I own enough post it notes to put all my to-dos on, but other pieces of this are super useful, like, you can only do one thing at a time. Really. Multi-tasking is a fairy tale we let ourselves believe in because it makes us feel more productive, but it's not. Pick one thing and get it done, then move to the next....more