Lavish coffee table book published in 2012 to celebrate the centennial of Dallas' Lakewood Country Club. This edition was only available to members ofLavish coffee table book published in 2012 to celebrate the centennial of Dallas' Lakewood Country Club. This edition was only available to members of the country club, but a few copies have turned up in used book stores and online. I purchased the book to assist in my current research about the history of the Lakewood Shopping Center, which would not exist without the generosity of the Lakewood Country Club. The author is a noted authority on golf and has written several other books about the Masters Golf Tournament and Ben Hogan. A Dallas Classic focuses mainly on the golf course of the LCC, which was the whole reason for the existence of the club, and covers the changes to the course through the years very well. There are smaller chapters dedicated to the swimming pool and tennis court, and I wish there had been more coverage about the parties, balls, card room, and 4th of July celebrations. The book is well illustrated, but many of the photos are stock photos and are not of the LCC at all. It is a very nice remembrance of one of Dallas' oldest country clubs and a collectible item for club members and those who love Lakewood....more
I found this little gem of a teen romance in passing while conducting Dallas history research. In fact Kensil Takes Over takes place in 1960s Dallas,I found this little gem of a teen romance in passing while conducting Dallas history research. In fact Kensil Takes Over takes place in 1960s Dallas, with some well-disguised names of familiar places. For example, Kensil's dad works at Tex-Electronix (TE for short). Dallas residents would immediately recognize Texas Instruments. Kensil attends "Francis Marion High School." But the locations and events mentioned in the story are clearly connected to Woodrow Wilson High School.
16-year-old Kensil has always lived in her older siblings' shadows. But now that both of them are in college and on their own, Kensil begins to find her own way. A major contribution to her newfound confidence is her friendship with Avelina, a Cuban refugee who is having trouble in school because of her limited English. Kensil takes Avelina under her wing and guides her through school and social life in Dallas. And through that process, Kensil discovers her real talents and finds a new direction for her life.
And of course, there is a romance or two involved. Misunderstandings and missed connections make for a sweet, but somewhat contrived romantic plot for Kensil and her football player boyfriend Bart.
The author, Louise Gartman, was a Spanish instructor at the University of Texas at Austin before moving to Dallas with her oilman husband, Charles Smith. Kensil Takes Over was her first published book. ...more
I thought Slow Hand was great, but Rough Rider is even better! Victoria Vane makes her characters real and relatable. In the early chapters, I was capI thought Slow Hand was great, but Rough Rider is even better! Victoria Vane makes her characters real and relatable. In the early chapters, I was captivated by her movingly descriptive scenes of the rodeo--the book really comes to life with her descriptions of the preparations of the bull riders, the sights, sounds, fears, chills of that 8 seconds--and the danger.
But Rough Rider is Dirk's story all the way. And we've all known men like Dirk, who have a chip on their shoulder, who run away when things aren't right, who are stubborn and stand their ground without compromise. And there's Janice, a heroine we can all relate to--who's carried a torch for Dirk for many years, but has resigned herself to the life that's come her way. The reader can definitely relate to this relationship--and how circumstances can play a part in how the romance unfolds.
I don't usually read contemporary romance, but as a fan of Victoria Vane's DeVere series, I had to see if she could bring the excitement and passion iI don't usually read contemporary romance, but as a fan of Victoria Vane's DeVere series, I had to see if she could bring the excitement and passion in her historical writing to 21st century Montana. I wasn't disappointed! Nikki and Wade are constantly finding their paths crossing as he becomes her rescuer more than once. But she's an independent woman who has sworn off smooth-talking cowboys...until the sparks fly! Lots of snappy, spicy dialogue, and the steamy sex scenes are tastefully written. I appreciated that Nikki did some soul searching at the beginning of the relationship, thinking about her family and job and how this romance would affect her life. This was a realistic moment in the book for me. Another winner from Victoria Vane!!...more
While not quite a retelling of A Midsummer Night's Dream, this does begin with a similar plot: a young woman forced to marry the man not of her dreamsWhile not quite a retelling of A Midsummer Night's Dream, this does begin with a similar plot: a young woman forced to marry the man not of her dreams. Unlike Hermia in Shakespeare's comedy, Arabella in LOAMN does abide by her father's wishes and weds an older wealthier duke, who passes away ten years later. When the duke's nephew threatens her life, Arabella runs away, seeking protection by the man she loves, the Earl of Pembroke. But Pembroke doesn't trust her, and a large part of the story deals with Arabella trying to make him understand what she endured all her life, at the hands of her abusive father and husband. This part of the story was heartbreaking, but the romance was sublime. I would have given this five stars, except that I found the last 6 chapters somewhat draggy. However, while I understand that these ending chapters set up the next book in the series, I felt that it took too much attention away from the main characters. But still, very well done and in the style of old-fashioned regencies....more
I'm not sure if the author is trying to be comprehensive in the coverage of Christmas topics or is just hitting the high points. This is the 3rd editiI'm not sure if the author is trying to be comprehensive in the coverage of Christmas topics or is just hitting the high points. This is the 3rd edition of The Christmas Encyclopedia originally published in 2001, adding 281 new entries. What TCE does very well is in its coverage of historical and cultural customs. Black and white illustrations appear throughout . The problems: I found many misspelled words. And the coverage of popular culture was hit and miss. Really obscure TV movies were mentioned as well as yearly Christmas specials by Andy Williams, Bing Crosby, and Bob Hope. But no mention at all of Perry Como and Dean Martin, who also had yearly shows. Christmas episodes of weekly tv series such as Bewitched and Gunsmoke were mentioned, but not the yearly Christmas productions by The King Family or Lawrence Welk. A good effort, but far from comprehensive. ...more