This first novel in the Morland series is called the Founding, the beginning of the Morland dynasty. In this book you will meet Edward Morland and his...moreThis first novel in the Morland series is called the Founding, the beginning of the Morland dynasty. In this book you will meet Edward Morland and his son Richard. Edward wants to make an advantageous marriage with the Eleanor, ward of the Beauford family. The Morlands are a ficticious family but there are a lot of true historical figures portrayed. The main character is Eleanor who is the matriarch of this growing family. This volume includes the background of the War of The Roses. The Morlands are staunch Yorkists and members of the family fight and die in the wars going on at that time. The Morlands help fund these wars to keep Richard III on the throne. The story goes into the Battle Of Bosworth where King Richard is killed and Henry Tidr (Tudor) takes the throne. In the 539 pages of this novel there are births , deaths, portrayals of what life was like on a sheep farm in the middle ages. The story mostly takes place on this farm and the strong will of Eleanor to keep her family together and make good marriages although not all the Morland children comply with what she wants..It was hard to try to keep track of who was who what with all the different marriages and children born over a 60 year period. Of course I did find myself referring to the family tree a lot. I enjoyed this story immensely and do intend to continue with the series. I am looking forward to reading the second volume in the series this summer. A great historical read with love, death disease and everything that can befall a family of this timeperiod.
I received this copy of The Founding from Sourcebooks for review and was not monetarily compensated for my honest review. (less)
This book is a delightful read that shows the reader, with rhymes and illustrations, that God is always around us and shares with us our happiness, fe...moreThis book is a delightful read that shows the reader, with rhymes and illustrations, that God is always around us and shares with us our happiness, feelings of sadness and that we know that God will be there for us whenever we need Him. The book is just the right size for a little one to keep a childs wandering interest and has beautiful illustrations to aid in the telling of the story that also teaches a child of any denomination how to pray. I loved this little book and recommend it highly for all children from the ages of 3-8. (less)
I think I have seen all the vampire movies and read most of the vampire books out there. In all of these stories the focus is usually on the story of...moreI think I have seen all the vampire movies and read most of the vampire books out there. In all of these stories the focus is usually on the story of Dracula, Van Helsing or Jonathan but little is known about Mina . Until now. Karen Essex's book Dracula In Love tells the story of Mina Murray in a very strict Victorian England. Mina is a teacher at an all girls school that she had also attended .She was not wanted at home by her parents because of the visions and her imaginary friends, these bahaviors scared her parents . The world Mina exists in is one of proper behavior for young women who know how to comport themselves in this very Victorian era, where women are meant to marry and maintain a household and have children. Mina is one of these women as she is to marry Jonathan or is she?. She is still haunted by visions and "sleep walking" episodes to church ruins and a mist covered cemetary.The parallel world is a world full of mystery suspense and undying love. Mina feels that this other world is where she truly belongs . She realizes that she needs to make a choice, stay in the mortal world as wife to Jonathan or with the undead Dracula. Even though this is a vampire tale, the story is told in such away that it is not gory or even that scary. I did enjoy this telling of this classic tale. A very sensual, without being sordid story, full of real characters that at the last page keeps the reader wanting more. (less)
First let me say that Alzheimers disease is a very hard illness to deal with. My husband and I dealt with this for 5+ years when his aunt was afflicte...moreFirst let me say that Alzheimers disease is a very hard illness to deal with. My husband and I dealt with this for 5+ years when his aunt was afflicted with this heartbreaking disease. Watching a very intelligent grade school teacher over the years go from a very active retired woman to a wraith lying in the fetal position in her last days. A cure for this dreaded disease would be a godsend for patients and families who deal with this.
Terminal Care is a story about an Alzheimers wing (East Annex) of Deaconess Hospital that has started a new trial to administer "NAF"—an experimental and highly promising treatment for Alzheimer's disease where all patients on the wing are administered this experimental drug. Some get a placebo and some get the actual drug. No one is supposed to know who is getting what. Dr.Phil Pescoe, ER doctor, has been called to the wing to assist in a Code Blue for a patient that has collapsed. He is not able to save this patient but a death on a unit such as the East Annex is not really that unusual as patients with Alzheimers do die periodically, usually from a heart attack or pneumonia. But Dr.Pescoe becomes concerned when the death count starts rising and most of the patients that died have succumbed to heart attacks.
Dr.Pescoe is called into a QA meeting in regards to this particular Code Blue. At the time of the code Dr.Pescoe had an intern assist him with compressions on the patient thinking that instead of the intern just watching he would teach him as they went along. According to the QA committee, valuable time was wasted doing this teaching. Dr.Pescoe was suspended without pay.In the meantime the death count keeps rising on East Annex and Dr.Pescoe starts doing an informal investigation on his own because things just do not add up. He meets Dr.Clara Wong who is a member on the QA committee who suspended him. This is when the story really takes off and gets suspenseful. This story to me is very much like a Robin Cook or a Michael Palmer medical mystery. A very fast paced story with all the prerequisites for a great novel, death, greed, money and love and it sweeps the reader right along. I look forward to more medical mysteries or a sequel by Christopher Stookey.
Margaret of Anjou, born and raised in France until the age of 15 at which time she became the wife of King Henry VI. She was the Queen Consort of Engl...moreMargaret of Anjou, born and raised in France until the age of 15 at which time she became the wife of King Henry VI. She was the Queen Consort of England, twice. Her husband King Henry VI had frequent bouts of insanity thus having Margaret ruling England in his place. She was one of the main figures in what was called The War of the Roses, between Lancastrians and Yorkists. Lots of intrique and switching of loyalties by some main characters.There was a long time animosity between Margaret and the Duke of York which led to the civil conflict that was to last for 30 years. Reading this book helped me to understand The War of the Roses a bit more as I had not read a lot of history in this particular era. I felt that the author did a great amount of research for this entertaining novel and depicting Margaret as a very stong woman of her time. It was very helpful to have the list and descriptions of all the characters involved in this story as it was kind of confusing at times keeping the Edwards and Henry's straight and the changing hands of the titles. I enjoyed this book and recommend it for anyone interested in the period of English history and Margaret of Anjou in particular. (less)