It was an ok read for me. I might check out some of Ms. Simpson's other works, some that are newer reads.
From Amazon: In this flawless novella, Mona It was an ok read for me. I might check out some of Ms. Simpson's other works, some that are newer reads.
From Amazon: In this flawless novella, Mona Simpson turns her powers of observation toward characters who, unlike Ann and Adele August in her bestselling Anywhere but Here, choose to stay rather than go.
As a high school student in Green Bay, Bea Maxwell raised money for good causes; later, she became a successful real estate agent and an accomplished knitter. The one thing missing from her life is a romantic relationship. She soon settles comfortably into the role of stylish spinster and do-gooder. Woven into Bea's story are stories of other lifelong residents of Green Bay and the changes time brings to a town and its residents. This pure and simple work once again proves Mona Simpson one of the defining writers of her generation. ...more
If you enjoy culinary novels, with romance, recipes, and Italian men, then you have to read this one. Set in the hilltop villages and vineyards of Tu If you enjoy culinary novels, with romance, recipes, and Italian men, then you have to read this one. Set in the hilltop villages and vineyards of Tuscany, Margherita's Notebook, is sensual, and heart-warming. I loved it, and hope to see more of this author's writing.
From Amazon: Escape to the winding cobblestone streets and rolling hills of Tuscany in this delicious, romantic, and charming tale of irresistible attraction and dreams fulfilled, complete with mouthwatering authentic Italian recipes—perfect for fans of Chocolat and Under the Tuscan Sun.
Margherita is a spirited young woman with a passion for cooking. When her heart is broken in Rome, she returns to her hometown of Roccafitta, a small Tuscan village filled with lovable eccentrics and beautiful vineyards. She dreams of saving enough money to reopen her late mother’s restaurant and hopes she may find help from the handsome stranger in town, Nicola Ravelli.
An aloof and ambitious businessman, Nicola is buying up the village’s vineyards and is also on the lookout for a personal chef. Though the two dislike one another immediately, Nicola agrees to pay Margherita well for each delicious meal she prepares for his various business meetings. But with each new dish, Nicola discovers that he is the one being seduced and Margherita realizes that she is expressing much more through her cooking than she cares to admit.
Featuring the recipes for the seductive Italian dishes described in the story, including roast duck and the delectable pastry, baci di dama (a lady’s kiss), Margherita’s Notebook is an engaging and warm celebration of the power of food and its ability to nourish, stimulate, and express emotion—a satisfying read for every season....more
Finished this amazing book this morning, one of the best I've ever read. You can't lay it down, and it will be remembered. I was deeply touched by al Finished this amazing book this morning, one of the best I've ever read. You can't lay it down, and it will be remembered. I was deeply touched by all the characters, and learned so much about WWII that I thought I knew. You just have to read this book, if you love books that have a mystery, romance, and much more.
From Amazon: Emily Emerson is used to being alone; her dad ran out on the family when she was a just a kid, her mom died when she was seventeen, and her beloved grandmother has just passed away as well. But when she’s laid off from her reporting job, she finds herself completely at sea…until the day she receives a beautiful, haunting painting of a young woman standing at the edge of a sugarcane field under a violet sky. That woman is recognizable as her grandmother—and the painting arrived with no identification other than a handwritten note saying, “He always loved her.” ...more
A delightful short story, romantic and funny, I didn't want it to end. This is another new author for me and looking forward to reading more of this A delightful short story, romantic and funny, I didn't want it to end. This is another new author for me and looking forward to reading more of this series (The American Flower Collection), an added bonus of a recipe was nice also. Very well written.
From Amazon: What happens when a new restaurant opens right next door to your café? Sabotage it, of course! Well, that’s what Aiden O’Connell thought until she tangles one too many times with the charismatic Phillip Moreau. Between their wild run-ins and her new craving for caramels, Aiden may have finally met her match. Recipe for a Witty Romantic Tale Take one stubborn-minded heroine. Add a serving of spice with one flirty hero, who has no trouble holding his own against her feistiness. Mix in hilarious sabotages that slightly miss the mark and an amusing dash of mischief. Don’t forget to resolve the angst with an anticipated kiss. Recipe Tip: Be sure to balance the portions of tension and chemistry in order to whip up the sweetest, love-inspiring result. Recipe Included ...more
Enjoyed this one, once I got into it a little further, lots of history of France during medieval times. A story of love that conquers time, and lost Enjoyed this one, once I got into it a little further, lots of history of France during medieval times. A story of love that conquers time, and lost loves that haunts us (from back of the book).
From Amazon: Three men are trapped in time. One woman could save them all. Historian Lia Carrer has finally returned to southern France, determined to rebuild her life after the death of her husband. But instead of finding solace in the region's quiet hills and medieval ruins, she falls in love with Raoul, a man whose very existence challenges everything she knows about life-and about her husband's death. As Raoul reveals the story of his past to Lia, she becomes entangled in the echoes of an ancient murder, resulting in a haunting and suspenseful journey that reminds Lia that the dead may not be as far from us as we think....more
My first read by Con Lehane and definitely not my last. Loved this riveting story of suspense and revenge, despite the underlying dark sadness and gu My first read by Con Lehane and definitely not my last. Loved this riveting story of suspense and revenge, despite the underlying dark sadness and guilt that touches our headlines even today. The main character, Ray Ambler, a librarian sleuth of great knowledge and a gentleman, brings out the best and sometimes worst of New York. Amazing writer...Con Lehane.
From Amazon: This first book in an irresistible new series introduces librarian and reluctant sleuth Raymond Ambler, a doggedly curious fellow who uncovers murderous secrets hidden behind the majestic marble façade of New York City’s landmark 42nd Street Library.
Murder at the 42nd Street Library follows Ambler and his partners in crime-solving as they track down a killer, shining a light on the dark deeds and secret relationships that are hidden deep inside the famous flagship building at the corner of 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue.
In their search for the reasons behind the murder, Ambler and his crew uncover sinister, and profoundly disturbing, relationships among the scholars studying in the iconic library. Included among the players are a celebrated mystery writer who has donated his papers to the library’s crime fiction collection; that writer’s long-missing daughter, a prominent New York society woman with a hidden past, and more than one of Ambler’s colleagues at the library. Shocking revelations lead inexorably to the traumatic events that follow—the reading room will never be the same. ...more
I really enjoy The Sister Eve mysteries, they always keep you in suspense until the end. Love Eve and her father, Captain, a police captain, turned p I really enjoy The Sister Eve mysteries, they always keep you in suspense until the end. Love Eve and her father, Captain, a police captain, turned private eye and their loving and sometimes blustery relationship. Sister Eve has become a motorcycle-riding nun and private eye, with mixed emotions on both. She gets into trouble quite often, not always her fault, but manages to solve many crimes, with sometimes hilarious and often dangerous results. I can't wait for the next mystery in this cozy series. This is book 3.
From Amazon: After a murder at the monastery, Sister Eve may need a miracle if she is to prove a dear friend isn’t a cold-blooded killer.
Sister Eve, a motorcycle-riding nun with a natural (or is it supernatural?) gift for solving murders returns to the enclave she once called home and quickly finds herself confronting yet another mysterious death.
Someone has poisoned Dr. Kelly Middlesworth—a researcher on the life and ministry of 17th-century’s revered “Blue Nun”—and a set of irreplaceable historic documents have disappeared before they could even be examined.
When all evidence seems to point to the victim’s brother, Sister Eve sets out to expose the killer and learn the explosive truth those missing manuscripts might contain.
Chasing a killer is dangerous work, and as her two worlds collide, Sister Eve may need some heavenly help simply to survive.
I enjoyed this read about a woman's adventures and learning more about the Chinese than anyone would think. Much of this travelogue was funny and som I enjoyed this read about a woman's adventures and learning more about the Chinese than anyone would think. Much of this travelogue was funny and some parts a little scary or sad. All in all, I thought it was an interesting book.
From Amazon: Leanna Adams moved to China in 2006. What she found were squat pots, plates of pig’s feet, wildly curious Chinese people and life-altering experiences.
Pretty Woman Spitting is a kind of love letter to China. Adams chose the title after hearing a particularly guttural noise (spitting is commonly heard all over China) and turned to find a beautiful woman in a delicate yellow frock hocking up a big one. Pretty Woman Spitting is the book Adams wanted to read before she moved there, filled with loads useful information like where to go to the bathroom and how you shouldn’t hug Chinese men after they fix your toilet.
While living in the countryside teaching English and American Culture, even the most basic issues of hygiene presented complicated dilemmas for Adams. The reaction of the rural Chinese – who had seldom if ever seen a Westerner – to a curly-haired American woman ranged from pointed curiosity to outright inappropriate touching.
The book is part memoir, part travelogue and a compelling and often hilarious account of an evolving Chinese society and a woman at a crossroads. Adams was nearly robbed, held her co-worker’s hand as she died in a filthy, smoke-filled hospital, bonded with many of her three hundred students and left part of her heart in Wuhu, China.
Adams’s contrasting experiences highlight the differences that make the two cultures unique and the similarities that make all people human. ...more