I don't understand why so many people hate this woman. I admit that I like her - even more now that I've read this memoir. I learned things I never knI don't understand why so many people hate this woman. I admit that I like her - even more now that I've read this memoir. I learned things I never knew about Palin: how she got scholarship money to go to school, how she suffered a miscarriage, how she eloped, how she entered public service, how she believes so strongly in the "what" she believes.
And she's a smart cookie, too. Her plain-speak may come across as dumb or simple. She's neither. But she wasn't ready to catapulted upon the National stage when McCain picked her as his running mate.
Oh dear. The Coincidence of Coconut Cakeis your typical and predictable romance story: boy meets girl, conflict arises that causes boy to lose girl, bOh dear. The Coincidence of Coconut Cakeis your typical and predictable romance story: boy meets girl, conflict arises that causes boy to lose girl, boy fixes conflict for the girl, and boy gets girl back.
Straight from the movie, You've Got Mail comes the story line. Rather than a bookstore owner, you have a chef and restaurateur. And you guessed it the Tom Hank's character is a food critic who writes a scathing review of her restaurant. True, Al had a "tip" (from her ex fiance) and walks into Luella's on the very night Lou is at her lowest. Finding your fiance in bed with an intern would do that. The review writes itself and Lou's restaurant? You can guess.
I did love the scenes of Milwaukee and the foods! They were the best parts.
The 2 Stars? I'm just not a Romance Genre gal, I prefer murder and espionage to romance, especially if the story's been done much better in a different venue. ...more
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We all have dates on theThank you to NetGalley and Thomas and Mercer Publisher for an ARC copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.
We all have dates on the calendar that we dread. And February 17 is the date that Anna Ray not only dreads, but she numbs herself with lots and lots of alcohol.
When she was a child, her mother killed her father on February 17. She has never spoke of it, and she won't. She won't open her mother's letters or accept her mother's calls.
Last year on February 17, her husband killed himself. His lifeless body hanging too close to the secrets of Anna's past.
This February 17 finds Anna in a new town, hundreds of miles from the home she and her husband shared. She has a new job thanks to her cousin, Jeanie. She drinks way too much wine and beer, but she can still function. Jeanie has come to stay with Anna on this February 17, and Anna is grateful. They both drink themselves into a sleep filled stupor, and Anna awakens late on February 18 to a blanket of snow and a small hope that nothing bad has happened this year.
But it does. Two murders, and she's now the suspect rather than the grieving daughter and widow.
I gave this 3 Stars because the ending didn't really resolve the entire story line. A few loose ends were left dangling that I wanted resolved. And Anna's character wasn't as developed as her cousin, Jeanie. I understand that speaking about her mother and husband is difficult, but...And the fact that Anna is a functioning alcoholic got a little old. What was meant to be mysterious and painful about Anna made her, at least to me, somewhat cold and weak. I almost didn't care about her, then the author made me care for Anna again, but not the way I did at the beginning of the novel.
The revelation of the killer's identity surprised me. I thumped my head and thought, "Of course!" And the reason to frame Anna for the murders was delicious....more
Miranda James has taken a couple of delightful characters from James' Cat in the Stacks Series, Misses An'gel and Dickce Ducote and is featuring them in a brand new series, the Southern Ladies Mystery Series. While I did enjoy this 1st in the series novel, I like the other series best. But that may change with the addition of Benjy, Peanut, and Endora. James still uses the fictional Athena as the novel and murder once again visits the Ducote sisters' ancestral home, Raven Hill.
Misses An'gel and Dickce are cat sitting Diesel while Charlie and his family vacations in France. It's hot in Athena, MS. And it gets hotter when their old sorority sister, Rosabelle Sultan appears on their doorstep, dramatically announcing that someone in her family is trying to murder her. Within hours, said family members also arrive at Raven Hill. It may be that Rosabelle is overly dramatic and maybe seeking attention, but when her daughter in law falls to her death, An'gel and Dickce realize they indeed have a murderer under their roof. And an ill mannered one to boot. ...more
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I loved this latest novel from Debbie Macomber. Macomber tI received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
I loved this latest novel from Debbie Macomber. Macomber truly understands a woman's heart and her needs, as well as a woman's strength.The stories of Leanne and Nichole are very uplifting. They are both mothers and have gone through divorce together. Leanne is Nichole's ex mother-in-law, but both women are very close because their respective husbands cheated on them. They move downtown into apartments across the the hall from each other and develop "rules" or guidelines on how to move on from their failed marriages.
They both volunteer: Leanne at the Community Center and Nichole at a shop that dresses women who are starting over like herself. These women are looking for jobs, and we get to see a success story there. At the Community Center, Leanne meets a handsome Ukrainian baker, Nikolai. He brings her fresh-baked bread every class. He tells her that his bread says what is in heart that he cannot say. Nichole meets a handsome tow truck driver that is completely different from her ex-husband, Jake. Rocco is rough-edged and has many tattoos, but is a good father and shows interest and tenderness to Nichole's young son.
But things don't always go as planned. Guides don't always work out. In other words, life happens, misunderstandings happen, and ex-husbands interfere with a well planned guide. What happens? You'll have to read this heartwarming novel to find out!...more
I really enjoyed the writing. Yukio Mishima writes almost poetically. However the story was a bit too dark for my liking. That said I did like this smI really enjoyed the writing. Yukio Mishima writes almost poetically. However the story was a bit too dark for my liking. That said I did like this small length-ed novel...more
He served and fought for his country. He was hurt several times and his blood pressure was dangerously high, but he never got a Purple Heart, because he was afraid he'd be shipped back home to the U.S. by the military doctors. He doesn't lament the 160+ confirmed kills he made during his 4 deployments, because he honestly believed the bad guys were evil. By killing insurgents he was saving American lives - SEALS, Marines, and Army. His belief system was "God, Country, and Family" in that order, much to his wife's (now widow Taya) regret. It was refreshing to see her thoughts interspersed throughout the memoir.
Toward the end of his last deployment, a couple of his buddies were killed or severely wounded. Kyle also had a couple of close calls himself. He cheated death and became obsessed with his own mortality. “I am a strong Christian. Not a perfect one—not close. But I strongly believe in God, Jesus, and the Bible. When I die, God is going to hold me accountable for everything I’ve done on earth. He may hold me back until last and run everybody else through the line, because it will take so long to go over all my sins. “Mr. Kyle, let’s go into the backroom. . . .” Honestly, I don’t know what will really happen on Judgment Day. But what I lean toward is that you know all of your sins, and God knows them all, and shame comes over you at the reality that He knows. I believe the fact that I’ve accepted Jesus as my savior will be my salvation. But in that backroom or whatever it is when God confronts me with my sins, I do not believe any of the kills I had during the war will be among them. Everyone I shot was evil. I had good cause on every shot. They all deserved to die.” ...more
The Cats that Surfed the Web by Karen Anne Golden is a good swift read for a rainy day. However, Golden's portrayal of Midwestern small towns and its citizens I found to be slightly offensive, since I grew up in a very small Illinois village. But the premise was fresh and new. It took Golden a long time to get to the mystery of two murders in Katz's house, then the author raced to the conclusion by having the killer confess and Katz, her 3 Siamese cats and her late aunt's Abyssinian, Abby live happily ever after: at least until Book 2 in the The Cats That Series.
But as I said The Cats that Surfed the Web has a good premise and I liked it. I loved Katz's quirky BFF, Colleen. Both characters had me laughing hard. Katherine "Katz" Kendell is a typical New Yorker. She's a hard worker. She has 3 cats. And she's about to become very rich. Her great aunt left her an old Victorian house, a cat, and $44 Million dollars. You guessed it, there is a catch. Katz must live in the house for 1 year to collect the fortune. and if something happens to Abby during that time, she loses the millions. Both the house and cat must be in tip-top shape at the end of the 12 months.
Well, that's easier said than done ; because her home is vandalized not once but twice. And she finds two bodies in her basement. Someone in Erie, Indiana doesn't want her in town or even breathing. Could it be because of her aunt's will, Katz wonders? Duh - of course it is. ...more
Who says not much happens in Haven Harbor, Maine? Certainly not Angie Curtis. She's returned to her hometown after the body of her mother was found. SWho says not much happens in Haven Harbor, Maine? Certainly not Angie Curtis. She's returned to her hometown after the body of her mother was found. She's promised her Gram to stay in Haven Harbor 6 months, and finds herself managing her grandmother's business - Mainely Needlepoint - as well as preparing for Charlotte and Reverend Tom's wedding.
The Mainely Needlepointers have a huge job. They are to restore the embroidered panels that hung in the once grand, but now crumbling Victorian mansion, Aurora. The mansion now belongs to the actress, Skye West, who has some history with the old house. She believes Jasmine Gardener was murdered there in 1970. Old Mrs. Gardener believed so, too. And she's left clues in the panels as to who her daughter's murderer is.
The police think Skye is nuts, but Angie believes Skye West. After all, she witness the actress' close call to her own death. Skye's arrival and announcement has shaken a killer who thought he/she got away with murder 45 years ago. Angie and the Mainely Needlepointer's will stitch together the identity of a killer that will kill again to insure Skye will never reveal his/her identity.
Threads of Evidence by Lea Wait is a delightful cozy. I enjoyed the suffusion of sampler quotations at the beginning of each chapter - they fit well. The writing is easy and smooth like the author is whispering in your ear. The clues build at a steady pace, and no I didn't figure out "whodunnit" until it was revealed. I'm going to read the first in this series and then the third. Thanks Carla - your recommendation was perfect for me....more
Yes, the Christmas season is murderous. Old man Simeon Lee has called all of his family together for Christmas. One son, Alfred, is loyal to his fatheYes, the Christmas season is murderous. Old man Simeon Lee has called all of his family together for Christmas. One son, Alfred, is loyal to his father, David, the sensitive artist, has a burning hatred for his father. Harry is the prodigal son, returning after 20 years. George is an MP and needs money to support his young wife. Pilar is the granddaughter Simeon has never seen. The brothers wives hope the old man wants to reconcile with his sons and granddaughter. But that hope is short-lived as they enter Simeon's bedroom on Christmas Eve. Old man Lee is on the phone talking to his lawyer. He informs his family that he is going to change his will and reduce their allowances. He curtly dismisses them, telling them that he will see them all in the morning.
But morning never comes to Simeon Lee. The family hears furniture overturning and Simeon's unearthly scream. They all run upstairs to find his bedroom locked and Simeon isn't answering them. Stephen Farr, Simeon's old business partner's son help breakdown the door and the family finds the old man dead in a pool of blood. So much for a Merry Christmas. There is no shortage of suspects, everyone under the Lee roof has a reason to want the old man dead. M.Hercule Poirot is spending the holiday with his friend, the Police Super-indent, and is called upon to solve the case.
Christie weaves many red herrings into this classic tale of a lock room mystery as well as many Shakespearean quotes. A mustache, missing uncut diamonds, and a painting lead Poirot to the identity of the murderer. ...more
Snow Angel Cove is a delightful novel. And I'll probably will be reading more by RaeAnne Thayne. Yes, the novel is chic lit, but tells a good story. ElSnow Angel Cove is a delightful novel. And I'll probably will be reading more by RaeAnne Thayne. Yes, the novel is chic lit, but tells a good story. Eliza Hayward with her 5 year old daughter, Maddie, arrive in Haven's Point ID to start her new job as the manager of one of the hotels. But she finds the Inn has burnt to the ground. She has quit her job and given up her apartment. She doesn't know what she's going to do. She's a young widow and Maddie has a big health problem. On the way to a diner, a savior will appear - albeit in an unusual way.
Aiden Caine has recently bought a ranch near Haven's Point along with some commercial properties. He's also hiding a big secret himself. He sees a woman and a little girl crossing the street, but can't stop because of the patch of ice he had skidded on. He hits Eliza and is horrified. Much to his relief, she comes too. Some of the townspeople are outright hostile to him. And he can't figure out why. Eliza is a bit cold towards him, too. It was an accident!
At the hospital, he convinces Eliza to come to Snow Angel Cove for the night. It's either that or spend the night in the hospital, and she has Maddie to think about. Feeling guilty, Aiden offers Eliza a temporary job at Snow Angel Cove to help Sue ready the house for his family who are coming for Christmas. Eliza knows this will give her time to send out feelers for a job, so she accepts. Neither Aiden or Eliza could imagine that sparks will fly. But will they be enough to thaw both of their hearts? ...more
Myron (he hates the name) Bolitar was in the NBA after leading his college team to two championships. But a freak accident cut short his pro3.75 Stars
Myron (he hates the name) Bolitar was in the NBA after leading his college team to two championships. But a freak accident cut short his promising NBA career. He went to law school then worked for the FBI for a while before becoming a sports agent. He's an honest broker who really cares about his players. And he still lives with his mom and dad, albeit in a basement suite.
His secretary is a former female wrestler and she had me me in stitches. So did Myron's partner and sidekick - Win. Readers, please bend your suspension of disbelief to the breaking point when regarding Win. Every amateur sleuth has to have a superhero sidekick.
Myron is negotiating a big contract for a QB that is the dictionary's definition of the small town boy who made it big while being very humble. Christian Steele receives a porno mag with the picture of his fiancee that has been missing for over a year and a half. Kathy is also the sister of Myron's ex girlfriend who is back in town. Could Kathy be alive? If so, why hasn't she reached out to her family or Christian? Could the murder of Jessica and Kathy's father have been more than just a mugging gone bad? You betcha. Read Deal Breaker and everything becomes clear....more
I still love this small book. It is the only Dickens novel that I've ever been able to read from cover to cover without giving up on the Updated 2015
I still love this small book. It is the only Dickens novel that I've ever been able to read from cover to cover without giving up on the book. I've read this so many times that I found myself reciting passages before I got to them.
But on this reading, I did discover a new nugget. How could I have missed that the ghost of Jacob Marley was always near Scrooge!?!
Anyway, I always shed a few tears each Christmas Season when I re-read this Classic. Tears of sadness for the Crachett family, especially for Tiny Tim. But tears of joy when Scrooge's heart becomes full again. The avarice, the bitterness of his losses and he rejoices with what he has, namely his nephew and the ability to help Tiny Tim.
Lastly I still full stand behind my first review of A Christmas Carol which is below these remarks.
Review in 2011.
“I HAVE endeavoured in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their houses pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it.” ~Charles Dickens, 1843.
And so A CHRISTMAS CAROL has since its publication; it has never been out of print or truly out of fashion. It is the quintessential Christmas story and the easiest of Dickens books to read. The narrator introduces us to Mr. Scrooge, a man whose heart has turned to stone from ambition, care, avarice, and greed. We see him at his desk in Scrooge and Marley Money House dark and chilled since he is too tightfisted to permit decent coal fires and candles. He scorns everyone that visits his office Christmas Eve, especially his nephew, Fred. But when he finally gets home, the massive door knocker transforms into Marley’s face and strangely lights the foggy dark night.
But Marley specter follows Scrooge to his bed chamber with chains, locks, and money boxes wrapped about his transparent body. He means to save his friend the fate that he has endured since he died seven years ago on this very night. Three Ghosts will haunt Scrooge: The Ghost of Christmas Past, The Ghost of Christmas Present, and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come – whom looks much like Death. Through the lessons these specters will reveal, Scrooge has a chance to become a different man and employer and lead a different life.
Scrooge’s transformation is genuine as it is remarkable. Through Dickens’s simple narration, we not only witness Scrooge change but we also feel his emotions. We cry at the possible demise of Tiny Tim and the true affection Fred has for his uncle. Scrooge on Christmas morning has rediscovered faith, hope, and charity and his heart is full of love for the season as well as his neighbors. This novella is one I read every Christmas and I love it more each year....more
A true classic of libertarian science fiction as well as a scathing indictment against collectivism. Ayn Rand fury at the communist/collectivist systeA true classic of libertarian science fiction as well as a scathing indictment against collectivism. Ayn Rand fury at the communist/collectivist system explodes in this short novel. I both agree and somewhat disagree with her politics/philosophies. But Rand was always clear to her views without regard to what others thought of her. ...more
I prefer Ernest Hemingway over F. Scott Fitzgerald, and still do. However, this gem of short stories will have me reading more novels by Fitzgerald. II prefer Ernest Hemingway over F. Scott Fitzgerald, and still do. However, this gem of short stories will have me reading more novels by Fitzgerald. It may be my own prejudice that has kept me from reading a lot of Fitzgerald, since Hemingway thought he was a drunken hack.
What I saw in these short stories, shows me that my favorite author may have been wrong. Don't look for any happy endings in any of the stories here; there aren't any. Bernice Bobs Her Hair has the most satisfying ending. Hell has no fury as woman mocked, publicly. Ice Palace also ends satisfactorily. The Diamond as Big as the Ritz reads like a horror story with a dash of Sci-fi here and there, at least to me. ...more
Life and a family emergency interrupted reading and reviewing for awhile. The Heist is funny and a fast read. Nick Fox is handsome, charming,3.5 Stars
Life and a family emergency interrupted reading and reviewing for awhile. The Heist is funny and a fast read. Nick Fox is handsome, charming, and one of the FBI's most wanted man. FBI Special Agent Kate O'Hare has been chasing the world's greatest conman for 5 years. She always confronts him saying, "You're under arrest." But Fox always escapes at the very last second, until he doesn't. O'Hare has finally caught her man.
Then the unthinkable happens, Nick Fox escapes from custody under rather humorous circumstances. O'Hare is not assigned to go after Fox, so she goes it alone. Well, her father helps. When she finds Fox, she learns he's conned her bosses to allow him to help the FBI find and capture the most wanted guys that have conned or stolen lots of money. One caveat though, Kate O'Hare must partner up with him.
Their target: a wealthy banker whom ran a scam on his his investors. $500 Billion missing. He's holed out on an island in Indonesia. Kate and Nick must find him and the money. What could go wrong? A group of misfits, pirates, explosions, and Fox thinking about stealing the FBI slush fund that he and his team are using.
The writing is easy and fast paced. The reader wants to know what happens next. The Heist kept me interested and entertained until the very last word. ...more
My Goodreads friend, E.. says in her review of A Little Life to read this tome when you are in your "happy place." She's right, because when I finisheMy Goodreads friend, E.. says in her review of A Little Life to read this tome when you are in your "happy place." She's right, because when I finished this novel this afternoon, I was emotionally spent. I need my "happy place" now, more than ever.
A Little Life is about 4 college roommates - JB, Malcolm, Willem, and Jude - their relationships, their loves, and their love for one another. There is no plot to speak of, just the characters and their lives. It is a character driven novel. What is a family? Is it one that you're born into, or is a family one that the 4 friends make?
Each character is flawed, dysfunctional, an enabler, a success in their chosen field. But are they successful friends, lovers, sons, and spouses? (view spoiler)[I don't think so. (hide spoiler)]
Hanya Yanagihara seems to have used every literary tool she learned in "Creative Writing" when she wrote this massive novel. She shows more often than she tells. (view spoiler)[ Why did I need to know that the night when Harold understood he was in love with his first wife, she had vomit globed on her right hand. The hand that she wore a small diamond ring? What was the point of this? It didn't add anything to the story line. (hide spoiler)] And the detailed explanations of JB's pictures? Much too wordy. Yes, these details explained different scenes and times in Judes and Willem's lives, but they left me bereft. And Malcolm seemed to have been forgotten until about 100 pages to the end. (view spoiler)[ Why did the author do that to him, Sophie, and my favorite character - Willem!?! (hide spoiler)]
And Jude? Poor Jude, he's really what A Little Life is all about. (view spoiler)[It seems like Hanya Yanagihara took every horrific and abusive thing she could think of and infused Jude's childhood with them. I've had nightmares, now for three nights. Of course, with Willem gone, Jude's little life is no longer worth living. But I saw that outcome in Part IV for Jude. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Black Coffee by Agatha Christie was first written as play in 1929 then novelized in 1930. And it truly is a masterpiece mystery. Hercule Poirot is sliBlack Coffee by Agatha Christie was first written as play in 1929 then novelized in 1930. And it truly is a masterpiece mystery. Hercule Poirot is slightly bored until he gets a call from Sir Claude Amory. He believes that his new formula is going to be stolen by a member in his household. Shortly before dinner on Friday, Sir Claude checks his safe - the formula is gone. He makes a quick call to London. After dining, Sir Claude, his family, his secretary, and and an Italian Doctor move into the library. The doors are locked until Poirot and Hastings arrive from London.
Sir Claude tells everyone that the lights will go out and the thief can return the formula without any repercussions. But when the lights return and Poirot walks through the door, he's not only got to investigate the theft, but murder. Sir Claude is dead. ...more
I thought Girl Runner by Canadian author Carrie Snyder would focus more on "Aganetha Smart, a former Olympic athlete who was famous in the 1920s, butI thought Girl Runner by Canadian author Carrie Snyder would focus more on "Aganetha Smart, a former Olympic athlete who was famous in the 1920s, but now, at age 104, lives in a nursing home, alone and forgotten by history. For Aganetha, a competitive and ambitious woman, her life remains present and unfinished in her mind." I believed the blurb, but alas, the novel was more about Aggie's trials, tribulations, and losses in her life.
I dare say if one had that many losses and bad stuff in his/her life, one would go completely bonkers. Thank goodness Aggie's escape mechanism was running. What could have been a beautiful historical novel became tedious. The prose was so, so. Was really disappointed with this one. ...more
Wow! Such an amazing read! A true classic in the Murder Mystery Genre. Agatha Christie loved this plot: 10 strangers on an island, lured by U. N. OwenWow! Such an amazing read! A true classic in the Murder Mystery Genre. Agatha Christie loved this plot: 10 strangers on an island, lured by U. N. Owen (Unknown), are going to be killed for taking the life of another. Not only are they going to die, they are going to die exactly as the nursery rhyme:
Ten Little Soldiers
Ten Little Soldier Boys went out to dine, one choked his little self and then there were nine.
Nine Little Soldier Boys stayed up very late; One overslept himself and then there were eight.
Eight Little Soldier Boys travelling in Devon; One said he’d stay there and then there were seven.
Seven Little Soldier Boys chopping up sticks; One chopped himself in halves and then there were six.
Six Little Soldier Boys playing with a hive; A bumblebee stung one and then there were five.
Five Little Soldier Boys going in for law one got in Chancery and then there were four.
Four Little Soldier Boys going out to sea; A red herring swallowed one and then there were three.
Three Little Soldier Boys walking in the zoo; A big bear hugged one and then there were two.
Two Little Soldier Boys sitting in the sun; One got frizzled up and then there was One.
One Little Soldier Boy left all alone; He went and hanged himself and then there were none.
Christie, herself, says that she had to write an Epigraph to explain what happened. Do any of the ten survive? And who among them is non plumbed U.N. Owen? The note in the bottle finally gives the readers the "who-dun-it". Agatha Christie surprised me. It's no wonder that And Then There Were None is considered a classic to Mystery fans and movie goers. The fact that is that And Then There Were None was published in 1939 shows Christie's genius....more
I have mixed feelings about The Amber Keeper. The historical parts in which Millie (Abbie's grandmother) recalls her times in Russia between the yearsI have mixed feelings about The Amber Keeper. The historical parts in which Millie (Abbie's grandmother) recalls her times in Russia between the years 1911 - 1919 were excellent. But when reverting to the present day of 1963 England were not so good. The writing, in my opinion, was off. And Abbie wasn't a sympathetic character; she appears weak, whiny, and a bit self absorbed. True, a feminine take on the prodigal son was different, and I liked that; especially since she was a single mother. And who can blame her for wanting to find out more about her mother that just died of an apparent suicide? No one, but her family.
And the the Countess was a truly vile person, but a bit over the top depiction of a Russian autocrat. And the perpetual trust that allowed Millie and her family to live in Cheswick until ??? And what happened to the Count and Serge?
The ending seemed rushed also as if the author was also bored with the story by this time. I am giving 3 Stars to the novel because of the well written historical parts, but I'm not sure if I will visit this author again....more
The American Lady is a good sequel to The Glassblower. But be prepared to have a hankey close by at the end. I'll admit I didn't see it coming though there were clues here and there.
Marie Steinmann is bored and hasn't created a new sketch for her family's glassblowing shop. At 38, she fears that she's all out of ideas. In New York, Wanda Miles is also having trouble finding her way in the world. She doesn't want to be a young wealthy socialite. She wants to make her own path in the world, just like the three Steinmann girls did 20 years ago. She even cuts her beautiful long hair! Remember this is is 1910. Not many "respectable" ladies are wearing their hair short, yet.
When she learns that her Aunt Marie is coming from Lauscha, Germany, Wanda is less than thrilled. That is until Marie gets there. Marie is nothing like Wanda's mother, Ruth. Marie takes in the sights of NYC like a youngster. She enjoys Wanda's company and Wanda's artsy friends. She begins going out with Wanda and her friends and meets a handsome young Italian Count, who seems too good to be true. (A clue there, Marie.) Soon Marie leaves NYC with 2 of Wanda's friends and Franco. Could Marie really leave her family business?
With Marie off in France and Italy, Wanda Miles is in Lauscha, Germany helping her her family. But which one: the Steinmann's or the Heimer's? Marie let slip that her father is not Steven Miles.
I'll admit that I've never heard of German Petra Durst-Benning before, and was expecting a typical historical novel: a lot of history with a daub of rI'll admit that I've never heard of German Petra Durst-Benning before, and was expecting a typical historical novel: a lot of history with a daub of romance. But what I got with The Glassblower was a great story that I couldn't put down! I had no idea that glassblowing was so intricate and is considered a man's domain. That might be because I'm an American woman and all things are possible for each one of us.
The stories of Ruth, Marie, and Johanna Steinmann are both compelling and urgent as the reader wants to know how "the women who rules the roost" will survive when their father, Joost, dies unexpectedly. Johanna is the practical one and seeks employment with her father's old wholesaler. Everything is working out fine until it doesn't. Ruth has her eyes on one of Heimer sons. After all Herr Heimer is the wealthiest glassblower in Lauscha. But it is the quiet middle sister, Marie, that will be the sisters' salvation. The artistic young woman will break the glass ceiling by creating her own designs and blowing the glass herself.
Cute and funny cozy that is a quick read. Pacing is good, but the constant movie lines the main characters said to one another slightly got on my nervCute and funny cozy that is a quick read. Pacing is good, but the constant movie lines the main characters said to one another slightly got on my nerves. ...more