Ok, I'm going to say right off the bat--I've read ALL of Ms. Harris' other series. As such, I got some of the references to other series that she makeOk, I'm going to say right off the bat--I've read ALL of Ms. Harris' other series. As such, I got some of the references to other series that she makes in this book. There are characters from: the Roe Teagarden series, the Lily Bard series, and the Harper Connelly series. While there is no specific character from the Sookie Stackhouse series, there are were-creatures and vampires in this series, so I am taking them as from that series. If you haven't read most of these other series, you should still be fine. There is one book in the Lily Bard series that, while you don't have to have read it, will explain some of the action in one of the side mysteries/events in the book.
Having now totally confused you, let's get down to this book itself. I am still undecided if I like this series or not. This book was a bit rambling and disjointed. I usually give First Book in a Series a fair bit of leeway since the author is having to set up characters, locations, etc. And this is especially true when you are dealing with a paranormal series. So I gave it 3 stars, instead of the 2 or 2.5 I'd have given a book further into the series. This series is a bit darker than her others (except for the Lily Bard series--that one I felt was also dark, but I might be basing that on the MC, Lily.) Still, I'm willing to spend my hard earned cash to buy book 2 when it comes out, which tells you that this book wasn't a total train wreck. ...more
It's been many years since I read this book while in hospital. A friend brought me a big bag full of old romances (Harlequin Presents/Boons & MillIt's been many years since I read this book while in hospital. A friend brought me a big bag full of old romances (Harlequin Presents/Boons & Mills/Barbara Cartland) and left them for me to read while I was recovering from a major surgery and receiving the therapies that I needed to help me heal. She wanted me to have a lot of books that didn't require a lot of concentration (so no War & Peace or Anna Karenina included) and instructed me to leave them behind when I finally left the hospital so that they could help others get their minds off of what was happening, which is what I did.
This was well before GR and even the Internet, so I have no idea of the titles of many of the books that I read those 3 weeks, and also very little memory of the books themselves. This book I remembered because of the heroine. She was emotionally damaged as a result of something that had happened to her as a teenager and the response of those around her, especially her parents. Unfortunately, also at that time, what she went through was very common. I had friends that had been through similar events and was impressed by the author's ability to try to show what the results of that event (view spoiler)[she was gang raped as a 16 or 17 year old (hide spoiler)] were. The author had the handicap of having to have an HEA for her heroine and hero, so she used a few short-cuts to get it, but that was to be expected from a romance. Still, she did a good job of showing the emotional damage that had been inflicted on the heroine, and that was what I remembered. While the story itself is pretty cookie-cutter, I gave this book the 4 stars simply for the author's efforts to help educated people. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Totally, laugh-your-head-off, hold your sides, fall off the chair and pee-in-your pants funny. What do you do when you are female, intelligent, able aTotally, laugh-your-head-off, hold your sides, fall off the chair and pee-in-your pants funny. What do you do when you are female, intelligent, able and having to work twice as hard at your chosen field than any man? You join the Ms. Squad and prove that women can do it better.
WWII era cozy mystery. The Miss Dimple of the title is a first grade teacher of "a certain age" who lives in a small NC town. There is a quirky cast oWWII era cozy mystery. The Miss Dimple of the title is a first grade teacher of "a certain age" who lives in a small NC town. There is a quirky cast of characters, the usual tension among the characters who have sons/lovers/grandsons/husbands away fighting in Europe or the Pacific....more
I will admit right up front--I do enjoy Gil McNeil. This is another one of her tour de forces. Excellent work, Ms. McNeil.
In this book Our Heroine haI will admit right up front--I do enjoy Gil McNeil. This is another one of her tour de forces. Excellent work, Ms. McNeil.
In this book Our Heroine has just finished a divorce and her ex-husband promptly marries a "trophy" wife. Then OH, much to the disgust of her ex, inherits the "family mansion" from her Auntie. This is where the Roses in the title comes in. Auntie was a Master Gardener, who specialized in Roses. And I will readily admit, I now want a yard full of different "old fashioned" roses. Unfortunately, I don't have the yard space--or the ability--to grow the roses, but when reading this book, I swear I could smell them. And I now have an urge to go to England and find a B&B as close to this one as I can find. (And hayfever be d**ned.)...more