I love the writing of this author. Charlotte Hawkins writes romance stories they way I love to read them. The hero and heroine all have a deep love th...moreI love the writing of this author. Charlotte Hawkins writes romance stories they way I love to read them. The hero and heroine all have a deep love that goes beyond sexual attraction. There is always a soul to soul connection that touches my heart.
I have been reading romance novels since I was nineteen years old. There is a formula in many that mainstream publishers insists upon. Hero and Heroine basically love one another, but for about two hundred and fifty pages the couple are entwined in some huge misunderstanding. In the last twenty or so pages they finally admit their undying love and the story ends. This is a formula that has always annoyed the heck out of me, and I am glad that Miss Hawkins does not follow it.
In The Baron’s Lady, Owen, the son of Guy and Cassia Gisborne falls deeply in love with Lady Isabella. Owen’s love for her is steadfast and unbending. No matter what society dictates he was not going to be prevented from being with the woman he loves, and no one was going to tell him who he should or should not love. In that respect, Owen reminded me much of Matthew Clairmont in A Discovery of Witches. Owen is very much his father’s son too. I love Guy of Gisborne more in this trilogy than I ever did in the Robin Hood series starring Richard Armitage.
I enjoy reading about the entire Gisborne family in this trilogy. They are a strong, loving and very close-knit family. Guy and Cassia created a wonderful legacy, thanks to Miss Hawkins.(less)
What caught my eye about this book is the title and cover art. So I read the synopsis and decided to buy the Kindle version. It was a slow start, but...moreWhat caught my eye about this book is the title and cover art. So I read the synopsis and decided to buy the Kindle version. It was a slow start, but I ended up loving the story. The New England setting made this story even more special. This is the author's first novel and she did a fine job. Thank you Mary Simses. (less)
This is my first time ever reading Anne of Green Gables. I wanted to find out for myself what all the fuss about this book is all about. I love Anne S...moreThis is my first time ever reading Anne of Green Gables. I wanted to find out for myself what all the fuss about this book is all about. I love Anne Shirley. What a delightful girl she is. If I had a daughter I would want her to be just like Anne. I loved Anne's vivid imagination and her temperament. It is no wonder that Marilla and Matthew came to love her so dearly and so quickly. Now I must read the next book about Anne in the series. (less)
I decided to read this book because I am a fan of Cary Grant and I was curious to find out what it is about Dyan Cannon that Mr. Grant fell in love wi...moreI decided to read this book because I am a fan of Cary Grant and I was curious to find out what it is about Dyan Cannon that Mr. Grant fell in love with a woman 33 years younger than he was. I read some reviews where the readers are criticizing Dyan Cannon and I really don't see why. As I read the book I could see that Miss Cannon really loved Cary Grant and wanted their marriage to work. Dyan Cannon was an old fashioned girl and Cary Grant fell in love with her. Dyan was not easy to pin down and get into bed like so many other women are even in daily life with men who are not famous movies stars. I have to give Miss Cannon kudos for that. Once Dyan Cannon realized that she was truly in love with Cary Grant she made some choices that were not the best, like agreeing to lake LSD when in her gut she didn't really want to and knew it was dangerous. When women are madly in love we do stuff like that just to please the man we love. Miss Cannon did put up great resistance for a long time but then allowed Cary Grant to break her down. One should never allow another person to make us throw away our core values.
I was really shocked to learn through this book that Cary Grant took LSD and thought it was so wonderful. Mr. Grant believed that taking LSD brought you closer to God. It is important to remember that at the time Cary Grant was taking LSD it was legal. It is also important to remember that Cary Grant had a horrible childhood that affected his entire life. I don't believe that Dyan Cannon wrote about this aspect of Cary to criticize him. It was simply a factor that helped to destroy their relationship. Some readers say that Miss Cannon should not have written about it since Cary Grant is no longer here to defend himself, but Cary Grant never denied that he took LSD so it is not as if she was telling a big secret of his. Mr. Grant even admitted it in an interview that he did for LOOK magazine back in the 1960's when the drug was still legal.
I was enchanted with the way Cary Grant pursued Miss Cannon. He was very persistent and quite romantic.
I did not give it 5 stars because of the biblical dogma written in old world English that Mr. Goldsmith included in this book. I could do without that...moreI did not give it 5 stars because of the biblical dogma written in old world English that Mr. Goldsmith included in this book. I could do without that, but I do get the point of it. (less)
I loved this book. I found it completely engaging from the the first page to the last. Reading about Julia Child's experience living in France during...moreI loved this book. I found it completely engaging from the the first page to the last. Reading about Julia Child's experience living in France during the 40's and 50's pulled me right into the story. It was enchanting and Julia is the type of person I would want to travel with. Julia was so very opened to adventure and embracing life. Embracing life with love, laughter and adventure is the only way to live as far as I am concerned.
I admire Julia's love of cooking and being in the kitchen. I would say that Julia was obsessed with cooking, but it is a wonderful obsession to have as obsessions go. I enjoy cooking too and love my kitchen, so I can totally relate to Julia's insistence on creating the perfect cooking kitchen for her. I loved reading about her copper pots, heavy mortar and pestle and other kitchen gadgets. I am crazy about all that stuff too. I am happy that Julia had a loving and very supportive husband in Paul Child.
This book is also a wonderful travel essay. I am so inspired! (less)