"And you may find yourself Living in a shotgun shack And you may find yourself In another part of the world And you may find yourself Behind the wheel o"And you may find yourself Living in a shotgun shack And you may find yourself In another part of the world And you may find yourself Behind the wheel of a large automobile And you may find yourself in a beautiful house With a beautiful wife And you may ask yourself, well How did I get here?"
There are days that this song runs through my head as my mantra... Those hectic days where I find myself coming and going with no end in sight. Author Stef Kramer manages to capture the lost feeling a mother of three has one afternoon when Amy's daughter begins to practice her piano and asks for her to listen to the piece. Just the day before Amy's family claimed she was a fun hater as she exploded when she arrived home to a messy kitchen. Yes, the children were making cookies, but as a working mother.... this scene is unsettling some days, some days the mess is too much or is it?
"And you may ask yourself How do I work this? And you may ask yourself Where is that large automobile? And you may tell yourself This is not my beautiful house! And you may tell yourself This is not my beautiful wife!"
Has anyone wished for one just day to go back to when the days were simple? I have, the smaller apartment, just the dogs, and even... not reporting to a significant other. When the world is collapsing around you and the air is getting thinner... I wish I may, I wish I might, be transformed just one night. What ifs surrounding your soul...
So, Amy, a mother of three, working full time with a farmer for a husband... is feeling trapped, antiquated with her daughter's dress code of ripped jeans and possibly unsure of her place in the world, wondering did she make the right decisions at the end of her college years. The music, the beautiful sounds of music, take Amy back to the moment her fork in the road took a turn she was not expecting and this road traveled leads her back to the present. Reflecting on what we need, what we chose, and what could be are often in the back of our minds as the daily grind can get tough.
Set in a small town in Iowa with some small town values and farm scenarios. I'm from Omaha and I now live in a small town in Iowa. I related to the book a little different than most, but I found myself taking that trip down memory lane again... wondering... did I take the right fork in the road to follow a small town man back to the roots of a farming community. Reflection and meditation can bring one's perspective back because it's easy to lose it and easy to let go, if one chooses to jump onto another path entirely. Mid-life crisis is what they call that leap of faith. Only the person who waits out the moment and or dives into the next will know how it really turns out. Will you build more character for your future or just leave debris behind?
Great first published book for this debut author, High hopes Stef Kramer continues her writing and succeeds beyond her wildest imagination....more
I liked the premise, that a modern day mail order bride could actually work. I believe in lust and chemistry so Reese and Madelyn first reactions areI liked the premise, that a modern day mail order bride could actually work. I believe in lust and chemistry so Reese and Madelyn first reactions are as if they bumped into each other at a bar. Maybe I would have had several visits before I married the man... I'm just saying, he was a bit of an ass and what Madelyn does to teach him a lesson is spot on. Now I get he has reservations about getting his feet wet again since his last wife took him to the cleaners... and yet the prenuptial deal should have stopped all of his fears, especially after he was told he was going to be a father. At that point Reese should have gotten on board with the relationship... is going to be fine and love was going to arrive at a slow and steady pace. Madelyn was a bit mouthy, which I loved, and I loved that she left Reese speechless a few times. The crazy winter weather would have done me in... but I would enjoy getting up every day to do chores and embrace the quiet horizon on the ranch. Pretty sure I would not kill a chicken though... seen it done just not in my nature. This mail order bride situation was much better than watching the cable show where the couples meet at the alter to get married. The experts may have all the match ups based on religion, sex, ideal families and so on but chemistry has to be there. Looking forward to the next book in the series....more
I do enjoy a good spy book with witty, scandalous reasons... Queen Victoria has a small group of men who are always looking for spies amongst the guesI do enjoy a good spy book with witty, scandalous reasons... Queen Victoria has a small group of men who are always looking for spies amongst the guests or court appointed positions. The place, Buckingham Palace. The political regime is the Tories vs the Whigs. The Tories (Conservatives) being in power at the moment. Rebecca will be a maid of honor on the Queen's court, an elite spot according to her own mother. When the Whigs were in power, Lilly didn't have a chance to be on the court as her family were staunch Tories thus court appointments were hard to obtain. Now I was getting into the spy business, within Buckingham Palace until that got cut short or should I say the story of the couple progressed into personal territories. I would have also liked to seen a few showdowns with Nigel and Sarah as they were the rivalry instigates on the spy issues.
Put a group of women together with too much time on their hands and you might just have a cat fight. A group of maids of honors... all looking for husbands or a few trysts. Lady Elizabeth was a spoiled rotten girl who thought she deserved more than anyone else. She was quick to try and embarrass Rebecca, was a cad of roommate and was looking to trap a husband rather than work the circuit at all the balls. What an evil, green streak she possessed.
I found Rebecca to be a refreshing woman of her age. Her witty repartee caught a bachelor off his mark a few times. Alas, Rupert let his mind go wild that Rebecca was a spy on the Queen's court and out to get valuable information, so he seduced the gel and didn't bat an eye of the hurt feelings he caused and when it comes to bite him in the arse... well he had to get down on one knee to woo the lady back and acknowledge his love was for real. Both of these characters had a very strong female presence in their growing up years. Moms! Educated, no nonsense Moms who ran the household and still had a genuine heart.
Costume balls, old fashion dancing, the ton, the social scene... what is it that attracts me to this genre? Reincarnation? I do have a love for old castles, old architect and apparently old, if not slightly twisted values. I believe the skirt chasing men have always been around thus the allure of the bad boy syndrome. Rogues.... There was even a short ship trip... This being my all time favorite author... hands down a delightful romance that captivated my soul on more than one compelling quality. One more book Let Love Find You. I've been romancing since February this year, might as well finish this series....more
Hot, steamy and full of fire... real fires... I mostly loved that Katie Dane was a book reading nerd who finally found her prince. Someone who liked tHot, steamy and full of fire... real fires... I mostly loved that Katie Dane was a book reading nerd who finally found her prince. Someone who liked the real person inside. I thought her family was fun and would have loved to seen more about her baseball brothers. Ryan having his family rolled up into the fire station was neat too, his boss as his mentor when he grew up in a difficult situation. I definitely loved the strip scene with the helmets.... ;o) I could read the rest of the series, maybe start with book one. ...more
Loved the storyline... A man used to having his own way... meets his match in a feisty woman who still loves to be pampered. The beginnings of the DarLoved the storyline... A man used to having his own way... meets his match in a feisty woman who still loves to be pampered. The beginnings of the Dare family and the dynamics they all pose together now in adulthood. Ian will have to embrace his half brother since Riley is best friends with him. Riley will have to give up some independence in order to survive an assault from her past. United with her Step-Mother can she break the mold and discover she can trust a man to love her without giving up her true self. Ian discovers family can mean a difference in taming his self control and together Riley and Ian will heat up the sheets with passion. Red hot passion folks, steamy scenes that rocked even the third book of this series. How dare I read them out of order... ugghhh I love Carly Phillips and when I need a sizzle book, then I grab her titles....more
I liked the story, it had a few hiccups on the premise, but all in all it was a great, hot romance. I look forward to reading Nash's story next... I tI liked the story, it had a few hiccups on the premise, but all in all it was a great, hot romance. I look forward to reading Nash's story next... I truly loved how Tess kept catching the adults smooching. Typical teenage reaction... very funny!...more
I love Carly Phillips and this venture into hotter relationships was awesome! Just the book I needed to get me motivated to finish other titles I hadI love Carly Phillips and this venture into hotter relationships was awesome! Just the book I needed to get me motivated to finish other titles I had begun. Carly's books shoot up the endorphins and wowza! I will read the rest of the series and maybe check out the cousins, but not right away. ;o)...more
I ended my 2015 with a dark title, so I began my 2016 reading season with a light, romance and yet a true account how men and women misunderstand eachI ended my 2015 with a dark title, so I began my 2016 reading season with a light, romance and yet a true account how men and women misunderstand each other daily. How fitting the title name goes with a dark and cold winter day in Iowa as well. Cathy is running from her home state of Kansas after a bitter end to a relationship that ended up with her ex marrying her sister. Cathy finds the furthest place to hide, but while in hiding, her new co-worker talks her into responding to an ad in the classifieds. The Red Baron is looking for a mate to soar with in adventure and Cathy signs her note back from Snoopy saying she is looking to negotiating the soaring heights. Both individuals have had their hearts broken and are unsure how to proceed, but since they met prior to the blind setup date... things take off a little differently. Communication is the root to fixing their lives... will it be too late to solve the problem or can they whether the storm out as a couple? (view spoiler)[ I was a bit upset at the loss of Peterkins. I was sobbing.... I don't do well with animals in books... (hide spoiler)]...more
I love this series. Funny and full of murder with loads of suspects. Yes, death dorm again... Heather has lost another boss and the uproar surroundingI love this series. Funny and full of murder with loads of suspects. Yes, death dorm again... Heather has lost another boss and the uproar surrounding it causes much grief for the college. Everyone wants a piece of Heather while she is dodging bullets to stay alive. Still love the characters but still missing one from the first book. Heather has found a home and friends she can call family. It takes a few moments for her to realize what she is thankful for and by golly what she has been wanting since her mother left her and took all her cash. Maybe someday she will sing again, but on her own terms. Thank goodness there is still one left to read and I hope a few more in the future. Looking forward to the P.I. team...more
Fun, silly and fraught with murder/danger. Another death at work and now the dorm (residence hall) is being called death dorm. Heather is really tryinFun, silly and fraught with murder/danger. Another death at work and now the dorm (residence hall) is being called death dorm. Heather is really trying not to get involved but too many people are divulging information which leads her to sort of solve the murder of the cheerleader. Cooper and Detective Canavan keep asking her to not involve herself but she just can't help it... curiosity is her worst enemy. With the help of Reggie, the street drug dealer, certain details get kicked into gear unbeknownst to Heather. I will miss Reggie, if he doesn't make it into the rest of the series. I got use to the "drug dealer" outside her brownstone. Delightful series, loving it!...more
A delightful mystery of the spy variety with a dash of 'Romancing the Stone' qualities. Zoe Hunter writes articles and travel books but never travelsA delightful mystery of the spy variety with a dash of 'Romancing the Stone' qualities. Zoe Hunter writes articles and travel books but never travels and is recently divorced from her husband. Zoe works about three part time jobs to afford her share of the house payment. Neither can afford to jump out of the house just yet so they split it... A turn of events, a husband gone missing in a torrid storm, leads Zoe on the hunt for answers... why was Jack at the bridge and why would he jump into the raging water?
“Jack should have finished his daily run and be in the shower by now. She had heard him come inside, hadn’t she? She must have. He moved through his schedule with a precise, unwavering regularity. Despite their best efforts to steer clear of each other, their daily lives crossed at certain points.”
Zoe decides his partner is the one to ask but when she arrives, she discovers Conner is very dead behind his desk with a neat hole in his head. Now the cops are really looking at Zoe who decides to check out her husband’s upstairs living quarters to find out what could have happened. Where did the huge money transaction come from in his bank account? Zoe tracks down a relative in Las Vegas and from that moment she enters a world of fake identities, deceptions and the knowledge her ex was once a spy. Now an art business with mafia ties has Zoe trying to figure out who framed whom in the crazy espionage where Jack’s partner lured him back without his knowledge....more
Probably a close second to the Gentle Rogue. Love when the story is on a ship headed anywhere. Loved that Judith found a rake like her uncle James andProbably a close second to the Gentle Rogue. Love when the story is on a ship headed anywhere. Loved that Judith found a rake like her uncle James and as sweet as her father Anthony. Great combo. Can't wait to see who is paired with Jack aka Jaqueline. This series just gets better and better, but I would love to see more interaction with the other couples... maybe some short novellas to keep Johanna's readers on edge. ...more
Loved, of course! I love the Malory-Anderson family, I love pirates, and I love the ton. My favorite author and my favorite series by her. I did wantLoved, of course! I love the Malory-Anderson family, I love pirates, and I love the ton. My favorite author and my favorite series by her. I did want something more to happen to the awful father Richard had. I had another ending for him, but all in all I did love it. The friction, the new friendship, the romance, the sex. I would have loved the book to be a bit longer and with the whole company on the ship longer headed to the Caribbean. Makes want to read Georgina's story again since that one was on a pirate ship most of the time. ;o) ...more
A Shakespearian Tragedy, a tragic love story, a past, present, future story of love and second chances. I was so captivated by this book about a diaryA Shakespearian Tragedy, a tragic love story, a past, present, future story of love and second chances. I was so captivated by this book about a diary, I didn't move from the bathroom floor until I finished it this morning at 4:45am. I must own this book! I truly loved it and I have sooo many questions for the author. I need some answers. When I reached the final page, I was devastated... how could it end when there was so much more to learn? This happened to me when I read Orphan Train too.... I was not ready to leave the inhabitants of Bainbridge, Washington. A very real place, which has been added to my bucket list. The mystery between the pages and Emily's life was headed towards similar patterns... could the cycle be replaced, would Emily's past heal her current wounds and would the past forgive it's transgressions? To say anything more would give it away, a must read. I shed a few tears and fell in love with several of the characters. Aunt Bee and Evelyn at the top. So many hearts and lives were transformed one foggy night, to endure such pain and never be with your one true love... This is a title to be re-read for nostalgia on cold winter's day wrapped in a blank or as a beach toting title... either way, long after the last page is read, the story will stay in your heart forever. ...more
While not as good as Hurricane Hannah, it did have Buster the Alligator... and a talking bird. It's an island and refuge for both parties who fall inWhile not as good as Hurricane Hannah, it did have Buster the Alligator... and a talking bird. It's an island and refuge for both parties who fall in love. Both have been jilted. One, a preacher, decided religion was about delivering messages from God to live a better life than what was good for the church of the parish he was working for... money talked there but Mark wasn't interested in that and he left the parish and the prestige... so did his fiance. She was all about the prestige, the name and the money. Lynn, a scientist, was involved with a professor who stole her working thesis while she was away dealing with her Aun'ts death. He even had it published. Since Lynn was an intern, her protests of him stealing her work were not believed or... her ex led her to believe that decision. Mark is still a preacher and Lynn is now a science teacher on the island. Lynn and Mark really discover each other only after the meddling ghost/spirit of Delphine arrives. Delphine wants Lynn to be happy, to pursue life, to love a partner in life... A series of events occur chancing that fate; that both parties will fall in love despite the odds.... Gambling a huge past time on this island... may the odds be ever in your favor. Ha! Cute title, preachy at times with a couple sizzle sex scenes... I thought the ending was flat but I enjoyed the theology lesson....more