HIDDEN by Shelley Shepard Gray

HIDDEN by Shelley Shepard Gray. I enjoyed her last novel about the Amish mixing with the “Englishers” in CHRISTMAS IN SUGARCREEK, so I had a feeling I’d like this one also. I’m on page 81 and I am enjoying it. This one is about a woman named Anna Metzger who’s been abused by her politician boyfriend. Anyway, here she is running away from a problem to the same bed and Breakfast the last character used. But one member of the Amish family isn’t very welcoming to Anna, and this is Henry Brenneman, who was jilted by his girlfriend who left the Amish order and went off and married an Englisher man.

NOTE: I’ll let you know what I think of the book later.

NOTE: This really was a quick read, and had a predictable ending, but I’ll probably read the sequel anyway.. LOL.


THE BEST MISTAKE by Nora Roberts

THE BEST MISTAKE by Nora Roberts, (2005). This is my very first Nora Roberts book! It’s short and sweet, I’ll probably be done reading it before I sleep tonight! It’s only got 221 pages, and thankfully it’s large type! I don’t need large type yet, I prefer Medium sized type, but I’m not complaining. After all I DO have 55 year old eyes with progressive lens trifocals! LOL.

Now… why haven’t I read a Nora Roberts book before? Well once her books were made into TV movies I had a hard time watching them! So I shied away from her books, which are probably all very similar like the Debbie Macomber books, which doesn’t stop me from reading them by the way. Maybe it’s a middle age woman thing.. Maybe it’s cuz I don’t need to watch a sex scene on TV to get turned on anymore.. Menopause can do a number on her libido as you know!  Now this short and sweet book has all the right elements. A sexy yet endearing man and a sexy and hard working mom to a cute 4 year old boy. They are all falling in love with each other of course. In fact Zoe just scheduled a sex date with Coop when her son is on a sleepover! What more could the reader want to anticipate but a sex scene? LOL


Extremes in Christianity…Sad stuff…And begining to talk about When Heaven Invades Earth.

Here’s another interesting book…Well to ME at least.. LOL


English: Icon of Jesus Christ English: Icon of Jesus Christ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Over the years, from time to time I have come across some extreme stuff that has been done in the name of Christianity. Some has been historical, some sadly more recent or even current and ongoing. A news item popped up in the last couple of days was this one – this being the BBC version:


From my point of view, this is one of those sad extremes. Minister Fred Phelps’ name popped up when I was listening to the news on the BBC World Service radio news a day or so ago: The thing that sticks in my mind from that is how the report chose as its lead line the practise of his followers picketing the funerals of dead US service men (and I presume women) because they wanted to proclaim that somehow the unfortunate dead service persons…

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PROMISES TO KEEP by Jane Green, (2010). This book is about 3 women and their various progress through life’s ups and downs. Callie Perry is a successful family photographer living in Bedford, NY with children and a workaholic husband. Steffi who is Callie’s younger sister, is a free spirit living in Manhattan bouncing around between jobs and boyfriends. Lila Grossman is Callie’s best friend who has finally met the man of her dreams but he has a demanding, harridan ex-wife who wants all her ex husband’s attention.. Then there’s Callie’s parents, divorced for 30 years and barely speaking to each other.

Since the one main character is a vegan chef there’s a vegan recipe at the end of each short chapter, isn’t that nice? Since I love to cook and bake I love to see recipes in my novels. Here I am reading along and the word “salubrious” is inserted in a sentence: “It isn’t exactly salubrious, but their reputation is such that it has become a destination, and every night there is a long line of people patiently waiting with bottles of wine in hand,” The character Steffi was talking about her restaurant she’s chef-ing for. (See I made up a word). So what does salubrious mean? Why didn’t JANE GREEN use a simpler word? Every other word in her book is easy to understand? Was she trying to impress her readers? Believe you me, we the readers don’t need to use a dictionary to understand a sentence in your novel, it really isn’t necessary! I have this rule, speak in the simplest terms to make sure everyone, and I do mean everyone understands what you mean! Ugh!

So here’s the definition of the word Salubrious:
[suh-loo-bree-uhs] Show IPA
favorable to or promoting health; healthful: salubrious air.
1540–50; < Latin salūbr ( is ) promoting health (akin to salūs health) + -ious

Can be confused: salubrious, salutary (see synonym study at salutary).
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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NOTE: So why didn’t she just use the word “healthful”?
NOTE: I did read Jane Green’s THE BEACH HOUSE so I’m assuming ever so little that I’ll love this book too.

NOTE: This book is a real tear jerker, DO NOT READ if your heart is easily broken!



EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE by Jonathan Saffran Foer, (2005). This is Johnathan Foer’s second novel, I have never read any of his books before, although I watched the movie EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED on TV, which was quite quirky also about a Jewish boy who’s also searching for something. This is the story of Oskar Schell, a 9 year old who’s on an urgent secret mission that takes him through the five boroughs of New York. His goal is to find the lock that matches a mysterious key that belonged to his father, who died in the one of the Twin Towers on Sept. 11th. It’s supposed to be a hilarious and exhilarating journey that is healing for the boy. FOER is supposed to be some “New sort of literary warrior- a visionary, ingenious, hilarious, and heartbreaking.” according to Village Voice. Even Oprah Magazine recommends the book and I trust Oprah’s taste in books 80% of the time.. Well folks, I’ll have to let you know what I think. I enjoyed that quirky movie of his first book so I assume I’ll like this one.

NOTE: I must say I can see why anyone would get confused watching the movie now! The story goes from the present to the past, to Oskar’s grandfather’s life, and the grandmother’s life and his dead father’s life. The quirky characters are real unusual you know? But I’m going to read the whole book!

NOTE: Well I just finished the book this morning. It was a really good book you know? Unusual and quirky to be sure with the added photos and creative typing. Did it end the way I predicted? No, but that’s okay. It was mildly boring in some of the rambling chapters, but I do look forward to see how the movie follows the book.

The House of Winslow/ Book 17: THE YUKON QUEEN by Gilbert Morris

The House of Winslow/ Book 17: THE YUKON QUEEN by Gilbert Morris, (1995).  AS you can see this writer is very prolific. The Winslows are a family who must many interesting adventures. This story is about a young man named Cassidy Winslow who’s 18 years old when the story starts out in 1896. I don’t usually read books by male authors, especially if were former pastors. I can bet there’s no bad language in this book and no hanky panky either.. LOL Cassidy Winslow is young and ready for adventure, and he takes off for the Yukon gold fields where he meets up with Fletcher Stevens who’s dying and offers Cass money to search for gold and share it with his daughter Serena who has been living in a convent for the past 4 years since her mother’s death.

NOTE: Hey, this book was written by a former pastor before he became a Professor of English at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas. OKay let me first say the writing was excellent, but I found the preaching in the book a little off putting to me, but the story was good so I read the whole book. Of course it had a happy ending and the iffy main characters were “saved” and converted. They found their way back to God. If you have any problem with that, don’t read it. I have taken out 3 more books by Gilbert Morris, I’ll have to let you know what I think of them. I’m assuming her tries to make converts of his readers in all his books.