THE MIDWIFE’S CONFESSION by Diane Chamberlain

THE MIDWIFE’S CONFESSION by Diane Chamberlain, 2011. In the first short chapter Noelle the midwife is holding some horrible secret to herself, and she is writing a suicide note in an e-mail to her friend Anna, before so finally kills herself. Now her friends Tara and Emerson are trying to find out the complex truth of what happened to Noelle. Her friends begin to uncover the truth about this complex woman who touched each of their lives and the life of a desperate stranger with love, and betrayal, compassion and deceit.

NOTE: This was a very good book!

THE GIRL IN THE GREEN RAINCOAT by Laura Lippman

THE GIRL IN THE GREEN RAINCOAT by Laura Lippman, 2008. Yes it IS a detective novel.. it certainly sounds like one doesn’t it?  This is a little 158 page one I found in the local library, on sale for a dime! (Can you believe that?) LOL I am not usually partial to detective novels, nit even kicky lively ones involving cats or food or knitters… but I figured I’d give it a try.

This one’s about a detective named Tess Monaghan who’s required to have complete bed rest the last two months of her pregnancy. So here she is watching people walk by on the park behind her house. Nearly everyday she sees a girl in a lime green raincoat walking her Italian Greyhound as she talks on her cell phone. One day Tess sees the dog running by with the leash still attached and no girl chasing after it! Tess becomes alarmed and asks her boyfriend and her detective partner Whitney to go find out what happened to the girl and her dog. I’m unexpectedly enjoying this little book. I hope you do too!

NOTE: I just can’t get into this book. The writing is fine, it’s just the genre, I don’t enjoy detective novels so I’m ditching it!

My Advice to Romance Book Authors

I’m currently reading a quirky romance novel and it has scholarly words in it which I have to look up in my online dictionary! Do you know how aggravating that is to us simple country folk? PLEASE! I’M BEGGING YOU! Please simplify your writing, pretend some slightly uneducated readers are out there trying to enjoy your book, but are stopped short by a new word they can’t even remember how to spell let alone pronounce without a struggle! I’m so grateful for copy and paste when looking it up! Now keep in mind I read a LOT, Probably 2 books a week at least! I don’t consider myself stupid, but when I don’t even know what the root word means I’m NOT enjoying your book as much as you’d like me to. I say to myself “Are all his/her other books the same way? Do I even want to read them?”

Here’s two words I had to look up in the first 69 pages of a Romance novel?

Erudite– which means “scholarly” AND

Proselytizing which means: 1.  to convert or attempt to convert as a proselyte; recruit.

Do you see what I mean? It takes the joy out of reading when I have to run to the dictionary.

AN AVAILABLE MAN by Hilma Wolitzer

AN AVAILABLE MAN by Hilma Wolitzer, 2012. Isn’t HILMA a strange name? It rhymes with Wilma and the author is a she after all….. This book was definitely written for the older crowd, the Baby Boomers like me. (Should that be capitalized?) This, unfortunately is a “Slow Reader”,  the plot is trudging along slowly so far, but that may be due partly to my damnable short attention span today.  Maybe it’s partly the subject matter, it’s about a recently widowed man age 62, his step daughter and daughter-in-law placed an ad in the personal section of The New York Review newspaper. Here is is:

“Science Guy. Erudite and kind, balding but handsome. Our widowed dad is the real thing for the right woman. Jersey/Metropolitan New York.”

(What the heck is erudite?, I’m not a scholar after all!) Here’s the definition:

Erudite:

adjective

1.  characterized by great knowledge; learned or scholarly:

an erudite professor; an erudite commentary.
So here’s this guy’s family and friends pushing him to date! It doesn’t seem long enough! Has it only been months since his wife Bee died? I’m still trying to figure that out.. I say leave the guy alone! But then we wouldn’t have a story about it, now would we? LOL But I will continue to read this book!
It seems he’s been widowed for a year now but he’s still living in “the ghost of his marriage” as the author describes.
Then I catch another unknown word in the story. Here’s the sentence:
   ‘He supposed that Julie had merely caught the proselytizing fever from Nick and Amanda.’ Now it’s adding words like this that make a book a “SLOW READER” to average reader! I don’t consider myself stupid you know? But this is the second word I’m having to look up in the first 69 pages .. Why don’t author’s talk Down not up, to simplify things for their audience? So What!,  they know the meaning of “BIG WORDS” Ugh! I just HAVE to look up a new word it’s in my curious nature after all! Here it is!:
Proselytize
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), proselytized, proselytizing.

1.

to convert or attempt to convert as a proselyte; recruit.
Also, especially British, proselytize.
I will NOT be defining any more new words for you.. aren’t you relieved? But my advice to new novel writers is this: “SIMPLIFY YOUR WRITING AND SPEAKING AT ALL TIMES!” Pretend some nice, friendly, slightly uneducated folk are out there reading your book! They are not all scholars! This pertains to most romance and quirky family drama type novels.
NOTE: I finished this book last night, reading in bed until 1 AM! I admit I ENJOYED the book a lot! Mom might not approved of the “F” words used in the story but heck she is 80 years old after all! But I do think she would enjoy the story otherwise. Now do YOU gals from the younger generations want to read it? Probably not! Oh well, you can’t have everything!

An Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Little Free Library!

How wonderful!

746 Books

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I saw one of my work wishes come true last week with the installation of the Little Free Library at Clotworthy House.

The Little Free Library is a becoming a world wide phenomenon as these cute little boxes are popping up everywhere, from Iceland to Mexico promoting reading, sharing and community. A Little Free Library is, quite literally, a box filled with books where anyone can browse, pick a book, read and return it, share a book of their own or donate a book.

Some of our current stock! Some of our current stock!

You can find out more about the movement on their Little Free Library website and you’ll see us on the world wide map in the next few weeks. It’s been a lovely experience to watch people come across our library, browse the shelves and leave with a book or two! And as a bonus , I know where to send my books…

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HEAVEN IS FOR REAL by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent

HEAVEN IS FOR REAL by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent, 2010. I’ve always wanted to read this book since I believe in life after death, reincarnation and past lives. It’s the story of a little boy who dies and goes to heaven where he sits on Jesus lap and is sung to by Angels as his spirit leaves his body and he visits his parents in the waiting room. Does this boy believe in Jesus because he was taught to in Sunday School? I don’t know, I haven’t read that far yet, I’m nearly finished reading the Epilogue. I do believe that no matter what religion we believe in there are some kind of beings that meet us on the other side. Including our loved ones who passed over. They are all a higher power. Call The Creator whatever name you choose. God/Buddha/Allah.. whatever that is what will meet you on the other side. Although some people have NDE’s and go to “Hell” or so they say?? I don’t know what to think of that. I like to think there is no real Hell. What kind of Creator would send a perfectly good and redeemable soul there forever? I can see sending one there as a place to sort through their lives, like a shrinks office, but not to stay there forever, what a waste!

NOTE: I’m sorry you might not enjoy reading about my beliefs if you are Atheist, but I feel a need to express myself anyway.

NOTE: According to this book the things that boy saw in Heaven were not all good. I mean he said there are TWO swords in heaven the angels use to keep Satan out for one thing, and the other was some war that would destroy the earth and only saved souls would join God, Jesus and the Angels in heaven. (Anyway, I’m not sure what I think about all that yet, but I’m perfectly willing to read and learn about any and all things).

WITHIN MY HEART BY Tamera Alexander

WITHIN MY HEART by Tamera Alexander, 2010. This is a lonely widow trying to run a ranch story. Are you up for that? Rachael Boyd struggles to keep her ranch afloat with the help of her two young sons. But for some reason she is forced to trust Dr. Rand Brookson when she’d rather avoid him thinking he is too much like her physician father. Rand wishes to build a clinic in town, but then he is forced to make a choice the town won’t like when a patient’s life is threatened.  Meanwhile Rachael is being stubborn about her friendship with the young doctor.

DARN! I already read this book! It was a good book so go ahead and read it if you want!