TEN BEACH ROAD by Wendy Wax

TEN BEACH ROAD by Wendy Wax, 2011. Ten Beach Road is the address of a mansion in Florida, and the story involves the women who were swindled out of their life savings who end up co-owning the property. After an appraisal the woman have decided to renovate the historical building together before it can be sold so they can get some of their money back from the sale of the mansion. I must say I am enjoying the story a lot and I bet you will too. WENDY WAX.. what an odd yet memorable name for the author, who also wrote as of 2011:

7 DAYS AND 7 NIGHTS

LEAVE IT TO CLEAVAGE

HOSTILE MAKEOVER

SINGLE IN SUBURBIA

THE ACCIDENTAL BESTSELLER

MAGNOLIA WEDNESDAYS

ME BEFORE YOU by Jojo Moyes

ME BEFORE YOU by Jojo Moyes, 2012. This is a VERY good book! I highly recommend it! I don’t usually relate to stories that take place in England, even though I have true upper-class English ancestors. Even though my English and French ancestors were wealthy or well off at least, that’s not my life situation and I don’t relate to high society folks anywhere. I’m just an unattractive, overweight, middle aged woman, who could use a great job to help pay the bills. I’m completely off track here.. sorry. I could use the word DIGRESS, but it’s waaay too pretentious a word! LOL Here’s my take on the story.

26 year old Louisa Clark lives an ordinary middle class life in a small England village. She helps support her family with her income from a waitress job at a local cafe. She has no aspirations to better herself.  Her boyfriend Peter is a tri-athalete and a health nut, but not “Lou” she’d rather watch the “telly”.

Meanwhile the cafe closes and Louisa loses her job,and she’s just stared working for a handsome acerbic quadriplegic man. Since I worked as a Home Health Aide for several years I could relate to this situation. After telling the nasty man off, they seem to be getting along better. I don’t want to give away the whole story, as I prefer YOU to read it!  I’m sure you’ll enjoy it too!

STRANGERS IN PARADISE by Heather Graham

STRANGERS IN PARADISE by Heather Graham, 2012. I don’t usually read these romance/suspense novels. This one starts out with a prolong in 1863 Florida of all places with a Civil War soldier named Pierre with a pregnant wife Eugenia and something about riches that glitter behind a brick wall… Then it reverts to modern day in the first chapter. Alexi Jordan inherits the mansion which is supposedly haunted. Her new neighbor Rex Morrow has appointed himself as her protector. I just wonder what he’s protecting her from?

NOTE: So.. it’s a typical romance suspense book.. Man and woman strongly attracted to reach other.. Woman was abused in previous relationship and fearful for her own safety and is alone in the old cobwebby, creaky mansion.. She hears footsteps on the stairs then screams.. man runs to save her.. then more creepy crawly and slithery things are let loose by the mean old person who wants her outta the house.. after all it’s full of hidden gold… or so the story goes.. LOL

Well I can predict the outcome of the book, but I’ll read it anyway..

NOTE: I COULDN’T STAND THIS BOOK, TOO PREDICTABLE.. I’m returning it to the library tomorrow.

Texting in Medieval Times

Texting in Medieval Times

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We all do it a few times per day: shooting a friend a text message with our phones. Doing so has become routine and we don’t really think about it: just grab your device, hold it up, and type a few words quickly and on the fly. Both the speed and short lifespan of text messages are responsible for its most peculiar features: they are written in a special language of short words and a high volume of abbreviations, and they come with the built-in understanding that there will likely be typos included. Interestingly, this hurried and cursory manner of communicating was quite common in medieval times, while its roots can be traced back to Antiquity. This post shows how people sent each other short messages before the invention of electricity and the phone: hastily, cheaply and with a modest amount of attention. “My soldiers have run out of beer, please send some!”

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British Museum, 1986,1001.64, aka Tab. Vindol. II.291 (dated to 97-103 CE) Fig. 1 – British Museum, 1986,1001.64, aka Tab. Vindol…

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THE LUCKY DOG MATCHMAKING SERVICE by Beth Kendrick

THE LUCKY DOG MATCHMAKING SERVICE by Beth Kendrick, 2012. This is a delightful little story about a woman who rescues dogs with horrible habits and rehabilitates them and matches them up with lonely people. But Lara Madigan has bad luck when it comes to men. Her boyfriend asks her to move into his house, and then eventually asks her to leave with her passel of rescued pooches. She ends up in her mother’s fancy mansion where her dogs end up trashing the place! I can’t wait to read the whole book! I’m really enjoying it right now!

NOTE: Beth Kendrick also wrote;

THE BAKE OFF, SECOND TIME AROUND,

THE PRE-NUP,

NEARLYWEDS,

FASHIONABLY LATE,

EXES AND OHS,

MY FAVORITE MISTAKE.

NOTE: This book was a delightful little read! I look forward to reading more of Beth Kendrick’s books!

A KISS FOR CADE by Lori Copeland

A KISS FOR CADE by Lori Copeland, 1997. This book from The Western Sky Series, is about a bounty hunter named Cade Kolby who returns home after the death of his sister and her husband, with the object of finding his sister’s 4 children a home. He finds his old love Zoe, taking care of the kids in her cramped apartment above the store she inherited upon the death of her husband. Cade and Zoe, still love each other after all these years, but his job as a bounty hunter means he has murders on his tail and that puts the family and whole town in danger.  It’s been 15 years but sparks are still flying for the two lovebirds.

NOTE: This book has a happy ending I’m sure and I can guess what it is already! Need I say more?

THE TALL PINE POLKA by Lorna Landvik

THE TALL PINE POLKA by Lorna Landvik, 1999. I just LOVE Lorna Landvik books, they never let me down!  This small cast of eccentric characters includes a 22 year old orphaned, Fenny Ness, as the star of the show, and her friends, beautiful Lee O’Leary, a beaten and abused woman who leaves her husband and goes forth to make a new life for herself. Then there’s Tall Pine’s only admitted lesbian couple; Miss Penk and Frau Katt. Pete the proprietor of Shoe Shack spends his nights crafting  beautiful shoes for Lee, but is too shy to confess his love. Slim, the barking and howling Vietnam Veteran with PTSD who works his way though it by communicating like a dog. Then there’s Big Bill who enters the town looking for his eccentric Native American Aunt Mae.

NOTE: I’m sure you’ll enjoy the book, as much as I do.