Merry Wondrous Words

Posted October 28, 2015 by Elizabeth in Wondrous Words Wednesday / 4 Comments
Merry Wondrous Words

Emma Davies’ novella Merry Mistletoe is a sweet romance about a young woman trying to save her family mistletoe farm. All of my Wondrous Words come from this book and are examples of British slang. The definitions are all from the Urban Dictionary. punters (n): London slang for customers. She liked her forest green coat with red woolly hat and scarf. The punters seemed to like it too. pillock (n): British slang for a fool […]

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Water on the Moon: author inte..

Posted October 27, 2015 by Elizabeth in book reviews / 6 Comments
Water on the Moon: author interview & giveaway

Water on the Moon is the debut novel from Jean P. Moore, a former English teacher and telecommunications executive. After raising a family, she has returned to her first love, writing. Elizabeth Asked: I grew up in the flight path of a major airport in CT and actually had the aerial antenna pulled off our house by a low-flying propeller plane that then crash landed into the nearby Farmington River. Did you have a similar […]

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Mrs. Roosevelt’s Confida..

Posted October 26, 2015 by Elizabeth in book reviews / 1 Comment
Mrs. Roosevelt’s Confidante: a wartime thriller

Cool and calm, American Maggie Hope is pleased to be back in her homeland, albeit under terrible circumstances, for Christmas of 1941. She will have the opportunity to visit with the aunt who raised her and share some American foods and traditions with her good friend David, special assistant to Winston Churchill, and John, a long-lost love with whom she has recently been reunited. Moving throughout the elegant locations of Washington, D.C., Maggie runs into […]

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Holiday Spirit Abounds in Merr..

Posted October 25, 2015 by Elizabeth in book reviews / 1 Comment
Holiday Spirit Abounds in Merry Mistletoe

What a wonderful novella! Emma Davies‘ Merry Mistletoe has romance, conflict, and a little bit of magical Christmas spirit in the  character of itinerant worker Amos, who arrives at Appleyard Farm just as Freya needs help with the harvest and packing up her belongings to move. Romance is provided quietly in the presence of childhood friend Sam who has returned to Freya’s daily life just when she needs a friend. Freya is a very real […]

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A Bit of Water on the Moon

Posted October 22, 2015 by Elizabeth in Book Beginnings, Friday 56 / 0 Comments
A Bit of Water on the Moon

On Fridays. I participate in two preview memes that are great for anticipating what I’m going to read next. This week I am sharing Water on the Moon by Jean P. Moore, who I will be interviewing next week. Book Beginnings is hosted by Gillon at Rose City Reader. The directions say: Share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial impressions of the book, or anything the opener […]

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Hidden Treasure

Posted October 22, 2015 by Elizabeth in Beyond the Books, discussion / 5 Comments
Hidden Treasure

I have found a few things in my lifetime that ended up being special, almost a treasure. As a child climbing the rocks along the Connecticut seashore I found something that I considered a magical treasure. My sister and I used to love to climb the hill that separated two beaches and one time I found a small white rock that had a purple circle on it. It was very smooth and satiny, and the […]

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Words from Santa

Posted October 21, 2015 by Elizabeth in Wondrous Words Wednesday / 5 Comments
Words from Santa

This week all of my Wondrous Words come from The Santa Klaus Murder by Mavis Doriel Hay, a cozy drawing-room mystery originally written in 1936. It has a number of words that aren’t frequently used in contemporary writing. cumber (v): to overload; burden. [A word I’ve seen with prefixes and suffixes, but never the base word alone.] Gloucester’s market-day livestock and shoppers and traffic were beginning to cumber the streets as we drove in, but we […]

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The Apothecary Rose w giveaway

Posted October 20, 2015 by Elizabeth in book reviews / 4 Comments
The Apothecary Rose w giveaway

Candace Robb’s Owen Archer mystery series is being reissued as e-books and two new books are being published in the U.S. and Canada. To celebrate, bloggers have been given different books in the series to review on the blog tour, and there is a giveaway for the first three e-books in the series.What a treat for readers of historical mysteries! I received the first book, The Apothecary Rose. In fourteenth-century England, Owen is a former archer […]

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Christmas Wedding on Snowflake..

Posted October 19, 2015 by Elizabeth in book reviews / 2 Comments
Christmas Wedding on Snowflake Bay

Fiona McCrae is excited to be home in Blueberry Cove, where she can showcase her signature rustic vintage style with her interior design business. She has just finished planning older brother Logan’s wedding (Sea Glass Sunrise) when her sister Hannah announces her own engagement – with a Christmas wedding in seven weeks – planned by Fiona! With winter coming to Maine, Fiona hadn’t planned on her business rolling until spring, but she still has a lot to […]

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What You See Moves Really Fast

Posted October 18, 2015 by Elizabeth in book reviews / 2 Comments
What You See Moves Really Fast

What You See is a fast-paced thriller written with Hank Phillippi Ryan’s signature style of short chapters and small cliff-hangers making for a riveting read. Each time it seems something will be revealed a new scene with different characters opens, and it is just as interesting as the one before. This style keeps the reader on her toes and kept me up all night to discover what was really happening at Boston’s Faneuil Hall Market […]

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