Friday, May 4, 2018

It Must Be Spring!!

4 little visitors this morning!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Book 5

The Chilbury Ladies' Choir by Jennifer Ryan
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As England becomes enmeshed in the early days of World War II and the men are away fighting, the women of Chilbury village forge an uncommon bond.  They defy the vicar's stuffy edict to close the choir and instead "carry on singing," resurrecting themselves as the Chilbury Ladies' Choir.  This story tells the home-front struggles of five unforgettable choir members: a timid widow devastated when her only son goes to fight; the older daughter of a local scion drawn to a mysterious artist; her younger sister pining over an impossible crush; a Jewish refugee from Czechoslovakia hiding a family secret; and a conniving midwife plotting to outrun her seedy past.
I enjoyed this book although a lot of it was very predictable.  It is written as a series of letters and diary entries by different characters in the story.  Through these letters and diary entries we see how the women in the village change and grow.  They seem to draw strength from one another.  For the most part the men are away at war and so it is left to the women to step up and take charge.  Easy reading.
Edit: Somehow this post ended up in my drafts and it should be dated sometime in March.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Books 6-7

The Little Old Lady who Broke All the Rules 
by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg
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Martha Anderson may be seventy-nine years old and live in a retirement home, but that doesn't mean she's ready to stop enjoying life.  When the new management starts cutting corners to save money, it's the final straw in a life of early bedtimes and lost independence.  Martha and her four closest friends-Brains, Rake, Christina and Anna-Greta (a.k.a. the League of Pensioners)-decide to take a stand for seniors everywhere.  Their solution?  White-collar crime.  What begins as a relatively straightforward robbery of a nearby luxury hotel quickly escalates.  With police baffled and the mafia hot on their trail, the delinquent League of Pensioners has to stay one walker's length ahead if it's going to succeed.

The Little Old Lady Strikes Again 
by Catharina Ingleman-Sundberg
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Martha Anderson may be seventy-nine years old, but she and her friends aren't afraid to break the rules.  Six months after making it onto Sweden's Most Wanted list, they're ready to continue their life of crime somewhere new.
In Vegas. they hatch a plot to outwit the security system at one of the city's biggest casinos.  However they aren't the only ones planning to steal bucket loads of cash.
They soon find themselves pitted against a gang of younger robbers with their own criminal plans.  Will the League of Pensioners be able to outsmart them and get away with its biggest heist yet?

These two books are both on the same lines.  Several robberies, different place, different items.  They are quite funny and extremely far fetched.  Maybe the League of Pensioners are every OAP's dream.  They get up to all kinds of silly antics and, of course, always come out on top but maybe not with the intended outcomes every time.  Very light reads.  Apparently there is a third book coming out-The Little old Lady Behaving Badly which I will probably read to find out what else they get up to!!

Friday, March 30, 2018


We finally got some engagement pictures of Kelsey and Joel!

Saturday, March 24, 2018

So Proud

Youngest son, DIL, GD#2 and GS in New York City today at the march!!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

2018 Books 1-4

Blue Moon by Luanne Rice 
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At the forefront of this well-crafted story stands Cass, youngest and feistiest of the Keating sisters, a mother of three who enjoys hot sex in semi-public locations with husband Billy Medieros, her sweetheart since high school.  During a season of emotional and financial upheavals within the Keating clan, the Medieroses' marriage becomes strained in ways that make Billy wonder whether Cass is more devoted to her family than to him.  Then Billy adds to the stress by leaving his father-in-law's fleet and buying his own boat.  His rebellion sets up the book's unexpected final episode, an electrifying disaster at sea that puts all the characters back in touch with their deepest loyalties and passions.
This is a light read about a close knit family that run fishing boats and a restaurant. Cass and Billy have a child that lost her hearing as an infant and chronicles the difficulties of raising a child with challenges when the parents aren't always on the same page.   Billy wants, and gets, his own boat and, of course, there is the near disaster at sea.  The story, for the most part, was interesting but very predictable.

The Edge of Winter by Luanne Rice
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In the aftermath of the long breakup of her marriage, Neve Halloran and her teenage daughter Mickey are making a new life together amid the austere beauty of Rhode Island's South County.  Captivated by a fragile wildlife sanctuary, Mickey will move toward womanhood in the company of a lonely boy who shares her abiding love for the windswept coastline.  Neve will find herself drawn to a man who has devoted his life to the sanctuary yet is unable to share the pain of a devastating loss-or reconnect with the father who still bears the scars of World War II.  But as winter gives way to spring, a secret will emerge that has Iain buried in the depths just offshore for decades, a secret that will galvanize the community...and point the way to new beginnings.
I enjoyed this book even though the plot was predictable and there were really no surprises.  It was interesting to learn about the wild life and about a time in WWII.  It was a light read but I would recommend it.

What She Knew by Gilly MacMillan
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Rachel Jenner is walking in a Bristol park with her eight-year-old son, Ben, when he asks if he can run ahead.  It's an ordinary request on an ordinary Sunday afternoon, and Rachel has no reason to worry-until Ben vanishes.
The police are called, search parties go out, and Rachel, already insecure after her recent divorce, feels herself coming undone.  As hours and then days pass without a sign of Ben, everyone who knew him is called into question, from Rachel's newly married ex-husband to her mother-of-the-year sister.  Inevitably, media attention focuses on Rachel too, and the public's attitude towards her begins to shift from sympathy to suspicion.
As she desperately pieces together the threadbear clues, Rachel realizes that nothing is quite as she imagined it to be, not even her own judgement.  And the greatest danger may lie not in the anonymous strangers of every parent's nightmares, but behind the familiar smiles of those she trusts the most.
I really enjoyed this book.  It's one of those suspense novels that keep making you think did he do it, did she do it what about that guy or what about that person.  A great read.

Life of Pi by Yann Martel
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After the sinking of a cargo ship, a single solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the surface of the wild, blue Pacific.  The crew of the surviving vessel consists of a hyena, an orang-utan, a zebra with a broken leg, a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger, and Pi Patel, a 16-year-old Indian boy.  The stage is set for one of the most extraordinary pieces of fiction.
I get the distinct impression that this was probably better as a movie.  The book is in three parts.  I found the first part mostly boring.  The second part is about surviving on the lifeboat.  Parts were really interesting and others way beyond belief.  I found the third part annoying and laughable.. I think I felt duped.  Not a book I really enjoyed.