Everyday Tidbits...

"I am so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers." - Anne Shirley

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Don't Bother Me!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Weekend Reflections 10/25

Looking outside....it's cold and foggy. The fireplace is going this morning.

Listening...The Boy is watching Scrubs and laughing.  The Brother is still asleep.

Loving...that fall is here. This makes me happy.

Thinking...about the things I need to do.

In my kitchen...a cup of hot chocolate and Chili & Rice for dinner.

Wearing...red penguin pajamas and a black turtleneck.

Needing...to get the dryer fixed and the garage tidied up.

Reading...The Dress Shop of Dreams by Menna van Praag

Today...the corn maze and zombie shooting with the extended family.

Hoping...this lingering cold will go away.

Planning...for the week.  

Gratitude...essential oil diffusers that work wonders when you are congested and heating pads that help when your back hurts from coughing.

From my world...technology. Isn't technology amazing? I have a love/hate relationship with it most of the time, but I'm still in awe sometimes.

What about you?  What are you reflecting on today?

Thursday, October 23, 2014


About the book:
A grieving mother. A mysterious child. And a dedicated PI who's determined to solve the puzzle.

For three years, Kate Marshall has been mourning the loss of her husband and four-year-old son in a boating accident. But when she spots a familiar-looking child on a mall escalator, she's convinced it's her son. With police skeptical of her story, she turns to private investigator Connor Sullivan for help. As the former Secret Service agent digs into the case, the boating "accident" begins to look increasingly suspicious. But if Kate's son is alive, someone is intent on keeping him hidden--and may go to lethal lengths to protect a sinister secret.

As Irene Hannon's many fans have come to expect, Deceived is filled with complex characters, unexpected twists, and a riveting plotline that accelerates to an explosive finish.

After her husband and son are presumed dead in a boating accident, Kate tries to move on with her life. Three years later, a chance encounter at a mall convinces Kate that her son is still alive. Never feeling like the police listened to her when the accident first happened, she can't go to them now. Instead, she turns to a private investigator who believes her story. As Kate and Connor delve more deeply into the case, they find more questions, discover answers and soon realize that there are dangers at play.

It's no secret that I love Irene Hannon's books and I think Deceived is my favorite. I love that Irene's books are thrilling and compelling without gratuitous violence or language. I always enjoy her characterizations and Kate and Connor were fantastic. I loved their interactions and repartee. The insights into the law enforcement world are fascinating and well researched. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough.

Part of the Private Justice series, the story stands alone just fine, but as past characters return, having read the stories in order just enhances the richness of the storytelling.

Thanks to Lanette with Baker Publishing for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about Irene Hannon here. You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 10/14

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5/5 Stars

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Sea House...Review

About the book:
Scotland, 1860.

Reverend Alexander Ferguson, naive and newly-ordained, takes up his new parish, a poor, isolated patch on the Hebridean island of Harris. His time on the island will irrevocably change the course of his life, but the white house on the edge of the dunes keeps its silence long after Alexander departs. It will be more than a century before the Sea House reluctantly gives up its secrets. Ruth and Michael buy the grand but dilapidated building and begin to turn it into a home for the family they hope to have. Their dreams are marred by a shocking discovery. The tiny bones of a baby are buried beneath the house; the child's fragile legs are fused together -- a mermaid child. Who buried the bones? And why? Ruth needs to solve the mystery of her new home -- but the answers to her questions may lie in her own past.

Based on a real nineteenth-century letter to The Times in which a Scottish clergyman claimed to have seen a mermaid, The Sea House is an epic, sweeping tale of loss and love, hope and redemption, and how we heal ourselves with the stories we tell.

In 1992, Ruth and Michael have purchased the rundown Sea House on the island of Harris in the Hebrides with the hope of turning it into a Bed & Breakfast. During the renovations, they discover the remains of a baby whose legs are fused together. From appearance, a mermaid child.

Ruth, in an effort to overcome her own issues of abandonment and to find out what happened to the mermaid baby, begins researching the history of The Sea House and learns the story of Reverend Alexander Ferguson a newly ordained pastor, recently arrived on Harris.

Having always been told he was descended from the selkies or seal people, Alexander has had a lifelong fascination with mermaids. As the story alternates between 1860 and 1992, the novel bounces back and forth between Ruth's efforts to find out what happened to the mermaid child and Alexander's efforts to discover the truth behind the selkie/mermaid legend.

Historically, I was intrigued by the premise of The Sea House and Elisabeth Gifford has done an amazing job of blending legend with fact as well as addressing issues of PTSD and abandonment.

There were some complaints on this tour that the book contained profanity. I found two instances of the "F" word in only one sentence and it in no way detracted from my enjoyment of the novel.

A fascinating, compelling story.

Thanks to Litfuse Publicity for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about Elisabeth Gifford here. You can see other reviews and tour stops here. You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 10/14

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4/5 Stars