The Spirit Guide

What’s In a Name?

The Secret Paris Cinema Club

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter

The Spirit Guide

For a variety of reasons, I accept very few review requests, but when author Elizabeth Davies offered me The Spirit Guide , I could not resist its promise of history,…

What’s In a Name?

    While reading The Spirit Guide, I thought to myself: A rose may smell as sweet, but I have my doubts about mis-named characters. In this case, George, to…

The Secret Paris Cinema Club

How I got between its sheets: a Christmas present. What stimulated me: Setting: Paris – the City of Lights seems magical and irresistible in the author’s hands, and even though…

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter

This was a Christmas present request after having seen so many positive reviews. While reading, I marveled at what an evocative writer author Kim Edwards is, and I was thoroughly…

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Me Before You

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Me Before You by Jojo Moyes Published by Pamela Dorman Books/Viking on 2012 Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Fiction, Romance Pages: 384 Format: Paperback Goodreads Louisa (“Lou”) Clark desperately needs a job to help out her cash-strapped family, but when offered the position of caregiver to a quadriplegic gentleman, she is hesitant. And when she meets the sullen and sarcastic Will Traynor, a former financial wunderkind who doesn’t see the point of living anymore, suddenly the pole dancing gig offered by the unemployment office wasn’t so outlandish. Nevertheless, Lou decides to give it the old college try because her family needs…

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter

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The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards Published by Penguin on May 30th 2006 Genres: Fiction, Literary, Suspense, Thrillers Pages: 448 Source: Gift Goodreads When Kentucky newcomer Dr. David Henry spies beauty Norah Asher in a department store, he is immediately drawn to her. In short order, the two are happily married and eagerly awaiting their first child. David, forced to deliver his own child when a rare snowstorm delays Norah’s doctor, is stunned to find that not only is his wife having twins, but one of them is born with Down’s Syndrome. On the spot, he decides to tell…

The Secret Paris Cinema Club

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The Secret Paris Cinema Club by Nicolas Barreau Published by Quercus Publishing on September 4th 2014 Pages: 336 Format: Paperback Source: Gift Goodreads Alain Bonnard has inherited a small, independent Paris cinema whose mission is to show films that capture people’s dreams and inspire love. His own love life is pretty drab until he finally plucks up the courage to ask one of the cinema’s regulars, the lady in the red coat, out on a date. All Alain’s dreams seem to be coming true until she disappears. How I got between its sheets: a Christmas present. What stimulated me: Setting:…

The Spirit Guide

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The Spirit Guide by Elizabeth Davies Published by On Demand Publishing, LLC-Create Space on August 12th 2014 Pages: 404 Format: Paperback Source: Author Provided Goodreads In 12th century England, noblewoman Seren can see spirits. Afraid of being put to death as a witch if revealed, Seren guards her secret, keeping it even from the man she is forced to marry, and most especially, from his powerful father. But when love finds her, Seren risks all to hold on to it, including exposing her secret and losing her life. For a variety of reasons, I accept very few review requests, but…

What’s In a Name?

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    While reading The Spirit Guide, I thought to myself: A rose may smell as sweet, but I have my doubts about mis-named characters. In this case, George, to be precise. Many’s the time I’ve read a book and initially not warmed to a character’s name. However, mostly I have eventually come around to see the the rightness in the choice. For instance, a couple of my more recent reads come to mind: Dexter in One Day and Augustus of The Fault in Our Stars. For both, my first impression upon seeing the name was UGH!! But as the story progressed, the…

Conquering My Inner Neanderthal

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  Do you remember when you found out about homosexuality? Me? Freshman year, high school religion class. That year, the curriculum was all about gaps (race, religion, age, etc.), and when we hit the Gender Gap…well, let’s just say I got more than I’d bargained for. While pretty progressive and accepting for a Catholic school in the 1970’s, it still didn’t shield me from being a tad uncomfortable. Though visions of same gender sex didn’t really float my boat, and the idea of hetero sex meanwhile got my juices flowing…literally…my 14-year-old self was still riddled with doubts. I love my…

The Man I Love

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The Man I Love by Suanne Laqueur Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on June 16th 2014 Pages: 592 Goodreads After a sport injury in high school, Erik Fiskare discovers his first love, the theater, where he becomes engrossed in the world of backstage production. When he goes off to college, Erik naturally gravitates toward the theater, where he meets the real love of his life, the beautiful and talented ballet dancer Daisy.  Not since childhood, before his father up and left, has Erik been so happy, and life is good until one horrific act of violence explodes into his…

The Ghost of Christmas Past: Why December 25?

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Continuing our series inspired by the book, The Battle for Christmas, we find out why Christmas is celebrated on December 25. When was Jesus born? Neither the date nor the season are mentioned in the Bible. For this reason, Jesus Christ’s exact birthday remains a true mystery. In fact, some clues point to it actually not happening in winter at all. For instance, Mary and Joseph traveled to Bethlehem for the Roman census, an event which would not have taken place in cold weather. Additionally, references to shepherds living outside while tending their sheep at the time of the birth indicate…