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The Power of A Hand-Written Note: reviews of Jennifer Chiaverini’s Historical Novels, Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker and Mrs. Lincoln’s Rival

In these two books, we meet three prominent women of the 1860’s, two of them very well-known in Washington, D. C. society, another highly respected as a tradesperson during a time when fashions were complicated, custom-fitted, and sewn by hand. Ms. Lincoln, a character in both books, is regarded most kindly in the Dressmaker, but… Continue reading The Power of A Hand-Written Note: reviews of Jennifer Chiaverini’s Historical Novels, Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker and Mrs. Lincoln’s Rival

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Love that Multiplies!

A Review of Patricia Johns' Her Twins' Cowboy Dad... This was a very enjoyable book, especially the twins, Micha and Suzie, just as cute as in the picture on the cover, whose antics will have you laughing every time they're on the page! The girls and their mother, Jane Marshall, have been summoned to the… Continue reading Love that Multiplies!

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Freedom, Faith and Community

Recently I was asked to be an early reader for this book, receiving an advanced copy from Kensingington books in a GoodReads give-away, but these opinions are all my own. On GoodReads, I did a regular book review, but if you're a regular reader, you know I usually tell a personal story here! I thoroughly… Continue reading Freedom, Faith and Community

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Just a friend…Or…

A Review of Falling for the Cowboy Dad, a novel by Patricia Johns... "Heartwarming" is an excellent description of this book! I'm sure many readers can relate to Grace, the young teacher who thinks she isn't slim enough, pretty enough or vivacious enough to attract the attention of Billy, her best friend since they were… Continue reading Just a friend…Or…

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Being Good Neighbors

Biographies are not my favorite books to read, but as soon as Maxwell King's biography of Mr. Rogers came out, I knew I would be reading it soon!  Watching Mr. Rogers was a special part of my day as a child, and as an adult with my children.  His segments on how things are made… Continue reading Being Good Neighbors


The Nine

If you want to learn the history of the Supreme Court, I recommend The Nine:  Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court by Jeffrey Toobin.  It is neither a quick read, nor an easy read, but the process of reading it was both educational and extremely satisfying.  I learned more American history than I had… Continue reading The Nine

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A Thoughtful Book…

I recently read Debbie Macomber’s new novel, Cottage by the Sea. I reserved this book at the library as soon as I saw it on the new book list. I had to wait a bit to get it, but it was worth the wait. Debbie Macomber is one of my favorite writers, and this book… Continue reading A Thoughtful Book…


Place-Setting Categorization…A FunBook Every College Girl Should Enjoy

Forks, Knives and Spoons, by Leah DeCesare  is a great book for girls going off to college, and possibly enjoyable for young women in their 20s too.  A mother-daughter book club would enjoy discussing about this book, especially if the mom attended college in the 80's, the time that the novel was set.  The details… Continue reading Place-Setting Categorization…A FunBook Every College Girl Should Enjoy

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Beach Reading? Nope…Texas Hill Country!

Right after school was out, I decided to bypass the electronic catalog and make a trip to my local library.  Usually, I just reserve books on line, then run in to check them out when they come in, but this day, I enjoyed looking at the displays and finding a new book series for the… Continue reading Beach Reading? Nope…Texas Hill Country!