The Middlepause: On Life After Youth by Marina Benjamin (review)

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The Middlepause offers a vision of contentment in middle age, without sentiment or delusion. Marina Benjamin weighs the losses and opportunities of our middle years, taking inspiration from literature, science, philosophy, and her own experience. Spurred by her surgical propulsion into a sudden menopause, she finds ways to move forward while maintaining clear-eyed acknowledgment of the challenges of aging. Attending to complicated elderly parents and a teenaged daughter, experiencing bereavement, her own health woes, and a fresh impetus to give, Benjamin emerges into a new definition of herself as daughter, mother, citizen, and woman. Continue reading

Once Upon a Winter’s Heart by Melody Carlson (novella review)

onceuponawintersheart_carlsonFrom the back cover:

Emma Burcelli has suffered over a decade of dating disasters.  But she concedes that love is officially dead when her grandfather Poppi suddenly passes, leaving her grandmother Nona devastated.  To help out, Emma works in the family bookstore, which Nona insists must web decks out in sweetheart decor as Poppi would have done for Valentine’s Day.  Although she feels like a V-Day Scrooge, Emma quickly learns to enjoy the task with the help of a handsome family friend, Lane Forester.  He shows her that hanging hearts is much more fun when done to the tune of dean Martin.  As Emma and Kane share time and memories of Poppi, she reconsiders the notion that romance is alive.

Just as Emma’s heart begins to lift, however, she learned her sister has already staked a claim on Lane.  Emma’s mother and sister insist Lane only sees her as a future sister-in-law, but she can’t help wondering if it could be something more. Continue reading

The Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green (review)

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Life in This New World Requires More Strength Than She Ever Imagined

After the death of her client, midwife Julianne Chevalier is imprisoned and branded, marking her as a criminal beyond redemption. Hoping to reunite with her brother, a soldier, she trades her life sentence for exile to the fledgling French colony of Louisiana. The price of her transport, however, is a forced marriage to a fellow convict. Continue reading

Sunday Drive: Book Shopping at Dollar Tree

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This is the first in a new “Sunday Drive” series.  At least once a month I will be sharing a Sunday* Drive to a new town (primarily in Oregon), visiting bookstores and other places of interest or appetite and sharing my experience in a post.

If you follow me on Instagram (@yvette_bookworlder) you are probably familiar with my semi-regular Dollar Tree book hauls and may have even spotted a book “un-haul” or two. Dollar Tree is one of my favorite sources for inexpensive books and also one of the places where I have to exercise some restraint (“Hey, it’s only a dollar” makes for easy justification, but those dollars add up). Continue reading

Of Stillness and Storm by Michele Phoenix (review)

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“I felt torn between two worlds. Each with its own mystery. One more captivating than the other, but the other more real and breathing.”

It took Lauren and her husband ten years to achieve their dream—reaching primitive tribes in remote regions of Nepal. But while Sam treks into the Himalayas for weeks at a time, finding passion and purpose in his work among the needy, Lauren and Ryan stay behind, their daily reality more taxing than inspiring. For them, what started as a calling begins to feel like the family’s undoing. Continue reading

Monthly Recommendations: Historical Fiction

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The January 2017 topic for the Monthly Recommendations group is Historical Fiction.  If you’ve been following my blog and/or social media accounts, you will probably have noticed that this is one of my favorite genres.  So I recommend works of Historical Fiction quite often.

I was having too much trouble narrowing down my choices, so I am going to offer my recommendations up with a slight twist.  So, I am presenting to you my

TOP 5 RECOMMENDED NOVELLA COLLECTIONS FROM BARBOUR BOOKS 

(though I reserve the right Continue reading

A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay (review)

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Art restorer Emily Price has never encountered anything she can’t fix—until she meets Ben, an Italian chef, who seems just right. But when Emily follows Ben home to Italy, she learns that his family is another matter . . .

Emily Price—fix-it girl extraordinaire and would-be artist—dreams of having a gallery show of her own. There is no time for distractions, especially not the ultimate distraction of falling in love.

But Chef Benito Vassallo’s relentless pursuit proves hard to resist. Visiting from Italy, Ben works to breathe new life into his aunt and uncle’s faded restaurant, Piccollo. Soon after their first meeting, he works to win Emily as well—inviting her into his world and into his heart. Continue reading