Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift

(Not the final cover)


Strip everything away and this is just the story of a day in which a maid has her last tryst with the youngest, soon to be married son of an upper class Berkshire family.  Oh, but it is the everything that makes this little book. Continue reading

The Cowboy’s Bride Collection,9 Historical Romances Form on Old West Ranches

cowboysbridecollection_barbourThe Cowboy Poet by Susan Page Davis

For A Song by Susanne Dietz

Crazy About Cat by Nancy J. Farrier

Love’s Sweet Storm by Miralee Ferrell

The Reformed Cowboy by Darlene Franklin

A Texans’ Surprise by Vickie McDonough

The Wrangler’s Woman by Davalynn Spencer

Cowboy Competition by Becca Whitham

The Cowgirl’s Lasso by Jaime Jo Wright

This and Lassoed By Marriage are now officially my favorite novella collections (so far) from Barbour Publishing. Continue reading

Tuesday Talks 4/19/16

tuesday_talks_logoHow do you feel about progressive mind sets in historical fiction such as civil rights and feminism?

While it is still Tuesday, I thought I’d briefly address this topic, since it is one that I’ve previously contemplated while reading books that I won’t reference here.  My purpose is not to call out any authors, but to address the question. Continue reading

Kissed By A Cowboy by Debra Clopton

kissedbyacowboy_clopton_thomasnelsonReeling from divorcing her philandering husband, Cassidy Starr arrives late at night to begin moving in to the Texas farmhouse she inherited from her beloved great aunt Roxie.  Jarrod Monahan, the cowboy-next-door, is quick to check on the lights over at the neighboring farmhouse that had been empty for five years.  While his arrival is timely, it is not an ideal way for Cassidy to encounter the man who had broken her young heart.  But it is fun for the reader… Continue reading

Monthly Recommendations April 2016: Survival Stories

I’ve been trying to hash out what exactly I would classify as a survival story, then decided to just go with my gut.  I also decided I shouldn’t bore you with repeated recommendations for the same books (otherwise, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood would somehow be found on every list).  So the following are some survival themed reads, limited to one per reading level, from my bookshelves: Continue reading

Blog Tour/Review: Would a Worm Go On a Walk? by Hannah C. Hall, Bill Bolton illstr.

wouldawormgoonawalk_coverGod saw all that He had made, and it was very good.

–Genesis 1:31a

That is the message at the heart of this cute picture book asking if different creatures would do things that are outside of their normal behavior.  For each bug, invertebrate or animal, the illustrations first anthropomorphize as questions are asked, then when we turn the page for the answer they are portrayed in a more realistic way.   Continue reading