First Line Friday: Starting From Scratch

Welcome to First Line Friday,

hosted by Hoarding Books.


Starting From Scratch by Kate Lloyd has been on my radar since the author began promoting it on Instagram, so I couldn’t resist ordering a copy when she captioned a picture of it with the news that the paperback was available for $3.50 on Amazon (US).

With a cover blurb from one of my favorite Amish fiction authors, Laura V. Hilton, and praise from @themaryreader on Instagram, this promises to be an enjoyable read.

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Night Night, Sleepytown by Amy Parker, illustrated by Virginia Allyn (boardbook review)

nightnightsleepytown_parker_tnelsonFilled with colorful, cute, and slightly whimsical illustrations, this bedtime book is a delight with a calm, rhyming text.  As the narrative moves around the town, identifying how the townsfolk contribute through their different professions, each time ending with “Thank you all for what you do,” there is a warm feeling of gratitude as each character is given value and respect.  And the book ends by addressing the importance of Continue reading

First Line Friday: Early Riser by Jasper Fforde

Welcome to First Line Friday,

hosted by Hoarding Books.


I was so excited when there was an actual publication date announced for a new Jasper Fforde book, only to find out that Early Riser would be out in the U.K. months ahead of the U.S. release.  Book Depository came to my rescue (though it took over two weeks to cross the country once it arrived in the states) and now I can gush and middle-aged fangirl to my heart’s content in the privacy of my own home (because middle-aged fangirling is not a pretty sight).

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Caught by Surprise by Jen Turano (review)

caughtbysurprise_turano_bethanyhouseLet’s get one thing out of the way first.  The humor in Jen Turano’s stories is a big part of their appeal.  Some of my favorite bits are the situational humor involving her heroines.  This is an author with a talent for putting those heroines into the most unexpected and hilarious situations.  But this time out, there are two characters used for comedic effect where it just struck a wrong note for me.  These characters provide comedy through their inexperience and ineptness, and it does serve the plot well, but it seemed to veer into a parody of the uneducated lower class.  However, that was quite likely just my reaction and not the author’s intent, so enough said.

Miss Temperance Flowerdew, the most timid of the put-upon wallflowers initially introduced in At Your Request, the prequel novella of the series, has decided to throw off her mild-mannered ways and Continue reading

True Grit by Charles Portis (review)

truegrit_portisHaving seen the 1969 film starring John Wayne and Kim Darby, the novel True Grit was at once familiar and utterly new.

The first person narration was unexpected, as was the narrator’s voice.  Told from the perspective of a much older Mattie Ross, relating the events of the winter following her father’s murder, she is forthright and, one feels, reliable in the retelling.   Continue reading