Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Sunday, June 7, 2009

The Wet Nurse's Tale, book review

The Wet Nurse's Tale
by Erica Eisdorfer

In the Wet Nurse's Tale be prepared for a good old fashioned laugh. Erica Eisdorfer invites you into the gripping life of Susan, a professional wet nurse. Susan does not in any way live a life of luxury, but yet, she does not feel sorry for herself, she is a strong, noble character, who at times makes some pretty serious mistakes but yet she carries on. From a maid in the "Big House" to a Wet Nurse Susan does as needed to survive. Caring for children, losing some, saving some, but when push comes to shove and she has her own child taken from her she faces the battle of regaining her child head on, will she succeed or be lost forever in the Sinister streets of London?

Great story line, a little confusing when you first read the 'Reasons' sections, but once you get into the book it all begins to make sense!

Higher Hope, Book Review

Higher Hope

by Robert Whitlow


Robert Whitlow's second book in the series is one that you can read and easily follow without having read the first book of the series. One may not think you can easily find humon in a religious based book, but Robert Whitlow succeeds in doing just that, this book is not in any way humorous, but yet leads one to chuckle from time to time. Tami Taylor has strong religious beliefs and does not let living in a big city keep her from following her beliefs. To some, Tami's strengths may be seen as weakness, but in the case of Ramona Dabney vs. Jason Paulding Tami is seen as one who can shed light on the beliefs of strongly if not strangely religious Ramona. Tami struggles with moving away from her family, caring for an eldery woman and facing the love of two charming men, but through it all she keeps her head on straight and in the end leaves you waiting excitedly for the next book to appear on the shelves of the corner bookstore!

I would recommend this book, but not for those who are 'squeemish' over religion or find relion somewhat of a difficult subject. This book is truly a Christian story written for those who believe. When I first began the book I was a bit unsure, but after reading a chapter or two I was entirely wrapped up in the lives of the characters. Can't wait to read the next in the series, and I will also go back and read the first book!

I Love, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti, book review

I Love, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti
by Giulia Melucci
Giulia Melucci certainly has some great recipes...too bad she doesn't have the recipe for love. In her mixed-up love life and quest for love Giulia tells of her woes and her need to make the perfect meal for the man of her dreams, or should I say, MEN of her dreams? Giulia enters each relationship with high hopes, but only the right man will receive the honors a home cooked Italian meal. After many funny tales of love and lost love will Giulia finally find what she is searching for when she meets the Scottsman, or will he too eat her spaghetti and leave her?
Reading this book almost made me feel sad for the author, but her humor and light-hearted take on her search for romance redeemed this book and made her quite a lovable character. Towards the end of the book you realize that yes, Giulia really is going to be ok.... Great book for a light read.

Oolong Dead, book review

Oolong Dead
by Laura Childs


In Oolong Dead, Laura Childs quickly entertains you with the mixture of murder and mayhem. When Theodosia is literally thrown from her horse and lands near a dead body she is brought to the quick realization that it is the body of her ex's sister. Will Theodosia be prime suspect after a heated argument with the victim, or will she become the hunted, next in line for murder? As the author takes you on a day to day journey in the life of Theodosia you go from sipping tea in her shop to chasing clues. The watchful eye of the murderer never strays far from Theodsia, but how far will she be allowed to go before she too is left for dead?

I thoroughly enjoyed Oolong Dead, it's been some time since I've read a mystery, now I'm hooked on Laura Childs and will definitely read her other books. This wasn't just a mystery, the book brought you into Theodosia's life and you lived each day of her life as if you were by her side, very entertaining and a pleasant read compared to some of the more gruesome mysteries I've read! I definitely recommend this book.

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, book review

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane
by Katherine Howe

Release Date: June 9, 2009

Katherine Howe writes an incredible novel, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane. The author quickly takes you on a journey back in time as Doctorate Student Connie finds herself in the old worn out home of her late grandmother. Stumbling upon bottles of unknown ingrediants, strange dreams and a quest to impress Professor Chilton Connie learns of two relatives involved in the Salem Witch Trials. Connie's quest to learn to truth brings her on a journey that not only reveals the past but learns about herself as well.

If you have any interest what so ever about the unknow, the Salem Witch trials or just a simple curiosity about these events, this is the book to read, greatly written and an enjoyable read. This book makes you think, what was a witch really, and how closely to the doctors of our time resemble those who were accused?

Hot House Flower and the 9 Plants of Desire, book review

Hot House Flower and the 9 Plants of Desire,
by Margot Berwin

Release Date: June 16, 2009

Tropical plants, desire, adventure and greed take you on a fast-paced journey in Margot Berwin's book, Hot House Flower and the 9 Plants of Desire. This book is exceptionally written. Divorced, and somewhat lonely Lila happens upon a Bird of Paradise plant at a street market in New York City, unbeknown to her, this is the beginning of a great change in her life. As Lila's plant thrives so does her desire to fill her home with tropical plants, bringing her on an adventure that leads to betrayal and desire. As we learn about the 9 plants of desire, we learn something of ourselves, this book greatly reflects our basic needs and what drives us to obtain them. Will Lila succeed in making up for her betrayal, will she emerge from the jungle alive, and what will she learn from the experience of desire? Once you pick up this book you will not be able to put it down until you have completed the journey with Lila.

WOW..great book, I read this in a couple of hours and will read it again, wonderful story line and plot, would love to see more from this author and I highly recommend it, intersting enough for even those who do not love plants!