Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
This is an adult culinary mystery that I really enjoyed. Usually murder mysteries are not my thing, but this was great. Sadie is a widow, mom of 2 college age kids, a busy volunteer in everything in her small Colorado town, and she loves to cook. She lives in a cul-de-sac, and one day 2 police cars pull into one of the houses in her loop. It is the home of a young, single mother named Anne. She is found murdered in her back yard, her little 3 year old is missing and a Lemon Tart is cooking in her oven. The recipe to the lemon tart is found after chapter one. This kept you guessing who did it until the end, and when she talks about certain recipes that she is making in the book (like baking brownies to apologize to a neighbor for not being able to watch her kids because she was at the police station giving a statement), the recipe is listed at the end of that chapter. Her brownie recipe is divine. I tried it this past weekend. So if you want a fun, clean, mystery, I would highly suggest this one. It was a lot of fun, and I am looking forward to reading her other titles Devil's Food and English Trifle. So if you need a good read and some new recipes, please check this out.
Monday, November 15, 2010
This is the story of Sleeping Beauty's younger sister who when she was born the fairy blessed her that no magic can affect her--good or bad, so when Sleeping Beauty touches the needle of a spinning wheel and puts the whole castle to sleep, it doesn't affect her sister. So the wide-awake sister sets out to find the true love of Sleeping Beauty to break the spell and wake everyone up. Along the way she meets several other fairy tale characters--the frog prince, Hansel and Gretle, the bear from Snow White and Red Rose, and a few others. It is a fun adventure to save her sister and her kingdom and maybe find own true love also. Loved this! It was as lot of fun to read. My 10 year old daugher also read and enjoyed it.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
here for details if you are interested, just normal crazy life stuff, anyway, I am currently reading The Wide-Awake Princess by E.D. Baker. I really like her stuff and thought I would spotlight her Frog Princess Series. There are 8 books in this series. Number 8 just came out in September and is called A Prince Among Frogs. The Frog Princess is the first book in the series and a great fractured fairy tale. Now I have seen and read that Disney's Princess and the Frog was based on this book. I would say very extremely loosely based, and I would never have made the connection if I hadn't read it, and the first time I did read it was based on this book I didn't believe it because they are just not the same. There is a boy in both movie and book that turns into a frog, and when the girl (a princess in the book, not a princess in the movie) kisses said frog she does turn into a frog, but all similarity ends there. I couldn't even compare them beyond that, no other similarities because they are such totally different stories. Not a fan of the movie, but love the books. Each book in the series continues the tale of the Frog Princess and her children, grandchildren and on, and one is a prequel about her mother and grandmother. All very entertaining. If you love a good fairy tale, which I always do, these are great reads. My girls have all liked them, and they are also entertaining for adults.
Monday, October 18, 2010
This is the 3rd installment in the Sarah Agnes Prine series that started with These is My Words. I wasn't too thrilled with the 2nd, but the 3rd I enjoyed more than the 2nd, but not as much as These is My Words. In these books the main character is Sarah, and she is a very strong woman. She battles Indians, outlaws, tornadoes, a drought, attends college, nurses sick babies. She does it all and is a very strong character. My only problem was that the author makes her so strong, but then this whole book she goes back and forth over the question of marrying a guy she obviously loves. She can shoot an Indian without thinking twice, but it takes her almost 300 pages to decide to marry a guy? That just didn't seem to fit her character and got kind of old after a while. It was nice to see what finally happens with Sarah and her family. Life is rough, really rough for Sarah and her family, and at times I thought "again? they have to go through this again?", and I thought some of the author's references needed more background and explaining (like the war in Mexico part was confusing), but it was worth the read, and now I am ready to move on from Sarah.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
I met Mary Casanova in April of this year. She came to our county's Young Author celebration. She talked about this book, and I just had to get it. It is historical fiction set in Norway during WWII. Did you know Norway was occupied by Germany during the entire war? I didn't. This story follows a sister and a brother as they are separated from their parents because of the danger of the war and bombing in the cities and sent to live with their grandfather on a small island. I have read several books about WWII, studied it in school, watched documentaries on it, but I am continually amazed to find there is so much I don't know about it. I had no idea what the Norwegians went through and how brave they were to try and fight back. How their teachers protested when the Germans told them they had to teach the "Nazi" way and how the country suffered. War is always a hard thing to read about, but also amazing stories of love, selflessness, courage, and true devotion to a country you love come out in these stories also. So maybe there is some bring light in the huge shadow that war casts over people. War can bring out the worst in people, but it can also bring out the best.