Friday, March 24, 2017

The Rosie Project, book #8

So I took a huge divergence from my usual reading style for this book.  Rebecca and Leah are in a book club at school and this is the book they were working on for this month.  It looked interesting so I read it too.  

Honestly, it was a really good book.  But, like most good movies and TV shows these days, there was way too much useless profanity in it.  (That is a whole other post I have rolling around in my head.)  Rebecca has invited me to come to their next meeting, and I will be interested to see what the other people think about it.  Were they offended as I was over the language?  Or did they just fly right by it as they have become numb to it?  Does that make it ok?  Is there any hope for "society" when these words become just like other words?  Or are they just like other words?  What makes a word a "bad" word? .... ok, ok I really do want to delve into this deeper at another point ...  but what is your opinion on the blatant use of unnecessary profanity in TV, movies, books, etc.  Is it not that big of a deal?  Should we be outraged and try to fight it (but how?)? Should we choose not to align ourselves with media that uses it? (But what would we watch?  Just no TV or movies?) And if we just ignore it as we become numb to it, will we find ourselves using it without even thinking about it?  What other behaviors are we "looking over" (sex before marriage, living together before marriage, etc) that will soon become "acceptable" to the millennials we are raising?

Ok, off the soap box.  Like I said, besides that part, it was a really sweet love story about trying to balance being yourself, fitting into society when you just don't, and what does LOVE really look like?

The art of love is never a science: Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers. Rosie Jarman possesses all these qualities. Don easily disqualifies her as a candidate for The Wife Project (even if she is “quite intelligent for a barmaid”). But Don is intrigued by Rosie’s own quest to identify her biological father. When an unlikely relationship develops as they collaborate on The Father Project, Don is forced to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie―and the realization that, despite your best scientific efforts, you don’t find love, it finds you.  (picture and description from amazon)

There is a sequel to this book which I am tempted to read, but I'm just not sure ....

O:)
Melissa

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

A Bride in Store, book #7

This is the book I chose for Book Club to read this month because I absolutely loved the first in the series I read back in April 2015. I honestly can't believe I remembered how good that book was from two years ago, when I can't even remember what I did Monday!

Impatient to meet her intended groom and help him grow his general store, mail-order bride Eliza Cantrell sets out on her travels a week early. But her plan goes sadly awry when her train is held up by robbers who steal her dowry and Axel, her groom-to-be, isn't even in town when she finally arrives.  Axel's business partner, William Stanton, has no head for business and would much rather be a doctor. When his friend's mail-order bride arrives in town with no money and no groom in sight, he feels responsible and lets her help around the store--where she quickly proves she's much more adept at business than he ever will be.  The sparks that fly between Will and Eliza as they work together in close quarters are hard to ignore, but Eliza is meant for Axel and a future with the store, while Will is biding his time until he can afford medical school. However, their troubles are far from over when Axel finally returns, and soon both Will and Eliza must decide what they're willing to sacrifice to chase their dreams--or if God has a new dream in store for them both. (picture and description at amazon)

Happy Reading!  We are on to suspense and mystery next month!

O:)
Melissa

Sunday, March 5, 2017

A (sorta) Southern Serenade, book #6

She's a Yankee transplant.He's a good ol' Southern boy.She's a rich heiress of a multi-million dollar family fortune.He's gotten everything he has through old fashioned hard work.She thinks he's arrogant.He thinks she's uppity.She's trying to find her place in this world.He's trying to run from his.It's (sorta) a match made in Heaven. (picture and description from amazon)
O:)
Melissa

Friday, February 17, 2017

Paper Roses, book #5

Ahhh .... my pioneer books.  After taking a short break from them, reading this one reminded me how very much I do love them.

This book may be one of my new all time favorites.  Not only did I love the story, but I loved the way the author, Amanda Cabot, wrote.  She included many, many "big fancy" words (examples ~ querulous, doffed, asperity, assuage, garrulous, taciturn, ablutions, prevaricated, redolent, swains, and cosseted) that really had me hitting the dictionary button on my paperwhite!  Some I could figure out from context clues, but I wanted to make sure I had the meaning right.  I just LOVE learning new words!  Another thing she did to draw me in was the use of language in the book, and for once I don't mean bad language!  The way she worded several phrases in the book really kept me on my toes.  

* staining the sky a bright red

* the woman whose stagecoach was even now lumbering into San Antonio

* While his heart balked at pronouncing the words

* he counseled her to take deep breaths

* but even more surprising was the juxtaposition of those graceful buildings with shops of rough-hewn wood and mismatched brick, shops whose almost casual architecture bore witness to the exuberance of the Americans who had built them, just as the curved lines of the adobe buildings spoke of the more formal society that had first established the city

* Sheer bravado propelled her declaration

* Night had fallen, bringing with it both a welcome respite from the sun’s glare and a new set of dangers

* The tremor in her voice was more eloquent than a thousand words would have been. Sarah was afraid.

* trying to quell the fear that had been a frequent companion for the past six months

* She took another deep breath in an attempt to eradicate memories of that night from her mind, though she knew they were indelibly etched.

* Though the calico was a deep rose that would flatter her coloring once she put aside mourning, Sarah could muster no enthusiasm for it.

* “When a child is born, we often say that God has blessed the parents, that the infant is God’s gift to them.” A few people murmured their agreement. “We may not realize that the parents are God’s gift to the child. Parents are his surrogates on Earth. They care for us; they nurture us; they teach us; they discipline us. They are the earthly manifestation of our heavenly Father’s love. How often do we thank him for these gifts?”

* We should forgive our parents their imperfections. We should love them for what they are: God’s children, his creation and his gift to us.”


I don't know if that type of writing speaks to you or not, but it put this girl's literature heart over the edge! Needless to say, I highly recommend this book!


The future stretches out in front of Sarah Dobbs like the pure blue Texas sky. Leaving the past behind in Philadelphia, mail-order bride Sarah arrives in San Antonio ready to greet her groom, Austin Canfield, a man she has never met but whose letters have won her heart from afar. But there is one problem--he has died. And Sarah cannot go back East.  As Sarah tries to reconcile herself to a future that is drastically changed, Austin's brother, Clay, struggles with his own muddled plans. Though he dislikes working on the family ranch and longs for a different life, Clay is driven to avenge his brother's death. But something between them is growing and neither Clay nor Sarah is ready to admit it. (picture and description from amazon)

Happy Reading!

O:)
Melissa
 

Friday, February 10, 2017

Ordained Irreverence, book #4


This one I was one the fence about. It had parts that were funny about the goings-on and church ministry staff shenanigans, but there were parts that I thought crossed the line.  It was a short, quick book and there are a few more in this series, but I'm not sure when I will get to them.  


Elmo Jenkins is about to graduate from seminary with a masters degree in religious education and a minor in cynicism. When he lands an internship at a large metropolitan church, he quite literally stumbles his way through as he learns to baptize and bury, visit and marry the faithful flock. Think Ferris Bueller Goes to Church with a side of Holden Caulfield thrown in for good measure. The cast of characters filling the pews at First Church keeps him on his toes and more than a little bewildered at times. The salty widow who serves up a homemade pie with a surprise ingredient. The quirky single adult with a heart as big as Elvis who deems himself quite the ladies man. The larger-than-life music minister who pulls more than a few punches along the way, and even an old church janitor with a few ancient secrets of his own.  Woven throughout Elmo's adventures is a hundred-year-old mystery he's determined to solve and even a chance at true love along the way. Elmo's story pulls back the sacred curtain and allows the reader to examine the inner workings of a mega-church with all its warts and wonders. Ride along and watch as Elmo's cynicism slowly transforms into hope. (picture and description at amazon)

Now back to some pioneer out west romance!

O:
Melissa

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Pink Flamingoed, book #3

Look at this book.  Look at this title.  Read the description.  This looks like it should be the funniest book ever written, right?  Uhm, not quite.  While there were funny parts to it, it was, well, simple.  Plain.  Not necessarily too much description because I do like that, but too much "told".  I really didn't need that much of an imagination to read it.  I do like stories with some details so I'm not lost the whole time (see previous book) but this was the opposite and I could read it half asleep and not miss too much.  Luckily it was a short book and didn't take too long.  There are more in this series, but I'm going to have to take a break and read some meat.  Or bread.  Or at least milk.

When best-selling mystery author Brad Forrester inherits his grandparents' home on Aylesford Place, he sees the sleepy street as the perfect place to hole up and write his next book. What he finds instead is a cock-eyed cul-de-sac full of zany, yet loveable characters including one vivacious redhead who may just be the love he's been looking for. Join Brad for a year of block parties, pranks, romance and the ever-present faith in action that flows through Aylesford Place, making it one street you'll never want to leave. (picture and description from amazon)

I debated about what to read next, and chose something potentially with more substance.  It is also a quick read so if i don't like it I won't have to suffer long.  

O:)
Melissa

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Can't Help Falling, book #2


A funny, heartfelt romance about how an antique shop, a wardrobe, and a mysterious tea cup bring two C.S. Lewis fans together in a snowy and picturesque Oxford, England. Emelia Mason has spent her career finding the dirt on the rich and famous. But deep down past this fearless tabloid-reporter fa├žade, there’s a nerdy Narnia-obsessed girl who still can’t resist climbing into wardrobes to check for the magical land on the other side. When a story she writes produces tragic results, she flees to Oxford, England—home to C.S. Lewis—to try and make amends for the damage she has caused. Peter Carlisle was on his way to become one of Great Britain’s best rowers—until he injured his shoulder and lost his chance at glory. He’s determined to fight his way back to the top even if it means risking permanent disability to do so. It’s the only way he can find his way past failing the one person who never stopped believing in his Olympic dream. When Peter and Emelia cross paths on her first night in Oxford, the attraction is instant and they find common ground in their shared love of Narnia. But can the lessons from a fantasyland be enough to hold them together when secrets of the real world threaten to tear them apart? Cobblestone streets, an aristocratic estate, and an antique shop with curious a wardrobe bring the world of Narnia to life in Kara Isaac’s inspiring and romantic story about second chances. (picture and description from amazon)