The Rancher’s Twins by Carol Ross

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I would like to thank the author for sending me a signed copy of her book!  🙂

Jon Blackwell is a divorced man with rambunctious twin five-year old daughters. He wants a nanny who has ranch experience, to care for his girls. But, he got Lydia Newbury, a woman from Philadelphia! Even though he plans to send Lydia packing, he doesn’t want a city woman, she turns out to be amazing. Not only does she take the twins in hand, by the way, they are adorable. She can cook and he finds himself falling for the nanny. What he doesn’t know, the nanny has a secret.

I liked this book. It was a fun read. It grabbed my attention and held it. I read it quickly. I didn’t want to put it down. I love the descriptions of the ranch and ranch life. Lydia arrives during calving season and I mean really, who wouldn’t want to hike out to the barn or the pasture and get friendly with a baby calf??? Jon Blackwell has a well trained border collie named Trout! I love collies! Trout and I would be fast friends.  🙂  Lydia is warm, friendly and sweet. She’s very good with the girls and I could see myself easily gaining weight eating her cooking. Of course, Jon is a grouchy cowboy  . . . well, at first he is. Mmm. Lydia seems puzzled about his grouchy attitude, but she stays with it. When he fires her, he rattles off a list of responsibilities he would like his nanny to be responsible for. Well! He doesn’t want a nanny!!! He wants Wonder Woman!!! But our Lydia, is up for the challenge. She has two weeks to prove herself.

This is truly a heartwarming story. I enjoyed it. 4**** stars!

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Classic Movie Friday!

Good morning.

The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)

Van Heflin   Lizabeth Scott   Barbara Stanwyck   Kirk Douglas

When I saw this film at our local library, I had never heard of it. It’s an interesting film ~ to be sure.

Sam Masterson (Van Heflin), Martha Ivers (Barbara Stanwyck) and Walter O’Neil (Kirk Douglas) were kids growing up together. Walter’s father is Martha’s tutor. Sam has an alcoholic father and runs away from home wanting to take Martha with him. As a result of the death of Martha’s evil aunt (Judith Anderson), who is raising her, Martha is unable to leave with Sam. He boards a train and leaves without her. Eighteen years later, Sam is traveling west, has a minor automobile accident and has to stop in the town he grew up in for auto repairs. He discovers things have changed. Martha and Walter are now married. Walter is the DA and has politics in his future. When Martha’s aunt died, she was the sole heir and she has increased her wealth and is very rich and powerful. Sam meets Toni Marachek (Lizabeth Scott) and the two become friendly. Sam and Toni soon find themselves involved in a deadly nefarious web of lies, secrets and cover-ups.

 It is a somewhat dark story with a tragedy at the end that I did not see coming. The acting was great. I read somewhere on the internet this was Kirk Douglas’ debut. He did well! It was a good film that somehow drew me in and held me.

Enjoy!

The Bridges of Madison County ~ Winterset, Iowa

Hello Peoples. I am very excited to share our trip with you! We visited Winterset, Iowa and saw the Bridges of Madison County. It was such a good trip. We didn’t camp this time. We stayed in a motel in Winterset. The man who owned the motel was a great guy. He was friendly, jovial and had a good sense of humor. All the tourists were friendly. Many of them would stop and talk to me for a few minutes. We met several visitors from Europe! It was a fun, satisfying trip. The bridges have an ambiance around them that is difficult to describe. I think it’s nostalgia. They’re all in a serene setting. I could here the leaves in the trees as a gentle breeze blew. Sometimes the brook under the bridges would gurgle or babble. Yes, we did walk across every bridge, more than once! Sadly, one bridge was burned. It was arson. They have raised money to repair the bridge.

Just click on the photo if you would like it bigger. I hope I have the names of all the bridges correct.  🙂

We also visited the John Wayne Museum! That is one nice museum.

Roseman Covered Bridge

Cutler-Donahoe Covered Bridge

Imes Covered Bridge ~ This is my favorite covered bridge!  🙂

The Holliwell Covered Bridge

Hogback Covered Bridge

Not to far from the Cutler Donahoe Covered Bridge is this amazing castle tower!!!

Where is Rapunzel when you need her???  🙂

When we arrived at the John Wayne Museun, we watched a fifteen minute movie of clips from his films. His daughter said a few words at the beginning of the movie. It was very well put together. I thought it was a little sad and moving. The museum has a gift shop.

I don’t know why the photos are yellow. The museum is not yellow.

  

  

The museum has interesting facts about his personal life and his films. There are photos and movie posters. The little white house above, is the home of his birth. It’s next to the museum. It was a great trip!

Much Love ~

Kathy

 

 

 

Classic Movie Friday!

Road to Rio (1947)

Bob Hope

Bing Crosby

Dorothy Lamour

We are on the road!  🙂  Our final trip for the summer. So, I am posting Classic Movie Friday early. Have a great weekend!

AH! HAHAHA! Oh my word! Never in all my born days! No one can do a comedy quite like Bob and Bing! Scat Sweeney (Bing Crosby) and Hot Lips Barton (Bob Hope) are two vaudeville actors. Well, circumstances being what they are *ahem* the two friends stowaway on board a ship set sail for Rio. On the cruise, they meet a damsel in distress, Lucia (Dorothy Lamour). Scat wants to rescue her, but Hot Lips is skeptical. Poor Lucia is under the influence of her evil guardian and soon turns the tables ~so to speak~ on Scat and Hot Lips, reporting the stowaways to the captain! How rude!!! However, in Bob and Bing fashion, the friends manage to escape their predicament, with some help, and persevere to a happy ending! I personally liked the bubbles! Mmm?

Enjoy!

Hitting the Books by Jenn McKinlay

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“Library director Lindsey Norris is looking out the window one morning, admiring her tranquil Connecticut town, when she witnesses a hit-and-run accident. Lindsey rushes over to help, only to discover that the victim is well-known and widely loved tennis coach Theresa Huston. Before Lindsey can catch her breath, Theresa becomes the victim of yet another accident a few days later – and the investigation shifts from reckless driving incident to an attempted homicide.” ~Berkley Prime Crime.

First I’d like to say, I think it’s very rude to try to run a person down in the street with a vehicle. *ahem*

While our sleuths, along with the Chief of police, Emma Plewicki, are seriously kept running to and fro, trying to solve this action packed mystery, there are fun characters and amusing comments along the way. Mike Sullivan, our whistling in the morning boat captain ~ who doesn’t love that??? And, Lindsey, our sleep ’til noon type is equally likable. Oh yes, and she suffers from “OMC syndrome.” Of course, Dennis and Sam are a nice addition to the story, along with, the “crafternoons!” However, Robbie was my favorite! He’s Emma’s boyfriend and he sincerely wants to assist with her investigations and she won’t allow it. He tries!  I love the guy. The mystery wasn’t difficult to solve, but that’s ok. That nefarious character was relentless! Overall, I enjoyed the story. It was highly entertaining. I was chuckling at times and it was a thoroughly likable read. 4.5 **** stars! I will start this series from the beginning.  🙂

A BIG thank-you to Berkley Prime Crime for sending this book to me. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

The winner of Hitting the Books and the journal is ~

RobbyeFaye

http://www.captivedreamswindow.wordpress.com

Congratulations RobbyeFaye!

 

Would You Rather ~ Classic Movie Edition!

Helllo Peoples. I thought I would try something new and fun for Classic Movie Friday! I discovered this great meme at ~ http://www.maidensofgreengables.blogspot.com 

The Maidens found it at ~ http://www.writeoncordy.blogspot.com 

It is my understanding there was a blog party and this is one of the memes for the blog party. Well! I think it looks like great fun, so I’m going to give it an incredible try. Here it goes!!!

Would you rather dance with Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly?

Oh my word! Gene Kelly all the way! He is so smooth, suave and seems to have so much fun when he dances!

Gene Kelly is an absolute genius, and this movie is the evidence of that! Gene Kelly - Singing In The Rain

Would you rather star opposite Cary Grant or Gregory Peck?

Cary Grant. Without a doubt, Cary Grant.  🙂

Would you rather be serenaded by Howard Keel or Bing Crosby?

Bing Crosby.  🙂

Would you rather share an airplane ride with Danny Kaye or Donald O’Connor?

I like them both, but I’ll go with Danny Kaye. I think he was a great entertainer.

Danny Kaye as Hans Christian Anderson

What classic movie outfit would you steal?

Steal??? I don’t think I would steal, but, I wouldn’t mind having most of the outfits Grace Kelly or Ingrid Bergman wore in the films they made. I chose the gown Grace Kelly wore in, To Catch A Thief.

To Catch a Thief, Grace Kelly, 1955 Photo at AllPosters.com

Would you rather be cast in a classic noir film or a classic western?

Without a doubt, a classic noir film.

Would you rather go on a shopping spree with Audrey Hepburn or Grace Kelly?

Grace Kelly!

Would you rather solve a mystery with William Powell or Myrna Loy?

Yes! *haha* Probably William Powell.

"I'm So glad you're not a detective." Nora Charles in The Thin Man.

Would you rather imitate Jimmy Stewart’s voice in front of Jimmy Stewart, or imitate Maureen O’Hara’s “temper” in front of Maureen O’Hara?

I’ll go with Jimmy Stewart. I would probably do a terrible job.  🙂

Thanks so much for the great questions ladies, I enjoyed!

Much love ~

Kathy

Crime & Punctuation by Kaitlyn Dunnett

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This is a good cozy mystery. It drew me in and held my attention. It’s the first in A Deadly Edits Mystery. Mikki Lincoln is a widow and sixty-eight years young! She misses her husband’s companionship. After her husband passes away, she sells their home and purchases her childhood home in the Catskills. Her recent purchase needs some work so, throughout the story there are renovations being done on her home. To help supplement her retirement income, she decides to work as a freelance editor. However, when her first client is discovered dead, Mikki soon finds herself investigating the mysterious death of her young client.

I thought this mystery had a sinister atmosphere.  🙂  I liked that quality! While Mikki is sleuthing, and supervising the renovations on her home, she is having interesting memories of her childhood in this small town and her husband of many years, while reacquainting herself with those she grew up with. Not everyone is friendly and living in a small town always has gossip. I didn’t care for Detective Hazlett. Most law enforcement won’t talk about an ongoing investigation, however, I thought Hazlett was secretive and skulked around quite a bit. I thought this was an easy mystery to solve, but I did enjoy it ~ very much. I’m looking forward to reading more books in this series. 4.5 **** stars!

Happy Reading!