That was interesting.


Hello everyone! I got this book from our local library and it’s listed as a fantasy. However, I think it’s more dark fairy tale than fantasy. Oh well. Fairy tale? Fantasy? I’m good with either, but it is dark. This story seemed to be getting a LOT of attention on the internet. I tossed it around in my mind ~ should I read it??? Mmmm. Maybe not??? I finally ordered it. There is a waiting list at the library.

I can’t say I liked the book and I can’t say I didn’t like it, but it is interesting.

My favorite character in this cold, wintry story is Vasilisa. I thought she was a breath of fresh air. She ran wild in the forest. She normally had leaves and twigs in her hair. Much to the consternation of her family and the people of her community, she was more woodland fairy or sprite than human. She learned to communicate with the horses and she was an excellent rider ~ which, once again, caused much distress to those around her. Sadly, her mother passed away when Vasilisa was an infant. When Vasilisa was a little older, Dad (Pyotr) decided to travel to Moscow and find a wife. Unfortunately, the woman he married was less than . . .  I don’t really know the word I want to use to describe Anna, but she was my least favorite character. When I first met Anna, I felt sorry for her. She cried most of the time and she lived in constant fear. She was isolated. She felt safe in the church and wanted to be a nun. However, that didn’t work out and she married Pyotr. As the story progresses, Anna changes for the worse and she becomes vicious. *shudders*

If you are looking to read a dark, medieval fairy tale/fantasy set in the cold, wintry north of Russia, this might be the book for you.

Have you read The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Happy Reading!  🙂


The Book Courtship Tag ~

Hello! I wasn’t tagged for this tag. I haven’t participated in a tag in a long time. The Book Courtship tag looked fun, so I decided to participate.  I guess I’m just that kinda girl!  🙂  I discovered this tag at Nina’s blog. Go check it out. I like her blog. It’s fun.

Phase 1: INITIAL ATTRACTION ~ A book you bought because of the cover?


Ah yes. Sweetbriar Cottage by Denise Hunter. The cover of this book is so sweet. The cozy cottage, the light hanging from the tree, the wild yard. The mountains in the background. Mmm. Love it.

Phase 2: FIRST IMPRESSIONS ~ A book you got because of it’s summary?


I finally DID read this book. The Illusionist’s Apprentice by Kristy Cambron was on my TBR list a long time, but ~ YAY!

Phase 3: SWEET TALK ~ A book with great writing?


I thought Olivia Twist by Lorie Langdon was well-written.

Phase 4: FIRST DATE ~ The first book of a series that made you want to pick up the rest of the series?


The Inheritance by Michael Phillips is the first book in the Secrets of the Shetlands Series.

Phase 5: LATE NIGHT PHONE CALLS ~ A book that kept you up all night?


This was a tough question. I sleep at night and rarely stay awake to read, but, Vendetta by Lisa Harris is without a doubt, a book that would keep me reading into the early hours of the morning.

Phase 6: ALWAYS ON MY MIND ~ A book you could not stop thinking about?


The Mitford Series by Jan Karon!  🙂

Phase 7: GETTING PHYSICAL ~ A book that you love the way it feels?


Not only is Savoring the Seasons by Traci Borum a good story, but the cover feels great to hold.  🙂  I keep my copy in great shape so the pages are still fresh.

Phase 8: MEETING THE PARENTS ~ A book you would recommend to your family and friends?


I have recommended Footsteps in the Dark by Georgette Heyer! I like it. I should read it again.  🙂

Phase 9: THINKING ABOUT THE FUTURE ~ A book or series you know you will re-read many times in the future?


Oh yea! This Rough Magic by Mary Stewart is one of my favorite books. Love it.

Phase 10: SHARE THE LOVE ~ Who do you tag? 

Jessie ~ Dwell in Possibility Blog

Rachel ~ Musings of a Coffee Addicted Bibliophile

Stephanie ~ Stephs Fiction and Family love

Patty ~ Pirate Patty

Susan ~ Susan Loves Books







The Bear and the Nightingale ~

I’ve just started reading, The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden. I love to read books set in Russia ~ for one simple reason ~ everything seems the same only so different.

The food is different. “black bread and cabbage.” I need to google or check pinterest for a recipe for black bread. I’m sure I can make it. I think it’s a dark rye bread.

“hot juices were still running down the roast pig’s sides. The pie oozed with cheese and dried mushrooms. The round guest loaf lay in the middle of the table, beside the prince’s good gray salt.”

Gray salt???

I am fascinated with the descriptions of winter. We have cold winters, wind chill can bite a person’s skin if it’s exposed up here in the north, but our house has never been buried in snow!

“Despite the wet, his house was buried nearly to the eaves in a winter’s worth of snow. Only pitched roof and chimney had escaped, and the space around the door which the men of the Pyotr’s household laboriously kept clear.”

The people seem sturdy and unspoiled. I’m a light traveler. When I travel, I take a backpack or a small suitcase and my purse.

“The stable-yard seethed with bodies, with beasts, with sledges. Furs lay mounted beside boxes of beeswax and candles. The jars of mead and honey jostled for room with bundles of dried provisions. Kolya was directing the loading of the last sledge . . . “

So far, this book is fascinating! 🙂


Olivia Twist by Lorie Langdon


Ya know, I’ve never read Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, but after reading this story by Lorie Langdon I will soon be reading the Dickens classic. In Lorie’s retelling of the famous Dickens story, Olivia Brownlow grows up on the streets, disguised as a boy, until her uncle rescues her. There’s adventure, romance and a whole gaggle of loveable street kids! Of course, we have those characters with nefarious purposes. *booooooo* Well-written, engaging with a few twists *no pun intended* it’s a page turner. Loved it. 5***** stars!

Miss Phryne Fisher


Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries (2012 – present)

Essie Davis

Nathan Page

Hugo Johnstone-Burt

Ashleigh Cummings

I’m not certain when I first heard of the Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries. I decided to watch these mysteries when I noticed our library has them. I checked out season 1 and even though ~ I thought ~ the first season was dark, I was hooked. Warning: In my opinion these mysteries are not for teens or kids.


Inspector Jack Robinson (Nathan Page) is our intrepid detective. He’s a good guy. He’s a little quiet and he’s very observant. In the first season when he meets Phryne Fisher he really doesn’t want her help at all. But, they manage to struggle through and now they are working well together. He wears a coat ~ is that coat necessary in Australia??? He seems to have very broad shoulders. In the first season, he is married, although separated from his wife. Later he is divorced.

Phryne Fisher is the height of fashion! She can really dress in amazing costumes. She carries a pearl-handled pistol and she can whip that thing out so fast, I often wonder how she does that??? Mmm. Phryne is a wealthy woman and she takes in stray people. I really like that about her. Dot (Ashleigh Cummings) is Phryne’s companion and she is a stray. At least I call them strays. She has two men who work for her, they take care of her vehicle and do jobs requiring their skills ~ they are also strays. Later she takes in a young girl, Jane.

Phryne seems fearless. She, with Jack’s help, will tackle any mystery and work until it is solved. However, in one episode, in season three, the killer is using poisonous tarantulas to murder. *shudders* Phryne was screaming and jumping ~ so was I!!! Of course, Jack just had to tease her about it. In fact, I couldn’t finish watching that episode. I asked Rick to watch it so he could tell me who the killer was!!!

This is getting to long, so I will cut it short, the mysteries are good. I’ve never solved one and I’ve watched three seasons. There is nudity at times. There are times when I shake my head at Phryne. I’ve never read the books.

Have you seen the Miss Fisher Mysteries? Have you read the books? I’d like to hear from you.


Rick’s Opinion ~ Phryne is a good detective, so is Jack. Phryne can get information out of men because she uses her womanly ways on them.

Classic Movie Friday!

Black Widow (1954)

Ginger Rogers

Van Heflin

Gene Tierney

Peggy Ann Garner

Reginald Gardiner

George Raft

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Well, this is a good movie. Peter Denver (Van Heflin) is a married Broadway producer. His wife (Gene Tierney) leaves town for a few weeks to care for her ill mother. While she is away. Peter meets a young writer, Nancy Ordway (Peggy Ann Garner) and decides to help her out with her career. A few weeks later Nancy is discovered dead in Peter’s home. And! Her body is discovered the day Peter’s wife returns.

As the police investigate the young woman’s death, they believe that Peter is involved. Peter soon finds himself on the run, just steps ahead of the police, trying to prove he is innocent of any wrong doing. This was some mystery. Nancy’s death caught me by surprise. I didn’t expect it.

I think this was the first time I saw Ginger Rogers in a film without Fred Astaire. It took me a few minutes to recognize her. When I realized she was Ginger Rogers, I laughed. I didn’t like her character, in the film, but she did a great job. With the exception of Gene Tierney and Ginger Rogers, I think, all the actors in this film were new to me. I didn’t know what was going on *clueless* but it was certainly a good job of manipulation ~ hence, black widow???