The Gates of Heaven Series by C.S. Lakin

C. S. Lakin is off to a great start with, “The Gates of Heaven,” Series. I have read the first two books in this fantasy series, and I am lovin’ them. I just finished, “The Map Across Time.” It just grabbed me and held me to the very end. She has so many good characters in this story and there are so many twists and turns – it’s – actually, I’m rendered speechless. The Queen is dying, evil has corrupted the heart of the King and the royal twins Prince Aiden and Princess Althea must find a way to save the kingdom. When you read this book, prepare yourself for a magical journey!

1.) The Wolf of Tebron

2.) The Map Across Time

3.) The Land of Darkness

4.) The Unraveling of Wentwater

5.) The Crystal Scepter

6.) The Sounds of Ethryn


A Table by the Window by Hillary Manton Lodge

moretea&books 003 This is a warm-hearted story, with great food, a large fun, festive and in your business, French/Italian family.  I liked it! Yup, I did. I even liked Juliette’s, in your face, trilingual family! Good grief? Did I spell that correctly? Anyway, Juliette, is a food writer, the youngest in a long line of foodies and I liked her. With many years experience, she knew how to handle a big family. It’s a great book and it’s so rich with food and warmth and plenty of sibling love. It was so different from any book I’ve read recently and the story was so fresh to me.  There is a lot going on in this family and there isn’t much not to like about the book. There are recipes throughout the book and I was actually thinking about making the chocolate cake! Shocking, I know! Happy reading!!!

A Wish and A Prayer

Robin Lee Hatcher has created the sweetest romance in her novella, A Wish and A Prayer. This story is fun, with a touch of whimsy and it just plain makes ya feel good. Felicity Blessing is a seamstress, thirty years of age – and she considers herself a spinster! She has lived in the same house all of her life, and in my opinion, even though it is small, it sounds like a comfortable home. I think sometimes, the most comfortable homes are small. I digress. Angel is her interesting cat. Prescott Jones and his partner Walt have purchased property to build a cannery and Miss Felicity’s home stands in the way. Miss Felicity refuses to sell. Prescott decides to ride out to visit Miss Felicity in hopes of convincing her to sell her home. And so begins the tender romance of Prescott and Felicity – and a very involved cat! I thought it was well written! I loved it. Happy reading!


The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

“This rose is not so fragrant as a summer flower, but it has stood through hardships none of them could bear: the cold rain of winter has sufficed to nourish it, and its faint sun to warm it; the bleak winds have not blanched it, or broken its stem, and the keen frost has not blighted it. Look, Gilbert, it is still fresh and blooming as a flower can be, with the cold snow even now on it’s petals. – Will you have it?” Anne Bronte

I finished reading, “The Tenant of Wildfell Hall,” this morning. I love the Bronte sisters. I have not read all of their books, but the stories I have read – well, I love them all! “Jane Eyre,” by Charlotte Bronte is one of my favorite classic reads of all time. So, you can keep Jane Austen, I really don’t care for her books, although, I do say, movie producers do extremely well with Jane Austen’s stories, I will continue to read the Bronte sisters. There stories are so well written, I have often wondered what gems we would read today if these women had lived to old age. What a tragedy to loose such talented ladies so early in life.



The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

books&more 002Have you been to Narnia? If you’ve never stepped through the wardrobe, if you’ve never touched the lamp post, if you’ve never met Mr. Tumnus or chuckled at the banter of Mr. and Mrs. Beaver, you need to experience Narnia. Please, journey to the north with the horse and his boy, sail the sea, on the Dawn Treader with Prince Caspian and his crew. Help find the lost Prince Rilian and rescue him. Assist King Tirian as he faces a challenge few would dare face. Watch with wonder as you witness the creation of the land of Narnia in the Magician’s Nephew. Most importantly, meet Aslan, the great lion. Aslan is the Son of the Great Emperor beyond the sea! If you’ve never been to Narnia, I encourage you to journey there, step through the wardrobe and experience a land rich with wonder. The Cronicles of Narnia are my favorite stories of all time – ever! Enjoy!




“Excessive misery . . . “

I am sad to say, I am sick. that’s right – ill! Sunday morning I woke up around 4:00 in the morning. I had a sore throat. I got out of bed, ventured into the kitchen and poured myself a glass of juice. Well, that did the trick. The sore throat was gone, but since then I’ve been walking around in a fog – I’ve had absolutely no energy. I feel like a leaky faucet. I carry a box of tissues everywhere I roam, which isn’t far – and I’ve been generally miserable.  I sneeze continuously! Aaaaaaaaaaaachooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! I’ve been slowly reading, slowly, very slowly reading, “The Tenant of Wildfell Hall,” by Anne Bronte. It’s going to take me awhile to finish it. It’s a good book. But, after going to the doctor this morning, I slept three hours! So, the reading is slow. So, I hope you are well, take care and stay away from me, or you might not be well for long! Happy reading!


Only Uni by Camy Tang

Yawn! – Stretch. Oh yea. Last night I stayed up late and finished reading, “Only Uni.” Trish Sakai is a biologist and I fell in love with her. She really captured my heart. She has such an innocence and she is so sincere. Her innocence, especially, is endearing. Bless her heart, troubles certainly come her way and she is faced with many challenges. “Only Uni” is the second book in the “Sushi Series.” If you want a good, zany read with crazy characters, start reading The Sushi Series!

1.) Sushi For One

2.) Only Uni

3.) Single Sashimi

4.) Weddings & Wasabi

Linda Hall

Linda Hall is a mystery writer I have enjoyed over the past few years. I especially like the Teri Blake-Addison series. Recently I have discovered Linda’s short stories. They vary in length, but I think you can read any one of her short stories in thirty minutes or less. She has written many books, which I will not list here, however I would like to mention her short stories, at least the short stories I’ve read.

“Amber Waves,” is the story of a married woman, living on a farm, yearning for the ocean of her childhood.

“A Season of Magic,” is a story full of wonder and magic. I loved it. This one was my favorite.

“White Christmas Pansies,” tells of a troubled marriage during the Christmas season.

“Weather Ladies,” is a story of misunderstandings and tragedy. If Hitchcock were alive, I think he would create a screenplay for this one or maybe even television!

In “The Hockey Bag,”  we meet Skinner, a biker, married with one child. He discovers a hockey bag, takes it home with him, and he gets so much more than he bargained for.

I downloaded all of these on my kindle! I hope you enjoy them!


Stone and Spark by Sibella Giorello

I don’t even know where to begin. Stone and Spark is so good! I walked beside Raleigh Harmon as she investigated the disappearance of her best friend, Drew. Well written, good pace, captivating – I had a difficult time putting it down. This story really grabbed me. I think this was a difficult mystery for Raleigh to investigate for several reasons, which I will not list here. I don’t want any spoilers. Raleigh’s dad is alive and her mother is crazy. As Raleigh tries to solve the mystery of her missing friend, few are listening – Drew has disappeared, in the past, so there are those who think Drew is a runaway. Even so, runaway or not, Drew still needs to be found. Raleigh refuses to give up! Her ability to persevere is extraordinary. Another great Raleigh Harmon mystery!