Throwback Thursday!

It’s that time again! Another week has gone by and it’s time for ~

Throwback Thursday

This meme was created to share old favorites and/or books published over a year ago. Throwback Thursday is hosted by Renee of Its Book Talk. 🙂


Claudia is stranded in Wisconsin during a cold winter storm. She came to this town on the shore of Lake Superior to find the owner of a pocket watch. Mmmm. But! There’s a  killer on the loose and romance in the air.

This is an entertaining read and highly enjoyable. And! quirky, lovable characters. I gave it 5***** stars on goodreads when I read it.  🙂

Happy Reading!



November Rereads ~

Hello! As many of you remember, I have been rereading favorite books this year (2017) and I’ve been enjoying it immensely.

Have you read any or all of the three books I’ve reread in November??? Let me know and Happy Reading!!!

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“it is not necessary that he should be killed on the Orient Express. There are other places.” ~Murder on the Orient Express, Agatha Christie

“The voice came nearer and nearer; in the vast immensity of these lonely cliffs, with the loud murmur of the sea below, it was impossible to say how near, or how far, nor yet from which direction came that cheerful singer . . . ” ~The Scarlet Pimpernel, Baroness Emmuska Orczy

“Twice I have with my own ears heard the sound which resembled the distant baying of a hound. It is incredible, impossible, that it should really be outside the ordinary laws of nature. A spectral hound which leaves material footmarks and fills the air with its howling is surely not to be thought of.” ~The Hound of the Baskervilles, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Top Ten Tuesday!

Hello! This week Top Ten Tuesday is the Top Ten Books on my winter TBR pile! That’s right pile! 🙂  I read what I’m in the mood for, or, I have been known to read something that suddenly caught my eye ~ the book that captures my attention might not be a book on my TBR pile. And for that reason, a winter list is very subject to change. 🙂

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Loving Luther by Allison Pittman

The Legacy by Michael Phillips

Vanishing Point by Lisa Harris

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A Lesson In Secrets by Jacqueline Winspear

The Winter People by Phyllis A. Whitney

Blown Together by Janet W. Ferguson

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How to Find Love in a Book Shop by Veronica Henry

Coming Home by Rosamunde Pilcher

A Voice in the Wilderness by Grace Livingston Hill


Peaches and Scream by Susan Furlong ~ Since I joined the Cozy Mystery Challenge again, I decided to list the first cozy mystery I plan to read in January.  🙂

Happy Reading!


Ramblings ~

Hello! 🙂

I hope everyone had a pleasant Thanksgiving. Rick and I shared Thanksgiving together without any family or friends! It was nice. It was quiet and the food was good. In the afternoon, Rick watched the Dallas Cowboys football game and I watched a movie.

Friday, I walked downtown to the bakery, enjoyed a steamy, decadent dark hot chocolate. Mmm. So good. And! I read a book. The bakery was busy, a steady stream of people coming into the tasty shop, purchasing their goodies and leaving. Very few people remained at the bakery, so, I was one of the few savoring a few moments at the shop.

Saturday we drove a short distance from our home and enjoyed Thanksgiving with family! It was nice. They had Christmas music playing! 🙂 It was a restful visit. They invited a friend and Rick and I loved her. She was fun. She was a nice addition to our small group. So, we had two Thanksgiving meals in just a couple of days! And wowza! Her stuffing and mashed potatoes were delicious. 🙂

I decided to start something new. Here is a list of the most popular, top three, blogging articles for November. I don’t know where I got this incredible idea, but there it is. So, for November, these are your favorites ~

1.) Murder On the Orient Express by Agatha Christie ~ November 5th

2.) Top Ten Tuesday ~ (Books I would like my future children to read, nieces, nephews, godchildren, etc) ~ November 14th

3.) Hidden Treasures by Ruby Mae O’Dell ~ November 8th


A giveaway! Who doesn’t like a giveaway??? I read on the internet, December 8th is National Letter Writing Day!!! And! We know the internet is always correct *ahem* So, in honor of the lost art of letter writing, I’m going to give away a box of notecards ~ four (4) designs. Beginning December 1st until December 7th, just leave a comment on my blog, telling me your interested and I’ll enter your name in a drawing to win the notecards. I’ll remind you.  🙂 Your welcome. Because postage is so costly, this is for the United States only. On the morning of December 8th, Rick will draw a name and I’ll announce the winner on my blog.  🙂

There are sixteen (16) notecards and each card has a ditty 🙂

she needed a hero so she became one

brave & beautiful

there is always lipstick

think pretty thoughts

Looking forward to December!!!


With love ~


Cozy Mystery Challenge 2018

Hey there mystery lovers! The Cozy Mystery Challenge is up for 2018. They’ve changed it a bit, which is great! Readers can A.) read the cozy mysteries of our choice or B.) read cozies from the sub-genres. You can learn more if you go to Goodreads and check out the Cruisin’ thru the Cozies Reading Challenge or go to Socrates Book Review Blog.

The sub-genres are fun! I loved scouring the bookshelves and websites discovering new authors and cozies in 2017, but I decided to read thirty (30) cozies (Super Sleuth) of my own choosing. I have a STACK of random cozies here at my house waiting patiently for January when I will begin reading these fun mysteries.

Happy Reading!

The Secret of Haverly House by Carolyn Bauman

Good morning. I hope you are all well and enjoying your Thanksgiving holiday.

I like the classic Gothic novels. They’re great. This particular novel I discovered at a gift shop that was selling used books. It is one of several I purchased for a ridiculously low price. 🙂

A large, creepy, sinister house on the cliffs of the ocean ~ who could ask for more??? Heather Lane is searching for something. She decides to leave her loving home in Canada and take a job as a companion to an elderly woman in California ~ Mulvina Haverly. Heather and Mrs. Haverly quickly become friends and have great times together. However, someone doesn’t want Heather at Haverly House and Heather believes there is an unknown reason why she was drawn to this ominous mansion.

I loved the atmosphere of the large home. Heather on many occasions felt someone was following her or watching her as she strolled the grounds or explored the unused wing of the mansion. She experienced frequent, unexplainable nightmares AND was someone trying to kill her??? Aunt Julia, Mrs. Haverly’s daughter, warns Heather to return to Canada, but Heather gives her word to Winston, her employer, she will remain at Haverly House. As the house seems to have a mind of it’s own with sinister purposes, Heather finds herself attracted to Winston, the man who hired her. However, is he the evil presence in the home?

This isn’t a ghost story. I don’t remember any profanity and there isn’t any adult content.

50528404**** stars on goodreads! 🙂

Happy Reading!

Classic Movie Friday!

Shadow of Doubt (1943)

Joseph Cotten

Teresa Wright

Henry Travers

Patricia Collinge

This is a Hitchcock film!

Teresa Wright and Joseph Cotten in Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

Oh my word! What just happened here??? I think I need to have a rest on the couch and think about this for awhile. As my neighbor would say, never in all my born days!

After sending an unexpected telegram to his relatives, Uncle Charlie travels to visit his sister and her family ~ they adore him. His niece, Charlie, especially loves her uncle. However, Charlie soon notices little things about her uncle that cause her to be suspicious. His behavior is odd and many of his comments are troubliung. Two men arrive on the scene wanting to interview the family, Uncle Charlie included, and they want photos. One of these suspicious men has a private conversation with Charley. Charley begins to believe disturbing things about her uncle and does some sleuthing on her own.  I think Shadow of Doubt is probably one of Hitchcock’s more disturbing films. It is good, but prepare yourself for the unexpected!


Top Ten Tuesday!

This week’s TTT is ten books I am thankful for ~ after all, it is Thanksgiving week. 🙂 I didn’t even know where to begin with this list, there are so many books I love and I’m thankful for, but I did manage to create a list.

This meme is from the Broke and the Bookish!

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~ The Bible

~ The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis

~ The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien

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~ This Rough Magic by Mary Stewart

~ The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy

~ The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof

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~ A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander

~ the Curate of Glaston by George MacDonald

~ Seeking the Star by Traci Borum


~ The Map Across Time by C.S. Lakin

Happy Reading! And Happy Thanksgiving.



Classic Movie Friday!

Three Coins in the Fountain /1954/ Jean Peters, Maggie McNamara and Dorothy Maguire in a scenic romantic drama.

Three Coins In A Fountain (1954)

Dorothy McGuire

Jean Peters

Maggie McNamara

Clifton Webb

Louis Jourdan

Rossano Brazzi

Good morning all! It’s the weekend and I hope you have a great one! 🙂

This film was new to me, that’s right, I’d never heard of it. Rick discovered it on NetFlix and I thought I’d watch it. It’s the story of three America women living together in Italy. Miss Frances (Dorothy McGuire) has been a secretary to a writer, John Shadwell (Clifton Webb) for several years. Anita (Jean Peters) is to return to America soon. Well, days before she leaves she agrees to travel to the family farm of a co-worker, Girogio (Rossano Brazzi). The trip to the farm was my favorite part of the movie. It was so much fun. What a great time!

The newest lady to the three is Maria (Maggie McNamara). Shortly after she arrives in Italy, she finds herself involved with a Prince (Louis Jourdan).

Of course, each relationship has it’s problem the couple must work through. Everything works out in the end. 🙂

Love in Italy.  🙂   Nice film.