Hello Peoples! Good-bye March, Hello April. The first two weeks of March zoomed by, but the last two weeks crawled. You might ask, why??? I do not know. 🤨 March was a good month. April will be better! Monday, the temperature was 80 degrees Fahrenheit. What a great day. We opened a couple of windows in our house. I went for a walk. Today the high is 43! That’s spring. One day 80, the next day 40! The American finch are back. They are so pretty.
Your Favorites At the Cottage In March ~
March 17th ~ Have A Great Day!
March 14th ~ March Blabberings ~
March 2nd ~ The Last Ten Books Tag
March 2nd ~ The Classics Club ~ The Woman In White by Wilkie Collins
Right now, I’m reading, Murder in the Margins by Margaret Loudon. So far, it’s a fun and entertaining mystery. Penelope aka Pen Parish is our female protagonist and all around fun character. She’s a Gothic writer. I love that! She works at a bookstore in England and has some quirky friends. I’m lovin’ it!
I don’t know why, but I keep thinking today is Sunday. I have that in common with Peppermint Patty! I agree with her, we should order pizza! I love Peppermint Patty! She always makes me SMILE. 😃
Wow! Relative Silence by Carrie Stuart Parks is one pulse pounding read! I’ve had this book for awhile and I am happy to say, I was finally able to read it. The story opens with a wallop! Piper Boone, our female protagonist, is sitting outside a café, with a friend, when a gunman opens fire on them, killing three people! Piper’s brother, Tern, is a politician, so the shooting puts Piper and her family in the spotlight. As a result of the shooting, Piper meets Tucker Landry, a forensic artist, and the two work together to solve the mystery of the shooting and how it involves her family. And! What Piper and Tucker discover could cost them their lives. To add insult to injury, as they unravel the secrets of Piper’s family, a hurricane is bearing down on the island they live on.
World War l is over and the men are returning home. Fleur Richards is eager to be reunited with her husband, Hugh. Sadly, she receives word her husband was killed in the war and she was left with a considerable inheritance. She doesn’t want the inheritance, she wants Hugh. However, she soon finds herself traveling to Australia, her husband’s country. When she arrives, she discovers she is the owner of a farm and a curio shop. And! There is a mystery to solve regarding a woman in a green dress and an opal.
First, I’d like to say, this is a timeslip novel. Mmm. Is timeslip one word or two??? Well, I guess it’s one word. Onward! The author does a nice job moving back and forth from 1918 to 1853 ~ chapter to chapter. I did choose to read this book because it was set in Australia. I don’t find many books set in this amazing country! I did like several of the characters. Stefan was my favorite. He was a great guy. Bert was fun and a nice addition to the story. I also liked Della. However, when I think of the woman in the green dress, duplicity comes to my mind. And! I wasn’t crazy about our female protagonist, Fleur. She did improve some as the story moved forward. And! There was something I didn’t liked toward the end of the book. I need to give it more thought, but the ending just didn’t appeal to me. 🤨
The entire book was well written. I just seem to have mixed feelings about it.
Have you read The Woman in the Green Dress? What are your thoughts?
Hello Peoples! As many of you know, I like used book stores. I do. Oh the books one can discover in a used bookstore! I find so many books that are out of print and no longer available. I can spend hours in a large used bookstore. Yesterday I discovered a used bookstore I didn’t know was so close to my home. I stopped and was pleasantly surprised. What a fun used bookstore! It is small, but packed with books and so organized. When I entered said bookstore, I walked under an arch made of books. So fun! The store was colorfully decorated. I loved it. The books varied in price, from one dollar on up. The most expensive book I saw, was a classic, by James Oliver Curwood. It was $14.00. And! This bookstore supports literacy in the area. Children who visit the bookstore, with a parent, can receive five books free! All precedes go to literacy. The workers are volunteers. I was thinking of volunteering myself.
You’ve Got Mail (1998)
I will be returning to this amazing used bookstore!
A woman visits Max Darling, at his office, hiring him to locate her missing brother. Apparently, he’s been missing for one year. Max reluctantly takes the case, only to discover, hours later, someone has been murdered and Max is arrested for the crime. So! Annie and her friends are on the case, determined to prove Max is innocent and learn the identity of the killer.
I knew there was a mystery where Max was arrested for murder, but it took me awhile to find it and read it. Good mystery! It was easy to solve, but I did like it. Annie, Emma, Laurel, Billy Cameron, Mavis, Handler Jones and Henny are all working methodically and with a serious deadline, to prove Max is innocent. They certainly get the job done.
~ Fill out each of the prompts with your answer. Each character or book has to be one you read in 2020.
~ Tag as many or as few people as you want, but preferable somewhere around ten.
~ Have fun! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
BEST VILLIAN ~
There are three or four books I read in 2020 that had the most evil villian ever, however, I don’t know that any of them are quite as nefarious as Noemi Taboada’s cousin’s husband, Virgil. I shiver when I think of him. ☹😲 Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia is horror! It’s terrifying. I don’t have a word . . . Virgil, I shake my head at you. I hide in the closet with a blanket over my head! You . . . You . . . I don’t have a word!
Best Main Character ~
Ian Rutledge in the Ian Rutledge Mysteries by Charles Todd wins best character. I like this fictional character. He’s an Inspector with Scotland Yard. He fought in WWI and as a result of the war he has a voice in his head, but he is the greatest guy.
Best Side Character ~
Malachi is my choice from The Cantaloupe Thief by De Richardson-Moore. He has a discerning eye. He’s clever and he helps Branigan Powers in any way he can.
Tough Luck ` A Character you’re glad you aren’t.
Catherine from Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. Need I say more??? *haha*
~ Best Place To Raise A Family ~ A setting preferably not in our world that you wouldn’t mind settling down in.
I know this isn’t in another world, but I don’t think I read any books in 2020 that were in another world??? I would love to live on this remote island off the coast of Maine. On A Summer Tide by Suzanne Woods Fisher is my choice.
~ Uninhabitable ~ A setting you would never want to live in.
There is no way I would ever want to live anywhere near an active volcano! In the Shadow of Vesuvius by Tasha Alexander is my choice. It’s a good story though. I enjoyed it. 📚😊
~ Most Likely To Succeed ~ An indie/underhyped book that everyone should try.
She’s Mine by Tammy Doherty ~ Good story. I liked it!
Life Of The Party ~ A book that kept you laughing and having a good time.
Molly by Sarah Monzon
~ Most Unforgettable ~ A Book You Couldn’t Forget If You Tried.
The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton ~ Fascinating story.
Most Unique ~
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and other stories.
Need I say more???
I tag the first 10 readers/followers/visitors who click “like.”
Hello Peoples. We’re in a winter weather warning and it’s 43 degrees outside. There is a cold wind outside. Brrr. ⛄⛸Me thinks the temperature will need to drop! Well! Tomorrow, March 15th is my birthday and it usually snows on my birthday! So, bring it on!
It’s been quiet here recently. Right now I’m sitting in the dark, listening to the cuckoo clock tick tock back and forth. The morning seems to be racing by, probably because of the time change. As the morning becomes brighter, I keep gazing out the window looking for snowflakes. Not a very exciting life right now. Yesterday I started reading, The Diabolical Bones by Bella Ellis. It’s a Bronte Sisters Mystery. It started great! 😲
I bought Irish soda bread yesterday and I tried it. It’s good. I like it. It’s sweet. Have you ever tasted Irish soda bread?