Ramblin' Writings

No theme...no heavy sales pitch...just some random observations I share from time to time that I hope you'll find entertaining or informative.

They Call Me Murdered

They Call Me Murdered - Cyndi Lord American Heritage
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Conspiracy of Lies

Conspiracy of Lies - Caleb Pirtle III This is a tantalizing tale of intrigue and murder where world-players are disposed of right and left. I lost count of the number of dead bodies. We have nation-builders scrambling to win the race to possess the biggest war-toy of all time…the atomic bomb. History has already recorded the story’s ending, but the author manages to keep you on the edge of your seat, trying to figure out who’s the good guys and who are the bad ones.

A Different Kind of Cheerleader

A Different Kind of Cheerleader - Lira Brannon What an inspiring read! I fell in love with the author’s rich writing style. Couldn’t help liking that spunky Tansy – a typical teen with a chip on her shoulder. The author did a fine job of capturing angst of a teenager facing a major problem. Her supporting characters were believable and made me wish I had people like them in my life when I was that age. I highly recommend this warm, inspiring read.

The Things We Do for Love

The Things We Do for Love - Kristin Hannah It isn't often a book makes me cry, but I have to confess this one did. The emotions of her characters were portrayed so rawly, I couldn't stop reading as I wanted to know if the story turned out in a satisfying manner.

the way to bright star

the way to bright star - Dee Brown Mix a couple of orphans, a pair of crowd-drawing camels and a host of unforgettable characters. Stirred well by an accomplished author and you have the beginning elements of a story that continues to draw the read forward to the end of his tale. A delightful adventure that provides glimpses into the backwater actions of the Civil War.

Fall of Giants

Fall of Giants - Ken Follett I love reading fiction based on history. The author focuses on individuals who were not major players yet played key roles in the development of this historical period. This is the first book in a trilogy and I look forward to continuing the saga.

The Elephant Keeper

The Elephant Keeper - Christopher Nicholson A curious book. Would not be something I normally read but the title and back cover blurb caught my attention - most likely because of the time period the story is set. I was intrigued by the relationship formed between Jenny and her keeper. Appreciated the realism of eighteen-hundred setting of England. Although the ending was an almost happily-ever-after ending, I couldn't fault it. Even knowing the reality of life back then dictated a different ending, I gladly accepted the dream-come-true way the story ended.

Winter Garden

Winter Garden - Kristin Hannah A fascinating tale about relationships and courage. Made me want to find more books by this author to add to my reading list.

Just Breathe

Just Breathe - Susan Wiggs Am absorbing read about real people with complicated lives, yet achieving the ultimate goal of love.

Shimmering Images: A Handy Little Guide to Writing Memoir

Shimmering Images: A Handy Little Guide to Writing Memoir - Lisa Dale Norton Lisa Morton presents an easy-to-do program to help the hesitant writer find the buried stories just waiting to be written. I did just a quick read-through but intend to use her method to dig out those 'shimmering images' that are begging to be written about.

Into the Wilderness

Into the Wilderness - Sara Donati Am mightily impressed with the detailed historical content on this book -- perhaps because the setting is New England in Colonial times. The plot was believable and the characters very engaging. I look forward to reading following books in this series. In fact, I'm already 3/4's through the second in the series and am not disappointed.

Making Toast

Making Toast - Roger Rosenblatt rather ambivalent writing - not really clear what his intended message was supposed to be.

The Distant Hours

The Distant Hours - Kate Morton utterly absorbing read from first page to last. Just be prepared to put life on hold when you begin to read The Distant Hours.

The Scent of Water

The Scent of Water - Elizabeth Goudge This is at least the third time I've enjoyed this book. There is so much spirituality and sensuality in Elizabeth's writing. I've tried to read everything she's written.

Perfect Reader: A Novel

Perfect Reader: A Novel - Maggie Pouncey Wanted to put the book down several times because I found it so introspective. By making myself push on to the end, I ended with a satisfied feeling with how the protagonist resolved her situation.

Currently reading

Doubletake by Maryann Miller, Margaret Sutton, Dany Russell
The Briefcase by Charles Hayes
Conspiracy of Lies by Caleb Pirtle III