The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson

Rating:           9 General Rating: Excellent writing and character development. I even loved the mule, Junia, named for the single female apostle. (Google to verify.) This novel reminded me of The Whip, only I enjoyed it much more. Skip factor:  Nothing. Who should read: If you like fabulous writing about simple people but with deep meaning, you’ll love … Read more

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

Rating:                              6 General Rating: No, no, no, no, and no. I don’t usually bad-mouth other authors or books but this is a hard no. I give it an 8 for writing but a 4 for content. Skip factor:  20% At least. I skipped much. I don’t like reading the sex details between a pervert and … Read more

Hadley and Grace by Suzanne Redfearn

Rating:           8 General Rating: This is Lucy and Ethel turned Therma and Louise. Skip factor:  6%. I skipped a bit a quarter of the way through along with long paragraphs thereafter. Who should read: You’ll like. People who need a break from deep should read this.  Or, enjoy humor? You’ll like. Summary: Thelma—I’m sorry—Hadley is … Read more

A grand old time

Rating:                              8 General Rating: A cute little story about old age. The main character, Evy, captured my heart immediately. It took a bit longer for me to warm up to the storyline, but I was in love with Evy so gladly kept going. … Read more

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Rating:           9.5 General Rating: A must read. Fabulous writing and a fantastic novel. I loved the straightforward talk of Eleanor coupled with hints sprinkled throughout that something in her past was awry. That combination kept me turning pages. Favorite line: “Everything seems worse in the darkest hours of the night.” (So true!) Skip factor:  1%. I skipped … Read more

Deconstructed by Liz Talley

Deconstructed by Liz Talley Rating:           9 General Rating:   A cute, easy read about a woman married to a cheater. Skip factor:   4% I skipped very little in this novel. Who should read:   Any woman who’s ever been cheated on or had a friend whose husband cheated. Girls who like beach reads … Read more

What I Saw in the Chapel

What I Saw in the Chapel What was that? Am I crazy? Or am I having (gulp)—a vision? At the risk of sounding deranged and for the lack of a better description, I’m admitting I experience occasional, brief, inexplicit “movies in my head” without reason. These little episodes surprise me in different settings: at home … Read more

The Night I Met Fright

The Night I Met Fright Dream Wide Awake was inspired many years ago on a night I met fright. I was sleeping in the attic of my grandparent’s home—just like LeeLee in chapter three. In a pitch-black hour, I awoke when someone grabbed my hand. My arm was wedged between the head board and mattress of … Read more

My 911 Premonition

My 9/11 Premonition Do my premonitions scare you? How would you like to be me? You can get away from me. I can’t. When I was three years old, I had a paranormal experience with a black devil. (This is the basis for Chapter Three in my novel, Dream Wide Awake.) When I was thirteen, I … Read more

Saturday Morning Runs

Saturday Morning Runs From the sky it looks like a puzzle piece, Presque Isle. The sort of piece that finds your hand first because it’s the most colorful, most distinguishable. It’s the one you want to begin with, fit the other pieces around. From high above, its jagged edges disappear into the blue water, and … Read more