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Book Review-The Night Watch by Sarah Waters

Night Watch

This is a very worthwhile book to read if you are interested in history and learning more about the real cost of war.

The night watch focuses on England during the time of the blitz (the merciless bombing of London during World War I). It is a time when tragedy strikes quickly and no one is immune or safe.

Since most of the young men are serving in the military, those that are too old for services serve in another capacity as air wardens. Many of the women now work and this story features some gals that make up the rescue crews. It was their job to go into the dangerous, bombed out areas to hunt for survivors and more often bodies. They are courage, dedication and columnists make their story so compelling.

This book by Sarah Waters also features a sometimes tangled web of the present and former relationships between these women. It reveals a large amount of same-sex relationships and experiences in this novel, but waters does so with delicacy and tact. This should not stop you from reading this book as Waters is a class act and a wonderful storyteller..

I highly recommend this book as it is hard for us in the US to get a feel for what war-torn countries go through. 911 was the closest we ever came to experience such overwhelming tragedy and evil.

Waters has more books available and I for one am looking forward to reading them.

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Hand-feeding Backyard Birds by Hugh Wiberg-Book Review

Handfeeding birds

This 1999 addition is a step-by-step guide to introduce you to the hobby of hand feeding birds.

For more than 20 years, this author has focused on hand feeding birds that come to the feeders he keeps and those that regularly visit some of the parks he attends.

The book explains the joy and connection to nature hand feeding brings. It goes through the methods of hand feeding for many different species along with what their favorite foods are and how to attract different kinds of birds.

The guide tells how to start, the best times to hand feed and what the timeline is likely to be till you are successful. This is a hobby which requires patients and a slow hand to win over these feathered friends. It promotes trust and a sense of intimacy between species.

This book features 80 color photos to help you identify birds and show the hobby as it progresses.

I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn from the experts how to pursue this hobby.

This book is available here-

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The Baglady’s Guide to Elegant Living by Dina Dove -Book Review

Baglady's Guide 

Angela’s life just fell apart when she met, by chance, a lovely elderly woman named Rose. She finds her in the park where she runs.

Rose carries a large bag with her wherever she goes, but it does not can contain all her worldly possessions, nor does Rose live on the street. Her bag contains quotes, helpful advice and articles which she dispenses to Angela just at the most appropriate time. Her timing is perfect and her advice is golden.

These tidbits that she passes on to Angela are like a blueprint as to how to regain her life again, only this time much better. Who is this Rose? Is she just a very nice adult who discovered the secret to living a meaningful and elegant life? Or is she much, much more?

She guides Angela to the peace she needs so badly. She helps Angela accept certain facts about herself and how she contributed to her present circumstances. Acceptance has been more than difficult for Angela.

This book is easy to read and very enjoyable. Use it to rediscover truths you forgotten or as a guide to gain equilibrium, sanity and joy at just being.

A wonderful book for anyone who could use a little pick me up. I highly recommend this as a book for a special friend you wish to encourage and uplift.

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Breathless by Dean Koontz Book Review

Breathless

Dean Koontz is a master storyteller which anyone who has read him cannot deny. He weaves together details effortlessly and we follow him happily wherever his story leads us.

The Rockies are the peaceful setting for this mystical journey between reality and the unknown. You suspend disbelief as you are pulled into this wonderful plot. When something never before seen becomes the daily norm of your life and moves in with you, then you are led to a sacred place of discovery. When everything you thought you knew is turned upside down and the encounters of almost mythical creatures occurs, the protective, mothering instinct is pushed into gear. Known to you only for a short time, you will feel compelled to save and nurture the beautiful beings. The discovery brings strangers together from far away points with various motives. You are let in on a secret greater than one person’s possible imagination and when a secret purpose is revealed to you, then you too will be left breathless.

Don’t miss this one! The childlike belief in all possibility is born again when you get lost in this endearing story.

This 2009 Koontz offering can be found in all major bookstores off-line and online.

Book Review – Mrs. Jeffries and the Yuletide Weddings by Emily Brightwell

mrs jeffries yuletide weddings

 

Emily Brightwell has written 26 of these novels and each one is still a delight. Mrs. Jeffries keeps house for Inspector Witherspoon and though he does not know it, she and her household staff are part of the reason he has such a wonderful record for solving crimes.

When the inspector gets a case, the household goes into action. They may have friends in low places, but it is the people who serve in the great houses who have all the gossip and news that offers many a clue when there appears to be none to the police.

This episode takes place near Christmas when every member of the household is busy with Yuletide preparations. There also is a long-awaited wedding  between two of the staff coming up as well.The cook is doing more baking and cooking than usual in honor of the upcoming festivities, but she like the rest of the staff takes time to do some sleuthing in between chores.

The characters are well – developed and you feel like you can identify with many of their own personal problems and quirks even though this takes place in Victorian times.

The plots are thoughtful and intriguing, but these are still English mysteries in the manner of Miss Marple. They have earned the ‘cozy mystery’ designation and will be enjoyed without all the detail focusing on the grizzly part of the crimes. You will instead be charmed by the interaction between staff and friends that love their Inspector and the means they use to discern the clues.

I highly recommend these for light reading and a beginning crime book for young people.

 

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Book Review of McNally’s Caper by Lawrence Sanders

 

 McNally

 

If you never read any of the McNally series, you are missing a treat for a light read. They are almost reminiscent of an English Cozy. Archy McNally works at his father’s law firm. He is not a lawyer, but makes Discreet Inquiries for his father. They often work with wealthy clients and Archy always ends up in wild situations.

There are several things that Archy holds important. Number one is he is a snazzy and very bold dresser. His appearance is important to him and he really likes to stand out in a crowd. A second thing that he holds as vital is that he consume great food. The family has a cook that is outstanding and since he lives with his parents, even though he has his own lair, they often share meals. They eat very well and Archy is sure to tell you about it. He enjoys a cigarette from time to time and his liquid refreshment must be every bit as good as his meals.

While solving mysteries for his father, he seems to have no shortage of female companionship. He has a girlfriend he loves, but cannot stop the wealthy females, the heiresses from throwing themselves at him regardless of class and age.

These are like cozies because they solve the complicated crimes, but in less horrific detail for the reader. The mysteries are still good and contain many twists and turns at times, but the reader also enjoys the character of Archy McNally so much he is the story as much as the crime and solving it. Like any other mystery, it has the same elements as any other who-dun-it.

Lawrence Sanders is a great author and the McNally series delights me every time. I recommend all these books.

 

Review of The Third George by Jean Plaidy

The Third George

 

 

This novel covers a turbulent time in England’s history. George III was a well-meaning king but he was overcome by scandal and eventually madness. He was once noted to have liaisons with some beautiful women, but all that changed when he married the German princess Charlotte. She was she was not beautiful, in fact very plain. However, when George married her he determined to be a very faithful husband and stopped his former lifestyle. His goal was to be the best king possible. He was determined his life would be an example to others instead of the usual immorality exhibited in Royal courts.

His plain wife was a model wife and would have been an excellent help for him in relieving stress by speaking with her. George, however pronounced he would never have a woman interfere in his life, so he did not use her as a confidant, nor ever discuss politics or policy with her.

Besides being an alliance with Charlotte’s small country he was as all royalty must looking for heirs. In this respect, Charlotte almost became a broodmare as she produced child after child with almost no break. Most of them were very healthy and beautiful. George looked at that as her main function. And so, he had no partner so to speak because he wouldn’t confide in her and because she spent most of her time pregnant and in confinement.

George had a family that constantly caused him scandal and a group of ministers who were ineffectual or tried to undermine him. All of this added to the illness and resulted in madness.

I recommend this book especially if you are interested in royalty and of course anyone who loves history would enjoy it. Jean Plaidy has also written many more books of an historical nature. I will be sure to check them out.