LadyoftheLodge reads in 2021

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LadyoftheLodge reads in 2021

Editado: Ene 19, 3:12pm

Hi there!
My name is Cheryl. Although I am retired from full time work in public education, I teach online college classes in Leadership Theory, as well as the Sciences, for several universities. I also write curriculum and book reviews.

I live in the woods in a log home, have four crazy cats, and play the clarinet in a community band (sadly, we are on hold until we can get our rehearsal and performance spaces back). My husband and I love to travel and have been frequently spotted on cruise ships. We are hoping to get back to traveling again in 2021, since our cruises for 2020 were cancelled! We also enjoy theater and music venues. Both of us are voracious readers, although our reading tastes differ immensely.

My library occupies one wing of my house. There are books in every room of my home as well. I read cozy mysteries, classic mysteries, assorted fiction and "brain candy", historical mysteries, "books about books", children's books, sometimes pop psychology, and occasionally biography or memoirs. I enjoy reading print materials as well as e-books. (I like being able to carry all those e-books with me whenever I go anywhere. My Kindle is always in my bag when I leave the house.)

Challenge Hosting Commitments for 2021:

February: MysteryKIT--Pastiche
July: RandomCAT
September: GenreCAT--YA & Children

Editado: Oct 15, 2020, 12:44pm

I will post my CAT challenges when we decide on the CATs and KITs for this year. This thread may magically turn into something else soon!!

Thinking about these personal categories:

The Jar of Fate
Christmas all Year Long
School's Out!
Nancy Drew, Girl Sleuth
The Cat Who. . .
Amish at Heart

Oct 14, 2020, 12:53pm

My family also cancelled our cruise for this year. It is such a great way to trave and see the world.

Editado: Feb 18, 3:57pm

Amish at Heart

1. Twice as Nice Amish Collection by Jean and Wanda Brunstetter
2. The Coffee Corner by Amy Clipston
3. The Amish Midwife's Hope by Barbara Cameron
4. Her Amish Wedding Quilt by Winnie Griggs
5. His Accidental Amish Family by Rachel Good
6. Marrying Matthew by Kelly Long
7. First Light in Morning Star by Charlotte Hubbard
8. A Perfect Amish Romance by Shelley Shepard Gray

Editado: Ene 31, 3:36pm

The Children's Corner

1. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
2. First Class Murder by Robin Stevens
3. The Elephant's Girl by Celesta Rimington
4. A Wizard's Guide to Defensive Baking by T. Kingfisher
5. The Mystery of the Fire Dragon by Carolyn Keene

Editado: Dic 31, 2020, 12:09pm

Christmas All Year Long

1. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
2. A Midnight Carol by Patricia Davis
3. Old Christmas by Washington Irving
4. A Christmas Resolution by Anne Perry
5. The Mischief of the Mistletoe by Lauren Willig

Editado: Ene 31, 3:35pm

Nancy Drew, Girl Sleuth
Maybe Sue Barton, Cherry Ames, Trixie Belden, Donna Parker, and Hardee Boys too

1. The Mystery of the Fire Dragon by Carolyn Keene

Editado: Nov 9, 2020, 4:27pm

Reading "Miss Read"

Editado: Ene 30, 12:29pm

School's Out!

1. First Light in Morning Star by Charlotte Hubbard
2. Substitute Creacher by Chris Gall
3. Dear Teacher by Jack Sheffield

Editado: Nov 9, 2020, 4:27pm

"The Jar of Fate"

Editado: Feb 18, 3:59pm


January--LOL--The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
February--Fruits and Veggies--The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree by Susan Wittig Albert
March--Surprise--Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie
July--My turn to host!

Editado: Feb 18, 3:58pm


January--Non-Fiction--Adventures on the High Teas by Stuart Maconie
February--Memoirs/Biographies--The Crown in Crisis by Alexander Larman
March--Action/Adventure--Dear Miss Kopp by Amy Stewart
April--Literary Fiction
May--Short Stories/Essays
June--Historical Fiction
August--Poetry/Drama/Graphic Novels
September--Children/YA--My turn to host!

Oct 14, 2020, 7:06pm

What great pics and categories, Cheryl!

Editado: Feb 4, 1:58pm


1. Book less than 200 pages--Old Christmas by Washington Irving
2. Time word in title or time is the subject (I'd include time travel in this square!)--A Midnight Carol by Patricia Davis
3. Set in or author from the Southern Hemisphere--How to Raise an Elephant by Alexander McCall Smith.
4. Book with or about magic--Substitute Creacher by Chris Gall
5. Arts and recreation (would cover the original suggestions "focus on art", "features a theatre", "games and sports", and "about a writer")--Stillmeadow Album by Gladys Taber
6. Classical element in title (Western: earth, air, wind, fire, aether/void. Chinese: wood, fire, earth, metal, water)--The Mystery of the Fire Dragon by Carolyn Keene
7. Book with the name of a building in the title--Vittoria Cottage by D.E. Stevenson
8. By or about a marginalized group--Her Amish Wedding Quilt by Winnie Griggs
His Accidental Amish Family by Rachel Good
9. Senior citizen as the protagonist--Marrying Matthew by Kelly Long
10. Suggested by a person from another generation--First Class Murder by Robin Stevens
11. A book about nature or the environment (includes the sea)--The Last Garden in England by Julia Kelly
12. A book that made you laugh--The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
13. Book you share with 20 or fewer members on LT--The Amish Midwife's Hope by Barbara Cameron
14. Book about history or alternate history--The Mischief of the Mistletoe by Lauren Willig
15. Book with a title that describes you--Dear Teacher by Jack Sheffield
16. Book you heartily recommend--The Elephant's Girl by Celesta Rimington
17. Author you haven’t read before--Adventures on the High Teas by Stuart Maconie
18. Impulse read!--An English Murder by Cyril Hare
19. One-word title--Manhunt by Janet Evanovich
20. Book with a character you think you'd like to have as a friend--A Wizard's Guide to Defensive Baking by T. Kingfisher
21. Dark or light in title--First Light in Morning Star by Charlotte Hubbard
22. Set somewhere you’d like to visit--Fishing for Trouble by Elizabeth Logan
23. Book by two or more authors--Twice as Nice Amish Collection by Jean and Wanda Brunstetter
24. Book with a love story in it--A Christmas Resolution by Anne Perry
25. Read a CAT or KIT--The Crown in Crisis by Alexander Larman

Oct 14, 2020, 10:09pm

Love the photos with cats!

Have you read Girl Sleuth, by Melanie Rehak, about the women who created Nancy Drew? It was quite interesting.

Oct 14, 2020, 10:16pm

Nice pics and cats, especially Christmas All Year Long. I was waiting to see if you'd go ahead with the Jar of Fate, as I am not brave enough to try it.

Editado: Feb 4, 1:57pm

BingoDOG card

Oct 15, 2020, 11:48am

I'm very intrigued by your "Christmas all year long" category!

Editado: Feb 18, 4:00pm


January--P & M--The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson and Adventures on the High Teas by Stuart Maconie
February--T & K--Dear Teacher by Jack Sheffield and The Mystery of the Fire Dragon by Carolyn Keene
March--U & R--Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie and A Perfect Amish Romance by Shelley Shepard Gray
April--A & W
May--I & N
June--C & D
July--S & O
August--V & J
September--F & L
October--H & E
November--B & Y
December--G & Q

All year letters: X and Z

Editado: Feb 18, 4:00pm


January--Featuring Water--A Christmas Resolution by Anne Perry
February--Pastiche--The Vatican Cameos by Richard T. Ryan
March--Locked Room--Sherlock Holmes and the Thistle of Scotland by L.B. Greenwood
April--Senior Citizen Detective
May--Set in Europe
June--Golden Age
July--Cops 'n Robbers, Lady Style
August--Cozy with Animals
September--Mismatched Detectives
December--Ancient Greece and Rome

Editado: Oct 15, 2020, 8:49pm

>3 mnleona: We have enjoyed our cruises in the past. We have felt confident and secure in this method of travel, as I think others have too. Affectionately called the "floating resort," it is a shame that the cruise industry has come under such restrictions and scrutiny. We will wait until next year at least to get on a ship again, and I bet there will be many new assessments for passengers when they sail again.

>13 Tess_W: Thanks! I love to play around with finding the appropriate pics. The categories are just topics I came up with once the 2021 page appeared. They revolve around books I have in my TBR piles or ones I have liked and read in the past.

>15 rabbitprincess: I have that book and intend to read it for my ND challenge this year.

>16 This-n-That: I created the Jar of Fate several years ago when I acquired a beautiful ceramic jar. I just kept chickening out, although the selections I included are good reads. I already read some of the selections on the little slips of paper, so I sorted them and re-did them. I used the idea from another LT-er and color coded the slips to coordinate with other categories I selected for this year. (But I still kept the original jar and put some of the original slips back into it.)

>16 This-n-That: >18 christina_reads: I like Christmas stories and a large section of my home library is full of Christmas books. I hope to read from amongst them throughout the year, instead of just in November and December as I usually do.

Oct 16, 2020, 12:52am

Nice theme! I admire you for your Jar of Fate category. I'd never be able to stick to the rules. I can't even stick to my monthly reading plan after choosing the books.

Oct 16, 2020, 2:02am

Love the quote for the children's corner - so true!

Oct 16, 2020, 11:40am

>22 VivienneR: I hope I can stick with it, since I tied it into the other categories I picked for 2021.

Oct 16, 2020, 12:11pm

I'm the Jar of Fate LTer - to be honest, this year I've probably taken on more challenges than I could manage, which means I've not had time to use the Jar too much - just once or twice a month. I like that it's both spontaneous and makes me read things that I might otherwise keep putting off. I think I'll probably take on fewer challenges in 2021 and get back to the Jar :)

Oct 16, 2020, 9:47pm

I think you may be living my dream life of a log cabin with a library wing. Happy reading!

Oct 16, 2020, 10:27pm

Oct 17, 2020, 4:24pm

I love your 2021 setup. As for cruising, I have to admit I took my first cruise (with my dad) this year. We were cruising the Caribbean in March when everything went "to you know what". I can appreciate that there are some out there who feel cruise ships are nothing more than a 'petri dish' of infection waiting to happen, but I have to say, that was not my experience. I listened to all the frequent cruisers we encountered onboard and they all felt that the boat we were on was the healthiest boat any of them had ever been on. Personally - and not based on any evidence to back this up - I think a lot of it had to do with the fact that the buffet was not self-serve. Staff served everyone. I would definitely go on another cruise, just not right now. ;-)

Oct 17, 2020, 4:50pm

>25 Jackie_K: Thanks for reminding me who you are! I took on a lot of categories in 2020, so the jar went on the back burner! I hope to get back to it in a more dedicated way this year, hence tied it to my personal challenges.

>26 LittleTaiko: >27 JayneCM: Thanks for your kind comments! We love our log home, it is especially cozy in the winter. We are so blessed to have this beautiful setting too! Our home was designed to have the library wing with the built in shelves, but I always have way too many books, despite my "weeding the collection".

>28 lkernagh: Thanks! We have found the cruise ships upon which we sailed to be very clean and well kept--the staff was always cleaning, early morning to late at night. Our room was immaculate. Frequent cruisers are good people to talk to--we have gotten quite a few ideas from people we met on the ships. I think a lot of the cruise talk in the media is from people who have never been on a cruise ship.

Oct 18, 2020, 3:42pm

Nice categories!

Our built-in shelves are great but now the books are everywhere even with lots on the kindle app.

Oct 19, 2020, 9:44am

>30 hailelib: Yes, same here! I ran out of space as I unpacked my books when we moved. Even with weeding out books and reshelving, I still have some in crates and boxes, and on the Kindle app.

Nov 1, 2020, 1:41pm

I am very anxious for the CATegories for 2021!

Nov 1, 2020, 5:20pm

>32 LadyoftheLodge: Me too! It is always exciting to wait for the results!

Nov 12, 2020, 4:32pm

You're the source for cosy mysteries! Happy reading.

Nov 13, 2020, 12:00pm

>34 pamelad: Thanks! I think 2021 will be fun.

Nov 13, 2020, 1:45pm

>7 LadyoftheLodge: Wait! Where's Trixie Belden! I never really cared for Nancy Drew. But was a major Trixie fan, because she got into trouble like I did at that age.

Nov 13, 2020, 7:42pm

>36 majkia: Yep, I read lots of Trixie myself, also Donna Parker. I just found a bunch of my high school romance novels are now re-issued in digital form, such as those by Beverly Cleary. I am loving these--they are fun, clean, and seem to innocent in light of what we see in the news and etc today.

Nov 20, 2020, 3:35pm

My library didn't have Trixie, although I got one as a gift and enjoyed it. Did you ever read any Dana Girls?

Editado: Nov 21, 2020, 9:01am

Did anyone read Beany Malone? I loved those when I was a little older. I just checked and they are all still available. They are even available on Kindle although one reviewer said there were lots of errors. I didn't remember that their dad was a reporter during WWII, I only remembered he was absent a lot.

Nov 21, 2020, 3:54pm

>38 markon: I only have one Dana girls book, so not much to go on there.

>39 clue: Yes! We had a Beany Malone paperback that I shared with my sisters. It was really beat up, so we must have read it a lot. I noticed that many of the books I read as a teenager are now on Kindle, such as Star Spangled Summer and others by Janet Lambert, also Jean and Johnny and others by Beverly Cleary. I loved those books!

Editado: Dic 5, 2020, 10:11am

Love all the books and cats, especially the Gorey drawing! I have that on a sweatshirt which, needless to say, is my favorite.

Happy reading in 2021!

Nov 24, 2020, 3:37pm

>41 leslie.98: Thanks! I am anxious to get started.

Dic 4, 2020, 1:24pm

Love the categories and can't wait to see how you fill them.

Editado: Dic 12, 2020, 12:55pm

>43 thornton37814: Good to see you here! I have started to make some lists for my categories, but then I usually end up deviating from them once I get started.

Dic 4, 2020, 5:57pm

>44 LadyoftheLodge: Sometimes I only read one or two of the planned ones because something else catches my eye. With 2020 the way it was, it's a good thing I did minimal planning.

Dic 5, 2020, 10:47am

I'm looking forward to seeing your reads this year!

Dic 27, 2020, 3:35pm

Seems like we are heading into 2021 now and I am happy to see it arrive. I have already started my reading lists for these challenges. Let the good times roll!

Editado: Ene 1, 2:52pm

The last book I finished was The Mischief of the Mistletoe and I am now reading Fishing for Trouble by Elizabeth Logan. Happy New Year to all!

Ene 1, 2:18pm

I got a couple of CAT Tricks this time!

Adventures on the High Teas by Stuart Maconie for both AlphaKIT and GenreCAT, and a BingoDOG square for Author New to You.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson for AlphaKIT and RandomCAT and a BingoDOG square for Made You Laugh.

Ene 1, 4:14pm

>11 LadyoftheLodge: I love that photo! I did a cross stitch of that one years ago. It is framed and hanging on my wall.

Ene 1, 4:15pm

Happy New Year! Popping in to follow a few people's threads, but I'm afraid there may be too many to keep up. So, I may or may not continue throughout the year! Happy reading!

Ene 1, 5:13pm

Happy New Year, Cheryl!

Ene 2, 4:44am

>49 LadyoftheLodge: I love listening to Stuart Maconie's radio documentaries but I don't recall reading any of his books so I'll be interested to see what you make of his presentation.

Editado: Ene 2, 12:10pm

>53 spiralsheep: This was the first of his I had read. I probably would like it better if I lived in the UK and was familiar with some of the people, places, and word usage found in this book. I liked the sections on music and writers though. Maybe he comes across better in the audio format than in writing--sort of like Garrison Keillor.

Ene 2, 7:28pm

Good luck on your reading this year.

Ene 4, 11:40am

Fishing for Trouble
In this second installment in the Alaskan Diner mysteries, Charlie and Chris assist local law enforcement with several cases. Charlie Cooke runs her family diner in Elkview, Alaska, but somehow gets embroiled in a mysterious death that occurs in her diner. Although the death is not related to her diner's food, she and reporter Chris Doucette are "recruited" by local law enforcement to assist with getting to the bottom of the crime. There is more than meets the eye when financial irregularities at the local fishery are uncovered.

The characters are quirky and fun, fitting to the Alaska setting (if you have visited Alaska, you understand). The unique setting grabbed my attention, as did the diner details and information about fisheries. Since I have visited Alaska and fisheries, I found this aspect of the book to be my favorite, and seemed realistic. I also enjoyed the developing relationship between Charlie and Chris. I am looking forward to the next one in the series.

As with most amateur sleuth novels, this one requires some suspension of skepticism on the part of the reader, with the characters' involvement in law enforcement and investigation of a murder. Although this novel is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone. The novel is clean, lacking overt violence, graphic intimacy, or strong language.

Editado: Ene 4, 4:10pm

>56 LadyoftheLodge: I should give that series a try. I'll see if our library has it.

ETA: Well, I have read the first one. Guess I'm ready for that installment.

Ene 4, 4:47pm

>54 LadyoftheLodge: Stuart Maconie is a great listen. When he moved his show from FM to DAB, I had a DAB radio on my Christmas list. I've read a few of his books, but not that one. I've enjoyed them, but accept that could well be that we're similar in age and both grew up in the Uk so get a lot of his references.

Ene 6, 2:01pm

Readers of Amish romance/fiction will appreciate Her Amish Wedding Quilt, the first book in a new series. Greta possesses a forthright personality that seems off-putting to her Amish suitors. Disappointed in her recent relationship with Calvin, Greta immerses herself in her quilt shop and quilt design business. She also takes on the role of matchmaker to find her old friend Noah a new wife and mother for his children. However, Greta and Noah are in for a few surprises and moments of truth as they work together on this project.

The characters in this novel are likeable and realistic, with fears and dreams with which most readers can identify. The children are adorable and steal the show! Throw in a cat and kittens, an Amish craft mall, a cranky mother, and some scheming friends, and you have the makings of this likeable novel. I greatly enjoyed learning about Greta's artistic quilt designs too. The plot moves along quickly, engaging reader interest and motivation to continue.

Although some readers might find the story predictable, there are moments of surprise and suspense, with unpredictable plot twists and turns. (There will no doubt be some readers who want to give the characters a good shake at times, as I did!) I am looking forward to reading other books in this series, and hopefully will find out more about some of the characters introduced in this first installment. There are no cliffhangers or unfinished threads in this novel. Readers who seek a clean read, without strong language or graphic violence or intimacy, will find this well worth their time.

Ene 8, 1:53pm

I just finished Vittoria Cottage by D. E. Stevenson. I am getting back to reading Stevenson after many years away from her. I was instantly hooked on this novel about people in a small English village, their families and relationships. It is first in the trilogy that continues with Music in the Hills featuring some of the same characters. The only complaint I have is that the book ended abruptly and I wanted to know more about what happened to the characters! I own quite a few of her books in paperback, which I acquired years ago when I first started to read her work.

Editado: Ene 8, 2:32pm

Today I received in the mail a beautiful planner (which I ordered in November from a small Canadian business Little Inklings Design) which focuses on books and reading. The cover is blue with gold embossing and gold spiral bound about 8.5 by 11.5 inches. There are sections for wishlist books, bookish hauls, challenges, reading lists, fave quotes, reading stats and goals, book reviews, and of course a month by month calendar with tabs. The paper is high quality and colorful. This item is much more lovely than I imagined it would be. It is now my companion next to my computer. Almost like having LT in print format!

Ene 8, 2:42pm

>61 LadyoftheLodge: that sounds lovely. >:-)

Ene 8, 4:46pm

>61 LadyoftheLodge: Ooooh, very nice!

Ene 8, 5:24pm

>61 LadyoftheLodge: Checking out their website now...

Ene 8, 6:07pm

Enjoy your planner.

Editado: Ene 9, 2:14pm

>62 Helenliz: >63 LibraryCin: >64 christina_reads: >65 markon: Thanks for your kind comments! I spent some happy time yesterday working on the lists and stats. Since I am retired from full time work, I am not sure how much I will use the calendar pages, but the rest of it will be used often. I was shocked at how many books I have already acquired in the new year (mainly inexpensive e-books) which I listed on the Bookish Hauls page. Maybe seeing the titles on paper will help me curb my book acquisition tendencies, but maybe not.

Ene 9, 2:28pm

>66 LadyoftheLodge: Over on my thread in the ROOTs group I record my acquisitions each year, I've done it for a few years. The first couple of years I just used it to show myself how much I was buying, and I was shocked enough to then start to plan to reduce the amount and increase the quality of my acquisitions. Now I try to only buy 1 new book once I've read 2, and although I've never yet managed it, even trying has meant that for the past 2 years I've bought a little less than I've read, so Mt TBR is starting to reduce slowly. I started this year with 407 books on the pile, and I'm really hoping I can get to 375 by the end of the year (that will involve acquiring 32 books fewer than I read, which is a big ask - last year I managed 20).

Ene 10, 12:50pm

>67 Jackie_K: The lack of access to used book sales and on-ground bookstores has also curbed my buying of print books lately. I used to come out of the bookstore with a stack of books, as did my husband (although our reading tastes differ greatly). Now most of what I buy is e-books.

Ene 11, 12:55am

>68 LadyoftheLodge: I also don't buy tree books anymore. Not because of the lack of access, but because I have difficulty with the small font. I read almost exclusively ebooks. And of course, you don't have shelves overflowing or stacks of books sitting around; so I think it's much easier to not realize the amount of books you purchase.

Ene 11, 1:31pm

His Accidental Amish Family portrays characters that differ significantly from those found in other Amish fiction stories. The book deals with issues of disability, foster children, results of drug abuse, and refugees.

Anna struggles to re-learn to walk after a buggy accident confines her to a wheelchair. Assisted by Levi, her therapist, Anna attains her goal, only to find her dreams of marriage dashed. Although increasingly drawn to each other, Levi and Anna both struggle with the results of secret hurts from their pasts. When Anna fosters three children of refugees, they work together to care for them.

This novel is somewhat predictable, but the plot twists and turns motivate readers to continue with the story. In addition, those who have read previous novels in the series will be reacquainted with characters they already know. The story can also be read as a standalone. The characters are portrayed as flawed individuals who have hurdles to overcome, with many misunderstandings along the way.

I am somewhat skeptical of the realism of the refugee children segments of the story, and I liked the story until it became a political and social commentary, which seemed like it could have been a separate novella. The author seems to have done her research on the topics of disabilities and therapies though. I do not think his acquisition of a family is at all "accidental" either, more likely it is unexpected or surprising. This is a clean novel without overt violence or intimacy, or strong language. The Christian message is overt.

Ene 11, 1:33pm

>69 Tess_W: The font size is also an issue for me, as is the idea of not having so many print books to deal with in my house. I am glad to see more of my favorite books from the past appearing as e-books.

Ene 11, 1:37pm

I mostly buy ebooks now too (although I made a conscious effort to buy paper books from indie bookshops online during our previous covid lockdowns, because I really want as many as possible to survive. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!). For me it's mainly because I have RSI and other tendon issues in my wrist and arm, and I find holding particularly large hardbacks just too painful. I must admit that small fonts are getting harder and harder by the year for me too!

Ene 11, 2:13pm

>72 Jackie_K: Another thing I like is that I throw the Kindle into my bag whenever we go anywhere. Sometimes I end up sitting out in the car, since there are covid restrictions about how many people can go inside a building together. (Example: My husband had to go to the clinic, located at the hospital, and I was not allowed to enter. I waited out in the car for him for nearly three hours.) The Kindle also has lots of books loaded on it, so I can change from one to another for variety.

However, my Kindle has been acting squirrely lately, and I had to restart it a few times because it refused to turn the page. Once a few years ago it suddenly dropped all my books that were downloaded and could not find my library of books any more. I ended up downloading all of them again; thankfully they were still in the cloud.

Editado: Ene 13, 3:01pm

Mail order brides are commonly found in novels, but mail order grooms are certainly a new topic! Marrying Matthew is the first in a series of Amish fiction novels that feature mail order grooms, not to mention feisty, independent women.

As heiress to her dad's mill and woodworking business, Tabitha has successfully avoided men who want to marry her in order to take over the business. However, Tabitha determines to marry on her own terms, so she places an ad for a groom. She never intends to fall in love with her mail order groom.

Matthew King answers her ad with the intention of gaining woodworking skills from Tabitha's dad, with marriage as an incidental. However, he never planned to fall in love with his new wife. Matthew also failed to consider the reactions of the men at the mill, or the independent attitude of his wife.

Another romance brews between Abner and Anke, older individuals who hide their secrets from each other. However, they find it increasingly difficult to hide their growing attraction to each other.

Of the many Amish fiction novels I have read, this one definitely contained many nuances that set it apart from the others. The story line includes twists and turns that motivate the reader to continue reading. Mystery and suspense also add to the unpredictable nature of the plot. The mountain setting and descriptions of the Mountain Amish community also display a unique aspect to this series.

The characters are interesting, likeable, and well-drawn, with depths to their personalities and motives. Although a "sweet" story, the novel contains a bit more spice than most Amish novels, although always within the bounds of good taste. Readers who enjoy Amish fiction will find this a thoughtful and well-written change of pace. I am looking forward to reading the next installment in the series.

BingoDOG Challenge--Senior Citizen Protagonist square

Ene 13, 9:11pm

>74 LadyoftheLodge: The combination of a mail-order marriage and Amish is a strange one.

Ene 14, 1:52pm

>75 thornton37814: It is strange, and that is what made it of interest to me. I also was intrigued by the descriptions of the Mountain Amish and their cabins and lifestyles. This was quite a different kind of novel. But the mail order part makes sense within the context of the story.

Ene 16, 12:10pm

I just finished An English Murder by Cyril Hare, which was an excellent example of the English country house/ limited cast of suspects novel, set at Christmas time with a snow storm raging outside and political machinations inside. This was the first one I read by this author, but I found several others for 99 cents as Kindle ebooks. I have to admit that I did not guess the perpetrator, which is unusual for me since I read a lot of mysteries. That to me is the mark of a good mystery! This one was a BB from another LT-er.

Ene 16, 12:27pm

>77 LadyoftheLodge: I think I read that one years and years ago, but it is on my TBR list in the "wishlist" category since none of my libraries had it in ebook, audiobook, or print. I don't think I even looked to see if it was available for cheap on Kindle. I just looked and don't see it now, but hopefully I will find it sometime. I do know it's consider a classic country house murder.

Ene 16, 3:39pm

>77 LadyoftheLodge: I am a big fan of Cyril Hare! I meant to reread that one last month but got sidetracked; your post makes me think that I shouldn't wait until Dec. 2021 :)

Ene 16, 6:29pm

>77 LadyoftheLodge: >79 leslie.98: I don't think Cyril Hare wrote any bad books!

Editado: Ene 17, 12:09pm

>80 NinieB: (I found several of Cyril Hare's on Kindle e-books for 99 cents each.) Now my husband is reading An English Murder even though he seldom reads novels, his thing is non-fiction history and politics. I told him enough about it to pique his interest, and he was intrigued by the cover.

Ene 17, 5:39pm

>77 LadyoftheLodge: I have a couple of Cyril Hare novels on my Kindle, including An English Murder. I am looking forward to it, having read so much praise of Cyril Hare both here and on other threads.

Ene 18, 4:02pm

First Light in Morning Star continues the series about a group of young Amish women who open The Marketplace, starting their own business. The Marketplace offers spaces for individual businesses and vendors, including baked goods, furniture, flowers, and many other items.

This book focuses on Lydianne, the schoolteacher of the Amish community of Morning Star, and bookkeeper for The Marketplace. Lydianne enjoys teaching her eight scholars, but also harbors a secret! When she begins a relationship with Jeremiah, who is also the Bishop of the community, Lydianne's secret is revealed. However, the consequences can be far-reaching for the community as well as for Lydianne.

The story line proved to be intriguing and moved quickly, with enough suspense to keep readers engaged. The characters are likeable and multidimensional yet flawed individuals, who strive to stay true to their values, their community, and their families (sort of like most of us). The children in the story are adorable and realistically portrayed. I especially liked the independently business-minded women.

Readers who seek clean and sweet novels, with no violence or sexual scenes, will find this to be an enjoyable read. The book can be read as a standalone, although it is part of a series.

Editado: Ene 18, 4:56pm

I skimmed Murder Can Haunt Your Handiwork which is part of a paranormal mystery series, set at a craft fair at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville. The family of the main character is hilarious, and I loved her pink and white truck and her little vintage travel trailer, as well as her pet chihuahua Van (Vincent Van Gogh). The story features spirits that pop out of paintings, and art theft, which made it intriguing in theory.

However, the sleuthing part of the book was so outrageous that I skipped a lot of the book and got to the last chapter to see how it all wrapped up. I mean really, who goes towards a scene when everyone else is running away in the opposite direction? And how did the main character/amateur sleuth/artist look at the body and immediately decide it was a homicide, knowing nothing about the situation, and immediately decide to investigate before the police arrive? Where were the security guards and docents at the Biltmore, which is where the crime occurred? This was all within the first pages. Too bad, as it sounded like a fun read. I just could not suspend enough of my logical brain to get past these questions.

Ene 18, 5:31pm

>84 LadyoftheLodge: The next time I go in, I'll be looking for a ghost to pop out of my distant cousin's photo that hangs at Biltmore. It's too bad that didn't deliver. Biltmore could be such a great setting with a well-written story.

Ene 18, 7:23pm

>85 thornton37814: LOL! The setting is exactly what caught my attention when I read the synopsis of the book. I also liked the idea of the art fair, although I don't usually read paranormal novels. This one is apparently part of a series, and the author has another series that includes paranormal activity in regards to vintage clothing, also sounds intriguing. I just wish the set up had been better. It also reminded me of the JoAnne Fluke mysteries in which there were two suitors vying for the main character's attention, which got old after awhile.

Ene 18, 8:57pm

>86 LadyoftheLodge: I watched a couple of episodes of Hannah, Norman, and Mike on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries yesterday afternoon/evening. It's funny you should mention that series.

Ene 19, 10:34am

>87 thornton37814: I have not watched any of the TV versions of the stories. I am wondering how they compare with the books. I liked Hannah's family a lot more than I liked her! I stopped reading the series after awhile when she really started to annoy me, and there seemed to be a lot of fluff and filler in the novels (no pun intended).

Ene 19, 9:34pm

>88 LadyoftheLodge: They are not the best written novels. They are brain candy, even in the TV version, but I like Alison Sweeney in Hannah's role.

Ene 19, 10:36pm

>77 LadyoftheLodge: Nice to see some love for Cyril Hare in this thread. I've read a few of his books and have been meaning to read more.

Ene 20, 2:33pm

What the Heart Wants
This Amish fiction novel tells the story of two sisters who are newly settled during the early days of Amish in America. Hilda and Christina could not be more different from each other. Hilda is the sensible one, Christina the dreamy one. After meeting two brothers who are newcomers to the settlement, Christina is attracted to Johan, but feels unable to leave her sister alone. She then commences to match Hilda with widower Wilhelm and his boisterous young sons. The comedy of manners presents a humorous and touching read. Those who enjoy a clean romantic read, without strong language or graphic violence or sexual situations, will find this historical novel to their liking. Although part of a series, it can be read as a standalone.

Ene 20, 2:34pm

>90 mathgirl40: I was happy to find some more of Hare's novels for Kindle at such a great price. Thanks for stopping by!

Ene 20, 2:51pm

First Class Murder by Robin Stevens was recommended by middle schoolers. This is part of a series set in the 1900's featuring two 13-year-old girls (Hazel Wong and Daisy Wells) who form the Detective Society and solve crimes. They attend a boarding school in England, but end up traveling to various locales. In this novel, the author recreates the ideas and scenes from Murder on the Orient Express by Dame Agatha, as the girls head towards Istanbul with Hazel's dad. The similarities are quite striking, and the author explains in the endnotes how she came to write this novel and even took a trip on the Orient Express so she could make the novel authentic. I liked how the girls outwitted the adults, and even found a boy (of the Junior Pinkertons) who teamed up with them in their detecting. Themes include dealing with diverse people and prejudices, as well as using one's skills and experiences to solve problems, no matter one's age or background. I look forward to reading more of the books in the series (I think there are nine but not all are yet available on Kindle.)

BingoDOG: Recommended by someone from another generation

Ene 20, 6:40pm

>93 LadyoftheLodge: Sounds charming, Cheryl. I'm going to put at least book 1 on my wishlist!

Ene 21, 1:05pm

The Lost Manuscript is a novel written in the form of a series of letters. These are exchanged among a group of people who are tied together by a manuscript, which was lost many years ago and has resurfaced. The finder of the manuscript writes to the original author, and then commences on a journey to trace the path of the manuscript, from its origin to present day. In the process, lives are affected and connected in many ways.

Once the reader gets to know the people in the novel, he or she will begin to understand the meaning of the letters. The connections among the different writers will become clear. Readers are encouraged to hang in there to consider how the manuscript has affected and changed lives.

Ene 21, 1:06pm

>94 Tess_W: I downloaded one more in the series, which is the Christmas novel. I also want to acquire a few more of them. They are sort of like a historical novel version of Nancy Drew combined with an English school story.

Ene 21, 1:29pm

I read a picture book sent to me as a gift by my sister. Substitute Creacher by Chris Gall is a sort of object lesson for kids who misbehave in school. Their regular teacher takes time off and the substitute turns out to be a green creature with one big eye in front (many in back of his head, like all good teachers) and he has many appendages. He shares with the naughty class stories of kids who misbehaved in class and what happened to them! The ending has quite a twist!! I loved this book!

BingoDOG--Contains magic

Ene 21, 6:24pm

>91 LadyoftheLodge: I want to try that series since it begins in 1737. My Amish ancestors were Amish then.

Editado: Ene 21, 7:26pm

Sounds like you've been having some intriguing reading. First class murder & The lost manuscript & Substitute Creacher all sound fun. Wasn't Creacher the name of the house-elf that Harry Potter "inherited" from Sirrius Black?

Ene 22, 11:37am

>98 thornton37814: That was a new series for me. I vacillated between liking the ladies for their spunk and perseverance, and getting annoyed by the focus on getting a husband. I imagine that goal is not unusual for the Amish ladies, although the Promise Lodge series is very different in that aspect.

Ene 22, 11:41am

>99 markon: Yes, although spelled Kreacher in the Harry Potter books. I have really been trying some new reading and filling up my BingoDOG card quickly. I caved and bought a few more in the Wells and Wong series. Now that I am retired from public education, I do not have my middle schoolers to suggest books for me to read. My sister is a teacher's assistant in elementary school, so I will need to ask her for more ideas of what her kiddos are reading.

Editado: Ene 25, 11:29am

The Elephant's Girl combines elements of family relationships, nature, and magical realism to create a story about an adolescent girl's search for her family roots. Lexington has grown up living at a zoo with her guardian who works there as the train engineer. She arrived at the zoo following a tornado, and has never been able to find her parents. With the help of her friends (human and nonhuman), Lexington finds clues to her heritage. Elephants and how they communicate with other living things play an important role in this book.

The characters are realistic and likeable. The plot moves along quickly and contains enough excitement, magic, and mystery, as well as animal love, to satisfy middle grade students. As an adult, I loved this book and learned a lot about elephants and zoos.

Editado: Ene 25, 11:29am

Stillmeadow Album includes black and white photos and narrative that tell about the house and surroundings at Stillmeadow, home of Gladys Taber. I love reading the books by this author that describe her life through the seasons at Stillmeadow. I have been reading her books for years, and am fortunate to have acquired most of them. Although Mrs. Taber has passed away, I still enjoy her books. They are part of my comfort reading. After her passing, Mrs. Taber's daughter compiled some of her writing into an anthology The Best of Stillmeadow but unfortunately she edited out some of the writing for political correctness, which changes the flavor somewhat. While I am not in favor of offending others, I think books need to be considered within the timeframe in which they were written.

Editado: Ene 28, 11:41am

A Wizard's Guide to Defensive Baking is absolutely hilarious. Just picture mean sourdough starter used as a weapon against invading mercenaries, 14-foot tall soldier men made of bread dough, and vicious gingerbread boys wreaking havoc amongst the enemy. Oh right, this is all being engineered by a 14-year-old magicker named Mona, who happens to be an excellent baker and that is where her magic exists. Picture dancing gingerbread men and wicked government officials. I laughed out loud! I love this book, which is obviously intended for a middle school audience, including enough silliness, scariness, and gross-outs to satisfy any boy or girl reader, not to mention kids outsmarting adults and helping defend the kingdom at the request of the ruling Duchess.

Ene 27, 11:38pm

>104 LadyoftheLodge: sounds like a lot of fun!

Ene 28, 2:41am

>104 LadyoftheLodge: I agree, that sounds most enjoyable!

Editado: Ene 28, 11:52am

The Last Garden in England tells the stories of three women whose lives are connected by a garden in England. Each woman lives during a different time period, ranging from the early 1900's to present day. The novel skips from one woman to another, backwards and forwards in time. Readers learn of the life circumstances, secrets, and life events of each character, how the women were influenced by these, and finally of the ties that connect them over time.

Author notes inform readers of how the book came to be written. Information about gardening is subtly woven into the story. Readers who enjoy historical fiction and unique settings with a focus on strong, independent women will find this novel intriguing. This book contains no graphic violence, intimacy, or strong language. However, I do not "get" the title, since this is not the last garden in England.

Ene 30, 12:26pm

I just finished Dear Teacher by Jack Sheffield. This novel is set in 1979-1980 school year. It is a fun read about a headmaster of a small village school. The inhabitants of the village are real "characters" and provide ample good humor, as well as motivating the reader to go on to other books in the series. The anecdotes about school kids read more like sight-gags or jokes than true happenings though. I like Miss Read a lot better, as I think her work focuses more on the classroom happenings, while Jack focuses more on his own life as headmaster and his romantic struggles with two sisters. However, I will read others in the series since I own them.

BingoDOG--"Title Describes You" and personal "School's Out!" challenge.

Ene 30, 5:18pm

I worked at our public library when I was in high school and Gladys Taber was very popular. although it was late in her career. We had a special shelf behind the desk for this group because when one brought a book back they would ask us to hold it for another in the group. This wouldn't be done now but then no one thought anything about it. They were all good friends with the Librarian so she's probably the one that told them to do it!

I've seen The Last Garden in England before and wondered about it. It looks like something I would like for a day the cold wind is blowing.

Ene 31, 2:52pm

>108 LadyoftheLodge: I think I'd enjoy that one.

Ene 31, 3:33pm

>109 clue: Gladys Taber books are difficult to find now, so I am fortunate that I still have mine (*knocks on wood*). I picked up three of them at a library sale last year for a "donation," and was surprised to find them.

The Last Garden in England was a good read, once I got used to switching back and forth amongst the three women. I don't get the title though--it is about a very formal garden in England and about the three women who worked in it.

>110 thornton37814: I have been trying to find and read all the Jack Sheffield teacher novels. I own several of them and also have some samples on Kindle. The print versions seem to be outrageously priced right now, not sure why. They are about $9.99 on Kindle.

Ene 31, 5:02pm

>111 LadyoftheLodge: I added it to my wish list. I might purchase it for my Thingaversary at the end of March if I can't procure it by other means.

Feb 1, 12:57pm

>108 LadyoftheLodge: I have read the first two "Dear Teacher" books and have the next two on my shelf - another series that I have let slip.

Feb 1, 3:28pm

>113 DeltaQueen50: I read the first one some time ago, and then let it slip, as you said. Hopefully I am back on track with Jack now! (pun intended)

Feb 2, 7:21pm

I just finished How to Raise an Elephant by Alexander McCall Smith, part of the #1 Ladies Detective Agency series. I like the series (I have read all the books in this series) and the characters, but this is not one of his best, as I see it. Very light on mystery, heavy on philosophical meanderings about human nature and also "rabbit trails" of conversation.

Feb 3, 1:42pm

The Crown In Crisis presents a well-researched, readable work about the abdication of King Edward VIII from the throne of England, in order to continue his association with the American divorcee Wallis Simpson. The author includes historical content to further explain the political and world situations that were occurring at the time. Part drama and part history, the book will provide an intriguing read for those interested in history and the royal family.

Feb 4, 4:56am

>116 LadyoftheLodge: I have that book on my ereader. I hope to get to it this year.

Feb 4, 1:54pm

Manhunt by Janet Evanovich, a cute romantic comedy, and a fast read. She apparently wrote these romances before the Stephanie Plum books. I was drawn to the setting of Alaska, having been there, which was why I picked up the book. The idea of Alexandra giving up her corporate lifestyle and moving to Alaska seemed unrealistic though, especially moving to a cabin sight unseen. I thought Alex was a total klutz a lot of the time, and I got tired of the "push me--pull you" aspects of her relationship with Casey, her neighbor. Predictable storyline, sort of annoying, but humorous for a cold winter day with lots of coffee.

Feb 5, 10:15am

>118 LadyoftheLodge: Have you read If You Lived Here I'd Know Your Name? by Heather Linde. It's nonfiction and one of my favorite "Alaska" books.

Feb 5, 2:32pm

>119 clue: I like that one, also!

Feb 6, 8:33pm

>119 clue: Yes, I actually picked it up at a small bookstore in Juneau. The author has several other books in print, which I also picked up in Alaska.

Feb 6, 8:33pm

The Vatican Cameos was a Sherlock Holmes adventure/pastiche novel. The chapters alternated between the year 1901 (Holmes and Watson) and the year 1501 (Michaelangelo). The idea of the cameos was unique and intriguing, with its focus on the alternate egos of virtue and vice that war within human beings. Parts of it were rather shocking (the scenes from the Ball). I liked the Michaelangelo part better than the Holmes part. Some of the history of the papacy was difficult to follow. However, the main problem for me was the many typos--it just needed a final editing.

Feb 6, 8:47pm

I got my covid vaccine first dose on Thursday. Other than waking up in the night with a very sore arm, I have had no side effects so far. Second dose March 1.

Feb 7, 10:55am

>121 LadyoftheLodge: Visiting a bookstore in Juneau sounds fun. I wish I felt safe visiting any bookstore at the moment. I'm just having to visit virtually for the most part.

Feb 7, 11:05am

>123 LadyoftheLodge: The pain in my arm was a lot worse the day after the shot, hopefully you won't experience that. I get my second one Thursday and the nurse at the clinic said ill effects were more likely then but I don't know of anyone that has had any trouble. You can bet I'm going to get it!

Feb 7, 11:44am

I had my shot on the 4th. On the 5th my arm was more sore than on the 4th, on the 6th it was less so, and today (the 7th) arm is back to normal.

Feb 7, 3:58pm

>126 mysterymax: I got mine on Thursday Feb 4th and it was hardly sore at all on Feb 5th, no soreness after that. My husband got his first dose on Jan 22 and had no soreness at all. However--he is a Navy veteran, and got vaccines for all kinds of diseases, so he was used to the shots.

Feb 8, 9:09am

>126 mysterymax: >127 LadyoftheLodge: I've seen lots of people reporting arm soreness on the second day. I'm not sure when I'll actually be eligible. Originally it was April, but it's been pushed down to at least May.

Feb 8, 11:20am

>128 thornton37814: Vermont is moving very rapidly. The first tier of people to receive shots were first responders and medical people. Then on Jan 28th they began with people over 75. Registration was easily done on-line or by phone. You were given an appointment time. I showed up and it wasn't crowded due to the number of people with appointments at any special time. The next tier will be people 60 or 65 (can't remember which) and people with special conditions. It's very smooth. No long line ups. They give you the appointment for your second shot when you are there.

Feb 8, 5:28pm

>129 mysterymax: Sounds like here in Indiana. The first tier was medical people and first responders, those in LT Care, and people over 80 years old. Next was the over-70 and then 65-69 years old. We made our appointments on line, and the process was very smooth and quick, well-organized, no waiting. My second dose is March 1.

Feb 8, 8:06pm

>123 LadyoftheLodge: Congrats on getting your first shot! Massachusetts is doing poorly with the vaccine rollout and are still working on essential workers & people 75+ years old so I won't be getting my first shot for several months...

I didn't realize you were in Indiana. My best friend lives in Hanover, Indiana - is that anywhere close to you?

Feb 8, 9:29pm

>131 leslie.98: Canada, overall, is in bad shape for the vaccine. We don't produce any in our own country (yet), so we are relying on other places to get our vaccines. And it's not going well.

Pfizer's plant somewhere in Europe is expanding, so while they do that, they have cut back on the number of vaccines they are sending out. Not sure how many other countries are missing out, but Canada isn't getting quite a few from there.

For some reason, Moderna has also stopped sending their vaccine. We don't yet (though it's expected soon) have the AstroZeneca (sp?) vaccine approved.

Anyway, we have only about 27,000 people out of 4+ million who have been fully vaccinated in Alberta.

Needless to say, it's also still health care workers and people in long term care homes who are first, and some still waiting.

Feb 9, 4:34pm

>131 leslie.98: Hanover is south of where I live, closer to the Indiana border.

Feb 9, 6:33pm

>132 LibraryCin: Ontario is a gong show for the vaccines. As a 30-something with no underlying health conditions, I don't expect to be vaccinated before 2022 :-/

Feb 9, 9:44pm

I'm 48 with no health issues (yet... though I found out last week I need to try to stave off diabetes). Yeah, I expect it will be a while yet for me, too.

I do hope at least my parents (in Sask) will be able to get theirs in the spring, at least (73 and 70, though Mom - at 70 - is battling cancer).

Feb 10, 12:00am

My county in Ohio is very far behind. They are just now vaccinating the 79+ group. The 65+ group and teachers were supposed to get vaccinated this week. The county needed 4000 doses and only received 200.

Editado: Feb 10, 11:41am

In Georgia the rollout is frustrating. In my county (population 760K) there is no one place to register for a vaccine.

The county department of public health lists 5 sites. Two are run by the county department of health. One is a pharmacy, and two are private clinics.

In addition, the county website suggests registering online with pharmacies at 3 grocery store chains: Ingles, Kroger & Publix. A local television station also suggests Walmart, and two large healthcare providers (if you're already a patient.)

So everyone is having to call multiple providers every day until they get an appointment. Right now they're only offered to health care workers & people 75 & older. I wish they would open it to frontline workers and educators, as many schools are open.

I am very glad I volunteered for the Moderna vaccine trial. I had an appointment to unblind the study in January and found out I'd had placebo. So I got my first dose and have an appointment for my second later this month. (I'm in my late 50s and who knows when it will be available.)

Feb 10, 3:11pm

It seems as if there is a lot of variance among different locations. We must be very fortunate here with getting registered and how the vaccines have been distributed. Over 60% of people in our age groups have been vaccinated (at least first dose) in Indiana. We live in a somewhat rural area, so we had to drive to the nearest city to get our shots--about a 35 mile drive one way. We did not mind, especially since it was well-organized and there was ample parking. There is supposedly a site here in our county, but there are no appointments to be had, so probably not getting any doses delivered here.

Feb 10, 5:04pm

Dear Miss Kopp continues the adventures of the Kopp sisters. In this book, they take on different roles during World War 1. The book is written in epistolary form, alternating among the letters written by the sisters to each other and to various individuals with whom they work or are otherwise acquainted.

The Kopp sisters definitely had different personalities, which were displayed in each sister's unique writing style and activity. While excessive detail bogged down the storyline at some points, the novel moved along well for the most part. The action created suspense and drama that helped move the story forward. The historical aspects of the story also added interest and substance to the novel.I especially liked the author notes at the end which detailed the background for the novel.

It took me awhile to get used to the constant changing between the writers of the letters. This might prove frustrating for other readers like me, who had not read the previous novels in this series. However, the interest generated by this novel might encourage readers to go back and read other stories in this series.

Feb 11, 1:39pm

>139 LadyoftheLodge: I plan to read #1 in a couple months. I've read #5 and #6 since November--one for a book club and the latter because I snagged an ARC from the author.

Feb 11, 2:57pm

>140 thornton37814: I had this one as an ARC too! I received the first one in the series as a Christmas gift but I have not read it yet.

Feb 11, 6:08pm

>141 LadyoftheLodge: I purchased the first one in the series after reading the 5th and hearing the author speak at our online book club, but then I got the ARC of the 6th so I decided to read it instead of the first because I was going to attend the online premiere of the book. It worked well.

Feb 13, 2:56pm

The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree is the second I have read in this series. I have read other books by Susan Wittig Albert in the Beatrix Potter series and the China Bayles mysteries. The book is set in the 1930's and involves several different mysteries that the Dahlias garden club women take on. These include the death of the cosmetics sales girl Bunny, embezzlement at the local Bank and Trust, an escaped convict, possible infidelity, an inheritance, and a ghost! The mysteries turn out to be interwoven with each other, and all the loose ends are tied up neatly at the end. This one seemed a bit slow to start, but I ended up enjoying it immensely. Some critics have stated that it romanticizes Depression heartaches and hardships, but I thought the ladies dealt with the mysteries in admirable fashion.

Feb 13, 3:11pm

I missed that you'd BINGOed a full card, congratulations! I'm glad you're having fun. :D

Feb 13, 6:53pm

Oh wow! Congrats on the complete BINGO. I'd missed that as well. I have many squares filled, but I'm not sure I even have a regular BINGO yet.

Feb 14, 1:14pm

A Perfect Amish Romance features a bookmobile librarian as a matchmaker. Sarah Miller meets and influences many people as she drives the bookmobile to many community locations. Sarah gets to know the entire Coblenz family and finds many benefits and friendships beyond matching people with books. When she connects Aaron Coblenz with his GED tutor Kayla, Sarah never expects the two to form a relationship beyond studying together. Readers also learn of Kayla's family struggles, and of her courage and determination. Meanwhile, Aaron's sister Tiny explores the changes occurring in her friendship with childhood friend and neighbor Joel. Another theme in the story is the role of gossip and how it can destroy the good names of those within the community, particularly when conversations are based on false impressions and jealousy. The meaning of a "perfect romance" is also addressed.

This is a clean romance novel about Amish people, without overt violence, strong language, or graphic intimacy. The loose ends remaining at the close of the book will draw readers into the next novel in the Berlin Bookmobile series.

Feb 14, 1:15pm

>144 spiralsheep: >145 thornton37814: Thanks! I actually started at the end of December, and got done a lot quicker than I thought I would. The stars must have aligned properly this time! LOL

Feb 14, 2:57pm

Congratulations on completing your Bingo card, that's quite an accomplishment for so early in the year!

Feb 15, 2:34pm

>148 DeltaQueen50: Thank you. The earliest I have done in the past was April. For some reason, this year's seemed easier to complete.

Feb 15, 3:44pm

Well done Bingo geek!

Feb 15, 4:47pm

>150 mysterymax: Awww, thanks! Guilty as charged.

Editado: Feb 16, 10:40am

>146 LadyoftheLodge: I read the second before the first on that series. I need to go back and read the first.

Feb 16, 2:22pm

>152 thornton37814: And I need to read the second one in the series! There was a teaser at the end of book one.

Editado: Feb 18, 4:09pm

I just finished Sherlock Holmes and the Thistle of Scotland which is actually a book that was published in 1990! Makes me wonder how long it has been on my shelf . . .. It is a pastiche novel in which Holmes and Watson are involved in locating a missing amethyst. I sort of guessed what had occurred, but not all the details, and there were some surprises and some clues that had nothing to do with the final outcome. I liked it!!

I am now reading A Year Like No Other by Pauline Lawless which is a book that showed up as a "You might also like..." on Amazon with the daily deals. This is a new author for me, and I started out by downloading a sample, and then got hooked on the story of four very different women who spend a year in Paris as part of a bank project, in one way or another. There were some bad reviews, but some very good ones too, and that made me determined to pop for the low price of $2.98 to find out if the book was really that bad/good/indifferent.

Just checking my categories and I see that I am falling down on the job of reading Miss Read, Nancy Drew, and the poor little Jar of Fate! I'd better get going on those.

I just shoveled two inches of snow off my entire huge long hilly driveway! We got eight inches of snow earlier this week and our neighbor plowed us out, so I just had to remove the snow that fell early today. I do not usually shovel it, but my husband has his second Covid vaccine dose tomorrow morning and I did not want to take the chance that our plow guy would not show up. I ended up pushing a lot of the snow, but it took me several hours to get it done. I do enjoy playing in the snow, but not that kind of back breaking work. Besides, I am a perfectionist, so I kept going back and pushing away small sections and chunks of snow that I missed. My husband is not allowed to shovel snow due to his heart condition, but he was not happy that I was shoveling. I finally convinced him to go back into the house after he cleaned off the car and watched me for awhile. I am ready for spring! A cup of tea and reading sounds like a good way to spend the rest of the day.

Feb 18, 6:17pm

>154 LadyoftheLodge: Well done on clearing away that snow! Nothing beats a nice hot cup of tea after being outside and doing all that work. Hope your husband's vaccine appointment goes well tomorrow.

Feb 19, 3:44pm

>155 rabbitprincess: I was really worried because some vaccine shipments were delayed due to weather. However, the hospital clinic where he got his vaccine today must have planned correctly for second doses, as his went smoothly. Thanks for thinking of us!

Feb 21, 8:05pm

A Year Like No Other turned out to be just as bad as the reviews stated. Too bad the premise was a good one, that failed due to the characterizations. The characters were not at all likeable, and there was very little about living in France after the first 45% of the book. All the characters seemed to be interested in was jumping into bed with the spouses of their friends, drinking, and criticizing others. Of course, the women were all gorgeous (or became so through make overs) and the guys were all handsome. The two female characters who seemed like regular people got made over into beauties. All the women were pregnant and happy at the end of the book. The Americans were portrayed as despicable drug-addicted social climbers, which I really resented. This one got returned to Amazon, thankfully. Don't be fooled by the interesting lead-ins if you are thinking about this book.

Feb 23, 3:54pm

Currently reading The Thief of Blackfriars Lane by Michelle Griep.

Ayer, 12:14pm

Readers who are looking for a combination of history, mystery, suspense, and romance will find it all in The Thief of Blackfriars Lane. Constable Jackson Forge finds himself in hot water with his superior after a series of mishaps. When he vows to find a missing person, Jackson does not expect to become involved with the underworld of thieves in London. Assisted by Kit Turner, one of the occupants of Blackfriars Lane, Jackson embarks upon adventures that take him from ballrooms to the docks on the Thames, as well as through underground passageways and pawnshops, right to the very door of the Lord Mayor of London.

I learned a great deal about the underworld of London by reading this historical novel. It reminded me of a Dickens novel, with its unique characters and settings. The Christian message is present although not preachy, and serves to guide the characters in their interactions with others. The novel contains adventure, without resorting to strong language, graphic gore, and sexual situations. Readers should be prepared for a surprise ending! End notes and bibliography provide additional information regarding the constabulary, criminal underworld, and geography of London. Highly recommended.