Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Quilter's Homecoming by Jennifer Chiaverini

The Quilter's Homecoming is an Elm Creek Quilts story, #10 in the series. Elizabeth and Henry are newlyweds and are embarking on a wondrous adventure. Henry has invested his entire savings in a ranch in the Arboles Valley, north of Los Angeles. Elizabeth packs her precious wedding gifts in the Wedding Ring quilt her aunts and friends made for her. She dreams of sleeping under that special quilt for the rest of their married life in the house of Triumph Ranch.

Her dreams are broken as she and Henry learn that have been swindled out of their money and the deed they hold is worthless. With no resources to return home to Pennsylvania, their pride forces them to take jobs with the family that really does own the ranch they had hoped to own. Henry struggles, but Elizabeth, showing true Bergstrom family resilience, vows to make the best of the situation. As she deals with being a hired hand and living in less than meager surroundings, she takes a found quilt in hand and begins to sew her story into the worn bed covering.

As she becomes more and more familiar with the neighbors and the family they work for, Elizabeth befriends a young mother, Sophia Barclay. Henry is given more and more responsibility on the Lundstrom farm and their life in California becomes the life they had hoped for, just not in the way they had originally envisioned.

Glory Over Everything by Kathleen Grissom

If you read The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom, then you have met Belle, the kitchen slave,  Sukey, a slave infant taken from her mother and left at Tall Oakes,  Lavinia, a white endentured servant working at Tall Oakes and  Jamie Pyke, the son of Belle and the master of Tall Oaks, Marshall Pyke.

Now we learn the rest of the story as Jamie is living in Philadelphia as a white silversmith. His story continues as he is adopted by a wealthy white family in Philadelphia and on their passing, inherits their fortune. All the while he is keeping his secret about his heritage. But secrets can't be kept forever and eventually James Burton must face his past.

This book is so well written, just like the first one and I recommend it to any one who likes historical fiction around the early 1800's. I listened to this story as an audio and the narrators were fabulous.

Although this story in mainly about Jamie Pyke's life, a good part of the story involves Sukey and a young woman named Addie, whose family comes to his rescue in a most important way. So I am going to link it to Women's Fiction Reading Challenge because both of these women shaped the future of black's in America at a time when the nation was struggling with the wrong of slavery.

Read or listen to this story and The Kitchen House. They do not have to be read together or in succession, but your experience will be enhanced if you read them that way.

Bake, Battle and Roll by Leighann Dobbs (2nd selection in the Cozy Mystery Collection)

Bake, Battle & Roll Guys (Lexy Baker Cozy Mystery, #6)Bake, Battle & Roll Guys by Leighann Dobbs
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Although I am a big fan of cozy mysteries, this one left me a bit wanting. I think it may be because it is #6 in the Lexy Baker series and I have not read the previous ones. I liked the characters of Nans, Lexy' s grandmother and her detective posse friends the best. Maybe all chefs are shallow, but I don't think so, and the bikers were just too cliche. I want to try to get a better feel for Lexy, and will go back and read the first in  he series. I have read another cozy by this author and liked it a lot.

To be fair, Lexy is a tenacious, nosy young lady. Anxious to enlist her grandmother's help in solving crimes that she feels most of the area detectives can't accomplish. She does love her fiance and police detective, Jack, but she even oversteps her bounds with him. And that's what cozy mysteries are all about. Nosy, buttinskis that can't leave the police work to the police.

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I am linking up this review to Yvonne's cozy challenge at Socrates' Book Reviews. 

Ghostly Paws by Leighann Dobbs

Ghostly Paws
Leighann Dobbs
A Mystic Notch Cozy Mystery

Wilhemenia Chance has moved back to her home town of Mystic Notch in the mountains of New Hampshire to take over her grandmother's bookstore.  Previously, she worked "down south", as an investigative reporter. As in all good cozy mysteries, there is a cat.  Pandora belonged to Willa's grandmother and came with the house. And of course, Willa finds a body. And now the ghost of Lavinia Babbage has appeared and implored Willa to find her killer.

As Willa investigates. she finds that things are not what they seem in Mystic Notch. She begins to suspect even her friends. There are quirky sidekick characters. Pepper owns a tea shop, Elspeth is a neighbor with a love of cats and seems to always know what is happening in Mystic Notch. Then there is that strange green paperweight at her grandmother's house.

Will the killer be one of her friends or a complete stranger?  Will Sheriff Eddie Striker be there to assist or hinder her?  I think I am going to like this series.  I did not have the killer pegged until the very end, even though there were plenty of clues now that I know.

I am linking this review to Yvonne's Cozy Challenge at Socrates' Book  Reviews.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Saturday Snapshots 7-9-16

Linking up today with Melinda at West Metro Mommy Reads. Check out her blog for the few rules about posting photos. Have fun.

 She is here, our first great grand daughter.  She was born 7-7-16 at 1:47 am. It was a long
night for Mr Busy and me. We were in charge of big brother!

Our daughter, the grandmother, holding baby in the hospital just hours after her birth.

The new mom on the right,with her good friend's daughter, while her friend holds the newest baby. These moms had not seen each other in 8 years, and by chance the friend was visiting our town on the very day of baby's birth! I don't want to share too much personal info, but the two moms have similar names and the two daughters names are similar.

Big brother reading Green Eggs and Ham to Pa ( Mr Busy).  He loves that book, among others.

Another busy day. I have some household chores to catch up on and a bridal shower in the afternoon. Then, of course, more baby cuddling later.

Stay Busy and Stay Happy

Sunday, July 3, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?  is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. Share what you are reading, what you read recently or what you hope to get to in the coming week and then link up with Kathryn at Book Date. It is a great place to see what is going on in the blogosphere and to add to your reading lists.

I am really into this story now. Willa Chance just keeps getting into trouble. And Sheriff Eddie Striker seems to be there at every turn. Who will find out first, who killed Lavinia.

I have just started this library book.  I know I will enjoy this story as much as I enjoyed the ones that preceded it. 

I have this in the audio version and I am listening to it as I get my early morning steps in walking around our neighborhood and while stitching on a couple of recent projects. Multi-tasking is something that gives me a chance to do two things I enjoy or at the least to get into a story as I get some exercise

I am loving the narrator in this one. Very engaging. 

Have you read any of these books?  Happy 4th of July to my American friends and Happy 1st week of July to others. We are still waiting for the new addition to our family. Mama is so ready to be "not pregnant".  Baby is just taking her time deciding to arrive. 

Stay Busy and Stay Happy