Book Review: The Adventuress by Tasha Alexander 

I have always loved both mysteries and history. The manner in which Tasha Alexander brings them together in a highly intelligent way in her now ten volume Lady Emily series is spectacular and highly satisfying. The most recent release, The Adventuress, is no exception. Jeremy Sheffield, a confirmed bachelor duke and childhood friend of Emily’s startles all who know him by announcing his engagement to a wealthy American, Amity Wells. When one of Jeremy’s friends is found dead in his hotel suite in Cannes, it’s though that the man has taken his own life. But Emily suspects that he has been murdered. 

The twists and turns are amazing, typical of all Tasha Alexander’s works. At one point, I was suspicious of at least five characters! When the culprit is revealed, the reasons that led them to commit murder are unexpected and interesting. 

The Adventuress is a wonderful continuation of Lady Emily’s saga! It kept me guessing until the end!

The book is available on Amazon and bookstores everywhere. 

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More Than One Way To Stay

It appeared that our pleas had gone unanswered; however, as I sank myself into the words I was hearing, I found a new way to stay. The permanent waves that pushed my head under the surface of the glassy frozen ice made me a sanctuary undetectable by those who might tear it away. The idea of clinging to pieces of the wreckage did not appeal to me, so I was more than happy to find a home there in the unchanging world of frost. I knew without a doubt that my tears made the ice, a sense of safety for everyone. The tundra  became my home, but you are welcome to join if you will create more landscape, too. Stay if you will. Don’t change a thing. 

RIP Carey Lander of Camera Obscura

Yesterday morning, keyboardist Carey Lander of the Scottish indie rock band Camera Obscura passed away after battling sarcoma for four years. Carey was 33 years old. She was a great talent and will be greatly missed by her family,  friends, band mates and fans all over the world. In her honor, I’m posting the song that made me fall in love with the band six years ago. 

My Maudlin Career

I’m also including the link to Carey’s fundraising page for sarcoma research, through Just Giving. Please consider donating in order that sarcoma research can be advanced and save lives in the future. It was very important to Carey that this cause be furthered.  

Go here: Carey’s page to further sarcoma research

New Survey

Happy Survey Sunday! Here’s one from tumblr that I filled out this week. 

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Height – 5’9″

Fave artists bands – Camera Obscura, She & Him, Sadie And The Hotheads

Last thing I googled – Claw covers for cats

Birthday: January 31

Gender: Female

Sexual Orientation: Heterosexual

One place that makes me happy: the library 🙂

What I’m wearing now: cheetah print top and skirt

Last book I read: A Step Toward Falling by Cammie McGovern 

Last thing I asked a family member: What time do you want to have lunch tomorrow? 

Favourite food: Blueberries

Last movie I watched: Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Dream vacation: A tour of Europe

Dream wedding: A simple gathering with my loved ones

Dream pets: cats! 

Dream job: Journalism

Random fact: I love all things mint 

The Garage Sale

It was raining and the seat of the dusty rose settee was getting wet, the velvet falling under the weight of the drops. The settee had antique lines, much too old for those who were selling it. Thankfully a furniture restorer from the local museum rescued it at the last minute before it was ruined. After that, the sun came out and dried the moisture away. 

Book Review… A Step Toward Falling by Cammie McGovern 

Today I read Cammie McGovern’s new book, A Step Toward Falling. 

Whenever Cammie McGovern releases a book, I know I’m in for a treat because her books all grip me so much that I have to read them more or less continually because I simply have to know what happens next. The themes in this book were as amazing as everything she’s published. The topic of young people with disabilities particularly resonates with me because of a boy I knew in my childhood who was mainstreamed into our class. While it was easy to see the differences between him and the rest of us at first, it didn’t take me long to see his special abilities and beautiful heart, making the first impressions quickly disappear in my mind. Causes for the disabled are very important to me because of this early impression.

I love the intertwining theme of first impressions through the discussion of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice in this novel. Like all people, each of the characters struggled with this and made valuable discoveries upon getting to know one another as people. It was the perfect vehicle to make the point in a very natural way.

I wish I could give this book unlimited stars, and that might not even be enough.