A Little Irish Love Story started out as a somewhat typical romance. Anna lost her husband in World War II after being married only a short time, but even though she lost her husband, she gained a family in her mother-in-law Sarah. In a modern twist on the Biblical story of Ruth, Sarah moves back to Ireland and Anna goes with her.
They are in financial need and so Anna gets a job with Sarah’s distant relative, Henry. Cleaning house is not beneath her, and she’s perhaps a modern-day Cinderella, not depending on her beauty, or perhaps not even aware, but valuing hard work. Henry notices this about her, as well as her beauty, and they have a fun flirtatious relationship.
But then just 1/4 way into the book, the tone of the novel changes. Anna finds herself stranded on an island, not remembering anything. She is rescued by a man who claims they were husband and wife. I don’t want to give away any more of the plot, but it was fun watching it unravel and learning more about Anna’s character under pressure.
The Christian faith of the characters is an important element, and this is a clean read. Those who loved Redeeming Love will likely enjoy this novel as well.Comment On This Article
The emaciated body of a disgraced academic is found at the bottom of an embankment, obviously thrown off the bridge overhead. The railings are high enough that it’s either suicide or murder, but the extent of the injuries point towards murder–especially as he has 5000 pounds in his pocket. Inspector Banks and his team are called in to investigate.
Banks is shocked to discover that the murdered man is close to his own age–he looks so much older. Subsequent investigations show that since his dismissal from the university after accusations of sexual harassment, he’s been living as a hermit and slowly starving himself to death. But there are signs of an interesting person–his vinyl and CD collection, his photographs of riots and political unrest in
Boy, Snow, Bird, the latest novel by author Helen Oyeyemi, proves once again how adept she is at giving us fresh looks at old tales. This unusual retelling of Snow White offers readers a reflection on beauty, family and the secrets they keep, and what exactly is meant by “the fairest of them all.”
Boy Novak is beautiful–a natural blonde with unusually dark eyes. She grows up in 1950s Manhattan with her father, a creepy abusive rat catcher, who keeps starving rats in cages in the basement and threatens to spoil her beauty by letting them gnaw at her face. Boy escapes to a small town in Massachusetts, Flax Hill, which is known for its craftsmen. She lives in a boarding house, finds a job,
Getting photobombed by Jeffrey Katzenberg
It was the end of the day. The photographer that was with us all day was taking a group picture in the beautiful setting of the campus (see more below on that). All of a sudden, this guy says, “I gotta get in on this,” and he cozied in front and center! All of the employees at DreamWorks that we met were so warm and proud to show us their work. I guess it should be no surprise that the CEO feels the same way, but it was.
A hands-on creative pursuit
Head of production David James was informative and entertaining, and at the end of his presentation, he pushed us to just go for it ourselves. Read my wholeRead This Article
What do you look for in a good kids’ movie? I’ll tell you what I like in a kids’ movie, but first I’ll cut to the chase and let you know that Mr. Peabody and Sherman is a movie that I think the whole family will enjoy.
And that’s the first thing that I look for in a movie: Something the whole family will enjoy
When I screened the movie during a trip to DreamWorks Animation sponsored by them and 20th Century Fox, I was in a roomful of adults. There were lots of laughs and everyone seemed to enjoy it. There are a few requisite harmless jokes about bodily functions (you can see a couple in the trailer), but it’s the kind of movie
Many of my very favorite experiences with young children, as both a mom and a preschool teacher, have involved nature. Taking little ones to the outdoor environment is always an adventure… and a learning experience! Supporting experiences with literature can be as simple as filling a basket in your living space with both fiction and nonfiction library books, and as we look longingly toward spring, Weeds Find a Way introduces young readers to the hearty plants they will likely see soon.
Written by Cindy Jenson-Elliott, this information book reads like a poetic piece of fiction, with beautiful language filled with imagery along with facts. Even adults will surely learn a thing or two about various types of weeds, from how they spread to their adaptations
Young Adult literature runs the gamut from material that middle schoolers will enjoy to mature titles for older high schoolers and beyond. I think that Liv, Forever, Amy Talkington’s debut novel, will appeal pretty broadly. There is nothing in the content that I recall that might be a bit “too much” for a middle school audience, and yet, the relationships, the universality of trying to change one’s future and trying to fit in, are themes that will resonate with high schoolers as well.
Olivia leaves her past behind when she goes to boarding school in New Hampshire. She is a loner, having survived the foster system and being adopted, even though she doesn’t feel much of a connection to her parents. Her art portfolio got
Emma is in a hospital recovering from an accident. She doesn’t remember but knows it’s extensive. She doesn’t remember much from before. Her husband visits her often, but in her dreams she remembers another love. She also has disturbing dreams of someone trying to kill her when she was in a tank in the hospital.
While in the hospital, she begins to put things together about her world. Men outnumber women and apparently women’s fertility is down. Emma thinks that’s one thing they deal with at the clinic. She’s feeling comfortable with her husband but isn’t sure she wants to.breed right away.
This book is the first of two in this series by M.D. Waters. Prototype will be out this summer. I like the idea
I am just under the wire helping to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday, Read Across America day. In honor of this, Oceanhouse Media is having a big sale on Dr. Seuss book apps, and letting us give away 5 copies of The Cat and the Hat app, but buy these others while they’re on sale!
5 Best-Selling Titles- 99 cents (regular prices $3.99-$4.99)
The Cat in the Hat
Green Eggs and Ham
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
Dr. Seuss’s ABC
Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
All other titles- $1 OFF, includes classic Dr. Seuss & The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library (check out our past review of the Dr. Seuss collection)
We have FIVE copies of the Cat in the
I received a copy of this book for review purposes. I was also compensated for writing this post, but all opinions remain my own.
Julie Sternberg has another book out featuring the lovable Eleanor, who we’ve seen deal with a few childhood challenges– the relocation of a beloved babysitter in Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie and the mixed emotions involved in going to sleepaway camp in Like Bug Juice on a Burger. This time around, Eleanor must deal with some friendship ups and downs, along with making amends after hurting her best friend and a new classmate in Like Carrot Juice on a Cupcake. As always, Eleanor is a refreshingly honest and believable protagonist, and Sternberg’s writing continues to be accessible and entertaining for
During the years of the British Empire’s rule of India, many of Britain’s best and brightest young men went off to seek their fortunes, going where there was work and a chance at a successful career in the British Raj. Not surprisingly, they were eventually followed by young single women who were unabashedly seeking a husband. Given the norms of society at that time, an unmarried woman had few opportunities in life and the older they got, the more they would be viewed as superfluous, a burden on the married brothers or sisters who might take them in. Rather than face this, they followed the men, who were just as eagerly seeking wives as companions for the stress and loneliness, in a place where menRead This Article
You know how your toddler can be going along with his day just fine, all happy and smiley, and suddenly a tantrum comes out of left field and tosses all that calmness out the window? Yeah, we’ve all been there. Swap your cutie pie for a fuzzy panda bear and you have the sometimes unpredictable little guy in Peter Panda Melts Down! by Artie Bennett.
Mama has her hands full with three year old Peter, who’s usually a playful fun fellow, but just like his human counterparts, when something goes wrong, Peter Panda just might lose it. As each scenario in the story is presented, even the youngest of children will know what’s coming when the familiar refrain appears:
Here it comes.