We’ve been enjoying a nice dry spell on the Pacific West Coast, but the temperatures are chilly overnight making a warm fire, cozy blanket, and a four-legged heating pad extra comforting.
I’m still not writing, but I have been reading some excellent books which I hope to share with you over the next few weeks starting with today’s eclectic mix of poetry,
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Sally Cronin brings her signature heartwarming style to a new collection of poetry and short stories exploring human emotion and nature in all its vagaries.
Many of the poems feature animals, their grace and beauty brought to life with a few well-chosen words, but my favorite is the dedication to her mother:
The short stories come with messages of love and support and familial bonds. The Green Hill is sweet with an ending that tugs on the heartstrings, while The Neighborhood Watch with a marmalade cat who exacts revenge on his injured friends left me with a satisfied grin 😁
This is a highly recommended collection of stories and poems to enrich your reading experience.
Brooke Lemon left her family home in Wildstone to follow an exciting career in photography, only to lose her nerve after a horrific helicopter crash resulting in a long and painful recovery. Now she marks time as a producer, too afraid to film her show’s adventure-seekers for the Travel Network. Then Brooke’s older sister arrives on her doorstep, kids in tow, looking as though she’s on the edge of a breakdown begging Brooke to watch her children for a few days, and an entirely new extreme adventure begins!
Mindy loves her husband and children more than anything, but her life seems to be spinning out of control and desperation sends her running to her estranged sister’s doorstep. She’s always been a bit jealous of Brooke’s carefree outlook on life and revels in the freedom for a while until loneliness sends her home, but the problems have only grown in her absence.
I’ve been a fan of Jill Shalvis’s books for many years now. She creates strong, independent females and empathetic, sexy heroes for readers to fall in love with.
This story veers more into women’s fiction with an emotional journey between the sisters with moments of humor to lighten the tough subject matter.
Before I even noticed this was a Kristin Hannah novel the cover drew me in- isn’t it gorgeous?
The Grey sisters were young when their mother passed away, leaving them in the care of a gruff and unforgiving father on the family’s ancestral ranch. Winona, the oldest, is determined to keep their family close and prove herself to her distant dad. Aurora works to keep the peace between her siblings, while the beautiful Vivi Ann soaks up her father’s approval as the only true horsewoman of the three girls.
The competition for love and acceptance between the girls only grows with time, ripping their family apart at the seams. An unrequited romance, a failed marriage, and a murder charge all add up to a page-turning epic tale that I couldn’t put down!
Hubby took me on a coffee date to the beach on the weekend and we were joined by half the bird world, lol.