I tracked down this book because my great-grandmother mentioned reading it in her diary in 1941. I thought it would be a period piece, something dated but perhaps interesting. Was I wrong! It was an INCREDIBLY funny and smart book about a teenage girl going through what teenage girls of all eras go through – dealing with boys, getting in and out with the groups of girls, school, parents, and especially an annoying older sister. The writing ...

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Persuasion was the book Jane Austen was working on when she died at age 41 in 1817. Many people feel it is an autobiographical story – Jane herself fell in love in her late teens, but was unable to wed the man she loved. She was proposed to at least once later in life but never did marry. Anne Elliot is the middle of three daughters. Her father, Sir Walter, lost his wife many years ago, and has pretty much adopted eldest sister Elizabeth as...

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I love historical novels and Jane Austen holds a special place in my heart. Even so, I have issues with Emma. I adore much of the writing style, but the plot and characters irk me. Let me start by saying that Jane gets kudos for trying to do something different here. In other stories she had not-well-off young women who were desperately trying to get by in life, to thrive in the world they had been born into. Emma is Jane’s efforts to focus...

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The Proposal: Book 1 – NYC – A Romantic Short Story
Short Stories / November 16, 2019

Sweetly Romantic Short Story / 11 pages Hank was late again for dinner, but Ruth didn’t mind. His job as a fireman meant life was always a bit chaotic. As long as he came home to her at the end of the day, she was blissfully content. She didn’t know that tonight would be a night like no other … * * * The Proposal – Book 1 NYC is the first book in this romantic short story series. These short stories are about 10 ...

Dancing Lessons: A Short Story Romance about Battling Alzheimer’s
Short Stories / November 16, 2019

Written by author Lori Soard. Free Kindle short story A well-constructed romantic short story. We live in a world which often idolizes young love, acting as if only teenagers can understand the depths of passion. Author Lori Soard shows with power that a mature couple can know far more about the lasting power of love. The two understand just what it takes to weather the storms of life....

Men are Like Street Cars – Graeme and Sarah Lorimer
Classics / November 16, 2019

I tracked down this book because my great-grandmother mentioned reading it in her diary in 1941. I thought it would be a period piece, something dated but perhaps interesting. Was I wrong! It was an INCREDIBLY funny and smart book about a teenage girl going through what teenage girls of all eras go through – dealing with boys, getting in and out with the groups of girls, school, parents, and especially an annoying older sister. Th...

Persuasion Book Review – Jane Austen
Classics / November 16, 2019

Persuasion was the book Jane Austen was working on when she died at age 41 in 1817. Many people feel it is an autobiographical story – Jane herself fell in love in her late teens, but was unable to wed the man she loved. She was proposed to at least once later in life but never did marry. Anne Elliot is the middle of three daughters. Her father, Sir Walter, lost his wife many years ago, and has pretty much adopted eldest sister El...

Emma Book Review – Jane Austen
Classics / November 16, 2019

I love historical novels and Jane Austen holds a special place in my heart. Even so, I have issues with Emma. I adore much of the writing style, but the plot and characters irk me. Let me start by saying that Jane gets kudos for trying to do something different here. In other stories she had not-well-off young women who were desperately trying to get by in life, to thrive in the world they had been born into. Emma is Jane’s effort...

Knowing Yourself – A Medieval Romance by Lisa Shea
Historical / March 28, 2019

Kay is entranced with the possibilities which lie before her. Five handsome, willing men are vying for her hand in marriage. The stakes are ownership of a medieval keep perched on the rocky edge of a stormy ocean. Each man seems more stunning than the last, and it is her choice which will reward the prize. To make the game even more interesting, Kay is disguised as a handmaiden to her sister, Em, so that she might more freely mingle wit...

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Featured / March 28, 2019

The all-time classic. The book which inspired countless romance novel authors to spread their wings. The story which encouraged legions of fans to dream of becoming Mrs. Darcy. I’ve watched every movie version and TV version of this novel which exists in the English language, including the Bollywood version. It’s incredible how well this storyline translates for different eras and different attitudes. Elizabeth is feisty, in...