Thursday, October 14, 2021

State of Terror by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Louise Penny


While I love reading and discussing books I tend to stay away from reviewing them because a decent review is just beyond me.  I get stuck at "I love this book." 😕

But here's my most recent effort . . .

The one book I read recently that I wasn’t too sure about ended up being a big surprise and will be on my list of favorites for 2021.

State of Terror by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Louise Penny.




Political Thrillers are not in my “go to” zone. Not since those wonderful cold war spy novels back in the day; I still love those.

State of Terror may make a few heads explode. It is, of course, timely and leans exactly as you expect it to lean. It also reminds me of exactly why I fell in love with Louise Penny’s work in the first place. It’s all there. Heart. Soul. Her ability to see into the heart of what’s evil and deliver in perfect phrasing the terror. And, to ultimately find the decency that fights to keep the civilized separated from the monsters.

Ms. Penny and Secretary Clinton give us characters to love, to cheer for.

Woe be to the fools who underestimate smart, strong women.

There ‘s the signature/classic subtle Penny humor that might surprise you into a snicker, a giggle, or a guffaw spraying coffee into your book. There are scenes to make you cry. And there are visits to Three Pines to restore our souls.

Instead of being put off by the hype, I suggest giving it a try.

And don’t be surprised if we see a State of Terror #2.



Tuesday, October 12, 2021

What I've read and what's next


Simply put, I think M.j. Rose rocks.

Receiving an advance copy of her newest novel, The Fashion Orphans, (co-written with Randy Susan Meyers), made me a happy girl.  





Sunday, September 26, 2021

What we did on our summer vacation . . .


TOO long since we have been to Topsail Island!



It was good to be back, and this is the little house we rented for our week in Surf City  -  Welcome to SunnyDayz.







Mostly, we sat on the deck and watched the waves, the birds, and the dolphins.





















And the kites!

Lots of kites.










And a guy blowing some pretty amazing bubbles

Lookit the size of those bubbles!  😮






We did take a short ride to check on my tree.

I have loved this tree and the sweet quiet cove it lives in for a lot of years, but because developers have discovered this little outlet and are now building the hell out of it with ugly (but very expensive) cookie-cutter condos I'm always afraid my tree's going to be gone when we go to check on it. 





And we stopped so I could peek at the clearance rack in front of my favorite Surf City boutique - Sandy Toes.

Didn't go in and didn't buy anything.  

My mom would not have understood leaving there without a bag with a new dress.





The only cooking I did the entire week  -  cheesy egg breakfast strata  😀



We just did what we think you're supposed to do while at the beach.

Not much of nuthin'.

Sat on the deck and watched our very small little beach world go about its daily business.

Drank coffee (or an adult beverage of choice).

Read.

Napped.

Talked about what we wanted to eat and where we would go to get it.

We only did take-out 'cause we're still practicing COVID precautions, so we missed eating out at some of our favorite restaurants.

But JM's on the Water gets First Prize for the best steamed shrimp.














We spotted this pretty little flower in our yard, but the very next day the yard guy showed up and damned if he didn't just cut it down.  😕












Waking up








I don't know who this woman is, but I admired her from afar.

This is a woman after my own heart.

A woman who hears the call of the ocean.

And refuses to ignore it.

She came down to sit at the edge of the waves after making her way down with her walker.

Every day.

I hope I can follow in her example.

































Bye, Topsail.

Hope we see you again soon.