Review | Kermit the Hermit:

written and illustrated by Bill Peet Are you feeling a bit like a hermit and/or a hoarder? Here’s a story from children’s literature that may brighten your day. Over the past six months, I’ve been like Kermit, the crab (crabby, grouchy), only getting out of my house (cave for Kermit) to purchase what is neededContinue reading “Review | Kermit the Hermit:”

Review | Persuasion: by Jane Austen

I am a true fan of Jane Austen. I read and reread her novels. Her leading female characters are strong and independent thinkers. While conforming with much of early nineteenth century British society, they challenge the “proper and acceptable” position expected of women. Anne Elliot, in “Persuasion”, is no exception. It is no wonder thatContinue reading “Review | Persuasion: by Jane Austen”

Review | Highland Knits: by Interweave

An imprint of Penguin Random House LLC                                    For many years, I have been a fan of Diana Gabaldon and her “Outlander” series. In addition, I enjoy knitting and finding new projects. So it only seems natural for me to review a “How To” book inspired by “Outlander” and full of highland designed knitting projects,Continue reading “Review | Highland Knits: by Interweave”

Review|Braving the Wilderness:

BY BRENE BROWN Brown writes, “The wilderness is an untamed, unpredictable place of solitude and searching. It is a place as dangerous as it is breath taking, a place as sought after as it is feared. But it turns out to be a place of true belonging, and it’s the bravest and most sacred placeContinue reading “Review|Braving the Wilderness:”

Review | The Gathering: by Anne Enright

The opening sentence of this book foretells the path of the narrative of Veronica Hegarty. ” I would like to write down what happened in my grandmother’s house the summer I was eight or nine, but I am not sure if it really did happen.” Enright’s meditation on memory melds the past and present inContinue reading “Review | The Gathering: by Anne Enright”

Review | Gossamer: by Lois Lowry

It is my opinion that Lois Lowry is a giant of an author. As a two time Newberry Medal winner, her books speak to children, young adults and adults. Most known for “The Giver Quartet” and “Number the Stars”, Lowry has a notably lengthy list of books she has penned. Gossamer is a personal favoriteContinue reading “Review | Gossamer: by Lois Lowry”

Review | The Hunting Party: by Lucy Foley

To start, I have a bit about why I was drawn to this author. In the short biography of Lucy Foley on the jacket sleeve of her books, I read she studied English literature at Durham University. This fact attracted my attention, since I also spent a semester, as an exchange student from Penn StateContinue reading “Review | The Hunting Party: by Lucy Foley”

Review | Lovely in Her Bones by: Sharyn McCrumb

Introduction: I will get right to the book, but I am compelled to relate how I was introduced to Sharyn McCrumb. In a Mennonite owned, and operated, department store in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania — while shopping in the tote bag section – I was approached by a lady who asked “Do you enjoy reading?” HerContinue reading “Review | Lovely in Her Bones by: Sharyn McCrumb”

Review | The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner

Having recently reread Emma and Northanger Abbey, I decided to try a current author, Natalie Jenner, inspired by Austen in 2020.  In the Jane Austen Society, Jenner creates a diverse group of characters who come together, united by their individual experiences with the works and words of Austen.  To quote Jenner, “I am going to write aContinue reading “Review | The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner”