“I guess lawyers haven’t evolved much over the centuries.”
“Neither have sharks.”
– Dan Brown, Angels & Demons
There were some thought-provoking quotes in this book, but this one (which is totally accurate by the way) was my favorite. Happy Shark Week!
The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane by Kelly Harms was recommended to me by my friendly local librarian who, so far, has yet to steer me wrong. Here she’s picked another winner.
This story of two women who may have a name in common and nothing else is humorous and heartwarming. Though they start out like oil and water, Janey and Nean both have a great capacity for love and a fragile heart. With more than a little help from Janey’s hysterically funny Great-Aunt Midge, they eventually come to see that they can help to heal each other’s wounds. Mixed in with all of this healing and hilarity – I dare you not to laugh out loud when J.J. meets Aunt Midge – is an unforgettable cast of characters, a bit of romance, some tears, and some breathtaking scenery (I want to win a house on the coast of Maine!).
If you enjoy The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane, I recommend The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman
There have always been quotes that have stuck with me but more and more I find myself marking new passages as I read. Some speak to me; others make me laugh so much that I have to share them, and many say exactly what I’ve been thinking or feeling so much more eloquently than I ever could. I’ve decided to share some of these with you. These Quotes of the Week may be from a book I’ve read, or about books and reading, or just a quote I enjoy.
My inaugural Quote of the Week is a classic. I think we can all agree that this is one of the greatest lines of literature and one of the greatest quotes about reading ever:
“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing”
– Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
What a fun book! In Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters, Amelia Peabody is a woman ahead of her time whose personality and physical appearance does not fit into Victorian society. She has strong opinions, which she doesn’t hesitate to voice and a generous, maternal heart. These traits, along with her desire for adventure – of any kind – entangle her first in the life of Evelyn Barton-Forbes, whom she rescues from herself and takes on as a companion for her trip down the Nile, and then with the Emerson brothers and their embattled archeological expedition. That’s when the fun begins.
There’s a 4,000-year-old mummy stalking them at night, some wicket banter – particularly between Amelia and Radcliffe Emerson, a couple of romantic subplots, plenty of emotions left unsaid – we are talking about Victorians here, an unexpected and unwanted guest, moments of peril, and a twist that ties it all together. It is a romp. Crocodile on the Sandbank, the first book in the Amelia Peabody series, which I cannot wait to continue, may not be the greatest book ever written but it is a great, fun summer read.
If you enjoy Crocodile on the Sandbank, I recommend Soulless by Gail Carriger
Stargazey Point by Shelley Noble
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Stargazey Point is a fairly typical feel-good story set in the American south complete with the strong but troubled heroine, the unique geography and climate of South Carolina, the love interest that starts out as a possible antagonist, a colorful cast of characters, some moments of humor, and plenty of redemption. Abbie’s horrific past experience and the plight of the town make a bit edgier than most of the genre. Yet I often felt that the events in the novel were just a means to an end. As tortured as Abbie is, she never actually deals with her demons as much as fills the space with her new project and – and maybe this is just me – but I didn’t feel that she and Cab really had that much chemistry. This is a story that needed time to develop and it just didn’t have that. I felt that it was trying too hard to fit into its subgenre and get to the happy ending. Sorry if I spoiled that but it really shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise.
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