Quote of the Week

When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.

~ Billy Graham

This week’s quote is dedicated not only to the great Rev. Billy Graham but to everyone at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida and all of the brave young voices speaking up for change.

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Review: Broadchurch (Broadchurch #1)

BroadchurchBroadchurch by Erin Kelly

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I absolutely adored the Broadchurch television series. I couldn’t get enough of it. So when I spotted this novelization of the show’s first series while browsing through my local library, I snatched it up. I worried, however, that having watched the show I would know all of the twists that lead to the surprise ending that I would be bored. What the book offered, though, that the show didn’t was a further insight into the inner turmoil and hidden emotions of the characters. This added another dimension to the complex characters and the story. The actors did a brilliant job of conveying many unspoken thoughts and emotions but there are some things that cannot always be seen. It was an enjoyable read especially for a fan of the original show who, like me, miss the series. I think those who never watched the show but enjoy a good police procedural and family drama would also enjoy reading Broadchurch.

I don’t read a lot of mysteries aside from the occasional cozy mystery so I don’t


David Tennant (Alec Hardy) and Olivia Coleman (Ellie Miller) in Broadchurch.

really have a book to recommend if you enjoy reading Broadchurch but if you haven’t yet, I highly recommend watching the original show.  There are three (much too short) series and each is brilliantly acted and thought-provoking.  

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Quote of the Week

Men believed that a woman’s smaller, weaker physical form that allowed them to dominate her was a compensating balance and that no woman must ever be allowed to realize her potential.

~ Jean Auel, Clan of the Cave Bear


Wow!  I’ve been really lousy at keeping up with my quotes of the week in 2018.  Sorry.

Ready had various issues with Jean Auel’s Clan of the Cave Bear but this quote pretty much sums up what I took from it.  And it is so appropriate – now and always.


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Review: Rock Chick (Rock Chick #1)

Rock Chick (Rock Chick, #1)Rock Chick by Kristen Ashley

My rating: 3.75 of 5 stars

There are several things to dislike about Kristen Ashley’s Rock Chick – the first in a series of suspenseful romances – such as the rampant foul language, the sex extortion plotline (I almost stopped reading at that), and the idea because a man is “hot” it gives him the freedom to not take no for an answer and to move too quickly in a relationship. These are some pretty big issues, I know, but Ashley’s wicked, witty voice and the innate likability and overall bigheartedness of the main character, Indy, make for a very entertaining read if you aren’t overly sensitive about the other stuff.

If you like this sort of suspenseful, steamy romance with a wild child heroine and a macho man hero, you may also enjoy Susan Andersen’s Burning Up or any of Andersen’s romances

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Review: Unleashing Mr. Darcy

Unleashing Mr. DarcyUnleashing Mr. Darcy by Teri Wilson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I discovered Teri Wilson’s Unleashing Mr. Darcy after it was turned into a movie for the Hallmark Channel and since it was made into a Hallmark movie, I was not expecting the book to be as steamy as it was. That’s not a complaint; there are plenty of those coming.
Unleashing Mr. Darcy is yet another modern take on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice – this one set in the world of dog shows. I’m almost positive going that these retellings will only disappoint me but my love for Austen’s original masterpiece keeps me going back for more. Unleashing Mr. Darcy was not an exception. I’ve come to see that these retellings often disappoint in the same regard – the characterization of Mr. Darcy. Austen herself just danced a fine line to make him not seem like an arrogant jerk before showing him to be the honorable man he is. Modern writers attempt to remedy this by doing the one thing Austen didn’t do. They show the reader Darcy’s side of the story. Wilson’s attempt at this did not work. Donovan Darcy’s inner turmoil is even more aggravating than his hot and cold treatment of Elizabeth. And Mr. Darcy does not wink!
If the characterization of Mr. Darcy is flawed in Wilson’s adaptation, Elizabeth totally misses the mark. Sure she has a sharp tongue in her verbal sparring with Donovan, but Elizabeth has none of Lizzy Bennett’s confidence and intelligence. It is really difficult to see what Donovan sees in her apart from her looks.
What I did enjoy about Unleashing Mr. Darcy was the glimpse into the dog show world and the canine characters (and the cute shoutout to Keeping Up Appearances!). I enjoy watching dog shows and I love dogs but I think I’m just ignorant enough to find the dog show scenes entertaining. I have a feeling that Wilson took a few artistic licenses there. In short, like watching dog shows, Unleashing Mr. Darcy was a diverting bit of fluff that probably would have been enjoyed more by someone who doesn’t love Pride and Prejudice quite as much as I do.

If you enjoy reading modernized takes on classics, particularly Pride and Prejudice and would like to read a good (and very modern) retelling, I recommend Curtis Sittenfeld’s EligibleThe book was part of The Austen Project where some of today’s popular writers wrote modern versions of four of Austen’s novels.  I’ve read three of them – Eligible, Sense & Sensibility by Joanna Trollope, and Emma by Alexander McCall Smith.

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