Monthly Archives: December 2012

Not Into the Christmas Spirit this Year

This has been such a weird holiday season around here. I cannot seem to summon up much enthusiasm for it. My brother is possibly getting a divorce and my family has grown so small. Of my nuclear family, there is only my brother, my sister and me. My sister had two kids who are grown with kids of their own now and we don’t get to see them much. Without children around, it isn’t nearly as much fun and since most of us rarely drink anymore – there is no more Hot Damn going around the room as we used to do. Christmas was something I never celebrated until I was an adult anyway, as the religion I grew up in forbade it. So I always have mixed emotions about it all. Is there anybody else out there with the same malaise as I have?

BOOK REVIEW – La Colcha de Martha Ann para la Reina Victoria

This is a lovely book and full of the prettiest illustrations.  I had to take out my Spanish dictionary to translate some of it to myself, but most of the meaning was clear to me, even in Spanish.  I am sadly rusty, and this lovely little book helped me brush up on my skills.  

What made this so special was the illustrations and the fact that the book is about a real person who sewed and presented a quilt to Queen Victoria. My real first name is Victoria, so I could dream a little that I got a quilt from Martha Ann.

BOOK REVIEW – Into the Arms of Madness

I am sorry, but I really could not buy into the premise of this book. It kept my attention for the first quarter of the book, up until (spoiler ahead), Todd told Bridget that she had eaten a human steak and drank human blood in the food and wine that he had prepared for her, while they were at the cottage. Buy a clue, lady – it is time to run and never look back. But not our Bree. She loves him. I love my husband too, but if he started to feed me human flesh and blood, I would call for professional help immediately, not forgive him and do nothing! That is just silly. Then the family being so complaisant about Todd’s problems and insistence on NOT getting him professional help was beyond all common sense. I was not at all happy with the premise – even though the writing was pretty sound. If the author would keep to a plot that doesn’t strain credulity as much, she could be quite good.

Book Review – A Widow in Waiting

 I got a review copy of this from LibraryThing.com.  I really enjoyed this book. I leaned so much about Irish legend and the culture that the author created. The characters of Eleanor (Noreen) and John (Sean) are so believable. It almost makes me believe in magic! I thought the author did a great research job and her characters are well developed and the narrative flowed so easily. Impressive work.