Showing posts from January, 2014

Binchy’s Last Novel Does Not Disappoint


Title: A Week in Winter
Author: Maeve Binchy
Pages: 336

Rating: Four stars

To me, Maeve Binchy novels are the literary equivalent of warm hugs, much needed comfort on the days when I yearn to escape to her Ireland, full of neighborhoods and towns in which people band together to overcome obstacles, venture off to college, swap houses, or start businesses. Binchy wrote about loss, love, infidelity, relationships, occupations, and expectations. She wrote what she knew, and it was wonderful.

When she died, I felt like I had lost a friend. So it was with trepidation that I approached her novel, A Week in Winter, which was published posthumously last February. After all, this would be the last time I would ever read a new Maeve Binchy novel.

Binchy is at her best when she introduces her audience to a large cast of characters and weaves their personal tales into one grand tapestry. This time, all roads lead to Stoneybridge, a small Atlantic seaside village in …

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MLK Day, 2014


As we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today in the U.S., I thought I would share with you some of his great words of wisdom that I found at a fantastic site called Brainy Quote.

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
"A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom."
"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools."
"Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."
"I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the fin…

Doornebos Novel Fun for all Austen Fans


Title: Undressing Mr. Darcy
Author: Karen Doornebos
Published by: Berkley, 2013
Pages: 356

Rating: Five stars

In her first offering, Karen Doornebos took readers on a romp through a Jane Austen-themed reality television show, in a similar vein to Austenland, but much better written in my opinion.

This time, the author of Definitely Not Mr. Darcy explores the world of the Jane Austen festival, a Comic Con for Janeites, complete with Regency attire and cravat-tying lessons, in her second book, Undressing Mr. Darcy.

Now before you go jumping to conclusions about the title, rest assured, there is only some mild spice here. This is not “Fifty Shades of Grey meets Pride and Prejudice.” That would be a travesty indeed.

Vanessa Roberts specializes in social media and public relations and is about as plugged in as anyone could possibly get. As a favor to her elderly aunt, Vanessa takes on promoting one of the keynote speakers for the aunt’s Jane Austen Society an…

Favorite Books of 2013


Happy New Year, everyone!

I've decided to start out 2014 with a quick look back at my top three favorite books of the year.

Number Three: UNDRESSING MR. DARCY by Karen Doornebos 

This delightful offering by the author of Definitely Not Mr. Darcy is mostly set in the world of Jane Austen festivals and annual conferences, two in the states and one in Bath, England. Although packed with educational seminars and afternoon teas, these meetings take on the air of almost a Comic Con for Janeites, which is really fun. Anyone who loves Jane Austen is sure to love this book.

Look for my full review next week.

Number Two: THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE by Neil Gaiman

I absolutely loved this story! Part fantasy, part myth, with a healthy dose of magic, Gaiman spins an other-worldly tale that mesmerized me completely. Everyone should read this book. No joke. It's that good.

And my favorite book of the year? Drum roll, please.