Monthly Archives:: January 2013

Jan 31
Book Review: Kat Rosenfield’s Amelia Anne is Dead & Gone

Book Review: Kat Rosenfield’s Amelia Anne is Dead & Gone

Those of us who grew up in a small town can relate to the feeling of watching your peers leave full of hope and then returning, finding themselves trapped with no way out. On the night of her high school graduation, Becca Williams is dumped by her boyfriend James. She doesn’t know while she was left heartbroken, another woman, Amelia Ann Richardson, took her last breath. In many ways Becca fears being trapped in Bridgeton and in the end Amelia Anne is forever stuck there. As far as character development goes, there’s not much there. I learned more about Amelia Anne from herself than those around her. In terms of our main character, Becca, I could relate to her and the dread of knowing she might never leave the town… Read more »

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Jan 29
Top Ten Irritating Characters

Top Ten Irritating Characters

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish I’ve been wanting to participate in Top Ten Tuesday for awhile, but things kept getting the way. I had some free time on Monday and began to really think about my list. In no particular order: 01. Ashley Wilkes (Gone With the Wind): I could never understand why Scarlett was in love with him and how in the world Melanie could be with him. He was weak and too much of a dreamer. How did he survive the war if he hated it and the idea of it? He also leads Scarlett on by telling her he returns her feelings and yet he doesn’t. I only wish Scarlett had realized her feelings for Rhett early on so I wouldn’t have to read pages… Read more »

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Jan 28
An Open Letter to Jane Austen

An Open Letter to Jane Austen

Alyssa Goodnight and Stiletto Storytime teamed up to host a Pride & Prejudice 200th Anniversary Party Hop. There are over 70 blogs participating and I encourage everyone to check out the participants since each post will be slightly different and a few are hosting giveaways as well! How do you plan to celebrate the occasion? Dear Jane: Congratulations! Today marks 200 years of Pride and Prejudice‘s publication. 200 years in which girls have fallen in love with Darcy and wishing we had our own. Generations of women have formed friendships because of their love for the book. Mothers and daughters bond over discussions and of course seeing the adaptations. One cannot forget the first time we read Pride and Prejudice nor can we forget our very first screen Darcy (mine… Read more »

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Jan 27
Book Review: Cathy Maxwell’s The Earl Claims His Wife

Book Review: Cathy Maxwell’s The Earl Claims His Wife

I like Cathy Maxwell and it’s been awhile since I’ve picked up a book of hers. The Earl Claims His Wife is book 2 in her Scandals and Seductions series. I haven’t read the first book and don’t see a problem reading the series out of order; however, if you’re the type that doesn’t like to be spoiled then start with book 1 (A Seduction at Christmas). I should start out by saying that I enjoy the abandoned wife plot in historical romance. Maxwell does a good job with a simple plot. After spending four years under Wellington’s command and fighting Napoleon, Brian, the Earl of Wright, returns to London; reluctantly he honors his father’s demands of returning and only because his two older brothers are now dead. Upon returning… Read more »

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Jan 25
Robert Burns’ A Fond Kiss

Robert Burns’ A Fond Kiss

I attended my first Burns Supper in 2008 and it feels like it was yesterday. I was among three dozen international students and you could quickly tell us apart from our Scottish counterparts because we wide eyed and nervous; we had no idea what to anticipate. My good friend, Ewan, said I had nothing to worry about, but I was dreading tasting haggis. In the end, haggis wasn’t so bad and it was a wonderful evening that ended in a ceilidh. My Burns night plans fell through, but I’m still having a dram of whiskey later tonight. In honor of Robert Burns’ birthday, here’s the poem I would have read tonight. A Fond Kiss A fond kiss, and then we sever; A farewell, and then forever! Deep in heart-wrung tears… Read more »

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Jan 24
Book Review: Wendy Vella’s The Reluctant Countess

Book Review: Wendy Vella’s The Reluctant Countess

I’m not sure what to say about Wendy Vella’s The Reluctant Countess. From the synopsis it’s publicized as a Cinderella type plot and it has aspects of it, but Vella just falls short. As for character development, there are some issues. The main problem for me is the villain. He’s introduced as hating Sophie and wanting to find out the truth behind her marriage to the late earl. Villains, especially those in a Regency romance do tend to be dastardly, but this one just was meek. A lot of things just don’t make sense. If the earl was dying and as the earl’s heir, wouldn’t he be there to protect his claim especially if there was talk of the earl’s apparent marriage? Speaking of marriage…Sophie married the earl on his… Read more »

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Jan 23
Channel Surfing: Thoughts on Fox’s The Following

Channel Surfing: Thoughts on Fox’s The Following

When I first heard James Purefoy passed on Game of Thrones to star in Fox’s The Following, I thought he was crazy. I absolutely adore Purefoy as an actor and I never pass up an opportunity to see anything he’s in. I was unsure about The Following because of the premise, but the fact that Kevin Williamson is involved as the creator and a producer, I was willing to put away doubts and give it a chance. Premise: A brilliant and charismatic, yet psychotic serial killer communicates with other active serial killers and activates a cult of believers following his every command. If you’ve seen any of the Scream films, well the first two since they were written by Williamson, then you know his work and there’s no doubt The… Read more »

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Jan 22
Book Review: Jennifer Worth’s Call the Midwife

Book Review: Jennifer Worth’s Call the Midwife

Call the Midwife first came to my attention when I heard PBS was going to air the BBC series. I wasn’t sure if I’d be interested in a show about midwives in the 1950’s and close friends kept raving about it. I didn’t get around to watching the adaptation until New Year’s Eve and was quite surprised at how much I fell in love with the show. Shortly afterwards I borrowed the book from my local library branch. Jennifer Worth is an engaging storyteller. She decided to write about her experiences in response to an article in the Royal College of Midwives Journal by Terri Coates regarding the underrepresentation of midwives in literature. Coates urged, “a midwife somewhere to do for midwifery what James Herriot did for vets.” Worth took… Read more »

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Jan 21

Priechenfried’s The Game of Chess

I’m starting a new feature here at Literary, etc. Each week we’ll feature a painting or an artist. It gives us the opportunity to discuss a painting and of course admire the pretty! Alois Heinrich Priechenfried (1867 – 1953) – The Game of Chess Oil on canvas

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Jan 19
Edgar Allan Poe’s Annabel Lee

Edgar Allan Poe’s Annabel Lee

Today is Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday and I decided to share my favorite Poe poem: Annabel Lee. What’s your favorite Poe work? Annabel Lee It was many and many a year ago, In a kingdom by the sea, That a maiden there lived whom you may know By the name of ANNABEL LEE; And this maiden she lived with no other thought Than to love and be loved by me. I was a child and she was a child, In this kingdom by the sea; But we loved with a love that was more than love- I and my Annabel Lee; With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven Coveted her and me. And this was the reason that, long ago, In this kingdom by the sea, A wind… Read more »

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Jan 19
Book Review: Vicki Hopkins’ Dark Persuasion

Book Review: Vicki Hopkins’ Dark Persuasion

I’ve stated before in a previous review how I’m not a big fan of authors who are upfront and state the history of central characters and how they are connected. This approach can be either hit or miss, but in the case of Dark Persuasion, Vicki Hopkins does an amazing job setting up the plot and it defiantly is needed to understand the particular actions of certain characters. Charlotte Grey was a child when an accident left her blind and she’s surprised her aristocratic neighbors are interested in being her sponsors and hold a ball in her honor. At the ball she meets two brothers, Patrick and Rupert, who are different as night and day. Both will battle for her hand, but which brother will win her heart and can… Read more »

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