Category Archives: Book Reviews

Review of A Farewell to Arms Novel

So Then I Read This Book and That Book

It’s fair to say I like to read a lot. It’s fair also to say it might be an addiction. OK, there’s worse things, right? I recently met my 2016 Reading Challenge at Goodreads of 25 books (woohoo!) and wanted to share a few of the books I’ve delved into recently. Here are my reflections on three of these novels.

The Viking and the Courtesan

Historical Romance Book Review

The Viking and the Courtesan by Shehanne Moore

When I read The Viking and The Courtesan by Scottish author Shehanne Moore, I knew I was heading into new territory as I do not typically read historical romance books. Well this was quite the read to get my feet wet!

The main character Lady Malice Mallender was quite the character, a woman who felt she was not quite good enough to get the attention of her husband (who never had so much as kissed her before!).

Malice is in the business of breaking up marriages and doing quite well at it (depending what angle you take) until she finds herself traveling back in time to 898 AD in Viking, Norway, and meets Sin Gudrunsson, who is a Viking. Wowa and she may just be falling for him, only there are a few big questions, including how he feels about her and what is causing her to travel in time?

The book is fast-paced, and the characters are both witty and animated. I almost felt Malice blush a few times, and know I did, as I read it, given some of the steamy love scenes. While I wasn’t so in love with the phrase “bed slave,” I realize the author used it to create authenticity in language for the time back then in Norway. On a side note, if you adore shoes then you will enjoy Malice’s penchant for buying high heels.

A Farewell to Arms

Review of A Farewell to Arms Novel

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway’s novel A Farewell to Arms,  I knew little about it aside from the fairly well-known attribute that the ending is sudden and seemingly unfair. I won’t write spoilers here, but it’s fair to say that’s correct! The book is set during World War I and focuses on the Italian campaign of one soldier, an American named Frederic Henry, who is a Lieutenant in the Italian army.

A large chunk of the book could be called a love story between Frederic and a nurse named Catherine Barkley. The story is told through Frederic’s eyes, and he certainly has the upper hand in the relationship. While that was the way back then (male dominance in a relationship), I can’t say I was happy when Catherine always wanted to do as Frederic wanted, rather than expressing her own opinions.

In reading the book, I learned more about what it might have been like to live during WWI, including the way many men turned to alcohol to get through Continue reading

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Reflecting on the Self

Reflections on the Self: Book Reviews & More

It has been quite the week. Ups and downs, both of which we know accompany the gift of life. And it is a gift.

Let’s focus on the positive, shall we? This week I received not one but TWO new reviews of Versions of the Self. Wow. My latest book has been featured on two blogs this week and both are complementary.

Getting Personal with Poetry

The first one is from talented writer Freya Pickard, who wrote on her Drangonscale Clippings blog,

“What struck me about these poems was the personal nature and themes they explore. This is a poet being honest and unpretentious.”

And that is the line that stuck with me from her review. Why be anyone that you are not? Why put on airs or hide behind a facade? Be YOU, beautiful you.

And I’m so glad that this way of being comes through in my poetry collection.

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Reviews of 3 Books I Recently Read

Book Reviews: Poetry, Mythology & Short Stories

So then I started to read.. and read some more… and some more. As a lover of the written word, I read pretty much anything and everything that peaks my interest. Letizia of Reading Interrupted is nodding right now along with me, I’m sure. The past few months have been no exception as I delved into poetry, short stories, and even a read on mythology. Here are reviews of some of the book I read lately.

Heartspeak: God and Love 

A Great Book of Poetry

Poet Sylvester L. Anderson’s Heartspeak: God and Love

This book is written by one of my favorite poets, Sylvester L. Anderson. He is an Indie writer who I connected with at Syl65’s Blog.

His collection of poems is so beautiful that I have now read it twice. As I wrote in my Amazon.ca review, “the gentle words wash across the page like a satisfying ocean.”

I breathed such a sigh of contentment upon finishing the read the first time that I couldn’t resist picking up the book for a second read months later.

Even if you do not normally read poetry, this book is one that is worth settling into a comfy chair to take in. For words of love and faith, I recommend reading Heartspeak: God and Love.

Myths of Babylonia and Assyria

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Writing on the Laptop, with Coffee Nearby

Book Reviews and Other Updates from the Writer’s Desk

As I sit at my desk with laptop open and coffee cup at the side, my mind is turning already to the new month ahead. October brings Thanksgiving Day here in Canada, as well as Halloween for anyone who likes to dress up (and get some extra candy!). Today is also a day to take stock of the last month and being more than halfway through 2016. My, where has the time gone?!

September has been great, with sunny skies most days this week here in Victoria, British Columbia. I can feel that fall has arrived, though, as the air is crisper than in August and I’ve had to wear heavier coats when heading out for my walks. Well, as Robert Frost said, “nothing gold can stay,” which means the seasons keep coming and we enjoy the golden moments while they last.

For golden moments in September, I count among them my time in Vancouver, BC, where I was fortunate enough to meet with Rebecca of the Clanmother blog. After being blogging friends online for five years, we finally met in person, and it was wonderful!

Friends are Golden

Blogging Buddies Finally Meet. Rebecca and I Were All Smiles!

Regarding writing progress, it is slow going on the third book but it is coming along. The fantasy book is about halfway done, and I will start sharing more about it soon. Of course, the characters might have more in store for me than I realize so the book may become longer than I envision!

It is my first dive into full-length adult fiction, so I admit to being nervous to share anything about it, even with my family. But I will start to reveal more, closer to the final Continue reading