Never has a quote been so relevant to EVERY book worm around the globe (and further!). SO many books, but so little time! The same can also be said for book bloggers. We read that many books so we can share them with our audience, but we find ourselves short of time to write all our thoughts down in a comprehensive review.
This brings us nicely to ‘Mini Review Monday’. A place where, to compliment our current content, we can share with you some of our initial thoughts on books we have been reading over the last week.
Heaven To Betsy – Pamela Fagan Hutchins
Heaven to Betsy features Emily, Katie’s stateside best friend, in her own hilarious adventures.
When a dead body swan-dives from a balcony into the pool at a wedding, gossip comes to a halt about disgraced paralegal and former rodeo queen Emily—whose husband left her for a woman who’s really a man. Enter Jack, a secretive attorney and sexy mix of cowboy and Indian. She refuses to work for him until she learns about the disappearance of the six-year old daughter of his notorious client Sofia, the wedding shooter, who is also an illegal immigrant. Emily feels a strange affinity with the girl and launches a desperate search for her. Bodies pile up in her wake across Texas and New Mexico as the walls around her own secrets begin to crumble, and the authorities question whether the child is anything but a figment of her imagination.
See why the Katie & Annalise and Michele series have won contest after contest.
2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, Romance, Quarter-finalist
2014 USA Best Book Award Winner (Fiction: Cross Genre: Finalist)
2012 Winner of the Houston Writers Guild Ghost Story Contest
2011 Winner of the Houston Writers Guild Mainstream Novel Contest
2010 Winner of the Writers League of Texas Romance Contest
I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book, but I found I really enjoyed it and finished it rather quickly. The characters were well described, I loved that the main character Emily was an ex rodeo queen turned paralegal and not afraid to say what she thought. The story kept me turning the pages right until the very end.
I have never read a Pamela Fagan Hutchins novel before and after reading Heaven to Betsy I can’t wait to get my hands on the next!
Flights Of Fancy by Bernadette Bland
Life is filled with emotional highs and lows. Riding the wave of this experience is part of living, but for poet Bernadette Bland, dreaming was even more important. No matter the attitude, mood, or circumstance, Ms. Bland has always believed in the beauty of life. Never to be deterred from her heart’s desire, she has ridden her own life wave with an eye to her dreams and an eye to the beauty of nature.
In her new poetry collection, Flights of Fancy, Ms. Bland shares her imagery with the outside world. She delves into the lavish splendor of nature in “Drifting Grace: God’s Art Show.” She peers behind the protective mask of a weeping clown in “Behind the Mask.” She recalls watching her mother slowly grow old in the poignant “Mama.” In all her words, she reveals her deepest yearnings and fears with selfless honesty.
Flights of Fancy is an example of an imagination set free. Ms. Bland fills her poetry with wonder and will leave you longing to step out into the sun. She is not afraid to depict the sometimes traumatic rollercoaster of life; yet she encourages us to move on, move up, and not look back. Within every word, she calls to the reader, challenging each one of us to never stop dreaming!
I would never have said I was a fan of poetry and prose, but this little book has changed my mind. There are some lovely little poems, especially enjoyed Mom and the one about the Native American Indian, and there some good short stories.
Will definitely recommend this to people that want to try poetry but aren’t quite sure where to start
Have you read any of the books above? Let us know your thoughts!