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Sometimes I come across books and I think, Oh, Tibet would like this one. Or I wonder if Benjamin has read this? This is one of those weeks. I came across two books that just seemed like good fits. Here they are!

Before We Were Yours –One of those mysteries woven through time with a dark past.

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge—until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents—but they quickly realize the dark truth. At the mercy of the facility’s cruel director, Rill fights to keep her sisters and brother together in a world of danger and uncertainty.

Aiken, South Carolina, present day. Born into wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career as a federal prosecutor, a handsome fiancé, and a lavish wedding on the horizon. But when Avery returns home to help her father weather a health crisis, a chance encounter leaves her with uncomfortable questions and compels her to take a journey through her family’s long-hidden history, on a path that will ultimately lead either to devastation or to redemption.

Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals—in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country—Lisa Wingate’s riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong.

The Rise and Fall of the D.O.D.O …a captivating and complex near-future thriller combining history, science, magic, mystery, intrigue, and adventure that questions the very foundations of the modern world.

When Melisande Stokes, an expert in linguistics and languages, accidently meets military intelligence operator Tristan Lyons in a hallway at Harvard University, it is the beginning of a chain of events that will alter their lives and human history itself. The young man from a shadowy government entity approaches Mel, a low-level faculty member, with an incredible offer. The only condition: she must sign a nondisclosure agreement in return for the rather large sum of money.

Tristan needs Mel to translate some very old documents, which, if authentic, are earth-shattering. They prove that magic actually existed and was practiced for centuries. But the arrival of the scientific revolution and the Age of Enlightenment weakened its power and endangered its practitioners. Magic stopped working altogether in 1851, at the time of the Great Exhibition at London’s Crystal Palace—the world’s fair celebrating the rise of industrial technology and commerce. Something about the modern world “jams” the “frequencies” used by magic, and it’s up to Tristan to find out why.

And so the Department of Diachronic Operations—D.O.D.O. —gets cracking on its real mission: to develop a device that can bring magic back, and send Diachronic Operatives back in time to keep it alive . . . and meddle with a little history at the same time. But while Tristan and his expanding operation master the science and build the technology, they overlook the mercurial—and treacherous—nature of the human heart.

And here’s one that I own that will be a big hit with all the foodies on this blog!

Coulter’s A Slice of Life Cookbook This is a Companion Cookbook to A Slice of Life by Margaret Lake:

This cookbook is not for the faint of heart. These recipes were passed down from grandmothers to mothers to daughters and sons. They are not guaranteed gluten-free, salt-free and definitely not fat free or even low fat.

I can tell you having taste-tested the recipes myself (and made some adjustments from the original recipes given to me by friends and family), I found them all to be delicious. I don’t eat spicy and other people had to taste test those recipes, but that’s me. You’ll have to try them for yourself.

I’ve read A Slice of Life–it’s very cute and heartwarming. The cookbook is spinoff on the idea of the many cultures/people that you might meet while riding a bus.

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Posted: January 7, 2018


  1. I’m currently reading the rises and fall of DODO, and it’s just too long. It would be much more successful broken up into a series. So I’ve just decided to quit reading and come back to it. It’s not too bad, good plot, almost well executed. But it’s just too long.

    Comment by Anonymous — January 10, 2018 @ 6:02 pm

  2. Bah. I guess I’ve never logged on from this computer. It’s my work computer. So I’m not anonymous, I Elisabeth

    Comment by Elisabeth Huhn — January 10, 2018 @ 6:03 pm

  3. Hello, I Elisabeth (that makes you sound kind of royal, doesn’t it?) Thanks for the input. I’m not a fan of long. Even if a book is very good (see my recent comments on Blade and Rose – Good book, but…we’re talking very long.) One of the reasons I never bothered to read the acclaimed Outlander series is the length. No way. The FIRST book is too long (I’m not a huge fan of time travel either so there’s no draw there. It’s also romance and I’m pretty ambivalent on romance books). I own the first in the Outlander series. But I think I’ve only read the first page!

    Comment by Maria — January 10, 2018 @ 6:10 pm

  4. I am amazed at how typos can hide entirely from first or fifth read through, then become glaring. Because I meant: I am not anonymous, I am Elisabeth.

    Comment by Elisabeth — January 11, 2018 @ 12:45 am

  5. Tee hee!

    Comment by Maria — January 11, 2018 @ 7:46 am

  6. Maria you have to read Outlander past page 37. Once she goes through the stones, it gets really good. But I don’t think it’s your cup of tea anyway. I’m a huge fan especially of the T.V. series. Warning heavy sex and violence. This is how I know I’m going to live another eight years. I won’t be reading the books anymore. I’ll just be watching the show .

    Comment by Margaret Lake — January 11, 2018 @ 4:25 pm

  7. No, the whole love triangle angle (deciding between the guy on the one side of the stones versus the one she falls for after) didn’t warm me up to the books. Supposedly it isn’t exactly a love triangle, but it sort of is since she feels some loyalty to the original husband. I realize there must be a conflict that requires resolving, but I don’t think I could tolerate that particular theme. And then I heard later there was another possible disloyal act, which occurred because of the supposed death of a character. But that whole thing screams SOAP OPERA SAGA to me. So, yes. It probably isn’t my thing. They are well-loved and I’m thrilled to see an author have such popularity and a tv series!

    Comment by Maria — January 11, 2018 @ 4:31 pm

  8. Ordered my dragon and they are sending me one that has all fruit dragons on them.
    Wanted the strawberry dragon on the cover. Did I send you a picture of it?

    Comment by Heather — January 12, 2018 @ 8:27 pm

  9. Oh Heather! I bet it will be spectacular! I saw the link you sent! Very awesome!

    Comment by Maria — January 13, 2018 @ 8:55 am

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