The Abuse of Ashley Collins * Jon Athan

The Abuse of Ashley Collins was a disturbing book. I was personally unnerved while writing this story. There were even moments where I contemplated shelving the book. So, I think it’s safe to assume someone out there might have been offended by the content of this book. If you were offended, please accept my sincerestContinue reading “The Abuse of Ashley Collins * Jon Athan”

The House on Hope Street – Danielle Steel

Life was good for Liz and Jack Sutherland.  In 18 years of marriage, they had built a family, a successful law practice, and a warm, happy home near San Francisco, in a house on Hope Street.  Then, in an instant, it all fell apart.  It began like any other Christmas morning, with joy and children’s laughter.  But for JackContinue reading “The House on Hope Street – Danielle Steel”

A Head Full of Ghosts – Paul Tremblay Book Review

Other jackasses have tried to argue that it’s John Barrett, not Marjorie Barrett, who becomes The Possession ’s true tragic figure, and that the show is really about his descent into madness, his being possessed by the ugliness of hatred and zealotry. His daughter’s illness, his family’s dysfunction, his unemployed status, and his beloved CatholicContinue reading “A Head Full of Ghosts – Paul Tremblay Book Review”

Doddie Smith – I capture the castle

“How I wish I lived in a Jane Austen novel!” Meet 17-year-old Cassandra Mortmain who, alongside her family, lives in a rented castle. They’re poor (no-one earns any money) but they like to dream. The girls dream of love and marriage, the parents of unending days and food. And they feel that their status andContinue reading “Doddie Smith – I capture the castle”

Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” Austen began writing Pride and Prejudice under the title First Impressions in 1796, at the age of twenty-one. She probably wrote the first draft as an epistolary novel, meaning the plot unfoldedContinue reading “Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)”

Blessed are the Cheesemakers * Sarah Kate Lynch

If I were stranded on a desert island, the food I would miss most is cheese. I love cheese, all types of cheese, Maytag Blue, Fromager d’Affinois, Petit Basque, Taleggio. My affinity knows no national or state boundaries. I’ve passed this love onto my two-year-old who’s been known to sniff disdainfully, “No want deli cheese,Continue reading “Blessed are the Cheesemakers * Sarah Kate Lynch”