Another Enjoyable Read

BlueprintsBlueprints by Barbara Delinsky
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Delinsky takes on the world of remodeling homes and gardens as a background for this novel. Mother is a carpenter and her daughter is an architect for the family firm. There are forces bent on splitting up this dynamic duo. During the course of this story, their close relationship will be tested. Careers will shift, a hunky contractor and a handsome school teacher become important to these women. As always Delinsky gives us some tension, life changes, romance, and surprises. I do enjoy her books.

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Welcome to the Lowcountry versus upper Midwest

By Invitation OnlyBy Invitation Only by Dorothea Benton Frank
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Like the stars say, I really liked this book. When I open a Dorthea Benton Frank novel I feel like I’m visiting friends in the Lowcountry. She makes you feel right at home. Thanks again, Dot.

Shelby and Fred are in love. They’re from vastly different places, Shelby was raised in Chicago with money, culture and social standing. Fred’s family are southern farmers, with down-home attitudes of hard work and being kind to everyone, no matter what their station in life. To say that the two families have a bit of trouble relating to one another is an understatement. Planning for the wedding gets totally out of control, pretention abounding. But things can change and do when Shelby and Fred say enough. As always, there are a wonderful set of quirky characters and sticky situations that impact everyone. It’s fun. It’s funny. It’s sad. And it’s well worth reading.

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Inspired by a Dreamer

The Last LectureThe Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Randy Pausch was a scientist, a father, a husband and an inspiration. He chose to be Tigger instead of Eyeore and dealt with cancer and death with humor and found fun and loving in every one of his limited days. He shared his experience, his dreams and lessons learned with honesty. I’m sad that he was burdened with this disease, but honored to have been able to read what he shared. Truly a great book.

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Fabulous Review of “Your Every Move”

Your Every Move took me back to my younger years when my world seemed to change unexpectedly and finding solid footing often seemed beyond my grasp.  Alternating between the security of a few trustworthy loved ones and being at the mercy of new relationships was daunting and sometimes dangerous.  I enjoyed reading how Amanda faced her challenges and grew to trust herself and her decisions.  Thanks for a story with love, suspense and mystery, and the reminder that growth is frequently the result of surviving painful circumstances. ~Janice L.

 

(Many thanks, Janice.)

Consumer Reviews

With so much shopping being done online now, the consumer review is more important than ever. We miss the opportunity to chat with another shopper in the store to see what they think of the item you are considering purchasing. (Unless they have chat software, but the person on the other end is being paid to say good things about their products.)

air_mailMost web sites give you the opportunity to review and even remind you in email to review the product you purchased as well as the shipping. I purchased a cool Impressionist Coloring book from Amazon, and the box I received was totally smashed. Thankfully the contents, however, were shrink wrapped and in fine shape. (They will be told the good and the bad of it, so the next customer doesn’t receive their purchase in bad shape.)

I prefer to shop locally, but if the brand I’m looking for isn’t carried here I take my search elsewhere. Perhaps that is why I love quirky shops like Lucinda’s and Watermark Books & Cafe. The service is great and they have really fun things for sale. I also enjoy shopping at antique stores and consignment/thrift shops where you never know what treasures you might find or be able to repurpose.

As many of you know I love comfortable shoes, but they can be expensive.relax So, I watch for my favorite brands to see if they are on sale locally and online. (The shoe sales sites that have free shipping both ways are the best, because sometimes shoes just don’t fit and you have to return them and try again. I read the reviews to see if customers found them true to size or if they were durable and comfortable. )

Whenever and wherever I shop, I let people know whether I had a good (or bad) experience. Through social media. Through Customer Reviews. Through word of mouth. When we discover a great new place to eat we tell everyone we know. We humans love to share experiences, it’s story telling in its purest form. That’s a good thing and has probably gone on since the Neanderthal Grug  warned his mate not to go near the cave where the neighborhood sabor tooth tiger slept. (Warning! See there is value in letting people know your experience?)

Keep in mind, though, if it’s not dangerous – your opinion is just that – one person’s opinion. There’s no need to get nasty, just say I didn’t like it because… or I liked it a lot because… Let others form their own opinions, and be kind enough not to blame the clerk at the clothing store for your bad day. We all have them, so be responsible and courteous when leaving your review or comments. It’s called “constructive criticism.” Make your reviews count!