'I am simply a 'book drunkard.' Books have the same irresistible temptation for me that liquor has for its devotee. I cannot withstand them.' L.M. Montgomery

'There are no faster or firmer friendships than those formed between people who love the same books.' Irving Stone

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

I Stole the Neighbor's Daughter!

The neighbor's daughter is best friends with my granddaughter. They are inseparable when Isa is here. So when I decided to run over to Maryland while the kids were out on spring break I just stole her and took her with me! Not really, I did ask first:) Talk about some excited kids!

The weather was beautiful. It did my heart good to watch those girls together. They never fight, they hold hands, they did make-up, they got matching outfits, they did nails. They played house! I didn't know kids even did that anymore! No iPods, iPads, just plain old playing. And they always included little brother Ian.

A day at Hagerstown City Park...


Bedtime, dad made a big tent for them to sleep under

Matching outfits!

Playing house in the tree fort. Check out the bridge from this tree to the next!

Painted faces at the Easter Egg Hunt

Dinner over a bonfire and so'mores

a glorious sunset. They have one every night there!

We walked to the pond up the road and let the dog swim and found these! Zillions of frog eggs!

They live in a valley and are surrounded by fruit orchards. Mostly peach trees. Everything was budding and blooming there and by the day I left I was in a full blown allergy attack. I spent the first two days home in bed! Finally starting to clear up now. Needless to say I haven't got much reading done in the last week. Only on chapter 3 of the book I started a week ago! But my tea is done steeping and I'm off to read now. Have a great day!

click on the images to enlarge.

Peggy Ann

Friday, April 18, 2014

Free ebook, Scottish Author!

'Rachel White, a young archaeologist, is left a mysterious legacy of £8 million by an old lady she met in Edinburgh when she was a child. Setting off to discover why, she rocks her stable existence and uncovers secrets about her mother's experiences as a 5 year old in a concentration camp in WWII. What made Ma Polinski leave Rachel everything and will what she finds set her and her family free?'



Peggy Ann

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Throwback Thursday

Another Thursday is here. Lets 'throwback' to my childhood again! On my profile pic you see I have white hair now. It started turning gray about 10 years ago. Check out this little redhead! Too bad its not still that color!

First trip to see Santa!

Fourth grade pic

Me and my brother spinnin' some tunes

Do you want to participate in Throwback Thursday and post old 'stuff' too? Could be a song, book, painting, a TV show or pics, whatever you want.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Death By the Book by Julianna Deering

Drew Farthering Mystery Book 2
Publication Date: March 4, 2014
Publisher: Bethany House
ISBN: 9780764210961
Genre: Christian, Mystery
320 pages
My source: Netgalley

Author's Website

Book description:
Drew Farthering wanted nothing more than to end the summer of 1932 with the announcement of his engagement. Instead, he finds himself caught up in another mysterious case when the family solicitor is found murdered, an antique hatpin with a cryptic message, Advice to Jack, piercing his chest.

Evidence of secret meetings and a young girl's tearful confession point to the victim's double life, but what does the solicitor's murder have to do with the murder of a physician on the local golf course? Nothing, it would seem--except for another puzzling note, affixed with a similar-looking bloodied hatpin.

Soon the police make an arrest in connection with the murders, but Drew isn't at all certain they have the right suspect in custody. And why does his investigation seem to be drawing him closer and closer to home?

I read the first book in this series and reviewed it earlier. I was so tickled to get to review the second book as I really enjoyed the first. I was not disappointed. Another excellent mystery from Ms. Deering. 

Each victim has an antique hatpin holding a cryptic note stabbed into the victim. The notes are from Shakespeare. But what do each of the victims have in common? And what exactly do the notes mean? Is Drew the final target? Or his beloved Madeline? Will Madeline agree to marry him in this episode or not? I love that the main characters in this series are mystery readers. I love the little bookshop where they go to get the 'latest' mysteries from Dorothy L. Sayers, Agatha Christie and others. Well plotted, engaging characters, lots of suspects and a really good 'I never would have guessed' ending. 

With a thread of faith through out the story Ms. Deering never makes it the overly happiness, sunshiny stuff so much 'Christian' fiction have. I stopped reading them because of it. Life just isn't always that way. 

Well done, excellent read!

Coming in July Book 3 - Murder at the Mikado

Peggy Ann