Banged-Up Heart: Dancing with Love and Loss
Uncategorized / November 28, 2018

Title: Banged-Up Heart: Dancing with Love and Loss Author: Shirley Melis Publisher: Terra Nova Books Release Date: March 8, 2017 Pages: 316 Banged Up Heart: Dancing with Love and Loss by Shirley Melis Review by Dawn Thomas 316 Pages Publisher: Terra Nova Books Release Date: March 8, 2017 Memoirs, Death and Dying, Grief In this memoir, Shirley shares her short relationship with her husband John. After healing from Joe’s death, her first husband, Shirley travels to Raleigh, North Carolina for Christmas. She hopes to meet up with an old friend of Joe’s to see if they are compatible. Things do not go according to her plan. Instead she meets her friend’s brother-in-law, John. They begin emailing each other and make plans for John to visit her in Virginia. Their’s is a world wind courtship. John has a rare form of blood cancer and his health is a big part of their story. She goes into detail about his care and treatments. The story is touching but sad. At times, I had to take breaks from reading because it was too emotional. Shirley and John lived life to the best of their ability for the time they had. This book made…

The Little Shop of Found Things by Paula Brackston
Uncategorized / November 28, 2018

Title: The Little Shop of Found Things Author: Paula Brackston Publisher: St. Martin's Press Release Date: October 16, 2018 Pages: 320 New York Times bestselling author of The Witch’s Daughter Paula Brackston returns to her trademark blend of magic and romance guaranteed to enchant in The Little Shop of Found Things, the first book in a new continuing series. An antique shop haunted by a ghost. A silver treasure with an injustice in its story. An adventure to the past she’ll never forget. Xanthe and her mother Flora leave London behind for a fresh start, taking over an antique shop in the historic town of Marlborough. Xanthe has always had an affinity with some of the antiques she finds. When she touches them, she can sense something of the past they come from and the stories they hold. When she has an intense connection to a beautiful silver chatelaine she has to know more. It is while she’s examining the chatelaine that she’s transported back to the seventeenth century where it has its origins. She discovers there is an injustice in its history. The spirit that inhabits her new home confronts her and charges her with saving her daughter’s life,…

Everyday Enchantments by Maria F. DeBlassie
Uncategorized / November 27, 2018

Title: Everyday Enchantments Author: Maria F. DeBlassie Publisher: John Hunt Publishing Ltd / Moon Books Release Date: October 26, 2018 Pages: 200 Micro-meditations and celebratory reflections on actively living as a wild woman. Everyday Enchantments is a love letter to the magic of everyday life, the sweet moments and the profound that we often overlook in our hurry to get from one place to the next. This collection of essays reminds us to escape into the ordinary, find beauty in a simple cup of tea or rereading a beloved novel, and joyfully let our world turn upside down when synchronicity strikes in the form of wrong turns down forgotten lanes and unexpected midnight conversations with the moon. Everyday Enchantments is a study in what it means to live deliciously, joyfully, and magically. And it’s an invitation to conjure your own bliss, because, let’s face it, we could all use a little more magic in our lives. ‘An insightful collection of short writings that make you look at the everyday in a whole new light.’ Erin Elliot, The Sword of Lumina Everyday Enchantments by Maria F. DeBlassie Book Review by Dawn Thomas 200 Pages Publisher: John Hunt Publishing Ltd / Moon…