Saturday, February 27, 2010

Saving Grace by Julie Garwood

Saving Grace Saving Grace by Julie Garwood

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I'll start by letting you know I was torn between giving this book 3 stars and 4 stars. Maybe I could have given it 3.5 stars. I only recently started reading Julie Garwood novels and really enjoying them, so I immediately ordered more. This book did not get the best reviews from some of her other followers, but I thought I'd give it a go anyway.I did enjoy this book. Maybe I am easily pleased...particularly when the main man is a Scottish Highlander.There were times in the book that I didn't think it flowed as well as it could have and that maybe some more detail was needed.That said, I enjoyed the relationship between Gabriel Macbain and Johanna. I never completely understood the hostility between the two clans that were forced together and felt that some of the other characters could have been explored more. Who knows maybe they will in another book.If you like Julie Garwood's other novels then I would suggest you add this one to your shelf.

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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Birthday Girl turns 3

Well its a little hard for me to believe, but my baby turned 3 yesterday. Where did those years go? I feel like I've blinked and missed most of it. I would dearly love to go back in a time just a little and take the last 10 years a little slower.
My mother used to tell me when I was younger "don't wish your life away, the older you get, the faster it passes by". I think I have realised by now that my mother knew a little bit of what she was talking about. I hope that in many years to come my children look back and think I knew a little of what I was talking about. Right now....the looks they give me....I think they think I know nothing!
My little girl celebrated her birthday yesterday by having her first day at kindergarten. I was nervous for her, because she didn't seem nervous at all, yet in the weeks leading up to it, she was adament she was not going to go.
She had a great day. That's all I could have hoped for.
Her request for her special birthday dinner was KFC, only after I suggested flower birthday cake was not dinner as she was insisting that it was. Mind you the cake may have been a toucher healthier. My boys had been in her ear all week suggesting she request take-away. They are allowed to choose whatever they want for dinner for their birthday. I am certainly I was in high school before I was allowed to have take-away for my birthday. I am pretty sure I've always asked for roast lamb. I shouldn't complain, because at least with take-away I don't have to cook for a night.
I am missing out on a scrapbooking retreat this weekend, I always miss the February one because it is always too close to her birthday.
I wish I could be there, but there will be other retreats, my baby will never again have a 3rd birthday!
Now I can turn my thoughts to my eldest son whose 9th birthday is only 3 weeks away. When you have four kids, birthdays come up often.

Guardian Angel

Guardian Angel (Crown's Spies #2) Guardian Angel by Julie Garwood

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I would like to start by suggesting I would probably give this book 2.5 stars and feel a little harsh by only giving it 2.Am pleased that this wasn't the first Julie Garwood novel I read, because I may not have read another.I have read a number of her books and have thoroughly enjoyed the others.One thing I love in a novel is the cross over of characters. I had already read "The Gift", the story of Nathan and Sara and really enjoyed it. "Guardian Angel" is the story of Caine and Jade, who happens to be Nathan's sister. Guardian Angel is set in the years before "The Gift" and I really should be read first.In saying that I just didn't get the connection with Caine and Jade and really felt I read until the end just to fill in some gaps.I still have a few more Julie Garwood novels to read and am hoping they are more exciting than this one.

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Monday, February 8, 2010

The Gift

The Gift (Crown's Spies, #3)
Another enjoyable Julie Garwood read....the last one I had in my bookshelf so I promptly ordered 4 more today. I have thoroughly enjoyed the novels I have read so far.
I really enjoyed Nathan and Sara's characters, and found myself laughing out loud which to me is always a good quality in a book.