WYR: August 2016

Some weeks I’m itching for a good mystery. Others I’m craving an emotional roller coaster. Or fantasy. Or historical fiction. Or goodness knows what. It might be brand new or something ancient or anywhere in between. In any case, it’s nice to share, so …

What’s Your Read?

The House at the End of Hope Street
Menna van Praag

2016-08-31 House at the End of Hope StreetAlba has hit what she presumes to be rock bottom. Wandering around Cambridge with no clue what to do lands her at the end of Hope Street in front of a massive house she’s never noticed. Once inside, she discovers she’s not the only woman looking for sanctuary.

A refuge for generations where residents have 99 days to have their lives changed, the house with the help of its ghosts, portraits, and caretaker offers magical guidance even if the women on the receiving end aren’t yet willing to face their demons.

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WYR: Family Reunion

Some weeks I’m itching for a good mystery. Others I’m craving an emotional roller coaster. Or fantasy. Or historical fiction. Or goodness knows what. It might be brand new or something ancient or anywhere in between. In any case, it’s nice to share, so …

What’s Your Read?

After today, I’m going on my semi-annual blog break. For the next eight weeks, Long Story Short will be on hiatus except for the monthly offer. However, I’m always reachable at hownovelediting@gmail.com for your editing needs!

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The Griffin Legacy by Jan O’Donnell Klaveness

Thirteen-year-old Amy Enfield learns there are a few curious branches on her family tree while visiting her relations in Massachusetts, and meeting her extended family doesn’t limit itself to the living. When Lucy Griffin’s ghost appears and begs for help, Amy discovers a new purpose in assisting not only her ancestor, but the Tory minister whom she loved. She must fight long held prejudices and untangle a series of mysterious circumstances to finally understand The Griffin Legacy.

WYR: Old School Meets No School

Some weeks I’m itching for a good mystery. Others I’m craving an emotional roller coaster. Or fantasy. Or historical fiction. Or goodness knows what. It might be brand new or something ancient or anywhere in between. In any case, it’s nice to share, so …

What’s Your Read?

I dug out a few old favorites from my shelves for this and next week. Summer break has started, so no better time for my son to experience Sarah, Plain and Tall for the first time.

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Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

Anna and Caleb’s memories of their mother are nearly nonexistent since she died the morning after Caleb was born. Years later, their father has informed them that a strong, opinionated women from the coast will be visiting to see how they all get on. The children hang on every word this Sarah writes and speaks, the animals love her, and all around her seems to thrive. But will Sarah stay and become their new mother? Or does she miss the sea too much to stay on the prairie?

WYR: Whale of a Tale

Some weeks I’m itching for a good mystery. Others I’m craving an emotional roller coaster. Or fantasy. Or historical fiction. Or goodness knows what. It might be brand new or something ancient or anywhere in between. In any case, it’s nice to share, so …

What’s Your Read?

A series in which each book takes on a different style of mystery? Yes, a thousand times please. Of course, I’m absolutely swimming in Boris Akunin’s Christie/Conan Doyle-esque installment.

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Murder on the Leviathan by Boris Akunin

A baffling murder dubbed the crime of the century in Paris sends Commissioner Gauche off on the Leviathan bound for Calcutta. Among the steamship’s passengers may be a murderer, but luckily enough, there also appears Erast Fandorin, Russian diplomat and detective. An eccentric cast of characters present a dubious set of captive suspects on a journey that turns out to be anything but a safe crossing. Can the mystery be solved before there’s further Murder on the Leviathan?

WYR: Rescue Edition

Some weeks I’m itching for a good mystery. Others I’m craving an emotional roller coaster. Or fantasy. Or historical fiction. Or goodness knows what. It might be brand new or something ancient or anywhere in between. In any case, it’s nice to share, so …

What’s Your Read?

I was going to make my usual mug of coffee, but then this happened.

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The Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances by Ellen Cooney

One mutt was snuggling my book while the other mutt had stolen my spot on the couch. Pretty much par for the course around here, actually, and definitely worth more than my usual thumbnail shot of a cover.

Evie is discovering the benefits of learning sit, stay, lie down, come, and drop it aren’t limited to the dogs she’s encountered in her brief time at The Mountaintop School for Dogs. Hoping to claim a new career as a dog trainer, she’s come to this isolated and somewhat mysterious establishment only to find her education to be a bit unconventional. Then again, breaking convention might be just what she needs since her own past is nearly as chaotic as some of the canines’.

The Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances is really making me wish it was a factual place I could go live.

 

WYR: Stuff of Legends

Some weeks I’m itching for a good mystery. Others I’m craving an emotional roller coaster. Or fantasy. Or historical fiction. Or goodness knows what. It might be brand new or something ancient or anywhere in between. In any case, it’s nice to share, so …

What’s Your Read?

Kullervo’s father was killed by his uncle who also enslaved his mother and siblings. A path of revenge seems like the only option, right?

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The Story of Kullervo by J.R.R. Tolkien

I admit that the plot, though full of tragedy and magic, was not what got me to read this one. The Story of Kullervo is an intriguing chance to peek inside Tolkien’s mind and imaginative writing process. I feel a little sneaky reading it, like I wandered into someone’s office and nosily started reading whatever was lying about or obnoxiously snooped over the writer’s shoulder. The temptation was just too much to pass up.

WYR: Since You’ve Been Gone

Some weeks I’m itching for a good mystery. Others I’m craving an emotional roller coaster. Or fantasy. Or historical fiction. Or goodness knows what. It might be brand new or something ancient or anywhere in between. In any case, it’s nice to share, so …

What’s Your Read?

2016-4-22 Mystery of the Venus Island Fetish

The Mystery of the Venus Island Fetish by Tim Flannery

Things have changed a bit in the five years that Archie Meek has been away. While he became part of the Venus Island’s clan, his colleagues and the museum have experienced personnel shifts, mysterious tragedies, and ever-increasing financial troubles. Four curators have disappeared with either vague or elaborate stories to explain their absence. Four skulls on the Venus Island Fetish, the terrifying mask believed to be evil by the island’s people and is now hanging in the museum, are strangely orange in comparison to the others rimming it. But this is hardly the only puzzle occupying Archie’s mind. After all, how will he readjust to wearing shoes or anything more than a loincloth, really? Why has Beatrice refused his proposal of marriage and rather personal love token? And how will he negotiate his new assignment from the director himself that means to use Archie’s adopted family as an example of unevolved savagery?

The Mystery of the Venus Island Fetish promises a sweet, awkward, intriguing, risque, and amusing journey with individuals to match.