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Portable Magic

Reading, for me, is entertainment and an escape from the real world. But it can also inform and stretch the boundaries of the life I live.

Currently reading

The Bungalow Mystery
P.M. Carlson, Russell H. Tandy, Carolyn Keene
The Remains of the Day
Kazuo Ishiguro, Simon Prebble
Duel of Eagles: The Mexican and U.S. Fight for the Alamo
Jeff Long
Progress: 11/431 pages
The Secret of Shadow Ranch
Carolyn Keene
I am No One You Know
Joyce Carol Oates
The Return of the King
J.R.R. Tolkien, Rob Inglis
Progress: 13 %

204 Rosewood Lane (Cedar Cove, #2) - Debbie Macomber ★★☆☆☆

204 Rosewood Lane (Cedar Cove, Book 2) - Debbie Macomber

Continuing my participation in my family’s group read of the Cedar Cove series, this is book #2. We pick up several storylines and characters introduced in 16 Lighthouse Road, still set in the bland, uniformly white middle class town of Cedar Cove. Descriptors of the setting are superficial, so my mind’s eye has conjured images of a theme park main street.  

Disney Main Street

I can’t bring myself to spend time on a full review, so I’m just archiving my thoughts as I progressed through the book. Again, on audio, competently read by Sandra Burr.


10/18/13          marked as:       currently-reading


10/19/13          Progress 20.0%

"’Tonight,’ he said, reminding himself that this could very well be the evening he lured Olivia into his bed... Still, he was a man in every sense of the word, and he'd like nothing better than to take their relationship to a physical level beyond kissing and cuddling.”


Ugh, like high schoolers, thinking of relationships in terms of progressive levels.


10/20/13          Progress 30.0%

Horrified to think that the judge who is responsible for life changing legal decisions welcomes her knitting busybody mother into her chambers to give her opinions on legal cases.


10/19/13          Progress 25.0%          

Grown women attending the high school football game. No mention of the game itself, just their socializing. Afterward, Olivia mopes that Jack hasn't called her all week. Evidently it doesn't occur to her that she can pick up the phone and see how he's doing with his son, rather than expecting him to be thinking about her during his own family crisis.


10/20/13          Progress 30.0%

Srsly why can't 4 "responsible" adults consider that maybe Eric could actually just get tested for fertility? One peek in a microscope would make all this drama unnecessary. Idiots.


10/21/13          Progress 50.0%

WTF is up with all these weirdo stalker men that keep forcing themselves on women who tell them to go away. Then the women give in to their overwhelming masculine forces? Do people find this romantic instead of disturbing?


10/25/13          Progress 80.0%          

The big reveal is no surprise. Nor is the tiresome morality behind it.

Married her first husband because they got pregnant – honestly does anyone in this town use birth control? – then he coerced her into getting an abortion, and she’s been tormented with a ruined life and psyche ever since. Yawn.

(show spoiler)


10/25/13          Progress 80.0%          

Again, characters behaving like they're in jr. high. Jack spends more time obsessing over whether Olivia's ex-husband is "interested" in her, as if she's a possession that he worries about being stolen rather than an intelligent, adult woman with agency.


10/25/13          Progress 90.0%

Jack: "What would you say if I confessed that I've fallen in love with you?" Olivia: "I'd say you sound like an insecure little boy and that you're trying to score points in some imaginary contest with my ex-husband." Jack: sulking


hahahahahahaha! Finally, one of them says exactly what I'm thinking!


10/25/13          marked as:       read

Glad to be done. Think I will give it a little rest before I start the next book. Though this is weirdly compelling in a wholly repellent sort of way, like spraying whipped cream directly in your mouth right out of the can.