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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 %

Lavender Morning update: I've read 68 out of 476 pages.

Lavender Morning (Edilean, #1) - Jude Deveraux

The town of Edilean sounds precious. Maybe a little too precious - I hope Joce finds a few warts besides the usual small-town-neighbors-all-in-your-business. Some of the characters and plot points are a little too heavy-handed, but the dialogue is snappy and fun and I'm liking the MC's mix of confidence and self-doubt.


Not plausible:

Why would an intelligent and financially independent woman of 30 bring family that she's not even on cordial terms with to the reading of an unrelated friend's will? Riding in the backseat of her father's car? Wouldn't the famous model stepsisters have better things to do? Wouldn't women who are avaricious by nature and have been internationally famous models be able to distinguish coal from precious stones, something even their father the maintenance man can do? Or does highly sexualized = monumentally stupid?

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