Archive for December, 2017

Upon the news of her father’s death, young Amelia is sent to America. She’ll be the care of her cousin Basil, a man she’d never heard of, much less met. Another cousin, an unpleasant, sullen woman who never takes off her hat, accompanies Amelia on the ship voyage. Except she promptly disappears leaving Amelia along on deck of the ship where anything can happen and does.

This is a Victorian mystery with subterfuge and kidnappings. Here, things are never as they seem. Think you got the mystery figured out? Think again. There are twists and turns to make you dizzy. Ms. Wallace made the Victorian era come alive with her descriptive text. You could even nearly smell it. There are good characters in here. My favorite, Choppers, the cat.

This book sort of reminded of a Horatio Alger, Jr. Story although those are much easier to figure out.


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When I started this blog, it was for my writing. I don’t quite feel I’ve been doing that these last couple of years and I want to go back to that. I also want more Pawnee Kitty and Angus adventures. That’s another aspect of my writing, so that fits in too. Book Reviews. I’ll still do those.

I feel that I swayed from my path too much with more posts in the Whatever file. I will not go forego those because interesting things happen.

Starting next year, 2018, in January, I’ll be writing more on writing. It won’t be every post, but at least once a month there’ll be one for the Writing Rambles category. Stay tuned.

And Happy Holidays.


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While I wrote a Christmas book this year, I didn’t publish it. I was going to, really, I was. The words were written. The pictures drawn. I only needed a few tweaks. Then I found out that the place I go to sell them, moved up the bazaar a month early. No way I would get this done by then.

So, bummer. But, to be truthful, I wasn’t really feeling this story. It was an okay one, but I thought I could do better. I certainly could have done better on the pictures, that’s for sure. Some are really good. Some not so. So this ‘bad’ thing is really a good thing.

I learned certain things with this latest adventure. One, start early. Really early. I already have by honing my drawing skills. Two, choose the story wisely. While I like this story and think I did a bang up job of making it better, a better story would have been the way to go. I haven’t done that, picked a story, but I have a few in mind.

Next year. I’ll be better prepared.

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Lorrie Hollander’s summer camp experience ends with a call to the office. Her tuition hasn’t been paid. Mad at her absentminded aunt for not paying, Lorrie returns home, without her horse, vowing to finally wrest the trust out of Aunt Gigi’s hands. She doesn’t need more surprises like this one.

She gets another when she finds out there is no more money. Lorrie can’t find anything about the trust her mother set up when she and boyfriend Nigel, moved to England leaving her two daughters, Lorrie and Susannah, behind.


This was one of those stories I didn’t want to end. Twists and turns kept one guessing what was going to happen and I did not see the twist at the end. The characters were all defined and three dimensional. I just with there’d been more of Aunt Gigi who’s not seen except in pivotal moments. I liked Brian’s character, Susannah’s druggie boyfriend. I would have liked more closure with him such as did he do what Lorrie suspected him of doing.  I highly recommend this.


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