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The Taste of Air: #bookreview

 

Can you imagine finding out that your mother has another life that you didn’t know anything about at all?

If you’re looking for a good book about secrets, dealing with life and family, a good  choice would be “Taste of Air” by Gail Cleare.

So Nell travels to take care of her mother, who is in the hospital in a different state. Her mother isn’t supposed to be in a different state. She’s supposed to be living at an assisted living community.

It is the first of many secrets that Nell and her sister, Bridget, uncover.

I liked the main characters, Nell and Bridget. The neighbor guy seems a little weird. He has some secrets too.

This book made me think about the sacrifices that spouses make in order to make other people happy. Nell’s mother, Mary, made some huge sacrifices for her husband. Right or wrong, I don’t think I could make sacrifices like that for anybody. Especially not if Mary’s husband was my husband. He’s deceased but from the way people talk about him, he seems less than pleasant.

I enjoyed reading this book. It only took a day or two to read it because I wanted to know all of the secrets and to understand why Mary led two lives.

*I received a free ebook in exchange for doing a review.

 

The Taste of Air on Amazon

 

Gail Cleare’s website


#WeekendCoffeeShare: birthday wish list

Birthday Wish List
If we were having coffee, I would tell you
  • that it’s my birthday today.
  • I hate and love my birthday. It’s complicated.
  • I keep waiting for someone to plan something amazing for my birthday.
  • It NEVER happens. Like NEVER.
  • Sure, I get taken out to dinner and probably a cake or some birthday pancakes.
  • You’re probably saying, “What’s wrong with that? Why are you whining so much?”
  • Nothing is wrong with it.
  • This year, I got nothing. No birthday pancakes. No dinner. No cake. For damn sure no amazing special presents.
  • I had to make my own damn bagel.
  • My mom is the only one that even comes close to making my birthday special. Thank God for my mom.
  • I was supposed to do something that I signed up to do. I didn’t do it for several reasons. That’s disappointing.
  • So I guess that means I really, really have to start figuring out all of that self-care bullshit about making my own happiness a priority. I do not want to have another shitty birthday like this year.
  • Obviously no one else is going to plan anything so I will have to do it.
  • The picture is just a bunch of stuff that I would like to wear. I need somewhere to wear nice things.
  • I’m thinking about running away next year. (Seriously. I’m thinking about doing it now but I have babysitting issues. Also, I have a job and responsibilities. What a bunch of shit.)
  • Hope your weekend has been better than mine.
Happy Fucking Birthday to me!
P.S. Misha Collins was the first one to send me birthday wishes. I don’t care if it was a generated mass produced email. It’s all I have right now.

 


Marchesa flare dress
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Athena Procopiou off the shoulder dress
$610 – mytheresa.com

Vans canvas sneaker
$230 – vestiairecollective.com

Crossbody purse
maryfrances.com

Chan Luu bracelet
$225 – shopbop.com

Goth jewelry
vancaro.com

Dsquared2 sunglasses
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Laptop case
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Wool hat
etsy.com

Crown headband
$32 – rocknrose.co.uk

White mug
etsy.com

Penny White and the Temptation of Dragons: #bookreview

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It took a little longer than I expected to finish “Penny White and the Temptation of Dragons” by Chris Cymri.

All in all, it was a decent book. For an indie fantasy book, it had very few grammatical errors. I can’t say that I was crazy about the book but I did like the main character of Penny White. So I’m not against reading the other books in the series.

I’m not sure who did the covers but I think that they did an amazing job. The cover would make a great poster.

Don’t hold it against me but I have never watched Doctor Who. This book has several references to Doctor Who. There were probably jokes that I missed.

Penny White is a vicar, who gives a dragon his last rites in the first chapter of the book. White ends up getting a promotion to Vicar of General Incursions, an alternate place with unicorns, dragons, werefoxes, elves and many other beings that we all thought were imaginary.  Her new job will be to counsel “beings we thought could only be found in fantasy stories.” Plus, she will still be a part-time vicar at her regular church.

With the promotion, she acquires a gryphon, Morey, as a partner. On top of the recent changes in her life, she is also still dealing with the loss of her husband and a strained relationship with her younger brother.

So Endre, the dragon that Penny gives last rites to in the beginning died under mysterious circumstances. She and Morey spend a lot of time trying to figure out why. Endre was in a relationship with a human, which was frowned upon by the other dragons and mythical creatures.

There were discussions between the characters about whether relationships between species should be accepted. Who can say for sure? (I did have that crush on Worf from Star Trek for a little while in college. And that werewolf from True Blood . . . )

Anyway, it would be interesting to read more about what happens with Penny White and Morey. Will she date Raven, a dragon, or Pete, a human? Will she mend things with her brother? How will she deal with all of her responsibilities? Will her pet snail go on a vicious rampage? I’m curious to find out what happens next.

If you would like to find out more about the Penny White series, visit the author’s website.

Chrys Cymri

 

*I did receive an ebook in exchange for a review. *


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Hero Strong

Hero Strong

Harley Quinn


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Graffiti 


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Floral. Or fancy. 


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