Post Surgery Update

I did manage to get ahold of the winner of 100 DAYS OF HAPPINESS by Fausto Brizzi. Strangely enough, she was also having surgery. Now is home recovering nicely, thank heavens.

Just a short post to let you know I am doing well.  The type of hip replacement surgery I had was a newer version they refer to as anterior. It is less invasive with a quicker recovery time. Dr. did not have to cut through any muscle or tendon. This is a good thing since that is what holds the recovery up. My movements are not as restricted. I can bend and move around more.  Still, it is recovery from major surgery. I keep reminding myself of this. I am taking the least amount of pain medication as possible. However, you do need some. Being a martyr is not a good thing. There is a fine line. Some people are just more tolerable of medication.  I am a person who took almost no medication just a few years ago. Now I  have a bundle of them. Most are temporary, but, still, it is daunting. I have a detailed list and cross stuff off all day long. I have two wonderful women who come to my house most days. I have a home health nurse who takes note of my medications and cares for my “wounded” area. I also have a Physical Therapist who is smart and strong and sensible. These two strong women are helping me get myself back to where I need to be. I am grateful for their help.

I thought I would be able to read masses of books right after surgery. Instead I was pretty much stuck with doing mindless games on my ipad. And most of the time I was not even able to concentrate on them. Yuck. Now, however, I am reading up a storm and will have some reviews for you soon.

You know we have a houseful of kitties, of which three are kittens. I’m sure some of you are wondering how I’m doing maneuvering around the house amidst cat toys etc. Surprisingly enough it’s not been a problem.  They are old enough now to get out of the way. And I am very cautious. This morning was a moment to remember, though. It could truly have been a YouTube sensation if I had it on camera. I was settled into my chair reading the morning paper. My walker was idle by my chair. Kiki, my four-month-old seal point kitten, was alseep on the seat. Her brother, Wyatt, came along and decided to take off with the walker, giving her a ride. He was up on his hind feet pushing the walker across the living room. It was hilarious. Of course, retrieving the walker was another story.

I hope everyone is reading something good. Let me know if you are. More to come.

Giveaway! The Gilded Hour by Sara Donati

sara donati

The Gilded Hour

I have one lovely copy of THE GILDED HOUR by Sara Donati for giveaway. Many of you will remember her historical novels that follow the Bonner family in the upstate wilderness are of New York: INTO THE WILDERNESS, THE ENDLESS WILDERNESS, THE ENDLESS FOREST, and QUEEN OF SWORDS.  This time Donati sets her story against the backdrop of the wondrous  Gilded Age. Donati is bringing two descendants back in this new story.  Exciting news there!

I will be writing and posting my review of THE GILDED HOUR later this month.

Please leave a comment below to enter my contest. I will choose one winner on Friday, September 11. No P.O. addresses, please. And only U.S. addresses. Good luck! You do not miss out on this one.

Berkley Publishing Group is providing this novel for my giveaway. Thanks so much!

Fab Four Friends: The Boys Who Became The Beatles by Susanna Reich

The Beatles

Fab Four Friends

FAB FOUR FRIENDS: THE BOYS WHO BECAME THE BEATLES, by Susanna Reich with illustrations by Adam Gustavson, tells the story of how four young men met and became the world’s most famous band.

“In 1957 in Liverpool, England, a young lad named John Lennon and his band played music at a local church fair. In the audience was Paul McCartney, who liked what he heard and soon teamed up with John. Paul’s friend George Harrison kept showing up at rehearsals until the older boys finally let him in. Eventually they found the perfect drummer, Ringo Starr, and the perfect name: The Beatles.”

FAB FOUR FRIENDS is a nonfiction book for children aged 6-10. The story of the Beatles is one that is somewhat lost for this generation. I remember sitting at the dining room table after a holiday feast a few years ago. My grandchildren were in attendance. My sixteen-year-old grandson did not know who the Beatles were. I was shocked.

I think this is an inspiring book for young people as it tells the story of ordinary boys who were able to make it big through hard work and perseverance. And the illustrations are spectacular!

I grew up with the Beatles. I remember the crazy hair-pulling times. The crying fans swooning in the aisles at concerts. I remember their first tv appearance on Ed Sullivan all those years ago. And my mother was as taken as the young people. I also remember sporting a Beatles haircut. Now you know a little something about me:)

Susanna Reich is the author of one of my favorite children’s books: MINETTE’S FEAST: THE DELICIOUS STORY OF JULIA CHILD AND HER CAT.  Of course I own a copy.

I received a fabulous finished hard copy from Macmillan in exchange for an honest review. I think it’s just fab!


New Winner for 100 Days

Fausto Brizzi

100 Days of Happiness

I’ve had to choose a new winner for this book.  I asked Annie for her info and she has not returned my email.

So, I will choose another winner next week when I home from the hospital. Unless she comes forward in the meantime. Hate it when this happens.

Winner Is!

Fausto Brizzi

100 Days of Happiness

And the winner is Annie. I do not have your last name. Will send out email. Please send your mailing address to me. Book will come from Pamela Dorman Books.


Thanks to everyone who made comments. And best to you all.

The Race For Paris by Meg Waite Clayton

Meg Waite Clayton

The Race For Paris

THE RACE FOR PARIS, by Meg Waite Clayton, is a unique look  behind the scenes with women journalists during WW11.

The year is 1944. Jane and Liv meet in a field hospital in France. Jane is a reporter for the Nashville Banner, while Liv is a photographer for the Associated Press. Both are Americans.  And both are in France itching to get to Paris ahead of the Allies for one reason: to get the scoop of a lifetime!

Women were not treated as equals in the journalism world in 1944. In fact, no provisions were even made for women to  be in the trenches. Clayton has certainly done her research. She definitely tells  it  like it “was.”

When Liv realizes she is going to be held back from  the front, she makes a bold decision. After all, the reason she is here is not to be second. She will be first. She is going to get this at all costs.  Going AWOL is not something she chose to do, it was something she had to do. Not to be left behind, Jane jumped on the band wagon.

Jane and Liv meet up with a British military photographer named  Fletcher along the way and become fast friends. Maybe even a bit more than friends. He makes the decision to escort the two ladies to the front.  These three plug along through the mine-ridden fields of war-torn France, knowing their lives are at risk with each step. They each carry emotional baggage into this alliance. And it gets awfully sticky.

Almost at the close of the novel the three come across the most amazing caves in The Netherlands. Caves filled with an entire town’s worth of people who have been hiding for years.  It is one of those unique moments about the war that I had not heard of. And I would like to know much, much more. There is an entirely new story here.

This novel is based on the lives and experiences of the women journalists who lived through the war. Lee Miller and Martha Gellhorn, to name a couple of them.

Meg Waite Clayton is the author of  the best seller WEDNESDAY DAUGHTERS. My review copy came from Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review.  I think this novel will appeal to anyone wanting unique information about WW11 in a novel format. Well-written and really entertaining.


I Have A Winner!!

Rosalie Ham

The Dressmaker

I have my winner for THE DRESSMAKER. Jill Solomon, you’ve won my giveaway. Congratulations! I will contact you through email. Will need your mailing address. Publisher will get the book in the mail as soon as they receive your address.

A big thanks go out to Penguin Books for providing the book!