Thursday, December 31, 2015

Book Review--The War Between Us by Sarah Creviston Lee

I had the chance to read this brand new book recently and fell in love with it. Lee is a master of tension and the book is perfectly paced. The War Between Us brought to memory other books I've read like Obasan by Joy Kogawa and Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr. It is about a time in our nation's history where emotions boiled. I got a taste of this as a child. I remember how I loved the book about the thousand paper cranes so much that I told my grandma about it. She turned to me with an indignant look in her eyes and said, "Well, they bombed us first!" There is a story there, I'm sure. A reason that after more than 40 years she would still react in such a way. Because of these heightened emotions, many people were treated unfairly like Alex Moon in The War Between Us. These issues are captured beautifully in Lee's novel. If you enjoy a good historical fiction romance, check it out on amazon.

Monday, December 14, 2015


Check out this video that I'm sharing with my family for FHE tonight. Such a great reminder this time of year. Service is the surest cure for grief, pain, selfishness, etc., etc., etc. We are going to "lift" our neighbors tonight with some cookies. :) Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Movie Review--Miss Potter

I love movies and books about authors: fictional ones like Anne of Green Gables and Little Women, and those with a bit of non-fiction flavor like Finding Neverland and Miss Potter. I think the best writers have been through real heart-wrenching trials. This movie shows much of that with Miss Potter. Trying to make it as a female author in her time, battling a bit of social awkwardness, parents who thought "society" was more important than much of anything else, a mother who could not see her gift, and finally a personal tragedy tried to blot the canvas of her life. I loved that Miss Potter believed in herself, showed incredible courage, and I also am a huge fan of what she chose to do with her good fortune. I also honor and revere her choice to live the simple life. I think wisdom was her trademark, and she struck me as someone who knew herself well. What a gift. If you never saw this when it came out years ago, give it a chance. Such a great movie.