Book Talk Tuesday: HAPPILY THIS CHRISTMAS

If it’s Tuesday, this must be a book review. It’s been a while since I posted a book review. Not because I haven’t been reading, but after reading quite a few books for review, I took a break and read for myself. I did read some great books that I will review in the next few weeks, but I’m starting with a Christmas book. Of course. Since it’s officially Fall, there are only twelve weekends between now and Christmas. That’s twelve chances to curl up with some hot chocolate, or a latte, or tea, and this endearing book.

Susan Mallery takes us back to Happily Inc, the wedding destination town in the California desert. This is Wynn’s story. We’ve met Wynn in the other Happily Inc stories. She runs the graphic design and printing shop and she’s a single mom of a young teenage boy.

Wynn has kept her heart to herself and refused to consider a long-term relationship. Until the good-looking police officer, Garrick, moves in next door. They wave greetings occasionally and she watches him mow his lawn, but that’s it. Until he asks her to help him get his home ready for his adult daughter, Joylyn, to come stay. She’s pregnant and her husband is deployed. They’ve been estranged for several years and he has no idea why or what happened. He’s hoping this means they can heal the past and restore the loving relationship they used to have.

Of course, it’s not that easy.

I really enjoyed this one a lot. Of course, we all know I’m a huge Susan Mallery fan. And a huge fan of Christmas stories with Happily Ever After endings.

Wynn and Garrick had believable chemistry and they were cognizant that they both had their children living with them, so they didn’t tumble into bed at the first spark, disregarding that fact. Joylyn was a pill at first, but she softened and became likable. Some of our previous Happily Inc protagonists had cameos and walk-on parts, so we got to catch up with Renee and Jasper, Bethany and Cade, Carol and Matthias, and the others.

This was a fun addition to the Happily Inc library and I highly recommend it!


I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, but it did not induce me to review it, either favorably or not.

Media Monday: Love and Honor

Bleck.

When our television provider had a few preview weekend of several movie channels, I recorded everything I could find that we had missed or I thought we’d enjoy. And we have. Secretariat, The Iron Lady, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, have all been great.

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Media Monday: Love and Honor

 

Love and Honor sounded intriguing. Part war story, part love story. Perfect for his and hers movie night.

Ugh.

Sappy story.

Sloppy writing.

Scant acting.

I was so hopeful and so disappointed.

Dalton Joiner and Mickey Wright are platoon mates in Vietnam. They are shown on the job, joking around, and under fire to establish their relationship as buddies. They earn R&R in Hong Kong and are released by their CO for a week.

But Dalton just received a Dear John letter from his girlfriend back home so he jumps on a plane to Michigan instead of staying in Hong Kong. What’s a friend to do? Stay and enjoy a week in a city full of women, booze, and soft beds or follow his friend?

The two arrive in the states and find Jane’s home only to discover she’s now called Juniper and she lives with a bunch of anti-war protesters who demonstrate and put out a rebel newspaper. One of the other girls in the house is Candace and she and Mickey spark.

I’m not even going to bother with the rest of the plot. Dalton and Mickey’s hair cuts were not regulation army in 1969. The wardrobe was what a costumer pictured young adults wore in 1969, not what they actually wore. The ending was contrived for the “Ahhh…” but fell far short. It’s apparent why we missed this one in the theaters.

Welcome!

Welcome to my new blog. I’ve loved blogging on my chocolatenonuts.blogspot.com site, but it’s time to step it up a little.

Just a little about me:

I’m a freelance writer and editor in Central California. Fiction is my first love but I also write non-fiction articles for magazine, personal profiles, devotionals, and short stories. I edit and write for Salt Fresno magazine. I also edit for private clients. Projects include personal memoirs, fiction, and non-fiction. I write primarily for the Christian audience but I have a snarky side that occasionally raises it’s cheeky head, so I’m not your typical Christian writer. If there is such thing. Which there probably isn’t, given that there are so many of us and we’re all created differently.  

I live with my husband of 34 years and our daughter’s dog. 

We have two daughters, one son-in-law, and two grand-daughters. 

I like chocolate, books, movies, and my family, in no particular order. 

I’ll be posting regularly about my journey as a writer and a woman in the 21st century. Life is crazy. Life is good. 

Join me on this journey and Live Vi-Carrie-ously!