Tag: love

  • Excerpt from A Laughing Matter of Pain (Chapter 25)

      “Can you believe it? We’re married.” Her eyes dance in the low light from the bedside lamp. I lean in and kiss her. “I’m the luckiest guy alive.” The smile falters on her lips. Her eyes go glassy. A tear slips past, trailing down her left cheek. “What’s wrong, doll?” I cup that cheek […]

  • Excerpt from Hannah’s Rainbow (Chapter 41)

    While the first year without Edward was the most difficult, Hannah found strength she didn’t know she had.  There were times when she thought everything was fine, and then something would trigger a memory of Edward – a song on the radio, a line from a book, a phrase someone said.  Then Hannah was pulled […]

  • Excerpt from Hannah’s Rainbow (Chapter 40)

    After Tim pulled away, Erik, Lily, and Harry joined Hannah.  She was sad that Irma wasn’t able to make it, but she understood that her sister had her hands full with caring for Ross.  Lily and Erik embraced Hannah before saying they needed to return home. As Hannah watched her oldest brother go, Harry lingered […]

  • Excerpt from Hannah’s Rainbow (Chapter 48)

    “I just don’t get it,” Hannah said, eyeing the many stacks of newspapers in Harry’s basement.  “You have way more stuff than I do, and Abbi is acting like I have a hoarding problem. She’d have a field day over here!” Harry shrugged.  “I’ve thought about cleaning them out, but none of my kids will […]

  • Review of The Other Half of Me by Jennifer Sivec

    Summary: Maggie and Sam’s love was forever, until it wasn’t. Is it ever too late to go back home? Maggie Whitaker had always dreamed about the same boy even though she’d never met him. A loner, with an overly critical mother and a head full of self-doubt, she has spent most of her life isolated. […]

  • Excerpt from Hannah’s Rainbow

    By Christmas, the First World War ended.  The children had decorated the pine tree with a popcorn-strung garland, an assortment of handmade ornaments from school, and a few carefully placed candles. Both Christmas Eve and Day had separate dinners that were planned to the point of perfection.  Other than Lucy’s mother, only the immediate family […]

  • Excerpt from Hannah’s Rainbow (Opening Scenes)

    To some looking back, the world seemed a simpler place a hundred years ago.  People left their doors unlocked. Neighbors waved and said hellos and how-do-you-dos.  Children could play outside all day, no matter the season, and return home safe for dinner at night.         Several modest, nearly identical houses lined Madison Avenue, all constructed […]

  • Review of Dante’s Garden: Mystery and Magic in Bomarzo by Teresa Culter-Broyles

    Summary: Dante’s Garden is the story of what happens when Frank Farnese, a book collector from 2017, falls through Hell’s Mouth, a strange sculpture in Bomarzo, Italy. In 1570, Lucrezia Romano and famed antiquarian Pyrrho Ligorio welcome him when he awakens in a garden, from what he thinks is a dream but isn’t. Together they […]

  • Excerpt from A Laughing Matter of Pain

    December begins with a snowstorm. Business is bad for a whole week. The advantage to this? I spend more time with Kathy. In the small house, there’s not much room for privacy. Dawson and Betty are never more than a room away. The four of us play cards or listen to the evening radio programs. […]

  • Excerpt from Hannah’s Rainbow

    “Do you think dogs go to heaven?” the girl asked, her voice nearly a whisper in the wind. Hannah smiled sadly. “I’m sure they do.” She put an arm around Irma and drew her close. “Heaven is all things good. Dogs are among the best things in life, so how could it be heaven without […]