Administer for our new Blog online also moderator some of her many duties are recruiting moderators and scheduling, supporting our volunteer moderators once they've assumed their new roles. I am also widowed lost my husband Aug 18, 2011.

” Star bright angels ” Anytime you see a Cardinal

Anytime you see a Cardinal

Anytime you see a Cardinal, say hi, it is a loved one from heaven that’s near by. They know you are in pain, and this is their way of comforting you.

Safehaven for Widowed bringing together

Safehavenforwidowed bringing together people who have also lost a loved one giving them the opportunity to share their grief with others.

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

Shakespeare said it best when he wrote” what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive”   This is a taut, gripping novel of deception, financial ruin  and infidelity with lots of twists and turns to keep you guessing until the very end. Toss in a character with a major mental illness and all of this leads to a book you won’t want to put down. The kidnapping of a 6 month old baby is the catalyst for the slow unraveling of three families. This will keep you reading until well past you bedtime but it’s so worth it.

Victoria by Daisy Goodwin

This novel, which is the basis of the PBS series,  is full of palace intrigue, family issues and ultimately a beautiful love story. Victoria is quite young when she assumes the English throne and finds herself surrounded  by those currying her favor for their own means, others wishing to see her fail because of her youth and those who are loyal to her no matter what. This is a quick, enjoyable read and a  grand companion to the series.

My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

This is quite a departure from Ms Kinsella’s Shopaholic series. Katie is a research assistant struggling in all facets of her life. She loses her job which forces her to return to her childhood farm. That’s where Katie begins to discover what’s really important and starts to shape her life into what she always wanted it to be. Although there are plenty of comedic events and situations to keep you laughing, this is a much more adult approach to addressing life’s issues and everyday struggles.

Maine by J Courtney Sullivan

A large, emotionally distant Irish Catholic family take turns returning to their childhood home to care for their elderly widowed mother. It becomes quite evident early on that the family members  have their own methods of dealing with thei issues and the overall dysfunction in the family. This dysfunction is highlighted when a secret held by the matriarch is inadvertently revealed  nvolving the Catholic Church and the family home. This is a really interesting read on family dynamics and the roles one holds in a family. There are some characters that aren’t very likable but they add an interesting angle to the story.

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

I admit to an affinity for books about bookstores and the contents they contain. The contents of an unopened and long forgotten letter are at the heart of this charming novel. Monsieur Perdu, the recipient of the letter, opens it after finding it 20 years after it as written. The letters contents prompt him to take his bookstore barge on a trip on the river Seine to find his lost love. Monsieur Perdu encounters a  number of interesting characters  and experiences on his journey.  The best thing about journeys is that while they may not bring the sought after answers  they can be a journey of growth and unexpected discoveries. This is a wonderful novel full of warmth, humor and lovely surprises.

Lucky Boy by Shanti Sikaran

The lives of a little boy and the two women who love him are intertwined in this novel.  Soli and Kavya couldn’t be more different: Soli is an illegal immigrant  pregnant and abandoned in an unknown country and Kavya pressured by family and friends to have a child but silently struggling through infertility. The women’s lives are connected when Kavya becomes foster mother to Soli’s  little boy. This is an emotionally charged novel as the reader is drawn into the plight of both women who want what’s best for the little boy. This is beautifully written and the pain and anguish of both women is felt throughout the novel.