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Teaser Tuesday: December 16th


Hello!!  I know it’s been a few weeks – Christmas time business – all good things!

I started a CRAZY one a few nights ago.  I can’t put it down – partially because I can’t find a good place to stop but also because there are NO chapters.  Yeah, that one is kind of annoying.  But it is obviously disturbing and an interesting point of view on a well-known serial killer.

I’m speaking of The Ripper’s Wife by Brandy Purdy, my latest NetGalley read, which released 10/28/14.  I went with an introduction for the teaser – I could go REALLY dark – but I’ll spare you.



“I was Jack the Ripper’s wife, maybe even the reason, as a clever rhymester once wrote, a man who was society’s pillar became a killer.  This is our own peculiar story.” (2% into book)

Book Description:

A suspenseful, spellbinding novel of love, jealousy, and murder, The Ripper’s Wife reimagines the most notorious serial killer in history through the eyes of the woman who sealed his fate.

“Love makes sane men mad and can turn a gentle man into a fiend.”

It begins as a fairytale romance–a shipboard meeting in 1880 between vivacious Southern belle Florence Chandler and handsome English cotton broker James Maybrick. Courtship and a lavish wedding soon follow, and the couple settles into an affluent Liverpool suburb.

From the first, their marriage is doomed by lies. Florie, hardly the heiress her scheming mother portrayed, is treated as an outsider by fashionable English society. James’s secrets are infinitely darker–he has a mistress, an arsenic addiction, and a vicious temper. But Florie has no inkling of her husband’s depravity until she discovers his diary–and in it, a litany of bloody deeds. . .

Thanks for stopping by today – be sure to leave your teaser in the comments, and enjoy this wonderful holiday season!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


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Book Review(s) – a quick overview of what I’ve been reading!

I’m such a slacker lately (on here at least – hopefully my kids and kitchen (baking) would tell you differently!)  I just finished my 4th book without a review…and I’ve forgotten 2 Teaser Tuesdays…I think my New Year’s Resolution is writing itself (which involves writing more!)  But I wanted to document, if only for my own knowledge the books I have been reading and my quick summary and rating!

An American Duchess by Sharon Page (NetGalley) – Released 10/1/14 – 3 Bones

I always love and gravitate to books written during this era (1920’s), but this one wasn’t AS good in comparison to others.  I liked it, it was a good story with a spunky main character and kept my interest, but the book took a darker turn and was sadder than I had hoped. And it lacked some of the dazzling details that I love about the jazz age.

Until I Found You by Victoria Bylan (Random Kindle Download) – Released 4/29/14 – 3 Bones

I do this (too often actually), my to-read list is too long, so I go trolling on the *Free* Kindle Best Sellers list for a lighter read.  This was a Christian fiction – which always is a nice read, but predictable.  It was a story of 2 people with rocky pasts (or presents) who didn’t think they were supposed to be happy.  But (spoiler alert) God’s grace prevails and all is well.  I don’t mean to sound mocking, it’s true and happens all the time in my life, it just makes for a predictable read, and not usually my preferred genre.  But it was a good story, frustrating as the reader as you just want to shake some sense into them, but a good, sweet, redemptive story.

End of Secrets by Ryan Quinn (Nov Kindle First Read) – Released 12/1/14 – 4 Bones

Now this one blew my mind.  In this digital age, it’s scary to think who is/could be watching you or tracking you at any minute.  And that that information may be worth something to the right person.  Great, fast-moving story, great characters, never knew who you could trust or who was working for who.  Loved it!  Have you figured it out yet?

I Am Sophie Tucker by Susan & Lloyd Ecker (NetGalley) – Released 10/21/14 – 4 Bones

Not sure how this ended up in my queue – but Sophie Tucker (who I confirmed was a real person) was described as the Forest Gump of her time, and who doesn’t love that movie/story?  It is her memoir, deemed a “fictional” one because a lot of the stories were passed along so many times, the authors couldn’t vouch for it in its entirety.  But such a fun woman, with ties to all the big-wigs of her time.  Wish I could have seen her show – she sounded like a woman ahead of her time!  Fun read.

Thanks for stopping by – bear with me the next few weeks and I’ll try to be better!  Merry Christmas!!

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Peace this Christmas (Advent Series Part II)

Sharing from last year on this 2nd Sunday of Advent. May peace be with you during this season!

My Dog-eared Purpose


Happy 2nd Sunday of Advent.  Today we light the candle of Peace.  As I spent time the last few days and this AM thinking about peace a few common phrases came to mind.

Peace be with you (and also with you).
A common call and response in church, I’ve repeated many times in my life.

Peace and quiet.
As in, I need some!  (And a prayer for all the moms in my life!)

World Peace.
A common pageant answer to “What would you wish for?”

Give Peace a Chance.
John Lennon anyone?

And ofcourse there are the non-verbal signs:

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But what is biblical peace?  Without looking it up, to me it is a calmness of my spirit or soul that only God can bring.  Through knowing Him, loving Him, trusting Him, talking to Him, I can truly feel peace.  God wants us to be at peace, but not…

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