The Third Mrs. Durst

I received this book through #netgalley and read it within two days.  It’s one of the best books I’ve read in a while.  I could relate with the actions of the protagonist being familiar with a narcissist personality.  The characters in the book are well formed and believable. The story line doesn’t drag along and the I enjoyed the plot.

Marlena is the envy of all the girls. She’s landed the perfect man.  He’s older than her, rich, good looking and to the outside world they are the perfect couple. They smile perfect for the camera, she is polished and poised, he’s proud to have his arm around her.

She knew who he was, studied him and followed his movements for years. She just didn’t realize how far she would have to go to get what she wanted.  He is a controller.  He controls her every move, action, what she says and where she goes.  She has to be careful to protect those she loves against a monster she is married to.





The Last Hour (Latest book read)

The Last Hours, by Minette Walters.  544 pages. I have it 4 stars.

I loved this book. I had another book by her but never got around to reading it and I wish I had. I like her writing style and the formation of her characters. She uses the villain/underdog analogy to the end of the book and at the end, a surprise.

It’s based in the 1300’s and tales of a lord and his family during the Black Plague epidemic of the time. The character are likable and well thought out. You get to know them well and the story feels like you could be right there living it with them. The mistress of the house must protect the servants while her husband is away delivering a dowry for their daughter. When her reckless husband contracts the black plague and the epidemic is first discovered, she’s not sure what the pestilence is so she locks down her land and won’t let anyone cross the moat or come onto the land. Including her husband and his soldiers. She then makes a servant commander and throws her daughter in a rage. This servant and a few others can read and write thanks to the mistress of the house but her daughter cannot because she thought learning beneath her since she was the lord’s daughter. She learns that things can get a bit scary if you don’t know what’s going on with the people around you.


The Last Hours by Minette Walters

What I’ve Been Up To

I have not been on my blog in A LONG TIME.  Why? I’ve been trying to learn the ins and outs of a Word Press blog.  No luck yet.  There are so many things that have happened to me recently.  One of my friends died last week and her funeral is tomorrow. This makes me so sad. She had cancer but died of a stroke, similar to my aunt that passed away about 3 years ago.  Death is always sad but cancer death is probably the worst to me. I’ve had cancer and 3 recurrences so it hits home with me.

Death of course makes us think of life after death. Is there life after death? What’s it like? How do I know?

These are my answers. I believe there is life after death. I believe based on Holy scripture that when you die, you either go to heaven or hell. This depends on whether you have accepted the gift of salvation from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It’s pretty simple actually. If you believe that Jesus was born of a virgin (Mary), that He came to earth to live among us as a man, he died on a Roman cross and was raised three days later and if you ask Him to come and live in your heart and forgive your sins, that’s it. After that you have new feelings. Feelings like you want to study more about Jesus. Learn to live like he did. Tell others about how wonderful He is and how He forgives even the vilest sins. There is no sin that can’t be forgiven and no one is too sinful to receive forgiveness.

What’s heaven like? I heard there are streets of gold and mansions that my Father has built. My pastor suggested that we read Heaven by Randy Alcorn. He said that was an accurate book. I’ve read most of it and it’s wonderful. No tears, joy, never night, no sin, beautiful landscape, best of all, worshiping Jesus every day!

How do I know I’m going there? I asked Jesus into my heart when I was 7 years old. At a little church my family used to go to. It’s still there but it’s a much bigger church now. I didn’t always live like a Christ follower but He kept bringing me back. Like the 99 sheep and one goes astray, always comes and looks for me, brings me back in. He’s the best! My best friend, protector, confident!

Other than that, I’ve been reading. I finished 20 books last year and moved my goal to 25 this year. I work full time and have my son and daughter in law living with me for a while. In March we will welcome our little grandson so life will be very busy and I’ll need my reading time more than ever! There’s nothing like getting involved in a book to take your mind off of the current world and have a little adventure.

Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear


I enjoyed this  book.  It was a cozy and comfortable read after reading so many thriller books.  I was ready for a true mystery and the time period of the 1920’s was perfect.  The overall writing and story line was well written it is probably because I’m used to reading thrillers that I missed the in depth characterization in this book.  I really wish that Maisie’s life went a little more in detail as well as the scenery and the country as well as the city life.
The premise of the story (outline) was great and I wish there had been more to the retreat than we learned or more about the leader.
I gave this book a 4 star even though I wanted more. It was because it was such a nice, even keeled read for me.  I would like to get to know Maisie better though.

New Year, New Me

Do you make New Year’s resolutions? I used to but was only disappointed when things fell through because I over burdened myself. I’ve been a planner for many years but I’m not very imaginative when it comes to making up planner pages. However, I have fo a plan.  I am going to make a monthly goal to complete my yearly goal, not very original but it might just work. I’m already behind UGH.

I’m still working on the cross stitch pieces that I mentioned 4 months ago.  Wow I’m a little inconsistent don’t you think. That’s another thing I am working on this year.  Consistency.  Maybe I should just tell you the sum of the things I regularly do in life, you’ll probably say that it’s way too much but I had a friend recently that confirmed my worse life long fear….. I’m OC.  Obsessive Compulsive is not what I wanted to be, I’d rather be a laid back kind of girl.  BUT alas, I have to constantly be busy. so here are the things I do:

Work at a church as an Administrative Assistant and Bookkeeper

Live with a husband, grown daughter and grandson

Read (A lot)

Cross Stitch

Journal, Plan

Bible Study (Using, and Angela Marks verse mapping study)

Scrapbook (even though I haven’t done this in 2 years, I think about it ALOT)






Cross Stitch and Fall

I took out my last cross stitch piece and have the thread and pieces separated and put in place so I can start stitching on it again since fall is on the way.

It’s a hot summer in Alabama and I look forward with anticipation to fall days when it’s cool enough outside for sweaters and fleece blankets, wrapped up on the porch with a hot coffee. I’m not a huge fan of cold weather but we usually don’t have to worry about that. It’s sometimes comforting to think about what lies ahead, a certain season, a certain event or a place where one can be at peace.  I’ve been at the unrest with wavering peace for awhile, but I can see a change on the horizon. I’m not sure I’ve written about my journey but maybe someday. I am a breast cancer survivor, so far, but our days are not in our hands but the hands of our Creator. Sounds morbid huh? Not really, a terminal illness or a chronic condition (which I also have) just helps one realize that there are surely blessings even in our chaotic world and I am one that is blessed beyond measure. Count the little things. My 2 year old grandson lives with us and he is the sweetest little blessing. I have six more just like him but they vary in ages from 11 years to 5 months.  They keep this Gigi busy.

Anyway, back to cross stitch and fall weather.  I am currently stitching a piece by Kim Norliens. The piece is Aurora Cabin and I can’t wait to finish it. If I could see a little better I might be finished, and I can’t remember the name of the fabric I’m stitching on but I do know it’s  25 count over 2 threads. I will post a picture below of the pattern and will post pictures of my progress when I’m able to download them.  It hasn’t been hard even though there are  1/2 stitches in it.  Our first college hometown game is on this weekend and we take our team seriously. I’ll be sitting front row when it comes on T.V. as I like that version better than sitting in a hot football stadium with all that noise going on.  I will also be stitching. I’m not sure about you, but when I work on something while watching T.V. or listening to music I can look at the finished piece anytime and recall what I was watching or listening to while working on completing it.

I think I have bored you enough for one sitting.  Still reading but have a new book. I’ve finished one since Livia Lone. I’ll review it later.

Have a great day and ROLL TIDE!





Review of Livia Lone by Barry Eisler

It took me about three days to read this book because of a heavy work schedule. I had serious doubts about getting through a fictional book on human trafficking by an author I had never read. I’m glad I did. I could’ve done without the cussing so much but I guess in that world it can’t be helped. I like the book, see my review below.

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Human trafficking is an interest of mine. Four yeas ago I learned a little of the sex trade trafficking in Thailand and it just infuriates me on the degradation of a human life. I didn’t know if I could get through this book especially if it had vivid descriptions of tortured children so thank you for sparing me much of that. I like the writing style of then and now. I wish we learned a little more about the home life of the girls before they were taken. The first part of the book seemed to  jump into the issue with nothing leading up to the  reasoning for the girls to be taken except the brief scene of the parents arguing the once but the middle to the end of the book rocketed me with surprises about the martial arts and how she was able to use them. I also liked the way she figured out things and put the pieces together about finding her sister, I didn’t figure out until the end how it would turn out, which I like in a book. I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read more of  Mr. Eisler’s books

I liked it, and that’s

Just Me



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