Word Crutches and Other “Various” Words

Reading through the first draft of my work in progress, a very kind friend noticed a few words that were a bit overused. One of them was the word “various”. I had “various” birds, “various” foods, “various” colors, “various” fish, and even “various” mothers. She even suggested (gently) that this word might be a crutchContinue reading “Word Crutches and Other “Various” Words”

Mist of Midnight by Sandra Byrd

Mist of Midnight is the first in the series, Daughters of Hampshire, by Sandra Byrd. An historical romance, this book takes place in England in 1858. Rebecca Ravenshaw, daughter of missionaries to India, has returned home after the tragic death of her parents in the Indian Mutiny. Unfortunately, she has no time to grieve forContinue reading “Mist of Midnight by Sandra Byrd”

The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson

Lately I have been reading several books of historical fiction from the era of WWI. I am currently listening to a Maisie Dobbs audio book, have started a Bess Crawford book on Overdrive, and last night I finished up The Summer Before the War. The Summer Before the War was a book that I felt improved and was moreContinue reading “The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson”