ON SECOND THOUGHT a novel by Kristin Higgins (c) 2017. Did you ever read a novel and you swore you read it once before? Well that’s what’s going on with this one. It involves two sisters Kate and Ainsley O’Leary. Kate is an older bride at age 39 and her husband drops dead 4 months after they get married. She might be pregnant and her husband has a secret from the past ready to intrude on Kate’s grieving period. Is it an illegitimate child as I suspect it to be?
Meanwhile Ainsley has been living with her boyfriend Eric for 10 years and he’s just beat testicular cancer and I have a feeling that engagement ring in his underwear drawer is for some other woman not Ainsley! See what I mean? Why does it sound so damn familiar?
Need I say more? It makes people angry! It causes problems. I hate the news apps that start disagreements. I hate the way people get so freaking offended at what I say. They don’t get my point. My best bet is to stop voicing my opinion which isn’t very important. YOUR opinion isn’t important either by the way, in case you didn’t know that by now!
I went to my favorite library book sale Friday evening with my cousins. My other cousin gave us a few free tickets for the early bird sale. We usually go Saturday morning, bright and early, but we were very happy to use those $10.00 tickets! I came home with my favorite TRADE Paperbacks, 14 of them, plus a half dozen regular paperbacks all for $18.00! I already had a bag of paperbacks given to me by my sister and a dozen I bought a flea markets, so I have a nice supply of books. On top of that, if I have the $10.00 saved at the end of this week I can return for the Bag and Box sale on Saturday. I love reading used books because I usually eat all my meals and even cook while I read, with the book propped up on my trusty BOOK CHAIR and I get food stains all over them. Okay so I’m an avid reader, what can I say?
THE MINIATURIST by Jessie Burton, (c) 2014. I love historical novels, they don’t even have to be a romance. Let me read about the way life really was with all it’s hardships and joys. A happy ending is the norm for many of the novels I read but hardly realistic. Historical novels need extreme realism in my opinion.
This seventeenth century novel takes place in Amsterdam. It was meticulously researched and reminds me of the wonderful NORAH LOFTS books I read and reread in the past. I have many Dutch ancestors, and French ancestors who moved to Leiden, Holland, one who became a doctor. My Great, many times over Grandfather Jean De la Mantanye moved to New Amsterdam during this time period and helped settle his family in Manhattan, NY. I have read books about living in Dutch Manhattan during the 17th century and I’m really enjoying reading about life in the real Amsterdam.
This novel is about 18 year old Petronella (Nella) Oortman who arrives in Amsterdam to begin life as the new wife of an illustrious merchant and trader Johannes Brandt. She was married a month earlier and the marriage was never consummated before her new older husband left her in her parents home and traveled for his business. Now that Nella has just arrived in Brandt’s household all alone with her pet parakeet, she gets to deal with his disapproving sister and the two servants. Even now that 39 year old Johannes Brandt has returned home he doesn’t seem in any hurry to consummate the marriage. What’s up with that? Nella tried coming on to him and they kissed and she laid a hand on his thigh and he panicked and left the house! I truly think he is gay! The funny thing is the “Miniaturist” is a woman! Here I expected Nella to fall and love and have children by the MALE miniaturist while staying married to her gay husband! I didn’t expect that! Maybe Nella will end up a lesbian with that miniaturist.
Nonetheless I am really enjoying Jessie Burton’s writing style and the story is very interesting! But I am only on page 135 of a 416 page novel! Who knows what will happen!
Don’t forget to say THANK YOU! You ungrateful wretch! Just a reminder that saying THANK YOU brings more good things to your door!