A Small Indiscretion by Jan Ellison


source: Free review copy courtesy of Library Thing
title: A Small Indiscretion
author: Jan Ellison Twitter
published: Random House (January 20, 2015)
genre: fiction
pages: 318
first line: London, the year I turned twenty.
rated: 4 out of 5 stars writewritewritewrite

At nineteen, Annie Black trades a bleak future in a washed-out California town for a London winter of drinking and abandon. Twenty years later, she is a San Francisco lighting designer and happily married mother of three who has put her reckless youth behind her. Then a photo from that distant winter in Europe arrives inexplicably in her mailbox, and an old obsession is awakened.

Past and present collide, Annie’s marriage falters, and her son takes a car ride that ends with his life hanging in the balance. Now Annie must confront her own transgressions and fight for her family by untangling the mysteries of the turbulent winter that drew an invisible map of her future. Gripping, insightful, and lyrical, A Small Indiscretion announces the arrival of a major new voice in literary suspense as it unfolds a story of denial, passion, forgiveness—and the redemptive power of love.

my thoughts:
I found A Small Indiscretion to be a quiet and intense novel centered around a woman whose actions in her youth continue to carry on into her adulthood and affect not only herself, but her loved ones also.

The story goes to and from past and present as you are drawn into Annie Black’s life. Author Jan Ellison slowly drew me in, I did not know where Annie’s story was going but I wanted to find out.

Annie is a married mother whose son is in a horrible car accident and is in a medically induced coma when she begins to write down her story, which is essentially a confession, for him.

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Not So Wordless Wednesday

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Don’t leave me, even for an hour, because
then the little drops of anguish will all run together,
the smoke that roams looking for a home will drift
into me, choking my lost heart….
-Pablo Neruda

I took this photo with my Canon Rebel recently. This was just after it had been raining for most of the morning. It turned out to be a gorgeous Fall day once the sun appeared.

Read the poem in its entirety by following this link.

Happy Thanksgiving and have a great rest of the week everyone! xo


disclaimer: Nothing in this post is available for download. The photo above is my own and not to be removed from here.

TTT: Top Ten Quotes I Loved From Books I Read In The Past Year Or So


November 17: Top Ten Quotes I Loved From Books I Read In The Past Year Or So

Okay, so I know it is Wednesday but I meant to post this yesterday and did not get time to finish up my list. I really like this week’s topic so, better late than never…

I love a good quote. I often share them on social media forums like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter as well as here on my blog. I find alot of great quotes over @ http://www.quotegarden.com/. Whenever I am reading a book and a quote stands out I tend to Tweet it or I will bookmark it to include with my review later.

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I could make this list top 100 bookish quotes, but here are a few of my recent favorites….

1. “It’s not the lie. It’s never the lie. It’s the cover up that ruins us.” Sweet Forgiveness by Lori Nelson Spielman

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Mailbox Monday: King and Adele

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Happy Monday everyone.

“We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace.” – William Gladstone

On a blogging note…I have been away from blogland for a few weeks now. I’m still doing my reading and have a few reviews I need to work up. I actually have been stubborn as a mule with one historical romance novel that I have been reading for weeks. I refuse to DNF and have about 50 pages left. I have been reading it in between other books.

But mostly, this cool Fall weather has me snuggling up with my crochet in front of the tv during the evenings when I get home from work. I have taken a few trips out with my camera for picture taking on the weekends. With the gorgeous Fall foliage and when the sun is shining just right, the view is really beautiful when you stop to simply look. I hope to share a few shots with maybe a Wordless Wednesday post here and there.

On a bookish note, I went to Target last week to grab a copy of King’s latest, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams.
“Stephen has delivered a generous collection of stories, several of them brand-new, featuring revelatory autobiographical comments on when, why, and how he came to write (or rewrite) each story.”
Magnificent, eerie, utterly compelling, these stories comprise one of Stephen’s finest gifts to the constant reader—“I made them especially for you,” says King. “Feel free to examine them, but please be careful. The best of them have teeth.”


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Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

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source: purchased
title: Warm Bodies
author: Isaac Marion
genre: young adult fiction/ humor/ zombie fiction
published: December 25, 2012
pages: 239
first line: I am dead, but it’s not so bad.
rated: 4 out of 5 stars
Fun, quirky and unique.

R is having a no-life crisis—he is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he is a little different from his fellow Dead. He may occasionally eat people, but he’d rather be riding abandoned airport escalators, listening to Sinatra in the cozy 747 he calls home, or collecting souvenirs from the ruins of civilization.

And then he meets a girl.

First as his captive, then his reluctant house guest, Julie is a blast of living color in R’s gray landscape, and something inside him begins to bloom. He doesn’t want to eat this girl—although she looks delicious—he wants to protect her. But their unlikely bond will cause ripples they can’t imagine, and their hopeless world won’t change without a fight.

My thoughts:
On my daughter’s recommendation, last month I read Warm Bodies as part of the 24 Hour Read-a-Thon. Author Isaac Marion writes a refreshing take on zombies.
This one is kind of like Romeo & Juliet, except R is a zombie guy and Julie is still alive. We get the story through his eyes. R does not remember his name or his age, or anything really before he died. In a world where the dead walk and the living are trying to stay alive, R comes across Julie one day while out looking for food.

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