Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #2) By Maggie Stiefvater

Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #2)
By Maggie Stiefvater
(Kindle Edition)

In Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. Now, in Linger, they must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping a very dangerous secret about her own well-being. For Sam, this means grappling with his werewolf past . . . and figuring out a way to survive into the future. Add into the mix a new wolf named Cole, whose own past has the potential to destroy the whole pack. And Isabel, who already lost her brother to the wolves . . . and is nonetheless drawn to Cole.

It's a perfect follow up to Shiver and if you haven't started this series yet, you definitely should because it tells a beautiful story about love and loss. In this book the story alternates between four points of view: Sam, Grace, Isabel and Cole, which allows the reader to get to know the characters. While Grace and Sam are present throughout the book the real spark is between Isabel and Cole (a new wolf). There is definitely a sequel, Forever, which is scheduled for release in July 2011.

Drowning Ruth: A Novel By Christina Schwarz

Drowning Ruth: A Novel
By Christina Schwarz
(Kindle Edition)

Drowning Ruth opens in 1919, on the heels of the influenza epidemic that followed the First World War. Although there were telephones and motor cars and dance halls in the small towns of Wisconsin in those years, the townspeople remained rigid and forbidding. As a young woman, Amanda Starkey, a Lutheran farmer's daughter, had been firmly discouraged from an inappropriate marriage with a neighboring Catholic boy. A few years later, as a nurse in Milwaukee, she is seduced by a dishonorable man. Her shame sends her into a nervous breakdown, and she returns to the family farm. Within a year, though, her beloved sister Mathilde drowns under mysterious circumstances. And when Mathilde's husband, Carl, returns from the war, he finds his small daughter, Ruth, in Amanda's tenacious grip, and she will tell him nothing about the night his wife drowned.

The first half of the book was really good, so good I didn’t want to put it down.  However, as the book evolved, it became predictable and tedious to finish.  I had the ending figured out long before I arrived there and I was tired of the characters long before I reached the end of the book.

The Apothecary’s Daughter By Julie Klassen

The Apothecary’s Daughter
By Julie Klassen
(Kindle Edition)

Lillian Haswell, brilliant daughter of the local apothecary, yearns for more adventure and experience than life in her father's shop and their small village provides. She also longs to know the truth behind her mother's disappearance, which villagers whisper about but her father refuses to discuss. Opportunity comes when a distant aunt offers to educate her as a lady in London. Exposed to fashionable society and romance--as well as clues about her mother--Lilly is torn when she is summoned back to her ailing father's bedside. Women are forbidden to work as apothecaries, so to save the family legacy, Lilly will have to make it appear as if her father is still making all the diagnoses and decisions. But the suspicious eyes of a scholarly physician and a competing apothecary are upon her. As they vie for village prominence, three men also vie for Lilly's heart.

This was a wonderful story that I enjoyed immensely.  This story is about family, responsibility, love, romance and friendship.  The description of the era and information about apothecaries of this time period was fascinating.   I liked all the characters and I especially enjoyed the romance that was pure and innocent.  If you love Jane Austen or if you're a fan of fairy tale romances and happy endings, this book is for you.  

Ladies Run to Fairplay

This past Saturday I rode along with a group of MSR ladies to the 24th Annual Ladies Run of Colorado, which was held in Fairplay. Even though we didn’t participate in the actual run, we did take enjoy a wonderful lunch and had time to check out what the vendors had.

Our original play was to take Hwy 24 to CO-9 (the quickest route), I suggested we take the more scenic route (Hwy 24 to CO-67 to US285)… we should have taken the quickest route! Huge mistake on my part especially since we had a few new riders and let’s just say it took us way longer than it should have to get to Fairplay. We ended up stopping just North of Deckers on Co Rd 126 to separate into two groups. I lead the group from Woodland Park until we decided to separate and it was a great effort on my part to go 10-20 mph less than the speed limit. I know I should have be more patience because I was a new rider once and at times I still consider myself a new rider, but I wasn’t out group riding after only two weeks of learning to ride. Lesson learned!

Before leaving Fairplay we had to put on our rain gear (ugh), we missed the heavy rain but had a few sprinkles along the way home. Once we made it back to Colorado Springs we stopped in over South Side Johnny’s for dinner. All in all it was a great day to be out and a learned a few things along the way. More photos can be seen in my Flickr Collection, Mountain Shadow Riders 2010. Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi