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Friday, June 21, 2013
1:54 pm edt
Redox Okay, so if you're like me, right about now you're suffering from DAWS--Downton Abbey Withdrawal
Syndrome. It's a very common ailment, you know, and is now a wide-spread epidemic across the United States. But not in the
United Kingdom, I am told, where DA Series 4 is already being aired on BBC. NOT FAIR! Why should we have to wait until NEXT
January to see it, when other diehard fans in other countries can see it now?
And, I hear, there are only six,
count them, six episodes in this next season. I cry FOUL! to Julian Fellowes who could have easily written a few more to carry
us starving fans through yet another long winter, not just through the month of January.
Or maybe, as he claimed
a few months ago trying to explain away the demise of...er, um...(If you haven't seen DA S3 yet, I won't spoil it for you),
"It's too hard to write happy, good stuff." Well, that's a lot of puppy p**p.
Anyway, be that as it may,
with PBS lacking DA this summer, I've found a few palliatives to squelch my serious case of DAWS: two 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzles,
one of Lady Mary and The Dowager Lady Crawley chatting in the library and the other of the whole cast in front of the
Abbey; occasional visits to the Downton Abbey web site (www.DowntonAbbey.com); savoring those sporadic DA posts
on Facebook, which only serve to whet my appetite even more; and reading novels with similar characters and plotlines.
One book in particular is The Woman from Paris: A Novel by Santa Montefiore. It's her fourth
literary offering as and is just as well-written as, I suspect, her first three (I''ll let you know—I just received
The French Gardner as a birthday (tomorrow!) present from a dear friend).
Set in the English countryside on a large manor very much like Downton, it is replete with a Lady, a Dowager, three adult
heirs—Lords instead of Ladies—and a soap opera storyline that is just as satisfying as DA's. Now, except for the
fact that the storyline is in 2012 instead of 1912 (if you take out the references to email and cell phones, it could just
as easily be in the early 1900s), it went a long way last week to assuage my anticipatory "just-can't-wait" DAWS
As Julian said in the blurb on the front of its dust-jacket, “I just couldn’t put this novel
to www.authorexposure.com and read my review, then come back
here, click on the book-jacket in the left pane, order a copy, and relax with this charming and engrossing tale about family
loyalties and reconciliation.
Monday, June 17, 2013
11:10 am edt
There was a picture in the local paper this past Saturday of five immigrants from various countries saluting The Stars
and Stripes during a Flag Day ceremony in which they had just been made citizens of The United States. If you think about
it, all of us and/or our ancestors--except for Native Americans--where once immigrants. Well, maybe the Indians were, too,
since they originally migrated across from Asian and up from South America.
I am always fascinated by stories
of how and why people came to this country and how they made their way to be acclimated into our culture. Some, like Beverly Obejas, an immigrant from the Philipines in the novel, The Mango Bride by Marivi Soliven, did not fare
as well as she dreamt she would, while Amparo Guerrero manages to do quite well for herself. When and how their paths cross
in San Francisco and their secrets are revealed is a fascinating story.
I read this first
novel by Soliven, a professor of creative writing, a few weeks ago and its plotline and characters are still "stuck"
in my mind. Please follow the link to www.authorexposure.com to read my review. I am sure you
will want to put this interesting and intriguing novel on your summer reading list.
J. McInerney, the host of this Literary Blog, is
an author, poet, and librettist. Her currently published works include a novel, a book of spiritual inspirations,
volumes of poetry, stories
for children (of all ages) and
a variety of children's musicals. Her titles include:
Phoenix Hose, Hook & Ladder: A Novel of Phoenixville during World War I
Hotel: A Novel of Phoenixville during the Early 1900s
the Schuylkill Monster: A Novel of
Phoenixville in 1978
The Prisoner's Portrait: A Novel of Phoenxville during World
Rainbow in the Sky
of Oreigh Ogglefont
The Basset Chronicles.
Cats of Nine Tales
Water: A Collection of Poems
Exodus Ending: A
Collection of More Spiritual Poems
We Three Kings
Beauty and the Beast
Peter, Wolf, and Red Riding
Originally from the New York metropolitan area, June currently lives near Valley Forge Park in Pennsylvania with her constant and loving companions, FrankieBernard and Sebastian Cat. She
is currently working on her sixth novel.