Saturday, March 25, 2017

A Five Star Review


Five reasons I'm giving Five Stars to:
Maybe This Time
by Jennifer Crusie

1. The plot - Andie Miller's ex-husband needs a favor.
He finds himself the guardian of two children living
in a creepy old house and there are rumors of strange
things. Andie, he is convinced, can sort it out.

2. The protagonist - Andie is my kind of woman. 
I liked her from page one and she didn't put a 
foot wrong. She is resourceful and intrepid,
loyal and loving. And she bakes.

3. The things that go bump in the night - I quite like ghosts.
Wouldn't necessarily want them in my home, but
in a grand crumbling mansion - they are almost a must.

4. The message - this book, as the title delicately implies,
is about second chances and these are a precious commodity.

5. Sometimes you really want a light, funny, happily-ever-after 
book that is well written and touches your heart.


Featured: tea towels blowing in the wind

106 comments:

Daniela said...

Thanks most sincerely for such a lovely review, dear Amalia, this book really seems to read !

Wishing you a most lovely weekend,
with sincere gratitude

XOX Dany

Poppy said...

What a great book review, Amalia; short and sweet and sincere! You have convinced me and I'm curious now!

Your tea towels are an extra treat!

Happy weekend!

xo
Poppy

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

I like books that are easy to read. Sounds like that's the sort of book this is. Pretty tea towels. Have a lovely weekend.

Maya Kuzman said...

I haven't hear of this book, but the plot sounds like something I would read. Thanks for the review!

Ann said...

A good review and I agree. Sometimes you do need a light, funny, happily ever after book that touches your heart. Those are the kind of books that I always hate reaching the end of

Tanna said...

If the book is as well written as your review, it's a gem. LOVE those towels blowing in the wind. blessings ~ tanna

Gloria Baker said...

I love this review Amalia and love these towels.
pd I never think I have enough kitchen towels ♡÷

Vee said...

Fun review...makes me want to read it. A baking protagonist? I like that.

La Table De Nana said...


Margie said...

I'm also a fan of ghost stories and used to go on local ghost walks. I'll have to see if my local library carries this book. Thanks for the review and sharing these cute tea towels.

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

I already read it and I give it a thumbs up, too! There are so many disturbing happenings in the news that it's nice to be able to escape into a book for a few hours. I love your fun tea towels!

I just finished reading The Knitting Circle by Ann Hood and I highly recommend it. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend!

Teri said...

Dear Amalia ... thank you for the review. I love the charming way you have your tea towels displayed. Weekend Blessings ♥ Teri

Aritha said...

I never read it but I love your revieuw

Pammy Sue said...

A book review! I love it. I'll have to check that one out. I love to get into a good book and read for hours.

Kim said...

Sounds like a fun read...thanks for the review and suggestion!

Ela said...

That's a great book review, Amalia !!
Happy weekend !

Shannon @ Of The Hearth said...

I'm a huge fan of light, funny, happily-ever-after books. Thanks for the recommendation!

Retro blue said...

Amalia, thank you for the review and for the colours.
What a nice picture with those kitchen towels:)
Hugs:)

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies said...

Sounds like a great read!

Brenda @ Its A Beautiful Life said...

I'm off to hunt for this one! Happy Weekend... B xox

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Thanks so much for stopping by!! The good thing about getting snow in March is that it does melt fast. All we are left with are the piles of snow created by shoveling and plowing..
Hugs,
Deb

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I like a book like that every so often....especially after I need to decompress after reading a non fiction book . I'll add it to my kindle list.

Kim said...

Always in need of a light and funny and happy-ever-after book. Me thinks I will have to buy this one. Even your tea-towels are witty, whimsical and fun.....just like you, lovely Amalia!

Pam said...

Cute story. Love the tea towels. Very nice.

Pam said...

Cute story. Love the tea towels. Very nice.

Tania Pelletier said...

Sounds very interesting!

Tania

Doreen@foxdenrd said...

Your review makes me want to read this book!

Happy weekend sweet lady :).

xxx

krishna said...

Tea towels are so beautiful..

MaryAnne said...

Tempting review, even though I usually avoid books with ghosts...

Lorrie said...

A lovely, concise review of a book that sounds fun to read. Pretty tea towels, too.

FlashinScissors said...

Sounds good to me, Amalia! I love a good ghost story!
Barbara x

Mereknits said...

The book sounds wonderful. Thank you for the suggestion.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Thank you for this timely review! I just finished a book last night and need another one to read. Just put a hold on it at the library....isn't technology great?!

A Joyful Cottage said...

Thanks for the review, Amalia. I like "light, funny, happily-ever-after" stories. I'll look it up. Your tea towels are cheery. Did you make those? xo

Dewena said...

Charming tea towels, Amalia! And I've written this book down. I hope it has a happy ending!

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

You've got my interest with this book. Sounds intriguing. Lovely tea towels! xo ♥

Carla from The River said...

You have me hooked ;-) I have it on my list for the library.
Carla

Conniecrafter said...

You have a fun and cute collection of tea towels :)

Anonymous said...

We are of the same mind, Amalia: second chances - I love it already! So, now what do you want/ or are yo going to - do with this story? Thank you much for sharing this mystery/plot with ALL SEASONS:) Have a great week solving this mystery/plot:):)

Tricia Buice said...

I am all about happily ever after! What a lovely review and a must read. Thanks - we all need a second chance every now and then!

Luciana F. Damiano said...


Beautiful towels for tea!

Ida said...

Cute Tea Towels. - I've added the book to my Wish List for future reading, It sounded really good from your review.

Su-sieee! Mac said...

I like happily ever after stories, but if there are ghosts in time, I may have to skip. I'm a scaredy cat.

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

Gorgeous tea towels. Lovely book review. I don't care much for ghost stories, but the plot did sound interesting :)

Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen said...

Happily ever after stories make me happy. And those tea towels are adorable, Amaila. :)

Mylittlepieceofengland said...

I do love a happy ending, they make me feel happy too xx

Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

Oh, those tea towels are so sweet! Happy endings are my cup of tea! Sending hugs xo Karen

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

It sounds like a a good read, Amalia! Love those tea towels :)

Kitchen Riffs said...

Fun review! Love the format of it. Neat picture, too. Thanks!

The French Hutch said...

I'm sure I would enjoy the book, love the review. Love your display of tea towels. Happy day........

Lowcarb team member said...

Loved the tea towels blowing in the wind - they are so colourful.
Great review, I think I would enjoy this book.

All the best Jan

HWIT BLOGG said...

LOVELY towels!
Have a great weekend, take care...
Titti

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Love the tea towels and thank you for the review! :)

Anna said...

An other beautiful post to put a smile on any face !
Have a lovely weekend !
Anna

Rhodesia said...

The tea towels are fun. The book also sounds interesting. Cheers Diane

Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes said...

Best book review ever, Amalia! And pretty tea towels, too!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, the tea towels are so pretty. The book review is great, thanks for sharing. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day!

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I got this book from the library and I am reading it now. So good so far!!

Nancy Chan said...

Cute and pretty tea towels. I like ghost stories and this book sounds like a good one. Have a wonderful day!

Polly said...

Sounds like a good read. Your tea towels are lovely :-)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I would love to read this book and of course your tea towels are delightful! Hugs!

Debby Ray said...

Sounds like a great book! Darling tea towels, displayed so cute!

Gillian Roe said...

The book sounds fun and I like your review. I've never read anything by that author.

Gracie Saylor said...

Yes, to happy endings! I am fond of them. Currently one of the books I am reading is "A Week in Winter" by Maeve Binchy...I love her writing and and I hope it has a happy ending! I enjoyed catching up on your stitching and story posts I missed while away, too, Amalia. Happy Spring! xx

Beth said...

The book sounds charming, and the tea towels are lovely!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Amalia, This book sounds great. I love a happy ending. Thank you for sharing and I love your photo of the tea towels. Have a great week ahead. xo

baili said...

I prefer reading stories with happy ending because positive is survived always .
these beauties made by you are fantastic and so much pretty .

Rosie said...

Sounds like a good read. I find I tend to avoid ghost stories but I do like a happy ending:)

Poções de Arte said...

Bons livros sempre marcam nosso coração. E em determinadas épocas, gostamos mais de alguns.
Gostei das estampas divertidas dos panos.
Obrigada pelo carinho com meu trabalho lá na caverna.

Abraços esmagadores e feliz dia.

Diane said...

Sounds like a very fun book Amalia.

Hugs Diane

Red Rose Alley said...

Amalia, it's been so long since I read a good book. The tea towels blowing in the wind are so cute.
Always love your charming posts, my dear.

~Sheri

Rue said...

The tea towels are adorable and the story sounds intriguing, my friend :)

xo,
rue

susan said...

Sounds like a good one. Pretty tea towels.

Cheri Savory Spoon said...

I've read one of her books before, this one sounds wonderful and charming. Thanks Amalia!

VeggieMummy said...

I do love a good ghost story! I also love your colourful tea towels and the gorgeous ladder that they are displayed on. xx

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Can't turn down a happily ever after book for sure! Sounds great!! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
hugs,
Jann

Handmade in Israel said...

Will look out for this book. Love the tea towels and the ladder!
Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Benita said...

I love Jennifer Crusie! When I want a light, quick read, I always choose her books...they just make you "feel good"...LOL Love and hugs!!

Diana Studer said...

I alternate my reading between thoughtful, and light and fluffy when the combination of Zuma's politics, ongoing drought and finally an earthquake in Botswana need escapism.

September Violets said...

So what did Andie bake? When you get to the part when she bakes, did it make you want to bake too? Is that why you hung out the tea towels? You baked and then did up the dishes (good for you btw!) and they looked so pretty you snapped a photo of them? You baked something ... hmmmm ... something light & fluffy like the book! Now I have a sudden urge to buy the book AND bake ;)
Wendy

Sara - Villa Emilia (My Woodland Garden) said...

Very interesting!
A light, funny, happily-ever-after book that is well written and touches my heart is what I always want. :)
Happy Passover!

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

Hello Amalia, this sounds like a good book. Thanks for the recommendation. I will have to read it sometime.
Hope you have a lovely week.
Julie

Little Wandering Wren said...

Sounds a great book - love your tea towels, they made me smile Amalia, as everything you do and have is gorgeous!
Happy weekend
Wren x

EricaSta said...

Must look about this book. On the other hand I know the title "Maybe this Time" sung by Liza Minelly...
...you have funny tea towels.

By the way, if interesting here is a good translation of a Ingeborg Bachmann poem: Every Day - Alle Tage in German Language
http://www.paularcher.net/translations/ingeborg_bachmann/alle_tage.html

krishna said...

Hi Amelia, How are you? waiting to see more post from you..

Kasztanowy Domek said...

Great review! Kisses:)

xxBasia

DeniseinVA said...

Wonderful review Amalia. I want to read this book now. Thank you so much, I do love a good read.

roughterrain crane said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. Have a nice weekend.

decorayadora said...

Hola amalia ,, que gran libro y muy buena revisión,, espero que tengas un bendecido fin de semana

Carolina G. Ticala said...

Very nice! Have a lovely Day! 🌻🌻🌻

handmade by amalia said...

Me neither! Always room for one more :-)

handmade by amalia said...

I like the title already :-) I'll look it up.

handmade by amalia said...

I can't imagine, we're half-way to summer already

handmade by amalia said...

You're puffing me up no end with these comments, Kim, just so you know :-)

handmade by amalia said...

No, they are proper vintage ones :-)

handmade by amalia said...

The comment isn't bad either, Amy :-)

handmade by amalia said...

Can't wait for the final verdict :-)

handmade by amalia said...

I've read her Circle of Friends years ago, it was beautiful.

handmade by amalia said...

I'm going to look her up, see what else she's written. I hope I didn't read her best one first, it always happens to me :-)

handmade by amalia said...

Wow. The book had a lot to make up for. Reality bites.

handmade by amalia said...

Andie made banana bread and chocolate chip cookies. I made mini muffins with Kumquats and orange peel. Hers were legendary and mine were quite good. And I did do the dishes after. I've been known to let them pile up in the sink but for now it is all good.

handmade by amalia said...

That is so kind.

handmade by amalia said...

Thanks for the poem - I've read it and it is wonderful. Sad and serious and touching, like life.

handmade by amalia said...

Thank you for this beautiful comment, Marcia.

Our Hopeful Home said...

I think I am definitely going to have read this one! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm (love the tea towels!) xo Kathleen| Our Hopeful Home

akiko hiramatsu said...

Great review, Amaria!
I just ordered the book on amazon, and it will reach in this month!!
A light, funny, and happily are beautiful for our hearts :))

akiko