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The Secret Countess by Eva Ibbotson

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The Secret Countess by Eva Ibbotson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Nothing is more depressing then the dreaded "Reader Slump" that not even your favorite authors can pull you out of. That was me, just floating along after reading back to back amazing books, everything just sorta fell flat for me. That is by chance I stumbled on A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson. Taking place in a period I'm not very fond of (early 1900's) I was a tad leery of taking a chance. I'm so thankful that I did.
Ibbotson writes magic in her pages. True whimsical, nostalgic magic in each word and description from the riches of palaces to the humble kitchens. There was true magic in each page and characters.

Young Countess Anna has lost alot in her young life, from her beloved father, her home, but she hasn't lost her faith in her family and love. Anna is the tree that may bend but doesn't break as she take a job working as a maid in a old home. She has her own troubles to work …

A Glove Shop in Vienna and Other Stories by Eva Ibbotson

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A Glove Shop in Vienna and Other Stories by Eva Ibbotson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Some short stories are meant to connect by a thread or another. With A Glove Shop in Vienna the only thing that links them is the author from her great loves you seen in her other books from ballet, Russia, family, love affairs,governess and hope. All with her added style and humor. Each is it's own little jewel that can stand alone and appreciation for itself.


Vicky & The Christmas Angel
5 stars
The meaning of growing up and still holding the true meaning of Christmas within your heart. Brought tears to my eyes and warmth to my heart.

Doushenka 4 stars
Sometimes that great love is fleeting and sometimes that Great Love can be an strange gift from someone unlikely

This Beetroot is Not Screaming 2 stars
The story and the trouble one young student brings to her teacher and it's university funny but a tad flat


A Rose in Amazonia
5 stars
A second chance at love when things look they will be endin…

The Paper Magician (The Paper Magician Trilogy, #1) by Charlie N. Holmberg

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The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



As I started to read The Paper Magician, I found that it triggered a old memory of the first time I created a origami crane. I was around nine, it was bright pink btw- and the wings would flap up and down. I remember how fascinated I was that a little piece of paper could create an object such a a bird. Charlie N. Holmberg in the beginning capture the magic of creating something from a thing as simple as a small piece of paper.

Our heroine Ceony Twill find no joy whatsoever in paper. She wanted to work with metal but ending with the boring craft like paper- she sees her dreams just floating away. Not one to dwell on the bad to long Ceony starts to take her new magic craft serious and under the tutelage of her strange teacher Magician Emery Thane, she starts to appreciate paper.
The quiet days are soon over when Mg. Thane takes off for parts unknown and comes back hiding bruises. Then just as quickly a strange woman…