Friday, February 4, 2011

Texas annual snow week and Nora Roberts Blue Smoke

This seems to be the beginning of an annual event in Texas. Last year, about this time my yard looked about the same way, only with a few more inches of snow on it. This year we seemed to have have gotten through with only about 6 inches on the ground...although, it's not finished snowing yet either. The funny thing is, I know some of you are laughing and that for those of you in the north, this is nothing, but for Dallas Texas, this is exciting-especially for the kids who have been out of school since Tuesday.

On another note, I did finish Nora Roberts Blue Smoke since I too have been off work since Tuesday, (I work at the kids school). After listening to The Search I thought I'd give another one of Ms. Roberts books a try, and finding her book on the dollar rack only helped cement the matter. I may not get around to a full blown blog on the story, but I will say I did enjoy it, and, it was quite different than I expected. I thought the story would be more romance, but it was more story oriented, focusing on a female whose life was changed one day when her family's restaurant was intentionally set on fire and almost destroyed. From that day, at 11 years old, she made it her life goal to become an arson investigator. Fire followed her everywhere, hurting her personally many times, but her family and friends always helped keep her strong. It was a beautiful story of what a strong female with strong ties can do. I would have loved to meet her family and have that restaurant nearby.

Blue Smoke

I am now currently making very slow progress on Elizabeth George's What Came before He Shot Her and Baroness Orczy's The Elusive Pimpernel. They are slow going, but I am enjoying them both.


Shannon said...

I got to see Nora Roberts hotel that burned down in Maryland. She was in the process of rebuilding it. It was in Boonsboro, MD... Think you need a trip there to see it, beautiful town

Glenna said...

That does sound interesting. I'll wait till Summer though, we've enough snow here now to suit me, MD probably has more than I care to ever have to deal with.

seana said...

Being in California, I am not tired of snow, and yours looks lovely. I haven't read Nora Roberts, though have heard she is very good at what she does.

I assume you would not have wanted that restaurant too nearby though!

Glenna said...

Seana, she's good for a quick, easy, escape read I think, although, I've only read 2 of her books under that name. Her alter ego however is one of my guilty pleasures.

seana said...

J.D. Robb? I haven't gotten to her, but her premise sounds intriguing.

I don't really believe in guilty pleasures. Well, I do, but only in relation to things I should be getting done besides reading. Or I guess I believe that reading is always a guilty pleasure in relation to the real world, but I am happy to be guilty.

Glenna said...

Exactly so Seana.

She has definitely found her niche, and I enjoy her books for the escape and ease they provide. That said, in the 30 some odd books she has in the series, and as much as I love the characters she's developed, (Eve Dallas being a favorite female character of mine), I don't think she's managed to pull off the depth that Laurie King pulls off in a single book. I suppose that's not unusual though.