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North of Supposed to Be by Marcia Ferguson

The Specs ISBN: 0985781009, pb, 596pp, 2012 Franklin Hancock Press, Literary I was introduced to North of Supposed to Be by the author, Marcia Ferguson. After recommending her book, this was one of the few titles to make my Christmas wish list last year. Now, it’s already Valentine’s Day, and I’ve yet to post my thoughts on her work. To be remedied today! North of Supposed to Be is a literary gem of culinary discovery and delights. Through a twist of fate, Bronwyn obtains a small fortune and an ex-M16 agent, Ernest Rose, now a butler, whom she calls Jeeves. Bronwyn explores the good life and whets my appetite with all of the yummy foodstuffs she encounters in her travels. It’s a linear novel with a plot that takes place over several years. The story revolves around Bronwyn’s relationship with Jeeves, and how that changes as new people enter their lives, from people Bronwyn may now be able to help with her new riches, to a few men she may come to care about. Prior to …

The Edge of the Earth by Christina Schwarz

Journey to the wilds of California’s Big Sur region, where secrets are hidden in the dense fog at The Edge of the Earth, the newest book by New York Times bestselling author Schwarz. The stars of this book are the setting and its inhabitants: the isolated Point Lucia Lighthouse, where young, naive socialite Gertrude “Trudy” Swann and her new husband Oskar run away to work and study in 1898. The Crawley family, austere Henry and formidable Mrs. Crawley, and her brother, Archie Johnston, jointly keep up the lighthouse. The Crawley children, Mary, Edward, Nicholas and Jane (who opens and closes the story), are constantly underfoot, and their tales of a “mermaid” quickly reinforce the need for Trudy to take up the role as the lighthouse’s sole teacher. Trudy’s life changes irrevocably when she discovers the secrets of the light station in the caverns below. The atmospheric Big Sur is a departure from the Midwestern locales of Drowning Ruth andSo Long at the Fair and far more isolated than Los Angeles is in All is Vanity. The oppressive fog that envelops …