Friday, May 13, 2011

OMG...I Want An Aprium!!!

This is the time of year when I begin to crave the deliciousness of summer fruits that are grown close to home.

But I think I will have to look very hard and very far to find an Aprium Orchard.
I am sure you have seen Melissa's Produce at your grocery store.  I can find this brand at Trader Joe's.  Some of my favorite Melissa's produce are beets and lentils and certain kinds of beans that are organic and precooked!!!

You can also get exotic fruits and veg from Melissa's--- which is online.  Here is a link to apriums.  

Almost forgot to mention that they are part apricot and part plum.  I have never tasted them but I would try them.  That is why it takes me so long to shop for groceries.  I am forever hugging the experimental aisle...

Anyone up for a peanut butter and aprium jam sandwich?

Book Summary…

Haunted by the 20 year old murder of a beautiful young painter, Lucien Glass keeps the demons at bay through his fascinating work as a special agent with the FBI’s Art Crime team. Currently investigating a crazed art collector who has begun destroying prized masterworks, Glass is thrust into a bizarre hostage negotiation that takes him undercover at the Phoenix Foundation-dedicated to the science of past life discovery-where, in order to maintain his cover, he agrees to submit to the treatment of a hypnotist.

Under hypnosis, Glass travels from ancient Greece to 19th century Persia, while the case takes him from New York to Paris to the movie capitol of the world. These journeys will change his very understanding of reality, lead him to question his own sanity, and land him at the center of perhaps the most audacious art heist in history---the theft of a 1500 year old sculpture from the Metropolitan Museum Of Art.

My thoughts…






And I almost forgot the inevitable romance…definitely romance.

All of the above plus more were included in this book by M. J. Rose who also wrote The Reincarnationist and The Memorist.

Personally, this is not my kind of book. Upon stating that…I can appreciate the amazing suspenseful tale that this author wove within this story. It is pretty much the story of Lucien Glass. He was in love with a woman named Solange 20 years prior to the real beginning of this story. Something horrible happens on a night they are to meet and, of course, this is where the story begins. It seemed to me that everyone in the world was after something in this story. There were lots of past lives being explored through hypnotism and untangling these lives was an integral part of the story. The FBI was involved and the Middle East was involved and museums and major pieces of artwork were involved. It was an international mystery.

Personally this is a difficult book for me to review. I am afraid that in telling you anything major about this book…I will spoil the story. It is a fierce heart stopping novel. It is a nail biter. You really do not know who the true good guy is and when you think you do…it sort of changes.

If you enjoy intrigue and tons of major art references, a fast pace, nonstop action and tons of surprises…M.J. Rose is pretty unbeatable.

I reviewed this book for Pump Up Your Book!!!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Missing My Summer Blooms...

I miss my deck plants...but we are getting ready for them this week end...this is my favorite back yard view.  The barn across the pond is really someone's house.
These are my favorite sipping and discussing the day chairs...

Do you have a favorite place close to home?

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Uh Oh...I Did It Again...

Apparently May 10th must be the day this month when new books are released.  My Kindle was burning up with deliveries.  Amazing new releases for this month...books I have been waiting for. 
Here are a few of my titles.

Summer reading has not even really begun yet.  There are all of those wonderful beachy books out there by Nancy Thayer and Claire Cook and Elin Hilderbrand.

Whether it is a pond or a lake or a beach or a river or a kiddie pool to dunk your painted toes in...

What can't you wait to read or do this summer?