July 24, 2014 at 2:53 am (Reviews) (, , , , , , , , , , )

EntangledCoverWebHalfAAAA1Title: Entangled
Author: Barbara Ellen Brink
Genre: Mystery
Length: 332 pages

It was the title that got me, with its spindly lettering. Then the grape leaves mysteriously hiding the heroine.  It’s grape season.  A mystery in a winery sounds just like the sort of thing to read in July.  Even more perfect, it came in time for me to pack it into my suitcase for my “vacation” – ahem – book signing tour.

Brink’s writing is heavier than I anticipated, the mystery less cozy and a little more John Grisham minus the courtroom meets Alice Hoffman.  A few times while on my road trip, I had to put it down.  The characters had more going on in their lives than my vacation was going to allow.  Of course, I found myself picking it right back up again later.

The truth is, Brink won me over with the word “wafted” on page 22. I’m a sucker for that word.  It’s one of my favorites, and I’ve blogged about this oddity of mine before.  “The sound of a child singing wafted through the open window…” and immediately I thought of my own child, back home, not a part of this trip, and I missed her.  Brink has a way of doing that to you.  You sit down to read a mystery and find yourself thinking about all the people in your life, past and present.

“I know we were just kids, but a bond like that doesn’t disappear. […] It might fade with time, but it doesn’t disappear.” – pg. 89

No, it really doesn’t, does it?  There are so many childhood friends that I don’t keep in touch with anymore, not really.  But that doesn’t mean I don’t think of them fairly often and wonder how they are, hope that they are well.  So many of them affected the way I view the world, and they probably don’t even know it.  We’re all in our thirties now, we don’t talk about any of it, we’ve all outgrown each other.  It doesn’t make the love go away.  It makes it different, but not gone.

There’s a romantic twist in Entangled as well, the kind I like: not too over the top or explicit, a romance between friends, caused by the intrusion of the past into the present.

All this intrusion is what makes Entangled special.  It’s not just women’s fiction.  It’s not just a mystery.  It’s a mystery featuring people with real problems.  In all my cozy mystery reading, that’s not often the kind of story I get.

I’ll be picking grapes tomorrow.  Maybe even having some wine later in the season.  For sure, I’ll be reading Crushed (book two in the Fredrickson Winery Saga) in the future.  There’s too many secrets at Fredrickson not to go back.


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Word Love

March 25, 2013 at 9:36 pm (The Whim) (, , , , , , , , )


Photograph by Maureen F, click to visit her Flickr page.

I have a strangely inappropriate love for certain words.  One of them is wafted.

wafted  past participle, past tense of waft


Pass or cause to pass easily or gently through or as if through the air: “the smell of stale fat wafted out from the restaurant”.

I’m sure I’ve mentioned my love for this word in this blog somewhere before, I know I briefly commented on it in my review of Kendall Grey’s Inhale.  But while reading Ian McEwan’s On Chesil Beach, I decided this topic deserved its very own post – not just a brief comment.

It struck me, much more strongly than ever before, how much I truly love this word as I read these lines:

“His napkin clung to his waist for a moment, hanging absurdly, like a loin cloth, and then wafted to the floor in slow motion.” – On Chesil Beach, pg. 33

Because there I was reading Ian McEwan’s book, completely uninterested and partly uncomfortable by the topic altogether, until that word hit the page.  With one word, my entire mindset turned around.  With one word, I thought: McEwan really is a lovely writer.

As soon as that thought struck me and I was able to identify where it came from, I recalled reading that word somewhere else earlier in the week.  I poked around in my reading material a bit and found that M.G. King used it in Fizz & Peppers.  Not only did she use it, I found that I had whimsically underlined it without giving it a single thought.  I often read with a pen or pencil in my hand.  You can often find doodles, or notes, or sporadic underlining in many of my books.  It is something that often happens without thought, and sometimes upon re-reading the title, without reason.  It seems as though, while reading Fizz & Peppers, I came across that word, and my pencil just reached out from my hand and licked it like it was a delicious bit of whip cream on top of a fine dessert.

“Even before he made it halfway down the hall he felt the hot, soggy air wafting through the house.” – Fizz & Peppers

Well, it doesn’t have to be in past tense, you see, I like any form of the word waft:

Definition of WAFT

intransitive verb
: to move or go lightly on or as if on a buoyant medium <heavenly aromas wafted from the kitchen>
transitive verb
: to cause to move or go lightly by or as if by the impulse of wind or waves
waft·er noun

Although these fonts aren’t doing the word justice, in all its forms I just love that word.  The deep smile it gives me is inevitable.  And I couldn’t tell you whether it starts with my lips and seeps down into my gut or if it is the reverse, but I cannot read the word waft without becoming inexplicably happy.

I would like to go on a hunt through my personal library and see where else I have made note of this wonderful word in my books.  That would take years, but it would be a worthy cause.  From now on, I’ll just remember to make note in my journals of where I have read it and who wrote it.

wafting thru

Click to visit book blog: Wafting Through the Bookshelf, adventures in bookwaft

Do you have any favorite words?  Another of mine is speakeasy, I like they way it feels when it is spoken aloud, but I have no deep love for the meaning.  Waft is unique for me in that I love every aspect of it, how it sounds, what it means, the elegance it gives a sentence when it used, the image I have in my mind when I read it… oh yes, but what is your favorite word? And why do you like it?

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