Wednesday, January 20, 2016

TBR Day. Deliver Me / Farrah Rochon. 2007

This book by Farrah Rochon has one of the best opening pages I've ever read. Seriously. You can go read it here at Amazon. It totally made me laugh. As did a few other parts of Deliver Me. I needed something that wasn't too serious and I lucked out.

Here's the blurb:

After being dumped by her boyfriend and passed over for yet another promotion, Monica Gardner moves to New Orleans, determined to make a name for herself as the new attending ER physician at Methodist Memorial Hospital. As for men--she's through with them. But when given the chance to chair the hospital's annual charity banquet, Monica must elicit the help of gorgeous Ob-gyn Elijah Holmes. 

Eli will do anything to thwart his matchmaking Mama's plan to reunite him with his high school girlfriend. So, when the sexy new ER doc asks for his help in planning this year's charity banquet, Eli devises the perfect scheme: He'll help put on the best banquet the hospital has ever seen, if Monica poses as his new girlfriend. But when Eli finds himself falling in love, he realizes convincing Monica of his true feelings may be his greatest delivery yet.

I found Deliver Me to be a solid, entertaining read that I really enjoyed. New Orleans is always a great backdrop for a story, and it was particularly interesting given that the book was set in the near aftermath of Katrina. Eli comes from a loving family and his interactions with his mother and brothers were fun. His matchmaking-mama reminded me of a few Regency matchmaking-mamas. I guess the theme is ageless and universal! Monica is a little uptight, coming from a family of over-achievers and determined to make a place for herself in her new job and city. I liked how she began to let go as she got to know Eli better.

The book has a secondary romance subplot. One of Eli's patients is in a troubled marriage. While I suppose you could argue that Amanda and Jeffrey's story could have been left out, I'm glad it wasn't. Their story was more serious because of Amanda's mental and physical health issues--but it also dealt with stuff we don't normally see in a romance novel.

Deliver Me is the first book in the Holmes Brothers trilogy. I look forward to reading the next two books.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Quilting Update

I haven't posted anything quilt-related in ages. Of course, I haven't published much of anything here since August, so I guess that's no surprise. This will be a quickie because I have to go and finish reading my TBR book.

So, back when I had my surgery, I had a nice 6-week staycation. I did a fair bit of sewing on a variety of projects which is another way of saying I finished almost nothing. Here's one thing I did finish in November, just before I went back to work.
The leaf blocks are small so the whole thing is about 9" x 14". The blocks were from a little kit I purchased. The pattern is by Designers Workshop. I took a class once from the owner, Eileen Sullivan, a long, long time ago. She taught me more about color than anyone else ever has--in just one six-hour lesson. I have several of her patterns. The kit included just the fabric for the leaves. I raided my stash for the rest of it.

At Thanksgiving my sister gave me a bunch of her Christmas fabric. I came home and made this little table runner from a pattern I found in an old issue of Love of Quilting magazine.

So those were my last two finishes of 2015. That's a total of 10 for the year, most of them small. I probably started just as many additional projects. 2016 should be the year of UFOs (UnFinished Objects).

One more picture--even though it's only a finished top, not a fully quilted quilt (yet). I spent a good portion of my recovery working on the butterfly blocks in the outer border. I showed this before when it was in its early stages in 2014. Anyhow, I got the last of those butterfly blocks sewn on in November and December and added the final gray outer border the other night. It took almost 2 years and it'll probably be that long again before I'm ready to quilt it. It's large, about 75" x 75".