The Week: 26th September – 2nd October

queanbeyan-nsw-30th-september-2016-sonya-heaney-sky-storm-clouds-nature

Stormy sky on the way home from Queanbeyan, NSW on Friday afternoon.

We had a public holiday on Monday, and I went out to the pub on Friday, so this seemed like a very short week! We have ANOTHER holiday this coming Monday, too!

I spent the public holiday visiting the Australian War Memorial, and then the Kingston Foreshore. It was a nice (if windy) day, but then the craziness started. South Australia had this freak storm, and the entire state lost power – South Australia is 1.5 times the size of Texas. The tail end of the storm reached us a couple of days later, which meant our Floriade spring festival and night festival had to be closed for a couple of days.

This time last year I was in full summer dress!

Congratulations to my cousin, who danced her final National Irish Dance Championships yesterday, held in Hobart this year.

This article disgusts me. Having been to school through the early John Howard years, where public education was stripped and stripped and stripped of money, to the point they couldn’t even afford to maintain the toilets, and all our textbooks were fifteen years out of date hand-me-downs from the private schools… I’m so angry about this:

Some private schools receive nearly three times the funding they are entitled to

In other countries it’s illegal to use government funding for private education!

That’s my rant for the week!

Australian War Memorial Canberra

victoria-cross-winners-uniforms-australian-war-memorial-canberra-26th-septermber-2016-sonya-oksana-heaney-military-sas

Lisa Kleypas’ Upcoming Book

Devil in Spring (2017) (The third book in the Ravenels series) A novel by Lisa Kleypas

The thirty-second anniversary of…

Ghost of a Chance by Jayne Ann Krentz

My review of Dark Fancy (Noble Passions #1) by Sabrina York

dark-fancy-noble-passions-1-by-sabrina-york

My review of A Fabrication of the Truth by Katie Kaleski

a-fabrication-of-the-truth-by-katie-kaleski

Elizabeth Gaskell’s Birthday

1832 portrait of English writer and biographer Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-65)

Dark Fancy (Noble Passions #1) by Sabrina York

dark-fancy-noble-passions-1-by-sabrina-york

When Lady Helena Simpson flees an unwanted marriage to a revolting lord, she finds refuge with James, a charming, handsome man unlike any she’s ever known. Helena concocts the perfect solution to her problem. She asks—begs—James to ruin her. Surely her betrothed will repudiate her if she is no longer pure. And if all her efforts fail and she still ends up married to a horrid man until the end of her days, she will at least once have known true passion.

But James is not all he seems. He is, in fact, a wicked lord with a dark fancy. When Helena awakens his desire, he becomes determined to take everything she has to offer and more.
No matter the cost.

Dark Fancy (Noble Passions #1) by Sabrina York

I think there might be too many Sabrinas writing historical romance! I started off this book expecting one sort of story, and ended up with something totally different. The beginning, with the runaway bride who accidentally runs straight into the clutches of the man she’s escaping, was a great one.

However, I was expecting romance, and instead I got erotica! (A note: it is not listed on review sites as anything other than historical romance.)

Once hero and heroine had met (where he mistakes her for a child), they take about an hour before they start having sex – all kinds of sex.

I put the book aside, slept, and when I woke up in the morning I had a light bulb moment: I was thinking of Sabrina Darby, not Sabrina York!

I sort of wish I’d read the book I’d been expecting, because it would have been a great story. Don’t get me wrong; this is well-written erotica. However, I didn’t realised I’d signed up for the hero watching the heroine be spanked by a duke!

Well-written if this is what you’re looking for, but it’s an ARSE, thank you very much!

 

Review copy provided by NetGalley.