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Review: Quiet, The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Title: Quiet, The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
Author: Susan Cain
Publisher: Broadway Paperback an Imprint of Crown Publishing which is a division of Random House, Inc.
Paperback published in 2013
Genre: Non-Fiction
Labels: Psychology, Personality Type
Format: Paperback
Age: Adult
Pages: 368
Rating: 5 Stars

The author Susan Cain states "at least 1/3 of people we know are introverts". Introverts living in North America or western society, live amongst noisy extroverts. Extroverts are seen as being more intelligent, interesting, entertaining, a personality type that "gets things done".
In the countries of China, Vietnam, Japan, introversion is the dominant personality type, and extroverts are looked at as being rude. Finland is another nation where introverts rule.
In Quiet: introverts, shyness, agreeableness, highly-sensitive, low-self-monitored, threat-oriented, are all explored---versus their opposite type.
Quiet explores: b…

Review: A Tainted Dawn, The Great War 1792-1815 by B.N. Peacock

Title: A Tainted Dawn, The Great War 1792-1815
Author: B.N. Peacock
Publisher: Fire Ship Press 1 March 2012
Genre: Fiction
Labels: Historical Fiction, Ships, Sea Adventure, 18th Century, England, France, Spain, Coming of Age Story, Historical Fiction Virtual Tours
Format: Paperback
Age: Adult
Pages: 352
Rating: 3 Stars

A Tainted Dawn is book one in a series.
In the beginning of A Tainted Dawn three boys just happen to be in the same place at the same time, at a London Tailor's shop. A young English boy named Jemmy that works with his father as a carpenters helper and also plays the fiddle. Edward, well-dressed and educated, the only son of a ships Captain. Louis, slightly older than Jemmy and Edward, is the zealous French son of a hard working tailor. Each boy would later remember their brief meeting. 
A Tainted Dawn is a coming of age story of the three youth. Each of them from different economic backgrounds, one of them from a different country and with different views on culture and gove…


For a week I've been sick. The past few days I thought I was getting a bit better, I've tried venturing out to the store, etc., then have to come home and go back to bed. I thought I had a cold, after all I had a flu shot, but I think I might have had the flu. I've had to post-pone a few reviews that were due this week, my brain is still foggy, and I get tired easily.
Hopefully I'll be my ole self again soon!


Two Birthdays!

Today is the birthday of beloved author Laura Ingalls Wilder. Laura was born 7 February 1867 and died 10 February 1957. She is the author of the Little House series. The Little House series books were read several times by me as a young girl. I was a devoted fan of the television series as well. Laura had a way of writing that captured my heart, and helped to kindle a life-long love of reading.

Today is also the birthday of Charles Dickens. Born 7 February 1812 and died 9 June 1870. He is the Victorian writer of many books that often feature a young boy coming of age that has been sorely mistreated by his socio-economic status. Dickens wrote the famous Christmas story, A Christmas Carol. His stories brought to "light" the hardships of the poor, homeless children, society standards, prejudice against the poor and neglected and illegitimate children. Dickens wrote of the poor house and work house where those with debts and unable to pay were sent along with their families. D…

Review: The Mott's of Lichfield 1756-1869 by Roger Mott

Title: The Mott's of Lichfield 1756-1869
Author: Roger Mott
Publisher: Indepenpress Publishing Limited UK 2011
Genre: Non-Fiction
Labels: 18th Century, 19th Century, England, Land Gentry, Debt, Society
Format: Paperback
Age: Adult
Pages: 274
Rating: 4 Stars

William Mott born 1756 was The Deputy Registrar of the Diocese to Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry, England. He was a "conservative, dedicated, wise man". He built his fortune from hard work, conservative spending habits, and wise investments. His father had been a bricklayer.
William's son and heir John Mott born 1787 was a "spendthrift, idle", lazy, and a poor money-manager.
The fortune William Mott worked hard to create in the late 1700's and in to the early 1800's, his son John Mott flagrantly misused and lost.

Positive Points:
I know you're wondering who are the Mott's and why I would be interested in them. My maternal grandmother's maiden name was Mott. Her fa…

Review: The Midwife's Tale by Sam Thomas

Title: The Midwife's Tale
Author: Sam Thomas
Publisher: Minotaur Books 8 January 2013
Genre: Fiction
Labels: Historical Fiction, 17th Century, England, Midwifery, Historical Fiction Virtual Tours, Mystery, Detective
Format: Advanced Reader Copy/Paperback
Age: Adult
Pages: 320
Rating: 5 Stars

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Bridget Hodgson is a 30 year old widow that lives in a middle class home with her servants in York, England. The year is 1644 and England is under a civil war. The war began with a Catholic English King trying to end strife amongst Catholic's and Protestant's in Ireland, the war spilled over into England. Rumors circulated that the Catholic King wanted England to become a Catholic nation again, removing Protestantism by force from its people. The King and Parliament were at odds with each other. The war became a closer reality when a garrison was built outside the city.…