I Recommend Murder on the Orient Express [Movie Tie-in] by Agatha Christie, narrated by Kenneth Branagh

Hi All,

I love a good mystery and Agatha Christie is a favorite author of mine.

I saw this audiobook on Amazon when I was looking for something new to listen too. I was not disappointed.

It seems like every generation of fine actors come together to adapt this book to a movie script and this time they have a another great cast to add their interpretation to this masterpiece of suspense and intrigue.

This cast is all star for the movie and Kenneth Branagh does an excellent narration for the audiobook as well as play the lead in the movie.

I rented the movie from Xfinity too and I’m enjoying it on a cold winter’s night in Minneapolis MN. That’s right snow fall and cold conditions in April here in Minnesota. I hope you enjoy the book and the movie and if you’re in the path of the Minnesota snow storm you’ll be able to relate to those souls on the train trapped by snow.

Here’s a link for the audiobook:

Murder on the Orient Express via Audible

Share Love of Books and Enjoy Wonderful Accommodations at Inn BoonsBoro

Hi All,

I’ve had the beautiful opportunity of staying at the Inn BoonsBoro in Boonsboro, Maryland, last September, 2017.

The rooms celebrate some the great literary works of our times. In keeping with the book stylizing, the guest rooms stay true to the building’s original function and design as an Inn for travelers from 1700 Maryland.

They also have modern conveniences with free refreshments, baked goods and common area activities from games to movie/TV viewing to chatting about what we all love that visit Boonsboro for Book Signing events – books and those that make them possible the authors.

Next door you can get 5 star food at Dan’s Restaurant and Taphouse or across the street is a really terrific pizza or pasta place at Vesta Pizzeria and Family Restaurant.

For me I found the Inn a wonderful place to rest and share my love of books and have some freshly backed chocolate chip gluten free cookies, after a long hike at Antietam and the National Civil War Cemetery. Both National parks are within a 15 minute drive from the Inn. To see pictures from my September trip follow this link to my photo blog: September, 2017 Maryland Vacation Trip Highlights In Pictures 2 – Antietam National Cemetery 150th Anniversary & Inn Boonsboro Stay

The bathroom facilities were awesome too, 5 headed showers with a rain head – just like being in a gentle rain. They also had a full bath with a place to prop your book while you soaked away the days cares.

I hope to go to the Inn again in 2018. It’s a magical place attracting book and history loving people. Maybe I’ll see you there some day.

Check out this link: InnBoonsBoro 18th Century Inn and More for more event information for the Spring and you can sign up for their Newsletter too. A bit of peace and dreaming for your weekend reading.

Below are some pictures from my stay in September, 2017. Sincerely helpful staff and beautifully appointed guest rooms and shared areas make for a wonderfully restful visit. There’s a special Gifts Inn Boonsboro Inc right across the street – so be sure to stop in and get some special art, pottery or nicknack to remember your visit. All very well done and worth the trip.

Enjoy.

“Leonard”

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“Leonard:  My Fifty-Year Friendship with A Remarkable Man”

By William Shatner with David Fisher.

I recommend this book as a journey of life encompassing a shared career and friendship between actors that I enjoyed growing up.

Listening to Mr. Shatner’s excellent narration to share his love of Leonard Nimoy was a privilege and a priceless gift of insight into what makes a career and friendship.

I am a Star Trek fan growing up and in my 55 years of enjoying Mr. Shatner and Mr. Nimoy in all their many roles I found this book a gift that helped me to see the beauty of pursing a career and how it impacts living life to the fullest.

I’m thankful that I took the time to listen to this well written book.

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Turn The Page Book Signing Event September 16th

Turn The Page Book Store Cafe Website

Hi Book Lovers,

Above is a link to the next Turn The Page Book Signing Event coming up on Saturday, September 16th, 2017.

The list of best selling authors attending is awesome with:

All excellent writers with local authors that are always interesting.

This book signing is also on the same weekend of the 150th Anniversary of the Antietam National Cemetery. See this link for more information on this event: Antietam Battlefield Post on Facebook

See this link also for those not on Facebook:

National Park Service Website

The Antietam National Cemetery is a short 15 minute drive from Turn The Page Bookstore Cafe in Boonsboro, Maryland.

I was just at Nora Roberts July Book Signing event which inspired me to return for the 150th Anniversary events at Antietam as well in September. I’m glad both the book signing and the Antietam events are on the same weekend. I was also able to get reservation for Nora’s Inn in Boonsboro too for the Antietam event.

After visiting the sites and authors in Boonsboro area I’m heading over to Parkton Maryland to see the Ocean and the Assateague State Park. Here’s a link to learn more about the park:

Assateague State Park

There’s so much to do and see in Maryland and the surrounding states, I hope you all will be able to swing a trip soon. I’m grateful to Nora Roberts for sharing her knowledge of Civil War history in her books and her book signing events. Not only is she an excellent fiction writer but she does great travelogues too follow this link to find out about her latest trip adventures:

Nora Roberts Website

Turn the Page Bookstore is a worthy vacation spot. Great displays of books, helpful service and friendly staff make every moment a special one.

I hope to see you in Boonsboro Maryland the weekend of September 16th, 2017.

Sincerely,

Melissa Blanchard

I Recommend “All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel


Hi All,

I had the opportunity to listen to the audiobook, "All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel".

The writing is fabulous. To see the world through the experiences of a blind girl is unique and inspiring.

The author also brings out the struggles of orphans and how one boy, full of potential, wants more than mining for a life long career but finds he must choose good over evil at a very young age.

The narrator, Zach Appelman, did an excellent job reading with the emotion of each person in the novel while keeping faithful to the emotion of every scene. His voice is a comfort even when it must convey the horror of the inhumanity in many of the tableaux of evil and death.

In order to tell the story, there's a need for violence in this book, but the joy and perseverance in the beautiful people in this novel out weighs those that do violence and bring about death and humiliation.

As in art, there are many shades needed to bring out the beauty of a sunrise so to this book brings to this reader the value of seeing the full picture before making a decision. I hope you find the beauty in the telling of this story. There's so much about strength of character documented in the blind girl and her father – the true love shown brings healing to the heart and mind.

Sincerely,
Melissa Blanchard

Fall Into the Story Brunch Event with Nora Roberts on July 23rd, 2017

Hi All,

The Annual Fall Into the Story Brunch was excellent food and conversations.  I won the raffle to sit at the author table 2nd year in a row.  This event gives you a longer time to share books you love to read and the styles we enjoy best.  Everyone that attends get the chance to chat with Nora Roberts.  It’s a special event that donates to proceeds to charity.

Check out this link to see what interests Nora Roberts, travel, gardening and writing its all there – Nora writes excellent non-fiction too on her blog.  Nora Roberts Blog Fall Into the Story Managed by Laura

I’m thankful to Jeannie, Laura, Jason and Kat and the staff of Vista for an wonderful meal (including awesome gelato) and the opportunity to meet beautiful people that all like to read:).

I hope to see everyone next year.

Sincerely,

Melissa Jane Blanchard

Nora Roberts Book Signing Event on July 22, 2017 in Boonsboro, Maryland

July 22nd, 2017 Book Signing Event Pictures.

I’m thankful to Nora Roberts and all the authors that attended along with all the wonderful fans of romance novels full of suspense and possibilities.

I also appreciate all the efforts of the bookstore staff too.  Check out this link for the next Boonsboro, MD book signing event Turn The Page Book Store a great brick and mortar business with a secure website ordering system too.

Lindsay Townsend’s New Titles Now Available.

Plain Harry – I recommend Check Out Kindle version follow Link.

Click link above to check out Lindsay’s latest book.

Lindsay Townsend Great Books to check out

http://www.lindsaytownsend.co.uk/2017/07/new-plain-harry-sweet-medieval.html

New title out Plain Harry Sweet Medieval – I’m going to check out this book for my summer reading – see the links above to do the same.

Lindsay delivers interesting characters and well researched historical fiction.  I enjoy her writing.  The dialog is believable and the rhythm of the words flows with no effort from the reader.

 

Check Out a Great Author, Lindsay Townsend and her latest, “The Virgin, The Knight and the Dragon”

Hi Readers,

There’s a new book out there for all that enjoy historical romance.  Check out the link below to find out more:

Link to Lindsay’s Website

Enjoy,

Sinderely,

Melissa Blanchard

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When Calls The Heart – Book Based TV

Happy 1st Saturday in March,

I hope all are enjoying the 1st TV book based series from a Christian author, Janette Oke.

The story lines bring topics that help us understand one another no matter our background or physical limitations.

This is a show devoted to creating TV that all members of the family can watch together.

Follow this link to learn more about discovering how to watch where you live:

When Calls The Heart Season 4 TV from the Heart

My thanks to Hallmark Channel for bringing families together to enjoy stories from the heart.

Sincerely,

Melissa Blanchard

From:  Minneapolis, MN