Friday, January 22, 2016

Dear Abby - Vintage Dachshunds in the Snow

Dear friends,

It is cold and wintry here.  We have not had snow this winter - yet! - but I am sure it is coming soon.  Thankfully we only get snow once or twice a year.  That is once or twice too much.   I am of the firm opinion that water belongs in water bowls, not in bathtubs, backyards, rain drops, or ESPECIALLY frozen and falling from the sky as snow.

While I am in a wintry mood, I decided to look through some vintage postcards for pictures of dachshunds.  I found some to share for you.  They are all by the artist Arthur Thiele.  He was a German illustrator who lived 1860 - 1936.  He did book illustrations and postcards ... and he loved pictures of dressed cats and dachshunds.

It looks like these dachshunds were going too fast on their sled!


Another sledding incident!  Maybe the dachshunds should stay inside where it is cozy and warm.


These dachshunds are in a toboggan and it looks like they are headed straight toward that snowman.


The dachshunds on this postcard are having a snowball fight! 


Do your dogs like the snow?   What do they think of it?  As always, I love to hear from you in the comments, below.

Love and xoxoxo,

Abby

Book Review - The Lady's Command by Stephanie Laurens

About The Lady’s Command


  • Series: The Adventurers Quartet (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Mira (December 29, 2015)
#1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens brings you THE ADVENTURERS QUARTET, a riveting blend of Regency-era high seas adventure, intrigue and romance

His to cherish 
Declan Frobisher chose Lady Edwina Delbraith as his wife. Scion of a bold, seafaring dynasty, he’s accustomed to getting his way—Edwina would be the woman who graced his arm, warmed his bed and remained safely at home when he returned to sea. But once the knot is tied, Declan discovers Edwina is unconventional and strong-willed, and his marriage promises to be as tempestuous as the high seas. 

Hers to command
Edwina’s fairy-princess beauty hides a spine of steel. Born into the aristocracy—born to rule—and with Declan’s ring gracing her finger, she expects to forge a marriage by his side. Then bare weeks into their honeymoon, Declan is recruited to sail on a secret mission. Edwina—naturally—declares she must accompany him. 

Theirs to conquer
Facing unforeseen perils and unexpected enemies while battling to expose a dastardly scheme, Declan and Edwina discover that their unusual marriage demands something they both possess—bold and adventurous hearts.

JOIN THE ADVENTURERS—four couples whose passionate voyages will transport you. Start the journey here and follow the adventures, the mysteries and the romances to the cataclysmic end!

My Review

Stephanie Laurens describes her writing style as "Errol Flynn meets Jane Austen."  This is a perfect description for The Lady's Command.

What a charming and unique read!  It combines romance with a loving, newly married couple, a mystery, and some adventure, too.   The book has a delightful mix of all of these elements.

This is my first Stephanie Laurens read, but it will not be my last.  I intend to read the next three books in this series when they are available.

The Lady's Command was well written, with dialogue that flowed and added much to characterization.  This book involves many characters, and I appreciated the Cast of Characters.  (I referred to it often while reading.)

Readers of historical fiction, regency novels, and light romantic historical mysteries will enjoy this novel.  Recommended!   


Author Bio

New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens originally began writing as an escape from the dry world of professional science. Her hobby quickly became a career; she has been writing historical romance novels for more than 20 years. Currently living outside Melbourne, Australia with her husband and two cats, she spends most of her days writing new stories in her signature ‘Errol Flynn meets Jane Austen” style.








Author's website: http://www.stephanielaurens.com 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorStephanieLaurens/ 

I received a copy of this book from TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.