Friday, March 13, 2020

Dear Abby - Brownie the Wonder Dog

Dear Friends,

I hope you are having a great week!  This past week one of my friends sent my Momma a link about Baby Peggy (Diana Serra Cary), who was a silent movie star. Baby Peggy recently passed away, and there was an interesting article about her silent movie career.  (Thanks, Shari, for sending this!)  The article had a clip with one of Baby Peggy's movies.  I watched with Momma and guess what?  The movie clip costarred a famous dog I'd never heard of!

Brownie the Wonder Dog was a 1920's dog actor. He appeared in 51 movies between 1918 and 1924.  I was not able to find out much about his life - where he came from, who he lived with, etc.  I did read that there was a French comic strip based on his life from 1926 - 1927, Les Aventures du Chien Brownie.

I wanted to share the little three minute clip from Playmates (1921) starring Baby Peggy and Brownie the Wonder Dog.  It is fun to watch, and I hope you enjoy it too!

Wasn't that fun?!  I loved learning about an old time famous dog I'd never heard of before this week.


Abby xoxoxo

Book Review - The Moonglow Sisters by Lori Wilde

My Review
The Moonglow Sisters is a novel about three sisters: Gia, who owns a handmade kite business, is the sweet peacemaker in the family;  Maddie has a successful TV show about home and lifestyle;  Shelley is a free-spirit who has been living at in South America.  The sisters have grown apart but come back together when their beloved grandmother, Helen, who raised them, has emergency surgery. This is their story.

I wanted to read this novel because I enjoy women's fiction and beach reads.  I had not read Lori Wilde before but loved the book cover and description of this novel.

What an enjoyable book from start to finish!  It is told in short chapters with alternating viewpoints.  The reader gets to know the sisters slowly as they come back together in Moonglow Cove, Texas, to support their grandmother.  The mystery of their estrangement unwinds through the book.

The author does a wonderful job at characterization.  Gia, who is such a sweet, kind person, was my favorite sister, but I came to like Maddie and Shelley too, over the scope of this novel. 

There is also a romantic story about Gia and her handsome neighbor, Mike. Mike is a carpenter and was Gia's childhood friend.  She invents an engagement to Mike in order to convince her sisters to work on a wedding quilt that their grandmother wants them to make.  Mike is pretty dreamy!  He makes a great book boyfriend.

I enjoyed the format of the book with little epigraphs about sewing and quilting introducing each chapter.

The little coastal town of Moonglow Cove was almost a character itself in this book. I loved reading about it and felt like I'd spent some time on a beach vacation with this novel!

I heartily recommend The Moonglow Sisters for fans of women's fiction and anyone looking for an enjoyable, rewarding beach read. 

Book Synopsis
Welcome to Moonglow Cove, Texas, a place where your neighbors know your name and the gentle waves of the Gulf of Mexico lap lazily against the sands. It’s a magical spot, especially in the summertime…

Once the town was the home of the Clark sisters—brought up by their grandmother at the Moonglow Inn. Nicknamed “The Moonglow Sisters”, as children they were inseparable.  Then, a wedding-day betrayal tore them apart and they scattered across the globe and away from each other.  But the sisters have at last come home…

There’s Maddie: smart, sensible, and stubborn. Shelley, who ran off to find her bliss. And Gia, a free-spirit determined to keep the peace. It’s her impending wedding that keeps them together…but Gia has a secret, and when her sisters find out all heck is going to break loose!

The Moonglow Sisters continues Lori Wilde’s trademark storytelling to create an unforgettable novel of family, betrayal, love, and second chances.


Purchase Links

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Author Bio
Lori Wilde is the New York TimesUSA Today and Publishers’ Weekly bestselling author of 87 works of romantic fiction. She’s a three-time Romance Writers’ of America RITA finalist and has four times been nominated for Romantic Times Readers’ Choice Award. She has won numerous other awards as well. Her books have been translated into 26 languages, with more than four million copies of her books sold worldwide. Her breakout novel, The First Love Cookie Club, has been optioned for a TV movie.

Lori is a registered nurse with a BSN from Texas Christian University. She holds a certificate in forensics and is also a certified yoga instructor.

A fifth-generation Texan, Lori lives with her husband, Bill, in the Cutting Horse Capital of the World; where they run Epiphany Orchards, a writing/creativity retreat for the care and enrichment of the artistic soul.

Find out more about Lori on her website, connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

I received a copy of this book from HarperCollins and TLC Book Tours.