Author Archives: Penelope Gordon


By | February 9, 2018

Tweet Cats suffer from Type II diabetes but not Type I.  A small percentage develop insulin resistance.  Rapid weight loss, increased thirst and urination, dehydration, dizziness, vomiting, and staggering are all symptoms which may be associated with diabetes.  A blood test at the vet’s will determine if diabetes is the cause or if further testing […]

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Marie, Dancing

By | October 11, 2017

Tweet Marie, Dancing by Carolyn Meyer and performed by Carine Montbertrand was a very engaging story around the model for Edgar Degas’s famous statue La Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans (Little Dancer of Fourteen Years).  Degas and his friend and collaborator Mary Cassatt (often in the company of her sister Lydia) are depicted painting some […]

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I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti

By | August 6, 2017

Tweet I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti, written and read by Italian Brooklynite Giulia Melucci, was a mildly amusing and self-indulgent memoir of meals cooked and boyfriends lost over twenty years.  Melucci’s reading was easy to listen to – though I wouldn’t recommend listening on an empty stomach.  The book would have been more […]

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Redwood City Dining

By | June 7, 2017

Tweet Go Fish Poke Bar Green Leaf Asian Curry Wrapper’s Delight Bravo Taqueria Broadway Masala Oh Baby Sushi Squeeze In Ike’s Lair of Redwood City I Dumpling Zadna Restaurant Vesta San Carlos Sirayvah Organic Thai Panda Dumpling The Toss Kamakshi’s Kitchen Kabul Afghan Cuisine Asya Rangoon Ruby Belmont Falafelle  

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Judith Fertig

By | April 17, 2017

Tweet The Cake Therapist Judith Fertig’s first venture into fiction stays well within the realm of baking: the protagonist is an innovative baker who uses her somewhat mystical ability to associate flavor preferences with emotions and experiences to evoke transformative responses in those who eat her confections.  The story shuttles between a contemporary timeline with […]

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Sherry Thomas

By | March 28, 2017

Tweet Sherry Thomas s The Fitzhugh Trilogy Ravishing the Heiress by Sherry Thomas is the second book in an intertwined trilogy telling the stories of twins Fitz and Helena and their older sister Venetia over a period of more than eight years.  In this book 19-year old Fitz, Eton student turned impoverished earl, marries 16-year […]

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Carly Phillips

By | February 7, 2017

Tweet Cross My Heart Cross My Heart is a contemporary romance with skullduggery and redemption to drive along the plot.  The reading by Marie Caliendo works well for the central couples but is a little off for the older characters, especially the mothers.  The hero and heroine have been emotionally static since they were separated […]

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Kristen Callihan

By | February 5, 2017

Tweet Darkest London series Regency romance thrillers with paranormal elements. Firelight I liked the story – but I would have preferred the heroine to be a little less invincible and a little more trusting; and the hero to be a little less like Beast.  Callihan makes creative use of the restrictions of the couple’s secrets […]

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Katie Lane

By | February 5, 2017

Tweet The Overnight Billionaires The conceit of this series by Katie Lane is that three extremely hunky Beaumont brothers working to charm their way out of the Southern bayou, inherit shares in a San Francisco-based lingerie business (French Kiss), decide to run the company instead of selling out, and fantastically succeed in both business and […]

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Catherine Coulter

By | January 17, 2017

Tweet Contemporary Thrillers Power Play (2014) by Catherine Coulter and read by MacLeod Andrews and Renee Raudman had some likeable and despicable characters but with an overly burdened plot (or should I say “plots”?) and mystical elements (most notably a villain capable of instant hypnosis), this audiobook was just okay.  I did like the reading; […]

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