Writers Wisdom Wednesday

“My own unique path is just that – my own unique path.”

From the book, A Glorious Freedom: Older Women Leading Extraordinary Lives  by Lisa Congdon, author/artist.

Book can be found on Amazon.com.

Cottage Book Review

Montana Sky

mystery/romance fiction


by Nora Roberts

A Jove Book – Member of Penguin Putnam Inc.

ISBN: 1101146060, copyright 1996


I found myself conflicted after reading this book by New York Times Best Seller Nora Roberts.

Three sisters never having met gather for their despised father’s funeral and subsequent Last Will and Testimony reading. They are forced by the stipulation of the document to spend one full year together on the father’s Montana cattle ranch to be eligible to receive their deserved inheritance of one third of the ranch. The three women are so different in disposition and disdain for each other that at first this seems impossible and yet the sizeable value of the ranch causes each to settle in and live on the ranch for a year.

The story line and writing are smooth and a pleasant read. I particularly valued the author’s description of the immense beauty of the landscape of Montana and ranch life.  After all, this author is a master of this genre having enjoyed the status of Best Seller for years and her writing is impeccable.

My conflicted opinions of the book are in two areas. The vivid murder scenes and  there are several, were too much for me. And the erotic scenes were too many.

This was my first read of a Nora Roberts book. If I had known – as her steady fans probably do – I might not have been startled as to how graphic the story would get.   I might have enjoyed the explicit romance, and not have cringed at the murder scenes.

The suspense throughout kept me interested and turning pages wanting to know what would happen next.

🙂 Most important for me was the fact that I missed the characters the day after I finished the book.  I actually found myself wondering what they were up to and how they were doing.  That’s the best of character development isn’t it?  I miss the three sisters and all the others on the ranch.

WITH CAUTION: I recommend this book with the expectation the writing and story are superb while the realistic and intense scenes are plenty.  The splendor and beauty of the scenery and ranch in Montana Sky was a visit I will remember fondly.



Sea Turtle Nests Destroyed By Hurricanes

This year many sea turtle nests on the Florida shorelines were destroyed by hurricane Alberto. These nesting turtle eggs are treasured by Floridian residents. The nests are immediately abandoned by the mothers but are vigorously protected by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. The turtle nests are actually protected by law enforcement with high fines and possible time spent incarcerated. Don’t even think about messing with an incubating nest.

An interested person can sign up to join the groups who are trained to help the turtles when they break through their shells and begin their nocturnal journey toward the ocean. You will be taught how to do this without interrupting the arduous trip to the sea after dark. Once you have seen the tiny baby turtles, the size of a small child’s palm, scurrying and frantically flapping their flippers across the sand to the shore edge you will fall in love and you also will fiercely want to protect them.<a
On the nights of the turtle’s long wiggle to the waves and water, all lights in houses and hotels shining out over the sand are extinguished or the precious little travelers will mistake the lights for the moon and will head away from the sea toward the man-made lights.

But strong storms like Alberto wreak havoc on the nests. Mother nature in her massive strength can undermine what her Sea Turtles are trying to accomplish. Each nest averages 110 ping pong sized soft white eggs. Five nests of the 218 just in Collier County were swept out to a soggy sinking in the sea and 26 nests of unhatched eggs were covered in water.

In 2017 half of the Sea Turtle nests were destroyed or swept away during hurricanes. Curious visiting friends and family must not add to the loss by disturbing the eggs, Sea Turtles or their nests during this ancient and magical time of wonder at the pull of the moon and the steady struggle of tiny members of nature to their deep and watery new home.