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Books Read in March, 2012

Artistic Licence by Katie Fforde

This was perfect holiday reading, like all of Fforde's romances.  They're light, easy to read, and even have a little bit of depth.

When Thea, tired of running a boarding-house full of unruly teenagers, decides to take a holiday in Provence, she is in for a few surprises.  Here she meets Rory, a handsome Irish artist.  Although he is younger, Thea takes a chance on him and visits his place in Ireland when he invites her.

Thea used to have an interesting job in the art world.  She's impressed by Rory's paintings and decides to support him.  She is soon faced with a dilemma.  Will she accept Rory's offer of romance or will she choose Ben?  Ben's the same age and has a cute son, Toby.  However, he's divorced and the last thing that he wants is a 'relationship'.  Who can Thea trust?  She has many lessons to learn.

Thea is easy to identify with.  I even had a few things in common with her.  These include preferring tea to…

After Camelot by J. Randy Taraborrelli

Was Gone With The Wind Right About Sherman?

I didn't know that much about General Sherman before reading Sherman: The Ruthless Victor.  Unlike many Americans, we didn't learn about him at school.  The little that I did know came from watching movies such as Gone With The Wind and the heart-wrenching Shenandoah. (They're both amongst my favorites!) According to this book, the version of Sherman presented in these movies is fairly correct.  Sherman was a ruthless, nasty person who really did let nothing get in the way of "total war." His hatred of the South apparently knew no bounds.

This is an interesting book. It discusses his traumatic childhood, his long-suffering wife, and his struggle to succeed in the army.  It also provides an account of important incidents in Sherman's life.  For example, I didn't realize that he worked as a banker or that he taught at Louisiana State Seminary and Military Academy).  He hated both of these occupations.

This book is certainly worth reading for anyone interest…