I consider myself a fairly spontaneous person. I can change on a whim. Do something different. Try something new, all without relative harm to my mental state. The thing I am really bad about is taking chances. Now-a-days, it is very hard for me to do something that, I feel, is a risk. Most of it is physical risk. It terrifies me to think of flying to another country without a hardcore plan in mind. It always has. My sisters are more of the adventurous sorts. They have done things like that and more. I am envious of the adventures they have had, but shiver to think of doing them myself. I always start playing the “what if..” game. What if I lose my way in a strange city?…What if the boat leaves without me?…What if my husband or I get thrown in jail for some ignorance on our part and sit in a cell to rot??? OK, I know that’s a little extreme, but you get the idea. I have come to realize that for me to truly enjoy things like big vacations, I need to spend the extra money and hire a travel agent to make sure that all my fears are addresses. So vacations are handled, but what about the rest? Our family have been on a veritable roller coaster since about September. I won’t bore you with the details, but needless to say, it was hard to focus on all the wonders of the holidays this year. :0( And now, we are headed for the next great adventure in our lives. In two weeks time, my hubby and I will be relocating. We will be moving about 3 hrs away from our current home to San Luis Obispo. This has been a dream of ours for many years. (Though I did think our children would be moving with us….) So this is where that crazy fear comes in. What if we don’t like it like we “think” we will?…What if my husbands job fizzles out?…What if…. See, what I mean? Changes are good. They keep you alert and on your “A” game.I am really excited about it… really!
The first book that I am reviewing is “Tandem” by Tracey Bateman. This is her second book. It takes place in Abbey Hills, a small Ozark town. The book focuses on two central characters, Lauryn McBride and Amede Dastillion. There are a series of unexplained murders happening. Lauryn is trying to come to terms with her father’s illness and keeping the family business above water. Amede is carrying a dark family secret and is searching for her missing sister. The plot is very easy to follow. There are several twists and turns that brings in several other characters that enrich the story. Personally, I couldn’t read it before bed because my mind would spin trying to figure the plot out. :0) Though I felt that the ending was a bit rushed, I would defiantly read other books by this author.