Monthly Archives: March 2012

Anthony Trollope: A Short Biography

Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope was one of the most successful English novelists of the Victorian ear. Though his prestige and popularity slacked in his later career, his novels have again received attention in the mid-twentieth century. He wrote forty-seven novels including The Way We Live NowRachel Ray and The Warden.


Anthony Trollope was born the son of a London barrister. His father’s business dealing brought the family’s economic condition into increasingly worse conditions. Anthony attended private school as a child, but moved to public school to save on expenses. Anthony’s mother, Frances Trollope traveled to Cincinnati in 1827 to open a bazaar. The venture proved unsuccessful and she returned to England four years later. Anthony remained in England during this period. Frances Trollope began to find success as a writer, though Anthony’s father’s position continued to decline, moving the family to Bruges (Now in Belgium) to avoid being arrested for debt. 


Anthony Trollope found a job with the postal service in London and returned in England in 1834. In 1841 Trollope took an opportunity to become a postal surveyor’s clerk in Ireland. He found the job and his economic situation preferable in Ireland. He met his future wife, Rose Heseltine, a year later. They married in 1844.


Anthony Trollope set out to be a novelist in a very serious way. He had very specific schedules and quotas for his writing and became one of the most prolific writers in English literature. However, critics looked down on his prolific output, writing quotas and the admission in his autobiography that his purpose in writing was to make money.


Anthony Trollope spent the last years of his life in rural England. He died in London in 1882. 


Click here for my review of The Way We Live Now


Anthony Trollop Biography. Victorian Web. 2000. Web. 31 March 2012.


“Home” by Anne Bronte

Anne Bronte

How brightly glistening in the sun
  The woodland ivy plays!
While yonder beeches from their barks
  Reflect his silver rays.

That sun surveys a lovely scene
  From softly smiling skies;
And wildly through unnumbered trees
  The wind of winter sighs:

Now loud, it thunders o’er my head,
  And now in distance dies.
But give me back my barren hills
  Where colder breezes rise;

Where scarce the scattered, stunted trees
  Can yield an answering swell,
But where a wilderness of heath
  Returns the sound as well.

For yonder garden, fair and wide,
  With groves of evergreen,
Long winding walks, and borders trim,
  And velvet lawns between;

Restore to me that little spot,
  With grey walls compassed round,
Where knotted grass neglected lies,
  And weeds usurp the ground.

Though all around this mansion high
  Invites the foot to roam,
And though its halls are fair within
  Oh, give me back my HOME!


Free Kindle Book of the Day

The Free Kindle book of the Day is The Arrington Trilogy (All three) by Roxane Tepfer Sanford. From the synopsis: 


Writer’s Digest 2010- “The authors choice of incident is well honored in the way the individual scenes reveal character through action and dialogue; an entertaining and informative read.”

  Historical Novels Review Online-” This historical fiction novel is brimming with tension and crescendo like drama that will captivate the reader.”               

RebeccasReads- ” I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a fast-paced, engaging read.” 

Apex Reviews- “Surprisingly fast-paced and engrossing, The Girl In The Lighthouse is quite the engaging read.”

Midwest Book Review- “The Girl in the Lighthouse” is a solid and fine read for younger readers.”

Pat Here and There- “I couldn’t put The Girl in the Lighthouse down once I started reading. I had to know more.”


Product Description


Boxed set of three bestselling family saga novels including:

Upon the onset of the Civil War, majestic Sutton Hall reigned supreme. Thomas Arrington is one of the wealthiest plantation owners in all of Savannah, Georgia and showers his beautiful only daughter, Amelia, with not only his immense fortune, but his undivided love. Amelia happily shares her life with Hattie, and mammy Abigail; slaves of the plantation, who live in the Big House as members of the Arrington family. Her unmistakable beauty goes noticed by everyone, especially the married, Perry Montgomery and the handsome house-guest, Colonial Warren Stone.
Life as Amelia knows it suddenly comes to an end after her beloved father marries stone-cold, widowed aristocrat, Eugenia Norris. Her once innocent, protected world begins to fall apart as her stepmother loathes everything about her. The smooth running plantation turns upside down during Eugenia’s iron rule, and Amelia is torn away from Hattie, Mammy, and worst of all, her own father. Amelia believes her only hope of escaping the fury of her evil stepmother is in the hands of Patrick-Garrett; the mysterious son of her fathers first marriage, whom Amelia never knew existed.
However, Amelia isn’t prepared to face her unspeakable, indecent feelings towards Patrick-Garrett. What happens next will change the course of her life forever, leaving shocking family secrets for generations to come.

From the time Lillian Arrington was born, she lived an isolated life on a remote lighthouse station with her father Garrett and her young mother Amelia. But Lillian has wishes and dreams far beyond her years.
When her father is transferred to a new station, Lillian is anxious to meet the assistant keepers and their two sons, Heath and Ayden. She had never met children her own age, had playmates, or made a friend. 
Heath, the handsome teenage boy who desires to become a doctor someday, welcomes Lillian. However, his younger brother, Ayden, doesn’t like her and she struggles to win him over. Before long, a secret bond between the three is forged and to Lillian’s delight, they become close friends.
After so many years, Lillian’s childhood is beginning to resemble that of a normal girl. No longer is she lonely and isolated from the rest of the world by over-protective parents. Instead, she experiences new adventures, attends school, and falls in love for the first time.
However, her glorious days on Jasper Island are short-lived as her beautiful young mother begins a tragic descent into insanity and passes away. Lillian is left in the care of her sinister grandmother Eugenia Arrington, who, since the end of the Civil War, continues to steadfastly hold onto the once glorious Georgia plantation known as Sutton Hall. It is there that the immoral secrets of Lillian’s parents are revealed, and she is left to pick up the pieces of her scandalous past, and somehow, find her long way home.

It is the year 1878, and at last, Lillian, now a young woman, is free from the prison called Sutton Hall and the evil grandmother who ruled. After years locked away far from her beloved lighthouse on Jasper Island, she finds her only escape through sheer luck and the generosity of one man, Richard Parker, an aspiring commercial illustrator. Though Lillian is shamed by the sins of her parents and the unspeakable act committed by Warren Stone, she entrusts her life to the charismatic, though married, Richard, until it is safe to return home. However life, as unpredictable as the sea, has other plans for Lillian. Not long after leaving, she is caught up in an adult world of money, greed, drugs, and sinful pleasures, turning her life upside down once again. It is only when Lillian discovers the shocking truth to Richard’s cruel years of deception that she finally returns to her lighthouse, desperate to recapture her lost years, and most of all, lost love.

Review: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck


My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Though a short novel, Of Mice and Men is one that everyone should read. Steinbeck’s strong moral viewpoint and incredible prose come together in a terrific novel.


The Good Of Mice and Men is succinct with a strong moral viewpoint. The migrant workers envision a society where they can have their basic needs fulfilled and work their own land. Their needs are simple, yet they cannot be consistently fulfilled because of their position at the very bottom of the social ladder. As with The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck here concerns himself with the well-being of the worst off Americans. While the basic economic and social system seems to be set against the migrant workers, the workers themselves envision a world where they can live together and share the fruits of the earth they till.


Steinbeck proves himself once again to be a master of unassuming, delicate language. He describes the Salinas Valley in such concrete, yet haunting words. The characters are so vividly real. Their dialogue is so natural and unassuming. The friendship between George and Lennie becomes so real in the text that the ending it simply heartbreaking. Steinbeck is simply a master crafter of the English language.


The Bad Some people might be put off by the sad ending. I do not consider it a drawback. In fact, it is the only coherent ending the novel could have had.


The Bottom Line Of Mice and Men is a novel that shouldn’t be missed.

Man of la Book

Friday Blog Spotlight: “Man of la Book.” Man of la Book always has something interesting to read. It’s one of my favorite book blogs. The reviews are excellent and there are always lots of fun facts and tidbits. The blog layout is also very nice. I highly recommend this blog!

Friday Blog Spotlight: Roberta Goodman’s blog “Ro-Always Inspired” offers reviews of new fiction and serves as her official author website. She is the author of Snow Escape

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Friday Blog Spotlight: Check out Shayna Gier’s self-titled blog. She offers reviews of new fiction and participates in blog tours and is also the author of Stuck in Estrogen’s Funhouse

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Always Writing

Friday blog spotlight: Check out Neil D. Armstrong’s blog “Always Writing” as he writes about his experience making it as an independent author. He has quite a few insights into independent publishing, marketing, etc. I highly recommend his blog.

Joseph’s Reviews

Friday Blog Spotlight: Check out Joseph Arellano’s blog “Joseph Reviews.” He has a good reviewing style and updates very consistently. I highly recommend this blog.