Brenda Perlin was born in Los Angeles, California in the Sixties. She studied acting and photography after high school. Later, her true passion was ignited when she became interested in health and fitness and became a fitness instructor. At twenty-nine she started writing Brooklyn and Bo Chronicles during the time she was getting married. She put her story down shortly after the wedding and didn’t pick it back up until she was forty-six and going through a divorce.
on Feb. 24, 2013
I must start out by saying that I really enjoyed this book and found myself studying the use of the English language that was used by the author. Her writing is exquisite and the words flow like poetry.
“She would never tell me. She couldn’t bring herself to say the words. It was like trying to put together a puzzle with invisible pieces. I only had small fragments
to work with, and even those were constantly changing forms.”
It is precise and each word seems like it was hand picked like a jewel. Miss Bleu just has a way with words but not words you hear put together exactly like this. There is an art form to her writing.
Even though this book falls under the category of Young Adult, which I am not, I still really enjoyed the story. I couldn’t wait to read what would happen next. It was pleasurably unpredictable.
I am already looking forward to book two in the series. The story between Wes and Olivia is very much a beautiful mystery.
I would highly recommend Finding Summerland. It was great escape that was not at all predictable.
Patchy and Calico Collection
on June 11, 2013
"Be happy with who you are and leave the flying to those who know how to do it."
This book implemented so many valuable lessons that were clear and simple for children to understand. These lessons were taught in a fun way that small children could relate to and could be applied to their own lives. If you eat too many apples you are going to feel sick. Just that simple but described in a fun way. There are stories about appreciation and about following direction. Children can see for themselves that it is just as good to give as it is to receive.
In the case of Patchy and Calico wandering away by themselves, they learn about making promises they can't keep and at the same time learn to be grateful for the outcome. Rules are there for their safety.
I think this is a great teaching tool and done in a sweet touching way. The stories are fun and easy for children to understand and the illustrations are adorable! Patchy and Calico won my heart from the start!
Riders of the Wind
on Aug. 20, 2013
This story opens up with such a moving scene having to do with a young man’s drive to fly an airplane. Already I can feel the passion the characters in this book and author has for the love of flying. Immediately the reader is being pulled into that passion with a one thrilling sensation after another.
"Riders of the Wind is a engaging story with a ton of adventure and just the right amount of romance. This book centers around airplane technology but there is so much more and I found this book to be written with heart and great sensitivity. I really got to know and fall for the characters. The feel of the times was clearly laid out by the author in vivid detail. It reminded me of some of the old time movies I used to watch with my dad when I was young. I could see the scenery all around me while I was reading. It was a great history lesson but at the same time an endearing love story.
"With the words still unspoken they walked arm and arm back to the hotel. Charlie was about to leave Doretta at the door of her room when she suddenly threw her arms about his neck and reached her soft red lips to touch his. Charlie's arms went around her waist and the kiss turned into a long, lingering embrace that shook both of them to their very souls. He felt the warm softness of her body the entire length of his and it seemed as if a wild hot wind was blowing through him."
Free to be with me
on Dec. 28, 2013
This is a Cinderella story of sorts. A sweet little piece with real life emotions. Highs and lows. Sometimes things work out but not as originally planned. Pretty true to life if you ask me. Like in all fairy tales, sometimes your prince falls off his horse and other times he rises to the occasion.
There is a dream like quality to Miss Toye’s writing. She is a dreamer looking to prettify everything around her, if she can. That is a gift that should be cherished and praised.
I enjoyed this little story and was taken in by Madison and her her adventure.