Kristie Plank

‘Twas Quite A NIght!

As an active participant in Sunday, December 2 evening’s ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by the Tanglewood Community Church Choir, I have to say it was quite an experience.  Why?  Please read on. Planning for this night of music and fun initially began in February.  Once some tentative plans were made, choir members went their…

You Still Have Time

Here we are into December and by now you have surely heard of the RV Club’s efforts to aid the Heartland Food Bank in their efforts to provide food for those families and senior citizens with Christmas meals. Do not despair if you have not made your donation.  You still have a little time.  The…

A Christmas Dozen

A bit of a different offering for December.  Instead of the usual two book reviews, I decided to give you a random listing of 12 Christmas titles I located on the shelves here at Tanglewood.  So here is a taste of ones you might find interesting. The Christmas Wedding by James Patterson – Gabby Summerhill…

You Still Have Time

The RV Club’s annual Christmas Food Drive for the Heartland Food Bank needs YOUR help if we are going to give those in need in Highlands County a Christmas meal.  Every year more and more people are in need of assistance. Members of the RV Club will be at every Monday Morning Coffee through December…

Strong Women Make A Difference

November is a busy, busy month for many of us.  One day in this month is set aside as a remembrance to honor American veterans, both living and dead.  It was originally known as Armistice Day.  Now most of us know it as Veterans Day.  The following three books all are set during war times…

Characters! Characters! Characters!

The Beaches at Painter’s Cove (2017) by Shelley Noble has a little of everything going on throughout its pages…conflict, financial woes, mystery, a touch of romance, and a dysfunctional family.  Make that four generations of dysfunctional! The opening pages of this novel had me a bit confused at first.  The introduction begins with a short…

“Before” Is The Key Word

If you have seen the movie version of Me Before You, you should still read the book. If you have not seen the movie, read the book. Me Before You (2012) by JoJo Moyes is not strictly a romance novel regardless of the title.  It does have some touching moments one could label romantic, but…

Stories Of Second Chances

Have a few hours to spend reading?  Both of the following books are about love, families, redemption and second chances. One is a debut novel, the other by a well-known author. Souvenir (2008) by Therese Fowler may have been around for 10 years, but it was her first and is still just as relevant and…

It’s All About The Secrets

The Secret Rooms (2012) by Catherine Bailey was recommended while I was searching for a summer read through the thousands of titles on Tanglewood’s library shelves.   I wanted a quick read.  A fellow reader handed me this title.  She assured me it would read like a novel. Right away let me say, The Secret Rooms…

Page Turners For The Beach

If you enjoy a family saga, you know, the kind that could lead to an ongoing TV soap opera, try Thorn in My Heart (2003) by Liz Curtis Higgs).  It is the first of four books about the lives of two brothers and two sisters. The Lowlands of Scotland is the setting of Thorn in…