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THE REINVENTION OF ALBERT PAUGH: A Novel Story about retirement ~Jean Davies Okimoto

Monday, August 17th, 2015

I can hardly wait to tell you about this delightful story, the third in Okimoto’s trilogy about Vashon Island and its special landmarks and the culture of living on an island close to a huge and popular city.   The book came into my computer as a digital file and I needed to make a list of 10 things I was going to accomplish before I read the first page because I knew I would just be hooked right away and unable to do anything else.   The author is a great story telling wizard with just the most remarkable humor, she must have a twinkle in her eye at all times.  She certainly has caught island life and the foibles and emotions of the folks who inhabit and live within it’s confines.

TLC Book Tours has now sent me each of the books Okimoto has written for review.  I am just so lucky.  THE LOVE CEILING   was the start and then we moved onto WALTER’S MUSE.    The wise philosopher has turned 90 and is included into this new story, along with Maggie and Walter and Howie and Mark but the cast has expanded to include more of the folks who are a part of Albert Paugh’s life and veterinary practice.

The characters are so believable and may just remind you of someone you know and enjoy.  I felt a need to call one of my neighbors and also to entice my husband into reading this story as he is looking forward to retirement with no major plans except to paint and walk our dog.  He may just find himself confused also.

Dr. Paugh has had a heart attack and his wife persuaded him to sell his practice and retire.  It was just in time, as she needed help to heal from a lung cancer, which changed her life and what she wanted for her future.  Albert was not included in that future and after 24 years he is about to become divorced.  His wife never did like Bert, his chocolate lab, and now the two must find a new place to live and what to do with their time.

The single women, of a certain age and dog owners are quite interested in Dr. Paugh’s new status and this is becoming a problem that sends Al and Bert to the beach for long walks.

I was able to persuade my large book group to read WALTER’s MUSE  and I think I will have luck again with THE REINVENTION OF ALBERT PAUGH.  What will we all do at retirement? And how will we feel useful and of service to others and what will capture our energies in a good way and in a concerning way?
It was delightful to see how Dr. Paugh and the folks on Vashon Island were taking hold and making a difference to so many.

From the Book:

“Jean Davis Okimoto is an author and playwright whose books and short stories have been translated into Japanese, Italian, Chinese, German, Korean, Danish and Hebrew.  She is the recipient of numerous awards including Smithsonian Notable Book, The American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults, the Washington Governor’s Award, the Green Earth Book Award, and the International Reading Association Readers Choice Award.  Her picture book, Blumpoe the Grumpoe Meets Arnold the Cat was adapted by Shelly Duvall for the HBO and Showtime television series BEDTIME STORIES.  Jeanie, who is also a retired psychotherapist, began writing for adults when she and her husband Joe retired to Vashon Island in 2004 where they (and their dogs Bert and Willie) are visited by deer families and their six grandchildren.”

This book is for anyone who likes a good story, has retired, is failing retirement, and enjoys a fun read.  One does not need to read all three stories but they are so fun, Why not? THE REINVENTION OF ALBERT PAUGH

Related:
The Love Ceiling
Walter’s Muse

The Brevity of Roses ~Linda Cassidy Lewis

Thursday, June 21st, 2012


An ad for the Brevity of Roses appeared in my Facebook stream.  I could download a copy for just a few pennies for the next 12 hours and I had just finished my current review read.  What the heck, I will give this book a read!

Brevity of Roses was not disappointing.  This is just a great beach/vacation read and it is actually comforting to think that an older woman could attract such a young man from across a restaurant.  I found this quite plausible because I always enjoyed the students in my classes and they were younger, whereas the fellows my age were not so interested or interesting.

I liked the cultural diversity expressed in this book and how the author played with that theme.  I know many people do not think I like romance books and in general the closer they are to “porn” the less I enjoy them as a good read.  This book had a good story line and some good cooking going on!

I loved that the people did not have any money worries; most of the characters.  I liked that gardening was an element of the story and was incorporated as relevant metaphors.  I thought it was important that the characters resolved conflict and clarified their communications and this made for a delightful story line and follow through. Brevity of Roses allowed me to escape.

I had a bit of a problem with the characters in the first chapter.  So many were introduced and I did not know where that mob was taking me and who was important.   I opened the ‘notes and highlight’ tool on my reader and wrote down each character, then used the note as my reference point, which made the story more interesting as the secondary characters came and left from the telling.

If young Persian successful poet meets mature widowed, retired professor who grows roses and they both share good conversation and work through family issues while exploring the parameters of love is an idea that appeals to you I recommend this book.  Yes! There is a Brevity of Roses.

Would you like to recommend a good beach read or well written romance novel?  Looking forward to your suggestions.

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Related Reading:
The Love Ceiling
The Swan Thieves
Hannah Coulter
The Highest Tide