Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Peter Pan and Mary Alice Monroe

When I was little I remember going to the Muny Theater in St. Louis to see the play Peter Pan.  I loved it as a child!  I also love the ride at both Disney parks.  To me Peter Pan inspires your imagination.  Mary Alice Monroe takes on Peter Pan in her latest novel Second Star to the Right.


Faye O’Neil and her children Tom and Maddie move to a flat in London.   Tom has suffered emotionally and psychologically from an accident.  His sister Maddie is very cautious and looks after her brother.   She is there to start a new job.  This flat is special in many ways because the children begin to have hope through the little lights they see in the evening.  They also are obsessed with Wendy Darling Forester who shares great stories of Peter Pan.  Faye is not sure about encouraging the imagination of her children.  Will her son Tom’s struggles change her mind?  Will he succeed in encouraging Faye’s imagination?

My Thoughts:

I unfortunately did not love this novel.  I very much enjoy Mary Alice’s writing but this novel struck me as being different than what she usually publishes.  Don’t get me wrong I love the idea surrounding the idea of Peter Pan.  I just struggled in keeping my interest in the story. 

I thought the setting was great!  The Flat is described as the Darling home which Wendy inherited.  Her daughter later transforms into apartments.  This house includes a description of the garden.  This garden was influenced by Wendy’s experience with Peter Pan. 

I was also able to share the emotional up and down of the characters.  

Don’t miss her next novel coming out soon!



Please visit Mary Alice Monroe on her Facebook page, Twitter, and her Website

Monday, March 17, 2014

One Night with Erika Robuck

On a windy night in Woodstock Georgia at Foxtale Book Shoppe Erika Robuck appeared.   She was joined by author Karen White who moderated the discussion about her new novel Fallen Beauty.  Erika is known for her novels Hemingway’s Girl and Call Me Zelda. 
Fallen Beauty chronicles the life of the poet Edna St. Vincent Millay.   The story is told in from both Edna’s point of view and Laura’s (The seamstress).   This is an interesting way to tell a story.  What can we learn from Laura’s point of view?  How do you write Edna’s point of view?  Erika shared that it was much easier to write Laura’s than Edna’s point of view.  Her answer about writing Edna was really having to find that character because otherwise the course of the novel would have changed to only being about Laura’s perspective. 

When writing historical fiction research help’s the characters to evolve, and can also spark inspiration for the next novel. When Erika researched Zelda Fitzgerald she came across characters that were involved with Edna St. Vincent Millay.  So what will she do next?  She is currently working on a novel based on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s life.   
We will see sometime next year.
The next release for Erika Robuck is the novel coming out Grand Central Station.  This novel follows the post-world war two period.  Authors who have recently written in this era such as Karen White, Sarah Jio, Jenna Blum and others.  These stories are written to interconnect.  So where one story ends and the next begins you might see the previous character’s finale.  Should you like to follow Grand Central you can follow on the Facebook page.  You can also follow along on Erika’s author page and the other authors mentioned.  This novel is coming out in July.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Virtual Nightstand for March 16,2014

Welcome to this week's nightstand post!  I have been busy with an author event earlier this week.  I got the chance to meet Erika Robuck.  I have also finished several reviews that you will see in the weeks to come. 

Virtual Nightstand:

Physical Nightstand: