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Someone Like You by Lauren Layne

BOOK REMARKS Marisa Cleveland www.marisacleveland.com “Tonight, for the first time in a long time, he hadn’t been the odd man out. Tonight he’d been part of a pair. Part of a something.”  If you’re in the mood for laughing, crying, and sighing, then Lauren Layne’s “Someone Like You” is the book for you. This is a contemporary romance novel following ... Read More »

L is For…?

“L Is For…?” takes place at La Serenata, a moderately upscale retirement community in Southwest Florida. Relax and spend some time with Louise (Mary Bryan), a Southern Belle who appears to be a cleaning fanatic, and Mark (R.E. Joyce), a lonely widower from Upstate New York. What is she up to? Will he even notice? Come see for yourself what ... Read More »

Director’s Screening of ‘Dawn of the Abyss’

Submitted St. Mark’s Episcopal Church of Marco Island, in co-sponsorship with Mindfulness Meditation on Marco, will host a Director’s Screening of the film, “Dawn of the Abyss, the Spiritual Birth of Swamiji,” on Friday, February 24 at 7:30 PM. The film follows the journey of a Christian monk as he seeks to fulfill his spiritual destiny in the magical land ... Read More »

Singing’ Broadway Comes to Town

Submitted And here they come! Singin’ Broadway, sponsored by Centennial Bank, is a special concert event featuring some of South Florida’s most talented singers performing songs from your favorite Broadway musicals. They will be singing their way into your hearts and you’re sure to be dancing along in your seats. The performers include: Carl Back is a seasonal Marco Island ... Read More »

Scotto Curtain Call Returns to Naples

Submitted Opera Naples’ inaugural “Renata Scotto Opera Program” kicked off this past January at the Wang Opera Center providing singers multiple private voice lessons with Ms. Scotto, as well as vocal coachings from an expert staff on the repertoire of their choosing. In collaboration with Teatro de la Zarzuela’s “Zig Zag Project,” seven singers were chosen by Ms. Scotto to ... Read More »

A Study of Human Nature: Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

BOOK REMARKS Marisa Cleveland www.marisacleveland.com “The date I had in mind was December tenth, but would you prefer the ninth or the eleventh?” Hello and happy February! I’m super excited to be here, because even though I rarely make resolutions, this new year I’d already vowed to read one published book a week when this opportunity to share my book remarks ... Read More »

Juliet’s Answer: One Man’s Search for Love and the Elusive Cure for Heartbreak

BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com “Shakespeare is a drunken savage with some imagination whose plays please only in London and Canada.” ~ Voltaire (1694-1778) This is the time of year when we are inundated with book lists. After the holiday “Must Buy/Read/Give” lists, the “Cozy Up This Winter” lists appear. Generally those books are mysteries. On those frigid winter days here ... Read More »

Discovering Old Florida

BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com The full title of this little gem is “Discovering Old Florida: A Guide to Vintage South and Central Florida.” It is 7 inches in width and 5 inches in height, which makes it very easy to handle, and “tuckable” in that it will slip into your glove compartment or your day bag very nicely. It would ... Read More »

The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories

BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com “Every murderer is probably somebody’s old friend.” ~ Agatha Christie This lovely collection of four short stories republished now, two years after the death of its author, P.D. James, by her estate, has a holiday flavor. If you are a mystery fan, doubtless you have read some of this prolific writer’s work in the past. Included ... Read More »

JCMI Presents Jewish Film Festival

Submitted The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, in cooperation with The Jewish Federation of Collier County, presents its 17th Annual Sidney R. Hoffman Memorial Film Festival, showing the newest best award-winning films on the Jewish circuit. All films will be presented at JCMI, located at 991 Winterberry Drive, starting at 2 PM, and followed by a reception and refreshments. Please ... Read More »

‘Paradise Reef’ Documentary Wins Award

Submitted The documentary film, “Paradise Reef” has received recognition from the Suncoast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, as the winner of the 2016 Suncoast Regional Emmy Awards in the Topical Documentary category. The winners were announced during an awards ceremony on Dec. 3 in Orlando. The Suncoast Chapter is the regional chapter of The National ... Read More »

BOOK REMARKS: The Wangs Vs The World

Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com “J. Marshall Weymouth made Charles feel small, like he hadn’t made his first million by the time he was thirty-three years old, like he didn’t have a flaming redhead named Saoirse on call, like he hadn’t blown out of Taiwan with nothing but a urea pipeline and lucked himself into the most ideal wife-and-children combo possible. Made ... Read More »

‘The Nest’

BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com “Insanity runs in my life. It practically gallops.”      ~ Cary Grant as Mortimer Brewster, “Arsenic and Old Lace.” I thought that the title, “The Nest,” referred to the family home in this novel, but in fact it is their term for the nest egg that their father set up for them. They themselves shortened ... Read More »

This Was Not The Plan

BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust “How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?” ~ Satchel Paige This is the story of an overworked, over-ambitious, 30-something New York attorney who becomes a widower with a toddler son. When we meet him, his wife Mira has been deceased for over two years but Charlie Goldwyn is still spending days ... Read More »

Four Opera Events Come to Marco

Submitted Gulfshore Opera (GO), now in its third season, is bringing more opera to Marco Island. This season the company plans 26 events in Southwest Florida between October and May. GO will present opera and classical vocal music concerts with a diverse offering of full-scale productions, community concerts, social engagement events and an elegant gala. Four of these events will ... Read More »

The Trespasser

BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com “Of all the things which man can do or make here below, by far the most momentous, wonderful, and worthy are the things we call books.” ~ Thomas Carlyle Mystery, suspense and police thriller readers, rejoice! This book is a rare delight – you will absolutely love every scrumptious word of the 464 pages. Stephen King ... Read More »

Best. State. Ever. A Florida Man Defends His Homeland

BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust I have been a fan of Dave Barry’s humor for most of the 25 years that he has been writing columns, so I was anticipating a great read. He starts out with a strong first chapter, in which he takes on the State of Illinois and their penchant for electing governors who end up in prison. This ... Read More »

A Man Called Ove

BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust “Ove is fifty-nine. He drives a Saab.” Knowing his age is an important point in any man’s story. In Ove’s case, knowing that he drives and has always driven a Saab is essential in understanding him. One’s choice of vehicle reveals much about one’s character, in Ove’s mind. He evaluates others based upon their vehicle brand. When ... Read More »

French Rhapsody

BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust “Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.”  ~ Mason Cooley It has been a long while since I laughed out loud so many times while reading a book. “French Rhapsody” is the title that had my endorphins dancing a jig. A middle-aged married Parisian doctor who has been disillusioned about ... Read More »

Everything We Keep

BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust This is an engaging read for an afternoon or evening of escapism. Kerry Lonsdale is a relatively new writer, with a straight forward style. She has a knack for character description that draws the reader into the story almost immediately. I knew I was going to like Aimee Tierney and her parents by page three of this ... Read More »