Review: Regarding Anna

Title: Regarding Anna
Author: Florence Osmund
Release Date: February 2015
Length: 3273 pages
Series?: no
Genre: Mystery


25059492Things that happen to you in the past can mold you into someone you’re not.

Grace discovers a box in her parents’ attic that contains enough suspicious items to cause her to believe that the people she had called Mom and Dad her whole life may not have been her real parents.
After recovering from the shock of her parents’ deaths, Grace Lindroth is tormented by the uncertainty of her identity and begins an arduous search for answers. When certain clues draw her to a boardinghouse once owned by Anna Vargas, she becomes convinced that Anna was her real mother. She believes the boardinghouse walls have been harboring vital secrets for years, but when she meets up with the cantankerous old woman who had bought the place after Anna’s death, she questions whether she’ll ever be able to peel back all the layers surrounding her parentage.
The lies and deceit that Grace unearths in her pursuit to validate her identity are shocking, complicated, and not all buried in the past. Does this force Grace to back down, or just heighten her determination uncover the whole truth?

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my review

The Skinny

When seventeen-year-old Grace finds her adoptive parents dead in her childhood home it sets in motion a series of events she questions and uncovers years later. But the wheels of motion had already been set in motion nearly twenty years earlier in a boarding house across town.

After finding over 100 items including photos, receipts, business cards from Mexico, and a piece of old wallpaper that Grace calls the Attic Finds from her parents’ house, she sets off to piece together the oddities left behind that connect the two households of her adoptive parents and that of the woman she believes to be her birth mother. Add to the mix the Mexican oil industry, beautiful and expensive stolen artwork, the Irish sweepstakes and many unanswered questions.

Along the way she uncovers a few friends who help further her cause and discover the truth.

The Players

Grace – 22 year-old plain-Jane PI, runs NSU Investigative Services

Elmer – the attorney Grace is renting office space and an apartment from

Minnie – the new owner of Anna’s house, Grace befriends over a winterberry bush, helps Grace investigate

Flora – a friend who works at the County Clerk’s Office and does many favors for Grace

Tymon – Anna’s handyman who ends up aiding Minnie and Grace

Naomi – the new girl hired for Elmer’s office, she befriends Grace and also comes to her aid in a number of ways


From the Boarding House – 1943:

Anna Vargas – young single mother murdered in her home

Al – the mysterious boarder with a staircase to Anna’s bedroom, rumored to be having an affair with her

Henry Sikes – pale-faced busybody in everybody’s business (aka Mouse-face)

Mark Smith – a recluse who paid his rent early, died in the boarding house

Dorian Ross – a cross-dresser

The Quote

And if my parents hadn’t died in March of 1960, I wouldn’t have found what i did in their attic leading me to believe a woman named Anna Thalia Vargas was my real mother – and that she was murdered, and I was kidnapped, when I was seven months old.

The Highs and Lows

  • Grace. She is young…and a little dumb. While she has gone to school for her PI services, she isn’t very experienced and doesn’t always seem to think things through before she runs off. She could land herself in some very sticky situations on the wrong side of Chicago, but she never really thinks about that before she runs off on the No. 54 bus.
  • The Characters in the Woodwork. There were a handful of characters that emerge from the woodwork who all have a hand in Anna’s past. I was very interested in Tymon and Minnie’s characters and how they have nothing to gain from assisting Grace, and she
  • Complexity. There are so many layers to this book it can be mind boggling. It starts out simple: a young girl looking for her real mother. And then things get complicated quickly. With the more information Grace unearths, the harder it is to see how it all fits together for the longest. At the very end when all the pieces are revealed, I was mind-blown.
  • Grace’s Dad. In the beginning when Grace is recalling her parents and her childhood, she made several comments about her dad being overbearing and controlling with her mother. It didn’t click right away and it still didn’t click at the end of the book when it should have. Instead, when I was going back and looking through my notes I had a lightbulb moment and things fit together even better.
  • Minnie and Tymon. They are incredible friends who rally around Grace after hearing her story. Tymon is from the days before. He knows the house and he knew Anna and he is now there for Grace trying to help in any way he can. Minnie is a Scotch-drinking, tough old lady that allows Grace into her heart and is dead set on helping her uncover the mysteries of the boarding house.
  • The Ransacking. There is something that someone thinks is in the boarding house that Minnie now owns – and they want it back. Perhaps it is what Anna died for but was never found. After Grace is kicked out of her living and work space, someone has made it clear they are still looking for whatever was left behind.

The Take-Away

This is a fascinating read with more than one mystery woven into Grace’s story.

Recommendation – Buy, Borrow or Skip? 

Definitely buy or borrow! I highly recommend reading!



5831857After more than three decades of working in corporate America, Florence Osmund retired to write novels. Her notable website is dedicated primarily to helping new authors—offering advice she wishes she had received before starting her first novel. All of Osmund’s novels have earned the BRAG Medallion, an honor awarded to less than 15% of books submitted. She currently resides in Chicago where she is working on her next novel.

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Blitz + Giveaway: The Hitman’s Possession

The Hitman’s Possession
Tia Lewis
(A Bad Boy Mafia Romance, #1)
Publication date: October 19th 2016
Genres: Dark Hitman Romance

I’m a hard, ruthless, and brutal killer… but I’m not letting her go.

I’m the most feared man in South Boston. I’ve earned that title and the nickname “The Animal.” Women may think it’s because I’m wild in bed, and one night with me and they’d f*cking know it.

But there’s a darker reason for my reputation… I think nothing about ending a life. Feelings are a luxury I can’t afford.

Until her.

I hear Tess cry for help and I give into the urge to help her. One look at her and I knew I had to risk it all to rescue her. I’m no knight in shining armor; I’m saving her so I can keep the sexy spitfire for myself.

But the mob wants her back. She wasn’t meant to live through that night.

No f*cking way I’m going to let that happen. Tess ignites a fire within me like nothing I’ve ever known. Her legs are meant to be wrapped around me, and only me. I’ll take on the whole Russian mob ―hell, the whole world―to keep the one woman who’s meant to belong to me.

I’ll kill every bastard that tries to take her away. She can try to run, but she’s not getting away from this hitman. She’s my possession now.

The Hitman’s Possession is a full-length dark romance novel that’s intended for mature audiences only. This novel address issues of a serious nature, including violence surrounding the nature of consent. This novel contains very disturbing situations, graphic language and violence and explicit sexual content. Reader discretion is strongly advised.

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Tia Lewis is a romance author from the Midwest who writes about smart, sexy, sassy women and hot, possessive alpha males. Her favorite bad boys to write about include sports players, mafia, bikers, billionaires and the bad-ass next door. You can find her cooking, reading, or traveling when she’s not busy working on her next release.

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Sunday Post ~ Should I Stay or Should I Go?

0abf9b9e-b7ac-4d59-b451-7eb7c64ea1b9_zps47hi5hueThe Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news, a post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things received, and share news about what is coming up on the blog for the week ahead. To get in on the Sunday funday, see the rules here: Sunday Post Meme.

I apologize for not being around this week and visiting and commenting. I probably won’t be around in the next week or so either.😦 The house situation is worse. I came home Monday night again to my house unlocked, called my landlord (who still has not responded whatsoever) and the realtor (who screamed her head off at me). Called the police again, who directed me to the constable’s office again to help me. I took an emergency day off Tuesday to go again to the constable’s office and figure everything the fuck out. There is no responsibility or accountability on my landlord or the realtor’s part to secure my home until I suffer a pecuniary loss. I was told “You can stay, or you can go.”

The fact that the appraiser came through on Monday leaves me very little time to get the hell out. I have a very short window. All of the security matters wig me out, and the buyers have no intention of changing the locks until new tenants come in. They also were very strange and awkward when we met, so in addition to jacking up the rent $300 where it will be at a price only $300 less than a full 3 BR house built in the same decade down the street, I want to go. I’m not paying anyone’s mortgage.

So I started looking. In the city I live in, in my hometown, in the city I work in, and in the two surrounding cities that are close enough to work, and one that is a little further away but directly on the way to the man’s. I went Tuesday evening to look at a place and while the lady was incredibly nice, her house was a hot mess. On the way home, my ABS and traction lights came on. The codes can’t be checked like a check engine light, but after a restart and driving a few feet the lights went off. Wednesday the man came up and we went out, and then Thursday and Friday I spent all evening until 10 or 11 looking again. I’ve probably contacted over 30 people and less than five have gotten back to me. It’s very frustrating.

I haven’t had time to do anything else, and the man is on me to start packing things up each evening. I did take a large bag of clothes I’ve had sacked up for over a year and donated them, and I threw a handful of things away. I need to completely go through the bathroom and my closets and give things away or throw things away.

Thursday night I got a ticket on my way home. First I’ve ever gotten, and hopefully the only one. Then Friday on the way to the man’s house my ABS and traction lights came on again while I was on the toll road (80 mph). Ugh. Seriously don’t need this right now.


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  • Monday
    • Cover Characteristic ~ TBD
    • Blitz + Giveaway ~ The Hitman’s Possession
    • Review ~ Regarding Anna
  • Tuesday
    • Top Ten Tuesday ~ Bookish Halloween Costumes
    • First Chapter First Paragraph ~ TBD
    • Blitz + Giveaway ~ The Artful Bliss of Parenting
  • Wednesday
    • WWW Wednesday
    • Blitz + Giveaway ~ Stage Left
  • Thursday
    • Famous Last Words #17
    • Blitz + Giveaway ~ Where the Sun Hides
  •  Friday
    • Feature Follow Friday ~ TBD


28269196I finally finished Dodger and I was surprised and pleased with the ending. It wasn’t quite how I thought it would end, but it made it all the better. There was a lot of additional content (over an hour’s worth) at the end of the audiobook, so I really didn’t have 2.5 hours left like I thought last week.

I also quickly read and reviewed a book I don’t think I ever received for its tour, Gertrude and Toby. It is part of a children’s series, and it was so cute! I love the two characters, and in this book of Friday Adventures they meet many of the characters from classic fairy tales.

26241885And I am still working my way through my new book, O’er the River Liffey. With everything going on this week, I haven’t even touched it since those first two nights I started reading.



This is a feature I am adding to my Sunday Posts. After being asked by a coworker – in all seriousness – if I had a life, I decided to join disc jockey Bobby Bones of Kase 101 in doing one human thing each week.

How does it work?

In order to not lose what little sanity I have left and in order to not become enslaved to the Texas Education Agency via my school district, I will…

  • leave school within an hour of dismissal once a week
  • go do one human thing with another human
  • talk about my human thing on the blog each week


Thursday I had a former colleague and wonderful friend come up to school and help me with a project for yearbook. It was so nice to get to catch up and talk. The best part is he is so happy now. He’s going back to school and he’s an editor for his university’s monthly magazine. I love getting to see him because he has such an infectious smile and laugh.

Feature Follow Friday ~ October 21, 2016

Feature & Follow is a blog hop hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. The goal of Feature & Follow is to meet new bloggers, make friends, and gain readers.

The Most Important Qualities in a Book Boyfriend

This was my prompt suggestion! While I’ve talked several times about book boyfriends before and how I’m not all that into them, the prompt came up again this summer, so I thought to myself, “What are the things that make a book boyfriend a book boyfriend? Why is he a book boyfriend?”

I am just as interested in others’ answers as I am in my own. I think I’m very, very picky and selective in giving this highly-esteemed title of book boyfriend.



After years of reflection of my own failed engagement, I realized the primary reason: I was too mature, and he was not at all. Now that I am with a man who is a true partner, I see the difference in so many ways. Maturity isn’t just being “grown up” and playing house. Having maturity helps you see the world in a different light, and I think it helps bring out compassion, empathy, and perspective in others. It helps us resolve our own past and helps set the groundwork for a better, more positive future. I’ve always believed maturity comes with independence and doesn’t mean you have to have a partner to feel complete.


Openness & Acceptance

Another thing with my failed engagement was the ability to be open and also to accept – accept himself for all the things he was, and accept me for all the things I was. These two qualities lower the effective filter and allow us to be vulnerable with another individual. This can sometimes be a struggle, especially if you’ve been burned before, but it allows you to fully express yourself. You have nothing if you can’t fully be open about who you are, what you believe in, what your fears are, how you feel about someone else, and how you feel about a situation.


Honesty & Integrity

Honesty helps lower the effective filter and allows you to be open. It also builds trust – a bridge than is tenaciously built and can burn down in only seconds. There is nothing like the feeling of betrayal and deception. It can be devastating. To be honest, you also have to have integrity. The old saying “Actions speak louder than words” is so true. I firmly believe that your actions and your word and your actions should always match up.



Respect is the non-monetary equivalent of value – value in a another person. At least, that’s what I believe. When you respect someone, it also means you accept them in the form they are. You don’t look for the negative, you embrace the positive. You appreciate others, and it helps build and strengthen your relationship.



I’m a fairly affectionate person, and that’s also something I need in a partner, so I look for that quality in a book boyfriend. The physical, emotional, and verbal affection all work together. I think this goes hand in hand with respect and honesty and allows you to be more open and affectionate. I don’t know how a relationship without affection will thrive.


Sense of Humor

Life isn’t enjoyable without laughter. And who better to enjoy it with than your partner? Laughter helps you live longer, and who better to live longer with?



What qualities do you look for in a book boyfriend? 

Blast + Giveaway: The Soul Keeper Series

Soul Keeper Series Box Set
L.A. Starkey
Publication date: March 10th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Amazon readers had a hard time putting this series down… you will to. Now you don’t have to wait – the full story is yours for a discounted price.

This boxed set includes all three full-length novels from Starkey’s beloved Soul Keeper Series. That’s over 800 pages of intense twists and emotional turns, heart-breaking romance and soul-shattering deception – all in one series.

In a battle of wills,

of the gods of old.

For each his revenge,

will he forfeit his soul.

On the chessboard of blood,

will their narrative play.

Aged, innocent lives,

revenge claims her way.

Out of hate will come love,

and love will come hate.

For immortal and man,

have entwined their damned fate.

The battle between the Titans and the gods of old did not end with them. The demand for revenge has dripped down into the next generation.

Twins, Marcus and Nicolas, heirs to the throne of the gods and sons of the last remaining Titan, learn that the purpose of their existence is to fulfill a prophecy born of hate and despair. They must battle for Pandora’s daughter’s heart, a girl lost to the human world and unaware of her hidden heritage. For four hundred years Marcus and Nicolas have only been allowed to touch the edge of their soul mate’s dreams, but the time of the prophecy has come.

For Samantha, life has been nothing more than a series of misfortunes and heartbreaks. For years, she has kept her heart locked away, but change is rolling in like a tidal wave. She is now forced to discern the thin line between love and lie, myth and reality, and it would seem that time is running out …


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Blitz + Giveaway: The SnowFang Bride

The SnowFang Bride
Merry Ravenell
(Snowfang #1)
Publication date: October 11th 2016
Genres: Adult, Paranormal

Centuries of political games killed most of the female werewolves. Now only a few survive, and the Elders work to change the old ways of thinking.

Winter, the only daughter of the SilverPaw Alpha, finally meets the soul Gaia has chosen for her: Sterling, the cold, demanding, and entirely-too-human Alpha of the tiny SnowFang pack.

Thrust into a world of human wealth for which she was never prepared, Winter must become Sterling’s flawless wife and Luna from the moment she arrives. The city is full of threats, both werewolf and human, and Sterling’s past is full of secrets best left undisturbed.

When they are betrayed by those closest to them, Winter and Sterling embark on a dangerous game of brinkmanship that will change their lives, and the future of the werewolves, forever.

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Sterling had been prepared to be resentful and distrustful of me, certain I was playing along with some ploy to part him from a large chunk of his wealth, or ruin him in some way. Knowing that wasn’t the case after all had to have been the final insult. Him thinking he had been bullied and played, just to find out he wasn’t even worth toying with.

Sadly, for both of us, this wasn’t as simple as me being my father’s pawn.

It would have been a hell of a lot more straightforward if I was bait, and Sterling the nice woolly sheep being led in for fleecing.

Him sleeping apart from me wouldn’t make things any better between us, or easier on the pack. It’d make things worse.

Sterling’s lips compressed a little tighter.

“I won’t make off with your virtue,” I told him.

A glint in his hazel eyes, like a knife twitching in and out of direct light. He leaned forward, his voice like a hand through my fur, “Whatever virtue I had was made off with long ago.”Read More »

Famous Last Words #16

Famous Last Words

Famous Last Words is a new monthly feature here in Land of 1000 Wonders. I wanted to find a new way to share some fabulous quotations from reads old and new. The inspiration for this feature came from the character Pudge in John Green’s Looking for Alaska.


Things that happen to you in the past can mold you into someone you’re not.

Grace discovers a box in her parents’ attic that contains enough suspicious items to cause her to believe that the people she had called Mom and Dad her whole life may not have been her real parents.

After recovering from the shock of her parents’ deaths, Grace Lindroth is tormented by the uncertainty of her identity and begins an arduous search for answers. When certain clues draw her to a boardinghouse once owned by Anna Vargas, she becomes convinced that Anna was her real mother. She believes the boardinghouse walls have been harboring vital secrets for years, but when she meets up with the cantankerous old woman who had bought the place after Anna’s death and the handyman who has been around for decades, she questions whether she’ll ever be able to peel back all the layers surrounding her parentage.

The lies and deceit that Grace unearths in her pursuit to validate her identity are shocking, complicated, and not all buried in the past. Does this force Grace to back down, or just heighten her determination uncover the whole truth Regarding Anna?