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Book review: Becoming

Loved this book by the former First Lady  Susan Specht Oram’s review of Becoming I’m late to the party but for those of you who haven’t read this book yet, I found it inspiring and well worth the read. With eloquent phrasing, the form... https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3565153596

Book Review: Goodbye from Nowhere

Put yourself in a high school boy's shoes...  Susan Specht Oram’s review of Goodbye from Nowhere Kyle is in high school and has his first girlfriend. All is going well, including a weekend with extended family at the family farm. But when he learns a... https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3553980124

Book Review: The Girl Before

If you like a good mystery or psychological thriller...  Susan Specht Oram’s review of The Girl Before Set in London and told in alternating points of view and time periods, this novel hooked me from the start. Years apart, two women who look alike rent a ... https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3548787831?book_show_action=false&from_revi...

Book Review: Finlay Donovan is Killing It

If you like fast-moving, fun frolicking mysteries with strong female characters, make sure you read this book.  Review | NetGalley NetGalley is a site where book reviewers and other professional readers can read books before they are published, in e-galley or digital galley form. www.netgalley.com/book/196908/review/684511

Book Review: The Nidderdale Murders

A murder in a rural U.K. village makes everyone living there suspect their neighbor Review | NetGalley NetGalley is a site where book reviewers and other professional readers can read books before they are published, in e-galley or digital galley form. Members register for free and can request review copies or be invited to review by the publi...

Book Review: My Name is Anton

A thoughtful novel by Catherine Ryan Hyde, the author of Pay It Forward Review | NetGalley NetGalley is a site where book reviewers and other professional readers can read books before they are published, in e-galley or digital galley form. Members register for free and can request review copies or be invited to review by the publisher. h...

Author newsletter

About writing in the Pacific NW with two book reviews Hello from the Pacific NW: Books Deer on the roof and writing, what a mix https://mailchi.mp/82b00d288d2e/hello-from-the-pacific-nw-books

Book Review: The Day I Disappeared by Brandi Reeds

A kidnap survivor's help is needed to find a missing girl Susan Specht Oram’s review of The Day I Disappeared Reading this thriller, I was hooked from the start and the story kept me on edge, suspecting everyone, as a mystery is unraveled. A four-year-old child, ... https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3476854230

If you have $5 million

If you want to buy an island in the San Juans, here's one for you 1 Trump Island, Decatur Island, WA, 98221 | Windermere Check out the beautiful views in this video... https://www.windermere.com/listing/WA/Decatur-Island/1-Trump-Island-98221/109804089

Book Review: The Peculiar Fate of Holly Banks by Julie Valerie

A newcomer adjusts to living in a small town  Susan Specht Oram’s review of The Peculiar Fate of Holly Banks Everything is going wrong for Holly Banks. She’s new to the Village of Primm and trying to adjust but it seems like she’s the only one with a messy life.... https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3466981328

Book Review: Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

An uplifting novel by the author of "A Man Called Ove"  Susan Specht Oram’s review of Anxious People When a failed bank robber bursts into an apartment open house in a small town in Sweden and takes hostages, each person harbors hurts and passions ready ... https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3464957746

Summer in the San Juan Islands

Looking over Guemes Channel on a summer day   Summer boating in the San Juan islands - YouTube A brief glimpse of boats plying Guemes Channel on a sunny summer day in Washington State https://youtu.be/wXDUN8bonXg

Boating in the San Juans

Best places to boat in the San Juan Islands  The 10 Best San Juan Island Boating Spots | NW Explorations Beautiful places to explore http://www.nwexplorations.com/2016/08/29/the-10-best-san-juan-island-boating-spots/

Book Review: Murder and the Movies

Great insights into movie making (including how Hitchcock worked)  Susan Specht Oram’s review of Murder and the Movies Through a broad sweep of film history, a renowned movie critic offers insights into how the treatment of death on screen has evolved. I enjoyed reading t... https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3452919030

Book Review: A Million Reasons Why

A beautiful novel filled with family secrets and surprises Susan Specht Oram’s review of A Million Reasons Why: A Novel When Caroline, an efficient event planner and mother of three, receives an email from a woman she doesn’t know claiming to be her half sister, she dismis... https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3446082631

Life in the San Juan Islands, WA

A six-year-old sets off from home to sail the high seas and more Sheriff's log:  https://sanjuanislander.com/news-articles/law-enforcement/sheriff-s-log/31389/san-juan-islands-sheriff-s-log-july-7

Please... wear a life jacket

You never know what'll happen out on the water. Health chief urges swimming, boating safety after drownings - SFChronicle.com MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's health commissioner is urging people to practice swimming and boating safety this summer following a number of recent drownings. Dr. Mark Levine said Tuesday to always wear a life jacket on a...

In the San Juan Islands

Moving a house from Decatur Island by barge... YouTube See a house barged by Nickel Bros from Decatur Island, WA to San Juan Island on a winter morning. It's been moved once before, in 1959, from Seattle's Capito... https://youtu.be/bJalxb_uPH8

Summer boating

With social distancing, more boaters are anchoring out. Here are some great pointers to remember. Anchor Etiquette, Nine Rules to keep friends in the anchorage Sail World - The world's largest sailing news network; sail and sailing, cruising, boating news https://www.sail-world.com/Australia/Anchor-Etiquette-Nine-Rules-to-keep-friend...

Life in the Pacific NW

A recent visitor to our neighborhood: a Great Horned Owl Great Horned Owl Great Horned Owl habitat, behavior, diet, migration patterns, conservation status, and nesting. http://birdweb.org/birdweb/bird/great_horned_owl#:~:text=Great%20Horned%20Owls%20are%20common,side%20of%20the%20Cascade%20Mountains.

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