Clean Sweep By Katie Cross

Leslie works at the Frolicking Moose.  She is divorced with four sons.  Tanner runs a house cleaning company.  He is also divorced and has a daughter.  Leslie and Tanner have a connection through their children, although they haven’t met officially.  Tanner coached Leslie’s son, and Tanner’s daughter spends time at the Frolicking Moose and knows Leslie.

When Leslie’s oldest son Landon announces he is dropping out of medical school and marrying Starla, a young woman he hasn’t known very long, Leslie struggles with how to deal with this news.  She decides to start by having her house cleaned before Landon and Starla come to visit.

Tanner’s employees elope and take off on their honeymoon without letting him know ahead of time, so Tanner cleans Leslie’s house himself.  They are attracted to each other from the start and start to bond through being single parents.  They are initially hesitant to acknowledge their feelings and pursue a relationship because of their pasts, but Tanner and Leslie gradually spend time getting to know each other and begin to build a life together.

Clean Sweep is the eighth book in Katie’s Coffee Shop series.  This book is fun, sweet and engaging as are the rest of the books in the series.  I like the interaction between Tanner and Leslie, and the challenges of being a single parent and starting a new relationship is communicated well.  Clean Sweep is enjoyable and defintely worth reading.

Ye Olde Spelling

An interesting post from Nicholas Rossis.

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Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

Have you ever wondered about the ubiquitous “ye” in old publications (and certain Bible translations)? Did people actually go around using “ye” instead of “the”? How about quaint shops with signs like “Ye Olde Coffee Shoppe” — or even “Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese”? How historically accurate are these?

As Stu Evans explains on Quora, no one in England ever said “ye” (pronounced “yee”) to mean “the”. Ye (pronoun) is a form of the second-person plural pronoun “you.”

As for its old-English-sounding use in place of “the,” the word “the” is old. Like, really old. “The”, pronounced in a way that you would recognize as the same word today, already exists in Old English Beowulf. However, literacy was lower in those days, and not many people wrote things down. Those that did, incorporated letters and sounds with other European and Scandinavian roots.

One such letter is the “thorn,” which looks…

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Smoke and Fire by Katie Cross

Dahlia is a barista at the Frolicking Moose in Pineville.  Bastian is a wildland firefighter.  They both have issues to deal with.  Dahlia is starting over after the end of a relationship.  Bastian is taking care of his dad and sister who have medical challenges.  He is also the anonymous author of a popular series of romance novels.   He needs help and hires Dahlia as his assistant after they meet at the Frolicking Moose.   Dahlia and Bastian are attracted to each other from the start but initially have a hard time admitting it.  They gradually connect and their relationship blossoms.

I enjoyed Smoke and Fire, the seventh book in the Coffee Shop series.  The theme of people helping each other out is a good one, and I like the interaction between Dahlia and Bastian.  Their personalities compliment each other.  Katie Cross has a good understanding of the challenges people who have to deal with the public face, and this is addressed in a positive way.  I like the small town setting also.

I recommend Smoke and Fire.  The book can be read as a standalone, but it’s better to read the other books in the series first to have a better understanding of the characters from the earlier books.