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Favorite Book
Night Gardening by E.L. Swann
About Me:
I am a freelance entertainment journalist who has been reviewing books for 14 years. I have over 1,500 reviews and articles to my credit with more coming each week.

I have reviewed books in nearly every genre there is, but my favorite categories are women's fiction, "chick" lit, romance, biographies, cozy mysteries, and general fiction.

I do not review suspense, horror, anything having to do with vampires, werewolves or shapeshifters. Just don't care for them.
Website:
http://sharonsgardenofbookreviews.blogspot.com

One of my favorite books - The End of the Alphabet

The End of the Alphabet C.S. Richardson
Broadway Books; $11.95

When your name is Ambrose Zephyr, it stands to reason that you might be interested in all things from A to Z. You draw many variations of the alphabet as a child, you dream of visiting places of interest from Amsterdam to Zanzibar, you grow up to marry a girl named Zapparo Ashkenazi.

But never in your wildest dreams do you imagine that, at age 50 and in “perfect” health, your doctor would announce that you have an incurable disease and have 30 days, more or less, to live.

In his debut novel, “The End of the Alphabet,” author C.S. Richardson examines this predicament in a fascinating, fast-paced manner.

Dealing with his diagnosis in his accustomed orderly A to Z manner, Englishman Ambrose Zephyr abandons his ad executive position and convinces his wife that they must embark on a journey to see the A to Z destinations he has always dreamed of. The couple swirls from Amsterdam to see a favorite portrait, to wander the streets in Berlin, rushing to Chartes in France, skipping D to dash to Elba – the pace is maddening to Zapparo who just wants to spend the last few weeks quietly loving her husband. But she understands his franticness, so indulges him in his plans.

Ambrose finally agrees to calm down a bit and visit Paris, the site of their first meeting, where they renew their devotion to one another. And after a last few draining stops in Florence, Germany and Italy, and as Ambrose’s health and stamina slowly begins to decline, the couple decides to return home to share the news of Ambrose’s illness with colleagues and friends, as only good English manners require.

Richardson beautifully captures the quiet desperation of dealing with an illness along with the maddening frustration and anger that brews for Ambrose as the victim. And the portrayal of Zappora as the quietly suffering wife, who grieves for her husband but also grieves for the unknown future for herself, is agonizingly beautiful. But it is the love story of Ambrose and Zappora’s life together and how they handle this unimaginable tragedy in their lives that makes this slender novel so exquisitely unique and charming.

“The End of the Alphabet” can be looked at as a fable of sorts in that there is a moral to the story – live each day to the fullest, fulfill your dreams as you dream them, for tomorrow you might not be around to do so.

But even without the moral aspect, this short novel is a thoroughly entertaining and thought provoking read.



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Mistress of the Game - Reflecting the voice of literary great Sidney Sheldon

Sidney Sheldon’s Mistress of The Game By Tilly Bagshawe

William Morrow (HarperCollins); $25.99





Sidney Sheldon was a big name in the writing game. Well known for his work as originator and writer for such television shows as “The Patty Duke Show” and “I Dream of Jeannie,” Sheldon was also recognized for his work as a novelist. His books were huge hits, with “The Other Side of Midnight,” being made into a highly successful movie,… Continue

Posted on August 4, 2009 at 5:30pm

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At 12:32pm on March 2, 2011, DH Verbeek said…
I have started a new blog - Lone Star Bloggers. I invite you to join other Texans. Looking forward to blogging about all things Texas.
DH Verbeek
At 6:58pm on August 25, 2010, Eliza Earsman gave Sharon Galligar Chance a gift
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With best wishes.
At 1:45pm on March 17, 2010, Kate Lindsay gave Sharon Galligar Chance a gift
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Just wanted to introduce myself and my blog, The Book Buff: Book Reviews for Regular People, check it out at http://www.thebookbuff.blogspot.com
At 11:18pm on October 3, 2009, Liz Tapia said…
Oh lol yeah!
I just don't know what to do now!!
At 10:28am on September 7, 2009, Petty Witter. said…
Hi Sharon, I've just finished reading/reviewing the latest Kathy Reich book '206 BONES - extremely well written, slightly macabre but totally fascinating.
At 7:49pm on September 1, 2009, Beth Groundwater said…
Hi Sharon,
Thanks for befriending this mystery author on Book Blogs! I hope you'll put my books, A Real Basket Case and To Hell in a Handbasket, on your to-read and to-review lists. :-)
- Beth
At 9:48am on August 27, 2009, Petty Witter. said…
Hi Sharon, have just visited your blog and liked what I saw - hope we can be friends. Best wishes Tracy (Pettywitter)
At 6:48pm on August 2, 2009, Donald James Parker said…
Hi Sharon,
I'd be honored if you'd check out my work at My website - click here
You can download my ebooks for free there. If you'd choose to write a review, I'd be totally jazzed.
God bless!!
Don
At 6:03pm on August 2, 2009,
Author
Jeannie Faulkner Barber
said…
Goodness that sure sounds familiar. Well, the next time you're in the area, let's get together!
Hugs, Jeannie
At 6:27pm on August 1, 2009,
Author
Jeannie Faulkner Barber
said…
OMG Sharon - it really is a small world. I don't recognize the names, but you know....I bet I've seen them at Wal-Mart! LOL! We live right off I-20 in Liberty City and a few years back, I worked at the bank out here, too. So many people's faces still look familiar, but their names escape me. I'll ask my hubby if he knows your family. So you're aware we're in the gorgeous piney woods of East Texas. It was rainy today and I love it. I'm a tree freak. Ha! Let's stay in touch, okay???
Blessings, Jeannie
 
 
 

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