Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The Distant Hours by Kate Morton

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If you love gothic fiction, you may just love The Distant Hours by Kate Morton.  It is a long meandering book, rich in detail.  So many secrets to reveal.  Of course, any crumbling castle worth its salt must have secrets and the three Blythe sisters have so many.  Of course, so does the main character, Edie.  The secrets of Edie's mother's past is also connected to Milderhurst Castle, where she was billeted during the second World War.

A good book to enjoy with a hot cup of tea on a cold winter night.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

House Girl by Tara Conklin

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House Girl by Tara Conklin was a good read for me.  It wasn't perfect.  There were some odd subplots and I am generally not a fan of using letters between characters to further the story . . . but . . . I still believe it was worth reading.

I did enjoy the switch between two stories placed a century apart . . . one during pre-Civil War times and the other in the modern day.

The modern story is about a lawyer looking for the perfect "face" to begin a reparations case for families of slaves.  The 100 year old story is about a slave girl who runs away.  The two stories mesh when it is revealed that the paintings being sold by the family of a renowned artist might have actually been painted by the runaway girl.


Monday, December 5, 2016

This Won't Hurt a Bit (and other white lies) by Michelle Au, MD

 Subtitled My Education in Medicine and Motherhood, This Won't Hurt a Bit (and other white lies) is an excellent.  It is not hysterically funny, it is witty and smart.  Au shares her life as she works to become a doctor.  Some of her experiences are incredibly funny while others are not quite so funny.  What doesn't change is her way of telling a story.  

I recommend this book as a good read.  

Monday, November 21, 2016

Moonlight Over Paris by Jennifer Robson

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Moonlight over Paris is the third book I've read by Jennifer Robson.  I blogged a review of After the War is Over here.  The review for Somewhere in France is here.

A wonderful romantic novel full of amazing detail about Paris, the art world, the upper crust and love.  Helena removes herself England's aristocratic to spend a year in Paris with her Aunt and attend art school.  She wasn't looking for love but it found her anyway.  And lost it.  And finally found it again.

Everything you need in a great historic romance is in this book.  The author's attention to detail and writing style make the book a joy to read.  

Saturday, November 19, 2016

How to spend a perfect day . . . In My World . . .

Good evening dear friends.

I have had a pretty awesome day . . . if you don`t count the whole waking up to the alarm clock at ugly o`clock. Packed and out the door to spend some time with my scrappin`buddies at the No Fills Crop. I actually finished 5 layouts, enjoyed the pot luck lunch, visited with lots of friends. Sadly, I had to leave early afternoon to get ready for Hal`s birthday party.

We met up at Rail City Bistro at 4:30 for appetizers. We started off with a couple of orders of bruschetta, moved on to some delicious fritters and finished with the spinach and artichoke dip. They were all excellent. Funny story . . . Hal didn't like spinach (he said) but he sure does now. This weekend we were visiting Hawaii and the food was perfect. Most of our guests ordered the Hawaiian short ribs, island rice and grilled pineapple. A couple of us had the lau lau which is pork, fish and chicken wrapped in taro leaves and steamed to perfection, served with veggies and island rice. Soooooooo good. Dessert was haupia which is a coconut pudding-type dessert. I love coconut. I wonder where we will travel next week?

We had warm front row seats for the Santa Claus parade and waved to the jolly old elf as he flew by in his sled. Great parade this year. Thrilled to see how many people came out despite the blustery weather. If you were watching the parade from near the Rail City Bistro you probably were invited by our hostess to try her chocolate chip cookies. I hate to admit it but they were on par with Nanna cookies. Yes, they were that good. I wonder how many Krissy had? LOL.

Watched A Little Bit of Heaven on Netflix this evening. A really sweet, sad movie. Kleenex required.

Now I am off to bed with a good book. Who knows what tomorrow might bring.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Netherwood by Jane Sanderson

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Do you enjoy Downton Abbey and similar shows?  You will enjoy this book.  Lots of drama and excellent characters.

I think what I find most interesting are the strong female characters and their relationships, especially between Eve and Anna.  This is not to say there aren't some excellent male characters, just that the book is more about women lifting each other up.

Netherwood by Jane Sanderson is an excellent read.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Monday, October 31, 2016

The Pie Pantry, Aylmer ON

Apparently my friends have been keeping this little gem a big secret.  I'm so excited, telling them about this wonderful bakery I just found and they all seem to know about it already.  That is awful, keeping deliciousness secret from me.

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Hubby and I are were out on a little road trip, checking on some of our letterboxes and doing a little TLC wherever necessary.  As we were driving through Aylmer we passed the The Pie Pantry sign on John St., found a place to turn around, and went in.

Just standing in the doorway and smelling the deliciousness was heavenly.  It was near the end of the day but they still had a reasonable selection of treats.  Hubby purchased two pumpkin tarts and I purchased a half dozen mixed cookies.  They were all delicious but my personal favourite was the melting moments shortbread, hands down the best shortbread I've ever had in my life.  (Sorry Nanna!)

I'm now looking for excuses to drive back to Aylmer every week . . . LOL.

Here is their website,, but the address is incorrect on the site.  Their correct address is 157 John St N, Aylmer, ON.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The House on Willow Street by Cathy Kelly

The House on Willow Street

Truth be told, I can't quite remember what I liked about this book but the fact that is on the shelf to review and not in a basket on the way to a second hand store suggests I really liked it.

I just read this review from Goodreads and it reminded me of all the twists and turns and excellent characters.  That's why I like this book.

The Irish seaside town of Avalon is a tourist’s dream of quaint shops and welcoming caf├ęs. Avalon House, perched at the end of Willow Street, was in Tess Power’s family for generations. Now Tess ekes out a living from her antiques shop while the crumbling mansion awaits a new owner. Her marriage and business may be floundering, but her affection for Avalon is undimmed. The same can’t be said of her glamorous sister. Suki left without a backward glance and married into an American political dynasty. Only a muckraking biographer could send her slinking back to Ireland to escape a scandal.

Postmistress Danae watches from the sidelines, doling out gentle advice while locking away her own secrets. Then her unconventional niece Mara comes to stay and draws her lonely aunt back into the world. As autumn gives way to winter, the four women encounter old loves, embrace new friendships, and begin to look beyond the past to the possibilities just beginning to unfold.