Monday, 22 December 2008
Sunday, 26 October 2008
Benni's stepson announces that his girlfriend is pregnant and that they plan to marry. The girlfriend is none other than one of his father's fellow police colleagues.....at the party planned for their engagement one of the future relatives is found shot dead. Benni does resist in getting caught up with this mystery of who did it, but is back in the centre of it all, due to the police officer investigating the case. The new police officer had an appauling amount of people skills and I found him to be very irritating. Due to an impending wedding, Gabe finds that he is spending time with his ex wife, and I found that Benni was very controlled over this and I just wanted her to be more challenging with her hubby! What unfolds is a very sad and tragic story....
Thursday, 23 October 2008
The recipes are a nice touch to the book, and although I enjoyed the book, there were either too many recipes or not enough story, and I found that I was left wanting to know more.
Wednesday, 22 October 2008
Mum has used the following recipe since the early 1980s, actually my Grandmother spotted it in a copy of Woman Magazine, and since then we have used this one, albeit, the copy does look in rather a sorry state! The actual date is gleened from a book review on the reverse of the recipe - 1983!
Thursday, 9 October 2008
I came across this book purely by chance and am so glad that I did. I was looking on Google to see what books were set in Guildford and noticed that this one was and available from a local publisher. It appealed to my genealogical mind, so I ordered it and it arrived on Monday just in time for a business trip. I devoured the book during my 6 hours traveling yesterday.
Addie inherits a lovely house in Guildford from someone she does not know,but she understand that the deceased has links were her mother, who died in childbirth with Addie, In America. The people that Addie's mother was living with write to advise the would be grandparents of the death of their daughter to find that they do not want to accept responsibility for the child,and after a period of time, Addie is adopted by the couple. Addie has a happy and loved childhood, but finds that she has questions of her heritage and wants to "know" her deceased Mother, and she has no idea who her father is.....Inheriting the house is a catalyst for discovering the answers.
The link is the Addie's mother was god daughter to James, and it is his house that she has inherited. Addie sets out on a journey of discovery, and as with most genealogical type searches Addie soon finds that she has more questions than answers, and that she has to live with the decisions that her ancestors made.
The author has done obvious research into genealogical searches and mentions the huge references of birth,marriage and death records at St Catherine's House, of course they are not longer available in the serch room by that has occured since the book was published earlier in the year, and the reference to it in the book reminded me of days lifting those heavy books and battling for space with other researchers. Also the use of the surname of Daborn a very Surrey name!
Addie does meet living relatives, including her great grandmother, who she discovers was illegitimate and has spent the majority of her life in a hospital simply for having a child out of wedlock. There are tears of joy as the elderly lady realises that the young woman standing with her is not simply a stranger from the social but a relative, a descendant of the daughter she had been told had died. I could almost feel Ada's pain and anguish.
The genealogical search is just like a jigsaw, gathering the facts and placing what you know into the mix to build the picture, and that was done as we read of Addie's search.
Quite simply I loved this book, not just for the subject matter, but the way the story unfolds and evolves. I was there, within the pages.
Available from the publisher's website
Signed by the author.
Tuesday, 7 October 2008
Tuesday, 30 September 2008
The author was a Ukrainian born Jew and did not survive the Second World War. For me, that was an incredibly powerful set of statements, as indeed was the book. To have lived in a Country occupied by another is incomprehensible, and very thought provoking.
Lyndsay has been let down in love, or so she thinks. To mend her broken heart she returns to the town that was home to her grandparents where she becomes the school teacher. Thinking back to her childhood Lyndsay recalls her grandmother hiding something in the fireplace and seeks to discover what it was....
Wednesday, 10 September 2008
Another nice addition to the coffeehouse mystery series.
Tricia opens wonderful mystery bookshop in a bookshop town, that is set upon Hay on Way. The local book sellers are feeling the pinch as the local land agent wants to increase the rents. The owner of the cookery bookshop next door is in fierce dispute. Following a brief visit from Tricia the cookery bookshop owner is murdered. All the local eyes turn to Tricia and when the police chief appears to have stopped looking for an alternative suspect Tricia knows she must work hard in an attempt to clear her name.....
The story is centered around a chief inspector who is required to investigate a murder. The evidence does not seem to add up, and before long the inspector and his team are taping into the knowledge of a genealogist who discovers that the current series of murders are linked back to a series of Victorian murders. The genealogist spends lots of time looking into one of the most under used sources there are...newspapers, and sadly discovers that the man, who was tried by the victorian court was not guilty, so is this a crime of retribution?........
Tuesday, 9 September 2008
Written by a fellow Book Crosser, who I met at the Convention!
Wednesday, 3 September 2008
Benni inherits all the worldly goods of someone who has recently passed away; the only problem is that she has no idea who he is?.....Then Benni hears that to claim the estate she has to move into the house she is due to inherit for two weeks. Benni is curious, why all the secrecy? Who is this man and why? All the questions and answers which of course lead to even more questions and general investigating, which leads her to question her own family and those she called Mom and Dad......
Sunday, 17 August 2008
Tuesday, 12 August 2008
Essentially, this is the story of Mae who is married to a silk merchant and is his fourth wife, she flees him to a life in a Shanghai brothel, which is preferable to her married life. In 1899 she meets and marries an Australian called Arthur. The time line does flit from past to present, which I found in part irritating,but nonetheless,I continued to read.The ending is both dramatic and unexpected.
Monday, 11 August 2008
There was something of a charm about this book,and as I predicted when the book arrived,it was devoured quickly,and ring jumped two books, shh, don't tell anyone!
Essentially set in Northern Ireland and covers the lives,loves and tribulations of some of those who frequent a tea shop. Some of the characters were horried, and others remarkably sweet - the story of Clare and Peter! There was a familiarity with this storyline - it reminded me of The Hat Shop on the Corner by Marita Conlon-McKenna, albeit,that was set in Southern Ireland.
Does anyone fancy reading The Hat Shop on the corner?
Sunday, 10 August 2008
Friday, 1 August 2008
Anne Marie Roche is a young widow who manages Blossom Street Books, two doors down from A Good Yarn - the Blossom Street store featured in Wednesdays at Four. Separated from her husband at the time of his death, Anne Marie is grieving his death and has found solace in friends who have also experienced the death of their partner. Together they've created an informal widows' support group and as part of their therapy, each woman in the group makes a list of twenty wishes.Anne Marie's desires include falling in love again, learning how to knit (which is where Lydia from early Blossom Street titles comes in), and becoming a volunteer. In fulfilling her wishes and with a little help from her friends, Anne Marie builds on her relationship with her step-daughter, comes to terms with not only his death, but also her husband's betrayal.
A lovely story, devoured very quickly whilst in Glasgow last month.
Raffaella Moretti, by far the most beautiful girl in the southern Italian town of Triento, is about to marry the only boy she has ever loved. It seems that nothing but happiness lies in store for Raffaella. Yet, just one year later, she is a widow, and has had to take a job as housekeeper in the Villa Rosa, for the young American who is temporarily working in Triento. As Raffaella struggles to recapture her own lost happiness she starts looking for ways to help those around her to do the same. There is Silvana the baker's wife, her passion barely hidden; Carlotta the gardener's daughter with her mysterious grief, and the kind and gentle owner of the Gypsy Tearoom who offers Raffaella friendship. As the lives of these villagers interweave, Raffaella is pulled into the centre of a conflict that threatens not only to divide Triento but also to destroy all she holds dear. Filled with food, love and longing, SUMMER AT THE VILLA ROSA is like taking a seat in a sun-drenched piazza, and becoming a tiny part of the endless spectacle of life there.
Thursday, 31 July 2008
So, as if Gabe doesn't have enough to do, solve a murder and keep Bernie under control! his long lost son turns up followed swifly by a relative of Bernie, then Bernie's grandmother moves in......
Saturday, 26 July 2008
A really thought provoking,enjoyable and fascinating read.
Esme is a girl with ideas ahead of the times. Her behavior is unacceptable to her close family, who decide to have her confined in a mental asylum at the young age of 16. Sixty years later the asylum is due to close. The officials of the hospital manage to track down Esme's great niece,Iris, who up until this point knew nothing of Esme's existence. Iris is both in denial of the relationship and yet fascinated in what has happened in the family, 60 years previous. Despite, feeling that Esme is not her responsibility Iris is unable to walk away from her.
Monday, 30 June 2008
Katherine heads off on a genealogical trip with Dr Flo Gadney. The purpose of the trip is to research to see if those named on a headstone in a family churchyard are indeed the ancestors of Dr Flo. Several murders later and lots of gun fire and the two women establish the truth. Lots of use of genealogical sources which is good and readers can identify with.
June Hudson is a Doctor. She needs help to keep the town healthy. She interview a Doc who appears to good to be true, then she hears a comment from a patient and starts to doubt her colleague....June is lonely, she only has a work and the locals in the community for company then she meets Jim, who is not all he appears to be,and romance is in the air.
This is a start of a trilogy, I'll see if I can locate books 2 & 3.
Finished several weeks ago. This was not the first I have read in this series, and I found this one to have a slow storyline.
Caterer Goldy, can not keep out of trouble, despite being married to a policeman! Her good friend is accused of murder but Goldy can not believe this and tries to help her friend establish the truth. In the meantime, Goldy becomes a fugative herself!
Sunday, 18 May 2008
This very gentle book was devoured whilst on a recent business trip. I enjoyed the storyline, it appealled to my genealogical mind!
It is the very gentle story of Louise, who, upon the death of her mother inherits very little except for what I would consider the most valuable of all, lots of memories and a box of photographs. Louise heads to Lancaster, where she attempts to understand the lives of those ancestors who went before her. There were chapters interspered with family trees, and those of the life of Great Aunt Martha.
This is a gentle story. Ellie has inherited her mother's hat shop, as she debates whether to sell up or carry on, she is encouraged by her friends to follow her heart and believe in herself. She meets and is charmed by Rory, but he is not the man the for her!
Note to self to look out more from this author.
Sunday, 11 May 2008
Saturday, 10 May 2008
Monday, 28 April 2008
Jo is the mother of two young boys, her husband a reporter who spends lots of time away from home announces that he wants a divorce. As he leaves Jo he has a fatal car accident. Jo discovers that her husband has managed to take a second mortgage out on their home....Jo tackles the chaos of her domestic life by moving out of London to the coast to take over and run her grandmother's wool shop which she renames McKnits. Jo is about to start of a new beginning and make some fascinating new friends.
The characters have a real feel to them as does the storyline, we can feel Jo's pain and concern through the pages of the book. A lovely, gentle read which I am pleased to say has a sequel.
Author's Web Site
Saturday, 26 April 2008
Saturday, 12 April 2008
Emma following the death of her mother stumbles across a series of letters which were sent from her father to her mother in their courting days, at the backend of World War Two. After 6 months of corresponding, they had in reality only spent two weeks together. Upon being decommissioned and returning to the States Jack immediately visits the father of his sweetheart to ask for consent to marry. They did marry and had a family together, the author Emma was still being carried by her mother when her father died. To all intents and purposes, Emma did not know her father, but as she grew up developed a picture in her mind of the type of person he was. The letters that she found enabled Emma to flesh out the character he had. Emma does in order to find more answers about her father's life visit his family home, and meets several Aunts and the area where they grew up. I would have liked to have explored that a bit further, and perhaps there is scope for another book....The book overall was an enjoyable one, this edition had some lovely illustrations and background paper reinforcing that this book was essentially a series of letters, from an era when communication was about writing letters, involving pen, ink, paper & stamps and not our modern methods.
This book also made me think of my grandparents. They married in September 1939 and by November of the same year my Grandfather was in the Army stationed in Africa. There is very sadly, no letters from this time of separation, in fact there was very few photos, not even of their wedding. There is one though which I have inherited of my Grandfather in a relaxed portrait with written, on the back "Your love one, George X"
Wednesday, 9 April 2008
Travis is grieving for the loss of his brother and sister in law. Now the sole guardian of his two nephews and a neice Travis realizes that if he can not find a housekeeper he should advertise for a wife. Mary replies to the advert. A slightly frumpy librarian, who does not want to be left on the shelf. Following their marriage, Mary and Travis realise that they do love each other and the children.
This has a different slant to many of Macomber books, but what a lovely way to spend a train journey!
Saturday, 29 March 2008
Wednesday, 26 March 2008
Friday, 21 March 2008
Thursday, 13 March 2008
Monday, 10 March 2008
Wednesday, 27 February 2008
Saturday, 23 February 2008
Sunday, 17 February 2008
Wednesday, 13 February 2008
Wednesday, 6 February 2008
The author and her husband not only travel in the footsteps of Charles (and Alice) across what is harsh terrain, but uses some genealogical sources, family information and historical sources to rebuild their fascinating lives.
Friday, 1 February 2008
Will be off in the post to
Thursday, 24 January 2008
Wednesday, 23 January 2008
Monday, 14 January 2008
Sunday, 13 January 2008
I really enjoyed this book, and would have devoured in one sitting except that I fell asleep in the early hours of this morning, but finished during my rare lay in this morning.
This is the gentle story of Linda, who is under appreciated and taken for granted by her family. At what started out as Linda proving a point, became her reality as Linda embarked upon the Coast to Coast walk, though some harsh,yet beautiful territory. Upon the walk, Linda takes the time not only to enjoy and think about where she is walking, but also reflect upon her family, their loves and secrets and her position within her family group. During the walk she mets various people, but one in particular enters Linda's thoughts, and think that perhaps Linda should have been more daring.......
Here a lovely photo of Mount Grace Priory, which features in the book.