Tuesday, 31 July 2007
Alexis is about to go on holiday with her boyfriend, to the country of her mother's birth Greece. She knows nothing about her heritage and suggests that she might visit the village her mother was born in. Armed with a letter to one of her mother's friends Alexis embarks on a journey that she will never forget.
Having reached Crete she leaves her boyfriend heads to the village. She embarks on a trip to the nearby deserted island of Spinalonga, which she establishes is a former leper colony. She spends a few hours there and heads back to the village to seek out her mother's friend. She meets up with Fortini who then shares with her the loves and lives of her mother and the generations that went before her and the connection the family has to Spinalonga.
A wonderfully written book and is recommended.
It is the very gentle story of Oswald, who is advised to move South. He does and is soon involved within the local community - Patsy who is neglected and had a bad leg, Roy and his redbird, who had been injured and wasn't likely to pull through, but did. I loved the characters - gentle and genuine and at a rather delicate time in my life this book was a gentle one to read, and was quite comforting.
Wednesday, 25 July 2007
Written in a young adult style, this book continues the story and was very enjoyable. I am delighted to see from the author's web site that there is to be another three books in the series.
Sunday, 22 July 2007
Colette is also lives above A Good Yarn, having moved in when Linda married Brad and moved out. Margaret, Linda's sister doesn't trust Colette believing that she has something to hide, which she does, but not is all as it first appears.
I wonder if there will be anymore in the series about Blossom Street, perhaps about the bookshop? - I do hope so!
Debbie Macomber has a real gift for writing in such a genuine fashion and manages to fully encompass the emotions of the characters.
Anyone for a book ring -
Friday, 20 July 2007
This wasn't the usual chick lit. Amy has spent a fortune on a wedding; only the groom has changed his mind! so Amy decides to go on the honeymoon anyway. Just as she is planning to leave the hotel, the ex groom arrives and has decided he wants to get married afterall. Does Amy take him back?........
Thursday, 19 July 2007
Tess has come home, pressured by her two sisters to help their aged mother following a hip operation. Tess leaves behind, albeit, temporarily, her life as a singer in Nashville. Struggling to adapt, Tess feels uncomfortable with the amount of time, her mother's neighbour, Kevin spends with her mother. Worse still he was the "nerd" at school and suffered at the hands of Tess.
Tess takes a shine to Kevin's daughter Casey who is a wonderful singer. Together they spend time co-writing a song and when Tess offers to take Casey to Nashville so they can record the song, Kevin agreeds.
This is a wonderfully gentle story of remembering our roots, friends and love.
It is the story of Susan, married to Tom and the mother of Beth. Susan is fairly happy, she had a tough childhood, but felt the love of her family and survived the upheavals she has endured. Working as a librarian, Susan leaves for work forgetting an important report. She returns home to find her husband of 16 years in bed with a younger woman. Susan's life suddenly changes.
There is a fabulous scene involving Susan getting her own back on Tom, involving some time in the bathroom, a toilet, a toothbrush and two bottles of aftershave. A woman scorned! Written with humour, even though, as readers we can feel Susan's pain.
To enable Susan to cope with the devestation she feels Susan flashes back to her childhood, her father and his values in an America which was struggling to that regardless of the colour of your skin everyone is equal. Susan has a very special relationship with the housekeeper, Livvy, who is black and is the descendant of slaves.
This is the story of love, friendship,forgiveness and equality. A really enjoyable book, one that I was disappointed to finish.
Wednesday, 11 July 2007
Elizabeth and her beloved Henry head off to start their life together in Califonia, believing that they are the proud owners of a farm called Triumph Farm, only to find when they reach California they have been conned and the farm they thought they owned is owned by someone else. Forced to work as hired hands to the owners, Henry and Elizabeth are committed to rebuilding their lives and their savings.
As a way of making ends meet, Elizabeth is forced to sell her beloved quilts, gifts from family at Elm Creek. Alas, Elizabeth saves enough to buy two of the three quilts back, with the third quilt being sold to someone else......
Corrie & Roy McAffee final solve their own personal mystery, Judge Olivia has a near scare with hubby Jack, plus the wedding of her nearest friend Grace and the wedding of Olivia's mother Charlotte. It really does all happen in Cedar Cove.
On its way to Audrey.
What a fabulous little series of books, are there anymore? I do hope so!
The lives, tribulations and loves of the residents of Cedar Cove continue. Peggy and Bob who run the Bed & Breakfast in Cedar Creek are still caught up in the remainder of the mystery from the Vietnam days; The friendship with McAfree's continue to grow, but they have their own mystery to solve. Added to that a few babies, a couple of marriages and not to mention the Dog & Batchelor party, what more could a reader of Cedar Cove want?
Being passed to Audrey
Sunday, 8 July 2007
In this book we follow the story of Rosie and Zach who were introduced in book two. The storyline of Grace and her two daughters are developed further as are the characters of Jack's son Eric. Also there is a mystery to solve who is the man who died in the bed and breakfast run by friends of Jack and how does the deceased link to Grace's husband Dan?
This is a fabulous series. On the pile for Audrey
Debbie Macomber continues with the lives of the Olivia and Jack; Charlotte her mother, Grace and the disappearance and death of her husband Dan. We also see the introduction of Rosie and Zach.
On its way to Audrey.
Saturday, 7 July 2007
This is the story of Judge Olivia Lockhart, her daughter Justine, then there is the young couple
What I enjoy about the Debbie Macomber writing style is her ability to identify with genuine issues as the lives of the characters unfold, and for the duration of the book I am walking along side those characters in Cedar Cove.
Now on its way to Audrey.
Friday, 6 July 2007
This is the story of Eleanor, married to a wealthy family in a turbulent England. The story unfolds with moving from her beloved Dorset to Yorkshire with her husband and his father. Eleanor is actually a woman before her times, who later on has her focus on the business of the family and bringing up her children. This is a storyline that reminds us of that in previous times, women were possessions of their spouses, who should produce male heir's to continue the family name and wealth. This was a time that to marry for love was a bonus!
If you enjoy historical novels then this is a good series to read, for the author has clearly spent much time researching 15th Century England.
Going into my permenant collection for a wee while, until I locate my own copy