Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Jewel Box by Anna Davis

Here's another great read while you are lazing on your back deck or the nearest sandy beach . . . The Jewel Box by Anna Davis.

Grace writes a racy, gossipy column under the name of Diamond Sharp. Her tales of nightly dinners, dancing, clubbing and flirting are exciting and sometimes a little shocking.  Her columns are often shared in the novel.

Grace's real life is rather complicated and there are many secrets that come out during the course of the novel.   

Just to add more complications, Grace falls in love with two dashing American gentlemen who, it turns out, are bitter enemies.  More secrets and lies.  And it seems Grace's sister is in love with one of the men.

A very exciting and fun read.  Enjoy!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Kingston, Ontario

I was introduced to the beautiful waterfront in Kingston, Ontario last September when Hal and I, along with a couple of grandsons, attended Box ON 2015 (our favourite letterboxing event).

I am hoping we will have a chance to return this summer to see more of the city.  I also want to go to some of the nearby islands.  Just as a happy accident, there are a ton of letterboxes in the area that need to be found by us.  

I hope you will enjoy these photos from our visit to Kingston.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Somewhere in France by Jennifer Robson

My sister and I are both fans of British television dramas like Call the Midwife and Downton Abbey.   Nancy found this 3 book series which is very reminiscent of Downton Abbey and when she finished reading them she sent them to me.

Somewhere in France is the first book and I finished it pretty quickly.  In fact, I'm already half way through the second book so you will be hearing about it very soon.

Somewhere in France is set during the Great War . . . WWI . . . the war to end all wars.  The main character is Lady Elizabeth, daughter of a rich and haughty family who just can't conform to her family's expectations.  Only her brother, Edward, and his best friend, Robbie, encourage her to take risks.  And she does but at the cost of being disowned by her family and left penniless.

This doesn't discourage "Lilly Ashford" from following her dreams.  She finds a job and manages to create a life for herself.  And then she is offered a great adventure, a chance to make a difference in the world . . . and she takes it.

This book, and I'm sure the entire series, needs to be on your bedside table.  Enjoy.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Four Ms. Bradwells by Meg Waite Clayton

The is a book review that I don't really want to do.  I read the book.  I finished the book.  I can't remember much about it.  This means it was probably okay but not memorable.  I just don't know what else to say.  I suppose I could add a description from another source . . . 

From Amazon:  Mia, Laney, Betts, and Ginger have reunited to celebrate Betts’s appointment to the Supreme Court. But when Senate hearings uncover a deeply buried skeleton in the friends’ collective closet, they retreat to a summer house on the Chesapeake Bay, where they find themselves reliving a much darker period in their past—one that stirs up secrets they’ve kept for, and from, one another, and could change their lives forever.