This is a delightful book with no murders, swearing, or brutality. The plot is a little thin, but it is a great comfort read, especially if you enjoyThis is a delightful book with no murders, swearing, or brutality. The plot is a little thin, but it is a great comfort read, especially if you enjoy history or quilting. A crotchety older woman has a young couple to help her get her ancient family mansion ready to be sold. While her husband does the landscaping, Sara helps Sylvia go through the years and years of personal belongings left by earlier occupants. When Sara is caught looking at a beautiful quilt in Sylvia's sitting room, Sylvia warms towards her and decides to give her quilting lessons. Sara joins the local quilting guild and begins to learn why Sylvia is such an embittered recluse. From there the book goes back and forth between the past and the present. While it isn't the most complex of plots, it is an enjoyable visit with some people you would like to have as friends. ...more
This is a real challenge to every Christian to turn Christmas into what it really means by refusing to buy into the commercialism and greed. If ChristThis is a real challenge to every Christian to turn Christmas into what it really means by refusing to buy into the commercialism and greed. If Christmas gifts were scaled back to what people really need and not just a present that costs "x" amount depending in the degree of relationship, we could free up some of the money we overspend and do something good for people who are really in need. This church challenged itself to bring water to poor countries that have no safe water supply. They made gifts of time and relationship to loved ones and used the money they saved to change the lives in third world villages by drilling wells and providing a safe water supply.
This is not a book to just read once and put away. It has to read it again and again and to understand how this can be worked out. After I got into the book, I realized that I should have read it at the beginning of Advent and not two days before Christmas; however, I decided that I would try to keep the principles in mind throughout the year and look more carefully at my spending and to put aside the money I saved for Christmas giving....more
Another great book in this series. Finally, Bertie gets some relief when his mother is in the hands of a Bedouin chief. Stewart's mother comes to helpAnother great book in this series. Finally, Bertie gets some relief when his mother is in the hands of a Bedouin chief. Stewart's mother comes to help out, thus adding a wonderful character to add to this familiar group. Stewart begins to see things from his mother's perspective and I have a feeling we are going to see a much stronger Stewart in the next book. Bertie finally gets to act like a little boy and has a glimpse of heaven.
The other characters also progress and we see the marriage of Angus and Dominica blossom. As different as they are, they manage to create a comfortable life together. Matthew and his poor wife, however, are finding it difficult to handle the triplets and manage to have a life of their own. Fortunately, Matthew has the money to ease their situation.
All in all, this book was very satisfying and left enough hanging to keep readers of this series waiting on pins and needles for the next book....more
Madeline L'Engle writes books for teens and adults. One of the best characteristics of her books is that the characters are often complex and contradiMadeline L'Engle writes books for teens and adults. One of the best characteristics of her books is that the characters are often complex and contradictory. I feel that this book is one of the most complex of the YA genre. It deals with heroes who have feet of clay and that is something young people (and some old) need to come to terms with. This makes it a great choice for kids from about 7th grade and up. Some of the things introduced in this book allow young people to gain skills in recognizing inappropriate actions of beloved adults and explore their own reactions to the situation vicariously.
This said, it is a great book and one that should be interesting and helpful to a wide variety of kids....more
I love this series and this book is one of the best. Bertie is wonderful. He's turning 7 and he can't wait, but his birthday is fraught with dangers wI love this series and this book is one of the best. Bertie is wonderful. He's turning 7 and he can't wait, but his birthday is fraught with dangers when you factor in his mother. Dominica and Angus are beginning to work out their new relationship now that they are married, and Big Lou, in an unusual way, finally gets someone who will love her and whom she can lavish all her love on.
These characters seem like friends and I thoroughly enjoyed getting an update on their lives. There are some surprises in this book. For one thing, Bertie finally gets a little relief in a most interesting way. He is one of the best characters AMS has conceived of and he feels very real to me. He's just trying to tread water and keep his head above the waves of his mother's plans for him. Every time he manages it feels like a personal victory....more
What a wonderful book. I saw the series first and wondered if the book had more to add and it did. Some of the events that happened were consolidatedWhat a wonderful book. I saw the series first and wondered if the book had more to add and it did. Some of the events that happened were consolidated in the TV series so it was interesting to read "the rest of the story." It is amazing to read about conditions in the 1950's. I would have put some of them in the 1800's. I can't believe they existed in recent history.
The characters in the book were perfectly represented in the series. I don't know how BBC found the perfect Chummy and Sister Evangeline, but they did. I know that I'll be reading this series again....more
What a wonderful book! It starts a little slowly, but the main character is so compelling, that you just have to find out if he can manage to check ofWhat a wonderful book! It starts a little slowly, but the main character is so compelling, that you just have to find out if he can manage to check off the items on his list.
Jack Rosenblum is a German Jew who immigrates to England. He is given a pamphlet with 100 items on it which are necessary to become an Englishman. He is industrious and becomes very wealthy and does everything on the list except the last one which is to join a golf club. The problem is that he has tried to join a number of clubs, but they aren't accepting Jews. There are some Jewish clubs, but that is not what Jack wants, so he decides to build his own.
There are endless problems, but what made me love this book was the main character. He is delightful and I hope the author can find some way to make another book about him. As with the books by Alexander McCall Smith, you feel like have made a friend instead of reading a book....more
This is a delightful series very similar to James Heriot's All Creatures Great and Small. Young Barry Laverty has qualified as a doctor and is being sThis is a delightful series very similar to James Heriot's All Creatures Great and Small. Young Barry Laverty has qualified as a doctor and is being supervised by Dr. Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly in the country village of Ballybucklebo. Doctor O'Reilly has his own ways of doing things and many of them alarm Barry until he sees the wisdom of this old country doctor.
The villagers are just what you would expect in an Irish village. There are the malingerers, the hypochondriacs, the skinflint no-good troublemaker, the overworked wives with too many children and the grateful hardworking souls who count on the doctor to lift the burden of ill health from a body that already has too much to bear.
The characters are well drawn and their problems are often more humorous than serious. Barry has to learn to listen to his patients with his heart as well as his ears and to give them what they really need. He needs to win their confidence at the same time he is trying to gain confidence in himself. This is a charming series and a wonderful comfort-read....more
I love these books! I feel like I am meeting with old friends when I read them. This week I needed to do some sewing and wanted something to listen toI love these books! I feel like I am meeting with old friends when I read them. This week I needed to do some sewing and wanted something to listen to that wouldn't need to be stopped every time I had a little problem with the sewing. The Scotland Street series was perfect for that.
In this book, Bertie has grown older...he's now 6 and is still making his perceptive and often embarrassing opinions known. He's in the Steiner school and hid classmate, Olive is taking over from his horrid mother during the school hours. Tofu, his other friend gets him in one scrape after another.
Pat is seeming to get her life on a more stable course and Matthew and his wife are beginning to manage the triplets now that he has a young woman to help look after them.
The big news takes up the smallest part of the book. Angus and Dominica have gotten married and are off on their honeymoon, much to the best man's relief (Matthew). Bertie is supposed to be taking care of Cyril, but when his mother starts taking him to psychotherapy, Bertie knows he has to get Cyril out of there....more
This is a charming series similar to James Herriot's "All Creatures Great and Small." It features the newly qualified GP, Doctor Barry Laverty, who isThis is a charming series similar to James Herriot's "All Creatures Great and Small." It features the newly qualified GP, Doctor Barry Laverty, who is currently being supervised by Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly in the small village of Ballybucklebo. Like the Harriot's book, the village is charming and the cases are interesting. In this secong book, Barry is under a cloud because of the death of a patient. Could he have overlooked the symptoms which lead to his death? His widow thinks so, so Barry is anxious for the autopsy which will either clear him or end his career before it began.
Add to this some wonderful village characters, an intrigue or 2 and marvelous housekeeper who tries to keep the two men in line and you have an enjoyable and interesting comfort read which can be enjoyed over and over....more