The Spoon Stealer
Born into a basket of clean sheets—ruining a perfectly good load of laundry—Emmeline never quite fit in on her family's rural Nova Scotian farm. After suffering multiple losses in the First World War, her family became so heavy with grief, toxicity, and mental illness that Emmeline felt their weight smothering her. And so, she fled across the Atlantic and built her life in...more
Emmeline Darling, the book's main character, revisits her past as she reads aloud from her memoir at a writing class she takes in her retirement years. Mental illness and loss are the themes running through the book, but the author deals with these subjects with the grace, humo ...more
Ordinary lives are just as glorious as great lives lived by great men and women. We are all as important as each other.
Lesley Crewe is a Canadian author I love. being Canadian myself It is important to me to support author's from Canada and Ms. Crewe never disappoints. My favourite book of hers is Shoot Me and this title tops that.
This book is such a feel good story, which surprised me because there is also a lot of heartache throughout. One minute I'd have tears in my eyes and the next I'd ...more
And honestly? This was one of the best books I have ever read. I am pretty sure that no book having to do with humans has ever made me feel so much. Books like Marley and me and A Dog's Purpose made me cry so hard but they both have to do with dogs. So does this one in a roundabout way...but it is mostly about Emmaline and her family and friend dynamic both in the past and the present. I originally req ...more
"Born into a basket of clean sheets—ruining a perfectly good load of laundry—Emmeline never quite fit in on her family's rural Nova Scotian farm. "
What a perfectly charming story. I especially enjoyed Emmeline reading her memoirs to the other ladies. Some slow sections in the middle but overall a very enjoyable read.
You all know I love Genevieve Graham's books. So when she told me I had to read Lesley Crewe's The Spoon Stealer, well, I trusted her judgement. I'm so glad she recommended this historical fiction (written by another Canadian!) to me because I absolutely, completely, totally loved it.
Oh, this book. It made my heart so full. Emmeline was such a joy to read about. Her storytelling (and therefore Crewe's) was so amazing and I really felt like I was following Emmelin ...more
I don't want to summarize the plot, that has already been done by other reviews and the publisher.
This is a book about Emmaline (a lady of certain years) who steals spoons for comfort and lives with her dog. She carries on conversations with her dog....he answers. Sometimes very sarcastically and with attitude. And, no, it is not weird.
Emmaline is a lady who thinks she lacks co ...more
First sentence: EMMELINE DARLING SUFFERED A TWINGE OF DISCOMFORT IN HER right hip as she reached over to pull the heavy floral draperies across the paned windows in her sitting room.
Premise/plot: Emmeline Darling, our heroine, is preparing to go to an event at a library when the novel opens. She's signed up for a four week class on memoir writing. In the class she'll meet a few kindred spirits and a few UN-kindred ones as well. Some people just can't be appeased or pleased. Some people seem pers ...more
This is a story about friendship, family, adversity, perseverance and the power of kindness.
The Spoon Stealer is a charming story filled with humour and heart about the life of Emmeline Darling, a septuagenarian who has lived an interesting life and now, in her later years, she shares excerpts from her memoir with a writing class in her small town.
It's through these recitations in the first half of the book that we learn about Emmeline's early years growing up in eastern Canada in the 1 ...more
Emmeline’s lif ...more
I started reading your book as a distraction when I was sitting with my dying mom (I had the daily midnight - 7am shift).... and honestly, you brought me comfort and entertainment when I needed it. You made me want to sit up and stay awake to see what was next despite exhaustion! So, I say thank you f ...more
Heartfelt and wonderful book. Tears at one point. Even the authors notes at the end were touching. Keep reading. When I first started thus and saw how long it was i had my doubts.. but wow what a fantastic book... take your time with this one and breathe it all in. It's just wonderful.
Thanks to the author, the publisher, and Net Galley for an early release of this book. ...more
The location drew me right in, a Canadian setting by a new-to-me Canadian author, that’s bonus points right off the bat. It wasn’t hard to like Emmeline, the story opens with her attending a memoir writing class. The Spoon Stealer is her story told in dual time periods. Making new friends is a bonus from this class that highlights how important having good friends i ...more
The Spoon Stealer is an absolutely wonderful historical fiction novel set between England and rural Nova Scotia. The story is about Emmeline (who is in her 70’s) and her looking back on her life through a memoir she has written and is sharing with other women in a writing class at the local library In England. This leads Emmeline to try and repair her relationships with her family in Nova Scotia that she hasn’t had contact with in many decades.
The ch ...more
Emmeline has recorded her memoirs, which she decides to share with her friends, so the book alternat ...more
Born in 1894 in a basket of clean linens (which her mother would never le ...more
Although, this novel reveals that simpler times, may not be so simple, after all. The years pass but the social issues and stig ...more
The Spoon Stealer is a captivating story of the extraordinary events in the life of a seemingly ordinary woman. The book spans two continents (set in rural Canada and small town England) and nearly 8 decades (from the early 1900s through both world wars and into the culture change of the 1960s. The story really took off for me with the book within a book, presented wh ...more
Emmeline decscribes herself as just an unwanted country girl from Nova Scotia. In reality she is a selfless woman who makes so much difference in the lives of others. When she was a child Emmeline was taught that a spoonful of kindness is all anyone needs.
I fell in love with Emmeline and her dog, Vera and their exploits. I laughed and I ...more
From 2000-2005, Lesley was a features writer and columnist (Home Fires) for Cape Bretoner Magazine, and from 2005-2009, a columnist (Lesley's Letters) with the on-line magazine, Cahoots.
In 2005 her first no ...more