Lovely, lovely. I was afraid this would be a cheesy romance, and maybe it is, but I loved it so much. Well, there is literally a plot point that involLovely, lovely. I was afraid this would be a cheesy romance, and maybe it is, but I loved it so much. Well, there is literally a plot point that involves a cheese shop. Emilia Nightingale returns to the village of Peasebrook to take over her father's book shop upon his death. She is confronted with probably what you would expect, a disorganized pile of debt and a greedy real estate developer who wants to buy her out and knock down the building for a parking lot. The quaint English town is full of delightful characters who combine in various ways. Ms. Henry fills the book with fave music, books, and food that will make you drool. Brahms, Elgar, Faure; Moomintrolls, Cazalet Chronicles, Jilly Cooper; gooseberry chutney, loin of venison in puff pastry, pear mousse. A character in the town has the world's smallest restaurant, A Deux. She has one table in her home that she will set, cook, and serve heavenly food for two lucky people. There is a string quartet and a fine country home with a public garden.
I loved this in the same way I love Jan Karon's Mitford books. I just want to go there and let it be my happy place. I hope this will be the first of a lovely series, and I will read them all.
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This was a delightful summer read. We are transported to a tiny one-policeman village in Ireland where nothing ever happens, and then a construction pThis was a delightful summer read. We are transported to a tiny one-policeman village in Ireland where nothing ever happens, and then a construction project turns up human remains and a lot of long-buried secrets as well. I enjoyed the characters, the tightly-constructed plot, and the local color of the setting. This is one of those classic mysteries which, since it is set in a village, is going to have a limited number of characters/suspects, and the reader will enjoy figuring it out.
I may have expected the book to be more like Norton's tv personality, snarky and wickedly funny, but this book is sincere and sweet--even though there is sex and language. The protagonist is a middle-aged, overweight police guard who is just doing his best. By the end of the book, he has solved the crime and upped his game. I hope Mr. Norton will decide to keep going with further tales of Sgt. PJ Collins and the charming village of Duneen, or wherever he is sent next.
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Wow! I just got a reading copy of this book from Netgalley, and it blew me away. Not only are the photos stunning, but the quotes and captions are incWow! I just got a reading copy of this book from Netgalley, and it blew me away. Not only are the photos stunning, but the quotes and captions are incredible. I just wanted to have a poster of each one of these.
"Nothing wrong with dancing with your dog," says Ella, age 9. And you should see the joyous photo.
"Cancer stole part of my leg but not my joy," says Grace B., age 12. "I choose happiness. Being happy is my superpower."
"Sometimes I fall off....but I get up, wipe off the dirt, pat my pony, and get back on," says Sophia A., age 6.
And from Lesley, who is pictured with an American flag and ROTC uniform, says, "Many girls grew up dreaming of a hero to save them. I grew up dreaming of becoming one."
The girls in this book range from age 5 to 20, and they are covered with mud, sprinkled with freckles, sporting eyeblack, and lacing up soccer cleats or ballet shoes. Some are in wheelchairs, some have limbs in casts, and some are sprinting to victory. But the eyes of every one are shining bright.
Kate Parker says in the introduction that she began with photos of her own daughters, but she added others from across North America to create a good range of girls doing things they love and being themselves. She adds in quotes from famous women ranging from Megan Rapinoe to Gabby Douglas to Katie Couric for extra inspiration. The hour that it takes to read this book will inspire you and motivate you to find your passion and pursue it. The author info says that Ms. Parker launched a nonprofit called StrongIsTheNewPretty.org, but either I mistyped it or it doesn't exist yet, because I couldn't find it online. Maybe it will launch once the book is released.
I will definitely acquire a copy for our library, but I can also see this as an excellent graduation gift book once it comes out next March. ...more