Book Review: The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

The Alice Network tells the story of two women and two world wars, connected by one profiteering villain. We meet Charlie St. Clair in 1947, newly arrived in Europe with her mother in order to take care of her Little Problem/unwed pregnancy. Charlie has her own plans though and soon escapes from her mother in… Continue reading Book Review: The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

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May Update

May has been full of hot days - sunshine, backyard, beach, and some ice cream! It's been fantastic. We started off the month with some time at the beach: It was Rose's first real introduction to the ocean and she loved it! Didn't even squawk when we dipped her in the sea. Pearl can happily… Continue reading May Update

What I Read – May 2018

Read: The Boat People - Sharon Bala (McClelland & Stewart, 2018) (Read my review here.) The Redress of Poetry - Seamus Heaney (Faber and Faber, 1995) A Grace Disguised - Jerry Sittser (Zondervan, 2004) Loss is loss, whatever the circumstances. All losses are bad, only bad in different ways. No two losses are ever the same. Each loss… Continue reading What I Read – May 2018

Book Review: Confessions of a Teenage Leper by Ashley Little

I received this book as an Advanced Reading Copy. It will be available for sale September 25, 2018. Most of what I know about leprosy comes from the Bible. That might sound like the set-up for a joke but it's true. Leprosy seems like one of those old-timey diseases that only people in Biblical times… Continue reading Book Review: Confessions of a Teenage Leper by Ashley Little

Book Review: The Boat People by Sharon Bala

I almost didn't finish this book. It is well-written, well-researched, and compelling. It was shortlisted for the most recent Canada Reads competition. I'd read several very positive reviews. (Anne's over at ivereadthis.com forced me to move the book up my To Read list.)  I did finish The Boat People and I'm glad I did but it was… Continue reading Book Review: The Boat People by Sharon Bala

Life in April

Rose was six months at the very end of March and so we have started introducing solid foods. This was her face when she first tasted apple sauce. (Pearl was thrilled for Rose to start eating real food and really wanted to hold the spoon for her little sister. Later she told me that this… Continue reading Life in April

Book Review: Black Swan Green by David Mitchell

This was the fourth book I've read by David Mitchell and his work surprises me each time. If you've read Cloud Atlas then you may know Mitchell as an author who isn't afraid to play with form. But what really impresses me about Mitchell's novels is how entirely different they are from one another. Black Swan… Continue reading Book Review: Black Swan Green by David Mitchell