Friday, June 11, 2021
Monday, May 24, 2021
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Friday, March 5, 2021
Gracie's mother died at birth. She's been raised by a loving father and surrounded by love from those in the village, including her mother's best friend, May, and her family. Her father is a beekeeper for a wealthy family. He also creates the most beautiful gardens and Gracie is following in his footsteps.
May's son Freddie has been Gracie's best friend forever. After a conversation with her father she realizes that he may just be marriage material after. But does she really love him? Her heart doesn't patter like it does when she sees Rufus - even though he's not in the same social standing as Gracie. Then war strikes and both men are off to war. She writes to both men and prays for a safe return.
Years later Gracie's daughter, Trixie, is in love. Without revealing the past Gracie tries to tell her daughter there's no way it will work but Trixie's heart just can't believe that. Will history repeat itself and honour prevail.
The Beekeeper's Daughter is the second book by Santa Montefiore that I've read recently. I really enjoyed The Beekeeper's daughter. I know I've heard from a few people who enjoy a lighter read during the pandemic and I think this would story would be perfect. The war part of the story is very minimal and not a focus of the book.
Monday, January 18, 2021
Sunday, November 1, 2020
When Covid first hit and we believed we might be stuck at home for three weeks (hahahaha) I thought I would get a ton of reading done. I have stacks that I thought I'd get through. At first I did read a lot. But then I watched the news a lot. Then somehow I just couldn't get in to reading which is a BIG deal for me.
Things You Save in a Fire took me waaaaay to long to read. This is a great book. The kind of book I could usually read in a few days. I was excited to start it but somehow the world's problems held my attention instead.
This week I tried to shut things off for a bit and put real effort into finishing this book and I'm really happy I did. Once I really started reading I couldn't stop. I needed to know what was going to happen.
It was Cassie's 16th birthday when her mom left. Her mom went to live with some other man - not her dad. Her mom abandoned her and her father. Worst day ever. But then this boy she had a crush on invited her to a party. Suddenly things felt a bit better. The night ended as the worst night in her life. Her 16th birthday became a day that would haunt her forever.
But years later Cassie is tough. Fire fighter tough. She's worked hard to get there. She can do the firefighter fitness course faster than any of the guys. She's also got a hard shell around her heart and no one is coming in.
A sudden event has her switching fire halls. New crew. New guys. She's also moved in with her mother that she's barely spoken to in years. What is she thinking? But she knows if she works hard and keeps that shell around her heart she will be ok.
This is the second Katherine Center book I've read this year and I've really enjoyed both Things You Save in a Fire and What You Wish For. I will be definitely checking out more of her books. So if you are in a reading rut kick start your reading and pick up this book!
Saturday, October 31, 2020
There are secrets that have been buried for decades. Friendships that have been broken over these secrets. Now Dana Goss is in her 60's and thinks the air should be cleared but maybe things should be left unsaid. Maybe no one wants to hear the truth anymore.
Dana has grown up incredibly rich. She lives in the big house with Mexican immigrants taking care of the families every whim. Dana is used to people agreeing with her. If she says a horse is a girl named Cindy then most don't argue. But Jackie, the girl next door, will let her know that horse is clearly a boy.
Although Jackie doesn't come close to the same financial status as Dana's family, her honesty binds the girls in an inseparable friendship. When Jackie is close to getting the man of her dreams But can a friendship withstand someone like Dana who knows no boundaries?
Hap is a proud new father. Hap has been raised by his single mother. His father swoops in from his job in journalism full of stories and excitement. Now he hasn't seen his father in years but he's in town and wants to meet his new granddaughter and connect with his son.
The End of the Day is full of good people that each made decisions that they question as years go on. How would things have been different if they'd chosen the other fork in the road but at the end of the day they've got to live with the choices they've made.
Bill Clegg is also the author of Did You Ever Have a Family which I reviewed previously on my blog. I really enjoyed both Clegg's books and look forward to reading more from him.