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Monday, January 2, 2017

Holiday Reading

Over the holidays I did manage to read THREE books. And they were all good books too!

I am going to start with the book I won in a giveaway at Rhoda's Southern Hospitality blog.

Edie grew up in the mountains of East Tennessee. Her life was hard because her daddy was an alcoholic. He came from a long line of hard living hard drinking mountaineers.  But in spite of her daddy's short comings, she loved him and always wanted to please him.  At one point her father marries a lady from another mountain family and Edie's stepmother makes Jim stop drinking. As Edie put it, Shirley's family was poor too but they had hope. They were fairly self sufficient as they grew their food, sewed their own clothes and hoped for better day for  their children. Her daddy's family, the Rudders, had given up any hope of a better day. As Edie gets older, she realizes that the things she valued...a nice home, an education and a good paying job, were not the things her father valued. It helped her to see that she could never really please him.  This was in many ways a sad book. But the outcome is a good one. Edie makes a good life for herself and her children but she learns that All the Pretty  Things can be taken away in an instant.  I admired Edie's perseverance and how she came to give God all the things in her life that had broken her heart. I gave this book four stars.

Of course I had to take this book home with me when I saw it on the library shelf. Isn't that a gorgeous cover? This is another novel that is set in two time periods. ( That seems to be very popular in the last few years)  Roberta is a young woman who works in an antique/used book store. Over the years she has amassed a collection of letters and postcards that have been left in books that arrive to be sold.  I liked Roberta because she is nosy like me!  But one day Roberta comes across a letter that was written by her grandfather to her grandmother. This letter leaves Roberta concerned. Was her grandmother keeping a secret? Roberta's grandmother is in her 100s and clarity of mind is a fleeting thing so Roberta knows she will have to find out her Grandmother's story on her own. Part mystery, part romance, this was a good book. I gave it four stars.

I am saving the best for last...

This is the first five star book I have read in a long time. My friend, Susan, loaned me this book, so I knew I would probably enjoy it.  Prudencia Prim arrives in a  small European village to apply for the job of librarian. Her job is not in a library but rather working for a private residence where she will catalog the owner's library.  From the moment she steps inside the home of the Man in the Wing Chair, she knows she has stumbled upon a different type of existence.  San Ireneo is populated with people who are very different. Talented and intelligent they seem to live a life of culture and refinement unknown in the modern world.  I do not want to give too much away but this little book is one that I will be purchasing for my own library. It has a bit of a slow start but soon you will know and love the people of San Ireneo. One of the interesting points of this book is that we do not know exactly where this village is and the time period is vague.  We never do find out the given name of The Man in the Wing Chair either. All these things make this book charming in my eyes.

Well I am off to put away all the Christmas decorations. It does leave the house feeling rather BLAH but I am putting out some candles to bring some cheeriness to these winter days.

6 comments:

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'll look for these books at my library! We seem to enjoy so many of the same books. I'm reading Rhys Bowen's spyness series...it's SO good! Easy to read but takes you away to another time and place (England in the '30s) I still have some more cleaning to do but I have more candles out now too. Enjoy your day! Hugs, Diane

Jedidja said...

I like to see your books. Thanks for it. NIce idea for a blog so ...tomorrow you can see my books :-)

Katie Clooney said...

Thanks for the book recommendations. That last one sounds right up my alley. Hope you enjoy the rest of your day.

Gina said...

Arlene, three books - wow! I read none. Good for you for putting all the decorations away. I am hoping to do that tomorrow. {{HUGS}}!

Arlene Grimm said...

I hope you all enjoy some of these books. Miss Prim was my favorite. It was such a jewel.

Terri D said...

I am always happy to make note of good books that my friends have enjoyed! Thanks so much!