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Monday, December 5, 2016

The House We Grew Up In

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The House We Grew Up In
by Lisa Jewell
published by Atria Books

The Blurb

Meet the Bird family.  They are lovely.  They eat dinner together every nights in their beautiful home in the idyllic Cotswolds village.  One Easter Sunday, tragedy occurs.  The aftermath begins to tear this perfect family apart.  Told in prose from the past and the present, the reader eventually gets the full story...and is glued to each page until reaching that point.

My Two Cents

We read The House We Grew Up In for book club and I am so glad! It's been on my shelf for ages.  I'm not sure what took me so long to read it, but I'm kicking myself for not reading it sooner!

Lisa Jewell nails dysfunctional family in all the best ways.  The love, the tangles, the things we don't talk about, the hidden hurt and heartache.  She writes it all beautifully.  This is one of the best books I've read all year, from story line to flow to editing--all that combined talent has given us the most lovely book.  It is both tragic and wonderful.

The character of Lorelai is absolutely fascinating.  Her idealism and mental illness, her love life and her oddities are all so well developed that you almost forget that you don't know this family. You love with her and you ache for her.  

Amazing characters, surprising plot...I can't recommend this one enough!
Other people's families #quote from #TheHouseWeGrewUpIn by #LisaJewell #family

Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Day Santa Stopped Believing in Harold

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The Day Santa Stopped Believing in HaroldThe Day Santa Stopped Believing in Harold
by Maureen Fergus
illustrated by Cale Atkinson
published by Penguin Random House Canada/Tundra

The Blurb

Some of Santa's friends are telling him that maybe Santa's not real, but Santa loves the joy that Harold's letters and cookies bring...he just not sure Harold exists!

My Two Cents

Thanks to Pinterest, it's become popular to wrap Christmas books and unwrap them in Advent Calendar style. I don't do that...I just have a big basket of Christmas books that I sit out at the beginning of the month.  We enjoy those books all of December.  And while most of them are about the birth, there are a few secular ones that have managed to stick around.  I think I'm going to have to buy a hardback copy of The Day Santa Stopped Believing in Harold to stick in my basket.  It is adorable. I encourage you to click and buy a copy of your own or to check it out at your local library!

Monday, November 14, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

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I have enjoyed a delightful couple of weeks off from the blogging world.  I've been spending loads of time with my family and even managed a little getaway with my husband! I'm just starting When Jesus Was a Green Eyed Brunette by Max Davis.  What are y'all reading?!