Tuesday, March 6, 2018

2018 Books 1-4

Blue Moon by Luanne Rice 
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At the forefront of this well-crafted story stands Cass, youngest and feistiest of the Keating sisters, a mother of three who enjoys hot sex in semi-public locations with husband Billy Medieros, her sweetheart since high school.  During a season of emotional and financial upheavals within the Keating clan, the Medieroses' marriage becomes strained in ways that make Billy wonder whether Cass is more devoted to her family than to him.  Then Billy adds to the stress by leaving his father-in-law's fleet and buying his own boat.  His rebellion sets up the book's unexpected final episode, an electrifying disaster at sea that puts all the characters back in touch with their deepest loyalties and passions.
This is a light read about a close knit family that run fishing boats and a restaurant. Cass and Billy have a child that lost her hearing as an infant and chronicles the difficulties of raising a child with challenges when the parents aren't always on the same page.   Billy wants, and gets, his own boat and, of course, there is the near disaster at sea.  The story, for the most part, was interesting but very predictable.

The Edge of Winter by Luanne Rice
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In the aftermath of the long breakup of her marriage, Neve Halloran and her teenage daughter Mickey are making a new life together amid the austere beauty of Rhode Island's South County.  Captivated by a fragile wildlife sanctuary, Mickey will move toward womanhood in the company of a lonely boy who shares her abiding love for the windswept coastline.  Neve will find herself drawn to a man who has devoted his life to the sanctuary yet is unable to share the pain of a devastating loss-or reconnect with the father who still bears the scars of World War II.  But as winter gives way to spring, a secret will emerge that has Iain buried in the depths just offshore for decades, a secret that will galvanize the community...and point the way to new beginnings.
I enjoyed this book even though the plot was predictable and there were really no surprises.  It was interesting to learn about the wild life and about a time in WWII.  It was a light read but I would recommend it.

What She Knew by Gilly MacMillan
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Rachel Jenner is walking in a Bristol park with her eight-year-old son, Ben, when he asks if he can run ahead.  It's an ordinary request on an ordinary Sunday afternoon, and Rachel has no reason to worry-until Ben vanishes.
The police are called, search parties go out, and Rachel, already insecure after her recent divorce, feels herself coming undone.  As hours and then days pass without a sign of Ben, everyone who knew him is called into question, from Rachel's newly married ex-husband to her mother-of-the-year sister.  Inevitably, media attention focuses on Rachel too, and the public's attitude towards her begins to shift from sympathy to suspicion.
As she desperately pieces together the threadbear clues, Rachel realizes that nothing is quite as she imagined it to be, not even her own judgement.  And the greatest danger may lie not in the anonymous strangers of every parent's nightmares, but behind the familiar smiles of those she trusts the most.
I really enjoyed this book.  It's one of those suspense novels that keep making you think did he do it, did she do it what about that guy or what about that person.  A great read.

Life of Pi by Yann Martel
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After the sinking of a cargo ship, a single solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the surface of the wild, blue Pacific.  The crew of the surviving vessel consists of a hyena, an orang-utan, a zebra with a broken leg, a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger, and Pi Patel, a 16-year-old Indian boy.  The stage is set for one of the most extraordinary pieces of fiction.
I get the distinct impression that this was probably better as a movie.  The book is in three parts.  I found the first part mostly boring.  The second part is about surviving on the lifeboat.  Parts were really interesting and others way beyond belief.  I found the third part annoying and laughable.. I think I felt duped.  Not a book I really enjoyed.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Snow Day?

Decided to stay home today.  We are supposed to get lots of snow but apparently it's not supposed to start until about 6pm and by the end of tomorrow we are going to get 20cm.  We really need more snow-NOT!!!
So this is what I did this afternoon.
Boursin garlic and herb cheese and asparagus tart

Sausage rolls.
We'll be having some of each for supper with home made chicken rice soup. Mmm delicious!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018


 This little scottie dog has come to live with me all the way from the house above in Scotland.  I've called him Mac in memory of my mom who's maiden name was McInnes.
No wonder it took him two months to get here, he had to battle his way through all that snow above to get to my house in Canada!!
Thanks so much to Ali at Less Equals More who sent him to me.  He's a little brooch and she hand makes them from felted tartan from vintage kilts!!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Best Guys Ever!!

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I went out to start shovelling the snow.  There was at least 8" on the driveway!  I managed to get one shovel width down to the road.  I was standing there taking a breather, thinking this is going to take me several hours to get this done.  A fire truck came slowly down the street. I smiled and waved at them.  A firefighter stuck his head out of the window and asked if I'd like some help.  I said I would really appreciate that.  Five firefighters came out of the truck with snow shovels.  They had the driveway cleared in five minutes.  Believe me, that act of kindness made my day!!  Love those firefighters!!!!
It's still snowing really hard so I'll be out there again in a couple of hours, but at least I won't have another 8" to deal with, all in one go-I hope!! 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018


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The above pictures say it all.  Thanks Google images.
Snow, snow and more snow!!!
In the last 10 days we've had 2 big dumps of snow.  6" and 7".  Starting this afternoon and continuing until Friday we are expecting another 16"!!  We are running out of places to put it!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Silver medal!!!

GD#2, Annika, came home with a silver medal from the Alberta Youth Provincial Bouldering Championships!  We are so proud!!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Books 23-25

This is the last of the books I read in 2017.  One less than last year!  I'm going to have to pick up the pace if I plan to even read half of my books in my lifetime,lol

4 Blondes by Candace Bushnell
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Four Blondes tells the stories of four women caught at crossroads in their lives, facing choices and realizations that will redefine them forever.  A beautiful B-list model finagles renfree summerhouses in the Hamptons from her wealthy lovers, until she discovers that she can get a man for the summer but she can't get what she wants.  A high-powered magazine columnist's floundering marriage to a literary journalist is thrown into crisis when her husband spends a wild night on the town with his movie star friend.  A self-styled Cinderella whose royal husband was one of the world's most eligible bachelors records her descent into paranoia as she attempts to re-create herself and her world.  A writer who fears her time for finding a husband is running out travels to London in search of the kind of love and devotion she can't find in Manhattan-and gets far more than she bargained for.
When I saw this book in the store I thought this might be okay because it was by the author of Sex in the City, which was a huge success.  I didn't watch Sex in the City but there is no doubt. it was very popular.  Started reading the book and thought 'why did I buy this' , further on I thought 'why am I reading this'.  When I finished the book I thought 'why did I finish this'.  Total and absolute crap!!!

The Daughter she used to Be by Rosalind Noonan
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The daughter of a career cop, Bernadette Sullivan grew up with blue uniforms hanging in the laundry room and cops laughing around the dinner table.  Her brothers joined New York's finest, her sister married a cop, and Bernie is an assistant District Attorney.  Collaring criminals, putting them away-is what they do.  And though lately Bernie feels a growing desire for a family of her own, she's never questioned her choices.  Then a shooter targets a local coffee shop, and tragedy strikes the Sullivan family.
Anger follows grief-and Bernis realizes that her father's idea of retribution is very different from her own.  All her life, she's inhabited a clear-cut world of right and wrong, of morality and corruption.  As Bernie struggles to protect the people she loves, she must also decide what it means to see justice served.  And in her darkest hour, she will find out just what it means o be her father's daughter.
I had mixed feelings about this book.  In the beginning it what difficult to sort out all the characters and remember who everyone was.  The family was portrayed as stereotypical Irish, Catholic NYC cops.  As I got into the book it became more interesting.  I found Bernie, the main character a little annoying and naive.  The other main character, Peyton, was intriguing and there was an interesting twist at the end.  I felt the end of the story was a bit rushed as if the author had run out of time to finish the book.

I Let You Go by Clare MacKintosh
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On a rainy afternoon, a mother's life is shattered as her son slips from her grip and runs into the street...
I Let You Go follows Jenna Gray as she moves to a ramshackle cottage on the remote Welsh coast, trying to escape the memory of the car accident that plays again and again in her mind, desperate to heal from the loss of her child and the rest of her painful past.
At the same time, the novel tracks the pair of Bristol police investigators trying to get to the bottom of this hit-and-run.  As they chase down one hopeless lead after another, they find themselves as drawn to each other as they are to the frustrating, twist filled case before them.
I really liked this book.  There are plot twists that made me say 'WHAT' and made me stop and think about what I had read, up to that point.  I don't want to say too much about the book because it would give away so much of what happens.  I would definitely recommend this book and I hope she writes more.

Well, that's all of them.  Over the year, some good, not so good, and real page turners.  That definitely applies to the last one I read.  Hope I find some good ones for 2018!