Author: Laura Lee Guhrke
Genre: Historical Romance
About: (Pub. synopsis) Lady Beatrix Danbury has always known she would marry William Mallory. She’d loved him forever, and she’d never doubted he loved her, too. But when she made him choose between their life together and his lifelong dream, Will chose the latter, and left two weeks before their wedding.
Will has no illusions that Beatrix will welcome him back with open arms, but six years has not diminished his love or his desire for her. The only problem is that she’s about to marry someone else. Someone safe and predictable… the complete opposite of Will. But can he stop the wedding of the season and win Beatrix back, or is it just too late?
My thoughts: I think what I liked most about this novel is the era – early 1900s England. There are Daimler motorcars and women might wear trousers while driving. In fact, some women are pushing the limits that society has placed on them regarding such things as smoking, drinking or having a job. Beatrix is a bit of a modern woman but she still feels the pull of family responsibilities and expectations.
Will, however, was tired of family demands and decided to follow his own dreams of archeology in Egypt. When Beatrix refused to marry him if it meant leaving England, Will left without her. Six years passed and Will returned to find Beatrix planning her wedding to another man.
There are misunderstandings, hurt feelings, and bitterness about the past but (this isn’t a spoiler because it’s a historical romance) Guhrke’s characters eventually find their way to a happy ending. Although the novel wrapped up neatly, it left me wondering about a couple of characters. I think the next book in the series may answer my questions.
Source: HarperCollins/Avon via NetGalley
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
How to Bake a Perfect Life by Barbara O’Neal (I bought)
Deadly Sanctuary by Sylvia Nobel (I bought)
This is my favorite Christmas cookie. My mom used her mother’s recipe and that’s how it came to be known as Grandma O’Neill Cookies. You might know them as Brown Sugar Drop cookies.
Grandma O’Neill Cookies
1 cup shortening (I used butter)
1½ cups brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking soda dissolved in ¼ cup hot water
1 tsp. cinnamon
2½ cups flour
½ tsp. salt
½ cup raisins
½ cup chopped nuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 375°
Combine dry ingredients, set aside
Mix shortening, sugar, eggs, vanilla.
Add dry ingredients alternating with water with soda
Make 1 inch balls and place on parchment paper (or greased cookie sheets)
Bake 10-15 minutes (my oven took 12 minutes)
Place cookies on wire rack to cool.
When cooled, frost with almond icing (powdered sugar mixed with milk and almond extract to your taste and consistency preference). * I use ¼ tsp. extract
Sprinkle with red or green sugar (optional)
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Author: Emma Donoghue
About: (from Goodreads – a bit of a spoiler alert: read only if you don’t mind finding out more than I knew before I read the book) To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it’s where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.
Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. …more
My thoughts: I was completely absorbed in Jack’s world of Room – the 11 ft. shack where he and his mother live. The story is told by Jack, in a five-year-old’s words – that’s the wonderful aspect of what would normally be a tough read for me. If it seems like a book you wouldn’t usually read I say take a chance! I’m so glad I listened to Room. It’s a novel I won’t soon forget.
Source: The book was a gift. I also bought the audiobook.
Recommend: Yes, it’s a unique reading experience that is an even better listening experience.