Excellent! It made you see life and life's problems through others' eyes and others' upbringings as well. Inspirational with horrific happenings dealt with in a way that explains without scaring you! Reminded me of "The First Ladies' Detective Agency" series in the way the lady baking cakes, forgot her name, thought from all angles about the issues she and others, faced!
I was expecting something like "The Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency" but this wasn't quite as good, BUT sometimes you need to read a couple to really get a feel for the characters. I enjoyed reading it, though!
A very thought provoking and insightful book about time and a war(s) that I vaguely remember even though I should have. This really brings it home in full color and yet has an amazing story of the ways in which people cope in the face of such hopelessness. Definitely recommend it!!
Another interesting Hamish MacBeth mystery. You see a lot of development in him and his thoughts on life and love with different books. He's a little immature here but it was still enjoyable! I recommend it!
Detailed but still homey guide to all things English with emphasis on gardens, etc. Subtle humor with personal stories that illustrate the places reviewed and living in England for more than a few days! Lots of background information on the sites listed that make you want to visit! Her enthusiasm for England is catching! I can't wait to go again to England and see some of her recommendations!
Really interesting look at families, especially with gay characters. Not what I thought it would be but also WAS what I thought it'd be. Life is what you make it or how you react to what happens to you.
Although a little slow, I enjoyed Simple Gifts as a great way to step back from our hectic pace and relive the simpler times enjoyed by the author. The history of the Shakers was sort of hit and miss in that what she wrote was from the standpoint of those she lived with there - sort of a close-up view which was at odds often with the interesting history of the early leaders. But it did help fan the spark of interest in the Shaker story that made me order the book in the first place. I sometimes felt as if the author was given an assignment to write in a literature class and enlarged it for publication. Still I'd recommend it.