The Douglas Notebooks:A Fable by Christine Eddie

  This little story had a big impact.  It’s a story of broken families, true love, grief, and the search for meaning in life.  What we all hope to obtain in life, the ultimate, love and acceptance.  A child is born and a mother lost and the father is disabled by grief.  She is taken in and loved by two people brought together, one out of love for the childs mother and another with a sense of duty that turns into a deep affection that mends her broken soul.  The child grows and rekindles a relationship with her father.  They except each other for who they are.  Music is a prominent theme in this book.  Bringing people together.  Mending a broken heart and soothing a grief stricken soul.  It was a quick read I really enjoyed.  


The Death of Bees By Lisa O’Donnell


I finished this book last night.  It was a page turner from the beginning.  It’s a sad story of two girls, sisters, who struggle through abandonment by their parents, and develop a family bond that can’t be broken.  They are harbouring a secret that keeps them prisoner, to the system and the life they are trapped in.  This was Lisa O’Donnell’s first novel.   Well done!

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

  I picked up this novel in the library and the opening paragraph grabbed me.  The main character whom the reader gets to know gradually over the course of the first few chapters is a young women  who is a companion to a tyrannical American lady.  The young women comes to meet an older gentleman who has a secretive darkness about him.  So of course they fall in love.  The story gets even better.  There was a bit of mystery at every turn and a little romance early twentieth-century style.  The book has been around for awhile but it is still relevant today.  Daphne Du Maurier’s writing was rather risqué for her time. Her life itself is fascinating.  After I read the Afterword I feel like I should read this book again and find those hidden layers of meaning.  


Painted Horses by Malcolm Brooks

So I finished this book last night.  I was hooked immediately after the first few pages because the main character is an Archaeologist and a female to boot!   The setting is post WWII, my favourite time period.  This book seemed to have everything, a strong heroine, a lovestory and even Cowboys and Indians.  The author definitely did his homework with authentic cowboy jargon, and detailed imagery of the beauty of the wild horse.  It was delious food for thought.   



I finished Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore the other night. It was a bit of weird with a dash of happy ending. I really enjoyed it. I was expecting the middle to drag because I couldn’t imagine how the story could evolve it had such a unique storyline. The mystery of it kept me reading.

Next up I have to finish The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy… 79% to go, I’m enjoying it.