Series & Sequels
Well, you knew it was coming. I let the beans spill last month. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader was the next to be finished in my Series & Sequels. You may (or may not) be relieved to know that I have left book 6 & 7 on the shelf. I intend to finish them this year but decided to pick up a few others I have and saving the best for last ;-)
I have really enjoyed this series and will be sad to see it end. If you haven't read this already, here is a clip from Amazon:
"The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is a delightful two-hour sail on the most fabulous ship in Narnia. Lucy and Edmund, with their dreadful cousin Eustace, get magically pulled into a painting of a ship at sea. That ship is the Dawn Treader, and on board is Caspian, King of Narnia. He and his companions, including Reepicheep, the valiant warrior mouse, are searching for seven lost lords of Narnia, and their voyage will take them to the edge of the world. Their adventures include being captured by slave traders, a much-too-close encounter with a dragon, and visits to many enchanted islands, including the place where dreams come true."
Y'all know I like Sarah Addison Allen. I've read two of her books already (here and here) and The Peach Keeper did not disappoint. A bit of magic and touch of mystery - a perfect summer read.
"It’s the dubious distinction of thirty-year-old Willa Jackson to hail from a fine old Southern family of means that met with financial ruin generations ago. The Blue Ridge Madam—built by Willa’s great-great-grandfather and once the finest home in Walls of Water, North Carolina—has stood for years as a monument to misfortune and scandal. Willa has lately learned that an old classmate—socialite Paxton Osgood—has restored the house to its former glory, with plans to turn it into a top-flight inn. But when a skeleton is found buried beneath the property’s lone peach tree, long-kept secrets come to light, accompanied by a spate of strange occurrences throughout the town. Thrust together in an unlikely friendship, united by a full-blooded mystery, Willa and Paxton must confront the passions and betrayals that once bound their families—and uncover the truths that have transcended time to touch the hearts of the living."
I really do read what you review and "add it to my list". Sometimes I am lucky enough to actually find the time to read from that
Winter Garden was one of my book club selections (this past winter) and I am just now getting around to blogging about it. If you decide to read it, get your Kleenex ready. Just sayin. It's good - thought provoking and raised my curiosity about Russia. I originally tried to listen to this on CD but the discs had scratches and would not cooperate. I returned them and didn't go back to the story until my book club selected it. I'm so glad they did.
Here's what Amazon had to say:
"Meredith and Nina Whitson are as different as sisters can be. One stayed at home to raise her children and manage the family apple orchard; the other followed a dream and traveled the world to become a famous photojournalist. But when their beloved father falls ill, Meredith and Nina find themselves together again, standing alongside their cold, disapproving mother, Anya, who even now, offers no comfort to her daughters. As children, the only connection between them was the Russian fairy tale Anya sometimes told the girls at night. On his deathbed, their father extracts a promise from the women in his life: the fairy tale will be told one last time—and all the way to the end. Thus begins an unexpected journey into the truth of Anya’s life in war-torn Leningrad, more than five decades ago. Alternating between the past and present, Meredith and Nina will finally hear the singular, harrowing story of their mother’s life, and what they learn is a secret so terrible and terrifying that it will shake the very foundation of their family and change who they believe they are."
What have you been reading?