Friday, June 16, 2017

Happy Weekend



Happy Friday! Happy weekend! 

These two daisies make me think about life. They're a part of nature and indeed part of this world just as we are. When I took this photo, I was just walking by and I looked down. I was drawn to taking a photo because they made me think of faces. Daisies often remind me of smiling faces. 

These two are missing a petal or two here and there, but they're doing their best to show up in the best way they can...while being the best version of themselves with what they have. Thinking of this reminds me of a quote by the late tennis champion Arthur Ashe.

"Start where you are.
 Use what you have.
 Do what you can."

~ Arthur Ashe


Have a wonderful weekend :)

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Book Spotlight: A Life Between Us



 
I've recently read an intriguing book called A Life Between Us by Louise Walters. It's a real page turner that really spurs you on to see how it all turns out. This is a family saga. I thoroughly enjoy novels in this vein and this one definitely did not disappoint.

A Life Between Us tells the story of Tina Thornton and her twin sister Meg. There's just one thing...Meg has died in a childhood accident nearly forty years before and Tina blames herself for her sister's death. We see Tina struggle with this as an adult and it greatly affects her life to say the least. The novel is set up in a way which tells a parallel story of Tina and Meg's older relatives in their youth. I found that this made for an interesting way to flesh out just who these family members are and to see what drove them to act in the ways that they did. Another thing that I enjoyed were the letters which Tina wrote as a child to a relative. This was an excellent way to take glimpses into the past and this made the story even more engaging for me.

Tina goes for a visit with her Uncle Edward and his sister Lucia. This visit shines a light upon family secrets and helps Tina to see things in a new way. Questions about just what happened on the day that Meg died are revived for Tina and she begins to question just what she really knows or how she remembers it all.

I found this to be an incredibly intriguing book because as a reader it made me think about how family secrets can be a big part of a particular family's story. Secrets can colour how we see ourselves within the story of a family and how we see others. Of course many of us don't have such a dramatic family history as we find within the pages of this enjoyable novel, but as a reader I found this family to be fascinating.

A Life Between Us is Louise Walters' second novel and I must say that she is a gifted writer. This story is beautifully told and is a truly emotional journey.

I really enjoyed this book! I found myself reading well past my bedtime...it's that good!

You can get your own copy here and also on Amazon.

*Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are mine.

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Hello June



I didn't get the chance to welcome in June a few days ago, so even though we're three days in, here goes.....Hello June!!! :)

I love the warmer months as many of us do. I love watching the sunset at the end of these long summer days, as the sun does its beautiful dance along the horizon, as it bids us good night and makes way for the moon. There is such a magic at that golden time in the evening when the shadows grow longer and everything is bathed in this amazing light.

It's about that time here as I type this. Nature is glorious.

Hello June!

Here's to many more golden evenings like this :)