Well it seems I've fallen off the horse! After announcing I was "back in the saddle", since Wednesday I've been laid flat (literally) on the couch with the most miserable cold and cough. I sound like a bellowing moose and I'm going through kleenex like there's no tomorrow. I sure hope this passes soon 'cause I'm getting mighty tired of being sick. So - the red quilt patiently waits, once again. I have it all together but for one joining seam. Maybe by tomorrow I'll feel like sitting at the machine for a while.... Right now I just feel all my energy has been sucked away. Blahhh...
So today, another brief book review. Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah was another book that I just happened to pick up while at the library. It did not come recommended by a friend, nor had I read this author before. Because I don't have the energy for a real "review", I'm just going to say I really enjoyed this novel and give you the synopsis.
From the book jacket: "Meredith and Nina Whitson are as different as two sisters can be. One stayed at home to raise her children and manage the family business; the other followed a dream and traveled the world to become a famous photojournalist. But when their beloved father falls ill, these two estranged sisters will find themselves together again, standing alongside their disapproving mother, Anya, who even now offers no comfort to her daughters. On his deathbed, their father extracts a promise: Anya will tell her daughters a story; it is one she began years ago and never finished. This time she will tell it all the way to the end.
The tale their mother tells them is unlike anything they've heard before - a captivating mysterious love story that spans more than sixty years and moves from frozen war-torn Leningrad to modern-day Alaska. Nina's obsession to uncover the truth will send them all on an unexpected journey into their mother's past, where they will discover a secret so shocking, it shakes the foundation of their family and changes who they believe they are."
Well written, a captivating story, a great winter read when you just want to curl up with a quilt and a hot "cuppa"... and yes, that is my layered fruitcake....
"Once you learn to read, you will be forever free." ~ Frederick Douglass