I had a lovely week in Portland with my eldest daughter and her family. At the end of this post I’ll share some of the events of the week. I had a nice trip up and back on the train. I’ve said it before – I really enjoy the soothing rock and roll of a rail car. I don’t even mind – to0 much – traveling all night. The only negative is the occasional addition of rude people – those who don’t think of others – those who talk and make other noises when it’s sleep time. Oh well, it doesn’t happen every trip. One thing that helps is a good audiobook. With my headphones on I don’t mind or hear those rude people.
What I Read This Week:
The Bookshop On the Corner by Jenny Colgan. When four very noisy passengers got on the train car in which I was traveling and it didn’t look like they were going to quiet down, I put on my headphones and started my iPod. I was in the midst of the first chapter of this book and it was the perfect distraction. I forgot about the noise-makers and felt myself moving all the way over to Birmingham, England and then Scotland with Nina.
Nina is a quiet, non-assertive librarian whose job is about to be fazed out. The problem is that Nina isn’t built to do anything else. She’s the quintessential reader, one who has always had a book in her hands and has read widely. In addition, she has the ability to match people with books she somehow knows will change their lives.
Nina has always had the dream of owning her own bookshop, but doesn’t have the funds to make it happen. Nina does have enough money to buy a used van, fill it with all the books she owns and create her own mobile bookshop. When Nina finds the perfect used-van for sale in Scotland, it turns out there are a bunch of readers in the area who encourage her to stay right there. Its a wonderful adventure for Nina and the reader as well. There’s even a little fun and romance. This is a book created by an author who loves to read for her fellow bookaholics. The audiobook was about 9 hours long – just right for a long train ride.
A Quiet Life In the Country: Lady Hardcastle Mystery #1 by T.E. King. The time period is the early twentieth century and Lady Emily Hardcastle and her faithful ladies maid, Florence Armstrong, have just moved to the country. It appears they’ve had a mysterious and treacherous life in both China and India. They have decided they need the peace and quiet of country life.
The two women are barely moved in when they discover a dead body while walking in the woods. They make excellent amateur sleuths because they are quite nosy and very good at getting people to gossip. They are also very good at deduction. All of this is good because they soon have three more murders that need investigating. I really enjoyed the subtle humor in this book. The two main characters are enjoyable enough for me to want to come back for book two.
While I Was In Portland:
One of the biggest events of the week was Prom Night for my oldest granddaughter Q. She’s such a beautiful girl and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing her all dressed up and ready to have a good time.
Portland is about four to six weeks behind northern California when it comes to the arrival of Spring. I love Spring, even though my allergies go crazy. In a place like Portland, with so much moisture year round, you can imagine how green everything is. And then when the Spring flowers and trees bloom, its just incredible. Here’s a sample of local beauty. Pictures are courtesy of my generous daughter, Candice.
That’s it for me this week. Happy Spring and Happy Easter to you and your family..