Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Review: Four Sisters:The Lost Lives of the Romanov Grand Duchesses

Four Sisters:The Lost Lives of the Romanov Grand Duchesses Four Sisters:The Lost Lives of the Romanov Grand Duchesses by Helen Rappaport
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Two years ago I went to Russia and I wish I had read this book before. It would have put somethings in perspective while I was in St. Petersbourg and Peterhof. This book is well researched and provides great insights on the intimate lives of the members of the Romanov family and those who lived with them. I found it sometimes too detailed, but I enjoyed its historical content and I am glad I read it.


Romanov Family

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Review: Circling the Sun

Circling the Sun Circling the Sun by Paula McLain
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Circling the Sun is the story of Beryl Markham, a British-born Kenyan aviator, adventurer, racehorse trainer and author.

The book covers her childhood to her adulthood. Beryl was no ordinary woman. She was a complicated and libertine woman whose life was plague by numerous scandals. She, however, lived her life to the fullest and had more adventures than any woman from her time could have hoped for. Paula McLain also beautifully described Kenya and other parts of Africa. I hope to see them with my own eyes one day.

Beryl Markham

This is a wonderful historical book. A story that praises the accomplishments of an extraordinary woman in a time when there were no opportunities for the "weaker sex". Great read!

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Sunday, September 6, 2015

Four new cards

I was all by my lonesome today. My love was away all day. His oldest daughter is starting university this week and he drove her there today. I got lots done: the laundry, cleaning and I got to make four cards. I was busy but that did not stop me from missing him.




Thursday, September 3, 2015

Card for my daughter's boyfriend

My daughter has a wonderful man in her life. I am so happy that they found each other. Peter's birthday is coming up on Saturday and we are going golfing. I thought it would be appropriate to create a golf theme birthday card.



Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Review: The World's Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette's, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family

The World's Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette's, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family The World's Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette's, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family by Josh Hanagarne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The World's Strongest Librarian is a story of determination and faith in oneself. I knew a bit about Tourette syndrome and met several people with various levels of the condition, but never realize the emotional impact on the person. Josh Hanagarme put in words the range of emotions experienced by people afflicted by this condition and this was an eye opener. I have a hard time imagining not having control of my body and not knowing when it will involuntary move or vocalize. I have now great respect and admiration for Tourette patients’ courage and perseverance.

This book is not meant to be a cure guide for the condition; it is a story that will encourage anyone with severe health conditions to never give up in their quest to a healthy life. The book is written in good humour and is a quick read.

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