Hello! Happy Saturday! August is flying by and the world is still a screw up! What a time to be alive!!
But there’s always books to make our lives happier, and it’s been another great bookish week for me with another 4 books finished, a new arrival by post and the netgalley shelves have been added to as well!! All is right with the bookish world again at least!!
Here is my look back!!
SUNNY DAYS AT THE BEACH by MORTON S GRAY – 5 STARS
10-MINUTE CRYSTAL HEALING by ANN CRANE – 5 STARS
ORFEIA by JOANNE M HARRIS – 5 STARS
OTHER WOMEN by JEAN LEVY – 4 STARS
Starting over at Netgalley…
MAGIC LESSONS by ALICE HOFFMAN
In an unforgettable novel that traces a centuries-old curse to its source, beloved author Alice Hoffman unveils the story of Maria Owens, accused of witchcraft in Salem, and matriarch of a line of the amazing Owens women and men featured in Practical Magic and The Rules of Magic.
Where does the story of the Owens bloodline begin? With Maria Owens, in the 1600s, when she’s abandoned in a snowy field in rural England as a baby. Under the care of Hannah Owens, Maria learns about the “Unnamed Arts.” Hannah recognizes that Maria has a gift and she teaches the girl all she knows. It is here that she learns her first important lesson: Always love someone who will love you back.
When Maria is abandoned by the man who has declared his love for her, she follows him to Salem, Massachusetts. Here she invokes the curse that will haunt her family. And it’s here that she learns the rules of magic and the lesson that she will carry with her for the rest of her life. Love is the only thing that matters.
Magic Lessons is a celebration of life and love and a showcase of Alice Hoffman’s masterful storytelling.
And a copy of Orfeia arrived ahead of the Blog Tour next month…
ORFEIA by JOANNE M HARRIS
When you can find me an acre of land,Every sage grows merry in time,
Between the ocean and the sand
Then will you be united again.
(Inspired by The Child Ballads 2 & 19)
So begins a beautiful and tragic quest as a heartbroken mother sets out to save her lost daughter, through the realms of the real, of dream, and even into the underworld itself.
But determination alone is not enough. For to save something precious, she must give up something precious, be it a song, a memory, or herfreedom itself . . .
Beautifully illustrated by Bonnie Helen Hawkins, this is a stunning and original modern fairytale.