The Stationary Shop

The Stationary Shop by Marjan Kamali This is such a beautiful book!  I expected the story to be a little lighter than it was, but I’m not complaining!  And, I have to mention, another great epigraph! “They slipped briskly into an intimacy from which they never recovered.” - F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise.... Continue Reading →

Brandy Alexander

Brandy Alexander This is one of my favorite dessert-y drinks.  It’s best enjoyed on a cold winter evening, while settled in with a good book... next to a fire, if possible. 1 part Brandy 1 part Half and Half 1 part Creme de cacao Shake it with some ice and strain into the glass of... Continue Reading →

All We Ever Wanted

All We Ever Wanted by Emily Griffin What chaos one photograph can cause.   The Premise: All it took was one inappropriate photo of a passed-out high-school student at a party to wreak havoc on the lives of all those involved. Lyla didn’t think she had drank that much, but ends up passed out at a... Continue Reading →

City of Girls

The City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert This is Gilbert’s newest release, from 2019.  There was a lot of buzz about this one, which sometimes makes me nervous the book isn’t going to live up to the hype. Luckily, it does! The Premise:  Vivian is 89 years old, telling the story of her life living... Continue Reading →

A.J. Fikry

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin Family drama, humor and romance all wrapped up in one heart-warming story.   The premise: A.J. is a widower who lives alone above his bookstore. He is crotchety and set in his ways, but life has other plans.... Continue Reading →

Winter Storm/Winter Solstice

Winter Storm/Winter Solstice by Elin Hilderbrand These are books 3 & 4 of the series.  I made it! I finished Winter Solstice on Christmas day.  The last 2 books of the series continue on in the same fashion, chapters alternating between several narrators, filling us in on the lives of the family I have grown... Continue Reading →

Winter Stroll

Winter Stroll by Elin Hilderbrand This is book # 2 of Hilderbrand’s winter series.  I took a peak at some of the reviews and comments on these books and while the series did not get stellar reviews, I must say I’m loving them.  The narration alternates between all the characters, allowing them all to tell... Continue Reading →

Poinsettia (cocktail)

Poinsettia (cocktail) Another festive cocktail, perfect for a winter brunch or a refreshing morning-after drink! A poinsettia is really just a fancy holiday version of a mimosa. Fill a champagne flute ⅓ with white cranberry juice. Fill the remaining with sparkling wine. Garnish with a frozen cranberry or 2. Simple and sophisticated. If you want... Continue Reading →

2019 in Review

2019 in Review As you might know, I track the books I read in a spreadsheet.  As a matter of fact, I showed you a picture of my 2020 spreadsheet in my last post. I do this so the geek in me can spend some time at the end of the year and look at... Continue Reading →

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