Tuesday, 8 March 2011

A Winter's Tale

My life seems to be one long winter's tale at the moment.  After a very rainy Saturday when the temperature reached 8 C and the snow was melting rapidly; we awoke to a winter wonderland on Sunday.  Now much as I like to see pristine white snow, there is a limit to the number of times that I want to go out and shovel the driveway and I think that we have had more than our fair share of the white stuff this year.

Anyway, a good read is the perfect antidote to bad weather and I had an opportunity to curl up with A Winter's Tale for a couple of hours on Sunday afternoon.  The main character is Sophy; who unexpectedly inherits a manor house in the Lancashire countryside; complete with live-in staff and assorted relatives.  It is an enjoyable read and one that is filled with little domestic details about the treasures that she discovers in the house and how she sets about its restoration; but it is also about the intricate relationships which unfold between Sophy, her cousin Jack and her head gardener Seth.

As a firm supporter of my local library, I enjoy the sense of anticipation when I request a book and this definitely lived up to my expectations.  As time is short at present, I am limiting myself to borrowing one book, rather than coming back with a stack of them as I would have done in the past, but I'm requesting books based on recommendations instead of going in and browsing the shelves.  Have you read any good books lately?


Tracy said...

Hi, Marie! This sounds a lovely read! I must add it to my list! Just lately finished reading the GIGANTICALLY big & vast tale The Far Pavilions by M.M. Kaye--a story of life, war & romance in 19the century India. VERY good! Am between books now and need to get to the library too. I like the idea of those recommendations. I'm slow to emailing, but will write soon. Happy Week, my friend :o) ((LOVE & HUGS))

Priscilla said...

What a great sounding book! I am also guilty of ordering too many books! Usually I get through most of them but this last month I have beenat a reading standstill. I have non fiction too, which I enjoy reading yet I really want to start my fiction..not enough hours lol.. Hope the snow goes soon for you and we see some sun xx

Rosie said...

I'm glad you enjoyed that book. I read it just before Christmas and really enjoyed it:)