As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust, Alan Bradley
I love Flavia de Luce, that snarky sleuth with a passion for poison. In her seventh adventure, Flavia is shipped off to boarding school in Canada, where (of course) she finds a mystery to solve. It was interesting to see Flavia in a new setting, but I missed her family and the usual supporting characters.
Wearing God: An Exercise in Enriching Our Spiritual Imagination, Lauren F. Winner
Winner explores some overlooked metaphors for God: clothing, laughter, flame, fragrance – with anecdotes from her own life and from the class she teaches at a local women’s prison. Thoughtful and thought-provoking. The introduction blew me away. To review for Shelf Awareness (out March 31).
The Mislaid Magician: Or Ten Years After, Patricia C. Wrede & Caroline Stevermer
Cousins Cecy and Kate (and their husbands) are at it again – trying to solve another magical mystery. A missing German magician, a highly unusual sheepdog, and the budding magical abilities of Cecy’s children all play a part in this epistolary novel. Witty and fun, like the previous two books.
Mademoiselle Chanel, C.W. Gortner
Coco Chanel was provocative, acerbic and bewitching – as is this novel about her life. Absorbing, heartbreaking and salacious. To review for Shelf Awareness (out March 17).
Beauty: The Invisible Embrace, John O’Donohue
O’Donohue is a poet and mystic, and his exploration of beauty in all its forms is best digested in small doses. Sometimes a bit abstract, but full of lovely words. Given to me by a beloved teacher who remains a friend (a mystic himself).
Mrs. Tim Christie, D.E. Stevenson
I loved this witty, gentle, entertaining novel – the diary of an English officer’s wife between the wars (based on the author’s own diary). Mrs. Tim and her adventures are utterly delightful. First in a series.
A Bowl of Olives: On Food and Memory, Sara Midda
My mother-in-law gave me this little illustrated book for Christmas. Whimsical and evocative, full of watercolors, food memories and a few recipes.
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