Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher. Ok, most of this book was read in December, but I finished it in January. Such a wonderful book! Elfrida Phipps was a retired dancer who moved to a small town in southern England. There, she made friends with Oscar Blundell and his family. Tragic circumstances forced Oscar to move to northern Scotland and Elfrida went with him. They planned to spend an uneventful Christmas, but fate (and a snowstorm) brought a lovesick woman, a lonely teen girl, and a handsome business man together in Oscar and Elfrida’s house, changing their plans for the better. This book is about love and healing and family. It is a beautiful story and an engaging read.
The Story of the Other Wise Man by Henry van Dyke. This is a short story, only about 100 pages, but it is so rich. Baltashazzar was a wise man from the East, who was studying the appearance of new stars, and believed that a particularly bright new star was a sign of a new king being born. He went to meet his fellow Magi and travel to worship the new baby king. But he stopped to help a man along the way and was too late to meet his friends, so he traveled on by himself. He spent the next 33 years searching for Jesus, helping people as he was able, until the day of Jesus’s crucifixion. This is a wonderful story of searching for Christ and a representation of the parable of how serving the lowest among you is actually serving Christ.
A Desirable Residence by Madeline Wickham. I really didn’t like this book. It was very engaging, but none of the characters were nice people. And never in a million years could I agree with someone who says that she “works hard and isn’t appreciated, so I deserves to have an affair.” Liz, Jonathan, and their daughter Alice move out of their house to begin a new venture. In the process of trying to sell the house, they end up getting involved in the lives of both the realtor and the tenants of their house when they decide to rent it out. I would absolutely not recommend this book!
Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks. Katie is new in a small North Carolina town, and nobody knew anything about her. She was a little nervous, but finally opened up to her neighbor, Jo, and the local convenience store owner, Alex, and his kids. Katie eventually revealed that she was running from her past and was hiding. But when her past catches up to her, is she strong enough to fight back? I really enjoyed this book. I had a hard time putting it down.
And a kid’s book because it’s awesome- Old McNoah Had an Ark by Sally Lloyd-Jones. Hilarious book! “And on that ark it got quite smelly, EE-I-EE-I-O! With a poo poo here and a poo poo there, here a poo, there a poo, everywhere a poo poo.” Too bad it’s a library book, because Noah loves it.
In progress: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. It was part of my goal to read some classics this year, as well. I haven’t read this book in many years, so I thought I would try it again. I am enjoying it so far.
I am also still reading Having a Martha House the Mary Way by Sara Mae. It’s a 31 day devotion/cleaning schedule for Monday-Friday, so I’ll finish it up in February. Even though I haven’t finished yet, I highly recommend it!