Saturday, December 25, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Dashing Through the Snow
by Mary Higgins Clark, Carol Higgins Clark
In the picturesque village of Branscombe, New Hampshire, the townsfolk are all pitching in to prepare for the first (and many hope annual) Festival of Joy. The night before the festival begins, a group of employees at the local market learn that they have won $160 million in the lottery. One of their co-workers, Duncan, decided at the last minute, on the advice of a pair of crooks masquerading as financial advisers, not to play. Then he goes missing. A second winning lottery ticket was purchased in the next town, but the winner hasn't come forward. Could Duncan have secretly bought it?
The Clarks' endearing heroes — Alvirah Meehan, the amateur sleuth, and private investigator Regan Reilly — have arrived in Branscombe for the festival. They are just the people to find out what is amiss. As they dig beneath the surface, they find that life in Branscombe is not as tranquil as it appears. So much for an old-fashioned weekend in the country. This fast-paced holiday caper will keep you dashing through the pages! (Goodreads)
This was book four on my Christmas Reading Challenge list. I cheated somewhat by listening to the audio book rather than actually reading it. Does that put me on the naughty list? I had never read nor listened to any books by Mary Higgins Clark, or Carol Higgins Clark and Dashing Through the Snow was a pleasant surprise. The book was read by one of the authors and grabbed my attention from chapter one. Often when I listen to audio books while driving, my mind drifts in and out of the story. Not so with this book. I found myself eager to get to my car, to continue with the story. I had to resist the urge to drive the 'long' way to get places – gas is just too expensive. Although the story was predictable, it was fun and well worth my time. I will be looking for more books by these authors….
What is your favourite Mary Higgins Clark and/or Carol Higgins Clark novel?
Carol (as in Christmas)
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | September 7, 1988 | Trade Paperback
Hey! Unto you a child is born!
The Herdmans are absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world. They lie and steal and smoke cigars (even the girls). They talk dirty, hit little kids, cuss their teachers, set fire to Fred Shoemaker's old broken-down toolhouse, and take the name of the Lord in vain. So no one is prepared when the Herdmans invade church one Sunday-and decide to take over the annual Christmas pageant.
None of them has ever heard the Christmas story before. Their interpretation -- the Wise Men are a bunch of dirty spies and Herod needs a good beating-- has a lot of people up in arms. But the actual pageant is full of surprises for everyone, starting with the Herdmans themselves! Chapters/Indigo
Without a doubt this is one my top five favourite Christmas novels. I first stumbled upon it when it was made into a TV movie starring Loretta Swit and Jackson Davies. It was filmed in my hometown of Vancouver, BC and it immediately became one of our Christmas staples. Years later, when my children were a bit older I found it in novel form. I was out of this world with delight. I believe I was teaching grade 7 at the time and read it to my class during that Christmas season…..a tradition that carried on until I moved from classroom teacher to counsellor. I never could get through the reading without stopping to control my quivery voice and impending tears. I recall one student (who could have fit nicely with the Herdman clan) scooping up the box of classroom Kleenex and bringing it to this weepy teacher. "Here, Mrs. O. I think you need these!" How fitting that this story brought out such kindness in my student. If you haven't read this book and have a spare hour or two, it is so worth the time. It is a treasure. Many local theatre groups have performed this lovely story during Christmas and it is still my hope (albeit a fading hope as I move nearer to retirement) to have one of my schools present this story as their Christmas production.Merry Christmas and….
Hey! Unto you a child IS born!
Carol (as in Christmas)
My third Book for the Holiday Reading Challenge 2010 and Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
The transition was a rocky one, but it is so tranquil and peaceful on the other side; to have balance restored.
Now....it's time to move from my comfy bed to my comfy couch and read some more.......I could get used to this!
How do you manage the transition from work to holidaying?
|The transition can be like trying to go up the icy driveway. |
It's slippery and you can lose your footing for a while,
but eventually equilibrium is re established and all is well.!
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Sunday, December 5, 2010
- Marjorie (NOT Barbie) dolls for the girl cousins
- Playing in Omie's l o n g hallway
- Graduating from the kid's table in the kitchen, to the kid's table in the living room
- A flute, trumpet, clarinet, French horn, trombone to accompany the piano
- Singing through Handel's Messiah – most of it anyhow
- Omie's special Christmas decorations – the 'bird', icicles, and her very special baubles (some of which I still have)
- Auntie Trudy and Uncle Longin arguing – everyone had an opinion
|Omie and me at a time other |
And the Gift goes on…………
Carol (as in Christmas)
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Natasha @ Maw Books
Martha @ Hey, I want to read that