Wednesday, February 18, 2015


I kept waiting and waiting (and waiting and waiting) for The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book IV: The Interrupted Tale to be released in paperback so that I could buy it and it would match the rest of my set. Alas, my impatience won out and now I have to repurchase books 1-3 in hardback so that everything will match. I sigh but you understand, don't you? Also, I don't mind because it's such a great series that I anticipate it running through the family over the years. We'll want those hardback copies to hold up to the many hands which will touch it.

Like all of the others in the series, I enjoyed this one equally well. I was happy to find some of the answers to the questions which are raised in the prior books. (Book 4 also has me wondering if Maryrose Wood is getting near to drawing this series to a close. Hmm?) This series is part adventure, part mystery, part drama, and part comedy. It's all fun though and I've enjoyed the time spent with it. (See prior thoughts here and here.) One thing that these books DON'T make me want to do though is write up full reviews on each title. I'm not sure exactly why that is, but that it is. If you decide to pick up this series (and I do recommend it for your consideration) then you won't want to know a whole lot about it before diving in because if you did that would somewhat ruin the mystery.

I'm happy to note that The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book V: The Unmapped Sea will be coming out at the end of April. Now that I don't have to wait for a paperback edition, I'll snatch it right up.

I'll be looking forward to it, for sure!


Remember my review of A Fine Romance, by Susan Branch? (If you don't, hop over and read the review and then pick up the book. It's so fun!)

I mentioned then that I had meant to post a picture of my book in keeping with the personal journal them - complete with my mug of tea! -  but that I hadn't yet downloaded it off the camera yet. It's not like it's all that exciting or anything, but here it is:


After reading (and feeling inspired by) The Nesting Place (linked to review/thoughts) I wanted to add a little spring-like something to our sitting area which is off the kitchen. I didn't want to spend a lot of money, but I did purchase some new candle stick holders that were bright and cheery. (I don't do so well when the weather is forever gray and overcast like it is much of the winter in Oregon so I've been looking for lighter/brighter decor to help out.) you can see in the far left hand side of the page my little corner on the counter with lit candles, and a bright red tea pot. It makes me happy to look at.

Bookworm4's bear is also nestled on the glider because Smith encourages using children's toys in decorating and making the place feel more like home for everyone. (Tree branch supplied by a dying tree we were going to cut down in our yard anyway. And twinkle lights are not just for Christmas!)


For the record, I'm hating reading The Canterbury Tales. Just so you know. I've been "cheating" by watching this video on Youtube which carries with it all the flair of the story without making me wallow through it miserably. (It's almost miserable enough just watching it.)


But we don't want to end on a sour note, do we? So let's not. I thought this was funny:

Enjoy your Wednesday, folks!


Amy @ Hope Is the Word said...

Ok, trying to comment again. (I've been having a problem commenting lately. . .)

You could buy Incorrigible Children for you Kindle. :). I've preordered it for ours. It and the new Penderwicks were part of the girls' Valentine's Day gifts.

Your pops of color are just the thing for this time of year! I have The Nesting Place (on the Kindle, natch ;) ), but I haven't read it. I could use some inspiration these dreary winter days!

I warned you about Canterbury Tales, didn't I? ;). My favorite thing about my first exposure to them was listening to my senior English teacher reciting the prologue in Old English.
Have a lovely Wed.!

Barbara H. said...

I love how Maryrose Wood answers some questions or gives a little more insight but doesn't quite answer them completely in each book. I'm glad to know when the new one is coming out.

Love your sitting area! So cozy! I agree about grey skies of winter and loving color in the house, especially then.

I have no earthly desire to get into the Canterbury Tales. Some day I might like to read a summary of the different characters - I just remember bits and pieces about them.

Shonya said...

Hee, hee--I love the impulse to have all books in a series match--even to the point of buying the older books in hardback now! :)

And I am having a hard time re-adapting to COLD and dreary days after that little jaunt on the cruise. :(

Annette Whipple said...

That's so pretty. Really.

And we're currently watching LotR. :) I intend to read The Hobbit this year.

I need to get a hardback of book 2 in Mysterious Benedict Society. When I won them, they sent that one in soft, but my other three are hard.

Cassandra said...

I didn't like Canterbury Tales either. lol I'm actually reading Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy right now. What a quirky little book!

Your house is lovely!!

Tarissa said...

I haven't read any of The Incorrigible Children yet... but I feel that I should! :)

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