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Sunday, 25 March 2007
This is not a typical love story. It is the story of two people from different walks of life, different religon's and cultures. Are they prepared, once they admit they love each other to build a life together without others approval?
After a slightly slow start I could feel myself becoming absorbed into this book, and I really enjoyed it. It is written in a very comfortable manner and the storyline has a very gentle feel to it. One for the permanent collection!
Monday, 19 March 2007
The book gives not only details of the life the two women experienced in Canada, but of the life that was endured by their relatives back in England and the circumstances that lead to them migrating in the first place. This is the story of two very brave and resourceful women, who were ahead of their time.
There are some wonderfully descriptive passages showing just what pioneering this part of Canada meant. Buying land, clearing the forest areas and establishing and building a house. Meanwhile, both the sisters relied heavily on their spouses, this was a time when men made the decisions, good and bad and women endured the outcome. Nonetheless, both sisters commenced their writing career in Canada, and later, so did their brother Samuel. Their sister Agnes, who remained in England also wrote and assisted them as best she could.
A lovely descriptive and informative book, complete with photographs (not colour),maps,sources,several family trees and an index
The Our Roots web page has various books online. These are the books available online from this family.
Life in the Clearings Versus the Bush by Susanna Moodie
The Canadian Emigrant Housekeeper's Guide by Catherine Parr Traill (1802-1899)
Twenty-seven years in Canada West, or, The experience of an early settler. Vol. 1 & Vol 2 by Agnes Strickland & Samuel Strickland
Sunday, 18 March 2007
It is very rare that I give a book less than 5/10, alas this scored a 4. A huge shame as I had been looking forward to reading it.
Saturday, 17 March 2007
Stephanie does seem to get into some real pickles; and I found this one as funny as the rest of the series. There is less of Grandma and Stephanie appears to be growing up, ever so slightly! and of course more of Morelli and Ranger.....wonderful!
Sunday, 11 March 2007
Anna has bought a lovely cottage that needs lots doing to it. She can put her hand to any DIY job, and plans to get the house up and running within budget. She forms a lovely friendship with the lady who lives next door. With a short time, Anna has acquired a dog called Caroline and has met the "dog and building police" to whom Anna finds herself slightly attracted to. Then there is her old college lecturer.......
The story of May,Sally & Harriet. They met by chance whilst working for "Slimeball Slater" and when they realised they were being exploited they decided to form their own company. Each of them are short of money and yet they get by despite some serious upsets and of course all live happily everafter with the men of their dreams, eventually!
Another relaxing read from Katie Fforde
"This is a truly extraordinary book which has already become a bestseller all over the world in hardback. Read as much by adults as the older children for whom it was originally published, it is the story of a 9yr old called Bruno, another boy called Schmuel – and a fence. It is Berlin, year 1942.
When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move from their home to a new house far, far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence running alongside stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people he can see in the distance. But Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this desolate new place than meets the eye. And that’s when he meets Schmuel – the boy in the striped pyjamas."
Written from the perspective of a child, complete with the innocence of childhood, this was an incrediably powerful story, and one that will remain with me for sometime.
Saturday, 10 March 2007
New series. Sally Magnusson explores how to trace your family history and delve into ancestors' lives and times. The team would welcome your input with stories of family history or burning questions about how to do the detective work. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, 9 March 2007
Series bringing the past to life through historic buildings and the imaginary lives of the ordinary people who lived there. Series of 4.