Be omnivorous, don't just read one kind of book, read everything. - Richard Wagamese

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Currently Reading: Seafront Tearoom

I'm currently reading and loving this book. Have you read it or heard about it? The cover really drew me in and this time of year I love cozy reads, including women's fiction.

The first rule of afternoon tea: never rush. Take time to savor it. Just like friendship…

The Seafront Tearoom is an insider secret in small-town Scarborough – a beach-front haven with the best tea and cakes in town – and  journalist Charlie Harrison would love to put it on the map with a feature in her magazine. But single mom Kat Murray doesn’t want to see her favorite sanctuary overrun by tourists, and begs Charlie to seek out other options. She offers her help, as a “tea obsessive,” and so does French au pair Séraphine Moreau, whose upbringing makes her a connoisseur of everything sweet and indulgent.

Together the three women will scour the countryside for quaint hideaways and hidden gems, sharing along the way their secrets, disappointments, and dreams – and discovering that friendship, like tea, takes time to steep. But learning too that once you open your heart, the possibilities are endless. 

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Review: The Golden Son by Shilpi Sompaya Gowda

Publisher: Harper Collins
Released: 2015
Pages: 408
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 5/5

The Golden Son is Gowda’s second novel, and I was so excited to see that it would be released in 2015. I bought it immediately on release day. I loved The Secret Daughter and I was excited but scared that I would be disappointed in her second novel. It did not disappoint, and I’m so happy that I read it.

The Golden Son is a coming of age story, Anil is the oldest son and his father’s “Golden Son.” Anil has always been expected to become a doctor, and when he decides to complete his residency in Texas, he has no idea how much his life will change. Anil becomes stuck between two worlds. Being the oldest son, he has traditional demands that his mother won’t let him walk away from. He’s also living in Texas and realizing that he can’t completely leave his old life behind him. Life is not simple, and Anil needs to figure out what he wants in life.

Leena, a childhood friend of Anil’s chooses a traditional life, hoping for a comfortable life like the one she lived with her parents. It becomes very clear, very fast that her husband and in-laws are not what she expected. Her new life becomes a dangerous struggle, and her determination and strength are tested. A woman cannot just walk away from her husband, and face no consequences.

The Golden Son wasn’t a fast read, but I enjoyed every minute of it. Gowda’s writing is fantastic, and engaging.  She forces readers to see the beauty of Indian culture, as well as the complexity of the traditions. I highly recommend this one for anyone who loves a captivating coming of age story. Gowda has become a "must buy" "must read" author for me. If you haven't read The Secret Daughter, you really should pick it up.

Friday, December 4, 2015

If We Were Having Tea...

Hi Everyone,

If We Were Having Tea... I would tell you that Caleb turned 2 on the 3rd! We are having his party on Saturday, and I can't wait for him to see all the Firetruck decorations. I've been working on them for about a month.

If We Were Having Tea... I would tell you that I'm currently reading Gwynneth Ever After by Linda Poitevin and I'm really enjoying it. It seems like a cute romance, and I'm in the mood for lighter, happier books. I'm looking into Christmas books and hope to read one next.

If We Were Having Tea... I would mention that I finished The Golden Son by Shilpi Somaya Gowda and loved it! Her debut novel The Secret Daughter is one of my favorite books and I'm so happy, I loved her second as well.

If We Were Having Tea.. I would tell you that I'm about half way through my Christmas shopping. I love Christmas, but the shopping part is the most stressful. We cleared out Caleb's playroom to try and make room for his new toys. He's really good about playing with all his toys. When he stops playing with them, I will bring them to my parents and he plays with them there because they're "new."

If We Were Having Tea... I would say Thank You to all of you who have been supportive and send me nice comments, especially on my parenting posts. I think it's really easy to be too hard on yourself when you're feeling stressed.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Toddler Reads Recommendations: Firetrucks


From the popular creators of I’m Bad!, I Stink!, and I’m Dirty! comes the perfect new addition to this hilarious read-aloud series: the fire truck.

He’s a big red ENGINE
With a siren,
A horn,
A tank full of water,
And a whole lotta HOSE!

He’s a good-lookin’ fire truck,
And he’s BRAVE, too.
When the alarm sounds
He’s gotta drive through
Straight to a blazing FIRE! 



It’s the formula for success for preschoolers—Curious George and fire trucks! Curious George and the Firefighters is a story based on H. A. and Margret Rey’s popular primate and painted in the original watercolor and charcoal style. Firefighters are a famously brave lot, but can they withstand a visit from one curious monkey? For more monkey fun, investigate www.curiousgeorge.com and discover all the latest on Curious George books, promotions, games, activities, and more!

These two books are the ONLY books Caleb will let me read him before bed. He loves these books, and will ask for "Brave" or "George" once we finish one, he wants the other one. I like them because they're both quick reads and cute. I have these books pretty much memorized. I highly recommend these books, and loved receiving them from our Scholastic order. We receive the Scholastic book order each month at his childcare center, and I love selecting books for him.