This month in History

This month in History: October

National Apple Month

National Applejack Month

National Caramel Month

National Cookbook Month

National Cookie Month

National Dessert Month

National Pasta Month

National Pickled Peppers Month

National Pizza Month

National Popcorn Poppin’ Month

National Pork Month

National Pretzel Month

National Seafood Month

Second Weekend in October: National Kegger Weekend

1 October

Homemade Cookies Day

National Pumpkin Spice Day

World Vegetarian Day

1908 The Ford Model T introduced to the public

– History of the Model T Ford

– Henry Ford builds a city in the Amazon. I didn’t know that!

1910 Los Angeles Times building is bombed

1918 Lawrence of Arabia Forces capture Damascus from Turkish forces

1924 Jimmy’s Carter Birthday

– write up on Jimmy Carter

1946 Mensa Created

1962 First Broadcast Of The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson

1964 Shinkansen network of high-speed railway lines open in Japan

1971 Walt Disney World Resort Opens Orlando

1975 “Thrilla in Manilla” match Muhammad Ali beats Joe Fraser

1982 Epcot Opens Orlando, Florida

1985 Brixton Toxteth and Peckham Riots In UK

2005 Suicide Bombers Strike Bali

2009 Earthquake Sumatra

2 October

World Farm Animals Day

1869 Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday (1869 – 1948)

‘Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilization.’ Mahatma Gandi

– biography on Brittanica

– History channel has another great biography written up about this remarkable man.

1944 Warsaw Uprising Ends

1950 ‘Peanuts’ First Published

– Peanuts have his own website

– The Charles M Schulz Museum

– find daily Peanuts comics here

2005 Ethan Allen capsized on Lake George

– 21 people died in this disaster. Popular Mechanics investigated

3 October

National Soft Taco Day

1189 Richard I (The Lionheart) crowned King of England in Westminster Abbey

– Lords and Ladies. Great website with everything middle ages

1906 SOS Established

– What is the meaning of SOS? on boatsafe.com

What does SOS stand for?

– What is Cryptography?

– Morse code activity

– Cryptography for Kids

1916 James Herriot’s Birthday (1916 – 1995)

– James Herriot museum, World of James Herriot

– James Herriot, my favourite book from his pen

1955 “The Mickey Mouse Club” begins on ABC

2002 Sniper Attacks “Beltway Sniper.” Washington DC

4 October (DAD’S BDAY!!)

Child Health Day

National Taco Day

1925 Teaching the theory of evolution became illegal in Tennessee.

1927 Work Begins On Mount Rushmore

1957 The Space Race begins with Sputnik Launch

1970 Janis Joplin, is found dead

1984 A section of Central Park is renamed ‘Strawberry Fields’ to honour John Lennon

1994 Due to bad harvests, there is a shortage of Japanese grown rice. Japan’s Imperial Palace begins serving royal meals to the Emperor & Empress with rice grown in the U.S., China and Thailand.

1999 Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones landed in the Egyptian desert, having completed the 1st ‘Around the World’ hot air balloon flight. According to the BBC, they carried fresh food, including bread, cheese and pre-cooked steaks to last for 6 or 7 days, after which they made due with dried foods such as cereals and powdered milk. The flight began in the Swiss Alps, took 19 days, 21 hours and 55 minutes, and covered 29,056 non-stop miles.

2002 John Walker Lindh is sentenced to 20 years
5 October

National Apple Betty Day

1962 Beatles Release First Single “Love Me Do”

1999 Train Crash Paddington, London

6 October

1926 Babe Ruth sets new record

1927 “The Jazz Singer” Premiers

1973 Yom Kippur War / Arab Israeli War Begins

1981 Anwar Sadat Assassinated

6 October

National Noodle Day

1919 KLM Royal Dutch Airlines of the Netherlands is founded

1959 Southend Pier Fire

1982 Musical “Cats” Opens On Broadway

1985 Achille Lauro Hihack

1985 Tottenham Riots London, England

7 October

National Poetry Day (USA)

– Importance of Poetry in our Lives (I am terrible at poetry writing but I love reading it)

National Frappe Day

– What is a frappe? (Sounds YUM!!!)

1885 Niels Bohr’s Birthday (1885 – 1962)

– Biography on Nobelprize.org

8 October

National Fluffernutter Day

1871 Great Fire of Chicago

– What (or who) caused the Great Chicago Fire?

1969 Days of Rage riots in Chicago

2004 Martha Stewart Found Guilty and Sentenced

9 October (HUBBY’S BDAY!!)

Moldy Cheese Day

– NewsMax had something to say in 2014 about this day

– 3 recipes with blue cheese

World Post Day

– The Art of Letter Writing by The Art of Manliness. What a way to keep the postal system alive!

– some activities from around the world in 2016

Leif Erikson Day

– Leif Erikson Day in the USA

– More on Leif Erikson (or Ericson)

National Pizza and Beer Day

National Hoagy Day

1876 First Two-Way Telephone Conversation (there is, however, other dates I found…hmmm. Anybody with some clarity?)

– The first 2-way telephone conversation

1936 Hoover Dam Starts Producing Electricity

1967 Che Guevara Executed

2006 Google announces the purchase of YouTube

10 October

National Tic Tac Day

National Angel Food Cake Day

1913 The Panama Canal joined the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific ocean

1957 World’s First Nuclear Accident Windscale

11 October

National Sausage Pizza Day

1880 Boer War Began

– Also known by a few other names

1884 Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 – 1962)

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
You must do the things you think you cannot do.
Do one thing every day that scares you.
Women are like teabags. You dont know how strong they are until you put them in hot water.
The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.
Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.
It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.
Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.

1921 Sleeping Sickness Deaths Increase

– CDC has a write-up about an epidemic in Uganda from 1900 to 1920

1968 Apollo 7, is launched from Cape Canaveral

1975 Saturday Night Live premiered

1982 The Mary Rose Raised In The Solent

12 October 

National Gumbo Day

Pumpkin Pie Day

National Fossil Day

– Fossil Park, close to Cape Town

Columbus Day

Here is the complete 1492 poem:

IN 1492

In fourteen hundred ninety-two
Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

He had three ships and left from Spain;
He sailed through sunshine, wind and rain.

He sailed by night; he sailed by day;
He used the stars to find his way.

A compass also helped him know
How to find the way to go.

Ninety sailors were on board;
Some men worked while others snored.

Then the workers went to sleep;
And others watched the ocean deep.

Day after day they looked for land;
They dreamed of trees and rocks and sand.

October 12 their dream came true,
You never saw a happier crew!

“Indians!  Indians!”  Columbus cried;
His heart was filled with joyful pride.

But “India” the land was not;
It was the Bahamas, and it was hot.

The Arakawa natives were very nice;
They gave the sailors food and spice.

Columbus sailed on to find some gold
To bring back home, as he’d been told.

He made the trip again and again,
Trading gold to bring to Spain.

The first American?  No, not quite.
But Columbus was brave, and he was bright.


Columbus Day Song
(sung to the tune of “The Farmer in the Dell”)

In 1492,
In 1492,
Columbus sailed across the sea,
In 1492.

For 70 days he sailed,
For 70 days he sailed,
Columbus sailed across the sea,
For 70 days he sailed.

He came to a new land,
He came to a new land,
Columbus sailed across the sea,
And came to a new land.

Exploring he did go,
Exploring he did go,
Columbus sailed across the sea,
Exploring he did go.

He sailed back home to Spain,
He sailed back home to Spain,
Columbus sailed across the sea,
Then sailed back home to Spain.

Christopher Columbus
In August 1492,
Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

October 12th they sighted land,
And set their feet upon new sand.

1931 Johnny Weissmuller is chosen to play Tarzan

1962 The Columbus Day Storm strikes Northern California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia

1978 Sid Vicious Arrested For Murder

1984 Conservative Party Conference Bombing Grand Hotel in Brighton

2000 The USS Cole attacked by two suicide terrorists

13 October

National Peanut Festival

National Pumpkin Festival

Yorkshire Pudding Day

National M&M Day

1958 Paddington Bear Books Released

1960 Nixon – Kennedy Debate TV

1966 Strict New Apartheid Laws Take Effect In South Africa

2005 Apple introduces new iPod

14 October

National Dessert Day

1066 Battle of Hastings

– What happened at the Battle of Hastings?

1947 Chuck Yeager becomes the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound breaking the elusive “Sound Barrier”, His X-1 rocket plane

2006 United States population reaches 300 million

15 October

National Mushroom Day

National Red Wine Day

National Grouch Day

– Oscar the Grouch from Sesame Street

1924 Chinese Tong Wars in New York

1928 “Graf Zeppelin” completes it’s transatlantic flight from Europe to America

1940 Charlie Chaplin’s satirical comedy The Great Dictator opens

1973 Iceland / Britain Cod Wars

1987 The Great Storm of 1987 Strikes UK

2003 Staten Island Ferry Accident

16 October

National Liqueur Day

World Food Day

– Se7en reviewed the book ‘The Hungry Season, Feeding South African Cities’

World Dictionary Day

– celebrating Noah Webster’s birthday

1978 Pope John Paul II Elected As New Pope

1991 Killeen, Texas Massacres

1995 Million Man March

17 October

National Pasta Day

1931 Scarface Al Capone found guilty of income tax evasion

1943 415-km Thailand Burma railroad ( Death Railway ) between Bangkok, Thailand and Rangoon, Burma is completed

1968 Black Power Salute Olympics

2003 Taipei 101 become the World’s tallest highrise building

18 October

National Chocolate Cupcake Day

1898 The US takes formal possession of Island of Puerto Rico

1922 The British Broadcasting Company Is Formed

1954 Texas Instruments announces the Regency TR-1 Transistor radio

1968 Bob Beamon breaks the world long jump record In Mexico

19 October

National Seafood Bisque Day

1879 Thomas Edison Demonstrated the Electric Light Bulb

– Biography of Thomas Edison

1947 US minimum wage of 40 cents per hour

20 October

National Brandied Fruit Day

1955 Final Book Of The Lord Of The Rings Published

1973 Sydney Opera House Opens

1991 Oakland Firestorm

21 October

Apple Day

National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day

1879 Thomas Edison invented a commercially practical incandescent light

1944 First Japanese Kamikaze Attack

1959 Guggenheim Museum Opened

1966 Aberfan Disaster buried a junior school in Aberfan, Wales

1986 Antarctica scientists have been studying a huge hole that has appeared in the earths ozone layer over Antarctica

22 October

National Nut Day

1910 Dr. Crippen Convicted Of Murder

1914 First Income Tax Laws

1962 Cuban Missile Crisis

1983 London CND March

2002 Washington Sniper claims his last victim and Arrested

23 October

Mother in Law’s Day

National Boston Cream Pie Day

1915 Suffrage Movement March In New York

1940: Pele’s Birthday (1940 – )

– Learn more about Pele, the Brazillian soccer player

1941 Dumbo is released

1963 “Doctor Who” Appears On British TV

1989 Phillips 66 Chemical Complex Explosion Houston, Texas

2002 Fifty Chechen rebels storm a Moscow Theatre taking 7,000 hostages

24 October

United Nations Day

National Bologna Day

Feast of Good & Plenty

1929 Wall Street Crash ( Black Thursday )

1931 George Washington Bridge opened

1945 United Nations is formally established

2003 Concorde makes its final commercial passenger flight

25 October

National Greasy Foods Day

1881 Pablo Picasso’s Birthday (1881 – 1973)

1944 Japanese deploy kamikaze suicide bombers against American warships

1952 The Mousetrap Opens In London’s West End

1970 Pacific Glory Disaster

26 October

National Mincemeat Day

National Pumpkin Day

1836 International Red Cross Organised in Switzerland

1956 Hungary October Revolution

27 October

International School Library Day

National Potato Day

American Beer Day

1848 Theodore Roosevelt’s Birthday (1858 – 1919)

1904 The New York subway opens

1970 Controlled Substance Act Becomes Law Outlawing Cannabis, marijuana, heroin and LSD amongst many others

28 October

National Chocolate Day

1886 Statue of Liberty Dedicated

1929 Wall Street crash ( Black Monday ) Through The Next Week

1942 Alaska Highway (Alcan Highway) Completed

1965 The Gateway Arch St. Louis, Missouri is completed

29 October

National Oatmeal Day

1927 Italian Liner Mafalda Sinks

1948 Donora Pennsylvania Deadly Smog Cloud

1956 Israel Invades Egypt

1969 The first host-to-host connection over the ARPANET ( predecessor of the Internet ) is made when the first message is sent between two computers at University of California, Los Angeles

1986 M25 Completed In UK

30 October

National Candy Corn Day

1735 John Adam’s Birthday (1735 – 1826)

1938 War of the Worlds Radio Play Causes Mass hysteria

1974 “Rumble In The Jungle” Muhammad Ali Vs George Foreman

31 October

National Caramel Apple Day

1941 The Mt. Rushmore sculpture is completed

1956 Suez Canal Crisis

1984 Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was gunned down outside of her home by Sikh extremists

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This month in History

This month in History: September

General events not linked to a date:

National Chicken Month
National Honey Month
National Mushroom Month
National Papaya Month
National Potato Month
National Rice Month

1 September

National Gyro Day

Spring has sprung in the Southern Hemisphere!

1914 St. Petersburg changes name to Petrograd

1923 Great Kanto Earthquake and Great Tokyo Fire Japan

1939 Germany Invades Poland

1954 Hurricane Carol Strikes Long Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island

2004 Chechen Rebels Take 1,000 Children Hostage

2 September

National “Grits for Breakfast” Day
International Bacon Day

1666 Great Fire of London

1935 Labor Day Hurricane strikes the Florida Keys

1945 Japan formally surrenders to the Allies

3 September

National Welsh Rarebit Day
National Baby Back Ribs Day
Sky Scraper Day

1929 Dow Reaches Peak of 381.17 Before Stock Market Crash

1939 Britain and France Declare War On Germany

1984 Typhoon Ike Strikes Philippines

4 September

National Macadamia Nut Day

1959 Labor Reform Act Passed US

1972 Mark Spitz wins a record seventh gold medal

5 September

National Cheese Pizza Day

U.S. Labour Day

1972 Black September attack Israel Athletes During Olympics

2007 Apple Launches Itouch

6 September

National Coffee Ice Cream Day

Read a Book Day

1901 President McKinley assassinated

1941 Jews Ordered To Wear Yellow Star Of David Germany

7 September

National Beer Lover’s Day

1533 Queen Elizabeth 1 (1533 – 1603)

1940 Battle Of Britain To Protect British Cities

1979 ESPN Debuts On Cable

2008 Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac into government control

8 September

National Date-Nut Bread Day

International Literacy Day

Calendar Labs have recorded information since 2014 about International Literacy Day

1519 Magellan Set Sail For First Voyage Round the World

1944 First V2 rocket Lands on London

9 September

National “I Love Food” Day

Teddy Bear Day

Chrysanthemum Day (Japan)

1950 Truman Fireside Chat To Explain new Controls

1956 Elvis Presley appears on Ed Sullivan’s show

1965 Hurricane Betsy Makes Landfall

1971 Attica Prison Riot New York

10 September

National Hot Dog Day

1846 Elias Howe Patented the Sewing Machine

1942 Gas Rationing US

1973 King’s Cross and Euston station Bombings

11 September

National Hot Cross Bun Day

Patriot Day (U.S.A.)

1978 Georgi Markov Killed Using Poison Umbrella

2001 9/11 Attacks On World Trade Center and Pentagon

2004 Hurricane Ivan Causes Massive Destruction

12 September

National Chocolate Milkshake Day

1940 Lascaux Prehistoric Cave Paintings Discovered In France

1953 John Fitzgerald Kennedy marries Jacqueline Lee Bouvier

1953 Nikita Khrushchev Takes Over In Soviet Union

1960 Hurricane Donna Strikes Long Island

1977 Steve Biko Killed In South Africa

1988 Hurricane Gilbert Strikes Jamaica

13 September

National Peanut Day

National GrandParents Day (U.S.A.)

International Chocolate Day

1916 Roald Dahl’s Birthday (1916-1990)

14 September

National Cream-Filled Doughnut Day

1814 Star Spangled Banner Composed

1959 First Man Made Object ( Luna 2 )Reaches The Moon

1960 OPEC Created

1966 Minimum Wage Raised To $1.40 in the US

1982 Princess Grace of Monaco Dies

2001 Osama bin Laden Named As Prime Suspect

2006 E. Coli Breakout U.S.

15 September

National Double Cheeseburger Day

National Creme de Menthe Day

National Linguini Day

Make a Hat Day

Choose Your Favorite Color Day

1890 Agatha Christies Birthday

1928 Alexander Fleming Discovered Penicillin

16 September

National Cinnamon-Raisin Bread Day

Collect Rocks Day

International Day of the Preservation of The Ozone Layer

1920 Wall Street Bombing

1928 Okeechobee Hurricane Strikes Florida

1932 Mahatma Gandhi begins his hunger strike

1997 Steve Jobs Returns to Apple

17 September

National Apple Dumpling Day
National Monte Cristo Day

1975 Inflation Hits 26% in the UK

18 September

National Play-Dough Day

National Cheeseburger Day

1851 First Edition of the NY Times Published

1970 Jimi Hendrix Dies From Overdose

1971 Lance Armstrong’s Birthday

19 September

National Butterscotch Pudding Day

Talk Like a Pirate Day

1960 Chubby Checker has a number 1 record with The Twist

1978 Carl Bridgewater Murder UK

1995 Unabombers 35,000 word manifesto New York Times

20 September

National Punch Day / Rum Punch Day

1861 Henry Francis Fynn, Natal pioneer and settler, dies in Durban

1886 First mines are proclaimed in Johannesburg

1914 General Koos de la Rey, buried in Lichtenburg amid a very tense atmosphere

1915 WWI: battalion consisting of ‘Cape Coloured men’, called the Cape Corps, is established

1946 First Cannes Film Festival

1960 ‘ Unknown’ white man is hanged in Pretoria

1973 Battle of the sexes in Tennis Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs

1978 South African Prime Minister, John Vorster resigns

1989 F.W. de Klerk is inaugurated

1990 ANC and IFP to meet over violence

2002 Boeremag members Dirk Hanekom and Henk van Zyl are arrested in Memel.

2004 SA sprinter Oscar Pistorius reaches the final

21 September

National Pecan Cookie Day

International Day of Peace

1937 J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit,” published

1989 Colin Powell appointed as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

22 September

National Ice Cream Cone Day

Elephant Appreciation Day

1920 Band Aid Invented

1938 New England hurricane

1961 Peace Corps Established

2010 World Car-Free Day

23 September

National White Chocolate Day

1760 Hokusai, Japanese Artist (1760 – 1849)

1952 Rocky Marciano Becomes world heavyweight champion

1957 Little Rock Nine School Children Issue Arkansas

2004 Hurricane Jeanne slams into Haiti

24 September

National Cherries Jubilee Day

National Punctuation Day (U.S.A.)

Heritage Day South Africa/National Braai Day

1908 First factory-built Ford Model T completed

1936 Jim Henson’s Birthday (1936 – 1990)

1952 Christopher Reeves Birthday (1952 – 2004)

1988 Ben Johnson wins the 100m gold at the Seoul Olympics and then fails drug test

25 September

National Lobster Day

National Food Service Workers Day

Native American Day

1930 Shel Silverstein born

26 September

National Key Lime Pie Day

1774 Johnny Appleseed’s Birthday (1774 – 1845)

1962 “Beverly Hillbillies” HIT TV Show Starts

1969 “Chicago Seven” Trial Begins

1969 The Beatles release the “Abbey Road Album ” in the UK

2002 The ferry Joola from Senegal capsizes off the coast of Gambia

2007 “Saffron Revolution” Burma / Union of Myanmar

2009 Roman Polanski Detained In Switzerland

27 September

National Chocolate Milk Day

Crush a Can Day

1822 Rosetta Stone Deciphered

1959 Typhoon Vera Strikes Honshu , Japan

1964 The Warren commission publishes official verdict for assassination of President John F. Kennedy

28 September

National Strawberry Cream Pie Day
National Drink a Beer Day

1573 Caravaggio born (1573 – 1610)

1820 Tomato Proven Safe

1928 Alexander Fleming Discovers Penicillin

1975 Spaghetti House Siege In London

1994 Car and Passenger Ferry the Estonia sinks

29 September

National Coffee Day

National Mocha Day

1066 William the Conqueror invaded England

1829 Scotland Yard formed

1982 Tylenol Capsule Laced with Cyanide poison Chicago, Illinois

30 September

National Mulled Cider Day

1949 Berlin Airlift Ends After agreement reached

1955 James Dean Dies In Car Crash

1981 Sandra Day O’Connor becomes first female U.S. Supreme Court justice in history

2009 Earthquake Sumatra

2009 International Translation Day

 

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Books I read

Book I Read: Twisted: The Girl who uncovered Rumpelstiltskin’s Name by Bonnie M Hennessy

Description on Amazon

The mystery of Rosamund Hodge’s Crimson Bound meets the romance of the best Beauty and the Beast retellings.

An old tale tells the story of how a little man named Rumpelstiltskin spun straw into gold and tricked a desperate girl into trading away her baby. But that’s not exactly how it happened.

The real story began with a drunken father who kept throwing money away on alcohol and women, while his daughter, Aoife, ran the family farm on her own. When he gambled away everything they owned to the Duke, it was up to her to spin straw into gold to win it all back.

With her wits and the help of a magical guardian, she outsmarted the Duke and saved the day.

Well almost…

Her guardian suddenly turned on Aoife and sent her on a quest to find his name, the clues to which were hidden deep in the woods, a moldy dungeon, and a dead woman’s chamber.

Her feelings for one of the men who tricked her from the start threaten to complicate everything. Not the tale of a damsel in distress, this is the story of a tenacious, young woman who solved a mystery so great that not even the enchanted man who spun straw into gold could figure it out.

Not until Aoife came along.

What says I
This was an eerie book. And Rumpelstiltskin is an eerie character. So in my mind it's a success!
But seriously though. This book is an expansion on the ultimate notorious devil in all fiction land. But, and this is where my skin crawls, Ms Hennessy manages to make this revolting character human. I couldn't help but feel sorry of him, take pity on him or cry for him. She manages to let me loath other characters for their cruelty or their betrayal.
Enter a few scenes back the protagonist Aoife. I immediately admired her strength and her tenacity both in the time that she lived in this fantasy time and both with her lot. At some stage I was a bit confused with her strength being real or just being a farce but then I realized that she's one of those rare creatures whose strength is not necessary in their boldness or their coldness but actually in their resilience and their determination. Something M Hennessy showed beautifully as Aoife developed. By the way, I love her name.
That brings me to Ronan. I did not appreciate this character at all. He felt a bit underdeveloped and flimsy. But in the end I grew to appreciate his role. In that sense the writer managed to focus her story on Aoife and Rumpelstiltskin.
I loved this book. Overall a different twist on one of the world' most famous of evil! It is a slow book but justifies a double read. Loads of information is built into the story with twists and turns round every corner.
If you're a fan of this old fantasy, read this. If you're a fan of the series Once Upon A Time, I think this book will be a hit.

What says others

Amy S Brown gave it a five star rating. And Wonderfully Awkward also liked it.

Where to find the author
The author has a Facebook page for the book where you can chat with her. Or find all her other social media outlets on her website.

Where to find the Book
The ebook is available on Amazon for free at the moment. Also find it at Barnes and Nobel, iBooks and Kobo. I couldn't find an Audible audiobook but Amazon has the audiobook option.

Thanks for visiting
Until next time!

Books I read

Book I Read: When We Were Very Young by AA Milne

Description on Amazon

A classic celebration of childhood, A. A. Milne’s When We Were Very Young is a collection of poems that have touched the hearts of readers for more than 90 years. His verses sing with a playful innocence, weaving together the worlds of reality and enchanting make-believe. Published two years before Winnie-the-Pooh, careful readers will also discover the very first appearance of the Best Bear in All the World. These treasured poems are perfectly matched by Ernest Shepard's whimsical illustrations, which have delighted countless readers.

These poems have been read and re-read to generations of children, and today, they can still find a cherished place on every bookshelf.

What says I
I adore this book. I think that says enough…but I do feel oblige to share more!! Humor me!
This book as well as the others in this series, should be on every parent's list to read for their children. I never heard these poems until I read it to my kiddos. And we all loved it. Still do!
The writer captured our imaginations with his silly characters and their innocent adventures. Our edition is simply illustrated which allowed all of us the chance to go off on our own tangents in our minds.
My favorite of poems in this book has to be 'Buckingham Palace'! We memorized every one of the 6 verses. Watch this video from 1941 of the poem set to music:

https://youtu.be/W_Z5LpHuXVE

What says others
Readings also loved this book. And The Book Bag also loved it. And Lost in a Book reminded me that we celebrated the 90th anniversary just the other day.

Where to find the author
The author is long since not with us anymore but I love the different ways people keep him alive such as this page from The Lovelys. I do believe this is illegal though but Alison Pask put the whole book up as a downloadable.
AA Milne's country home was up for sale a while ago. This made my imagination run wild! BBC claimed here that the writer and his son saw Winnie the Pooh as a curse. How sad.
Wikipedia and Biography both have some more information about the writer and his career.

Where to find the book
Buy this collection of poems from Amazon or Bookdepository. I bought my copy from Takealot.

That is it for today. Thanks for visiting until next time.

Books I read

Book I Read: Relentless by Karen Lynch

Description on Amazon

Sara Grey’s world shattered ten years ago when her father was brutally murdered. Now at seventeen, she is still haunted by memories of that day, and driven by the need to understand why it happened. She lives a life full of secrets, and her family and friends have no idea of the supernatural world she is immersed in or of Sara’s very powerful gift.

In her quest for answers about her father’s death, Sara takes risks that expose her and her friends to danger, and puts herself into the sights of a sadistic vampire. On the same fateful night she meets Nikolas, a warrior who turns Sara’s world upside down, and who is determined to protect her even if it’s the last thing she wants.

Sara’s life starts to spin out of control as she is hunted by an obsessed vampire, learns that her friends have secrets of their own, and reels from the truth about her own ancestry. Sara has always been fiercely independent, but in order to survive now she must open herself to others, to reveal her deepest secrets. And she must learn to trust the one person capable of breaking down the walls around her.

** This book has language that may be offensive to some readers.

What says I
Firstly, I am not a YA fan. I am a passionate fantasy and historical fiction reader. This book however banged the young adult genre right open for me. In this first book in the series, the protagonist is usually an extremely annoying character for me. But Sara is just adorable. She's strong, fiercely independent, a bit weird and pulls on one's heartstrings. I also think she's one of those people that deserves the sympathy but never craves or accepts it.
Then there's Nicolas. He's incredibly annoying and overbearing but quickly grows on one. Sara and Nicolas' story speeds up very quickly from there.
Ms Lynch is an incredible writer. She writes fast and tight prose with an acceptance that her audience will color in the story as they go. I am a fan of beautiful prose but I've found that YA does not require much description. The writer however, cleverly uses the senses to describe her setting, the characters and the situations.
Another thing I appreciated about this book is that the writer set this book in our world. A place you can pinpoint on our modern day maps and even walk through on Google!
Overall I loved this book. It for me hooked on YA and have become the yardstick for all YA novels in my library.

What says others
Papers Pens & Peridot made me shake my head in agreement all the way. And I agree with Kirkus Reviews that this story is definitely more action than romance. Horse and Reading gushed over this book and Pretty Opinionated agreed. I think it is therefore unanimous!

Where to find the author
Karen Lynch is probably one of the most approachable authors I've ever come across. So visit her website or connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We are the Mohiri is her thriving tribe on Facebook for all fans of her series.

Where to find this book
The ebook is free on Amazon and also where I found it. Bookdepository stocks it as well as well as iBooks. I've never listened to the audiobook but you can buy it on Audible.

And that is it from me.

Until next time!

Books I read

Book I Read: The Abominable Mr Darcy

Description from Amazon

Mr. Darcy was an enigma… until he spoke. Then, he was the enemy.

Miss Elizabeth Bennet's eyes are instantly drawn towards a handsome, mysterious guest who arrives at the Meryton Assembly with the Bingley party. The gentleman destroys her illusions by delivering an insult that turns him from Mr. Divinely Attractive to the Abominable Mr. Darcy.

While Elizabeth sets in motion her strategy for retaliation, Darcy plans to win the campaign being waged in the genteel drawing rooms of Hertfordshire. As more players from Jane Austen's beloved cast of characters enter the fray, complications arise–some with irreversible consequences. Can a truce be called before their hearts become casualties as well? How many times can two people go from enemies to friends and back again before it's too late?

What says I
I am a devoted fan of Jane Austen and her writings. Pride and Prejudice in its US movie format as well as BBC series format have my devoted praise. I am however apprehensive of variations. But then again, Romeo and Juliette's movie adaptation with Claire Danes and Leonardo Di Caprio was just amazing! I digress. Back to Jane Austen.
Being in the mood for a historic novel, The Abominable Mr Darcy was featured on Goodreads last week. I downloaded it and started reading. Apprehensively. But the author, Joy Dawn King, is amazing! Her writing just captivated me. Her formal way of writing and sketching the characters, their setting, the circumstances was just so vivid and real that I was hooked.
Miss King managed to bring Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett alive! Mr Darcy felt like so much more human to me than Jane Austen managed to do for me. Not only did Darcy and Elizabeth's story capture my heart but the honorable Colonel Richard and Charlotte Lucas. My heart always ached for those two characters in Miss Austen rendition. Miss King did them justice.
That brings me to Mr Collins. Now that is a sorry excuse for a man. I loath this character. In the movie, the series, the book. J Dawn King managed to make him and even more pompous prick, a fool without measure and despicable! Now that was buckets full of venom! Apologies for that.
All in all, loved this book. I seldom give ratings but this book deserves 10/5 stars. I loved the writer's style of word choice, I loved the characters. The setting stayed true to Jane Austen's book but Miss King brought it to life. She engineered loads of plot twists and kept pulling me deeper and deeper into the story.
The only down side to this book: it felt drawn out. But the curiosity she created in me, made the book too short. So this is not a too big down for me.
I also have to add that there were no excessive smooching. A kiss here on the cheek and there on the hand. I find sex in books disturbing. Especially in historic fiction. But graciously non here.

What says others
Austenesque Reviews agreed that the Colonel was just such a lovely improvement. You will find loads of reviews on Amazon, Goodreads and elsewhere. I've found some interviews with the lovely Ms King but very few interviews elsewhere.

Where to connect with the author
You will find Ms King at her website, Facebook, Goodreads and Fanfiction.

Where to find the book
I bought my copy on Amazon. But find it at Bookdepository or Audible for the audio book. I were unable to find it on Takealot for my South African readers.

And that is it from me.

Thanks for reading!

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Words not used very often 01:05

I read daily with my kiddos and by myself. Maybe one day I can say the same about writing…We find many words not very common or familiar to us. Usually, I just grab the dictionary or add it to my personal register of words. (I am however trying to get rid of my paper notes) The WP app is always with me and it will take only a few seconds to type it up when I find it. Starting a while ago, I thought I’d build my record of words week by week here. Some more of our words that made me reach for the dictionary. Enjoy

vehemently

– in a strong and emotional way (e.g. She blushed and vehemently denied her attraction.)

infamy

– (formal noun) 1. the quality of being famous for something considered bad (e.g. Your infamous act of stealing food from children, is nothing to be proud of) 2. a bad and shocking act or event (e.g. The infamy of his adultery was the foundation of the stigma associated with the family.)

kilted

– (adjective) 1. wearing a kilt (e.g. The men were proudly kilted in their traditional dress during the parade.) 2. gathered in pleats, pleated (e.g. Part of the winning design was kilted in crisp pleats)

pannikin

– (noun) a small pan or metal cup (e.g. Grandma invested in a set of pannikin, especially for her grandchildren)

placate

– (verb) make (someone) less angry or hostile (e.g. Protesters will not be placated after the death of yet another youth)

traipsed

– (verb) to walk from one place to another, often feeling tired or bored (e.g. She traipsed through the library while her bookworm sister drooled over the biographies of people long dead)

beeline

– (noun) a straight line between two places (e.g. She made a beeline for the door)

detritus

– (noun) 1. (formal) waste material or rubbish, especially left after a particular event (e.g. Detritus littered the park after the New Years celebrations) 2. (specialised) (e.g. a loose mass of decaying material)

blunderbusses

– (noun) 1. an old-fashioned gun with a wide mouth that shoots a lot of small metal malls (e.g. The blunderbuss was a popular choice of weapon for both pirates and soldiers) 2. an action or way of doing something regarded as lacking in subtlety and precision (e.g. The old lady blunderbusses all young people based on her own prejudice)

forbearance

– (noun) the quality of being patient and being able to forgive someone or control yourself in a difficult situation (e.g. Amid the insults flung from the crowd, Humphrey showed forbearance above all other)

And that is it for my list of weird and wonderful words.

Please share some of your unique or seldom used words with me on Twitter.

Until next time!

 

 

This month in History

This month in History: August

General events not linked to a date

National Catfish Month (US)

National Panini Month (US)

National Peach Month (US)

National Sandwich Month (US)
National Mustard Day is the First Saturday of August
1914 Louis Botha & Jan Smuts lead South Africa into the war in support of Great Britain against Germany

1914 Digging at the big hole in Kimberley ends, leaving a hole 1.6km in circumference with 14 504 carats of diamonds having been found

1 August

National Raspberry Cream Pie Day (US)

1819 birth Herman Melville writer of Moby-Dick and Billy Budd.

1914 Germany and France Declare War

1936 Berlin Olympics Opens

1936 The SABC (South African Broadcasting Corporation) was formed by an Act of Parliament

1966 University Of Texas Shootings

1981 MTV Debuts

1994 Michael Jackson Marries Lisa Marie Presley

2 August

National Ice-Cream Sandwich Day (US)

1934 Adolf Hitler becomes Germany’s Fuhrer

1943 PT-109 Commanded by Lt. John F. Kennedy Sunk

1964 Gulf of Tonkin Attack On US Destroyer Maddox

1990 Iraq Invades Kuwait

3 August

National Watermelon Day (US)

Picnic Day (AUS)

1492 Columbus Set Sail. Extract from his journals and some homeschool resources!

1914 Germany and France Declare War

1981 US Air Traffic Controllers Strike

4 August

National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day (US)

1782 The 700 ton East India merchant ship “the Grosvenor” runs aground. Write-up about Captain John Coxon and the Grosvenor

1892 The parents of Lizzie Borden found murdered. 9 facts I didn’t know about her

1901 Louis Armstrong’s Birthday. Lance Armstrong House to visit in Nee York! Extensive resources from the Smithsonian for us homeschoolers

1902 Cape Town’s time guns having been moved to Signal Hill, are fired there for the first time. The Lion Battery remains the property of the South African Navy. Big Bang behind the noon guns in CT

1941 Nazi Troops Within 50 miles of Kiev. A post about the ending of the Battle of Kiev and a YouTube video of Kiev

1944 Anne Frank Captured By Germans

1961 Barack Obama’s Birthday. 50 facts I didn’t know about him

1989 The Savings and Loan Crisis (US)

5 August
National Waffle Day (US)

National Oyster Day (US)

1930 Neil Armstrong’s Birthday

6 August

National Root Beer Float Day (US)

1809 Alfred Lord Tennyson’s Birthday

The Eagle

He clasps the crag with crooked hands;
Close to the sun in lonely lands,
Ring’d with the azure world, he stands.
The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;
He watches from his mountain walls,
And like a thunderbolt he falls.

1881 Alexander Fleming’s Birthday

1926 Gertrude “Trudy” Ederle Swims English Channel

1934 Dust Bowl Drought Continues In Mid West

1945 Nuclear bomb Hiroshima

1957 “American Bandstand” makes its network debut on ABC

1962 Marilyn Monroe was found dead in her bedroom

1965 Voting Rights Act Signed Into Law

1965 Beatles Release the Album “Help!” In UK

1975 Dutch Elm Disease Kills 3 million trees in Britain. Learning from history is evident through the ample research online

1983 At&T Broken Up Lessons learned and still implemented 30 years later

1991 Tim Berners-Lee launches the world wide web

1997 Microsoft Buys Stake in Apple Computers, referred to as the worst deal ever

7 August

National Lighthouse Day (SA)

National IPA Day (US)

Raspberries and Cream Day (US)

International Beer Day

1947 Kon-Tiki Expedition Completes Trip across the Pacific Ocean

1964 Gulf of Tonkin Resolution Passed

1987 Lynn Cox swam the Bering Straight. Interview with her

1998 US Embassies Bombed Kenya

2007 Barry Bonds 756th Home Run

8 August

National Frozen Custard Day (US)

National Zucchini Day (US)

1963 “The Great Train Robbery” UK

1974 Richard Nixon Announces his resignation following the Watergate Scandal During a nationally televised broadcast

1976 First Legionnaire’s Disease Harrisburg, Philadelphia

1988 The Burmese 8888 Uprising

9 August

International Art Appreciation Day

National woman’s day (SA)

National Rice Pudding Day (US)

1925 Ku Klux Klan Mass Meeting Washington 50,000 marchers

1936 Jesse Owens wins fourth gold medal Berlin Olympics

1945 Atom Bomb Dropped On Nagasaki

1956 First Woman’s March in Pretoria

1969 Sharon Tate Found Murdered ( Charles Manson )

10 August

National S’Mores Day (US)

Lazy Day (US)

National Banana Split Day (US)

1874 Herbert Hoover

1897 Automobile Club of Great Britain Formed

1927 Construction began on Mt Rushmore

1945 Truman Announces Japanese Surrender

1954 Construction on the St. Lawrence Seaway began at Massena, New York.

1977 The ” Son Of Sam ” Serial killer David Berkowitz Arrested

1990 Magellan Space Craft Arrives At The Planet Venus

11 August

Play in the Sand Day. (US) Physics of sand castles and Sand Castle Central!

National Panini Day (US)

National Raspberry Tart Day (US)

1929 Babe Ruth first player in the history of baseball to hit 500 home runs

1965 Race riots Watts neighbourhood of Los Angeles, California

1991 911 Emergency Number pioneered in Schaumburg. The chief retired after 42 years in service

1992 Mall of America Opens

12 August

National Julienne Fries Day (US)

1955 Minimum Hourly Wage Raised To $1.00 Per Hour

1964 South Africa Barred from the Olympic Games

1981 IBM Releases It’s First Personal Computer

1990 Tyrannosaurus Rex / Sue Discovered South Dakota

13 August

International Left-Handed Day! Famous left handed people

National Filet Mignon Day (US)

1860 Annie Oakley’s Birthday 10 things you didn’t know about her

1961 East Germany Border Closed To West Germany

1966 China has announced It’s Cultural Revolution

2006 Tokyo Power Blackout

2011 Stages Collapses at Indiana State Fair

14 August

National Creamsicle Day (US)

1935 Social Security Bill Signed Into Law Providing Unemployment Benefit

1945 Truman Announces Japanese Surrender

1947 India and Pakistan Gain Independence

2003 North America Power Outage New York to Canada

15 August

Joke Day (US)

Roller Coaster Day (US)

National Lemon Meringue Pie Day (US)

1898 First Roller Coaster patented

1912 Julia Child’s Birthday

1914 Panama Canal Opens

1965 Beatles Live Concert at Shea Stadium

1965 Los Angeles Watts Riots

1969 Woodstock Music Festival

1998 Omagh Bombing Northern Ireland

16 August

National Rum Day (US)

National Bratwurst Day (US)

1908 Mohandas ‘Mohatma’ Ghandi (a Hindu) leads 3000 Muslims, Hindus and Christians to burn their passes in the courtyard of the Hamidia Mosque in Newtown, Johannesburg

1977 Elvis Presley Dies Of Heart Attack

2002 Dresden, Germany Flooding

17 August

National Vanilla Custard Day (US)

1786 Davy Crockett (Died 1836)

1962 East German Border Guards Kill Peter Fechter

1969 Hurricane Camille Make Landfall Bay St. Louis, Mississippi 45 photos from that storm

1969 Woodstock Music Festival Ends

1998 President Clinton acknowledged he had an inappropriate relationship with Monica Lewinsky

18 August

Bad Poetry Day (US) What is bad poetry?

National Ice Cream Pie Day (US)

1744 Meriwether Lewis (Died 1809)

1920 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution Ratified

1931 Yangtze River Floods causing the death of 3.7 million people directly and indirectly

1937 Toyota Motor Company Founded

1963 James Meredith graduates

2006 60hr work week at Apple iPod plant for $60 per month

19 August

Potato Day (origin?)

National Soft-Serve Ice Cream Day (US)

*National Hot & Spicy Food Day (US)

1867 Wilbur Wright Born

1944 Paris is Liberated by the Allies

1953 Iran Military Coup Supported By United States

1958 Packard Cars End Production

1987 Hungerford, UK Killing Spree by Michael Ryan

20 August

*National ‘ Bacon Lovers ‘ Day (US)

National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day (US)

1920 First Commercial Radio Station Detroit, Michigan

1940 Winston Churchill makes the speech “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.

1968 “Prague Spring”, Czechoslovakia Soviet troops crush protests and restore order.

1989 Marchioness Disaster River Thames London

21 August

National Sweet Tea Day (US)

1911 The Mona Lisa Stolen in France

1959 Hawaii becomes the 50th state in the United States. A YouTube video, original footage

2006 Saddam Hussein crimes against humanity trial Begins

22 August

National Pecan Torte Day (US)

*National “Eat a Peach” Day (US)

1902 Cadillac Started In Detroit

1941 Germany Attacks Leningrad

1992 Hurricane Andrew Strikes Bahamas, Florida and Louisiana

2003 Alabama chief justice, Roy Moore, is suspended

23 August

National Cuban Sandwich Day (US)

National Spongecake Day (US)

1905 New Orleans Yellow Fever Kills Hundreds

1999 West Nile virus Continues It’s Spread Around The Country

24 August

National Peach Pie Day (US)

79AD Mount Vesuvius Erupted

1869 Waffle Iron Patented

1875 First Swimmer crossed the English Channel

1948 Berlin Airlift Increases Aircraft Numbers

1954 Communist Party Outlawed United States

1985 Union Carbide Bhopal Disaster

1996 Hurricane Dolly Strikes Mexico

25 August

National Banana Split Day (US)

National Whiskey Sour Day (US)

1944 Paris Liberated

1950 President Harry S. Truman Places Railroads Under Army Control

1975 Bruce Springsteen album “Born to Run” Released

2005 Hurricane Katrina Makes Landfall In Florida 4 days before striking New Orleans

26 August

National Dog Day (US)

Women’s Vote Day / Women’s Equality Day (origin?)

National Cherry Popsicle Day (US)

1920 The 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote, is formally adopted

1932 Temporary Halt Called On Home Foreclosures

1957 Ford Begins Production of Edsel Automobiles. It failed but we learned from it

27 August

National Pots de Creme Day (US)

National Burger Day (US)

1900 The British defeat the Boer army (commanded by Louis Botha) at Bergendal

1910 Mother Theresa’s Birthday

If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.
Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.
Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
There are no great things, only small things with great love. Happy are those.
If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love.
Peace begins with a smile..
Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.

1955 Guinness Book of World Records Published For The First Time

1979 Lord Louis Mountbatten Murdered.

1989 Sky TV Launched UK

28 August

National Cherry Turnovers Day (US)

1937 Japanese Bomb Shanghai

1963 Martin Luther King, Jr. Gives “I Have A Dream Speech”

1968 10s Of Thousands Anti-Vietnam War Protestors Chicago

1996 Charles, Prince of Wales and his wife, Princess Diana, formally divorce

29 August

National Chop Suey (US)

1949 Russian Troops Mass On The Border Yugoslavia

1949 The Soviet Union test their first atomic bomb

1966 The Beatles play their final US Concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco

2005 Hurricane Katrina Strikes New Orleans

30 August

National Melted Marshmallow Day (US)

30BC Cleopatra committed suicide day

1935 Wealth Tax Act Passed in the United States

1959 First Mini goes on sale in Britain for £497. Now it sells for £15000

1963 Direct Line Set Up Between Moscow and Washington to prevent the possibility of an accidental war

1989 Leona Helmsley convicted and sentenced

31 August

National Trail Mix Day (US)

1888 Jack the Ripper Kills His First Victim

1954 Hurricane Carol Strikes Long Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island

1997 Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed are killed in a car crash in Paris

2005 Curfew Placed On New Orleans

SOURCES

Wonderful Words

Words not used very often 01:04

The novelty of school holidays have worn off again and I have some words I want to remember again. We usually read daily but the holidays hampered my routine a bit. We usually find many words not very common or familiar to us. Usually, I just grab the dictionary or add it to my personal register of words. (I am however trying to get rid of my paper notes) The WP app is always with me and it takes only a few seconds to type it up when I find it. Starting a while ago, I thought I’d build my record of words week by week here. Here are some more of our words that made me reach for the dictionary. Enjoy

furtively
(of people) behaving secretly and often dishonestly, or (of actions) done secretly and often dishonestly (The was something furtive about his behaviour and I couldn't help but snap a picture of him leaving)

obstreperous

(especially of a person) round or rounded in shape (Her rotund shape testified of a healthy apetite)

reminisce
to talk or write about past experienced that you remember with pleasure (Grandfather reminisce about his years on the farm)

thwarted
to stop something from happening or someone from doing something (eg. I thwarted the kiss by popping the sucker into my mouth)

efficacious
able to produce the intended result (eg. The protest action proved efficacious to the abolishment of the offensive act)

fissure
a deep, narrow crack in rock or the earth (eg. water plunged down the fissure of rocks into the black gorge)

OR
(specialised medical) a long, deep, narrow hollow area in a surface in the body, especially in the cerebral cortex = the surface of the brain

OR
(specialised medical) a fault on the surface of a tooth

And that is it for my list of weird and wonderful words.
Please share some of your unique or seldom used words with me on Twitter.

Until next time!

Books I read

Book I Read: Leota’s Garden by Francine Rivers

 

Description from Takealot

Once, Leota’s garden was a place of beauty where flowers bloomed and hope thrived. It was her refuge from the deep wounds inflicted by a devastating war, her sanctuary where she knelt before a loving God and prayed for the children who couldn’t understand her silent sacrifices. At eighty-four, Leota is alone; her beloved garden in ruins. All her efforts to reconcile with her adult children have been fruitless. She voices her despair to a loving Father, her only friend. Then God brings a wind of change through unlikely means: one, a college student who thinks he has all the answers; the other, the granddaughter Leota never dared hope to know. But can the devastation wrought by keeping painful family secrets be repaired before she runs out of time?

 What says I

I read this book the first time in 2013 when a friend suggested I should read it. The book starts with a typical scene where mother and daughter are having a disagreement. One soon gets the idea that this is the norm of the book. It’s a great example of the impact control in relationships have on people. How much it circles out and influences adult and child. Annie is a senior in high school that has exceeded at everything her controlling mother threw her way. She danced and studied and played instruments which gave Eleonor all the brag she needed to dominate her friends within their elite social circles. When Annie decides to follow a path completely removed from the posh future that Eleonor designed for her, a great battle unfolds in her and the reader is lead through a series of personal dialogue where many a personal issue comes to the light. Annie makes contact with Leota, her estranged grandmother and another series of beautiful illustrations of restoration in their relationship fill the pages. We soon learn of the lies and indoctrination that has created the hard and controlling persona’s in the book.

Francine Rivers is one of my favourite writers although I seldom read any of her books. Funny, right? Anyways, this is a slow but intense book. Complicated at times as the scarred and issue ravished characters struggle through their relationships and lives. One quickly becomes aware of one’s own tendency and the bad habit to judge the characters by their covers. You find yourself picking a favourite and rooting for that one. I did love how clearly and gently Francine shows every character’s relationship with God. Their inner dialogue also speaks words and you can’t help but want to cry or smile or following the emotion of every character. The story line is solid. The setting is gentle and not overwhelming as it is set mostly at the chaotic and very aged house and garden of Leota. The growth and maturity of the characters are beautiful. As Annie matures in her relationship with God, believing in what she wants to do and heals inside, she becomes a gentle yet powerful force to be reckoned with. There are a few twists and turns that grow all the characters and although it is a slow paced book, it keeps it quite interesting.

As I mentioned, it is quite slow paced. I found myself bored at some places. But once curiosity for the characters personal struggles kicks in, the book moves along. I did not like the ending. I suspect because it has been worn out in my life by religious movements or maybe it is just because of a different conviction. I am not sure.

Overall I think it is a beautiful book of human struggles in their relationships with others, with God and sometimes the lemons life hands them. The ideal book for slow relaxed reading on a rainy day.

What says others

RT Bookreviews gave this book 4 1/2 stars. Annie Kate also had a friend recommend this book! And Christian Book Reviews were not happy with this book though.

Where to connect with the author

Francine Rivers has a website and you can find her on Facebook.

Where to buy this book

Find this book on Takealot

Amazon has e-book, softcover and audio books available

Cumbooks has a pdf book

 

The edition I read:

Leota’s Garden by Francine Rivers

2nd Edition 1993

Cover by Stephen Vosloo

ISBN 978-1-4143-7065-1

Published by Tyndale House Publishers

Printed & bound in the USA

And that is it from me for now
Until next time sweet peeps!