Book Review: Lily’s House by Cassandra Parkin #BookReview #Fiction #LilysHouse

Lily’s House

by Cassandra Parkin

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My review:

Jen receives news that her grandmother Lily has passed away. Because everything has been left to her, she travels back to her grandmother’s house along with her daughter Marianne with plans to get the estate in order. Even though Jen hasn’t seen Lily in years, all the memories come flooding in the moment she gets to Lily’s house.

Here is the subtle change in scent that comes at the top of the stairs, a slight difference in the air as the sea takes over from the garden. Here is the sage-green strip of carpet that runs down the centre of the boards to her front door. Here is the key with the loop of plaited string that surely, surely cannot be the one I made for her, decades ago. Here we are, myself and Marianne, going in through Lily’s front door. My dreams have never taken me this far, and Marianne is no longer a solemn scrap who trots sturdily beside me like a curly little lamb. My girlhood’s over. My daughter’s tall. I’m really here. This is now.

As Jen spends the week planning her grandmother’s funeral and reliving her childhood, she discovers old family secrets. Curiosity gets the best of her, and she slowly begins to unearth what’s been hidden from her since she was born. Continue reading “Book Review: Lily’s House by Cassandra Parkin #BookReview #Fiction #LilysHouse”

Music Monday: Tesla “What You Give” #MusicMonday #Tesla #WhatYouGive #90s

Music Monday-

This meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday.


Last time I shared:

Lip Sync to the Rescue – Ventura County Sheriff’s Dept.

Today’s share:

Tesla “What You Give”

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Flower Friday: Marigolds and Pumpkins #FlowerFriday #Marigolds #Pumpkins #Fall

I discovered Flower Friday while visiting Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and decided to begin sharing some flower pictures from our gardens along with some information about them. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!


Last time I shared Lemon Queen Sunflowers. Here are other 2019 shares:


Today’s share:

Marigolds and Pumpkins

We grew a few different types of marigolds this year…

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Book Review: Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple #BookReview #Fiction #Bernadette

Where’d You Go, Bernadette

by Maria Semple

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Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple is a book about a family living in Seattle, Washington. Bernadette is wife to Elgin (Elgie), and their Daughter Bee is a young teen just out of middle school.

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Before moving to Seattle, Bernadette suffered a catastrophic event in her arcitect career that’s totally changed her; she’s become extremely anti social  and tends to hide from everyone; she does what she wants, on her own terms, regardless of what anyone thinks; and now others, including Elgin, are suffering because of it.

Elgin works for Microsoft and is well-respected. Although his relationship with Bernadette used to be wonderful, since her life-changing event in L.A., their marriage is now strained. He’s heavily involved in work and he’s lost patience for her behavior. Eventually, he comes to terms with the fact that Bernadette’s likely suffering from multiple mental disorders and feels it’s time for an intervention.

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