Category archives: Totally Random

  • Book Review: Come From Away by Genevieve Graham

  • Book review of Come from Away by Genevieve Graham, published by Simon and Schuster Canada. Spring is very late here in Ontario, and when the power went out on Monday during the ice storm I picked up this little gem and quickly devoured it. From publisher Simon & Schuster: From the bestselling author of Tides of Honour and Promises to Keep comes a poignant novel about a young couple [...]
  • Book Review: Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber

  • This book was only bookmarked once, for sleeping. Otherwise, it was open and shut in a few short hours during an overnight stay at our cottage a few weekends ago. Are You Sleeping, a novel by Kathleen Barber, was a quick, engaging, and great read. It's the ideal book for the beach, the Muskoka chair, or a plane or train ride. Here is the synopsis from publisher Simon & Schuster Canada: [...]
  • The Infinite Value of Summer Camp

  • Summer camp. Quite simply,the best place on earth. I am who I am today because of summer camp, because of the friends I met there, because of the trust and faith placed in me there, because of all it's infinite awesomeness. I remember being dropped off my first summer for a two week stint at the ripe young age of six. I also recall clear as anything crying my cute little buck-toothed head [...]
  • Book Review: The Shadow Sister by Lucinda Riley @SimonSchusterCA

  • This was one heck of a page turner and definitely should be on your summer reading list. Having not read the first two books in the 'series' (there are seven sisters, this is one of them - hence the book series), I was bit worried I would feel like I was missing something or I would feel out of place. But nope. Not at all. Totally an awesome stand alone book, but also makes me want to read [...]
  • Book Review: I Found You by NYT Bestselling author @LisaJewellUK

  • Book review of I Found You by Lisa Jewell available in Canada April 25, 2017. I read this book, no that's not right, I devoured this book on the beach in Cuba at Christmas. This book captured me from the start and had me sitting up perched on the edge of my beach lounger with a tear in my eye captivated right to the end. Synopsis courtesy of Simon & Schuster Canada: "A young bride, [...]
  • Book Review: The Enemies of Versailles by Sally Christie

  • This book, the third and final installment in Sally Christie's Mistresses of Versailles Trilogy, was a great read! I sat down with it on a cold Saturday with a pot of tea and a fire and promptly read the first 200 or so pages and the following day, the rest. (It was helpful to also have a bad cough/cold, requiring serious couch time allowing me to indulge my book worm.) Where the first [...]
  • Traditional Christmas Decor Home Tour #CBHomeTour

  • When it comes to Christmas decor I am all about tradition. Our tree looks almost identical year after year, and each year I love taking the time to hang each and every ornament, all of which have a story. I know where (or from whom) every single one came from. With 13 married Christmases, our tree of memories gets more full each year and I love it. Welcome to our Christmas home tour, pa[...]
  • Full Disclosure: A peek behind the curtain

  • Update: this change has come into effect as of January 1, 2017 and it is now law:) A few weeks ago some news broke that got bloggers all a twitter. Why? Well, coming soon to a blog near you will be rules around how bloggers (and anyone else making claims or promoting products online) will have to do business. They have to provide full disclosure. Yes, folks - we're getting a peek behind the [...]
  • Book Review: The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

  • Where to begin with this book. Quite simply, it was lovely. But it The Light Between Oceans is more than just lovely. It is a picture book with no pictures. The words did such a beautiful job of taking you to Janus Rock I feel as thought I've been. And for more than one reason. First, the book's synopsis: After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Aust[...]
  • Book Review: Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg

  • Words are powerful. We all know how much I love to dive into a new book, but this one was different.  Why? Because of those powerful words on the cover..... This book landed in my hands six weeks ago, and yet it wasn't until the other day that I opened it up and promptly devoured it.  I mean that literally.  I read it in one four hour sitting, no bathroom breaks, no cuppa, nothing, just page[...]