The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Mysterious Howling

“In this way Penelope’s happy and sad feelings got all mixed up together, until they were not unlike one of those delicious cookies they have nowadays, the ones with a flat circle of sugary cream sandwiched between two chocolate-flavored wafers. In her heart she felt a soft, hidden core of sweet melancholy nestled inside crisp … Continue reading The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Mysterious Howling

Pat of Silver Bush & Mistress Pat

Pat Gardiner of Silver Bush is a nice girl.  She is seven years old when her story opens.  She is obedient to her parents and to the housekeeper, Judy Plum.  She is helpful, loving, and kind to animals.  Her life is comfortable, but she hates change of any kind, and she has to struggle against … Continue reading Pat of Silver Bush & Mistress Pat

The Chronicles of Prydain #1: The Book of Three

More than 10 years ago, family friends were raving about Lloyd Alexander and The Chronicles of Prydain. At that time, I had a newborn baby and didn't have enough headspace to investigate their recommendation, but for some reason, I never forgot how much they loved the books. A few years ago I was studying the … Continue reading The Chronicles of Prydain #1: The Book of Three

The Wednesday Witch at Stump Lake

The Wednesday Witch at Stump Lake I could almost believe a whiff of certain smells, caught just right, has the power to physically transport me to another time or place.  Sourdough can be like that for me.  This summer it was the mint in my garden.  Mmm, Oregon cow pasture!  Most recently, though, I experienced … Continue reading The Wednesday Witch at Stump Lake

The Blue Castle

“Valancy was in the midst of realities after a lifetime of unrealities.” L.M. Montgomery’s The Blue Castle is one of her stand-alone novels.  It is also one of the few she wrote for adults.  The story opens on the morning of Valancy Stirling’s twenty-ninth birthday.  “The only homely girl in a handsome clan, with no … Continue reading The Blue Castle