Before I get to today’s post I am adding something here hoping one of you could help.
Blog reader Diane is looking for this panel. She writes:
“Hi Jo, If you ever happen to come across the Riley Blake Barnyard Friends Calf Panel, I am in need of one more. I made a quilt for a Home Ec teacher who retired and they raise cattle. Thank you, Diana Flint”
Isn’t this so cute?? I just love it. Does anyone have a panel they are willing to part with or do you know of a shop that might still have one?
I’m sure Diane would be happy to pay for and panel and for postage. Here is Diane’s contact information. firstname.lastname@example.org
Now to today’s post…
I know many of you who read the blog are also avid readers. I know this because I get lots of comments from you all thanking me for book recommendations or sharing books that you recommend.
Today I have something fun. Blog readers Jill wrote this…
“I always love your book reviews, and now it’s time for me to promote one I think you would enjoy, written by my daughter, no less! It’s about a young woman and her father leaving Philadelphia in the late 1890s to homestead in Western Canada, in what is now Alberta and British Columbia. (I live in Alberta, as does Kate, the author) . She writes with a dedication to describing the land and its strengths, and how the main character, Dahlia (Dolly) develops her own strengths and learns who she is and what she wants in life. Her historical references and descriptions make you feel like you are in that time and era. The love of place is evident throughout the book, and the story develops with respect and love for the land and its people. She was especially respectful of the Haida Gwaii on Vancouver Island, checking her details with the local tribal historian. It is an easy read, everyone in my book club (retired Librarians and Language Arts teachers) gave it rave reviews. It is available on Amazon, or as an e-book.
The book is: And So I Roam, by Kate Bothner. I could send you a copy if you don’t want to order it.
Thanks! Jill in Calgary/Phoenix”
I checked and the book is available on Amazon.
You can find it HERE.
The book came out in July of this year so there aren’t a lot of reviews. The ones it does have are glowing.
Here is full synopsis:
“In 1895, shunned by Philadelphian society and reeling from loss, Dahlia Day and her Papa start their lives anew as homesteaders on the Canadian Prairies. Woefully unprepared, they struggle to survive when faced with the harsh realities of scarcity and bitter winters. Their reversal of fortune reveals the joys to be found in a simple life, free from both stifling social rules and those who impose them.
When the demanding work of farm life no longer calms the anxiety that Dahlia has borne her whole life, she flees as she has always done. Joined by her childhood friend Fiona, Dahlia ventures further west in hopes of calming the restlessness within her. Set against the breathtaking landscape of Western Canada, And So I Roam follows Dahlia as she discovers that the hardest battle will always be the one she fights within herself.”
What do say? Sounds like a good book doesn’t it? I haven’t read a book in years…I listen to all of mine in audiobook form. But, I’m going to try to read it.
My issue is always bifocals in bed. I’m terrible at getting a book in the right spot to really be able to see the words. But, I’m excited to give it a try and read this book. How about you? Are you in?
I would love for all of us to give it a read and then flood Amazon with reviews…honest reviews, good or bad. Reviews really help an author and I think it would be great to help a blog reader’s daughter.
I hope you will join us and read along. You can find the book HERE. If you are a Kindle Unlimited user, the book was available for free at the writing of this blog post.
How about we all grab the book and get back together on October 1st for a review and chat about what we thought about the book? I’m off to get a copy. Again, you can find it HERE.