- Recent retiree--35 year's experience teaching reading, English, adult basic education and volunteer leadership skills. Started this blog to exchange ideas and commentary with friends and others having an interest in joining the discussions. Greatest life accomplishments include: 1.organized my 3rd grade class to check out library books for me to get around librarian's weekly limit--Amazon.com, the Mullins Elementary 3rd Grade Class of 1956 is still waiting for "thank you" notes; 2. volunteered in the Peace Corps, island of St. Kitts, West Indies; 3.taught adults to read, earn their GEDs., and speak English as a second language; 4. bought a border collie puppy for $6, got evicted rather than give him up, and began a life-long love affair with all things "Dog"; 5. joined a physical fitness boot camp in my mid-50s--don't mess with someone who's been doing regulation pushups in wet grass at 5:30 a.m.; 6. walked across Northern England with best friend Sally--over 80 miles from the Irish to North Seas; and 7. travelled to many foreign countries for pleasure and work.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Teaser Tuesday - Fire Along the Sky by Sara Donati
Teaser Tuesday is described by its host Miz B over at Should be Reading as a "weekly bookish meme" open to any reader who wants to play along. If, like me, you're always curious about what people are reading or on the lookout for the next great read, then this may be your meme. If you want to play, just click on Miz B's link above for the very simple rules.
Sometimes life just imitates art in such a way that you can't ignore it. This morning's sunrise could have been the sky described in Sara Donati's Fire Along the Sky, my selection for this week's Teaser Tuesday read:
Fire Along the Sky
by Sara Donati
"Trees tangled together against the horizon, a web thrown up to hold the sky and still its color seeped away and into shadows purple and copper that faded to rosy golds. The winter sun, too heavy for the sky, moving down and down like a sleepy child, radiating colors that defied pigment and palette and brush, putting every artist who ever lived to shame." pp. 170-1
Book Description: This fourth book in Sara Donati's Into the Wilderness series begins in the summer of 1812 in the village of Paradise in the northern frontier of New York State and spills into Canada. The grown children of Nathaniel and Elizabeth Bonner, central characters of the first books in the series, are together briefly in that summer of 1812 on Hidden Wolf Mountain. Their oldest daughter Hannah, a half-Indian healer trained in both Western and native medicine returns home without her Indian husband and baby, carrying burdens that may break her. Older son Luke comes from Canada with a young Scots woman, Jennet, that he loves but cannot marry yet. The twins Daniel and Lily face great changes as well. Daniel is determined to go to war. Lily is equally determined to escape Paradise and go to a city where she can study her art. As the country goes to war again, what will happen to these young people when they leave Lake in the Clouds? And the rest of the Bonner clan and village people left behind?
Okay, I'll admit it. Even with all the great books I have in my TBR stacks, I'm reading this Into the Wilderness series for the second time since January! They are just that interesting and flat out good reading.
I had been totally engrossed in Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series which you fans will remember was set in Scotland, England and the U.S. during the Jacobite Uprising and the American Revolutionary War. After finishing the seven books of the Outlander series, I was looking for more of this kind of historical romance. Gabaldon suggested that her fans try this series while we wait impatiently for Outlander Book 8. So, I did.
If you enjoy historical fiction with memorable characters, even the babies and animals--and some great love stories--Into the Wilderness series will keep you entertained for many hours--even the second time around.