Greetings you guys. I guess there’s no use in asking how everyone is doing. The past three days felt like a lifetime all in itself. My Mommy loved the Queen of England and you can easily find her on Royal Watch. She does like kings and queens and princes and princesses of which I am a living example.
Although the late Queen had a profound love for dogs and the mutt expressed her concern for the poor dogs that are left behind, I’d like to believe that She did have at least a fondness for cats as well.
Perhaps the new Queen Consort might bring a feline into the Royal Palace. She does look like a person who would like cats. We always love the books being discussed on the Queen Consort’s Instagram Page The Royal Reading Room. We really do wish the family peace and love in this time of grief. May the Queen rest in Peace and long life the King!
Anything else happening is completely irrelevant, so let’s rather talk books.
Adding to the Litter
My Mommy had Book Club on Monday night. Gosh, it feels like a lifetime ago. She’s still busy with The Island of Missing Trees and brought home Cloud Cuckoo Land and Wrong Place, Wrong Time.
Not that we’ve done a lot of reading so far this weekend and the couple of minutes we do have, we spend reading a book my Mommy bought on Amazon yesterday and she just decided to put everything aside and first read this one. Have you read it? Lovely hey.
Oh yes and we did get a stunning book for review from The History Quill Book Club!
When the world went to war… they fought for love.
England, 1939: The world is on the brink of war when Elizabeth Mowbray breaks her engagement with a tea planter in India and returns home to the English countryside. Desperate to escape a stifling life under her parents’ roof, she moves to London seeking adventure and excitement.
With German forces sweeping across Europe, she has little hope of finding steady, fulfilling employment as England readies itself for war. A chance encounter with Henrietta, Brigadier General Byron’s daughter, sets Elizabeth on a course that will forever change her life and the lives of others.
Henrietta, a recently divorced and statuesque beauty, is not a hopeless romantic like Elizabeth, but her new friend inspires her to embrace life, even as the dark fog of war creeps across the English Channel.
The two enterprising young women come up with a brilliant idea to open London’s first matchmaking agency. They face numerous challenges in establishing their business in the midst of air raid drills, food and clothing rationing, and the dangers of the Blitz. As they match Londoners, they find themselves in romances of their own. Elizabeth catches the eye of a daring, roguish RAF pilot and Henrietta discovers passion with a charming solicitor who joins Britain’s first Commandos.
While the men they love are fighting in the air and in Europe, German shells shatter the peace of England. Henrietta and Elizabeth become legendary as they rescue men from the shores of Dunkirk, dig for survivors in the ruins of bombed homes, and inspire thousands of their countrymen and women not to give up the fight for life and love.
Inspired by the stunning story of the real matchmakers Mary Oliver and Heather Jenner, The Wartime Matchmakers is a humorous, poignant, and personal reminder that even in the darkest times, love triumphs.
The only thing we now need, is time for reading.
Scratching the Blog Pole
First of all, thanks to everyone for always visiting us! We appreciate it so much and just know that even if we take some time to do a proper blog hop, we love being on the blog and hopefully we will add something new over the holidays. Yes, it will involve the mutt!
If you’ve missed any of our posts lately, here’s the links:
- Book Review: Fire & Ice by B.T. Polcari – this was a fun and quick read. Highly recommend it!
- Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books you probably shouldn’t read at school
- Wondrous Words Wednesday: Brouhaha – Thanks for all the comments and participants! Hopefully we can make this a monthly instalment. The next WWW will be up on the 28th of September if want to make a note in you calendar!
- Six Degrees of Separation – Calling the Lost
- Book Review: Ma Tutt’s Donut Hut by Lyndon Perry – a short novella with a magical cat and strong friendships
- Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I loved so much I had to have a copy for myself (so I stole it)
- Book Review: A Lady Newspaperman’s Dilemma by Eileen Joyce Donavon – A great read! But I struggled writing my review on Thursday night.
- Friday Fives: Five Books my Students are trying to get me to read
On the Couch
Last night we were watching The Queen. I actually don’t know how I’ve missed this one for all these years. It really is a brilliant movie.
Somewhere during the week, we will probably continue with life as normal and get back to our books on hand….
I wonder what this week will bring… Let’s chat again next Sunday. Love and peace to you all.
I just got distracted and spent half an hour on The Royal Reading Room’s instagram page! Such a great account! I’ve been watching so much of the coverage on the Queen and feel so for her family. You can see on their faces how much she is missed. I hope you are having a wonderful week.
Happy reading you two, I need to read Wrong Place, Wrong Time and The Wartime Matchmakers looks good and so does The Gown. I’ve been watching some of the news coverage, it’s always sad when someone beloved and admired passes.
Enjoy your books this week!
How neat that the Queen Consort has an instagram that talks about books! I did not know that! Hope you have a good week!
My heart broke for the Queen’s family and the people in the UK. I think she had an incredible sense of duty and did everything with poise and dignity.
I picked up a copy of The Gown when it came out, but haven’t read it yet. Look forward to hearing what you think!
Hi there Lisa!
I am just over 20% done and I love it!! I promise I will keep you guys posted.
Thanks for the visit and I hope you will have a wonderful week ahead.
The Queen’s death is a loss, I hope you enjoy The Gown.
Remarkably Bright Creatures is on my wishlist
Wishing you a great reading week
Hi there Shelleyrae!
Yes, the passing of the Queen really is a loss to the whole world. Let’s hope that she left inspiring footsteps.
I am listening to Remarkably Bright Creatures and I am enjoying it yes!
Hope you will have a good week as well and thanks for the visit!
Thanks for sharing the link to the Royal Reading Room. And the tip about the movie — haven’t watched Queen but if it has Helen Mirren, I’m already counting on it.
The Queen is such a good movie, and I”m sure the queen loved cats too. She seems like such an animal lover.
It was so sad about the Queen! I love that picture of her with the cat. I didn’t know the King Consort had a reading account on Instagram. I’ll check it out. Happy reading!
Well I can’t get behind the cats because I am very allergic, like hospital allergic. But dogs I love. So it’s good there are others who can love cats. Happy reading!
I have been intimidated by this book by Doerr. Staying away form it so far. I hope you enjoy it
The Queen’s passing is just so surreal. She’s one of those rare people who it feels like will live forever. Hope you have a good week!
I was so sorry to hear about the Queen’s passing. It’s been dominating the news here too–that and the nearby fires. I have been wanting to read The Gown and hope you love it. I hope you have a great week and happy reading!
It has been an incredibly long week, with so much going on. The Gown seems like the perfect book to read right now. I hope you enjoy it! Have a great week!
I’ve heard Helen Mirren’s portrayal of the Queen was exceptional. I’ll have to find time to watch that one soon.
What a lovely tribute to Queen Elizabeth. I’m sad she’s gone as well. She was such a fantastic leader and you could tel she really cared about everyone. 💜
It is such a sad time. It all happened so quickly! I wasn’t expecting it quite so soon! I try to watch snippets throughout the day, but my son isn’t interested (he is only just 4) so it makes it harder.
A great looking load of books.
Have a great week ahead!
Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog
Island of Missing Trees is in my top 5 fave reads this year – I just loved it. I have Remarkably Bright Creatures on my TBR but it may be quite a wait at the library. I struggle trying to keep memes and fun blog hops straight in my mind. There’s just so many, and of course, I can’t participate in ALL of them, much as I’d like to. So each time I see one on someone’s blog, I have to go learn about it and THEN remember when to post. Sigh. Sounds like some kind of easy calendaring would be in order. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.
Thanks for visitin my blog. Your blog is wonderful. I noted the 28th to join.
Such sad news about the Queen, but hers are s a life to be celebrated. I am going to watch The Queen with Helen Mirren. I’ve never seen it either.
I mean, “hers is a life to be celebrated.” Sorry I’m posting from my phone.
So sad about the Queen. And I can’t think of anyone better suited to play her than Helen Mirren.
The Gillian McAllister book has me curious as I’ve read one of hers before.
How did I miss Brouhaha this week? Argh
It’s been a sad few days for sure. I’ve been watching coverage of the Queen and it’s a very sad time.
The cover of The Gown is beautiful and the book looks great.
Hope you have a great week!
Hi there Yvonne!
I am trying to watch as much coverage of the Queen’s passing as possible. Such a sad time. I am actually also watching The Crown while typing here….
Thanks for the visit Yvonne and I hope you will enjoy the rest of your week!
There are so few queens left in the world. Glad you are with us, Elza, to rule us all.
I can see why you set everything aside for The Gown. Wow. That cover. It’s magnificent.
I really enjoyed seeing your post about the books your students are trying to get you to read.
Glad to hear that you’ve enjoyed our Friday Post. It was nothing but spur of the moment. As I guess you could see. Yes, I need to support the kids’ choices, how else will we ever grow the library!
Elza is purring here next to me when I read her your message. She says she hopes she can continue to do you proud.
Lots of love!
The Cuckoo Land book has been getting press on some other blogs and I have now added it to my to-read list.
I am very excited to start reading Cloud Cuckoo Land, but will wait for the holidays. Only 2 weeks to go….
I hope that both of us will end up enjoying it!