Tea Time for the Traditionally Built is the tenth book in the series from Alexander McCall Smith.
Now, if you are anything like me and completely addicted to this series, it doesn’t dissapoint. This is trademark McCall Smith and continues telling us about the lives of Mma Ramotswe, Mma Makutsi and the rest of the cast from The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency.
Simple storytelling with great moral truths is the typical style of these books. They show us that the simple pleasures of life are the great (and small) kindnesses in people’s hearts, no matter how much one has to search to find them.
I love his books for his easy reading style and simple pleasures. As good as having a cup of tea!
Keep your eyes open for his next offering ‘The Double Comfort Safari Club’.
Have any of you seen the television series?
This review of Abbie Ann by Sharlene Maclaren was sent in by one of our readers, Cathy.
Abbie Ann is the third in the Daughters of Jacob Kane trilogy…and it was a super book to read.
Abbie Ann is the youngest of the three sisters and is very much Miss Independent. She is president of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, likes to walk every where by herself and doesn’t need a man in her life. She also likes to tell jokes…not very good ones but they made me giggle and definitely were a hit with my 8 year old son!
Any good “love story” needs a hero…and the hero in this book is called Noah and he is a boat builder…such a good play on the famous builder from the bible but so not like his namesake at all when it comes to faith issues.
This book is a journey of two people and how they come to know and trust God for their friendship and themselves. Plus add in an extra mystery or two and this is a brilliant read.
Thanks Cathy! And sorry for the roundabout way you had to get it to us, the page has been sorted for next time.
Stephenie Meyer does it again!
How on earth she manages to write such extremely readable books, I have no idea.
The Host is her first book, but I have to admit to not wanting to read it because I thought that after her Twilight series, her first book couldn’t be half as good. I admit, I was wrong. In fact, if I had read this first, I probably wouldn’t have taken so long to read the Twilight books;-)
The story is far from vampires, but it does contain aliens on earth. The souls are brought to earth and implanted into a host body, which are humans to you and I, and the host body is then subdued by the soul. The reason why they are doing this implantation is because of the violence on earth and it is now a peaceful place where there is no competition and murder and killing.
Melanie is the host body to a soul called Wanderer, but when Wanderer wakes up in Melanie’s body, she is not so easy to subdue. And here starts the story of two different souls in one body. Melanie’s dreams are vivid for Wanderer and slowly she becomes enmeshed between the emotions and desires of Melanie and goes off track from her ‘mission’ on earth.
The premise of this book is quite interesting and I have to admit that I thoroughly enjoyed it.
If you enjoyed the Twilight series (the books not the movies) then head on over to your local book shop and get yourself a copy. i don’t think you’ll be disappointed. I sure wasn’t!
The Starter Marriage by Kate Harrison is a delightful read!
This novel is all about divorce, friendship and starting over. Pain in bucket loads and emotional upheaval but all intermixed with learning how to get over a divorce and starting over.
The name of the book comes from the ‘divorce group’ which explains that sometimes one’s first marriage is not neccesarily for life and that it is like a starter house. I know that sounds a bit crude, but in the book it makes sense.
There is a group who for their various reasons go to the ‘divorce recovery group’ and it charts their journey from hurting to healing.
I really enjoyed this book, it was an easy to read book, which I didn’t really want to put down and the ending was happy but not overly sugar coated:-)
The Year of Living Biblically by A.J.Jacobs is a great thought provoking read.
It follows one man’s journey of living the bible literally. He takes us through some of the more obscure commandents of the bible as well as the ones we all know. He shows us the different factions of christianity and how some groups take some parts of the bible literally and not others and the various rituals included in the bible.
I found this a fascinating read as I myself am not a Christian, though I have had my foray into it. I think that everyone should read this book as it opens up ones mind to seeing the faith behind the scenes.
I am also looking forward to reading his first book which is how he reads the entire encyclopedia Britanica!