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I finally visited the beautiful Morgan Library & Museum on our most recent trip to New York. The stunning Renaissance-inspired library was built by American financier J. Pierpont Morgan to house his collection of rare books, manuscripts, drawings and prints. If you love books then you’ll want to visit this museum on a trip to NYC!!

Springtime in New York. My favourite time in the city. . 📸 The New York Public Library

April reading wrap-up: 14 books read (5 books I own, 4 ARCs, 5 library books)! You can find short reviews on the Books 2024 Highlight on my profile and full reviews on Goodreads. . What are you currently reading? . A Great Country ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️- 12 year-old son of Indian immigrant family arrested in violent police confrontation. . Table for Two ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️- short stories and a novella that continues the story of Eve from Rules of Civility. . One Last Summer 3.5⭐️- second chance romance with reunion of group of friends from summer camp. (Pub Date: 6/11) . Nosy Neighbors ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️- heartwarming story of a group of tenants who come together to fight an eviction notice in a small town in England. . Best, First and Last ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️- a woman, her daughter and granddaughter hike the Incan trail to Machu Picchu. (Pub Date: 6/25) . All We Were Promised ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️- pre-Civil War Philadelphia, a housemaid and an abolitionist work to help an enslaved girl escape. . The Suite Life ⭐️⭐️⭐️- breezy beach read about a London hair stylist attending her sister’s destination wedding in Hawaii and is upgraded to an incredible suite. . The Secret Keeper 4.5⭐️- Canadian twin sisters working in WW2 - one as a pilot and the other as a codebreaker. . How to End a Love Story ⭐️⭐️⭐️- steamy romance about two writers connected by tragedy working together 13 years later. . Tomorrow Is For the Brave ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️- historical fiction and espionage- young woman driving for French Foreign Legion in WW2 North Africa. (Pub Date: 5/14) . The Twilight Garden 3.5⭐️- two feuding neighbours come together reviving their shared garden. . Funny Story ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️- rom-com about a woman who moves in with her ex-fiancé’s new fiancée’s ex-boyfriend. . The Spoiled Heart ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️- story of race/class/grief/trauma set against backdrop of union election in England. . The House on Biscayne Bay 3.5⭐️- dual timeline historical mystery about women who died at a mansion in Miami

New York, New York. It’s good to be back!

Spring blossoms in Gairloch Gardens.

Miss Morgan’s Book Brigade is a dual timeline historical novel that highlights the accomplishments of the American Committee for Devastated France (known as CARD) founded by American philanthropist Anne Morgan. . Jessie ‘Kit’ Carson is a librarian at the NYPL who travels to France early in 1918 to work with CARD in establishing libraries in the northern regions of the country devastated by the ongoing war. She uses books to connect with the villagers and help them recover and rebuild. In the post-war period, she sets up children’s libraries, establishes mobile libraries and trains French librarians. In the 1987 timeline, Wendy is an aspiring young writer working at the NYPL who comes across archived documents relating to CARD and is determined to learn more. . This is a well-researched historical novel that highlights the important but little-known role librarians played in the war. I had no idea about the work this organization did so found the novel fascinating in that regard. A detailed Author’s Note provides additional information and is a must-read. . I found the writing and plot a bit sentimental at times but the novel was so well-researched and I learned such a great deal that it was an enjoyable read regardless. This is a fascinating story about a little known aspect of World War I, the resilience of the human spirit and the power of literature (packed with literary references that book lovers will enjoy) that will appeal to readers who love books and libraries as well as historical fiction fans. . Thank you to Simon & Schuster Canada for sending a complimentary ARC for review. . Publication Date: April 30, 2024

I like to celebrate books and reading every day but can’t miss the opportunity to celebrate #worldbookday ! . Books have always been an important part of my life and I have always been a voracious reader but when life slowed down in 2020 I found myself reading even more as I turned to books to fill the hours spent at home. It makes sense because one of the things I love best about books is how they transport me to another place or time. As Jhumpa Lahiri said: “That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.” I have written about books on my travel blog since I started it in 2011 because the two are closely connected in my mind and it seems to me that most people I know who love travel also love to read. In the past 4 years, I have increased the book content a fair bit and I hope that people enjoy the mix of travel and reading because I don’t have the mental bandwidth to manage multiple blogs or social media accounts! 😂 . What are you reading on World Book Day? I’m currently reading The Twilight Garden by Sara Nisha Adams (author of The Reading List). . 📸 The Drama Book Shop in Manhattan

Just a beautiful afternoon for a walk!! #bronteoakville #oakville #discoverontario #lakeontario #brontevillage #springvibes

March reading wrap-up: 14 books read (5 books I own, 5 ARCs, 4 library books)! You can find short reviews on the Books 2024 Highlight on my profile and full reviews on Goodreads. . What are you currently reading? . Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️- Fun, original mystery told in conversational style. . Here We Go Again 3.5⭐️- sapphic road trip rom-com about 2 women driving terminally ill mentor across the country. (Pub date: 4/2) . The Greek Escape ⭐️⭐️⭐️- British woman working for luxury concierge company in NYC, a mysterious hit and run, a trip to Greece and romance. . Bury the Lead ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️- reporter in small cottage country town in Ontario investigates murder of leading man on stage at local theatre. . One Last Shot - ⭐️⭐️⭐️- second chance romance about a super model and a photographer in Cinque Terre. (Pub date: 5/7) . Anita de Monte Laughs Last ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️- dual timeline about artist murdered in New York in 1985 and art history student at Brown in 1998. . My Beloved Life 3.5⭐️- one man’s story from birth in a small Indian village in 1935 to death in 2020. . Summers at the Saint ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️- Murder mystery/romance set at a posh resort off the Georgia coast. (Pub date: 5/7) . Rules of Civility 4.5⭐️- a year in the upper echelons of Manhattan society in 1938. . The Great Divide 3.5 ⭐️- story of ordinary people whose lives are impacted by construction of the Panama Canal. . Miss Morgan’s Book Brigade 3.5 ⭐️- (Pub Date: 4/30) NYPL librarian working in France to set up libraries as part of WWI relief efforts. . James 4.5 ⭐️- a retelling of Huckleberry Finn from Jim’s perspective. . Finlay Donovan Rolls the Dice ⭐️⭐️⭐️- 4th in a murder series with Finlay and Vero travelling to Atlantic City. . Summer at the Santorini Bookshop ⭐️⭐️⭐️- Recently unemployed book scout travels to Santorini to help eccentric grandmother who bought a bookshop. (Pub date: 5/7)

I’m reading a book set on Santorini which has me reminiscing about the day we spent there on a Mediterranean cruise a few years ago. It was before I started using Instagram and I don’t think I have shared any photos from our visit here. Such a beautiful place but we were there in August and it was hot!! I would love to go back but maybe in May or October!! What do you think is the best time of year to visit the Greek islands?

May love and laughter light your days and warm your heart and home. . Happy St. Patrick’s Day!! 🍀 . 📸 Dromoland Castle

February reading wrap-up: 12 books read (5 books I own, 4 ARCs, 3 library books)! You can find short reviews on the Books 2024 Highlight on my profile and full reviews on Goodreads. . What are you currently reading? . A Game of Lies 3.5⭐️- Reality show contestant goes missing on a mountain in North Wales. (Pub date: 4/23) . A Conspiracy in Belgravia ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️- second in Lady Sherlock mystery series. . Truth Telling ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️- Essays about Indigenous life in Canada. . The Women ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️- historical fiction about young nurse serving during Vietnam War and her experience returning home. . Expiration Dates ⭐️⭐️⭐️- woman who always receives note telling her when relationships will end receives note with a name but no date. (Pub date: 03/19) . Family Family ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️- famous actress/adoptive mother lands in hot water when she tells reporter her movie about adoption isn’t very good. . The Phoenix Crown ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️- captivating historical novel set in San Francisco in days leading up to 1906 earthquake. . Women of Good Fortune ⭐️⭐️⭐️- A soon-to-be bride and two best friends plan to steal cash gifts at her high society Shanghai wedding. (Pub date: 3/5) . Fourteen Days ⭐️⭐️⭐️- 36 authors collaborate on novel about residents of Lower East Side tenement at start of COVID pandemic. . Here for the Drama ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️- rom-com about a famous playwright’s assistant who travels to London with boss for summer to work on production of a play. . Moon of the Crusted Snow ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️- dystopian novel set in an Anishinaabe community in Northern Ontario. . Becoming Madame Secretary ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - historical fiction about Frances Perkins who was first female Cabinet Secretary in US. (Pub date: 3/12)

Counting down to summer days at the lake…

If you’re visiting Banff, Alberta then take the time for a stroll around the Cascade Gardens - beautiful and free!

January Instagram January reading wrap-up: 14 books read (6 books I own, 5 ARCs, 3 library books)! You can find short reviews on the Books 2024 Highlight on my profile and full reviews on Goodreads. . What are you currently reading? . My Friends ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️- Libyan student attends London protest in 1984 and changes course of life. . Kilt Trip 3.5⭐️- cute romance with consultant arriving in Edinburgh to advise local company re guided tours. (Pub date: Mar 7) . The Gentleman’s Gambit 3.5⭐️- historical rom-com - final in 4 book series A League of Extraordinary Women. . The Sicilian Inheritance ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️- woman travels to Sicily to learn about inheritance and investigate whether great-grandmother was murdered. (Pub date: April 2) . The Forgotten Home Child ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️- heartbreaking story of British Home Children sent to Canada in 1936 to work on farms as servants. . The Uncharted Flight of Olivia West ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️- female aviator taking part in Dole Air Race from California to Hawaii - 1927/1987 dual timeline. (pub date: Feb 6) . Trespasses ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Catholic teacher falls in love with married, Protestant lawyer twice her age at height of The Troubles in Belfast. . The Huntress 4.5 ⭐️- war reporter and former female Soviet bomber hunting Nazi murderess after WW2. . The Berlin Letters (pub date: Mar 5) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️- family divided by Berlin Wall in 1961. In 1989, CIA code breaker discovers father is alive in East Berlin. . The Book of Fire 3.5 ⭐️- the aftermath of a tragic forest fire that destroyed a village in Greece. . The London Bookshop Affair ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️- young bookshop employee is drawn into world of Cold War espionage at time of Cuban Missile Crisis. . Miss Austen Investigates ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️- cozy mystery with young Jane Austen as amateur sleuth. (pub date: Feb 27) . The Curse of Pietro Houdini ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️- wartime adventure/coming of age/art heist with 14 year-old orphan rescued by Pietro Houdini. . Queens of London ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️- story of a 10 year-old girl and 3 women (a police inspector, a salesgirl and the head of a female crime syndicate) in 1925 London.

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