Today I am Amaryllis turned Angel Gabriel and the Lilac Fairy because I bring you GOOD NEWS! Let’s face it, things are pretty dismal at the moment but not in this bookshop as we have had our first bookshop baby! Yes, T has had a baby girl, born on Sunday morning which was also International Woman’s Day so just perfect. She is named (of course) after one of T and I’s favourite literary heroines, Harriet (as in Vane much beloved by Lord Peter). Pink balloons festoon the shop window and we are all jostling for position as fairy godmother but I am the Lilac Fairy and she gets the solo dances. We are all so happy for T and I am sure their two cats will just love the new addition to the family…
All of which leads me on to Mother’s Day and more than ever we need fabulous and transportive reads (and I am also thinking very much of T as it will be her first).
- The Diary of a Provincial Lady – E.M.Delafield – Hilarious fictionalised trials and tribulations of a 1930s wife and mother.
- Malice Aforethought – Francis Iles – Classic crime in a pretty Devon village (perfect for T).
- The Nutmeg Tree – Margery Sharp – Very witty and engaging mother/daughter novel set in the French sun.
- Thornyhold – Mary Stewart – Romance and suspense in a cottage in a wood.
- East Lynne – Ellen Wood – Gorgeous victorian melodrama – coronavirus will seem very mundane in comparison.