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Donna Fletcher Crow (US) is the author of forty-some books, mostly novels dealing with the history of British Christianity. She is the author of The Monastery Murders series; The Lord Danvers Victorian True-Crime series; The Elizabeth & Richard literary mysteries, GLASTONBURY,A Novel of the Holy Grail and more. www.donnafletchercrow.com

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How I Spent My Summer Vacation

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ August 29, 2011

 

 

 I'm Back!

I wonder if anyone noticed I was gone? I noticed. Especially when I returned home to 781 messages in my inbox. That, however, is proof that I spent three weeks totally on vacation— I didn’t do e-mail even once. Romping with grandchildren is much more fun!

So what did you do? Thank you for asking. The family news first:

Stan and I drove to Calgary (15 hours straight through) for a half family reunion with two of our four children and their families. Many of you know our daughter and her husband live in Calgary where he is Rector of St. John the Evangelist. They have Dominic (7) and Felicity (4) and a new one coming on November 11!

Our son John and his two youngest Josiah (4) and Stephen (who turned 3 while we were together) and girlfriend Mindy flew up from Kentucky where he attends Asbury Seminary. (Son Sergei already started his senior year and football season, so couldn’t come.) While there, at the top of the gondola ride in magnificent Banff Park, John proposed to Mindy. She said yes! They are planning a December wedding.

After all that excitement Stan and I drove back through Idaho, taking two days to relax by the beautiful Spokane River. We counted up and realized it had been seven years since we’d just gone off and been lazy together.

And, of course, relaxing means reading. So here’s my report:

THE RELUCTANT QUEEN by Geraldine Evans

What would it have been like to be the favorite younger sister of the flamboyant Henry VIII— the most beautiful woman in England? What would it have been like to be forced into marriage with King Louie XII of France— a man more than 30 years your senior— when you were madly in love with the dashing Duke of Suffolk in service to your brother?

What would it be like to be Mary Tudor? Geraldine Evans’ remarkable historical novel chronicles the joys and sorrows, raptures and agonies of the life of a passionate woman caught up in the events of one of history’s most turbulent times and lets the reader experience it all from Mary's viewpoint.

TOUCHSTONE by Laurie R. King (audiobook)

The 1920’s were tempestuous times on both sides of the Atlantic. US Bureau of Investigations officer harry Stuyvesant believes the labor relations bomb that destroyed his brother’s life was set by an English Terrorist. Harry tracks his bomber from London to the coast of Cornwall to the leafy green elegance of a Cotswold ducal estate with the help of an English war veteran whose injuries have left him with a unique ability to understand truth. And with an enchanting sister.

Wonderful character development and internal dialogue move the plot along at a stately pace as King explores the themes of the gulf between rich and poor and the nature of terrorism with rich period detail.

ABSINTHE OF MALICE by Pat Browning

This is a delightful cozy read. Browning’s Pearl, California could be St. Mary mead or Three Pines— a town full of likable people with long histories that can come back to bless or to curse them and their neighbors.

Browning’s obvious knowledge of small town newspaper business is a perfect background for the savvy Penny Mackenzie who by the end of the book has not only solved the mystery of several deaths and disappearances, righted and ancient wrong or two, but also has her personal life set on a most interesting track. A very satisfying read.

 

 

 

 

Donna Fletcher Crow (US) is the author of forty-some books, mostly novels dealing with the history of British Christianity. She is the author of The Monastery Murders series; The Lord Danvers Victorian True-Crime series; The Elizabeth & Richard literary mysteries, GLASTONBURY,A Novel of the Holy Grail and more. www.donnafletchercrow.com

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