Literary Friday: The Rosemary Spell

Friday, February 5, 2016

Happy Literary Friday!  So sorry for posting this late, but I'm slow moving this morning.  This week I read The Rosemary Spell by Virginia Zimmerman.  It's this quarter's book club selection for Page à Vu.  Click on the button below and visit the blog!

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According to Goodreads:

Best friends Rosie and Adam find an old book with blank pages that fill with handwriting before their eyes. Something about this magical book has the power to make people vanish, even from memory. The power lies in a poem—a spell. When Adam's older sister, Shelby, disappears, they struggle to retain their memories of her as they race against time to bring her back from the void, risking their own lives in the process.

I really enjoyed this little book.  It's characterized as a middle grades book probably because the main characters are in middle school, but I think YA readers will enjoy it, too, given the supernatural qualities of the magical book.  Thought to be a Shakespeare false codex, the mysterious book contains a list of flowers and herbs found in Shakespeare's writings.  The rosemary spell is from Ophelia's mad speech:  "There's rosemary, that's for remembrance. Pray [you], love, remember." This book would enhance the reading of Hamlet and/or Macbeth.

The codex itself is found in Rosie's room which at one time belonged to a famous poet, Constance Brook.  Rosie and Adam are partners working on a classroom poetry project and decide to choose Constance as their topic.  They believe she's their only hope in saving Shelby from the void, but when they visit her at the nursing home it's clear that Alzheimer's has taken its toll on her once sharp and creative brain.  Constance does have a few lucid moments, and with her hints and their research, Rosie and Adam think they know how to rescue Shelby, but they are pushed for time because the spell becomes permanent at the start of the new moon.

The timing could not have been better for my reading this book because we are reading Hamlet now in school, and next week we'll read a few sonnets before moving on to Macbeth.  I've already decided to assign The Rosemary Spell as independent reading next week.  

Thanks to Beth, Angie, and Kenzie for a great choice for this quarter!

What have you been reading this week?  This is a link party!

Until next time...

Happy reading!
Ricki Jill

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Happy Wednesday, My Lovelies!
 I hope your day is better than mine.  The cold I had last week decided to morph into Influenza-A Monday.  (I know that's medically impossible, but the point is I'm sure the cold and then going to two horse shows over the weekend didn't help.)

The good news is that Tamiflu is a miracle drug.  I'm so much better after only two doses.

I already had these photos of hearts around our home in my camera, so I thought I'd share.  

My latest Valentine's Day decor bought this year at Pier1
I like the ribbon because it reminds me of MacKenzie-Childs Courtly Check!

Mr. Art @ Home bought me these MacKenzie-Childs bowls for Christmas.
I think they look great with my older placemats.

These photos are from the dining room.  If the heart placemats seem familiar, it's because they can be buttoned together to form a table runner.

I know I post this heart all the time, but I love it.  I bought it when we'd only been married a year or so.  There is a hanging charm for each month, and of course February's is a heart.

I did read a book this week, so there will be a Literary Friday post tomorrow.  It just might not be my best post, and it will probably be brief.

Until next time...

Ricki Jill

Literary Friday: Safe Haven

Friday, January 29, 2016

Happy Literary Friday, My Lovelies!  This week I read Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks.  Each Christmas, our daughters and I enjoy watching movies, and Safe Haven was a favorite.  Shanley Belle checked-out the book from the library, and I checked it out, too, upon her recommendation.

Erin is married to a monster named Kevin.  Kevin is a police detective in Boston, and he has a history of mentally and physically abusing her.  She lives in a virtual prison, and she never knows what will trigger his harassment and abuse.  Erin finds her chance to escape when Kevin must travel to another town to appear as a witness in a high-profile case.  She cuts her blonde hair and dyes it brown before catching a bus to Philadelphia.  She waits tables at a couple of restaurants because she needs the money, but she quickly moves on because she recognizes Kevin's car: He knows she's in Philly! Eventually she ends-up in the sleepy coastal town of  Southport, North Carolina.  She now goes by Katie.

Katie is in survival mode.   She's hungry, she's lost weight, and she wants to simply find a job and live frugally so she can save half her wages in case she needs to run again.  She is too broken and scared to form any relationships or friendships in her new town.  Her plans are thwarted when buying supplies in the local country store, she meets the store's proprietor, Alex.  They slowly begin a friendship and eventually admit they're attracted to each other.  Alex is a widower with two young children: Josh who's six and Kristen who's five.  Katie is great with the kids, and she enjoys spending time with the little family.  Katie is reluctant to let down her guard, but with the encouragement of her neighbor and friend Jo, she opens her heart to the possibility of joining this sweet family.  The only problem is that she's still married to a monster, and she's scared that his superior detective skills will lead him to Southport.

I love this book.  It is the first Nicholas Sparks book I've ever read, and from what I understand most of them have unhappy endings (hence the reason I don't read them).  However, this one does have a happy ending, and I like how Sparks tells the story about the marriage from hell in flashbacks woven throughout the novel.  The scenes containing the spousal abuse are tough to read (I almost had to book the book down a couple of times).  The story is told from both Katie and Kevin's points of view, and Kevin's depraved justification for his actions are truly chilling sections to read, so consider yourself forewarned!

On a side note, the movie is a lovely adaptation of the book.  Here is the trailer:

Safe Haven stars Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough

What have you read lately? This is a link party!

Until next time…

Happy reading!
Ricki Jill

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