Ferris Beach by Jill McCorkle: I loved this book. It is a coming of age story that takes place in the early 1970's. Katie is an only child, shy, self-conscious and lonely -- then Misty and her family move into the neighborhood from Ferris Beach (an exciting and wonderful place to Katie). Misty and her mother and exciting and outrageous, and everything that Katie wants to be. They become fast friends. Then something happens that changes all of their lives, and we see it all unfold through Katie's eyes. It is a heartbreaking, funny, touching story with family secrets, teenage angst, adult angst and mother-daughter dynamics. The writing is wonderful and the author did an excellent job of developing each character (lots of them) so I really understood them. Excellent!
Notorious Nineteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel by Janet Evanovich: I've read every book in this series and this one did not disappoint. The continuing saga of Stephanie Plum, amateur bounty hunter and the troubles she encounters not only with her "skips" but also in her conflicted love life (Ranger vs. Morelli). Lots of fun and excitement and a little drama thrown in. I was starting to feel that maybe these books were starting to be a little too familiar (same things happening, just different people) and that maybe I wasn't enjoying them as much. But, when I read this one, I still read it quickly - as I usually do her books, since the pace is always fun and exciting - and found myself wanting to turn the next page. I think I can relate it to a great TV show that's been on for years that you love - you may have an idea of the style of the show and the kinds of plot lines, but it's still fun and exciting to watch because you are familiar with the characters. And maybe have a little allegiance to them too. And I'm still waiting to see if Stephanie will ever choose between Ranger and Morelli.
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On to Knitting News:
I'm starting more projects. Without even touching any of my languishing unfinished projects. That's all I have to say about that.
I started the Trousseau shawl. Here is the pattern picture:
And I started the Little Coffee Bean Cardigan:
Both of these will be for classes, hopefully in March. And I'm also going to work on a little spring/Easter project too. Details later...
In News from Home:
They told us this would happen but now we have proof:
Phoebe now loves her new bed:
And today, Paul comes home after being in Bangor, Maine for work since Sunday. So, I'm surprising him with his favorite:
And now I'm off to print out clue #3 of my mystery sock knit-a-long. I'm just loving these knit-a-longs!