The Terrace Public Library’s book club picked Practical Jean for this month’s read and I was one of the people who helped choose it. Here’s the blurb:
Jean Vale Horemarsh is an ordinary, small-town woman with the usual challenges of middle age. She’s content, mostly, with the life she’s built: a semi-successful career as a ceramics artist, a close collection of women friends (if you ignore the terrible falling out she had with Cheryl all those years ago), a comfortable marriage with a kind if otherwise unextraordinary man. And then Jean sees her mother go through the final devastating months of cancer, and realizes that her fondest wish is to protect her dearest friends from the indignities of aging and illness. That’s when she decides to kill them . . .
I love to be surprised by books – to find something I haven’t read before – and Practical Jean certainly fits the bill. In fact, I’m finding it to be a pretty harrowing read. Not because of the killing aspect – so far no one’s died except Jean’s mother – but because of the truth behind the darkly funny storyline: that we witness casual cruelty all the time, both as children…Read More ->
Terrace, British Columbia is a town of about 10,000 people situated along the Skeena River in northwestern, B.C. Â Surrounded by mountains, it is breathtakingly beautiful throughout the year, but I especially love the summer nights that stay light past 11 pm.
I'd never heard of Terrace before I met my husband in California, and I never suspected I'd make my home here, but the longer I stay, the more it grows on me. I took this picture during Christmas break last year on a beautiful, sunny morning. Moment by moment as the sun rose, the shadows on the mountains changed.
This photo was taken at one of my favorite spots; the old cemetery, which looks north upon this mountain range, and south over the whole river valley. It's hard to make out the valley in this photo, but I had to capture the sunrise, since I missed it on the Solstice (a cloudy day). Year after year I watch the sun come up on December 21st. You don't have to get up early here to catch the sunrise on Solstice morning; it comes up at about 9:53 am here in Terrace.Read More ->
Yesterday was the annual fashion show to raise money for Heritage Park in Terrace, BC. A group of women, young and old, took to the catwalk to show off historical fashions from the museum's collection and from closets around town.
We were served tea in china cups and offered scones and fruit. Very yummy and lots of fun to see the various outfits. Several of my daughter's friends took part and got to show off fashions from the 1920s through 1950s. This elegant young woman is wearing an evening gown and a fur stole, to bring our attention to the fact that Terrace has always been part of the fur trade. I had no idea that traplines still existed, but apparently they do.Read More ->
I'm so excited to finish up The Cowboy's Email Order Bride and get it on sale. I'm aiming for an April 30th release date. I'll do a final run-through of the book over the next couple of days and then get it into audio production for the audio book version. I can't wait to hear how it all turns out!Read More ->
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