Though not a fan of romance novels, I have enjoyed this short holiday-themed book. Gabby, the out-spoken, forceful matriarch of her family gathers her adult children, relatives, friends, and almost everyone she knows for her Christmas wedding. She discusses her wedding plans in a series of video messages without identifying the groom. Emotional outbursts, unconventional wisdom, and smiley smiles ensue. This warm, amusing plot line is as far from reality as it can be. Will it become a Lifetime movie some day?
If you are in the mood for over-the-top characterization and story, this feel-good book may be the one for you. View all my reviews
"The litigators were a breed apart, wild men who took enormous risks and lived on the edge. In every big firm the litigation section was the most colorful and filled with the biggest characters and egos."
--- The Litigators by John Grisham
Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them...;'Don't be afraid!' he said. 'I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior - yes, the Messiah, the Lord - has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!'~ Matthew 2:10-11
Have you ever thought that a project ought to be finished by now even though you like the pattern, the yarn, the 4-row repeats? Have you ever ever been so very ready to begin your next project--say, something like this --even though you have WIPs whimpering in the background? Have you ever been ready to wrap said project and send it with the crochet hook dangling from it to your niece for her new baby when you know your niece hasn't a clue about crocheting??
As I previously blogged, I was not happy with the first stocking I was crocheting for my friend's great granddaughter. The yarn was too stiff, which is why it has been in my stash forever! I decided to use the hot pink left from this throw for my granddaughter's Christmas gift to make a sweet girlie-girl Christmas stocking.
This pattern ishere . Scroll waaaay down to the Christmas Stocking section, then click on "Baby Girl's First Christmas Stocking" and you have the quick, easy pattern! Interestingly, the pattern is worked vertically from the heel, a new approach for me. I used "I Love This Yarn" from Hobby Lobby and a size J hook. The left-over white Plymouth Encore yielded a soft, feminine cuff. I really like that touch on this cute stocking, perfect for a nine-month-old baby girl!
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"Dad adjusted his bow tie like a knob on an air conditioner....My father whisks the inside of his collar with his finger like the inside of a cold cream jar."
This author is all about similes and writes them so well. The visual imagery is evocative of every day actions and situations that place the reader into the events in the story. The charm of this book is not so much the story line as it is the confidently created atmosphere.
Trigiani's books elicit sweetly sentimental memories of my childhood in our Italian family, particularly of my powerhouse Nonna. If you enjoy a good laugh and a cozy read, try Very Valentine.