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True Places — Book Review

True PlacesTrue Places by Sonja Yoerg

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved True Places, from start to finish. Wonderful storytelling and insightful exploration of important issues of modern living. This book will particularly appeal to those searching for their own True Places and those remembering their own true selves.

A taste of what I loved:

~ Beautiful writing and themes dear to my heart.

“The cabin stood in a small clearing, and the trees surrounding it had strained toward the heavens for a long time, long enough for the trunks to have become too thick for the girl to enclose them in the circle of her arms, long enough for anyone with decency to fall silent in reverence.”

~ Fresh looks at life which will particularly resonate with mothers.

“That was, in fact, what time was: a narrow container for relentless succession of tasks.”

“Her life seemed ludicrous to her at times. She didn’t dwell on it–it was futile–but she did occasionally entertain the notion that her activities and duties did not add up to a satisfying or even useful existence.”

~ And, a non-spoiler peek at the line behind the title.

“Sometimes it takes a stranger to show you what should be obvious, how far you’ve drifted from who you want to be, from what’s right for you, your true place.”

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The Art of Inheriting Secrets — Review

The Art of Inheriting SecretsThe Art of Inheriting Secrets by Barbara O’Neal

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“My first glimpse of Rosemere Priory came just before dusk, when the last of the day’s sunlight fingered the old stones a rosy gold. It was vast and rambling, bay upon bay of Elizabethan windows, with two crenellated towers pointing into an eggplant sky.

Everything I knew about my mother shattered in that instant.”

“The Art of Inheriting Secrets” opens with these strong, beautiful words. And so I tumbled onto an old English estate, joining Olivia Shaw as she unraveled the secrets of her ancestors, uncovered her own deepest desires, and befriended English people from several classes.

Like all of Barbara O’neal’s books, this one features strong women, good men, families, dogs, food, and adventure. The addition of mystery, history, and a delicious romance made “The Art of Inheriting Secrets” a very satisfying read about true nobility.

“Our families have been neighbors for more than four centuries. Four hundred years,” he added for weight. “Always, it was the Barbers and the Shaws, side by side. We stood in solidarity over many things and quarreled about others, but I believe our people have always stood for the same ideas—that with great wealth comes responsibility.”

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