As I sit here this Sunday morning, sipping my steeped chai tea and nibbling on a delicious Date Bar, I’m savouring my last “free” weekend before I return to work. I still have one more week off and no firm plans, so it’s a bittersweet time - I’m both ready to go back to work and also thinking of all the projects I still want to tackle. *sigh*
Although I was planning to have a reading marathon last week, my husband was off for the first three days of the week, so I didn’t get much reading done at all. I did find time to read a delightful children’s novel, Everything on a Waffle, by Canadian author Polly Horvath. Primrose Squarp is an eleven-year-old girl with hair the colour of carrots in glazed apricot sauce, fair skin where it isn’t freckled, and eyes like summer storms. When her father’s fishing boat doesn’t return during a storm one day, her mother goes out on her own to try to find him, and they are both lost at sea. What follows are the adventures Primrose has living in her community somewhere on Vancouver Island as she moves from one living arrangement to another, trying to find a place to call home, yet never giving up her firm belief that her parents are still alive. Along the way, she finds refuge from her loneliness in the form of Miss Bowzer, the owner of The Girl on the Red Swing restaurant in town, where everything is served on a waffle, even steak! This funny, bittersweet novel, with its sharp, sassy, shoot-from-the-hip heroine, is sure to keep any reader cheering for her to the very last page. And, if you enjoy cooking, you can try some of the recipes that appear at the end of each chapter!
That’s all for this week. Stay cool and keep reading!
Bye for now… Julie
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