The Girls in the Garden by Lisa Jewell & Woodstock: 50 Years of Peace & Music

2E92B626-28D9-439E-906B-E5DEFD24A9B1 I have become a big fan of Lisa Jewell’s mysteries but this one was just meh…ok for me. There is a lush garden in the middle of a housing complex, setting is the middle of London.

A woman moves in with her two daughters, Grace and Pip, and has a bit of adjustment to the communal lifestyle of the garden. Children freely wander around, into each other’s homes. There’s an Earth Mother sort who home schools and feeds everyone natural healthy fare, her very handsome charming husband Leo and a few dysfunctional characters.

During a birthday party that runs late in the evening, children are still up running around mind you, 13 year old Grace is found in the bushes, bloodied and in a coma.  The resulting investigation reveals some interesting facts about both the adults and children. I’ll say I very much enjoyed Jewell’s other mysteries more but this wasn’t a DNF.


Woodstock: 50 years of Peace and Music.
I had expected this was a CD from the library but it was a book.  I brought it home anyway. It’s an Interesting compendium of stories about the bands, events, peaceful interactions and basically an overall historical account of one of the most famous concerts. For the most part the concert goers were nice young people, helping push police cars out of the mud, a phone operator stating everyone she spokes with said thank you and many other stories attesting to a civil and peaceful event.

bands I would have loved to see such as Santana, Credence, The Who & Joe Cocker. I have seen Crosby, Stills & Nash as well as Johnny Winter, just not at Woodstock. 🙂

Sharing with Joy for British Isles Friday

Woodstock is my second  book for the nonfiction challenge hosted by ShelleyRae at Book’d Out
Category is History.



Sea Fare by Victoria Allman


Quite a long time ago I read Victoria Allman’s book SEAsoned and enjoyed it very much. This is her second book and it’s packed with more sailing and cooking stories as well as recipes.

Honestly, these stories should have been in her first book as she explains where she received culinary training,  the various kitchens she has worked in, what she’s learned on the fly and how she was hired as a yacht chef, her first sailing chef position.  The interview, if you could call it that, was amazing.

Besides sailing to various exotic ports  you’ll read about her fishing experiences, how she met her husband (you’ll read about these two in her first book), a story about fire on ship (Yikes!) and get a general snapshot of this out-of-the-ordinary profession and the challenges and freedom that come with it.

Lots of seafood recipes but there was one for a white chocolate and cranberry cookie that sounded pretty good.  Instead I opted for cranberry muffins with vanilla.


As this book was kindly passed on to me by Eliot’s Eats I am going to do the same. I have renewed my account with Book Crossing. If you don’t know about this bookish site you may check it out Here. It’s a method to leave a book somewhere or pass it on with a code that allows people to track where the book travels and where it ends up.  I’m about to “release it into the wild” and will report on where it ends up.  Hoping whoever finds it will log it at the website.

Sea Fare is my first book for the nonfiction challenge hosted by ShelleyRae at Book’d Out
Category is Occupation.


Ghost Signs by Frank Mastropolo


If you ever wondered about some old faded murals on buildings and the history behind them, this is a book that will interest you.

Ghost Signs is a  heaping helping of gorgeous old building signs and a history lesson about New York’s fledgling businesses.  It was interesting to read about Wall  Dog painters from the 1920 era when safety precautions took a backseat. I placed a link in for current painters called Wall Dogs.

There is a triangular marker embedded in the sidewalk to mark it as part of the Hess property estate.  In 1910 there was a five story building called the Voorhis, owned by David Hess. It was seized by the city as eminent domain to place a subway through the area.  During a review of surveys it was determined there was one triangular portion hat still belonged to the Hess Estate. This ,marker was placed to show it was never intended to for public purposes.

Did you know Gold Medal Flour was originally named Washburn Crosby’s Superlative Flour? In 1880 their first entry into an international millers’ competition won a gold medal.


There are more stories to share but it’s fun reading, educational too, learning how immigrants started small businesses, some of which became international.

Publication date is November 28, 2019. non-Fiction and Travel genre.

Much thanks to NetGalley for the advanced copy.