The title of this piece is “The Honeymoon.” I rather like the romantic setting, as the newlyweds relax together on a grassy slope beside a gentle brook, while a pair of swans glide by. Do you suppose the gentleman is reading poetry to the lady?
It’s National Puzzle Day. If you’re like me and enjoy solving puzzles of all kinds, here’s one of the jigsaw variety.
This puzzle will reveal a scene that might be in the beginning chapter of a Regency or Austen-inspired romance.
Ready to solve the puzzle? Just click on the puzzle pieces to solve the jigsaw puzzle online.
If you need help, click on the image below to see what the entire finished puzzle will look like.
Once you’re done, I hope you’ll comment and tell me how you liked solving the puzzle.
Merry Christmas! For your enjoyment, here’s a charming image of a Regency era household on Christmas morning (it’s from an old postcard).
Looks like both the little girl on the balcony and the gentleman in the red coat are holding mistletoe, so there will be plenty of kisses to be had on Christmas morning in this house!
May your Christmas be happy and filled with love, too!
My Christmas shopping is done, my house is thoroughly decorated, and the Christmas gifts I’m giving are wrapped and ready under the tree.
So, this weekend, my only plan is to relax and read some heartwarming Christmas novels and stories that will help put the bow (so to speak) on my Christmas spirit!
What will I read first?
Hint: I downloaded this Christmas novel when it was first released on Amazon in October, but decided not to read it until the weekend before Christmas.
It’s been sooo hard to wait to read this well-reviewed book, but I stood firm and now the wait is finally over. This afternoon I’m firing it up on my Kindle.
The Christmas novel I’ll be reading this afternoon is The Christmas Company by Alys Murray. Here’s the book’s blurb:
She’s out to save her town
from a real-life Scrooge…
The small town of Miller’s Point is known across the country for their annual Dickensian Christmas festival. When the celebration is threatened by Clark Woodward, a miserly, big-city businessman, Kate Buckner steps up to save her hometown, their traditions, and her favorite holiday. But, along the way, she realizes that the man she’s trying to protect her town from might need some rescuing of his own.
With a lot of heart and a little Christmas magic, Kate is convinced she can teach Clark to love her favorite holiday. But can such different people learn to open up and love each other?
Hello, mug of hot cocoa and comfy couch! I’m comin’ at ya with my Kindle and The Christmas Company by Alys Murray!
If you’d like to see if The Christmas Company is a book you might enjoy too, click on the cover below to read sample chapters and some fabulous reviews.
Have a wonderful weekend!
I don’t often get the chance to dress up for an evening out, but when I do, I quite enjoy it.
I have a Christmas party to attend next week that’s one of those evenings out. A special dress, my best shoes, a sparkling necklace and some dangling earrings—I’ve already planned what I’m going to wear.
It’s on special occasions like the Christmas party, though, that I wish I had long hair. I love the look of an elegant up-do, and if my hair were longer, I’d definitely try to wear it up.
Of course, I’m very partial to the beautiful hair styles women wore during the English Regency period.
Some ladies wore their hair in relatively simple fashions, swept up into a bun, with curls framing their face:
While others, who had fuller, thicker hair to work with, created hair styles that were much more intricate and complicated.
I know that if I had long hair, I would be tempted to try styling my hair in the Regency mode, because it looks so perfect for a special night out.
Here’s a video that shows how to do it! It gives step-by-step instructions for creating a classic Grecian hairstyle so popular in Jane Austen’s day; and I have to say, it looks simple enough to do.
Readers, if your hair is longer than shoulder length, I’d love to know if you’ve ever given a Regency hairstyle a try. How did it turned out?
In honor of the day, here are some vintage Valentine greeting cards for you to enjoy and share. The cards feature ladies wearing Regency-inspired costumes. Just click on each image to see a larger version.
Cupid’s dart has touched my heart.
Cupid my messenger shall be
For he it is has wounded me.
Cupid to you his flight will wing,
A song of love in your hear to sing.
It’s December and I’m in full shopping mode as I get ready for Christmas.
Shopping for the right gift for the right person is one of my favorite things to do. Luckily, many of my friends and family members are book lovers, so when I shop for them, it’s almost like shopping for myself!
So here are a few gift ideas I’ve got my eye on . . . maybe they’ll help you find the perfect gift for the book lover in your life, too. Just click on any of the images to learn more about each item.
Sorry, My Night is All Booked. Order it as a tee-shirt, sweatshirt, or comfy nightshirt.
Keep Calm and … oooooohh, a New Book! This tee-shirt comes in a nice variety of colors.
Stained glass hanging of books on a shelf. Wouldn’t this be a lovely addition to a favorite sunny window?
I woke up on Christmas morning to find that Book Santa had visited my house!
I’ve had visits from Book Santa in the past, so I knew to expect two things:
- His reading tastes are varied; he enjoys giving fiction titles just as much as non-fiction titles
- His reading tastes are a lot like my own (a happy co-ink-ee-dink, right?)
So you can imagine how excited I was to unwrap these titles on Christmas morning:
Jane Austen’s Worthing by Antony Edmonds.
I thought I owned just about every Jane Austen-related book there was until Book Santa dropped this one under my Christmas tree. It’s an account of the seaside resort town that inspired Austen’s Sanditon, one of my favorite (if unfinished) Austen novels.
King John: Treachery and Tyranny in Medieval England by Marc Morris
I have a very personal interest in learning all I can about King John of England; through my Cornell ancestors I’m a direct descendant of that notorious king who was ultimately forced to sign the Magna Carta. Every time I open the pages of a new book about King John, I hope to read about some redeeming quality in the man (he is family, after all). Could this be the book that finally shows King John to have some humanity? Here’s hoping …
Organize Your Genealogy by Drew Smith
After years of gathering family histories, photographs, and documents, I have paper coming out of my ears. Book Santa must have known I needed a book like this to help me safely and sensibly share and store each precious item I’ve collected. Check in with me in a couple of months to see if I’ve put this book’s suggestions to good use.
Calico Spy by Margaret Brownley
Everybody knows Book Santa has a great sense of humor, which is why he knew I’d enjoy Calico Spy. It’s book three in Ms. Brownley’s Undercover Ladies series of old west mysteries featuring female detectives. Ever have a hankerin’ for a good laugh, memorable characters, and an intriguing who-done-it mystery? Yup, me, too. I think I just talked myself into making this the first of my new books to read.
The Successful Author Mindset by Joanna Penn
I’ve been a Joanna Penn fan for years. I read her fiction, follow her blog, listen to her podcasts, and look to her for inspiration when I need an indie-author-pick-me-up. She never fails to deliver. I rather suspect Book Santa gave me this Joanna Penn offering because he knows I could do a better job of managing my writing career (and he’d be right!). But, God bless him, Book Santa never judges; he just gives the right book at the right time to give us all the kick in the pants we need. And speaking of time, I’m currently in the process of setting my writing goals for 2017; and I suspect The Successful Author Mindset will be a big help in the process.
So there you have it … Book Santa’s Christmas delivery to my house was generous and well-planned, and his selections showed his usual flair for variety.
I hope Book Santa visited your house, too. What did he bring you?
A very merry Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year to you all!