Belonging

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”The Mill River Rescue’‘ by Darcie Chan is a story set in Mill River town and reaches from the 1940 till the XXI century. It is about the lives of the community, of one member in particular – Mary. When the older times are described the book has a vibe of a periodical novel with horses and a marble mansion. It is a gripping tale where two story plots intertwine, the young years of Marry Hayes with the modern days when she becomes Mary McAllister.

Mary has been raised by her father and was taught to appreciate what she had. They lived modestly and she was used to helping him on the farm. In fact she loved working with horses, far more than interacting with other people. She was a shy and vulnerable girl. Her trustworthiness led her to believe that her future husband was a kind and caring man and not a spoiled rich man he turned out to be. He came from a family of marble owners and there was nothing he couldn’t afford to buy. Marrying into the fortune didn’t change Mary’s good heart and she keeps looking for ways to reach to others in need, but there are obstacles in her way. Something makes her stay inside of the walls of their impressive house and it is not her abusive husband. Her only contact with the outside community is through her friend, Father O’Brien, whom she shares her secrets with.

As in every community there are people who are in its heart and there are outsiders. There are people who contribute, who gladly give a helping hand to their neighbours and others, misguided, angry or vicious, who choose to cause havoc. The first two groups do not necessarily reflect the latter divide. We can see all that in the little town of Mill River. Somebody provides the mysterious gifts and somebody else sets houses on fire.

Mary is an outsider but she is deeply concerned about the wellbeing of the town people. She has always wanted to be a part of the community and she was, in her own peculiar way. Nobody apart from a handful of people really knew her though. She wouldn’t, couldn’t let them. If you are intrigued to find out why, go ahead, it is a good read worth 3 Chrisdesign-Beetle-car-300px Chrisdesign-Beetle-car-300px Chrisdesign-Beetle-car-300px cars, stars or pencils.

Cars, stars or pencils rating

Chrisdesign-Beetle-car-300pxChrisdesign-Beetle-car-300pxChrisdesign-Beetle-car-300pxChrisdesign-Beetle-car-300pxChrisdesign-Beetle-car-300px – one of the best books I read

Chrisdesign-Beetle-car-300pxChrisdesign-Beetle-car-300pxChrisdesign-Beetle-car-300pxChrisdesign-Beetle-car-300px – charmed

Chrisdesign-Beetle-car-300pxChrisdesign-Beetle-car-300pxChrisdesign-Beetle-car-300px – good read

Chrisdesign-Beetle-car-300pxChrisdesign-Beetle-car-300px – disappointed, I thought it was going to be better

Chrisdesign-Beetle-car-300px – don’t waste your time

Wear something green today

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What other book comes to mind on St. Patrick’s Day if not the impressively illustrated Book of Kells? St.Patrick insisted on preserving the scriptures. The Book of Kells contains four Gospels of the Life of Jesus Christ by evangelists: Mathew, Mark, Luke and John. Regardless of weather or not you are a religious person, the book is a national treasure dating back to the medieval times and worth seeing. It is on exhibition in the Trinity College in Dublin. The Old Library itself is a must see. Have you already been there and were impressed by the book? Go again, they change the pages at display.

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Happy Paddy’s Day!

 

The Language of Music

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Jessica is the main character in the ”The Language of Others’‘ by Clare Morrall. She has been unusual since she was a child. Her parents wondered if she was autistic but one doctor dismissed the idea and they never pursued the subject again, despite their daughter’s struggle to interact with other people. Even as a grown up she sometimes struggles to understand the people around her. Why would people lie, she often wonders until she discovers herself that it can be quite useful at times. She loves music and has been working impressively hard since she was about eight years old, she learns how to play the piano and then the violin. She graduates from a music college with a degree. Her inability to read other people and their intentions leads her to marry a man who might be a musical genius but is inconsiderate, selfish and prone to anger.

The combination of music, the love she feels for her husband Andrew and for their son, gradually drags her out of her own little world, invites her to finally be more adventorous, to get to know the world. However Andrew builds a new wall around her, doesn’t allow her to spread her wings secluding her into a new, confined world of insecurity and fear. Despite his difficult character, she sees him as one of a few people she was able to connect with and cannot believe at first that he wants a divorce. She is left with their son Joel, who as it seems, has inherited some of her awkwardness in the social area.

The reader accompanies Jessica’s venture through her childchood, college times, her marriage and its breakdown. She eventually sees that the separation from her husband gave her freedom and she is finally able to breath and anjoy her space, nearly, her grown up son doesn’t seem to be in much of hurry to fly from the nest. Moreover her husband suddenly decides to contact her directly after all these years.

The author is a qualified musician herself and the descriptions of the music are impressive. They add to the book’s value, I believe. I also enjoyed visiting, through Jessica’s eyes, her large family house where she grew up. Characters in the book were well drawn, including her ex-hippy mother Connie, a bit absentminded and carefree in contrast to her caring and gentle father Roland. Her pretty and outgoing sister Harriet. Their mean and cruel cousins Philip and Colin, and others that she meets later in her life.

I have decided to award this book 4 lemmling-Cartoon-owl-sitting-on-a-book-300px lemmling-Cartoon-owl-sitting-on-a-book-300px lemmling-Cartoon-owl-sitting-on-a-book-300px lemmling-Cartoon-owl-sitting-on-a-book-300px owls, towels or monkeys.

Owls, towels or monkeys rating

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lemmling-Cartoon-owl-sitting-on-a-book-300pxlemmling-Cartoon-owl-sitting-on-a-book-300pxlemmling-Cartoon-owl-sitting-on-a-book-300px – good read

lemmling-Cartoon-owl-sitting-on-a-book-300pxlemmling-Cartoon-owl-sitting-on-a-book-300px – disappointed, I thought it was going to be better

lemmling-Cartoon-owl-sitting-on-a-book-300px – don’t waste your time

World Book Day Ireland

 

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In 1995 UNESCO has established a World Book and Copyright Day to pay a tribute to books and their authors and to encourage people, especially children, to read. The official date is the 23rd April but individual countries tend to choose their own day and so Ireland is celebrating the World Book Day Ireland on the 2nd of March this year.

My hometown city Wroclaw was named by UNESCO the World Book Capital of year 2016.

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I remember the long hours spent there in libraries with academic reference books… I am glad I can now read purely for pleasure.

Today I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for reading my blog. Here is a little screen shot showing all the countries and continents where somehow there were people interested enough in reading my blog 😉

 

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Thank you all very much again and I hope you enjoy reading my blog as much as I enjoy writing it.