I am no accomplished book reviewer, but here's a blatent plug for my latest read.
I really enjoyed this. And it's part of a (yet to be finished) trilogy - and would make a sumptuous film. I can't wait for the author, Deborah Harkness, to hurry up and get Part Two published.
If I say there is a hint of Twilight - but without simpering, angst-ridden teenagers (I never could work out why Edward fell in love with the humourless Bella) - would that put you off? But if you were to throw in some good-quality mystery and modern-day romance with a twist, fighting and flying, killing and kissing - you are halfway to understanding the essence of this book. All the characters are either witches, vampires, daemons or wizzards. (There is the odd human thrown in for good measure - and it makes me wonder where I would fit. You know, it's not a totally proven fact that I am human you know).
Mystery and intrigue, action and world travel, magic and lurve. C'mon - what more do you need? Enjoy.
An early morning Sunday drive highlights the summer beauty of the southern Alberta foothills.
As the Rockies give way to the Prairies, farms and farmland rule the landscape.
I post these photos for your interest, to show you my world - but selfishly too, as a reminder how gorgeous this place can be. Mid-winter it can quickly lose it's charm and spectre in brutal temperatures, and grasses in ten shades of brown that convince you death has won, and nothing will ever be resurrected again.
But of course, the seasons bring about the thrill each May when the colour and new growth re-appear.
I admit to believing this land was pretty boring and barren when I first arrived. No large trees, no hedges, no thatched cottages. All I was used to from growing up in England.
Time has healed my first impressions.
Now, I relish the open landscapes and skies, and greedily breath in great lungfuls of space.