Rose In Bloom

This month, Reading and Refreshments will be highlighting another one of Louisa May Alcott’s lesser-known but delightful novels: Rose in Bloom. In this sequel to her children’s novel Eight Cousins, Alcott’s heroine Rose Campbell is all grown up and returned from a tour round the world, to find herself up to her ears in complications: helping guide seven boy cousins now grown to manhood, supporting … Continue reading Rose In Bloom

Paddington Goes to Town

For our December “Reading and Refreshments,” we decided to read yet another Paddington book: Paddington Goes to Town, due to the emphasis on the Christmas holidays—it seemed very appropriate for this festive season. “Look,” said [Mrs. Brown], pointing ahead. “There’s the Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square. If we hurry we may be in time for the carols.” Mr. Brown gave a sniff. “I’ll tell you … Continue reading Paddington Goes to Town

Once Upon a Time: Special Christmas Episode

A Christmas Treaty By Cate McDermott Esther stepped to the edge of the clearing and looked around. There was nothing particularly interesting to see, only the bare winter branches overhead and knee-high bunches of high coarse grass, of the type commonly found in swamps. Esther was quite used to these kinds of surroundings by now, after three months of living with the band of outlaws … Continue reading Once Upon a Time: Special Christmas Episode

Quote of the Month–December 2014

“The storyteller is one who comes bearing a great and lasting gift.” —Edward Eggleston A story well told is a gift that can never be lost or destroyed. So we authors are a lucky lot: we never have to worry about buying people Christmas presents! I’m only joking; we buy each other regular presents as well. Although, come to think of it, they usually are books … Continue reading Quote of the Month–December 2014