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The Year in Books – February

Elegance by Kathleen Tessaro - A Year in Books

Elegance – by Kathleen Tessaro

Slightly belatedly, I’m here to report that February’s book for the reading project The Year in Books has been read!  This is a rather battered copy which I borrowed from my mum, again, because it’s not the first time I have read it.  It’s one of those comfort reads, which you turn to when you need something soothing and familiar.  I enjoyed it just as much the second time round and I thoroughly recommend it.

If you’ve ever thought a self-help book could turn your life around, you could just be right!  This is what Amazon had to say about it…

The Sunday Times bestseller and one of the most talked-about novels of 2003..

Elegance. Audrey Hepburn had it. Grace Kelly had it. Louise Canova does not.

Until one day, browsing in a second-hand bookshop, Louise stumbles over a faded hardback. Elegance is an A–Z of style, written by French fashion expert, Madame Antoine Dariaux: a veritable what-not-to-wear in print.

When Louise starts to follow Madame’s advice, her life is transformed. From Accessories to Zippers, there is nothing Madame cannot advise upon, including types of husband (the blind, the ideal, the dictator) and shopping with girlfriends (don’t).

Within the book’s pages Louise finds clues to her own past. And as she begins to unravel them, she discovers a courage she never thought possible. For true elegance cannot be attained until she is comfortable in her own skin: only then might love flourish.

My book for March is ‘The House on Paradise Street’ by Sofka Zinovieff…

The House on Paradise Street by Sofka ZinovieffWhich, as I become absorbed by it, is proving to be a darker but very compelling story.  A real contrast, which was just what I needed.

Before I go, I want to say that I have been completely touched and overwhelmed by the lovely comments which have been left on my last post about my 500 posts milestone.  Thank you one and all for so many kind and encouraging words, it’s really given me the impetus to carry on!

I’m assembling a little pile of pretty bits and pieces for the Box of Delights, but first I have to create the box itself, cue much research into the best size for potentially sending overseas.  I think I’ve got it right, so I’m off now to have a lovely time with glue and paper and paint and ink, what a great excuse!  Have you entered the giveaway yet?!

See you soon…x