Another aspect of this novel that I really enjoyed was the winter setting and atmosphere. Arden does a superb job of creating a visceral environment for the reader. I felt the cold when outdoors with the characters and I reveled in the warm firelight that they huddled around at night. #WomenWriters
“Her snarky attitude is something I really liked as well — and the fact that she does naughty things, like steal a key chain from a young mom that irritates her.” #WomanWriters
Lots of people have been buzzing about this book since it came out last June.
“I’m not going to babble on about how great this book is because you should take this new found time to go buy it. Go to your local independent bookstore, pick it up from the library, or get it online. Just do it.” — Anne Logan
Immediately I plopped myself down with my daughter to get a sense of how it would go over with a toddler.
We may call our pets ridiculous things such as “Fluffy” but in this book they have regal names such as “Datura,” “Southpaw,” and “Aconite”. Clearly, we have been getting this naming thing all wrong as humans.
Beyond heart-wrenching books from one’s pile of must-love stories, books and cats (okay, dogs too…) are a reviewer’s solid company and reliable source of comfort. Working in any field for seven (7) years leaves one with various degrees of experience, let alone unforgettable moments that possibly shaped one’s worldview.
Reading any new post, book review, or update of her weekly radio appearance on CBC’s Homestretch is something that all of her readers, I assume, enjoy doing–speaking for myself. I know I do. When I started The Black Lion Journal, I hunted for genuinely friendly and kind people online that were willing to share and contribute their articles and reviews. Was I more than happy when my beady eyes landed on Anne Logan’s I’ve Read This website (what a title!) whose book reviews featured pictures of her cat? Yes. Yes I was.