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Saturday, 15 August 2009

Recipes for Easy Living - Curtiss Ann Matlock

I have to say this is not usually my type of book, I like crime and thrillers but I'm trying to broaden my reading! This was on a Christmas reading list which was posted on Magical Holiday Homes Forum. I happened to see it in my local library and decided to give it a go. I'm very glad I did as it is one of the best books I have ever read.

It's set through the month of December in a small town in America called Valentine. Centred on a young girl called Corrine who lives with her Aunt and extended family. Her mother whom she hasn't seen in a while comes to stay bringing up many emotions. It is very beautifully written and I just wanted to climb through the pages into the town - it's how I imagine Christmas to be! It even has the odd Christmas recipe in and secret Santa too. I won't say too much else as I don't want to give anything away.

It made me laugh and cry and I didn't want it to end. It is part of a series all set in the same town, which I'll be getting hold of as soon as I can. It was that good I had to post and suggest that for everyone with a love of Christmas you must read this book!


  1. Thank you so much for your note, letting me know you enjoyed 'Recipes for Easy Living'. Writing it was a special experience. I relate to you and your love of Christmas. Maybe if I visit your blog from time to time, I will actually get some planning done this year.


  2. Thank you for taking the time to reply, I can see from your blog you have been very busy. I've been recommending the book to everyone, it's just beautiful.

    You'll be very welcome to visit my blog whenever you are able!

    Hope you are settling in to your new home.


  3. pam (and curtiss ann) i read this at pams recommendation. and it is actually the first book i have read through completely in 2 years.i loved it.
    when corinne recieves her special christmas present it reminded me of the year i had that same gift and how magical it was, and it brought a tear to my eye!
    i really enjoyed so thanks for recommending pam and for writing it curtiss ann

    denise x

  4. Denise you were a lucky child!! I'm glad you enjoyed it.