Saturday, October 31, 2009

Book Review: House of Daughters by Sarah-Kate Lynch

Yesterday was another day of mostly taking it easy. We did ride over to the local produce stand to pick up our Halloween pumpkins (yes, a little late this year - oh well) and, of course, there were chores and the regular meal preparing duties in the kitchen, but, other than that, I had a lot more reading time, which is great because, yeah, I'm still a little under the weather. Davan, who is still having a whole nasty nose issue, but is feeling pretty well, is still happy to be taking it easy, too. Thus, I finished another book.

House of Daughters, after a slow start, was a welcome light and easy read that had me wanting to read more whenever it was time to put it down. It is the story of the inheritance between three daughters of a Champagne vineyard.

The twist, because, of course there is one, is that one of the sisters has lived and worked on the vineyard her whole life. Her younger half sister and she despise one another and neither even knows about the third half sister. They all have reasons for coming to live on the farm and, thus, have to work through their differences.

After reading two books, Dogs and The Serpent's Shadow, with some, shall we say, unpleasantness, it was nice to have a book to read that didn't go down those paths. I enjoyed the evolution of the sisters and the (fairly predictable, it must be said) conclusion of their struggles, interspersed with humor. On that 1 to 10 scale, I'd give it a 7.

Still feeling rather blah and with the off and on rain outside, I foresee another day of reading and tea drinking. With my trip to the farmer's market (the last one of the season here - sob!) done and dinner planned, I've got some time.

Happy Halloween!

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