a hundred small lessons


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by Ashley Hay is one of those books that i really enjoyed reading. it is not a fast-paced book, there isn’t any crazy action or catastrophic drama. it is quiet and subtle, thoughtful, and deliberate.

it is the story of a home.  a house that becomes a central character through the lives of two different women who find this place to be home at similar stages of their lives. elsie and lucy each move into this home to raise a family, to be wives and mothers. lucy is our present day protagonist having moved into elsie’s home when elsie suffers a fall and is no longer able to live on her own.

i fell in love with each of these characters and their stories. stories that were so delicately written and woven together that reading this book was like sitting for coffee with two women with wisdom to share. i also fell in love with their home. this idea that this particular house is more than plaster and wood and cabinets – it is a home.

i loved the tranquil intricacies Ashley used to give each of these women strong voices. elsie was not in the house with lucy, but the strength of her character subtly carried through to lucy’s storyline.

a hundred small lessons was a beautiful change of pace for me and i recommend putting it on your list. and grab it for a friend too. it deserves to be shared.

4/5 stars from this girl.

want to win a copy of this book for yourself? Just click here!

This November 28th, 2017, ATRIA BOOKS is proud to publish Ashley Hay’s A HUNDRED SMALL LESSONS, a profoundly relatable tale of two mothers from two different generations attempting parenthood and life and general. Their two stories interweave through the house that bears witness to their lives, a building which becomes a sort of character itself, sharing its secrets and memoriesIn this luminous and deeply affecting novel,  Hay puts into words exactly the small things, feelings we experience daily and the beauty and impact of small accumulating moments across years. Prepare to learn a few lessons….and maybe even cry a little.

When Elsie Gormley leaves the Brisbane house in which she has lived for more than sixty years, Lucy Kiss and her family move in, eager to establish their new life. As they settle in, Lucy and her husband Ben struggle to navigate their transformation from adventurous lovers to new parents, taking comfort in memories of their vibrant past as they begin to unearth who their future selves might be. But the house has secrets of its own, and the rooms seem to share recollections of Elsie’s life with Lucy.

In her nearby nursing home, Elsie traces the span of her life—the moments she can’t bear to let go and the places to which she dreams of returning. Her beloved former house is at the heart of her memories of marriage, motherhood, love, and death, and the boundary between present and past becomes increasingly porous for both her and Lucy.

Over the course of one hot Brisbane summer, two families’ stories intersect in sudden and unexpected ways. Through the richly intertwined narratives of two ordinary, extraordinary women, Ashley Hay uses her “poetic dialogue, and stunning imagery” (RT magazine) to weave an intricate, bighearted story of what it is to be human.

Ashley Hay is the internationally acclaimed author of the novels The Body in the Clouds and The Railwayman’s Wife, which was honored with the Colin Roderick Award by the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies and longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award, the most prestigious literary prize in Australia, among numerous other accolades. She has also written four nonfiction books. She lives in Brisbane, Australia.

 

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exposure.

Expexposure is the only book i’ve read in the incandescent series but i definitely look forward to checking out the other books in the series. exposure is definitely strong enough to stand alone, but i like the idea of getting to know more about some of the other characters via their own books.

but i digress.

i had no idea what to expect when i started this book but i’m glad i gave it a read this weekend. sylvie writes her protagonists very endearingly and although they both have these extraordinarily privileged lives they are at the same time familiar and believable.

there is the perfect amount of intrigue, tension, romance, and a pretty incredible sex scene. sylvie has a style that is smart, witty, and well structured – this would be a pretty fantastic book to curl up with or throw in your bag to hit the beach.

3.5/5 stars from this girl.

you can pick this book up on 11.22.17 right here!

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SylvieAUTHOR BIO:
A paralegal by day and incurable romantic by night, Sylvie is a cross-genre, and she takes Happily Ever After very seriously. The End just isn’t in her vocabulary.

An incorrigible daydreamer, she now feeds her obsession with epilogues by concocting stories in which heroes deal with the happy from the get-go. Ready, or not. And she confesses under oath to loving every minute of it.

Sylvie lives her own Happily Ever After in the beautiful mountains of Les Laurentides in Northern Quebec, alongside her whole set of characters.

In between treks in their backyard wilderness, you can find them hanging out at www.sylvieparizeau.com

Book details:
Exposure by Sylvie Parizeau
(Incandescent, #3)
Publication date: November 22nd 2017
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Synopsis:

PHILIPPE-OLIVIER TISSEROT’s caffeine addiction is about to land him in uncharted territory and one hell of a ride. One that’s about to go viral.

Current status: Computer whiz to hacker to penpal.

Upgrade status: Lover.

Well, I’m still working on the lover part.

I’m just a computer geek studying at MIT. And now I’m in two places at once – the geek and the lover battling it out to get the girl.

The only problem is, my dream girl doesn’t know she knows me in either one of them.

Now I have to win her in both.

Please wait. Upgrade in progress.