5.20.2015

A Nantucket Tour

On a recent hazy Saturday we set off on the fast ferry from Hyannis to Nantucket.


We were headed to our 11 year old's soccer game.


And seeing as it had been 17 years since my husband and I visited the island, the journey was a bit sentimental.


But the day was fast and well-orchestrated. Nantucket parents picked us up at the ferry and whisked  us off to the soccer fields. After the game, we were driven back to the ferry with about 20 minutes to spare before our scheduled departure.


My son and I headed to the center of town, both of us snapping photos as quickly as we could. Oh how I wish we had time to enjoy a leisurely stroll as a family! Vacations have been few and far between in recent years.


But we both snapped a few of our favorite scenes. No easy feat, as it was Wine Festival weekend, and tourists and cars lined the streets.


I could tell my son was sad to have to rush….this young man who has been bitten by the photography bug, saw vistas he was longing to capture; however time got in our way. 





The shop fronts and spring flowering trees were setting a stage of quaintness and a time gone by.




It reminded me of the time we spent here for Daffodil weekend so many years before.



And as I photographed, though rushed and a bit frustrated, I was surrounded by the warmth of familiarity and memories….


and I knew right then that we will return with our children.








Even if we come over on the ferry for a day,we will return to  visit the shops...

to pop into the museums….


to relax on a beach...


to spend time as a family, exploring…..



Together.

(and yes….they won:)


5.18.2015

Summer Reading Contest!



I was so very excited when author Pauline Wiles announced  her second novel in the "Saffron Sweeting" series. Her first novel, Saving Saffron Sweeting was charming and engaging. Secrets in the Sky proved to be such a welcome breath of fresh air after a VERY long winter here in coastal Massachusetts. I was totally transported to an English country village, where I found myself an outsider peeking in on such cleverly authentic characters as they went about their daily lives. I think Wiles outdid herself with skillful character development and  an easy to follow, intriguing plot.  Secrets in the Sky, in my opinion, is a perfect summer read. I found myself unable to put it down!





Secrets in the Sky

How far should you go to keep a secret?

No-one ever accused Sophie Campbell of being a coward. From caving trips to
rooftop pranks, it appeared nothing could hold her back, especially once she
landed a dream job promising travel all over the world.

But Sophie’s jet-setting lifestyle is not what it seems and she’s been spending more time in the quiet English village of Saffron Sweeting than she cares to admit. When her beloved Great Aunt Wol dies suddenly, Sophie loses one of the few people who truly know her. As friends, family and an old flame gather for the funeral, questions soon follow. Worse, Sophie finds herself increasingly attracted to the man most likely to expose her secrets. Can she manage to guard her past, yet finally follow her long-held dream?

Featuring both new and familiar characters, this stand-alone romantic comedy is set two years before Saving Saffron Sweeting.

With side helpings of British tea, cake and wit, Secrets in the Sky explores
how finding the courage to be yourself can be the toughest challenge of all.

GIVEAWAY:

Pauline Wiles has graciously offered to give away two e-book  copies of  Secrets in the Sky!  Leave a comment below if interested! It's that easy! I will be drawing two names on Friday, 5/22/15 at 9 p.m. eastern time!

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