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Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Summer is an excellent time for reading. 

Recently I shared some of the books I have been reading  in my comfy reading corner.


Thanks to the over-the-arm organizer, a place to set my tea and good lighting, everything I need is right at hand.

I am currently reading The Whalebone Theatre, a novel by Joanna Quinn.

The whalebone theatre

I love finding new authors.

This wonderful book was recommended by a friend.

A transporting, irresistible debut novel that takes its heroine, Cristabel Seagrave, from a theatre made of whalebones to covert operations during World War II—a story of love, family, bravery, lost innocence, and self-transformation.

“Absolute aces...Quinn’s imagination and adventuresome spirit are a pleasure to behold.” —The New York Times

"One blustery night in 1928, a whale washes up on the shores of the English Channel. By law, it belongs to the King, but twelve-year-old orphan Cristabel Seagrave has other plans. She and the rest of the household—her sister, Flossie; her brother, Digby, long-awaited heir to Chilcombe manor; Maudie Kitcat, kitchen maid; Taras, visiting artist—build a theatre from the beast’s skeletal rib cage. Within the Whalebone Theatre, Cristabel can escape her feckless stepparents and brisk governesses, and her imagination comes to life.

As Cristabel grows into a headstrong young woman, World War II rears its head. She and Digby become British secret agents on separate missions in Nazi-occupied France—a more dangerous kind of playacting, it turns out, and one that threatens to tear the family apart."

I am about halfway through the book and so far I can say there has never been a dull moment.

Last week I shared some of the new clothes I have added to my wardrobe.

I mentioned that I had some shoes on order, but what was I thinking?

Of course, they didn't fit and immediately had to be sent back.

You may have missed shoe shopping with me, but you can catch up on it here.

I really wanted some white slip-on sneakers for summer, and believe it or not my brain cells finally kicked in. 

What about those slip-on sneakers I have been wearing for the last seven years and throw in the washing machine every now and then.

They actually fit my feet.

Maybe they have some in white. 

white Roxy slip on sneakers

As a matter of fact, they did so I promptly ordered a pair.

They arrived and fit perfectly. 

Roxy white slip on sneakers

Of course, the first day I wore them was when I went to hang out with Tessa while Cary had a medical procedure done. 

As always, when I walked in the front door Louis, their 350-pound dog (okay a bit of an exaggeration) did his best to knock me down on the ground because he was so happy to see me. 

Tessa somehow managed to hold him back, but he got his paw on my foot, in order to keep me from leaving, and said paw was not really clean. 

No problem. Once I extricated myself and gave hugs all around I just washed off the shoe. 

Stay tuned, I have ordered a few more things for my wardrobe and when they arrive I will share them with you.

Have a great day and I would love for you to check out my Etsy shop where I sell vintage and antique finds along with digital downloads of beautiful antique artwork.

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  1. Very cute shoes! Sadly I can't wear that style because I have a high instep and can't get my foot inside. Very frustrating!!!

    1. I have a very high instep too. The tops are made out of cotton and there is no problem getting them on.

    2. Thank you so much for sharing that you have the same problem. I'll have to take another look at them.

  2. I just ordered new white sneakers, too! I buying shoes on Amazon. It's so easy and htat book sounds interesting. I'll have to look for it. I think I'd enjoy that one by the beach.


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