A Beautiful Book

Dear Friends and Readers,

HamnetI am delighted to have published a response to this captivating novel in which I’ve recently been deliciously immersed. The author, Maggie O’Farrell, transported me into a captivating world far from our time and place (Elizabethan England) yet reflecting so much that matters here and now, inwardly and out. The novel I read and loved is called Hamnet. For anyone who enjoys historical fiction, please, don’t miss this book. I won’t say anymore so that you will, I hope, read about it in my review on Christine Christman’s website, Goodwords Inc.

Here’s the review

Christine’s website provides a rich and bountiful resource for readers. Take a wander around it at your readerly leisure:  https://www.goodwordsinc.net/

The book reviews give you more than a good summary and taste of what the books are about. To focus my review, she asked me to respond to the following questions:

  1. What did I learn about myself?
  2. What did I learn about my world?
  3. What new possibilities did this book help me imagine?

Attempting to respond to these points gave me an opportunity to reflect more deeply about the book than I otherwise would have. I hope you enjoy the review enough that it makes you want to read the book. It would be a great book club book.

Wishing all and each of you well and staying relatively sane in these challenging times.

Posted with love,


6 thoughts on “A Beautiful Book

  1. Curious?   I Wanted you  to know that I received this…I will check out the link on Christine’s page for her recommendations for my next read.  I tried to get the book at the library…but I’m a little late, I’d be the 39th hold…so I’ll  be waiting  for a while.


  2. Thanks so much for letting me know that I reached you. And yes, do look around on Christine’s beautiful website!
    I’m not surprised that Hamnet has a long wait-list. It’s gotten some beautiful reviews, including one by Geraldine Brooks in the NYTimes.


  3. Joan, It was wonderful to see you last Saturday. Two other friends recommended Hamnet this past week. Right now I am busy listening to “The Soul of America” by Jon Mecham. I signed up for your friend’s website. Judy

    Sent from my iPhone



    1. Yes, Judy, it was very good to spend relaxed time with you. I loved The Soul of America. Meacham has the ability to face hard truths and still maintain his hope. I’m delighted you signed up for Christine’s posts. As a reader, I’m sure you’ll appreciate what she’s done and what she offers on that site. Thanks, too, of course, for following mine!


  4. Joan,

    Thanks for this email. I will add it to my list of holds at the library.

    I do hope you are doing well and staying healthy as most of us are doing these days. This will pass. Only 75 days until we get to vote and we thought it would never come to pass.

    Last week Karen Rose and I met LinLin at a nearby park and had a good visit. We all brought our lunch and just visited. A new way of visiting, but it works.

    Cheers, Ernestine



    1. Thanks for your note, Ernestine. It’s always good to hear from you. Yes, new ways to visit. And only 75 days! Hopefully, we will finally be free and will begin to make sorely needed changes.


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