Tuesday, December 30, 2008

I have a curious craving for Blancmange...

- and I don't even know what it is!  I just finished reading Heidi Ashworth's new book Miss Delacourt Speaks Her Mind - and enjoyed it thoroughly!  Some of you may have paid enough attention to remember that I won this book in a random drawing just a few weeks past and until yesterday my life had me a little too busy to devote the proper time... so I began reading it last night... and finished it this morning - 263 pages of amusement, delight, snickering, and joy.

Note:  this is SO outside the usual genre of book that I read.  I knew that going in but given that Heidi (I have a strong desire to call her Miss Ashworth after reading this book) has quite the bloggy wit I decided that it was worth the risk.  

The book is labeled a "historical romance" and reminds me of reading Jane Austen... except I hesitate to say that because while I fully enjoyed this and found it an easy and relaxing read - Austen can be taxing to my psyche.  I thought the characters in Heidi's books were great - there were a few that I would enjoy having for supper and a few that I would cross the street to avoid!  Her obvious familiarity with the works of Shakespeare had me so involved in their "recitations" that I almost forgot I was reading a work of fiction!

My only suggestion for improving the book - a recipe for blancmange so I didn't have to go look it up on Wikipedia right now :)   Oh... hmmm, maybe I'll just have a cookie... that looks difficult to make!

5 comments:

Becky said...

My library doesn't have this book and I'm too broke from Christmas to buy it. So sad for me!

I am excited to read it when the times comes, though. Sounds great.

Barbaloot said...

I'm jealous you won it. One day, I'll get my hands on it, too:)

Heidi Ashworth said...

T--thanks ever so! Love it! Love you! Anyone can ask their library to buy it OR you can ask your library to borrow it for a library that does have it. It can be done!!!

just the five of us said...

What a fantastic way to spend the day...READING! It seems like that only happens to me when I am on summer vacation or camping. I wonder why?

Chelsi said...

I would refrain from having people for supper. Maybe just stick to the more traditional meals of meatloaf, spaghetti, stir-fry, blancmange, etc. :o)