The fun of growing all of your plants in containers is the ability to move them whenever you want to refresh the garden. Some need either more or less lighting, others become too large for their environment, and then some show off their best colors in the fall and deserve a key location.
This all started because I insisted that we should try growing citrus even though they need protection over the winter. We bought a Washington navel orange and a Bearss lime, and now we need to build a shelter for them. We live full-time in our RV in a recreational park, which means small lots- accounting for all the switching around of the older plants. It’s like fall cleaning without the dust bunnies, lol.
This week I have a few NetGalley books to share with you, so let’s get started.
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If the attention-grabbing titles or captivating covers aren’t enough to press the buy button, then the opening lines from Ms. Jones’ latest in the Sunshine Vicram series (I love her name!) should do it.
While this is the third book in an engrossing series, it’s not necessary to read them in order, the author does an excellent job with introducing her readers to the backstory-though all three are must-reads!
Sunshine was passively coerced into her position as sheriff of her hometown by her well-meaning parents and is determined to succeed for her teenage daughter’s sake. When a young girl is found beaten and the body of another is discovered nearby, Sunny and her deputy (best bud Quincy) investigate, concerned their own teens could be in danger.
This is a fast-paced read filled with heart and fun little gems like this one from the chapter headings:
I understand this to be the final book in this series. I hope Ms. Jones reconsiders, these characters are the best!
After the surprising death of her flighty mother, Saskia returns to her family’s heritage home only to find the rug pulled out from under her feet when the inheritance she expects to receive is given to an ex-boyfriend instead.
When Saskia walked away from a promising career as a pianist, her famous painter mother made no effort to hide her disappointment, driving her daughter out of her home. Hurt, Saskia stayed away, finding odd jobs, and dreaming of the day she could return to her beloved Elf House.
The house is described in such a manner that it is an entity in and of itself.
Told in two time periods-Saskia’s youth, and present day, after the death of her mother-the story rolls out tense family dynamics, societal pressures, exceptional talent and the expectations that go with it, along with destructive relationships make this a serious, thought-provoking read.
Zoe lives in the most vibrant city in Europe- Paris. With famous artists, poets, and actors circling her orbit, she should be on top of the world, but secrets from the past won’t stay buried. When her good friend, Hadley Hemmingway misplaces a suitcase carrying all of her husband’s writings, Zoe offers to search for it, only to come across one murder victim after another.
Suddenly Zoe finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation and all roads seem to lead back to one of her friends as the killer.
Set in 1920’s Paris at the end of the First World War, the author brings the time period to life with stunning detail to fashion and the french setting with its rich versus poor culture.
Zoe is a complex character. She’s a talented artist in her own right, a slick poker player, and an ingénue. Caring, loyal, and impulsive, which lands her in danger over and over again. I like how the author inserted true-life people into the storyline, adding an element of recognition and a natural curiosity to the reading experience.
An entertaining read!
Do you remember Phyllis Diller? Do you see a resemblance? 🙂