Happy Thanksgiving, BookWyrms!
Before I jump into the unboxing, I want to wish each of you a happy holiday! I know there are many out there who are struggling this year, especially as we get into an isolated holiday season. This year has been the absolute worst, but you know what? You’re still here. This Thanksgiving, I challenge you to make the longest list you can of things you are thankful for this year. Bonus points if you can find things you wouldn’t have if it weren’t such an abysmal year.
For instance, I am thankful for all the extra time that I got with my family this year. Since his campus was closed most of this year, I had my husband home when he would normally be in class, and I appreciate that extra time. I also am so thankful for the time I was able to write this year! We are usually such a busy family, always on the move, but this year we spent a lot more time at home and not only did I finish my first draft, but I am on track to have a completed second draft by the end of this year. I have written more this year than I ever have before, and it is a silver lining against all the dark we’ve endured. Hold on to those light moments, Wyrms and know that 2020 is almost over.
This month’s box was really good! It made for a great break from homework earlier today, and I’m excited to share it with you. We usually only receive four writerly gifts, but the three packs of hot cocoa were such a nice bonus! There were individual packs of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and mint chocolate. I can’t wait to drink these! I also received a new coaster and button, but I have to say I’m most excited about these adorable thumb tacks! I have a corkboard by my desk, and I can’t wait to switch out the pins.
The book I received was The Skylark’s Secret by Fiona Valpy, and I have to say I’m excited to jump into it. The theme is structure, and if I understand the premise correctly, there will be two narratives from different points in time, and I’m excited to learn how Valpy structured such a story. It seems there’s a little historical fiction alongside a modern narrative.
The Skylark’s Secret by Fiona Valpy
Loch Ewe, 1940. When gamekeeper’s daughter Flora’s remote highland village finds itself the base for the Royal Navy’s Arctic convoys, life in her close-knit community changes forever. In defiance of his disapproving father, the laird’s son falls in love with Flora, and as tensions build in their disrupted home, any chance of their happiness seems doomed.
Decades later, Flora’s daughter, singer Lexie Gordon, is forced to return to the village and to the tiny cottage where she grew up. Having long ago escaped to the bright lights of the West End, London still never truly felt like home. Now back, with a daughter of her own, Lexie learns that her mother—and the hostile-seeming village itself—have long been hiding secrets that make her question everything she thought she knew.
As she pieces together the fragments of her parents’ story, Lexie discovers the courageous, devastating sacrifices made in her name. It’s too late to rekindle her relationship with her mother, but can Lexie find it in her heart to forgive the past, to grieve for all that’s lost, and finally find her place in the world?
I love getting my Scribblers boxes! Delivery day is a day I look forward to every month. I hope that in this awful year, you are finding things to look forward to, Wyrms. I hope that you are reading good books, writing many words, and finding things to be thankful for in the midst of all this. Keep those heads high! As always, drop me a comment if you’d be so kind and sign up for my BookWyrm Cove newsletter. I’ll have an announcement concerning the newsletter coming soon, and subscribing now is a surefire way not to miss it! Happy reading and again, happy thanksgiving, BookWyrms!