When the weather cools off, and it gets cozy by a fireplace with crackling logs and a mug of hot chocolate (maybe with some Godiva liqueur!), a novel set in the fall is just perfect. I tried to find a few for you, good reading with an Autumn theme or an engrossing story for cold days next to a fire. Amazon links are provided if you’d like to read the publisher’s synopsis on the fiction section, and CT Publishing links provided for the new releases reviewed.
Harvest Season by Melanie Lageschulte. I love this series, and her second book is just as nice as the first one, Growing Season. Light and easy reading, with loveable characters and small town charm. As our heroine has a decision to make, and we all know what it will be, she is torn between two options of city life versus rural farm living. She deals with wayward sheep, readying the farm for winter, and the impending return of its owner. But, all works out in the end, and I eagerly look forward to reading the next one in this series.
First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen – one of my favorite writers, Ms Allen writes of a family living in rural North Carolina with a magical touch. The house is a character in the book, as it refuses to let the front door to be opened to a stranger who means to bring harm to the family, or to let someone leave that it likes. The sisters all have a magical ability, with a touch of magic in baking, or knowing what belongs where bringing people together. A theft and a startling revelation bring the sisters together to find out the real truth. Set in the autumn season, it is charming and sweet, and always a happy ending.
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton. This book isn’t a page turner mystery, although there is a mystery to be solved. This book is more of a character study, slowly pulling the pieces of their lives together. There is not just one story, but three, interwoven and intertwined like the overgrown garden of the title. We go on a journey of self-discovery with Nell, as she tries to trace her true identity. We see the hard life of Eliza as she is thrown from one bad situation into another. We take up the search for the secret with Cassandra as she tries to reveal the final clue that her grandmother could not find. All three stories are told by switching back and forth through time. Interspersed within the stories are the folk tales of The Authoress. Reading like Grimm’s fairy tales, they are interesting bits and asides. I highly recommend this book, a real keeper to be read again, wonderfully complex, with richly drawn characters.
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova – Read back in 2013, I do remember liking this book that was a book club read for a group I was a part of then. It is a retelling of the Dracula story, based in the history of Vlad the Impaler. It is a complex character study type of novel, either loved or hated by all who make it through the 600+ pages. I liked it enough to put it on my keeper shelf. Seems like the perfect October read.
Cooler days are a great time to embark on a new project for Autumn sewing and applique, or to learn a new technique and practice free motion quilting for your Autumn Jubilee quilt along project. Give these great books from C&T Publishing a look.
Wool applique Heirlooms – Charming projects with lovely pictures, this book shows the stitches to use, how to layer wool pieces, and create great projects for your home. Learn reverse applique with tips on choosing and using wools. Projects include fun ideas for Autumn and Christmas as well as Spring, Patriotic themes and other ideas for decorating through the year. This one is on sale now!
Free Motion Combinations by Christina Cameli – full of ideas for free motion quilting motifs that can be used in repeating rows or combined in different ways to increase interest. Tips on how to make the quilted designs have a random effect for a more natural flow, balancing density and working in defined areas will increase your skill level and confidence. A great book for both domestic machines and longarms.
Modern Crewel Embroidery by Jo Avery gives the reader 15 samplers to stitch with wool threads, suitable for beginners as well as more experienced stitchers. Projects for framing and dimensional projects like pincushions are given along with some nice finishing details. Several clever sampler style projects will build your stitchery repertoire.
Harriet’s Journey from Elm Creek Quilts by Jennifer Chiaverini – based on the character of Maggie Flynn who finds an antique quilt at a garage sale, the book has a charming introduction short story. It is followed by 100 blocks to be made as a sampler. The blocks and borders make a 90×90 quilt if you make them all.
Decorate your home and make fun gifts for Halloween with projects made from 5 easy and stylish block motifs, including skulls, spiderwebs, and spooky eyes! Dig out those Halloween fabrics in your stash, and sew up pillows, runners, place mats, wine bags, and more, with quick projects for fast finishes. Ideas included to make the projects modern with elements like selvage accents.
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