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Last month I traveled to my hometown in Florida to visit my mother and go to a book talk. I wasn’t sure what I was getting into except that I had the promise of a mini spring break sans kids, flowing beverages, and pool time. OH, and a book talk. And, it was a book I loved!
The weekend began with a quick flight south. I arrived in Florida before lunchtime and we headed to my favorite donut shop for get this, a maple glazed bacon donut. And a cup of coffee. I don’t drink my usual cup of coffee when I’m traveling so I was glad I could enjoy it after I arrived safely.
Finally got to my mom’s house and settled into the guest room. She always leaves a stack of books for me to peruse. And, my good friends know I get all my best book recommendations from my mom, so pay attention. These are usually books that I need to read, or are good hints to something that’s coming out that will be HOT.
Here’s the stack in list form so you can digest it in all it’s goodness:
- Better Than Before by Gretchin Rubin
- Pancakes in Paris by Craig Carlson
- Bonjour Kale: A Memoir of Paris, Love, and Recipes by Kristen Beddard
- My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry (love the title!)
- Stolen Beauty by Laurie Lico Albanese
I can tell you that I just finished Stolen Beauty and it was great! It’s historical fiction with a strong female character who is the center of a famous portrait by Gustav Klimt. Set in WWII era you get a lot of drama and intrigue with this one. Loved it!
The next day was the book talk. What a lovely surprise! I got to hear Melanie Benjamin talk about her Swans of Fifth Avenue.
OH my. This book. Elaine Newton called it, “delicious,” which is the perfect description. It’s about the Breakfast at Tiffany’s author Truman Capote and his menagerie of rich, high society, lady friends.
And, it might, *might,* be turned into a TV series. If this happens, and I hope it does, it’s going to be must see Tv.
After the book lecture we went to lunch in Naples on the beach. Lovely. Just lovely. I want to go back right now.
Here is me and my mom. It was great to spend time with her and enjoy spring in Florida.
I ate a grouper taco with avocado cream that was delicious. I kind of have a rule to eat seafood when at the beach.
My mom’s dear friend came with us to the book lecture and to lunch. At the end of the meal she handed us a present: she gave each of us a spiral bound journal and a card that one of her friends painted just for us.
his is what I want you to remember about this story: It’s about how you make people feel. I’ve only met Kit a few times before, yet she showered us with a thoughtful gift.
It’s about being kind to others. Think of something you can do for someone else. Something they might not expect.
Then, do it. You’ll fee so good!
Now go order yourself a copy of one of the books I mentioned here. You deserve a great story!