Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Book Review: Quantum Lace

It is spring, and the spring weather has been coming and going.  This novel arrived in the most delightful package. I felt as if I should dress up to read it. The author has such dignity and class. There was a bookmark, the book was delightfully signed for me, and I just had such a good feeling opening up this package!

Instead of dressing up (I felt I should have), wearing my late father's Toronto Maple Leaf's sweatshirt, I poured a glass of wine. I sat on the front porch and read. I was somewhat distracted by the robins and chickadees singing for love, but love is one of the themes of the book!

It is delightful.
It's not a long read, in fact only 94 pages, and in a large font. (Praise be!) I sat in the sunshine and finished it in one go. It is part 1 of a series. I think I would prefer, since it isn't very long, the entire series would be in one book.

Annabelle and I read the book together. Daisy was squirrel hunting, although she took a break to chase her tail on the railing. Annie just watched Dratted Red Squirrel.

The Writing

billboard-1.pngI found the author has a wonderful style. It took me back to 1895 England quite well. I could picture it. She describes a funeral, and it was very poignant. Also, as St John takes us forward in time, she uses expressions that fit the era. At first, "Kick The Bucket" seemed jarring, but then I look it up on Wiki and they say it first appears in a book in 1785! Who knew?

I learned a couple of new words: a sfumato painting, and fossicked! That is always pleasing to me, as a voracious reader!


I like to give the author feedback, as my faithful readers know. Editing is my pet peeve in self-published authors. St John has self-published, but this isn't her first book. It's well-edited, I didn't spot any typos, which is unusual!
 I did have trouble with cursive-fonts .
They are fancy cursive, which fits the setting of the book, but makes them harder to read. I think a title ought to be sans serif and in CAPITAL LETTERS.

About The Author: Leigh (Bella) St John 

 Born and raised in Australia from a family originally of British descent, having traveled extensively and having lived almost a decade in the USA, Bella now passionately and proudly calls the entire globe “home”. When you meet her, you instantly understand the meaning of the word “passion” – she lives & breathes it with an enthusiasm that is contagious!
Saturday, Mar. 25th, it was glorious. The birds were singing, robins eating sumac berries, cats were watching the squirrels. They know they can't get the birds! Today, Mar. 26th, we anticipate freezing rain!


Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

That sounds like a marvelously relaxing day.

Cat Lover said...

Look like a lovely book. Very pretty front cover.

Crafty Green Poet said...

what a lovely reading experience, red wine, a good book and the company of a cat!

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Oh what a beautiful mooorrrrning... oh what a beautiful daaaayyyy..... &*> could listen to that video all day! YAM xx

Anvilcloud said...

On the front porch? We'll aren't you just th smarty pants.

William Kendall said...

Curious as to why a book that's part of a series would just go with 94 pages as its first release, but you did like it.

Red said...

I guess I'll have to put this book on my list.