September, to me, was all about shepherdesses and Jenny Colgan novels. It was a great month.
A Year in the Life of the Yorkshire Shepherdess by Amanda Owen. The title of this book sums it up. It follows Owen and her family as they go through the year. It was very interesting to read what they did each month. I will read everything Amanda Owen writes because she is such a great storyteller. I give this book three out of five stars.
Adventures Of The Yorkshire Shepherdess by Amanda Owen. In this book Owen and her family continue to farm and serve tea to walkers, but they also search for and rehab a home. I liked this the least of Owen’s books, but I would still recommend it and will probably read it again at some point, as it is a touch like a modern day James Herriot. I give this book three out of five stars.
One Girl and Her Dogs: Life, Love, and Lambing In the Middle of Nowhere by Emma Gray. This book, about a woman with a small farm who trains sheep dogs, was what I reached for when I ran out of Amanda Owen books to read. Emma Gray is no Amanda Owen. Gray lost me when she wrote that she wore makeup every day to work with the sheep. I’m not against makeup, I just can’t imagine putting on makeup before doing manual labor for hours. I give this book two out of five stars.
The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan. This book, which Bonny sent me, set of my Jenny Colgan obsession. Bonny is like a drug dealer, but for books. She has yet to steer me wrong with a book recommendation. Anywho, this book was just what I needed. A woman loses her job at the library, buys a van and turns it into a bookshop, then moves to Scotland. She even manages to help deliver a sheep, which really fit in with my shepherdess obsession as of late. The only problem was the farmer didn’t know the sheep was going to have twins, and everyone knows farmers get their sheep scanned so they know which lambs are going to have twins. OK, I didn’t know that until my shepherdess book obsession, but it bugged me nonetheless. This book is a joy to read, and I highly recommend you pick it up. I give it four out of five stars.
Welcome to Rosie Hopkin’s Sweetshop of Dreams by Jenny Colgan. Bonny, the best book dealer, brought be a bag of Jenny Colgan books when we met up to knit. My favorite part was they are her mom’s books and they have her nots on post its on the books. They are very helpful. This book said “A bit slow starting but delightful when it gets going.” It is the perfect description of this book. A woman leaves London to help her elderly aunt sell a sweet shop in a small town. Along the way she finds herself. It was a cute read. I give it three out of five stars.
The Bookshop on the Shore by Jenny Colgan. This is the second of three books in the Scottish bookshop series by Colgan. Although not as good as the first book, it is very enjoyable to read. I love reading about the little town. I give this book three out of five stars.
Have you read anything good lately? Bonus points if it about a shepherdess or by Jenny Colgan.