Colorado Here We Come!

Our summer vacation is almost here! We are heading to Denver and Boulder. We plan to hit all the museums, zoos, and shopping! One trip that I am looking forward to is a trip to the the famous Tattered Cover Book Store in historic LoDo. I love to visit book stores in other states. I always walk away with some unknown treasure.

Another trip I am excited about is the Celestial Seasonings tour in Boulder. Yep, the tea company! We’ll tour the facility, sample some teas and have lunch. The kids will love that!

There is also a ton of shopping between Denver and Boulder. I plan to hit all the spots but I am more of a window shopper than anything. I just like seeing all the different stores and walking amongst the locals. It will be my son’s birthday next week too so we’ll be celebrating his birthday while we are there. My husband is taking him to WaterWorld and a Dodger game and my daughter and I will be taking in the local color. I cannot be in the sun so we we’ll be splitting up activites on some days in order to get it all in. We plan to celebrate his birthday at Casa Bonita. This restaurant has cliff divers! No joke!

I won’t be online while I am gone (which will probably drive me crazy) but I have a few posts scheduled throughout the week so check back for updates. This is what I am taking with me to read:

Special Topics in Calamity Physics, by Marisha Pessl

Septembers of Shiraz, by Dalia Sofer

Barefoot, by Elin Hilderbrand

If I finish all of these I will ask someone at the Tattered Book Store to recommend something. I can’t wait!


Stone Creek, by Victoria Lustbader

I just finished Stone Creek, by Victoria Lustbader. I was lucky enough to get a copy of this from Book Club Girl, and I have been savoring it for several days now.

One might consider this a love triangle of sorts, and in some ways it is..but it’s so much more than that. Danny is struggling to maintain balance after the sudden loss of his wife, Tara. He is left with his 5-year-old son Caleb and the only family that he has close to him, includes his bitter, mother-in-law that blames him for her daughter’s death. Danny is consumed by grief and wants desperately to learn how to live again. He is searching for something, but has no idea what. He remains in the small town of Stone Creek but is constantly reminded of what was.

On a trip to the market, Danny’s attention is drawn to a woman in the same aisle. There is something about her.. the way she carries herself, her expression while talking on her cell phone, that piques his interest. Lily, also notices him and although she is married for the better part of 10 years, she is also drawn to him in a way that she cannot explain.

This is a story about love and loss. As you read the story, you feel as if you know these characters… as if they could be your friends or a close acquaintance. Their mannerisms, their preferences, everything about them become real. Lustbader does an excellent job of describing their inner most feelings and leaves you wanting more. Anyone that has experienced pain firsthand will appreciate many aspects of this novel. It is definitely a book that I will recommend.

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