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The Sunday Salon: Photos!

Sunday Salon

As you know, my kids were in a recent production of The Music Man. Some of you have asked for pics and although I am not allowed to snap pics backstage, I did manage to sneak a few in. Shhhh.

The Girl from River City

"Marcellus" & the River City Girl

Bakstage Pep Talk

Me and the Fam After the Show
Extended Family and Friends After the Show

We are a rag-tag group, are we not? No one in the Fam lets me take pictures so they are always rushed and everyone is always confused. Do I stand here? Am I supposed to be in this one? What are we doing right now? That last family pic has the following people in it, in case you are curious: (left to right) my one FIL, my nephew and his lovely wife, The Hub, The Girl, my MIL, The Boy, my other FIL, my SIL, my BIL, and two dear friends of the family.

Yep. Utter confusion. That is why we always look like an ant hill that just got stepped on. I REALLY wanted to get a photo of my daughter in her majorette costume but I was so sick at the time, it didn’t occur to me to try. The Boy also had so many different costumes that I never got to snap. Oh well!

Now for the Winter Formal pic. The ONLY pic I have because The Boy had a fever and he was not feeling well. You guessed it, he wouldn’t let me take any. All I have is this one professional pic taken at the dance.

Winter Formal 2013
They look great though, don’t they?

As for today, it’s gorgeous out and we are going to spend the day watching movies. I have Flight from Netflix and then we have been on a James Bond kick so we may watch one of those movies too. For dinner, possibly steaks on the grill. Maybe Carne Asada tacos. Haven’t decided but whatever it is, it will be grilled outdoors in this beautiful weather. Oh! I just remembered that The Girl has a birthday party right around dinner time. Hmmm. Will have to figure that one out.

Reading? I am reading Is This Tomorrow by Caroline Leavitt and I started The Adults by Alison Espach. What are you doing today?

Review: The Light Between Oceans

The Light Between Oceans

The Light Between Oceans
By M.L. Stedman
(Scribner, Hardcover, 9781451681734, July 2012, 352pp.)

The Short of It:

An impossible situation set in a beautiful and captivating setting. A story of love and loss. It left me breathless.

The Rest of It:

After four, very long years fighting on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia a different man. After what he’s seen, what he needs is a total break from reality and he finds it in a position as a lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock. For a while it’s just him and the lighthouse and he likes it that way. But after being ashore only a few times and his only contact being the supply boat that comes every six months, he begins to wonder what it would be like to share his life with someone else.

Isabel is a bold, adventurous young woman and after a few chance encounters with Tom, it’s clear to both of them that there is more than just a friendship there. But what concerns Tom is life on the island itself. Will Isabel be able to adapt to the harsh weather? Will she be able to deal with the isolation? But she assures Tom that they will be happy, and they are but after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, Isabel’s view of the island shifts. What was once such a happy place, is now a stark reminder of their loneliness.

When a boat washes ashore with a baby inside of it, it’s clear that the events of that day will forever leave their mark.

This was an amazing read for so many reasons that I have to list them out:

  • The setting. Stark, yet beautiful. Stedman did an amazing job at putting me right on the island. 
  • Tom and Isabel are so likable that when their choices cause them to go the other way, somehow I was okay with it even though I knew in my heart that such a decision would do them in.
  • With each chapter, I continued to question what was right and wrong.  I don’t think I ever stopped doing that even when I turned the last page. I so wanted to discuss this with a book club because there is just so much to discuss.
  • The other characters all play significant roles in the decisions that are made and I loved that. Everyone had a purpose and there were times where it truly felt like a community even though it was a community struggling to do the right thing.
  • Not once did I ever question the possibility of such a thing happening. The isolation of the island made it possible and in that sense, played a critical role.
  • Once the story gets going I could not put it down. I needed to know about these people and what was going to happen to them.
  • Tom. God love him. Such a tortured soul. I wanted to scoop that man up and give him a hug.

Honestly, I could go on and on. The Light Between Oceans had me asking myself what I’d do in a similar situation and although putting yourself under a microscope for that kind of scrutiny is uncomfortable, it was also enlightening. How far will a person go to be happy? How does love change that? Apparently, quite a bit.

Loved this one. I wish everyone could stop what they are doing and read it right now. It’s that good.

Source: Sent to me by the publisher via Library Thing.
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