A gentle read with elements of Alexander McCall Smith and Roger Tory Peterson. This is essentially a love story between a widow and widower who find each other through bird watching. There is some very funny stuff about the vanity of people and how letting go of vanity and being yourself is liberating and rewarding. Pretty short, only 201 pages!!
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
This novel set in 1950’s England is the Winner of the Crime Writers of America’s Debut Dagger for best first novel. Award winning books are usually a good recommendation for any book, but this author also counts the wonderful Louise Penny as a mentor.
The heroine, Flavia de Luce, is eleven years old and a budding chemist. She lives with her two older sisters, her father and their faithful friend and damaged war veteran would be gardener, Dogger. The battles and practical jokes the sisters play on one another are lots of ‘fun’ and Flavia’s relentless and fearless pursuit of the murderer is refreshing since she uses her knowledge of chemistry to discover the villain. Lots of fun even if the pie turned out to be awful.