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The Welsh Bookworm

The Welsh Bookworm is a librarian living and working in rural Minnesota. She is a past-president of the St. David’s Society of Minnesota, leads the Welsh folk-dance group Traed Y Ddraig, and teaches Welsh language classes. Her Welsh Bookworm column was featured occasionally in the newspaper Y Drych, now part of Ninnau. Laurel works for the Carver County Public Libraries in Waconia and Norwood Young America, loves reading, music, dance, languages, genealogy, gardening, and bird watching. Laurel reads historical fiction, mysteries, sci fi/fantasy, medieval and British history, Arthurian fiction, classics, and of course, anything connected to Wales. Follow my blog at http://welshbookworm.wordpress.com

Currently reading

Mrs. Queen Takes the Train
William Kuhn
The Boleyn Deceit
Laura Andersen
The Swallow and the Hummingbird - Santa Montefiore Recorded book narrated by Juanita McMahon.

Description (from back of case): When George Bolton returns home to Devon at the end of the war, Rita assumes that her childhood sweetheart will marry her and that their future will be a reassuring continuation of their past. But the boy who joined the RAF has come back a man, and a man irrevocably changed by the horrors that he has seen. Unable to settle back into the sleepy seaside village, George resolves to spend a year on the family farm in Argentina, and, despite her disappointment, Rita promises to wait for him. Rita keeps her promise. But for George there are irresistible temptations, and an agonising choice to make !

This is a novel about multiple love stories, with wonderful characters. I loved Mrs. Megalith with her tarot and crystals and cats. I loved the blend of village church characters, the local "witch", and the Jewish refugee children. Eddie and her pets, tortured Rita who can't let go of the dream she held for so long, the superstitious Argentine cook, "Trees" and his beloved walnut trees, Thaddeus the Pole, etc.

Reminiscent of works by Judith Saxton.