I promised last week to write a post catching everyone up with what I've been up to lately, so here it is!
I've been completing several projects around the house including the family room and art studio. I've also begun several fun art projects, and I'm committed to drawing a little bit everyday. I'm posting my art journal entries daily on Instagram. Please use the link in the sidebar and follow me and I'll follow you back!
Since I stare at the dining rom from the art studio, I wanted to decorate it pretty for March. Let's take a look:
Recently I read the December Once Upon a Book Club selection, Secrets of Nanreath Hall.
According to Goodreads:
Cornwall, 1940. Back in England after the harrowing evacuation at Dunkirk, WWII Red Cross nurse Anna Trenowyth is shocked to learn her adoptive parents Graham and Prue Handley have been killed in an air raid. She desperately needs their advice as she’s been assigned to the military hospital that has set up camp inside her biological mother’s childhood home—Nanreath Hall. Anna was just six years old when her mother, Lady Katherine Trenowyth, died. All she has left are vague memories that tease her with clues she can’t unravel. Anna’s assignment to Nanreath Hall could be the chance for her to finally become acquainted with the family she’s never known—and to unbury the truth and secrets surrounding her past.
Cornwall, 1913. In the luxury of pre-WWI England, Lady Katherine Trenowyth is expected to do nothing more than make a smart marriage and have a respectable life. When Simon Halliday, a bohemian painter, enters her world, Katherine begins to question the future that was so carefully laid out for her. Her choices begin to lead her away from the stability of her home and family toward a wild existence of life, art, and love. But as everything begins to fall apart, Katherine finds herself destitute and alone.
As Anna is drawn into her newfound family’s lives and their tangled loyalties, she discovers herself at the center of old heartbreaks and unbearable tragedies, leaving her to decide if the secrets of the past are too dangerous to unearth…and if the family she’s discovered is one she can keep
Secrets of Nanreath Hall is yet another family drama set in Cornwall, England across both world wars. Lady Katherine's story is quite unbelievable: She seems too smart to have fallen for someone like Simon and live in abject poverty when he's unwilling to introduce her to his family. I wanted to like Katherine and Simon since both are artists so I was a little disappointed that I didn't really care. One draw for Katherine's choice in lifestyle is the promise of pursuing an art education, but that doesn't seem to come to fruition. Simon is not worthy of Katherine, and the only reason I won't say that he is a total waste of oxygen on this earth is because of Anna. Anna's storyline, however, is equally tragic, but she's a heroine. I love her character, bravery, and spirit. The family intrigue at her family estate is fantastic and makes the book worthwhile. We get a hint that Anna might have a happy ending, but the book ends even before America becomes involved in the war. Maybe there is a sequel in the works. If you enjoy novels chock full of family secrets with a World War II setting, you will enjoy this book.
I enjoyed the goodies I received with the book. The Once Upon a Book Club selections have post it notes in the book that tell the reader to open a present with the corresponding page number on it. This one was very well done. One thing I loved is that we were given an apron similar to the one Anna wore while nursing the injured soldiers. Later in the book, she reaches in her apron pocket and takes out a photo she filched from her aunt's photo album, and the envelope with the photo in it was in the apron! Too cute!