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where morning greets you with a drum roll

I live …

where morning greets you with a drum roll

where tree bark and rock is lichen covered and carpets of moss create enchanting verdant forests, amazing travellers and residents alike

where mornings wrap around you with the aromas of sweet wet cedar and salty air

where daily the barking of sea lions and screeching of seagulls serenade those who are aware

where the tides rhythm sings an eternal symphony and rocks the Salish Sea awake and to sleep

book ©Diane M Schuller


Looks like I have another book to recommend. Seems I’m on a roll reading really worthwhile stories lately!The Piano Maker

The Piano Maker by Kurt Palka
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a well written mystery with a strong female lead. I really appreciated the straightforward manner in which this book was written. The mystery of why Helene, the protagonist, ended up where she was and what had occurred before she arrived kept me continually wanting to know more.

The alternating between past and present was quite seamless. The situation revealed at the end genuinely makes you wonder what you would do in the same circumstances. For that reason, I’d suggest this as an ideal novel for book clubs (though this was not read for my book club).

As another reviewer mentions, It’s a quick read and I liked that points were arrived at quickly; so many authors seem to drag things out! This is a succinct historical fiction novel that I definitely recommend. I plan to seek out more of Kurt Palka’s novels after reading this.

View all my reviews, if you like.

I’m very sick with the flu or some such so I’m shy on outdoor photos. Until next Monday may you have calm mornings and vibrant health.

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dinahmow - February 29, 2016 - 12:59 pm

It’s intriguing;I’ll look in the library.
Yesterday, I picked up Paul Torday’s “Salmon Fishing in The Yemen” and have had a quick look at it, but must forst finish “H is for Hawk”-Helen Macdonald. Now that’s a bit of a slog.Fascinating story, but I wish it had been more tightly edited.
Hope you’re oon recovered from your flu.

Toffeeapple - March 1, 2016 - 4:12 am

Wishing you well for a fast recovery.

Your mornings sound wonderfully natural.

Gabriele - March 2, 2016 - 4:55 am

I hope you are feeling better.

Lisa Gordon - March 2, 2016 - 11:44 am

I sure hope you’re feeling all better real soon, my friend.
You take good care of you. xo.

Alina - March 3, 2016 - 6:53 am

Oh, I am sorry you’ve been feeling under the weather.. Get well and thank you for the book review! Sounds exactly the kind of fiction I enjoy!

steph - March 7, 2016 - 6:15 am

sounds like a perfect book….i’ve been so lucky with my last few books all being winners, it’s nice to have another highly recommended choice queued up!!!

Since I’m sort of late to this party…I do hope you are feeling chipper again!!! Blech on the flu.

Candace - March 12, 2016 - 5:40 pm

I hope you’re better now, Diane. Another compelling book I must read…the reviews looked great. I think I’m in the mood for a mystery.