Q & A for hausfrau

I have grown to love the complexities of this story.

hausfrau Questions & Answers segment 


Book Club Questions & Answers

Jill Alexander Essbaum wrote such an interesting character, Anna Benz in her novel Hausfrau.  My opinions have changed since reading this book the first time.  Why?  Come check out the Q & A section for hausfrau soon and see why.


How Did hausfrau Rate?

This shocking tale rated higher than I thought it would.  Come and see why.

hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum



A story where the first line and last line of the book speak volumes.  Let our discussion begin with hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum.


Leap Year Starts it Again

I cannot believe how long it has been since I posted.  I am guilty of getting tangled in way too many "things" since the New Year.  After prioritizing, I woke up this morning rejuvenated.  Enjoying my first cup of coffee in solitude I looked over my list of books I have recently read.  I hesitated at one book and my mind wondered to the main character.  So many emotions went through my mind. There were too many nonentities for me with this novel. Do I like the story? Do I like the protagonist? Did I empathize with her at any time?  It is because of all these questions that I have decided to begin year four of The Book Boutique with Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum


Gift Buying this Holiday Season

I was recently asked by a long lost acquaintance what some of my favorite books were.  I had to stop and think.  She said she was not a reader but would love to pick up a few books to read this holiday season.  I was stumped then but now I can list some.  Here are a few of my go to books for gifts,

The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doer

The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny

Happy shopping.



The Nature of the Beast


It was like returning home for me.  Familiar characters, plot twists and a mystery I did not solve, although I came close this time.  A wonderful read from cover to cover that once again is left open ended. Perhaps there will be another Louise Penny on my TBR shelf in the near future.  One can only hope.


March in the Summer

I am a big fan of the novel Little Women.  I cannot walk by a bookstore without browsing the shelves for various book jackets of this classic, especially when I am on holidays.  Then why has it taken me so long to read March by Geraldine Brooks?  I have no good excuse. 

This summer I sat down with a cold drink and poured over the pages of this novel.  The story told from the father’s point of view was enlightening.  If anything, I now love Little Women even more.  Give this book a read you will not be disappointed.



The next book on my summer reading list was Quiet:  The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain.

This was a hard book for me to get through.  A bit too much analyzing while not offering new insight.

I honestly believe most of us are "ambiverts" (those who exhibit both extrovert and introvert qualities) and this type was not discussed in detail.

I did find several quotes that resonated with me,

"Don't think of introversion as something that needs to be cured."

"We have two ears and one mouth and we should use them proportionally."


Eleanor and Park - Book 1

I chose Eleanor and Park to read first from my summer reading list.  After a hectic June I wanted to be able to wrap myself up in an "easy" novel.  In one sitting, I was more than a third done.  I was completely taken by Park (little less on Eleanor) and knew I had a real treat in my hands.

To be 16 and in love and watch them each interpret their relationship was heartwarming and real.

Pick up this book today and share it with others.