Wife in the North by Judith OReillyWhen Judith OReilly, a successful journalist and mother of three, agreed to leave London for a remote northern outpost, she made a deal with her husband that the move was a test-run to weigh the benefits of country living. In the rugged landscape of Northumberland County, OReilly swapped her high heels for rubber boots and life-long friends for cows, sheep, and strange neighbors.In this tremendously funny and acutely observed memoir, OReilly must navigate the challenges and rewards of motherhood, marriage, and family as she searches for her own true north in an alien landscape. Her intrepid foray into the unknown is at once a hilarious, fish-out-of-water story and a poignant reflection on the modern womans dilemma of striking the right balance between career and family.
North and South (my second favourite novel ever) - Two Weeks of Gaskell #victober
Northern exposure: Wife in the North
Elizabeth Grice meets the blogger whose lament as a lonely, uprooted housewife has found international success. We are swooping along Northumberland's lovely lanes in a silver Saab, with tall flowering grasses smacking the sides of the car and the fields lazy with sheep and red cows. The curvy, tousled little Wife in the North is at the wheel, her children's happy detritus filling the footwells. Oncoming motorists - and in half an hour we see at least three - slow down, cowering into the verge, acknowledging her with a smile and an upward flick of the palm as they pass. Is she a local celebrity already? If not, it is only a matter of days.
Favorite Books Review #7: The Time Traveler's Wife
A stunning historical romance from debut author Sandra Lake transports readers to 12th century Sweden, where a powerful Viking lord will discover a fierce heart cannot be taken by mere force. Lida was married to the love of her life for just two months when she became a widow. Pregnant and disowned by her late husband's family for suspected infidelity, she was forced to return to her family in shame. Eight years later, uninterested in the prospect of finding another husband, she finds herself the unwilling object of a marriage contract with a powerful warlord. In a day, she is wed, bed, and put on a ship headed for Tronscar; an unknown icy stone and steel fortress. Jarl Magnus is pleased to have taken a strong wife who, however stubborn she may be, will surely produce sons.