Maurice’s Monthly Musings For April

April  arrived with little fanfare this year. My seasonal lectures are behind me, and already, I’m hunting down upcoming books for the fall and beyond. If you could only see the amazing stacks

Just two stacks. Oh, here

of review books surrounding me you might think I’ve lost my mind.  Well, here’s just two of many.  They will be pawed through, whittled down, and more will arrive.

Here’s a teaser. I will be offering a giveaway of Jane Green’s upcoming novel in June. Stay tuned.

The Friends We Keep

April has brought wonderfully cool mornings and amazing sunrises and sunsets here on the Cape. The afternoons are sunny and warm, not yet the steamy heat that we know is on its way.

I see car transports which mean our northern visitors are returning to their northern homes for the summer. Our roads are already less congested, our parking lots not as filled, and our restaurants will once again be available without reservations, at least for the most part.   I know I need this time to regroup, reset, and calm down. All to prepare for next season.

I have just finished reading a review copy of a book I loved. It won’t be available until July so you won’t see a review until then. However, it’s one I will be showing off next season, for sure.

Bianca Marais

If You Want To Make God Laugh

IF YOU WANT TO MAKE GOD LAUGH by Bianca Marais is wonderful. Do not miss it. If we didn’t already have the Critic’s Choice summer list posted this novel would surely be on it.

What’s the book I’ve thrown down lately? I tried reading THE FALCONER by Dana Czapnik. Just wasn’t for me. It’s getting great reviews and has a blurb on the cover by Salman Rushdie. Alas, sometimes that is just not enough.

It’s hard to believe that I am so inundated with books at this time of year. I have to remind myself that summer  is a big reading time. So, I will be posting a summer reading list from Maurice. Soon. I have my favorite authors and they are not disappointing me this year.

This is the time of year when the gardening bug hits me.

Shrimp plant shrub

Basket Plant

We have some new flowering shrubs and colorful new plants in our garden. And my orchids are going nuts.  Wait until midsummer and I will post them all in bloom….. The front of the house gets northern exposure and is great for roses and flowering shrubs. The lanai area in the back gets southern exposure and is perfect for the orchids.

This is a great time to let you know about a great new little gardening book for the kids. Joanna Gaines is just out with a gorgeous book called The Gardeners.

We Are The Gardeners

She’s penned  it  with her kids. I think it’s the perfect Easter gift for grandkids. Maybe you will too.

I’ll have another update in May. I’d love to hear what you have planned for your summer!


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