Monday, February 11, 2013

Alphabet Weekends by Elizabeth Noble


Isn’t Love Lovely?  (Love Week)

Thursday is Valentine’s Day, so I thought this week I would concentrate on love.  I am lucky to have found a love that has lasted over two decades.  Sometimes love doesn’t come that easy. And I know sometimes it’s just the little things we do for each other that show how much we truly care.  For me love is moving to cold Northern Idaho when you’ve had enough Iowa winters to last you a lifetime.  Love is reading a book instead of complaining about too much football. Love is telling your wife she’s beautiful after twenty years. Love is thanking God every night for your spouse. 

Alphabet Weekends by Elizabeth Noble is about love, actually the many stages of love.  It’s about the love of a couple married forty years facing health issues. It’s about the exhausting love of a newborn baby in the family. It’s about another couple in the throes of unlovely complications.  And finally, there’s the pursuit of love. The main storyline revolves around Tom and Natalie.  They have known each other since they were kids. Tom has always liked Natalie but she considers him more like a brother than boyfriend material.  After Simon, her self-absorbed boyfriend of six years, dumps Natalie, the thirty-five-year-old is suddenly loveless.  That’s when Tom steps in to see if he can change all that.  He proposes a game of sorts where they would spend twenty-six weekends going through an alphabet of activities designed to see if they could find happiness together.  She’s skeptical; he’s enthusiastic. We start with “A is for Abseiling,” which translated from British to American, means rappelling.  Not all of the letters are thrill-seekers. Some are quite ordinary like “E is for Equine Eating” and “D is for Do It Yourself.”  Frankly, he had me at “I is for IKEA,” but there are even better ones. I was familiar with “V is for ….” Well, you’ll have to read it.  But trust me, it was a good choice! “P” was even more exciting. 

I liked the writing, too. And as you’d expect in proper English there were rhetorical questions scattered throughout, weren’t there? I liked all those unfamiliar British words and expressions which made me smile.  Phrases like “you nutter”; “he fancied her rotten”; and “he’s knackered” were amusing.  So was a scene at IKEA. “In the Bathrooms, a couple were arguing about towel colours. Apparently he was a stupid colour-blind git while his wife, allegedly ‘wouldn’t know good taste if it smacked [her] in the arse’."
Elizabeth Noble, Alphabet Weekends (New York: HarperCollins, 2005), 171.

Gotta love it.


In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’d like to give away this “lovely” double-sided heart pendant.  On one side there is an orange heart; flip it over and on the other side is a purple heart. It’s like having two necklaces in one. Be the fourth person to email me at readinginthegarden@gmail.com to win. Sorry, no international shipments. The pendant was handcrafted by Sassy Sisters in the U.S.A., and yes, I’m one of those sassy girls.  Visit our website at www.SassySisters-USA.com to see our jewelry collection.  

Congratulations to Cheryl from Idaho who won the pendant.  Check back for other giveaways!

What’s your definition of love? Enter a comment or email me at Readinginthegarden@gmail.com and I will post your answer.




Happy Reading,
Annette

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1 comment:

  1. You made me curious to read the book. The meaning of love changes over the years. But most important to have fun together and to laugh alot.
    Happy Valentines Day
    P.S. the pentant are very cute.

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