Book review: Finding Myself in Britain

Finding Myself in Britain by Amy Boucher Pye is a delightful book.  Its subtitle is Our Search for Faith, Home & True Identity.

This book is entertaining and revealing.  Readers on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean may understand each other better by reading about the author’s experiences living in England.  This book could be enjoyed by others, who feel torn between two places and/or cultures.

Beginning in Autumn we are taken through the year with stories about how British life seems to one particular American lady.  As I read this book before Christmas I felt myself drawn in from the present season, looking back to what I had just experienced and forward to what is to come.

The book includes recipes handed down in the author’s family.  I do not usually try out new recipes, so I cannot say whether they work or not!  Judging by the excellent way the book has been edited and produced, I expect they have been tried and tested before publication.

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What I read in 2015

In 2015 I read at least 22 books.  (These are the ones I read from beginning to end.)  I have been reading others, but have not yet reached the end.  There are some I don’t count.  For example I use some Bible reading notes, New Daylight from BRF and I study the Bible privately and with others.  Last year the ladies’ Bible study group used Be that girl by Charlotte Gambill.  It is a book I recommend.  The Bible passages are mostly not well known and the videos reflections are inspiring.  I took away from the course at least one idea or resolution.  “Own your zone!”  (Take responsibility for your immediate surroundings.)  There are also cake recipes, although some of these caused practical problems for those members, who baked.

I finished reading another book after Christmas.  The author’s writing was familiar to me from her contributions over the years to New DaylightFinding Myself in Britain by Amy Boucher Pye is a delightful book.  It is entertaining and revealing.  Readers on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean may understand each other better by reading this book about living in England.  There are also recipes handed down in the author’s family.  I do not usually try out new recipes, so I cannot say whether they work or not!  Judging by the way the book has been edited and produced, I expect they have been tried and tested before publication.

Although I used to read crime fiction years ago, I have not enjoyed this genre recently.  (In the past I read many of Agatha Christie’s books.  Other authors I read and enjoyed include Patricia Highsmith, GK Chesterton (Father Brown), Ruth Rendell, PD James, Ellis Peters and Dorothy L Sayers.)  I read one book in this genre during the year, which I found disappointing.

I have already written about some of the books I read last year:-

https://suestrifles.wordpress.com/2015/01/24/blogging-belief-and-books/

https://suestrifles.wordpress.com/2015/02/07/the-heretic-book-review/

https://suestrifles.wordpress.com/2015/07/04/what-i-read-in-may-and-june/

https://suestrifles.wordpress.com/2015/08/08/books-i-read-in-july/

https://suestrifles.wordpress.com/2015/08/29/book-review-love-triangles-by-bobbie-ann-cole/

https://suestrifles.wordpress.com/2015/10/03/what-i-have-read-in-september/

https://suesconsideredtrifles.wordpress.com/book-reviews/destinys-rebel-by-philip-s-davies/

https://suestrifles.wordpress.com/2015/12/02/what-i-read-in-november/

https://suestrifles.wordpress.com/2015/12/26/book-review-baby-baby/

Also in December I read another book by Alexander McCall Smith, The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party.  Although it involves detective work, being in The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, there are no dead bodies.

I have already linked with emily p. freeman for a What I learned in 2015 post, but I am also linking this post.