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The Mill River Recluse Book Review

The Mill River Recluse by Darcie Chan


Mary McAllister has lived alone for sixty years, rarely leaving her house or meeting with anyone other than her only friend, the parish priest. From her house overlooking the sleepy Vermont town of Mill River, she pretends to herself that she is a member of the community. But she’s not, and most of the residents of Mill River think of her as rather peculiar, if they think of her at all. Everyone in this story has a secret to keep, some benign, some not so benign. In the end, a feeling of real community is kindled once all the secrets are revealed.

So far, all the books we’ve read have been intense, evoking strong emotions from the reader – either you really liked or really disliked the book. The Mill River Recluse is the first book in this challenge that left me feeling rather disappointed. Don’t get me wrong! It is a nice read and leaves you feeling a little warm and fuzzy inside. The small amount of violence is really rather subdued if you compare it to our previous book, The Last Child by John Hart. I was left feeling like it could have been much more, though, than just a nice read.

Read the rest of my review over at It’s A Mystery Blog.

And you can join the main discussion here.

Weekly Overview 01-09-17

Sunrise on Lewisville Lake

Outside My Window… the sun is shining brightly, the temperature made it to 60s today (finally!), but the breeze is still cold.  Glad for the sunshine, though.

I am thinking… that I’m not going to get everything done that I’d like to get done before we leave for Houston next weekend.

I am thankful for… sunshine!  Warmer temperatures!

From the kitchen… the InstantPot just beeped, so the brown rice cooking in it is done and being kept warm until I get to it.  The kitchen is a mess!  I’ve been lazy about cleaning up after myself yesterday and today – the only thing I’ve washed is the Vitamix container, and that’s only because I’ve used it 3 times today:  morning smoothie, hummus, and mocha.  I’ll need to clean it soon, though, as I plan to make Classic Red Thai Curry With Tofu And Mushrooms for supper!

I am hoping… Bill’s cold is better by the time he comes and that I don’t come down with it.

I am reading… The Immortal Irishman, by Timothy Egan (for the 2017 European Reading Challenge).  I finished Sisters One, Two, Three by Nancy Star (The 26-Book 2017 Reading Challenge) which I rather liked (wasn’t sure I would).  Tonight I will start reading the next book in the 100 Book List reading challenge, The Mill River Recluse by Darcie Chan.

I am busy creating… a counted cross stitch Santa piece.

I am hearing… “Somebody To Love” by the Infamous Stringdusters, a bluegrass group I discovered on Spotify this morning.

Around the house & garden… Christmas décor is still up and looking nice. I’d like to take the tree down before we leave for Houston, but I’m not sure that will get done.  The décor I’ve decided to leave until early February, when it will then be time to put up spring décor.

In other news…   the wall art I ordered from Shutterfly came last Friday and looks wonderful.  As soon as I get it hung, I’ll post a picture.  I chose one of the pictures of Fiona from our excursion a year ago to Alligator Point, Florida.  Unfortunately, the wall calendar holder that I ordered from Lang was not constructed properly – I called them this morning and they refunded my payment but the item itself is out of stock and won’t be available until April.  I believe, though, that the fix to the hanger is a relatively easy one, so I’ll have Bill look it over when he gets home and maybe I won’t be ordered another one.

One of my favorite things… discovering new groups/music that makes me feel good.



Our Weekly Overview… 

Monday: Bill is in California at Citrix Summit.  David was scheduled to work, but called in sick (he doesn’t seem sick, but then again, he only used 2.5 sick days last year, leaving a couple on the table that he lost at the New Year).  I’ve worked on paying bills, HUBN accounts, mailed out a couple of hats to Liana, dropped checks at the bank, picked up groceries, and made a good bit of food (see above).  Tonight I’ll work on my counted cross stitch piece while watching the College Football game and maybe catch Bill on Skype.

Tuesday: Bill flies home late in the afternoon, so I’ll have to drive to DFW Airport to pick him up around 9 p.m., provided his flight is on time.  I’ll work more on our accounts (try to get Quicken caught up this week) & whatever HUBA/HUBN work comes in.  David is off (Tuesday & Wednesday are his weekend).

Wednesday: Bill works from home for the rest of the week.  I have an appt, in the morning with the car dealership for an oil change, an inspection, and a driving light repair.  Around that I’ll work on laundry and our accounts.  David is off.

Thursday: Bill works remotely for the client in Houston.  I’ll keep on with Quicken and other office work as needed.  David works.

Friday: Bill works from home, I’ll work on Quicken and prepping for our 2 week stay in Houston, and David works.

Saturday: & Sunday:  David works.  Bill & I will drive to Houston one of these days (not sure which yet), as he has two weeks on site there for the client he’s been working with since early December.  So I’ll be doing last minute laundry, packing, making checklists for David, stocking up on groceries for David, deciding whether to take my Vitamix with me to Houston.  And if we decide to drive down on Saturday, I’ll be doing all this on Friday!

Here are some picture thoughts I am sharing … I took Bill to the airport very early Sunday morning.  By the time I got home, the sun was beginning to brighten the sky, so I drove the couple of miles to a boat landing on Lewisville Lake and took some pictures.  The temperature was 22, so there’s ice all over the banks of the lake – something you don’t see very often!

And there were ducks!

The Icarus filter highlights the ice rather nicely.