The Blessing: A Review

img_1592This lighthearted novel was my first Nancy Mitford. I’d long intended to read her books but had never gotten around to it. When I finally picked this up, I wasn’t disappointed. It had a certain wit that at times was obvious, and at others so subtle that I wasn’t sure if it was indeed humor. This story follows the whirlwind, war-time marriage of a British woman and French aristocrat. The reader witnesses the two vastly different worlds collide, wondering – as many of the book’s characters do – whether the marriage will survive the cultural and philosophical differences between the couple as they begin their life together in France following the war.

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I started this on my trip to Boston and then had several days in between trips where I wasn’t able to read much (if any) before leaving again. Once I was traveling again I finished this quickly, as the narrative is entertaining and the plot never slows. I recommend this book for anyone who needs a light, quick, and entertaining story.

This edition of the book available here.

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While in Boston, my mom and I checked out the newest Tatte Bakery location, and you guys, it is stunning! A large, bright, sunny space overlooking bustling Harvard, with inspiring floors and the same yummy food that you can find at their other locations.

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Dress from Zara.

I must confess: when they first began expanding, I was worried that the quality of their food would change, based on the experiences I’ve had with other once-favorite bakeries. But happily, I haven’t noticed any change in quality, and it’s so comforting to know that I can visit any of their locations and be assured of a delicious & delightful visit. If you live in Boston or are planning to visit any time soon, I highly recommend this location due to its proximity to Harvard Book Store (literally just steps away!).

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Visit the bakery here.

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