I read cozy and historical mysteries, a bit of Paranormal/UF, and to mix it up, I read science and gardening books on occasion.
I thought it was time to mix things up a bit and get out of my cozy-mystery rut, and I had just received this book in the post so I thought 'why not?'
Mud Season is a memoir of sorts. Ms. Stimson discusses her family's move to Vermont and the subsequent trials and tribulations of those first 2-3 years as they try to fit into a new small town and start a local business.
First I have to say, I didn't laugh as much as I should have reading these stories. I don't know why - some of these stories are quite funny and the author has a great style of writing for telling them; still, nothing. And I feel quite bad about that really. This is a well written book that had me 'seeing' her family's life unfold as she told the stories.
The stories are more or less linear, but she does jump around a bit and foreshadow a lot. All of them lead to the culmination of what will be their biggest failure overall. But this isn't a doom or gloom story by any stretch (as long as you avoid the In Memorium at the back). Rather the overall theme of the book is a very tightly knit, close family overcoming a bunch of struggles in order to live a better life than the one they had. And while the author may not have made me laugh, she definitely succeeded with this theme.
Overall, a nice read for a rainy Saturday (in keeping with the title).
Best line from the book: "Um, do we even like Grandma?"
Recipes are included.