Emily’s book review


Isabella’s Garden by Glenda Millard and Rebecca Cool

Today I read the book Isabella’s Garden by Glenda Millard and Rebecca Cool. I liked the book but it wasn’t my favourite. I liked all the descriptive words throughout the story. It definitely made the book more enjoyable to read.

I felt like it was for kids in year 2-3 only because the book had a lot of rhyming throughout the story!

A Weekend with Glenda Millard


Have you ever read a book where the words are so beautiful you just have to go back and read them over and over again? Glenda Millard’s books do that to me. Her words paint perfect pictures. Soft, gentle, tender, evocative, “… like an arm about your shoulder, a candle in the dark or like golden syrup dumplings for the soul.”

I woke early on Friday morning to the soothing sound of rain on the roof and snuggled up with A Small Free Kiss in the Dark. I was immediately reminded of the magic that is Millard. This story although quite bleak in its subject matter dealing with loss and longing and the struggle to survive against all odds had me from the first page. I could fill a page with quotes from this book but one I especially love:

“She reminded me of the sea; the way she came dancing towards you, wild and beautiful, and just when she was almost close enough to touch she’d rush away again.”

With a weekend of rain forecast I could think of nothing better than reacquainting myself with the Silk family so began a search of my local libraries for the seven books in the Kingdom of Silk series. The series centres on an “uncommon kind of family,” and each book is about a different family member or someone close to the family. The stories are told with sunshine and sensitivity, in rich, descriptive language characteristic of Millard. My favourite quote from the series is from book six; The Tender Moments of Saffron Silk and it concerns reading:

“From the moment her daughters were born, Nell read to them. It didn’t matter that they didn’t understand the words. Books are many things: lullabies for the weary, ointment for the wounded, armour for the fearful and nests for those in need of a home.”

Do you have a special author whose books you love?