Six Degrees of Separation – From”What I Loved” to “Still Life”

Six Degrees of Separation promises to be an interesting and enjoyable challenge, something I need right now.
I have seen this challenge around for awhile but have never participated, until now. I love the idea of the search, the connections, the possibilities.

#6Degrees is a monthly link-up hosted by Kate at Books Are My Favourite and Best.
Each month a book is chosen as a starting point and linked to six other books to form a chain. A book doesn’t need to be connected to all the other books on the list, only to the one next to it in the chain. The rules are:
o Link the books together in any way you like.
o Provide a link in your post to the meme at Books Are My Favourite and Best.
o Share these rules in your post.
o Paste the link to your post in the comments on Kate’s post and/or the Linky Tool on that post.
o Invite your blog readers to join in and paste their links in the comments and/or the Linky Tool.
o Share your post on Twitter using the #6Degrees hash tag.
o Be nice! Visit and comment on other posts and/or retweet other #6Degrees posts.

This month’s book is What I Loved by Siri Hustvedt.

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It’s a book about an art historian who buys an extraordinary painting and tracks down the artist and begins a life-long friendship. I have not read this book, but it is definitely one I plan to read. I love books related to art (Girl with a Pearl Earring is one of my favourites).

 

Here is my trail of books to find Six Degrees of Separation.

1. The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley

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There were several paths I could have gone – art, friendships, for example. But I chose a book I loved – my favourite for that matter. A book involving time travel, grief, finding love.
“When Eva’s film star sister Katrina dies, she leaves California and returns to Cornwall, where they spent their childhood summers, to scatter Katrina’s ashes and in doing so return her to the place where she belongs. But Eva must also confront the ghosts from her own past, as well as those from a time long before her own. For the house where she so often stayed as a child is home not only to her old friends the Halletts, but also to the people who had lived there in the eighteenth century. When Eva finally accepts that she is able to slip between centuries and see and talk to the inhabitants from hundreds of years ago, she soon finds herself falling for Daniel Butler, a man who lived – and died – long before she herself was born. Eva begins to question her place in the present, and in laying her sister to rest, comes to realise that she too must decide where she really belongs, choosing between the life she knows and the past she feels so drawn towards.”

 

2. The Garden of Promises and Lies by Paula Brackston

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I chose this as I love the series, which involves time travel as well. I have not yet read this newest book of hers, but as it had garden in the title, and it fit best with the previous book.
“Things gives way to spring, Xanthe is left to reflect on the strange events of the past year. While she’s tried to keep her time-traveling talents a secret from those close to her, she is forced to take responsibility for having inadvertently transported the dangerous Benedict Fairfax to her own time. Xanthe comes to see that she must use her skills as a Spinner if she and Flora are ever to be safe, and turns to the Spinners book for help.

It is then that a beautiful antique wedding dress sings to her. Realizing the dress and her adversary are connected in some way, she answers the call. She finds herself in Bradford-on-Avon in 1815, as if she has stepped into a Jane Austen story.”

 

3. The Wedding Dress  by Rachel Hauck

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I so enjoyed this novel. It involved an antique wedding dress as well, and although no time travel is involved, there were four different time periods explored.

“Four brides. One Dress.   A tale of faith, redemption, and timeless love.

Charlotte owns a chic Birmingham bridal boutique. Dressing brides for their big day is her gift . . . and her passion. But with her own wedding day approaching, why can’t she find the perfect dress…or feel certain she should marry Tim?

Then Charlotte discovers a vintage dress in a battered trunk at an estate sale. It looks brand-new-shimmering with pearls and satin, hand-stitched and timeless in its design. But where did it come from? Who wore it? Who welded the lock shut and tucked the dog tags in that little sachet? Who left it in the basement for a ten-year-old girl? And what about the mysterious man in the purple vest who insists the dress had been “redeemed.”

 

4. Vision in White by Nora Roberts

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This was the first in Roberts” Bride Quartet which involved a photographer of weddings.

“After years of throwing make-believe weddings in the backyard, flowers, photography, desserts, and details are what these women do best: a guaranteed perfect, beautiful day full of memories to last the rest of your life.

With bridal magazine covers to her credit, Mackensie “Mac” Elliot is most at home behind the camera—ready to capture the happy moments she never experienced while growing up. Her father replaced his first family with a second, and now her mother, moving on to yet another man, begs Mac for attention and money. Mac’s foundation is jostled again moments before an important wedding planning meeting when she bumps into the bride-to-be’s brother…an encounter that has them both seeing stars.”

 

5. Still Life with Breadcrumbs by Anna Quindlen

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A book about a photographer which has been on my TBR shelf for ages.

“Still Life with Bread Crumbs begins with an imagined gunshot and ends with a new tin roof. Between the two is a wry and knowing portrait of Rebecca Winter, a photographer whose work made her an unlikely heroine for many women. Her career is now descendent, her bank balance shaky, and she has fled the city for the middle of nowhere. There she discovers, in a tree stand with a roofer named Jim Bates, that what she sees through a camera lens is not all there is to life.

Brilliantly written, powerfully observed, Still Life with Bread Crumbs is a deeply moving and often very funny story of unexpected love, and a stunningly crafted journey into the life of a woman, her heart, her mind, her days, as she discovers that life is a story with many levels, a story that is longer and more exciting than she ever imagined.”

6. Still Life  by Louise Penny

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This is the first book in Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache mystery series. Loved the whole series. As soon as I chose book 5, this book with a similar title came to mind.

“As the early morning mist clears on Thanksgiving Sunday, the homes of Three Pines come to life – all except one…

To locals, the village is a safe haven. So, they are bewildered when a well-loved member of the community is found lying dead in the maple woods. Surely it was an accident – a hunter’s arrow gone astray. Who could want Jane Neal dead?

In a long and distinguished career with the Sûreté du Quebec, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has learned to look for snakes in Eden. Gamache knows something dark is lurking behind the white picket fences, and if he watches closely enough, Three Pines will begin to give up its secrets…”

 

I took a windy path, from time travel, to wedding dress to photographer to mystery, 4 of which I have read.

Next month (1 August 2020), the chain begins with – How To Do Nothing by Jenny Odell, a book I’ve not read yet.

 

18 thoughts on “Six Degrees of Separation – From”What I Loved” to “Still Life”

    • It’s been on mine for a looong time – time to dust it off and finally read it. Maybe we can share thoughts – an at a distance book club of sorts??

  1. Welcome! I’m so glad you joined! I love this meme and your chain is very special with all the dresses, and I don’t know any of these books. I hope you continue to participate!

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