Highlights of the evening:
- Birthday cake (and berries, and whipped cream, made by Kerry), along with singing, in honor of Lisa's birthday
- Quite possibly the most wonderful sorbet made by the amazing Christopher Elbow: basil lime and creme fraiche. wow. Thank youuu, Amanda.
The book discussion was also good. The Blue Castle scored about a 60% on the group blind thumb range rating (obviously highly accurate and authoritative).
Personally, I really enjoyed reading the book...it was a quick, fun read (though, during the first 50 pages or so, it was so depressing I didn't know if I would be able to handle it). Valancy's character was sassy (in an early-1900s sort of way) and endearing, and the nature writing was beautiful. Overall, I found the plot to be a little lacking...the romance was a little cheesy, the other characters didn't have much depth. For a young-adult book, though, particularly one from that era, it gets an up-leaning thumb from me.