What else. Umm. Got my daughter's schedule for Grade 10 today since she's at camp (sweating her ass off I'm sure). First semester English 10 and 3 lame electives. Second semester, math, English 11, science and history. Ack. I have a feeling she'll be in the office begging to get math moved to first term because that's cruel and unusual punishment.
Okay, I only read one book lately. I find when it's hot I just can't focus on reading. My house isn't too bad since I keep it closed up tight during the day when no one is home and the only appliance I've been using is the toaster. But it's still not "cool" and I'm too lazy to go up to my air conditioned bedroom. See? I'm a whiny lazy ... Well, we'll just leave the ending of that sentence to your imagination.
The Manituw by Lisbeth Jenkins (91 pages)
Amber Quill Press
Robert is a British ocean scientist who has hired a boat in New Foundland to help him gather research data. When he arrives he finds his hot captain July in jail for drunken brawling. He's sure it's going to be a disaster but once they get going things are great *wink wink nudge nudge* Robert AND July both fall in love quickly but July has problems with the locals. He is a metis (half native American - or First Nations or Aboriginal as we say). Lots of the local townspeople take issue with him and they only have an RCMP officer who comes once a week so July doesn't want to stir up trouble. Robert meanwhile tries to get him to stand up for himself or at least leave with him. Doesn't end so well for them as they both have secrets. Of course it's a romance so it all ends HFN.
My issues: (Since I only did one book I can yammer more - and bore you more). I have no clue if the author is Canadian or lives on in the East Coast (the bio didn't say and I didn't search) but I think she represented that kind of small isolated village very well, and I'm kind of ashamed of that. You hear stories of aboriginal (or metis or white) women and men being treated badly, things happening that would lead to arrests in a larger area but no one wants to confront them because there isn't appropriate law enforcement. I find it appalling and something I'm not proud of about Canada, but it seems to be the nature of remote northern community.
I found the whole deal with the author/landlord a bit confusing. What was his purpose? And then how could Robert have a job in Toronto but be renting a place in NF? Umm, It's about a 3 hour between St. John's and TO, probably closer to six to whatever rinky dink town he was in. Was he going to commute? That would be a bitch. Was he just visiting? I didn't get it?
On the upside, the descriptions of the ocean and the boat and even a small village in NF was pretty amazing. Although of the two provinces I've never visited, NF is one of them, so I'm taking that impression from things people have told me. I liked both characters a lot although I wanted to smack July a bit for just "taking it", but such is life. LOL I did enjoy it but sometimes when our own warts are exposed it makes us cringe a bit. I love the cover too. I would definitely check out more work by the author and it is a quite different story so worth a read.
If you skimmed over that, someone posted this on Twitter and beside the fact that it's fairly hot guys in underwear, it's pretty amazing what they can do. They could give lessons to strippers.