First, I went to my gorgeous friend’s gorgeous wedding on
Vancouver Island which is a gorgeous place and led me to ponder what books I
have read set in British Columbia. And with the exception of Susan Juby I think
I am blanking. But, at the very least,
theAlice, I Think series
“No woman really wants a man to carry her off; she only wants him to want to do it.”
“I disapprove of matrimony as a matter of principle.... Why should any independent, intelligent female choose to subject herself to the whims and tyrannies of a husband? I assure you, I have yet to meet a man as sensible as myself! "
“When one is striding bravely into the future one cannot watch one's footing. ”
Over the weekend, I watched 4.5 seasons of Doc Martin ( which I discovered care of Tessa Afshar's blog ) which is just delicious and
wonderful and tickles my funny bone and makes me ache with its adorably gruff,
rough-around-the-edges romance. To add,
the series is set in gorgeous Cornwall with a sea-side view to die for.
I love the slow-burning romance between Doc Martin and
Louisa, the local primary school teacher who steals his heart at first sight.
Not unlike House ( but with more heart, indubitably), Martin struggles with
social proprieties and etiquette. His bedside manner is appalling and his
treatment of his neighbours and friends leaves a lot to be desire. But, oh! How
he loves Louisa. If you watch, you will
hear that he says her name in a softer cadence than any other name---or line
---for that matter. And his odd, crinkly and harsh physiognomy lightens when
she is nearby .
It is really quite endearing and but one circle of many,
many outlining rings which take us through perplexity, surges of eccentricity,
medical cases and the lovely, lofty little wonders of small village life.