Okay. Because I cannot say no to my sweet friend, Kristi, I'll answer her request for a list of my favorite books which center around (or at least mention in some detail) fixing up a home.
These are the books I grabbed off my shelves, first. Happy sigh... love, love these.
(Follow these links and you'll find reviews of these books.)
My all-time favorite of this genre? Mary Emma & Company. I've probably read this 15 times, no exaggeration. This book always inspires me to stop my lazy ways! Much of Ralph Moody's series centers around making a home and raising a family in hard times, stuff which never ceases being relative.
Second on my all-time favorite list? Return to Gone Away. You may want to read the earlier book, Gone Away Lake---both books whisk me away and stay in my head for days (the story takes place not too far away from my home, thus making it more special).
Third is Thoughts of Home, a compilation of essays from House Beautiful Magazine and is another book I've read umpteen times. Its sequel, If These Walls Could Talk, is a bit more somber (dare I say depressing?), but some of the essays are equally lovely as the earlier ones.
A Year on Ladybug Farm. Filled with delightful women and a huge house out on an old southern farm. This is my favorite of the 3-book series.
Things Left Unspoken. Very real small-town characters and a mystery are included in this fixing-up-a-house book.
Jill And the Applebird House. Here's a synopsis I copied from Alibris: "After her mother breaks her leg, Jill derives and carries through plans for fixing up their newly purchased vacation home because she feels responsible for her mother's accident." You can find it more inexpensively here.
Oh! And of course, my friend, Clarice's, lovely book-- Wren Bay: The Story of Making a Home. I'm still reading this slowly because Wren so inspires me that I must jump up after a couple pages and go and clean or decorate something!! :)
So! There you go. Just a few books to get you started in case you, too, enjoy books which inspire you to fix-up and decorate your home.
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