What a treat to see this review of my latest book, The Lavender of Sequim: America's Provence, on www.SeattleBookReview.com:
"The Lavender of Sequim celebrates Sequim’s agricultural history and the growth of the lavender industry, as well as the medicinal purposes of lavender, varieties of the plant, and how to grow, harvest, and dry it. The author provides a handy chart detailing which foods and flavors complement lavender, and which varieties of lavender work best in the kitchen. I can’t wait to try her recipe for Fresh-Squeezed Lavender Limeade. Sequim’s lavender farms comprise their own section and, sprinkled with sweet quotations throughout, the book is a joy to browse. My favorite part of this guide was the breathtaking pictures….If you’re interested in lavender, or you’re planning a trip to the area, this is an excellent guide."
This morning our local newspaper, The Sequim Gazette, ran a terrific piece about my latest book, The Lavender of Sequim: America's Provence. Here's the link if you'd like to check it out!
In the Sequim-Port Angeles area, The Lavender of Sequim: America's Provence can be purchased locally at these delightful shops (listed east to west):
Watch for updates as more locations become available! If you don't live anywhere near Sequim, then Amazon.com is the place to go.
Yesterday I overheard a local gal say, "You can't spit here without hitting lavender." Well, usually we say something more picturesque about our town with imagery such as "America's Provence." But she's got a point, because the small town of Sequim, Washington, is the only place in the country where you can visit a dozen lavender farms in a single day.
Which dovetails with my passion for writing The Lavender of Sequim: America's Provence. It's part travel guide, part lavender primer, and part inspiration, with exceptional photography by Roger Mosley.
I confess that I'm a lover of all shades of purple. I've read nearly every book about lavender. And the more knowledge I gathered about this versatile herb, the more I wanted to share with you a unique collection of images, recipes, quotations, and tips. I wanted you to find both soothing and exhilarating moments between its purple pages.
If you'd like to learn about the town itself, VisitSunnySequim.com can tell you much more about this special place where an entire cottage industry of lavender products has bloomed year-round, and where purple has become our primary export. And, yes, we also have an disproportionate ratio of purple-loving people in our population.
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The Lavender of Sequim is a luscious mix of pleasures and pointers, of eye candy and tantalizing recipes. Fields of lavender and inspiring quotes will feed your spirit while you learn about growing, harvesting, and drying lavender. And you'll almost catch the scent of lavender in the extraordinary color images that fill this book.
Discover America's Provence in a town called Sequim where you can see a dozen lavender farms in a day. This is a place alive with lavender shrubs and lavender gift shops, both at the farms and on the city streets.
Let the lavender fields calm you, and don't be surprised if you find yourself planning a summer trip to the northwest--to experience the lavender fields of Sequim!
Friends are the hugs when our knees crumple beneath us. They are the filters who sift through a flood of words to hear our hearts. They are the hot soup on cold nights, and the songbirds on a spring morning. Friends are the spices and poppies and sapphires in our lives. They are the music, the sunrises, the lattes. These things, and so much more, aren't the necessities of survival. This is the stuff of joy―and that's what friends are for. My latest book, That's What Friends Are For, is now on Amazon--and it's a delightful way to tell a friend how much she means to you! Here are a few sneak peeks:
"Got cherry leaves?" she asked, with her fawn in tow. it's not like there's a shortage of lush foliage in our neighborhood, but cherry leaves are a treat second only to apples. How could I say "no" to those big, brown eyes--especially since the leaves will be falling in a few weeks anyway. I tossed a small pile of tasty leaves onto the ground and smiled as they nibbled up every bite.
This is how it feels to type that first word onto a blank page. (A page from my latest book, What Birds Teach Us.) You gotta just jump.
Bonnie, a nature lover, is the author of twenty-eight heart-to-heart gift books full of animal and nature images, plus one inspiring book on interfaith understanding.