Monday, April 8, 2013

"A Spoonful of Sugar" by Brenda Ashford Review/Giveaway (ends 4/15) U.S./Canada

To follow the entire tour and find out more information, read the spotlight post here.

A Spoonful of Sugar: A Nanny's StoryA Spoonful of Sugar: A Nanny's Story by Brenda Ashford
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I honestly don't know where to begin.  A book written by a 92-year-old woman who is still going strong?  And she is a part of an online blog tour?  And her book is available in e-book?  All of these things are already amazing.  And that was even before I began the book.  I had a sense that this would be a great book, but I had no idea how inspiring and amazing it would be!

This memoir is an unbelievable book that chronicles Brenda's 60-some years of being a British nanny. I have to admit that I cannot imagine doing these things at my age of almost 39, but to still be taking care of babies at the age of 80?  Good grief!  The woman is unbelievable.  And she tells her story with honesty, humor, and heart.

I found many gems in this story that I wasn't expecting.  Child-rearing tips, practical wisdom, recipes, and even a few history lessons.  Not much romance, but there is some to satisfy the romance-lovers amongst us.  I won't spoil any of that for you.  Brenda's memory is as sharp as a whip, and it makes me wish I had had her as a nanny when I was growing up.  It even made me realize that I was probably sorely lacking in some of my mothering skills since I have tended to sometimes take the "easy" way out.  But I'm not going to beat myself up over that.

In short, this is a book that all women should read.  I think everyone could take something from it.  There are no bedroom scenes, and while anatomy is discussed, it is necessary--you'll understand.  It is not inappropriate.  As to profanity, I would not really call anything in the book "profanity."  I call this clean.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

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I am pleased to offer one physical copy of this book for a U.S. or Canadian reader.  Just enter the rafflecopter below by 9 P.M. Pacific time on April 15, and you are in to win!

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  1. I would love to read this book. I have spent my whole life taking care of children, so it would be nice to read a story I can relate to. Thanks Ruth for the chance to win!

  2. it sounds like a great book, and an amazing journey for the author! :) rafflecopter name nicole krutz

  3. I would love to sit and listen to this woman tell me of her life. I can't do that so reading this book would be amazing. Thank you for the introduction.

  4. Wow , imagine writing a book at that age. I've always wanted to write one. Sounds Great!

  5. She sounds like an amazing woman, and I am very excited for a chance to read her book!

  6. I think she sounds like a really cool chick, I'd love to hear her story!


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