84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff is one of my favorite books.  Ann Bancroft starred in the movie of the same name and it too is one of my favorites.

The book is a series of letters from Helene Hanff, which she always signed (Miss) Helene Hanff in her letters to Marks and Co. in London England.

The setting takes place in an apartment in New York City and the topic is Helene’s love of old books.  She writes to this lovely book store in London England to purchase special editions.  Frank Doel of Marks and Co. starts to adore Helene’s letters and the two develop a wonderful relationship.

During the course of the book as you read the letters you feel that you are observing as a beautiful relationship evolves and you learn about the history of the two settings.  The wit and clever writing style leaves you begging for more.  Here is a sample of what is inside:

I was thinking about our world of blogging.  We sit at our computers and write letters of sorts, through our comments to people we have never met across the globe.

We get to know a little about where they live through photos and words and start to care about these people.  Swaps arrive in parcels from clubs and small groups sharing common interests.

Each blog is designed to reflect the author and many times it feels as if you just went on vacation for a while.

As in Helene Hanff’s letters, I find myself like Frank Doel looking forward to reading blogs belonging to my favorite people, and discovering new ones

Relationships are wonderful reflections.

Mindy Gledhill always sings songs that reflect my emotions best.

All of the images in this post were designed by me.  God owns the copyright.  So, please feel free to take home any image that speaks to your heart, for your personal use.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

Lovely post Karen....I never read the book, nor saw the movie. It sounds like something I would love, so I am checking into it!

Gabriela Delworth said...

Hello Karen,

This book sounds very interesting!


Snap said...

I love this post, Karen. Old books, letter writing, Charing Cross Road ... oh, YES!!!!! Blogs, blogging, bloggers .... YEEHAW!!! :D :D :D

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

The music, the images, the message...breathtaking my dearest. You are a master blogger.

THANK YOU for being my mentor my friend....Anita

Beverly said...

You've pulled me into this book and movie, dear Karen. I will be on the hunt to find it.

I came by to wish you a Happy Pink Saturday.♥

Dolores said...

I'm dittoing Anita's response!!!

Hoping/praying you're safe from the hurricane winds and rain.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh darling Karen,

You don't know how much it means to me for an artist such as yourself to comment twice. Thank you. Subtle colors for me give peace. I hope it does for my readers. And those children I drew? Those are my "NOWHERE" blog team mates. I love them all......Anita

Celestina Marie Designs said...

Hi Karen,
Your review of this book makes me want to read it for sure. I love old books and blogs. Sounds like a song title. LOL
Your images are awesome as always and thank you for sharing with everyone.

Thank you also for stopping by and your sweet comment. I am always blessed by a visit from you my friend.
I hope you are staying safe and dry with the hurricane lurking so close by. Take good care and blessings always.
XO Celestina Marie

RobinfromCA said...

Oh, Karen, these are such beautiful images and I have been away so long! 84 Charing Cross Road is also one of my very favorite books and movies. I also love the sequel, The Duchess of Bloomsbury. I think you I will have to put your gorgeous images on my Pinterest boards titled "Book Beauty" and "Paper Crafts" where they will shine!

I hope you are finding all well in your area. My brother-in-law and his family are here with us in CA while their community of Glenville and surrounding areas in the Capitol District of NY are suffering horrible flooding. My daughter and her family were well prepared in VA and sailed through without incident. Saying prayers for no more hurricanes this season!

Time to watch "84" - again!!