Friday, November 28, 2014

Book Review: Mrs. Sharp's Traditions

Mrs. Sharp's Traditions by Sarah Ban Breathnach is utterly charming, and one of those books that, when I finish, I immediately want to own it. It is a book that one can return to over time and find something new with each reading.
It is a book of domestic advice in the voice of "Victoriana Sharp," the fictitious author. Combined with pretty, Victorian-era artwork, the book contains different homemaking and family practices with various traditions for the seasons, holidays, and family celebrations.  The tone is sweet without being cloying, and it does feel very realistic - probably because the author cobbled together the contents from antique magazines of the time.

Women Taking Tea by Albert Lynch

I love the idea of creating a family culture - Kendra Tierney of Catholic All Year covers the topic very well in her own blog. However, how to build that culture can be a bit daunting. Mrs. Sharp's Traditions gives the reader simple ways to create family traditions that will make memories. I highly recommend the book if you're looking for simple crafts, recipes, songs, or other practices that will help you celebrate the year.


  1. I haven't seen that book. I love her writing.

    I'm visiting from Strangers & Pilgrims.

    1. I stumbled upon the book at the library and thought it looked cute. I was pleasantly surprised by the wealth of great ideas in it. I'm looking forward to reading more of her books!